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Romancing the Stone (1984) Poster

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Jump to: Continuity (22) | Crew or equipment visible (2) | Errors in geography (3) | Factual errors (4) | Miscellaneous (2) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (4) | Spoilers (1)

Continuity 

Jack presents Joan with a very elaborate necklace from his pocket. But when she takes it in hand, it's a simple charm on a chain.
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Joan's dress becomes clean when she makes a break for the old bridge.
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When Jack first grabs the vine to swing across the river, it is bare. Then, during the swing, the vine is covered with leaves. At the end of the swing when he reaches the other side, it is bare again.
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When Jack slides down the hill face first between Joan's legs, his shotgun is no longer in his pack, so as to not harm her during the stunt. The next shot shows the gun reappear.
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During the car chase, there are tire tracks in the grass from previous takes.
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Car falls over the waterfall twice, once before Jack and Joan exit, once after.
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During the exterior scene in which Gloria is trying to convince Joan to not go to Colombia, the weather keeps changing. First there is no precipitation, then it switches back and forth several times between snow and rain.
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As Jack and Joan go over the falls, Jack clearly loses the bag with the diamond. In the next shot, Jack is seen climbing the rock with the bag on his arm.
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The "Buy Tissues" note changes places on the mirror just before Joan grabs it.
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When Jack kills the snake right over Joan's shoulder, he pulls the dead snake out from behind her and it slides along a small ridge and falls down the small ridge where it touches Joan. In the next camera shot, the snake is back up on top of the ridge.
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When Jack looks at the map and reads "Devil's Fork" for the first time, the map is entirely unfolded (the compass rose is visible in the upper right corner). In the next shot, the entire right side of the map (including the compass rose) is folded back at the crease.
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When Joan's sister gets knocked out with the bolas her hat falls to the ground. When the boy climbs in and the car speeds away the hat is not on the ground.
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During the scene in which the authorities are chasing the "Little Mule" Ford Bronco one of the military vehicles keeps switching from being a Jeep to being a Land Rover.
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During the bus crash interior scene, the placard reading "Castillo de San Felipe" is seen through the windshield falling from its mount above the horns. In the subsequent bus exterior shot, the sign is still attached.
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When the car is driven into the river, the front end is crumpled and the hood is bent and jammed open, yet in following scenes the hood is closed again.
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When Joan gets on the bus she closes her window. The window is not cracked. In the next scene the bus is driving along through the jungle and all the windows are closed on the right boarding side of the bus where Joan was sitting and none of the windows are damaged or cracked. Shortly thereafter Joan wakes up on the bus and the window is cracked all the way through.
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When the bus crashes into Jack's Jeep, and all of the luggage goes flying off the luggage rack, Joan's blue suitcase clearly pops open when it hits the ground, spilling her clothes all over the ground. However, when she picks her suitcase back up after Jack dispatches Zolo, her suitcase is closed again and, we presume, all her clothes are still inside.
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In the drug dealer's village, Joan is told there is no telephone for many miles. Yet in the chase that ensues, many telephone poles with wires can be seen throughout the village.
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Jack hands Joan the machete to try her hand at clearing the path. After a while she drops it and they both walk on to another adventure. Later on Jack has the machete again.
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Jack's hair between shots after the mud slide.
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During the chase scene with the "Little Mule", Pepe loses its front winch twice.
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When Jack is slammed in the groin with the rifle butt he starts to double over well before the blow.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Jack and Elaine drive into the river in the car, you can see the retention cord attached to the front of the car to keep the car from flipping onto the roof.
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Very near the beginning, when Joan is choosing a miniature from her cabinet, you can see a crew member reflected in the cabinet's glass door.
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Errors in geography 

Sulphur crested cockatoos are native to Australia, not South America.
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Though supposedly set in Colombia, all the Hispanic actors speak with a distinct Mexican accent.
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When Jack and Joan emerge on opposite sides of the river after jumping over the waterfall, Jack tells Joan to follow the sunset (West) to Cartagena. As we know the treasure is somewhere close to the middle of the Colombian Department (State) of Cordoba (reference when Jack learns about the map), she would be heading AWAY from Cartagena which is due North of Cordoba.
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Factual errors 

When the statue containing the emerald is retrieved from the milky pool in the cave, it is wrapped inside a bundle of fresh green grass inside a bag. If the gem had been under that pool long enough for a map and treasure hunt, that grass would not be green.
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In the first shootout with Zolo after the bus crash, Jack fires nine shots before reloading, then fires 11 shots (nine in the gunfight and two at the jeep). The Remington 870 he carries only holds five rounds (four in the magazine and one in the chamber).
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When Ralph is talking on the phone in the local police station he notices his wanted poster. The wanted poster only states Ralph with no last name. All wanted posters have first and last name on it to describe the person.
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Jack carries a Remington 870 left-handed shotgun. It is unclear why since he always shoots with it right handed.
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Miscellaneous 

When Michael Douglas swings across the ravine at just under the 41 minute mark you can see the 'hard' stone wall flex from his impact.
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Throughout the movie, Jack keeps pronouncing the name Cartagena as Cartageña (kartahenya). There is no tilde in the name, so it is properly pronounced "kartahena".
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Plot holes 

After Juan and "Little Mule" have jumped the river, the following jeep crashes and lands upside down in extremely shallow water, which, at most, is about 20-30 feet wide (as evidenced by the shot of the jeep as it lands). Judging by the slope of both banks and the shallow water, the statement that the river is impossible to cross for 200 miles in either direction is simply not true.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jack swings across the river on a vine, the "rock" face he swings into deforms slightly, betraying its padded construction.
When Zolo stabs the man in Joan's building, the man reacts before he is actually stabbed.
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When the car goes over the waterfall, you can clearly see the stunt actor standing on the side of the car, next to the closed door, and jumping.
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When Jack grabs a vine to swing to the other side of the ravine with Joan, he hits a rock wall and not only does the wall move slightly but the rock cushions his impact - which you can see flex once he hits.
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Spoilers

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Plot holes 

Jack appeared to know for sure that the fleeing alligator by the end of the movie was the one that swallowed up the stone while there was no way to tell sure. Luck has nothing to do with it.
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