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(1996)

Goofs

Continuity 

When Jo, Bill, and Melissa are on the 2-lane gravel road where they encounter the twin tornadoes, the mileage on the truck keeps changing, sometimes several hundred miles (up or down) in each shot.
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Anachronisms 

In the opening scene, Joe's father warns his family that the TV reports that the "twister might be an F5". If this is 1969, then this is an anachronism, as the Fujita scale wasn't introduced to the meteorological community as a valid scale by Theodore Fujita until 1971.
At the start of the movie, in 1969, Jo's father is wearing a hat which first appeared in the 1980's.
At the start of the movie, when Jo's dad tells the family to get to the storm cellar he tells them that the tornado could be an F5. It was 1969 at the time, the Fujita Scale wasn't introduced until 1973.
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The first scene in the movie is said to take place in 1969 and has Gary England on the television warning of the tornado. But in 1969 England was actually working for a company called A.H. Glenn and Associates in New Orleans. He did not start working for KWTV until 1972.
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In the scene set in 1969, the TV displays the words, "tornado warning." The National Weather Service did not begin using that term until 1974. The TV should have said, "tornado alert."
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Jo is frantically trying to scoop sensors into her jacket she shouts "Bill, help me!" but her lips aren't moving.
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Character error 

In the opening scene, when Jo's family is in the cellar, her father tries to hold the door shut, and ends up getting consumed by the tornado. Jo and her mother, despite the door being torn off, remain unaffected by the tornado. Thus it was unnecessary for the father to try to hold the door shut, as he also could have been safe had he simply stayed away from the door.

Continuity 

When Bill says the tornado is about to shift directions to the left, he and Jo are driving side by side with Jonas. Bill hits his brakes and Jonas's team passes him completely. When Bill puts the truck into reverse and starts backing up, Jonas's team passes him again.
During the "twister sisters" scene, the truck is shown on a one-lane dirt road. In a character shot, you see cars passing by through the back window.
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Characters' clothes tend to clean themselves.
As the truck enters the house (which is on its side) the interior shot shows the truck smashing through the front door, driving up a flight of stairs, and then leaving through an upstairs window. In the next shot, the truck is coming out through what appears to be the kitchen area.
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When the farm machinery is being thrown about and lands in front of Bill, and Jo shouts "We have debris!" the last piece of machinery has an arm that breaks the windshield in front of Jo. In all of the scenes after, the windshield is intact.
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When Jo and Bill are driving out of the explosion from the tanker truck, you can clearly see Jo taking off a fire resistant suit through the front window of the truck. In the next scene she's in the shirt she was wearing before heading through the fire.
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The truck is consistently a Dodge Ram, but different models, as noted by different wheel styles. The opening shot shows a model 1500, then later a 2500, then back to a 1500.
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In the truck after leaving Aunt Meg's house, Bill says to Jo "Let's wire you up." She is already "wired," with a headset round her neck. Her wiring disappears in the next cut, allowing Bill to replace it.
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The final twister changes directions at least once, yet it leaves a very straight track.
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The utility pole that falls on the truck soon disappears.
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Several times, scenery from within a truck doesn't match scenery when seen from outside.
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When Bill crashes Jo's truck on the bridge, the hood crumples up. When they duck under the bridge for safety, it is restored.
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At one point the truck's windshield is hit and gets cracked; a second later the windshield is fine.
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When Jo and Bill are in the truck on top of the hill, a row boat flies over them, knocking the tailgate of Bill's truck off. When they are driving towards the F-5, the tailgate is back.
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When Bill's fiancee almost gets hit by Jo's Jeep, she is screaming with the driver's side window down. When she gets out of the truck, the window is up.
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At the start of the film Jo's yellow Jeep is a 1981 or later model. But the Jeep that Bill drives into the ditch and hits the bridge with is a 1980 or earlier model. The earlier Jeeps had a swept forward "visor" above the windshield.
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When Jo's truck falls down to the ground after the first tornado, the driver-side window is smashed from the tornado, but in the next shot Jo has to break the same window open to retrieve a towel.
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Right after Jo and Bill run through the house, a tricycle is on the truck. It disappears and reappears in the next few shots.
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State of repair and cleanliness of the truck's windshield as it dodges the falling houses, tractors, etc.
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Right after the first cow flies past the truck, you can see another truck passing them behind Bill's head. This is right after a shot of the road showing no traffic ahead.
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While Melissa is in the restaurant getting lemonade and Bill is outside, the sky is grey and cloudy when seen from outside, but sunny and clear when seen from inside.
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After Jo looks at the Dodge Ram's speedometer, and sighs that Bill is only driving 50MPH, shortly after, shots include Jonas' convoy, without the mobile home that includes the Doppler radar other equipment. In the next shot, Bill is passing the convoy and the first vehicle passed is the mobile home that was not in the previous shot.
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The drive-in theater plays two scenes from The Shining out of sequence. When we first see the screen it is at the part when Danny sees the girls standing in the hallway. Five minutes later it is near the end when Jack is breaking down the door with an axe. These two scenes occur an hour apart.
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When Melissa is getting into the car with the lemonade, she puts it on the top of the car. As she drives off, the cups come tumbling down and nothing spills. One "blows" in the wind. Where is the lemonade?
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When Jo leans out of the window to videotape "Dorothy IV" she has no video camera. In the next scene, a camera is in her hand.
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The vehicles that "stayed back" were wet in one scene, dry in an other, then wet again.
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When Jo, Bill and Melissa set out on a single lane gravel road across a dam to chase a "twin tornado", the camera angle cuts to a shot looking back over their shoulders out the left hand side of the car. From that angle, they're on a two lane highway with traffic going the other way.
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Many times the views of the roads and/or scenery are inconsistent across cuts.
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When Jo and Bill are arguing before they go off the road, a pair of safety goggles are hanging on a hook behind Bill. He goes off the road, swerves back on the road, and the goggles disappear. Moments later the goggles are back on the hook.
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When the final twister goes through the farm machinery yard, the two flags at the front of the shop are facing in the wrong direction and gently flapping in a light breeze.
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When everyone is leaving the truck stop for the first twister chase, the yellowish-brown bus leaves first. Moments later it's still in its parking spot. Then it follows the rest of the crew out.
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When the convoy split in two, Dusty's coat is on/off.
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When Melissa drives the Dodge Ram nearly missing Jo's truck her driver side window is rolled down but moments later as she steps out of the truck her window is closed.
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At Aunt Meg's, Jo is watching the news. First there are two dinner rolls on her plate. Two seconds later there is only one. Her knife is in the same spot.
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When Melissa is under the umbrella and talking to Dusty, her hair is alternately wet/dry between shots.
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When Bill turns to the last page of the divorce papers, a red signature tag can be seen. But when he shows Jo the papers, there are no tags present. When he hands the papers to Jo, there are now two tags on the page.
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During the first Twister chase when the camera cuts between inside and outside views of the truck with Billy and Jo, the amount of rain on the windshield goes from lots (view into cab) to virtually none (view out from cab).
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When the crew is riding in the sunset (before the F-5), the horizon is very orange. When Preacher is petting Mose, the sky is bright and sunny.
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As Haynes picks up a sensor to work on, her hand is covered with a tan glove. When she pushes past Dusty with her handful of completed sensors, the glove is visible on her left hand, and her right hand is bare. When she dumps the sensors into the bin, both hands are bare.
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During the first tornado, when Melissa is driving the Dodge Ram on the dirt road, she turns the wheel right to avoid Jo's yellow truck, but the truck moves left.
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At the beginning of the movie during the crew camp out, the weather changes in some shots. The sky changes to fully cloudy, partly cloudy, and clear blue sky.
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Just before driving through the house, Bill and Joe try to evade a farm vehicle that's in the way. They don't make it completely and the left side of the windshield is destroyed. In all the subsequent shots the glass is OK again.
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At Aunt Meg's dinner table, the white cap on a what appears to be a steak sauce bottle is on, then, in successive shots is off/on again.
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While Jo talks to Bill and Melissa over her overturned Jeep, Bill and Melissa are standing at the driver's side rear of Bill's truck. In a successive shot, they suddenly are standing at the middle of the rear of Bill's truck, then back at the driver's side rear again.
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In the scene where Jo and Bill are running from the F-5 past the fence, we see a shot of the boards being sucked up one by one. In a shot a few seconds later, we see a complete fence behind them, which then has it's boards sucked up in a similar manner.
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During the scene at the Drive-in, as the crew are running into the mechanic's shed, Jo stops to pull Laurence out of a parked pickup truck and runs with him into the oil-changing pit in the shed, where she sits next to him. After "Preacher" is hit on the forehead by the flying hubcap, Jo rushes to him and presses her hand to his forehead would to stop the blood flow. As the scene jumps back and forth between shots of Bill, Melissa, and Jo, Jo's position alternates from sitting next to Laurence to holding her hand against "Preacher's" forehead in several shots.
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When everyone is at Aunt Meg's house and they're explaining the Fujita scale to Melissa by telling her that a tornado is rated on how much it eats, Melissa repeats "Eats?" and her right hand jumps from under her chin to the table in between shots.
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The massive dent in the truck bed appears on both sides.
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Before Bill says "ok she's almost ready", you can clearly see through the back window and the windshield is already cracked by the trike. In the next few moments, Bill tells Jo to stop and the trike hits the windshield again and it's cracked again.
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When they are about to fill the two Dorothy's with sensors there appears to be a third Dorothy in the blue van.
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When the camera pans down to young Jo Harding's house during the monster tornado, the trees and windmill are moving in the wind. But in the next scenes, the windmill is absolutely still even though the trees continue to sway.
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When Jo is showering and later talks to Aunt Meg about Bill while dressing, Jo's watch switches arms in several shots.
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Jonas opens DOT3 after it is visibly open.
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In the shed, Jo puts on the leather belt strap. In the next scene, she puts on the strap again.
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When Jo's dad holds down the storm cellar door, the windows are completely perfect. After he says "I can't hold it any more!" the second time, the window is broken open in the next shot (with no indication of debris flying in).
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In the auto shop outside the drive-in movie theatre, the pickup truck is hit by a flying car, and one side of the truck falls into the service pit. In the next scene, the same truck falls into the pit again.
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At Aunt Meg's house, the number of buttons fastened on Bill's shirt changes between shots.
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When Bill gets out of the truck for the first time, at the beginning of the movie, he doesn't shut the door on the truck. However, a few lines later, when he introduces Melissa to Dusty, the door is shut.
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After Melissa asked Bill "Where are we going?", we see her standing 15 to 20 feet away from her vehicle with the car facing the cornfield, in the next shot, we see her standing 3 feet away from her vehicle with the car facing the road.
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As Bill and Jo are trying to get unstuck from the tree in the Dodge Ram as the Tanker truck is headed towards them (hurled by the tornado) about 90 minutes into the movie, you can see the rear tires on the truck spinning. The first shot of the tires has them being white lettered Good Year Wranglers. The next shot they are blackwalls.
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At the drive-in, Jo walks past the same Pepsi machine twice between wide and close-up shots.
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When Melissa is at Aunt Meg's house asking why they call Bill "The Extreme," her hand jumps from her lap to her chin in between shots.
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While chasing the storm on Route 33, two Texas highway signs are visible.
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Towards the end Preacher is driving with Aunt Meg's dog in the front seat. In the next scene, in a different vehicle, team members are attaching the "wings" to the sensors. Under the board they are working on you can see the same dog.
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When Meg's house has collapsed, Dusty runs up the roof calling for Meg. He reaches the window and the scene cuts to Jo and Bill helping Meg in the basement. When the scene goes back to the window, Meg is clearly seen standing on the roof outside the window next to Dusty in her nightgown. The scene later shows Dusty and another character helping Meg climb out the same window and onto the roof.
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When Jo asks that a space be cleared at the table for Melissa to sit down, Aunt Meg can be seen placing a bowl of gravy in front of Rabbit. But when Jo then slides a steak onto Melissa's plate a few seconds later, Meg is still making her way to the table with the bowl.
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Just before the tanker truck crashes in front of Bill and Jo's truck, Jo's window is halfway down. When they pull out of the fireball, it's completely up.
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During the drive-in movie tornado scene, everyone who is in the pit seems to switch their positions constantly between shots.
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When the team is in the pit at the drive-in, Jo's position continuously flip-flops between shots, to either holding Laurence to calm him down or trying to staunch the bleeding on Preacher's forehead.
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At 36:50, where the camera shows Bill's truck's speedometer at 50MPH, the air bag light is not on and the truck has about a half tank of fuel. Seconds later when Bill floors it, the air bag light is on and the truck has nearly a full tank of fuel.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Jo and Bill are driving through what's left of Wakita, they see Aunt Meg's house. At the top of the house, ropes are visible to prevent the house from falling off cue.
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As Jo drives Bill's truck out of the corn field and almost hits Jonas' truck, the top half of a crew member's body can be seen, just above the driver's side mirror, across the street poking out of the corn.
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Camera crew visible reflected in sunglasses and truck doors.
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In the opening scene, a helicopter is reflected in Bill's truck.
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A third person is visible in the back seat as Bill's truck emerges from the fireball.
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When Jo and Bill take off from Aunt Meg's house, for a brief moment, the camera and boom microphone are reflected on the back passenger window.
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Just before a twister strikes the Jo's aunt's farm, the windmill artwork in the yard starts to move. In the upper right corner of the scene, a hand can be seen turning one of the windmills. [widescreen only]
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After the "sister twisters" event, once Bill's truck stops spinning, a crew member can be seen in a reflection in the hood as the camera shot rises.
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Factual errors 

The last twister in the movie was classified and deemed an F-5, yet when it hits the farm where Jo and Bill are strapped to the pipe, about a third of the barn is still standing and the house can be seen more or less fully intact. F-5 level tornadoes can and will violently hurl entire wood frame structures from their foundations and even heavily damage steel reinforced concrete buildings. Therefore, in actuality, the entire ranch; house, barn, and all, should have been swept down to the ground. Also, survival in an F-5 tornado tied to a pipe is very unlikely as debris, especially flying wood splinters and glass at that speed can shred clothes and skin and cause potentially fatal injury.
The movie often acts as though only the funnel cloud of a tornado is dangerous. In reality, the funnel cloud is just the center of the tornado, around which debris can still dangerously swirl. This error is often indirectly averted, however, as demonstrated by the famous Flying Cow sequence.
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When Jo and Bill are clinging to the bridge after driving her truck through the ditch, the twister "drops" into the ditch and follows it. This does not actually happen. The twister would have "jumped" over the ditch. This is why you are told to find low ground if you are outside when a tornado hits your area.
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In the opening scene, Jo and her family rush outside of the house to get to their cellar. Farmhouses in severe weather prone regions such as Oklahoma, where the film takes place, have been designed since the 19th century with the destructive nature of tornadoes taken into account. Therefore, the family would have been able to enter the cellar from inside the house and not have to be outside when the storm is approaching. Moreover, for the same reason, the cellar doors would have much more durable locks and hinges than those of Jo's cellar door.
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When Bill and Jo jump out of the Dodge, Bill set the cruise control. Most cruise controls will not set unless going 25 to 30 mph. They could not have jumped out at that speed with the corn slamming up against the doors.
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While Bill and Jo are arguing in her truck en route to the reported location of a twister, Belzter and Haynes are seen laughing while listening in on them. This would not have been possible unless the mic was keyed the entire time, which would also make Beltzer's call to them that he had spotted the twister impossible to hear.
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When Dusty is playing Deep Purple's "Child In Time", the video that is playing during that song is of Deep Purple playing at the 1974 California Jam Festival, at which "Child In Time" was not played.
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At the start of the movie, when the family runs for the storm shelter, they run through a flock of chickens. The scene is set in the middle of the night long after chickens would be "roosting".
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There is noway you can tell the size of a tornado until after it has left the area. Many times the storm chasers predict its intensity.
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The GOES-8 meteorological satellite shown at the beginning of the film is incorrectly oriented: the onboard sensors should be pointed toward the earth in order for it to function (ie, obtain weather photography), instead, it was shown as facing the audience. In the film, the spacecraft's solar sail boom is shown pointed at the earth, when in fact it should pointed in the general direction of the earth's south pole.
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When Jonas' truck hits the ground, the explosion and associated smoke billow straight up. They should have been sucked into the tornado.
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The video Dustin Davis is watching during the first tornado chase scene is supposed to be Deep Purple's recording of "Child in Time" from their "Made in Japan" album. In fact, no film or video recording of this concert exists.
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During the third tornado, when the bicycle hits the windshield and Jo hits the brakes, Bill hits his head at 60+ mph, but suffers only a scratch.
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As soon as the crew attaches "propellers" to all of the sensors, they pass boxes of winged sensors from person to person, ending at Bill. He dumps the first box of sensors into Dorothy. Quite a few sensors fall out of Dorothy, which is full. Bill then dumps at least two more full boxes of sensors into Dorothy; however, since adding wings to the sensors adds mass to them, it is impossible to put all of the sensors into the compartment (as seen earlier, the compartment was full of wingless sensors) without spillover.
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At the end, Bill and Jo are exposed to the full force of an F-5 tornado and escape relatively unscathed. In reality, it is highly likely that they would suffer concussions and lacerations from flying debris, eye problems from wind borne particles, and having their clothes torn from their bodies by the high wind, if they survived at all.
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During the climax Jo and Bill get inside the F5 tornado and there is one smaller funnel circulating inside the debris of the large funnel. A wedge tornado of that size and intensity would most likely be a 'multi-vortex tornado' with 2 or more smaller funnels or vortices spinning inside.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the scene where the drive-in is destroyed by a large tornado, when the tornado is first shown it appears to be a half-mile wide wedge tornado (commonly regarded as being a violent tornado). The size of the tornado suddenly shrinks as it begins to destroy the screen that The Shining is playing on to being only roughly the width of the screen itself. When the tornado is shown again, after Jo, Bill and their crew take shelter in the steel garage the size reverts back to being wider than the screen itself. But tornadoes can and do quickly grow or shrink in size.
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Skies change from clear to cloudy very quickly. That happens in twister country.
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While chasing the first tornado, the team obviously turns onto a dirt road (all the dirt flying up as they turn). When Jo's truck drops in front of Melissa driving the red truck and she swerves out of the way, the tires make squealing noises as if they were on a paved road.

It was in fact a paved road/highway, it is common in flood plains to have gravel and dirt accumulate at intersections as was indicated when they initially turned onto the road.
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Revealing mistakes 

The strap Jo is attached to is broken just below where it is attached to the pole. Yet she doesn't fly away, and is still in the harness.
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When Jo and Bill are running beside the picket fence, the boards right beside them start getting hurled around, but the boards closer to the tornado merely sway back and forth.
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When the twister lifts the corrugated iron roof of the garage, you can see a wire attached to one of the iron parts to pull it upwards.
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When the Dodge Ram pickup's speedometer is shown for the first time after Bill floors the accelerator, the "Air Bag" light is on. This was to facilitate driving the truck through the house later in the movie without the chance of the airbag firing.
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While Bill and Jo are running (driving) from the first bad tornado, a house falls into the road in front of them, and one of them yells, "We're goin' in!" As they crash through the walls of the house in the truck, in one room there is a chair, above the truck in frame, standing as it should be, in place, even though the house has been blown through the sky and the floor is at a steep angle. The chair doesn't even move when the truck crashes through the room.
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When Melissa wanders out of her room just before the drive-in is destroyed, the curtains are flapping violently inside the room, ostensibly due to the wind coming up from the approaching tornado. But the tall juniper tree just outside her door is motionless.
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While the truck is being driven through the house, there is a quick shot where a chair is still sitting upright, against the wall, even though the house had just been rolling and ended up on it's side.
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Jonas' SUV, Jo's truck, and Dusty's school bus clearly have video cameras behind the windshield on top of the dash. These cameras are actually used for the audience to view out the windshield.
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When Eddie is stabbed by the antenna and before Jonas is killed in his truck by the tornado, you can clearly see the replicated mannequins of Cary Elwes and Zach Grenier.
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As the Galaxy Theatre sign is flying through the air, a cable attached to the point of the sign's arrow is pulling the sign through the scene into the auto shop.
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The opening shot of gathering storms features sped-up footage; plants in foreground jump too quickly.
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When Jo and Bill are running from the F5, their faces are clearly lit by the sun, even though the skies are completely clouded.
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When Bill and Jo are driving in the ditch they are traveling 75mph. When they crash into the bridge there's no sustained injury, despite a head on collision at freeway speed in a 70's truck with no air bags or crumple zone.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the last scene, when Jo and Bill are in the twister, the tornado suddenly disappears and boards from the barn smash down to the ground. In the next scene, Jo and Bill are sitting happily on the ground, completely unharmed, with no sharp equipment in sight.
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Continuity 

In the final scene, the headset is around Jo's neck, then not around her neck, then back on again. When she's wearing the headset, her hair is wet and stuck to her forehead. When she's not wearing the headset, her hair is not as wet.
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Continuity 

When Jo and Bill drive through the house and the truck drives up the stairs, the right head light pops out. The head light is still out when they exit through the window. The head light is back in position and is working when Jo and Bill turn into the corn field.
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Continuity 

When Preacher's head is sliced by the flying hubcap, a quick closeup of Jo shows that she has a bloody wound on one of her knuckles. When she reaches over to cover Preacher's wound, Jo's wound has disappeared.
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Factual errors 

At the end, when Bill and Jo are in the "well shed", the shed, including electric pole, gets sucked away yet, there is water shooting from the well. The well would have lost its prime as soon as it lost electricity. It should not have been still working.
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Factual errors 

At the end, the F5 demolishes a house and hurls an 18-wheeler through the air. Jo and Bill are still strapped to the pipe, and their clothes are not ripped from their bodies.
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Factual errors 

Cruise control only takes control of the acceleration. As soon as Bill and Jo jump out of the Dodge Ram, the truck is driving perfectly straight at the F5. Cruise control does not take control of the steering too. In reality, with all of that tall corn bumping around the truck, it will cause the truck to turn left or right and not drive straight into the tornado.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the movie, just before they go into the shed to escape the tornado, everything is blowing around but the trees and plants are stationary.
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