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Falling Down (1993) Poster

(1993)

Goofs

Continuity 

When D-Fens shoots out the phone booth, a man in the background dives off of his bike twice.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

As the two gay men leave the Nazi's store, one of the tips over the sun glasses display, and yells "Facist!" However, neither one of the men's lips move.
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Just before shooting the phone booth, Bill says "Geez that's too bad because, you know what?" to the man who wants to use the phone, you hear him saying "What?" but his lips don't move.
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Boom mic visible 

When Bill is at the Whammyburger and tells the employees to turn around and look at the picture of the burger on the menu board, the boom mic is clearly reflected in it.
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Character error 

Asking for Prendergast's signature the delivery man says, "put your John Doe right here". A signature is often called a John Hancock, but never a John Doe, which is law-enforcement lingo for a male suspect whose name is not known.
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When the gang member Angie (Karina Arroyave) is doing her best to describe F-Fens (Michael Douglas), she points to Predergrast (Robert Duvall) and says, "he looked like him only taller". Michael Douglas and Robert Duvall are the same height.
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Continuity 

In the burger scene, after Bill shoots, an old man tries to escape. At the beginning of the next scene, you can see the same actor, dressed differently, in another restaurant. Both events are supposedly occurring simultaneously.
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The first shot of the license plate reads "D-FENS" later when the Prendergast bumps the motorcycle the plate is "D FENS", the hyphen is not present.
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Rocket is still visible inside the rocket launcher immediately after being fired.
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In the burger bar, D-Fens holds a burger in a wrapper. When he turns around to show it to the other customers the wrapper is missing.
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Products seen on lowest shelf during the fight between D-FENS and Mr. Lee change from chips to cereal to maxi-pads and also change position.
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In D-Fens' home videos, there is a close up of his wife's face while she is crying. Her mascara is running, then not running (and not smeared).
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At the drive-by shooting, the driver turns the wheel to the left to avoid crashing into another car, but the car turns to the right.
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Just before the park scene when the people are getting on the crowded bus, you can see a black woman with shorts and a blue shirt all the way to the right get on the bus; you can see her in front of Bill as he tries to get on the bus, that is the top of her head as he gets bumped in the crowded line. However, in the next scene she is dancing in the park with a headphone radio.
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When Bill's wife leads the lady police officer out of the house, she turns, closes, and maybe locks the gate to her front yard. When Bill finally arrives, when his wife leaves the house from the back door, he runs through an open gate up to the front door.
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Bill buys a snow globe, and the vendor wraps it in newspapers for him. Later, when the neo-Nazi takes it out of the bag, it is unwrapped
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When D-fens is on the gang's property fixing his shoe his socks are black. Earlier in the film they can be seen to be white.
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In the opening scene, the woman in the "Garfield" car putting on lipstick in the side-view mirror disappears for one shot.
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When shooting the phone booth, the man watching as happens in front of his eyes is changing hands from inside his pockets (in the long shot) to waving them around (the closer shot). There is no time between these shots to move his hands.
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When Bill Foster (D-FENS) is walking up to the Korean store owner's food mart, his socks are white. Throughout the rest of the movie, his socks are black.
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In the opening shot, D-Fens is wearing his seat belt. For the rest of the traffic jam sequence, his seat belt is off.
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In the Whammy Burger scene, after D-FENS holds the place up, he asks for his breakfast, and then he changes his mind and asks for lunch. After he goes around the room talking to customers, Rick the manager has his order on the counter; a Whammy Burger, a shake, and fries. D-FENS grabs the burger box and fries, but when he opens the burger box, the fries disappear.
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When D'Fens is at the Korean's store and is first going to leave without his Coke, his briefcase is in his left hand. He turns back to the counter to argue with the store clerk. When D'Fens decides to stay, he slams his briefcase on the counter, only now the briefcase is in his right hand.
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When the cop is interviewing D Fens' wife her bangs change position between shots.
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Bill's hands on his wife's face.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After D-Fens fired his missile under the pavement, the cameraman's sneaker and part of his leg is visible as he starts running for his shot.
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When D-Fens is running on the pier and the aerial camera is following him, film trucks can be seen in the background before the camera pans towards him.
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During opening scene the Steadicam operator is reflected in a car
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In the opening scene, when the camera first pans onto the car with the Garfield doll, two big flat light-diffusers can be seen in the half-open rear window. If you look even closer, the boom mic and some people are visible standing behind the diffusers.
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Visible in Prendergast's car window reflection at the Koren's convenience store.
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Factual errors 

Prior to firing the M-72, D-FENS does not pull the safety out, hence he should not have been able to fire the rocket.
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In the store when Bill calls his wife and makes the Apollo 13 reference, the spacecraft was actually prior to the point of no return when the service module exploded. The reason why the spacecraft couldn't return early was because was because the service module near the main engine was damaged and they did not want to risk lighting the engine up for fear that the ship may explode. A free-return trajectory was advised and they returned safely.
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Miscellaneous 

Prendergast's revolver clearly rotates to the empty chamber when he fires.
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Earlier in the film Prendergast's wife tells him to pick up chicken for dinner, however later in the movie he tells her his dinner better be ready when he gets home even though he never went and got the chicken to make for dinner.
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When D-FENS checks his watch at the Whammy Burger, it is 10:33, three minutes past when service cuts over from breakfast to lunch. However, as he looks/walks around, the restaurant is full of customers midway through their lunch food, despite it just becoming available three minutes ago.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

M-72 LAWs are unguided rockets, not heat seeking missiles like the neo-Nazi character implies. This may have been an intentional mistake by the film-makers for that character.
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In the opening scene some people think that Bill is trying to roll his window down when the crank mechanism stops working, making it impossible for the police officer to reach through the window to steer the car off the road when it's being pushed. But Bill is not rolling the window down - he's trying to roll it UP to block out the sound of the outside world. In later shots you can see that the window is about half open, making it possible for the police officer to reach through to steer the car.
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The crack on Bill's right lens in the second half of the movie appears to vanish at some points but this is just a trick of the light - when Bill faces directly into the camera, because the frame is undamaged and holding the cracked lens firmly in place, the crack is very difficult to see but still just about visible if you look closely.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the first shot of the opening scene, if you look closely, you can see that the driver's side front door of Bill Foster's car was taken out in order for the camera to move freely out of the car.
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In the final confrontation scene on the pier, all the chambers of Prendergast's revolver are clearly empty while he is pointing it at D-FENS.
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When the cop is interviewing D Fens' wife (Barbara Hershey) her bangs can be seen changing from a straight down vertical angle to a more messy arrangement and then back again.
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When he confronts the two men in his store while D-Fens is looking at boots, Nick ("Surplus Store Owner") pulls what appears to be a nickel-plated revolver from a holster on his right hip. A short time later, in his back room, Nick again draws a handgun from his right hip to subdue D-Fens, but this time it's a semi-automatic pistol with a dark (perhaps blued) finish. It's unlikely that Nick would be carrying two different handguns on the same side.
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