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(1990)

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Anachronisms 

The movie is set in 1969, yet in one scene in the nightclub the background music is "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" by the Hollies, which was not released until 1973.
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Set in 1969, a Laotian lounge duo sings "A Horse With No Name," which was not released until 1971.
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The parachute packs used to bail out of the plane were modern day sports packs that weren't patented until the '80s.
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The film is set in 1969, but a Ford Pinto (first sold in 1970) is seen in the car accident near the beginning.
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At the KLCA studio, a Technics RS-1500 open-reel tape deck is seen in the background of the announcer's booth. This recorder was introduced in the late 1970s - years after the Vietnam War ended.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the tirade from Major Lemond to Senator Davenport in the helicopter towards the end of the film, the dubbed voice track is badly matched to the image.
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Continuity 

When Kwuan is pushing the cargo out, he clearly has a safety line attached. As he and the cargo go over the edge, there is no line present. The safety line is back in the next cut.
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At one point during Gene's fall from the helicopter, a man with a black shirt is seen tumbling down the hill. Gene is wearing a gray shirt, Billy is wearing the black shirt.
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When the C123 comes to a halt after the crash at the Tango 7 Airstrip, a brief shot shows the main fuselage segment with the wrecked remains of the smaller blue/white plane that is crashed into it much later in the film.
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Ryack's hair during the conversation in the rain.
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Whilst flying the helicopter prior to, during and after rescuing Billy from the airstrip 'Tango 7', the yellow paint on the interior framing of the cockpit door to Ryack's right appears and disappears from shot to shot.
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Air America's plane side number 238 passes by in the background when Senator Davenport arrives at the airport in Laos when at the same time it is being flown by Ryack and Covington to the hill top air strip where they meet Ryack's brother in law.
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During and shortly after the title sequence after the C123 is hit by the peasant farmer's lucky rifle shot you see the starboard engine being feathered prior to being shut down. When you next see it after the Nixon TV interview both engines appear to be running normally just before the starboard engine explodes
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Near the end of the movie while Nancy Travis (Corinne) is waiting to load the villagers she is wearing a white shirt with an OD over shirt unbuttoned. Once she is on the plane, only a minute later, she is wearing a tan colored shirt.
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When Gene goes picks up Billy in the helicopter, he is piloting from his left side. When gen and Billy land at the airport in the next shot, Gene is on his right side of the cockpit.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Gene and Billy bail from the helicopter, and fall to the jungle floor, parts of the green mat used to cushion their fall can be seen.
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Errors in geography 

The Laotian hill tribesman who holds Gene at gunpoint speaks the language of the Phou Kan hill tribe, which lives in the area around Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, not far inside Laos.
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Factual errors 

When Gene and Billy bail from the helicopter, the sound of glass breaking can be heard. The UH-1 actually has a windshield made of plastic.
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In opening scenes a C-123 is shown dropping cargo from it lowered gate in the tail end of the fuselage. In the next camera scene it is shown nearing the ground and going through the roof of a hut. It is shown going straight down. In the case of an air drop, all such cargo would be dropping at an angle, and not straight down.
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When the right engine was hit by ground fire and was said to have lost oil pressure, it is doubtful that thrust could be maintained. With the extent of damage requiring fire extinguishers, it is most likely that it would have been feathered. This did not occur and during the landing sequence, it can clearly be seen that this engine is developing its usual thrust, the props both appearing to be turning as they would be when synchronized. Also if thrust were lost on that engine, a large amount of left rudder with about 3 degrees elevation of bank on the dead engine side would be required and none of this is seen in the film.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Gene's necklace appears to be defying gravity at one point, but the helicopter is pointed straight down; the camera is also twisted, which makes the characters appear to be upside down instead of at a 90 degree angle.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Billy is haranguing the truck driver on the freeway, the drive hears Billy over the radio. However, we clearly here the truck driver over the helicopter's radio. It would be nearly impossible to hear the truck driver over the helicopter noise, even standing next to him. Billy wouldn't be able to hear him at all in cockpit, much less have his microphone pick up the driver's cursing with almost no background noise.
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When Gene flies over to pickup the passed-out Billy, he is clearly heard at 50-100 feet altitude over the blade noise, even though he isn't shouting.
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