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(1983)

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Jump to: Character error (1) | Continuity (9) | Crew or equipment visible (3) | Factual errors (1) | Miscellaneous (1) | Plot holes (2) | Revealing mistakes (5) | Spoilers (2)

Character error 

Bradford Dillman, who played Capt. McKay in the previous film _The Enforcer_, seems to be playing the exact same character here, except he's named Capt. Briggs. Even more confusing is that Briggs was the name of _Hal Holbrook_'s ill-fated lieutenant in the second Dirty Harry film _Magnum Force_.
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Continuity 

The bulldog changes sex; when urinating in Harry's room it is a male, yet when it warns Harry about the hitman behind the door it is a female.
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When the young uniformed officer is shot during the bank robbery, he reaches to the left side of his forehead. Later, in the police station, he is seen with a bandage on the right side of his forehead.
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During the coffee chop scene, just before the infamous "Go ahead, make my day" taunt, Harry aims his .44 Magnum and raises his thumb to cock it. In the next few shots, his thumb is not yet raised.
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In the opening shot of the movie, the car is parked in the middle of the road. In the next shot, the car is parked to the left hand side of the road.
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The snub-nosed revolver used by Jennifer Spencer starts out has having black rubber hand grips. By the time Jennifer is confronted by Chief Jannings, the revolver now has wooden grips.
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Jennifer's last name is spelled "Spenser" on the sign in the gallery but "Spencer" in the end credits.
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While Harry is nailing up the targets, his shoulder holster has some sort of odd cross strap; as if someone in wardrobe just pieced it together. Moments later, while waiting for Horace to walk up on him, Harry's shoulder holster is the traditional Bianchi shoulder holster configuration - a single elastic strap around his right shoulder.
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When Mick falls on the unicorn, there are three quick shots of him being impaled. The first and second shot show him straddling the unicorn with his leg straight. The third overhead shot shows his leg wrapped around the brass pole.
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During the coffee shop scene, Loretta has a pencil above her ear that disappears and then reappears.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera crew visible in reflection on car when Harry's partner sneaks up on him during target practise.
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As Horace exits the car while visiting Harry, who is about to begin target shooting in the woods, one of the Panavision cameras is clearly visible, reflected in the car window, as well as Eastwood's son, who was visiting the set.
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When Jennifer visits her exhibition and approaches the woman in the purple dress, reflections of two male crew members can be seen in the acrylic glass on the right, one of which quickly kneels to hide from the shot.
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Factual errors 

Amusement parks that are closed or shut down do not have power, and the rides need many workers to operate--they just can't be "turned on" even if the power grid was accessible or active.
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Miscellaneous 

When Mick uses Spencer's (Sondra Locke) pistol to kill the chief. The other criminals are aghast. Mick claims it's a freebie. But he uses his bare hand to fire the weapon, leaving his fingerprints all over it. As a criminal in today's world, his prints are surely on record. So he's not only framing her, but himself as well.
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Plot holes 

The movie ends at the merry-go-round. As the credits start and the camera pulls out, the roller coaster and the merry-go-round are far away from each other. It is impossible that a person could fall from the roller coaster and crash through the roof of a construction that far away.
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Harry arrives at the fairground to confront the villains at the movie's climax. But he wouldn't have known where they were going to be.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Harry "rips" a page from the teletype machine, it's clear that the page had already been separated.
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When attacked by the mafia, the charges are visible on the car's windshield before being "shot."
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When Harry is target shooting outdoors, the target in the long shots is in shadow under trees, but upon close-ups it is clearly in full sunlight.
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When Callahan is attacked by the four Mafia hit men, they start firing at a wooden box they suppose Harry is hiding in. One of them fakes shooting a pistol, mimicking the recoil, as it is clear that the gun doesn't fire at all.
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In the coffee shop scene, Loretta fills Harry's cup with coffee. She then fills his cup to the top with sugar, but there is no sign of the coffee.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Mick falls off the roller coaster after Harry shoots him, he crashes through the glass above the merry-go-round back first (face-up), but he is shown impaled on the unicorn face-down.
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Although Mick is depicted as being impaled on a unicorn on the merry-go-round, the merry-go-round itself has a wooden "roof", yet there is no evidence that he broke through it.
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