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(1972)

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Continuity 

The boy's banjo is an open-back model used in old-time music, and he plays "claw-hammer" or "drop-thumb" style. During "Dueling Banjos", he plays a resonator banjo, with finger picks, in the more modern three-finger bluegrass style.
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Jump to: Character error (2) | Continuity (12) | Crew or equipment visible (4) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (7) | Spoilers (2)

Character error 

When the rapids get really rough, Burt Reynolds's character yells "Turn left, turn left!", and the men in the canoe steer to the right.
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Ed refers to his son as "Charley" instead of "Dean". The son's name was Dean in both the book and the film trailer. (The actor's name was Charley.)
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Continuity 

When Lewis lies in the canoe, with a fractured femur, between Ed and Bobby, Lewis' position changes. One long shot only shows the two paddlers, while closer shots show Lewis' head in plain view.
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When Lewis lays on the rocks after breaking his leg, the flesh and bone sticking out of his leg change between shots.
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After the men make it down the river and the locals take care of them, Ed and Bobby have green plaid shirts with white crests on the pockets. Later, the crests disappear.
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When Lewis spears the fish with an arrow, the barb originally goes through fish's head. When he pulls it out, the arrow is through its midsection.
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In the first rapids sequence the Drew's hat disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Ed climbs to the top of the cliff to hunt the shooter, the rapids can be heard below. When Ed wakes up the next morning, the rapids are silent.
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When the men fall into the river, nobody is clinging to their paddle. After the three survivors find the intact canoe, they still have three paddles, and the canoe is only half-filled with water.
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When the main characters first meet the hillbillies they're on the right side of the river. After the accident in the rapids, and for Ed's climb up the cliff, they're on the left side of the river. They never passed under a bridge, but the surviving hillbilly is on that side of the river with them.
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The rope used to bring the body down from the cliff is thicker than the rope Ed wore over one shoulder and across the chest.
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After Lewis and Drew hire the Griner brothers to drive their cars down to Aintry, the weather shifts from overcast to bright and sunny a few seconds after they leave the Griner's garage. It cycles rapidly between overcast and sunny while paddling in the same section of the river.
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During the drive to the river near the start of the film, trees and other background items are reflected in the windshield. They should've been blocked by the canoes on the roof (and they are in the long shots).
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In the final rafting scene, when Ed, Bobby and Lewis hit the last set of rapids, Lewis is lying prone in the middle of the raft. In some scenes he's not there.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Ed comes down the cliff right after the mountain man is shot with an arrow, a crew member's hands and arms are visible, feeding the rope down the cliff.
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During the Aintry dinner scene, when the woman tells the story of the huge cucumber, lights and other equipment are reflected in her eyeglasses.
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While the river is being dredged for bodies and the canoe, the mic pack under Aintry Sheriff Bullard's shirt is visible.
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When Ed reaches the top of the Cliff, two hikers are visible on a trail on the opposite side of the river.
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Factual errors 

The police cars have amber emergency rotating lights on the roof. They should be blue (popular in southern states) or red.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Ed climbs down the rope from the cliff, some shots show no tension on the rope, even though he and the hunter's body are hanging from it.
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When the men bury the first body, the man's chest briefly rises and falls like he's breathing. Later, when Ed pushes the second body into the river, the dead man's fingers adjust their grip on the rock, and his arms move slightly.
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Just before the canoe splits in half, a line appears showing that it was already nearly cut in half.
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When the canoes capsize and Ed tumbles down the rapids, a hair appears at the bottom of the screen.
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As Ed is getting ready to release Drew's body into the river and says, "He was the best of us," to Bobby, you can see Drew's eyes blink a few times before being released.
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The entire cliff climbing scene is obviously tinted day-for-night.
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When Drew is tuning his guitar at the gas station, before he plays Dueling Banjos with the local guy, he has a capo on the neck of his guitar. You cannot adjust the string tension with a capo on.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

As Drew's body is about to be submerged in the river, he moves his mouth, as if to get some air before being submerged.
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When Drew's body is weighed with rocks and sunk to the bottom of the river, the actor squeezes his eyelids shut as he disappears under the water.
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