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Factual errors 

At Maitland's home, when Axel takes a bullet in his right arm, Maitland emerges from behind the wall with a .44 magnum revolver. A gun of that caliber fired from that close would have most likely produced multiple fatal wounds.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Foley walks across a tiled floor in Maitland's mansion, his sneakers make the sound of hard-soled shoes.

Continuity 

When the goon is thrown over the buffet table at the Harrow club, his face lands in some sliced oranges. In the next shot, cream and strawberries are on his face.
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After Axel goes through his racial tirade at the Beverly Palms Hotel, the blonde clerk looks down at the computer when the manager tells Axel how much the room will cost. In the next shot, she and the manager are looking straight at Axel, anticipating another racial outburst. In the shot after that, she is looking up from the computer at Axel.
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Foley and Taggart run past the windows of Maitland's mansion,which had been shot out. In later scenes, the glass is back in place.
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The length of Axel's hair changes between his arrest and the following scene, when he's in the back seat of the police car.
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When Taggert is hoisted up over the wall at Maitland's mansion, he is wearing a brown suit. When is fired upon, his suit is blue. In the next shot, his suit is brown.
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A pool ball disappears from the middle of the table just before the guy makes his trick shot.
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The cue ball changes position between the time the bet is made and when the man actually hits it.
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When Axel throws Maitland's head goon over the salad bar at the club, the food on his face changes throughout the scene. He starts with a strawberry on his face, then it disappears and lettuce appears. The amount of dressing varies.
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When the henchmen run out after seeing the police on the monitors, their shoulder holsters disappear and reappear.
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During cigarette truck chase, the plate on the truck's hood, from the crash with a vegetable truck, disappears after the bus breaks, the reappears in the next scene.
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Billy runs across a busy four-lane road to go rescue Axel. When he walked toward the street, it was clearly 2 lanes.
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During the first car chase, Rosewood makes a sharp turn at an intersection, and the flashing red light falls off the roof. In the next shot, it's back on the roof again. The same shot is used in the second car chase, as they race to Maitland's house.
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When Axel is thrown through the front window of Maitland's office building he is in the sun. When the police pull up, he is in the shade. As the scene goes back and forth between the two angles, Axel goes from being in the sun to the shade, then back to the sun.
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When Foley is tailing Maitland and they both turn to enter the clubhouse, the shot is reversed.
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In the end credits, Det. Owensby's name is misspelled "Owenby."
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The bananas that Axel uses to disable the car are not the ones he was given.
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Several people say Victor Maitland's address is 1609 Hill Crest. In the final fight scene, when the police cars ram the front gates, the house number on the post is 609.
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When Axel and Mikey are playing pool in the bar at the beginning of the movie, Mikey's wristwatch disappears and reappears between shots.
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In the shootout near the end, when the three of them jump over the wall at the same time, a shotgun is soon on the ground, and all of them shoot over the wall with pistols. The next time they shoot, Taggert has the shotgun in his hands instead of a pistol.
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When Axel first drives past the house he moves into, two cars are behind him, visible through the rear window. When he turns the car around, the cars are gone.
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When Axel talks to Serge for the first time in the art gallery, Serge puts his hand on his face while talking. In the next shot, it's by his side.
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When Axel and Jenny first visit the warehouse, they see the crate being delivered and opened. Once the bonds have been removed, the top is replaced and four nails are sticking out, one at each corner. The shot cuts back to Axel briefly. When it returns to the crate the nails are gone. Not enough time has passed for them to have been knocked in.
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When the cigarette deal gets broken up, three different models of police cars are involved in the first 20 seconds. They may have had rapid support, but the car that backs out of the alley changes completely once it's fully out.
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As the police interrupt the cigarette truck discussion, Axel's hand holding the money is down. In the next shot, from outside the truck, his hand is up, and the goon grabs the money from his hand.
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Once Foley breaks open the gate outside Maitland's place to infiltrate the compound, but before he goes in, the position of the open gate jumps around between shots.
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When Axel asks Serge about the price of the table sculpture, Serge's hands are by his side. In the next shot of Serge, his hand is by his face. When the camera cuts back to Axel, Serge's hand is at his side again.
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After the shootout at Maitland's mansion, Axel is seen from behind. He is wounded in his right arm, and has been using his left hand to shoot, yet his 9mm automatic is tucked into his belt in the back with the handle towards his right hand.
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In the art gallery, when Axel asks Jenny if there's some place they can talk real quick, Axel's left hand is on his stomach. In the next shot, it's in his back pocket.
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When Axel and Mikey are in the bar, Mikey's hand is on the back of Axel's neck while they are standing close together talking. In the next shot, Mikey's hand is sitting on Axel's shoulder.
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In the movie poster, Axel leans on the Mercedes while holding a 1911-style .45-cal. automatic. However, he uses a Browning 9mm throughout the film.
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The goon in Maitland's office buttons his jacket twice.
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When Axel drives through Beverly Hills, the blonde woman in the car next to him raises her sunglasses on her forehead to look at him. When the shot cuts back to her, her sunglasses are in her hand as she puts them back on.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Taggart climbs the wall at Maitland's villa, the overhead shot of him over the wall includes a large camera shadow.
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Whenever Victor Maitland's black Mercedes drives past the camera, the crew is reflected in its polished black doors.
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As Axel is led into the Beverly Hills Police Department for the first time, the camera crew is reflected in the plate-glass windows in the hallway.
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When the police car hits the barrels during the opening chase, it's shown from the inside of the patrol car behind it. In the next exterior shot, the camera is visible in the front seat.
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When the cigarette truck smashes into the taxi, crew members are visible on a nearby roof.
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The tractor trailer slams into the fruit truck, which slides into a parked green Chevy Impala. Before the collision, the Chevy appears to have camera equipment under its front and rear bumpers, concealed by either black cloth or tarp. The rear camera's location becomes obvious in a slow-motion shot of the fruit truck sliding.
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During the truck chase, on the other side of the railway tracks, the camera and crew are reflected in the police car's rear driver's side window.
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Errors in geography 

The bar has lighted signs advertising alcoholic beverages. Those signs are not legal in Michigan.
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When Axel returns to his apartment to find Mikey waiting for him, he parks on a grade steep enough to cause his car to roll backwards. No hill in Detroit is that steep. In 1984, Detroit police were required to live within city limits.
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Factual errors 

Maitland's German bonds are incorrectly labeled "10,000 Mark". The official name for West German currency was "Deutsche Mark." East Germany used "Mark", but bonds did not exist there. In German the comma functions like an American or British decimal point, so the bonds were worth 10 marks.
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In the pool scene, the hustler says "8 ball, corner pocket, 2 cushions." The 8 ball made contact with cushions three times before falling into the pocket. Mikey won his bet.
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When Foley first enters the Detroit police station, the name on the door he goes through is misspelled "INVESTIGATON OPERATIONS DIVISION".
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Police drug dogs would not be fooled by cocaine shipped in coffee grounds. They would smell the drugs and the coffee at the same time. Even a few specks of powder on the outside of the crate would alert the dog.
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In the opening chase scene, the Detroit police cars have a single bubble siren. Only Michigan State Police cars are set up this way. Detroit has a two side-by-side siren set up.
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The Detroit Police car that crashes into the Beetle during the truck chase has the license plate EAU535, with registration tabs. In Michigan,the third letter of a police car license plate is a small x, indicating a city or state municipal vehicle, with no registration tabs.
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When Foley leaves Matlin's house to follow him and stops at the light, he loses the cops tailing him by waiting for the light to turn red before going through the intersection. A shot from the cross street showing Foley driving through barely missing cars shows that road with a red light. It should be green.
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When Jenny Summers is being put into the Black Mercedes, the California license plate "6PHF248" is shown. The leading number 6 was not one of California's license plate assigned number schemes during the 1980s.
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Foley carries his pistol tucked into the back of his jeans. No police officer with any real training would do something so dangerous, and no police department would allow it.
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When Axel Foley checks into the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, he is given a room without being required to show any ID or provide a valid credit card. At the end of the movie, when Detective Taggart pays for Foley's stay, there is no cancellation of the prior credit arrangements made to secure the room.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While Rosewood and Taggart wait on Foley to come back to the hotel, Taggart drinks coffee from Dunkin' Donuts. In 1984, Dunkin' Donuts had several dozen California locations. They were phased out in the 1990s.
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Plot holes 

No prison cell would have a phone in it. Axel acknowledges that, but the phone in his cell is never explained.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the opening chase, Axel is a few inches taller, with different hair and more muscular arms. He's clearly a stunt double.
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When Axel as he throws the man at the Harrow club, he's an obvious stunt double.
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When Axel is thrown through the window, he's an obvious stunt double.
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At Maitland's house, after Taggart collapses on the grass after being shot at for the first time, holes in the grass indicating where the bullets will "hit" are clearly visible.
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When the semi truck crashes into the fruit truck, numerous spectators are standing in the background.
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When Jenny and Axel go into the warehouse for the second time, the door is unlocked and open before Jenny even inserts the key. She never even turns the doorknob, yet the door opens.
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After the driver crashes the cigarette truck in the opening chase, a man with a full head of hair jumps out of the cab. He's clearly a stunt double; the actor has a receding hairline and a bald spot.
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When Zak is thrown over the table at The Harrow Club, it's an obvious stunt double.
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Most of the cops' revolvers have no bullets.
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At the beginning of the cigarette deal, all but one of the cigarette cartons are empty, as evidenced by how quickly they are jostled about, and when Foley moves one of the boxes off him.
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During cigarette truck chase, a wire attaching the plate to the truck's hood, from the crash with a vegetable truck, is clearly visible.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Zack tells Foley "when I popped your little buddy," without moving his mouth.
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Continuity 

When Victor Maitland shoots Axel in the arm, Axel is holding his gun. When he falls, his gun is already on the floor.
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During the shootout when Axel, Taggart, and Rosewood are trying to get to Victor, all three fire at once. As Axel fires, his gun's slide goes back, indicating he has run out of ammunition. In the next shot, all 3 are firing again. Only afterward is Axel shown reloading.
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When Axel wants to talk to his boss after Mikey has been killed, his gun is tucked in his jeans. When his boss tells him it isn't his case, his gun has gone.
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Factual errors 

When Mikey is killed outside Foley's apartment, the assassin's gun produces no flame. The hallway is dark enough that a flame should be visible when the assassin pulls the trigger.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Maitland is shot, an obvious stunt double falls down the stairs.
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Towards the end of the movie, when Foley shoots Zak in Maitland's mansion, Jonathan Banks (who plays Zak) is lying on the floor. In the next shot, his stunt double is lying on the floor.
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