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Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Riggs jumps onto the front window of the Subway and flashes the driver his badge, the driver shouts out "Police!", but when you look at his reflection off the window, his lips don't move.
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When Travis is telling Captain Murphy why he loves the police station in Murphy's car, Travis's reflection in the rear-view mirror shows that his lips are not moving.
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Character error 

After Lorna gets shot, Riggs is checking her pulse with his thumb on her throat. Anyone who's ever had fisrt aid training knows this is a big mistake because the pulse you will feel is the one running through your own thumb. Pulse checking should always be done without the thumb. Riggs is a cop, therefore, he knows that.
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In the bathtub scene near the end of the movie, Murtaugh says it's ten years until forced retirement and calculates that it's 3650 days, when in fact, it's actually 3652 days, as it includes two leap years.
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Continuity 

The blood on the white tiles in the police station.
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When Riggs is following the villains' pickup truck, they turn into a highway and a plane is spotted landing, it is a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar from Delta Airlines. In the next shot, apparently on the same spot, the plane suddenly changes to an Airbus A300 from American Airlines.
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After the gang members leave and Roger is talking to Nick on the sidewalk, the same red car drives behind Nick twice in the same direction.
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During the armored van chase, the same blue station wagon is passed at least twice.
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When Riggs is running out on the Ice at the hockey game he is hit by one of the players. When he is hit the second time and falls to the ice, there's a shot of him still in the hockey box struggling to get on the ice. This shot has obviously been put in the wrong spot. It should have been shown just after Riggs spotted Travis in the crowd, because when Riggs sees Travis he is standing inside the box.
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During the armored car chase, Riggs can be seen wearing black socks with his uniform when he's thrown back onto the pursuing truck. Soon after, during a close-up of a what is supposed to be his foot hitting the brake, white socks are clearly visible.
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When Riggs is demonstrating the cop-killer bullets on the firing range he shoots at a bullet proof vest several yards away. As the vest is being bought back to Riggs you can see the bullet hole where the bullet went through the front and back of the vest. This means it penetrated two layers of armor. At the construction site Lorna wears two vests. Travis shoots her from only a few feet away yet the bullet only penetrates one layer of armor, not two.
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At the end of the car chase on the highway, the white Ford pick-up turns around and heads towards Riggs on the motorcycle. In this scene, you can clearly see that the orange glasses of the pick-up's front turn signals are gone (probably because of hitting the barricades before). Yet in a later scene, when Riggs and Murtaugh arrive at Mesa Verde the pick-up is parked in front of the houses and the front is now completely intact again.
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When Riggs and Murtaugh pull up to the convenience store and get out of the truck, the windows are clearly rolled up. But after Riggs crashes Reanne's movie shoot and they come back to the truck, the windows are rolled down because Riggs easily leans out of the window to yank off the parking ticket.
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When Riggs and Lorna are picking the lock to enter the warehouse, you can see daylight coming through between the door jam and the door, showing that there is no locking mechanism between the two. The door is already unlocked.
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After Jack shots Billy in the interrogation room, there is a big blood spot on the wall behind Billy. When Riggs, Murtaugh and Cole come in a minute later, the blood spot is gone.
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When Riggs is hanging from the drivers side of the armored car the other armored car slams into the drivers side of the armored car with Riggs hanging from the roof. The two armored cars are seen driving side by side with the front fenders even. This means Riggs would have been smashed between the two, but the next scene shows him with no injuries, and still hanging from the roof.
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When Riggs puts a cop-killer cartridge into the chamber of his gun during the demonstration of the bullet, the gun is cocked back. In the next cut, he is seen cocking it back before shooting it.
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The slow-motion scene in which Riggs falls from the highway is filmed from two angles. From above, one can clearly see that he's falling towards a padded mat. From below, he falls through a pile of boards.
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The CHP squad seen when Leo arrives after the motorcycle chase switches from a mid-1980s Ford LTD Crown Victoria to a Dodge Diplomat (the Diplomat was the main squad for the CHP during the mid to late 1980s).
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When Riggs encounters a drunk Murtaugh on his boat, Murtaugh punches him twice in the face and he falls into the water. But moments later, Riggs surfaces with not even a red mark on his face. Nor does he have a single bruise on his face in subsequent scenes.
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Near the end of the armored truck chase, Riggs stops the armored truck suddenly while in heavy traffic, sending a villain through the front window. But when Riggs gets out of the truck a second later, there is virtually no traffic on the road.
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When Riggs and Murtaugh are in the water by Roger's boat, Riggs's wet hair alternates from being slicked back, to down on his face.
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When Roger is making the burger at the stand, his hands are very greasy. Moments later when he grabs his gun to help Riggs, his hands are clean.
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When Riggs is running (right before the motorcycle scene), he is wearing black, rubber-soled sneakers. When he mounts the bike, he's wearing pointed-toe boots.
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Wide-shots of the hockey game show the players wearing official NHL jerseys, while close-ups show uniforms that designed to vaguely resemble NHL jerseys, but clearly are not NHL issue.
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When fighting with the criminal in the fake armored car near the beginning, the criminal fires a round at the window. It doesn't leave a hole, showing that it is indeed bullet proof. A few seconds later, Riggs slams on the brakes, and the criminal flies through the same window, shattering it. Also, later in the film, it is said that the bullets in the armored car suspect's gun were armor piercing, so it should have gone through the window.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Steadicam and operator visible when Riggs' motorcycle falls from the highway.
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During armored vehicle chase scene, right before Riggs unlocks door and enters cab, crew is seen strapped onto roof of armored car.
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After Rigs grabs the parking ticket off his truck's window, the camera tracks over to Murtaugh in the passenger seat. As the trucks pulls away we can see the camera matte box with "Panavision" clearly visible as a reflection in the window.
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(At minute mark 25:23) The reflection of the car-mounted camera is visible in the scene in which Riggs and Murtaugh discuss Murtaugh's retirement.
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Factual errors 

The motorbike Riggs has commandeered apparently knows about its own imminent demise. As it plummets to the ground, its siren changes pitch and dies out before it actually hits the ground.
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The machine pistol used by Darryl and later Sergeant Murtaugh is not a MAC-10 as stated, but is in fact a Cobray M-11.
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When Murtaugh cocks his machine pistol before making the assault on the construction site, the bolt handle on top remains in the forward position. With a weapon that fires from an open bolt such as this, the bolt handle would lock to the rear when cocked.
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Near the end of the armored car chase scene, Riggs causes one of the bad guys to fly through the armored car's front wind shield. These would normally be made of bullet resistant glass several times thicker than regular glass which would have stopped a human body without even cracking.
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At the hockey game when Rigs gets the idea to use the PA system, they are announcing a penalty on the Los Angeles Kings. Moments later when the Kings score, there are 5 LA skaters on the ice, but only 4 Toronto players meaning the penalty was on Toronto, not Los Angeles.
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In the final shootout scene when Riggs checks Lorna's vest(s), you can clearly see entire rounds of ammunition protruding from her vest, including shell casings (primers visible) - there should only be projectiles.
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Miscellaneous 

In the "Special Thanks to" section of the end credits, one of the cities thanked is St. Petersburg, Florida, but it is misspelled as "St. Petersberg".
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One of the villains refers to "Grand Central Station". The correct name of the building is Grand Central Terminal.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the shootout at the burger stand, Sgt. Murtaugh's gun switches from a silver automatic to a black revolver. However, after Murtaugh empties his automatic he can be seen reaching for his secondary weapon, the black revolver. It's common for police officers, especially plain clothes officers, to carry a back-up weapon.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Murtaugh turns from the motorcycle wreck/explosion, the last several frames of the shot show the cable supporting the motorcycle.
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As the villains attempt to flee, they and Riggs drive onto a section of freeway that is being newly constructed. However there are already skid marks on the road surface, which is of course impossible. These appear to be from previous takes on the scene as they match the truck's path perfectly.
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A Lincoln Town Car, Chrysler New Yorker and blue Oldsmobile appear at least three times each in different spots on the freeway during the motorcycle pursuit.
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The security guard at the hockey rink is replaced by a dummy as he is roughed up.
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The motorcycle cop from whom Riggs commandeers the bike is already handing him the spare clips as he asks for them.
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During the armored car chase Riggs climbs/hangs on the drivers side of the vehicle while attempting to reach the cab. It is an obvious rail/hand hold that has been added to the truck for the purpose of the stunt. At the beginning of the chase it is not there. At points during the chase it is there and then gone, and even appears to have switched trucks with respect to whom is driving.
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The scene after Travis shoots Leo on the ice, and Riggs chases after him, when Riggs loses Travis in the maintenance corridor and starts kicking and cursing for losing him. Look closely, you can see the set painting drawn to look like the corridor continues much further out (look at the ceiling, you can clearly see the end of the set painting).
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When Captain Murphy's car is rolling towards the construction site with no one in it, all of the windows and the front and rear windshield suddenly have a very dark tint on them.
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Obvious stunt double for Lorna when she flips a guy in the garage fight scene.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Travis is inquiring about Phelps, the Officer says "You wanna sign in, Sarge". Moments later, Capt. Murphy identifies him as Lieutenant Jack Travis. Sergeant and Lieutenant are 2 different ranks.

However, Lt Travis was a wanted man about to commit a crime (killing the suspect in a police station) and clearly had given a false identity.
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