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(1993)

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Character error 

When Gerard interviews Nichols in his office, he says that Nichols and Kimble graduated from medical school together, "class of 1973". However, the picture he is looking at on the wall reads "University of Chicago Interns '72-73", which means that Nichols and Kimble would have graduated medical school in 1972.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Renfro says, "Chicago PD will eat him alive," his head turns several times, but his lips don't move.
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When Gerard removes Kimble's cuffs, the sound is distinctly that of handcuffs being closed.
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When the helicopter with Gerard in it lands outside the tunnel that Kimble is driving through, he says "Alright, we got him!", but his lips don't move.
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In the tunnel when Gerard is yelling at Biggs asking him what he's got and telling Biggs that he's got nothing, Gerard's lips aren't moving.
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Boom mic visible 

During the emergency room scene just before Dr Kimble diagnoses the young boys condition you can see the boom mic in the reflection of the medicine cabinet when one of the male nurses says "is there a doctor in here?"
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Character error 

One time when Kimble is fleeing the U.S. Marshals, he is shot at (but not hit as the glass is bulletproof). U.S. Marshals do not have the authority to shoot a man who did not pose a capital threat to them.
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It is mentioned that several other cities have an "El" (Elevated) train system. Milwaukee is incorrectly included on the list
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Both in the dam tunnel and in the laundry, Gerard fails to collect the pistols from the ground.
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When the prisoners are being transported in the bus the guard says we'll be there in 40 minutes, but when the prisoner starts foaming at the mouth the guard implied they are almost at the prison.
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When Kimble is checking out the apartment, the landlady is speaking to her son in Polish and asks him a question. The son replies "Da" which means "Yes" Russian, while the actual Polish word for "Yes" is "Tak".
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Continuity 

When Kimble calls Walter from the pay phone, the bell on the bridge gives its last ring just after his first line, "Walter, this is Richard." When Gerard plays back the tape of the call, the bell rings 4 or 5 more times after that.
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The clock on the building during the parade scene.
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During the bus wreck scene, when the bus is driving down the road and crashing, there is a double yellow line and a guard rail. A few minutes later, the same road is line with police cars and fire trucks with no line or rail.
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Kimble's tone of voice when he calls his lawyer doesn't match the phone-tap recording that is played back later.
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Kimble's black plastic bag when he rents the apartment from the Polish woman.
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Spot of blood on the sheets of the boy whose life Kimble saves in the hospital.
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The dead inmate's legs in the bus wreck change from being sideways and dirty to straight ahead and clean.
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When Kimble is having the passport photos taken, he is wearing the green shirt which he doesn't buy until later.
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Altitude of the police chopper when Gerard says "We've got him now" while landing outside of the tunnel.
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When the chopper lands outside the tunnel, two state police cars pull up behind it. As Gerard, Renfro and Poole run into the tunnel, the cars pull up again.
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When the prison transport crashes, and falls down the hill, Kimble can be seen without handcuffs, but after the bus stops, he asks the guard to uncuff him.
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When Kimble and Gerard are running through the tunnels, just before Kimble jumps out of the tunnel into the dam, Kimble jumps down into a undisturbed pool of water. Seconds later, when Gerard jumps into the same pool of water, it is still undisturbed, although Kimble just jumped and ran through it.
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Richard's clothes remain dry after he has jumped into the dam.
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Richard Kimble has a stand-off at the end of the tunnel with U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard. He then jumps from the tunnel on the dam's face into the water below. In the exterior shots of the dam afterwards, it is clear that there are no tunnels coming through the face of the dam (the water flows over the top.)
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When Richard prints his list of one-armed suspects, he crumples the paper before putting it in his pocket. In subsequent scenes, the paper is folded but uncrumpled.
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In the opening scenes where the police are photographing Helen's body she appears to be lying on her back. The next few scenes show her being photographed lying on her side next to the phone.
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Walking down hospital hallway Gerard asks "Where you at Desmondo?" His red scarf is clearly under his top coat. Seconds later while speaking with Renfro his red scarf is now over his top coat.
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Kimble hides from the hospital orderly behind the door leading to the bathroom. Kimble's hand is still visible in the mirror as the orderly walks in and out. Kimble's hands change position without him actually moving them, due to a slight cut, once the orderly leaves.
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(Possibly only in pan and scan version) When Gerard is looking over the crime scene photos of Kimble's house taped to his window, you can see Kimble's fake hospital ID tacked on the wall, despite the ID hadn't even been made yet.
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When being transported in the prison bus Kimble is fully cuffed at the waist, but when the bus is rolling down the embankment his right arm is free and over his head. When he says "unlock me" and the guard throws him the keys, he is still fully chained at the waist.
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While Kimble is holding a gun on Gerard in the tunnel, the position of Gerard's hair matted against his forehead changes.
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After the bus crashes, Kimble unlocks his hands and throws the keys onto the floor in front of Copeland. Two shots later when Copeland grabs the keys, they are lying in a different position on the floor.
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When Kimble calls his lawyer on the pay phone, initially you see an "Illinois Bell" banner on top of the payphone hut. When the scene cuts to the lawyer then back to Kimble, these banner areas are blank.
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As Kimble is climbing out of the bus window his leg shackles appear to have disappeared yet in the very next scene where he is seen running from the derailed and fast approaching locomotive, he clearly has them back on.
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Deputy Poole, after After Gerard tells her to "get Sykes in here now," puts the same phone down twice.
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When Kimball broke into Sykes' apartment, the police that Kimball circumvented to get in the apartment building did not hear the break in, being parked right outside.
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After Kimble shaves in the hospital he comes across a patient coming out of an ambulance. The man tries to say "it's Kimble" before being carted away. Kimble starts to point with his right hand, and because of good editing, in the next scene it looks like the same hand but in actuality it's his other hand he is now pointing with.
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When the bus is crashing, at one point you see the people inside at an angle, but the next shot shows the bus upright.
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When Kimble is taken away by detectives after his wife's murder, he thinks back to events which took place earlier that evening, including the moment when Charles Nichols introduced him to Alec Lentz. Later in the movie when Kimble thinks back to that moment, after breaking into Frederick Sykes' house and seeing Lentz in a photo, the words and actions of Nichols and Lentz are slightly different to what was seen earlier in the movie.
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After Gerard spots Kimball at the jail, Kimball runs down two flights of stairs and detours down a hallway to an opposite flight of stairs. Kimball changes his pace to walking fast and passes by the elevators. It takes 14 seconds after this for Gerard to notice that Kimball is not on the same stairs, yet the scene shows Kimball just past the elevators when he should have been long gone.
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When the prison bus is rolling down the hill it comes to rest up against a tree and is parallel with the slope. As the train is approaching, a shot of the bus up ahead shows the bus sitting upright across the tracks which would make it perpendicular to the slope it just rolled down off from, not parallel.
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Just after Kimble fights with Sykes on the EL train, he takes both Sykes' and the transit cops guns. Sykes' gun gets placed into his right pocket, and the transit cops into his left. However when Kimble dumps the guns into the mailbox, Sykes' is in his left and the cops is in the right.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera truck visible at the bottom of the screen as Kimble enters the tunnel.
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Visible in reflection on subway windows.
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As the train wreckage comes to rest Kimble is hiding under a small trestle bridge. A shot up at the wreckage shows a crew member's face above the trestle. This error was corrected for the 2001 DVD release of the film, after Andrew Davis noticed it. The crew member reappears on the Blu-Ray disc version of the film.
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Studio lights visible as the train approaches the bus.
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During the chase in the dam tunnel the dolly track is visible in the water.
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Moving shadows, possible that of a crew members hand, can be seen on the elevator interior wall behind Dr. Kimble as he exits the elevator on the 5th floor laundry room (after the fall from the skylight).
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In the hospital scene where he is leaving after getting the information about all one armed people. You can see in a cabinet's glass, the reflection of a microphone.
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Errors in geography 

There are no dams like the one Kimball jumps off of in Illinois. It's way too high and the gorge way too deep. Illinois is basically flat with little hills in S. Illinois.
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During the scene in Whiting, there is an Illinois State Trooper in front of the house. Whiting is in Indiana, out of the jurisdiction of the Illinois Troopers.
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During the ambulance chase, two police cars turn by a sign pointing to Murphy, North Carolina.
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Though the movie is set somewhere in Chicago's Near North side, we see Kimble walking by the University of Chicago's science library (the John Crerar Library), which is located on the South Side.
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The Marshals tracked Dr. Kimble from the phone call at the one armed man's house and said that his address was 10256 S. Saint Lawrence. The Marshals went in and come out of 11217 S. Saint Lawrence. Also, the house that the one armed man went into was on the other side of the street.
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Although the movie is set in Chicago, many of the scenes show large hills and mountains. Illinois is flat through most of the state, but in the begining scenes in Southern Illinois, the area is rugged and hilly. (The scenes were filmed in North Carolina).
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When they are doing the bust in Whiting, you can hear the whistle of a CTA El train in the background. There are no El lines in Whiting.
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Kimble and Nichols leave the Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Towers and go next door to the presidential suite. The ballroom is on the second floor of the Hilton, while the presidential suite is on the top floor. Next door to the Grand Ballroom is the International Ballroom.
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While headed on the train with the one armed man, "his stop" and a variety of lines include a destination as the El's Balbo Stop. Though Balbo is an avenue which travels in and around the famous Grant Park, it is not a stop nor has ever been one on the train system.(In fact, most of it would have been initially underwater)
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When Kimble boards the "Kimball" Brown Line train, he ends up headed south out of the loop on a Green Line train (the Aerial shot shows the south Loop exit S-Curve). The Brown Line only heads north out of the Loop.
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There is in fact no Balboa "L" stop, though the Chicago Hilton is at Balboa. However, the police are seen entering a building at 203 N Lasalle, which is at LaSalle and Lake, far from the Hilton.
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On the sheet of paper with the list of the five possible one-armed men, the last name and address has an address in Napierville, which is actually spelled "Naperville".
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Factual errors 

No hospital in the modern world would allow orderlies or anyone to wear roller skates due to the obvious safety hazards.
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Illinois State Police troopers wear six-pointed star badges, not seven-pointed stars as shown.
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In surgery, Kimble holds his needle driver incorrectly.
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A television news montage is seen in an electronics store containing video of Kimble from earlier in the film and includes a scene from Kimble's sentencing hearing. Since cameras are not permitted in Illinois courtrooms, the only "image" from any of the court proceedings available to the media would have been those created by courtroom sketch artists.
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In a closeup of a Chicago Sun-Times paper dated THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 1993 the main article highlights "Kimble in Chicago: Fugitive Escapes Downtown Pursuit". To the left of the article is a blurb titled "Fan Hits $1 Million Bull's-Eye" about the Bulls fan Don Calhoun that hit a half court shot for $1 Million. The photo and date indicate this happened on March 17, 1993 when in fact Don hit the shot on April 14th, 1993.
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When Kimble enters the elevator in the hotel on the way up to see Charles, he pushes the top middle button, but the top right button lights up instead.
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When the ambulance Kimble stole is seen, as Gerard gets on the helicopter, the engine in just starting up yet the helicopter is in the air just a few seconds later, way too fast to allow it complete the startup process and start flying.
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Gerard states that he's taking over the local sheriff's investigation and he's from the United States Marshals Office, 5th District Northern Illinois.

As Gerard's agency is federal and not state, they would fall under the jurisdiction of the 7th circuit (Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin) and not identify by a congressional legislative district.

Although the Illinois 5th congressional district (as of 2014) does cover certain parts of Cook County, it would not be relevant to the discussion of jurisdictional law enforcement nor would the Illinois 5th judicial circuit as it is in southern Illinois.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Kimble is making the call, the PA announcement for an El train is overheard. While PA announcements are now made only inside the train, in the early 1990s they were clearly audible in the station (maybe more so than in the train), and even in the nearby streets.
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In the laundry room at Hilton Towers, a cart is clearly marked "Palmer House", a different Chicago hotel. However, since they are both Hiltons and near each other, it's not unlikely they would share some back-room equipment.
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Kimble dyes his hair black in one scene and then in another scene his hair is the same old color from the beginning of the movie. However, it's entirely possible (even likely) that Richard purchased the kind of temporary dye that washes out within a few weeks. Since the scenes take place over the course of several months, it's not at all unlikely that the scene in which Richard's hair is again its natural color occurs a few weeks after the last scene in which he has black hair.
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When Kimble is initially questioned by CPD detectives after the murder of his wife, he challenges them by saying, "You find this man." Later in the movie, flashbacks incorrectly quote him as saying, "You find that man." However, this is to show different perspectives of the same scene.
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Plot holes 

The prison guard is asked, "Just for the record, these three are dead, right?" about the prisoners, to which he replies, "Yes." He then says he doesn't think that Kimble got out. However, he only saw the prisoner who was foaming at the mouth die (he shot him). He had no knowledge that the other two besides Kimble were dead.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Kimble is escaping in the ambulance, the camera pans to the right where we see the dam, but the water coming out of it isn't moving.
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During the scene on the train, when Kimble kicks Sykes backwards, you can clearly see Sykes stretching his right hand. This hand is shown to be prosthetic and the hand immobile.
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Obvious dummies in the bus when it flips over.
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When the elevator with Kimble and Nichols reaches the laundry room, the hole in the roof shows the elevator cables. The image is decidedly grainy. It's obviously a pre-recorded image, and was then composited onto the scene at a later date.
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When Gerard and Cosmo are riding in the car, and eventually wind up at the Hilton, the car's rear view mirror has been removed from the windshield.
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In the opening scene, as the ambulance drives up, a placard reading "FILM-2" is clearly visible on the ambulance light bar.
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Repeated footage: When Richard Kimble is running from the train wreck in the woods, before he reaches the hospital.
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In the scene on the laundry room floor when Kimble sticks his arm through the closing elevator door to open it up again so he can get out, if you look at the door, you'll see blood smears, possibly from other takes of the same scene since Kimble has blood on that hand.
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When Gerard lands in the helicopter to block the end of the tunnel, the person to get out of the helicopter is Jones' stand in. Seconds later when the camera returns to him, it is Tommy Lee Jones.
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During the ambulance chase, when they drive past the dam, the background shot is a still image.
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When Kimble jumps from the dam, the wide shot is clearly using a dummy.
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While Samuel Gerard is searching for Richard Kimble among the people at the St. Patrick's Day parade, you can clearly hear a person shout out, "Hey Tommy! Woo!", likely directed at actor Tommy Lee Jones.
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When Kimball crawls out from under the bridge after being chased by the derailed locomotive 536, the 536 has no traction motors on its wheels. Without traction motors a locomotive cannot move on its own, let alone pull a train. Obliviously the derailing train was being pushed from the rear end.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the end of the movie, when Gerard brings Kimble out of the hotel, there is a large crowd of reporters asking questions. They follow them right to the car and when Kimble gets in the car, it's clear that the window is open, however, when Gerard and Kimble are in the car, you can no longer hear the sound of the crowd just outside of it.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Cosmo Renfro is being taken out of the hotel on a stretcher, he says "Tell Sam Gerard I'm going home now. I'm taking my vacation." His mouth is not moving.
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Character error 

In a newspaper article regarding the St. Patrick's Day parade, a sub-headline says "Fugitive Escapes Downtown Pursuit" but the text of the article says "Kimble was apprehended after an extensive chase by Police and several bystanders," even though Kimble escaped.
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Continuity 

After Gerard shoots Copeland twice and kills him, the slide on Gerard's Glock is completely pulled back (as if he's emptied his magazine.) In the next scene, the slide is in the regular position.
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Continuity 

When Kimble is confronting Nichols in the Hilton ballroom, the rear shot shows Kimble extends his arm to the right motioning to Nichols to leave the room to the right. When the shot then goes to the front, his arm is still at his side.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Kimble surrenders at the end of the movie, he is turned away from the camera. When he turns to follow Gerard, a hearing aid is visible in Kimble's right ear.
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Errors in geography 

At the end of the movie, when Richard is being taken out of the Hilton towers, the trees across the street from the hotel are in full bloom. However, there are no green leaves on the trees in mid-March in Chicago.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Dr Charles Nichols is hit from behind by Kimble in the laundry at the end of the movie, the gun in Nichols' hand is resting on his other hand, and he is obviously unconscious. However, when Sam Gerard goes to disarm him, the gun is lying flat on the ground.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Kimble and Nichols are fighting past the ballroom, Nichols slams Kimble with a quality hardwood chair that shatters on impact. Chairs of this construction would never disintegrate so easily after impact with a human body.
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