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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(at around 8 mins) When Captain Reed and Mahoney are in the interrogation room at the police station, Captain Reed says, "He was a good friend", meaning Mahoney's father. When he says it, his lips don't match to the words he's saying. The original line spoken was "He was a good cop".
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(at around 44 mins) When Tackleberry is playing the saxophone at the beach party, his fingers do not move. It is obvious that the sax playing is recorded.
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Character error 

When Captain Harris tells the cadets that Blankes and Copeland will be the cadets in charge, he says ¨Blankes and Dopeland¨.
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Continuity 

(at around 46 mins) When the girls are following George Martín by the fire at the beach party, the third girl in line appears again as the sixth girl in line, although in the later shot she appears with more clothing than in the earlier shot. This is because the scene is cut up into several shots in editing and shown in the wrong order. The second shot featuring this girl is the beginning and the first shot is the end of the same take.
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(at around 6 mins) As the giant camera booth hits the water, the top black panel falls off, but is in place again for the next shot.
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(at around 1h 9 mins) After Hooks drives through the car wash, in the driving course, the car is dry and clean just moments after.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) When Hightower punches the "Main Bad Guy" and knocks him through the door there is nothing tucked into his pants. When he lands at the bottom of the stairs, he has one of the revolvers tucked into his pants.
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(at around 9 mins) The patches on Mahoney's shirt switch sides and then disappear while he is talking to Captain Reed after being arrested.
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(at around 1h 22 mins) When the man with the feather in his hat takes Blankes and Copeland's guns during the riot, their names are clearly printed on the butt of the guns. However, when he raises one of the guns to put it in Lt. Harris' face, there is nothing printed on the butt.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Hightower leans in to deliver his short speech, the ribbon flips its colors in between shots.
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(at around 1h 24 mins) During Leslie Barbara's final confrontation with the Teskey gang, Leslie is holding the baton handle in his hand for most of the fight. The handle then switches around between shots, as it is hooked around the neck of the gang leader, without Barbara seen flipping it.
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(at around 12 mins) After Martin's girlfriends drop him off, Fackler's car is visible as they drive out around the circle but Fackler doesn't arrive until the next scene, a few minutes later.
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(at around 20 mins) Straight after getting buzzed, Blankes has no sideburns/level with top of ears and brutally/stupidly shaped behind the ears. When Lt. Harris compliments them on their haircuts, Blankes has sideburns and his neck fringe is quite a bit longer.
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(at around 43 mins) When Tackleberry is sharpening his knife the counts go backwards after the cutaway to Barbara. He's also sharpening the wrong way.
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(at around 5 mins) When Mahoney is parking the Trans Am, there is a Nissan Stanza with license plate VLT 406 behind the car owner and manager. When they run to see what made all the noise, the Stanza has turned into a Buick. There also appear to be empty parking spots to both sides of the Stanza, so he didn't need to wreck the Trans Am. In the next bit where the photo booth is dumped over a bridge, the same Nissan Stanza crosses the bridge and stops to avoid hitting the men from the truck.
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(at around 41 mins) Larvell Jones's shaving cream between shots.
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Right after Copeland gets knocked out by the lunch tray, he's not on the floor in the following camera angle when Blankes and Mahoney start to wrestle.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Crew and equipment is reflected in the trainees helmets during the riot.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) Reflected in the TV that Cadet Martín carries.
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Errors in geography 

(at around 1h 6 mins) When Mahoney is teaching Hightower how to drive, the sign on the storefront is spelled Chiropractic "Centre" indicating a Canadian location.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 9 mins) When Captain Reed and Mahoney are in the interrogation room at the police station, Captain Reed tells Mahoney that the duration of the police academy is 14 weeks long. When Mahoney is at the academy Commandant Lassard tells him the academy training is 24 weeks long. However, Lassard gets the length of time wrong repeatedly throughout the film, even having to be reminded of it when inspecting the new cadets.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 3 mins) In the scene with the motorcycle riding on its rear tire, skid marks can be seen from previous takes.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) When Barbara hits Copeland with the tray in the cafeteria, the tray is already dented before it even hits him.
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(at around 1h 3 mins) Obvious stunt double (Dar Robinson) when Lt. Harris is riding the motorcycle down the street.
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(at around 1h 10 mins) After Hightower flips the police cruiser over, we can see that there is no engine in the car when Lt. Harris is reprimanding him.
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Throughout most of the movie, most of the guns fired don't recoil, especially the shotguns.
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(at around 10 mins) Obvious stuntwoman when Mrs. Fackler is jumping the fences and diving into the pool when chasing after her husband's car at the beginning of the movie.
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(at around 1h 10 mins) When Hightower pushes the car over, you can see the hoist pushing it.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) Chief Hurst's name is misspelled during the end credits (as 'Chief Hurnst').
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(at around 1h 10 mins) When Hightower flips the Ambassador over, its engine is missing - the transmission bell-housing is visible.
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The handgun range they're learning on is outdoors, with targets at 25 meters/yards. In reality trainee police officers learn on an indoor range, with targets initially set at 10 yards, then increasing to 15 then 25 yards as they become more proficient with their weapons. It's only after they're proficient with their weapons that they move outdoors, to add environmental effects (wind, sun glare, etc) for the officers to compensate for.
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