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(1982)

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Continuity 

When Billy Bear is driving the truck in the opening scene the license plate is barely attached. When we see the truck moments later, it is attached securely.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(at around 1h 8 mins) We're in Vroman's bar, an up-tempo group bringing it on. We can hear a piano (conventional, vs. a keyboard) player going at it, but when we get a shot from behind the piano player, he's moving his body up and down as if he's "into it" and playing, but in looking at his hands, he's barely flinching, and he's certainly not playing it.
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Character error 

During the "class isn't something you buy" scene when Jack & Reggie are following Luther, Jack says to Reggie class isn't something you buy and then says "...look at you, you've got a 500 dollar suit on and your still a lowlife." But earlier in the film when Reggie is first released and is wearing the suit he tells Jack that it was a $900.00 suit which Jack should have known later in the film.
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Continuity 

Ganz catches Jack's 6-shooter, and then fires 8 shots without reloading.
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When Ganz throws the barrel out and trips Reggie the stunt double is wearing a bowtie, whereas Reggie is wearing a regular tie.
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Thirty minutes in, Jack and Reggie are driving to get Luther. Luther is visible a few car lengths ahead of them, driving Reggie's car. The car wasn't even picked up from storage until much later in the movie. It's the same scene used when they're tailing Luther about an hour into the film.
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Reggie is handcuffed when Jack throws him into his car after getting him out of prison. In the next shot, Reggie's left arm is stretched out along the back of the seat and his right arm is hanging out the window. In the following shot, he is handcuffed again.
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When Jack tears out of the gas station, Reggie falls into the back seat. In the next shot, as they round a corner, Reggie is sitting up in the front seat.
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When Reggie takes the knife from the redneck, he closes it and places it on the bar with his right hand before breaking the glasses and being told where Billy Bear's girlfriend lives. When he turns around and talks to the people in the club, the knife is clearly still on the bar. He then walks out to the street where he takes it from his back left pocket and gives it to Cates.
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The broken taillight on the Cadillac switches sides and both are working between shots.
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When Ganz and Billy Bear try to escape in the city bus, they exchange gunfire with Reggie and Cates and the bus window was shattered, yet when the bus is last seen escaping, the windows are intact.
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During the alley fight between Reggie and Jack, Jack swings at Reggie several times, but misses and stumbles amidst the trash cans and garbage up against the brick wall of the building. Jack then takes another swing at Reggie with his left hand. However, one frame later, Reggie is shown being hit by Jack's right fist.
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Zagnut bar changes directions when Jack hands it to Reggie.
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After Jack loses his gun to Ganz, he is told by his captain to "borrow a new one", then is seen checking the cylinder on a brand new revolver. In the next scene, in his captain's office, he puts a automatic pistol in his holster and uses it in the rest of the movie.
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When Jack Cates visits Reggie in jail the first time, the bill of Reggie's cap goes from up to down to back up again.
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Errors in geography 

While looking for Luther, Jack and Reggie visit an apartment in The Mission and learn they should look for their quarry "just around the corner in Chinatown." In reality the Mission is 3 miles from Chinatown.
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Factual errors 

There is most likely no way a battery would stay good for three years only being charged once per month. Once a battery goes through 7 cycles of running all the way down it is shot. About the only way a battery would stay good this long is if it were a modern day battery on a trickle (constant) charger. Very doubtful the car would have started after 3 years without a full charge anyway.
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Revealing mistakes 

Obvious stunt double for Reggie during his fight in the alley with Jack.
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When Billy busts Ganz out of prison the police says on the radio "2 fugitives" this is wrong because Billy is not a fugitive.
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Spoilers

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Character error 

During Lt. Hayden's rant, he says that he has "five deaths related to Ganz." At this point in the film, Ganz and Billy have killed at least seven people - the two guards on the road gang, Henry Wong, Detectives Algren and Vanzant, the cop in the MUNI station, and Luther.
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Plot holes 

Throughout the whole movie, Ganz is holding Luther's girlfriend Rosie hostage. She is even with Ganz on the bus when Luther comes on board to give Ganz the money. However, after Ganz shoots Luther and the bus chase begins, she is no longer seen. Not even in the interior shots of the bus as Ganz is shooting at Jack and Reggie. Later on Keyhoe tells Jack that the bus was abandoned in Chinatown but does not mention Rosie. From the point that Luther is shot until the end, there is no indication of whether or not Ganz killed Rosie or let her go.
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