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Boom mic visible 

When the Sheriff 'questions' Kurt Russell on the road after pulling him over in the F150 pickup, the boom microphone is clearly visible, as it's attached to the back of the pickup.
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Continuity 

For the final chase, it goes from dawn to mid-day (note the shadows) much too quickly.
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When Jeff re-wires the Jeep, the sky looks as if it is late in the afternoon; then when he arrives at Belle's, the sun seems to be directly overhead as though it were noon.
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In the final chase sequence, the pickup truck is repeatedly rammed from behind, yet shows no damage when stopped on the bridge.
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The condition of Jeff's pants when he arrives and leaves the bank to meet the kidnapper.
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When Jeff is in the F-150 with the bad dude, the right side mirror is knocked off, but then it can be seen from the shot from inside the car.
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When Earl stops to pick up Jeff after he gets the ransom money, he stops his truck in front of a railroad crossing. When he pulls away, there is no railroad crossing in sight.
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The pen on the bank manager's desk keeps appearing and disappearing between shots.
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The broom in the bank's bathroom.
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When Jeff is stopping Red's truck for the second time, Red turns on the turn signals. When the police officer searched the truck, the signals are off.
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When Jeff breaks into the trailer house toward the end, he first breaks the window out of the door and then tries the outside doorknob.
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The bank manager's computer monitor is shown with no cables plugged into the back during certain shots. In others, they are clearly shown.
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When Jeff first meets Red, Red is wearing a striped shirt. When Jeff encounters Red with the sheriff, Red is wearing a red shirt.
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Jeff's car is a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. But The wheels belong to a 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo.
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The rear-view mirror in the Ford F150.
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When we see Jeff driving the Red Jeep, it appears to be a 1996, but in some shots of the jeep in the chase scene, it was replaced with a modified 1993.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in the Jeep window during the opening sequence.
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When Kurt Russell slams his brakes on after being blocked in by the F150 pickup at the construction site, the cameraman is clearly visible in the rearview mirror, as he's sitting directly behind him.
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When Jeff see Earl with a gun by the river, the cameraman is visible in the rear-view mirror, as he's sitting directly behind him.
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During the final chase scene, the red Firebird flips, and explodes. During the beginning of the flip, the pipe that causes the flip can be seen vertically beneath the car.
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Errors in geography 

When the Jeep quits running, the odometer reads 242 miles. It has already been driven from Massachusetts to the western US desert.
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Factual errors 

In a low-angle shot from a car trunk, Earl holds his open palm directly behind the slide of his Beretta as he prepares to fire. Firing a Beretta or any recoil-operated pistol like this would severely injure his hand when the slide snaps backward.
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After the bank manager gets up from his desk to start the transfer, there is a wider shot of Jeff at the desk. The computer monitor has no power cord attached.
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Throughout the movie, several vehicles are shown with front license plates. Vehicles in New Mexico are only issued one license plate.
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The sheriff's police car lacks a partition between the front and rear seats.
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In the final chase sequence, Jeff attempts to shoot out Red Barr's truck tires. After a few shots, a click is heard from the pistol and Jeff tells his wife he is out of bullets. A pistol does not just make a click when it is out of ammunition. If Jeff was out of bullets the slide on the pistol would automatically lock back, confirming all rounds were fired.
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If Red's gang had been obliged to be awake and on the road for nearly 24 hours straight ("We need to get far away from this area and dispose of all our incriminating evidence! I don't care if that means that we DO have to drive all night to get back to my house!"), they would have looked exhausted and baggy-eyed; they could not have appeared fresh and vigorous the way they do while having an early breakfast at Red's house.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the final chase scene when the red car rolls over the driver is missing.
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When he swims for his life in the river, Jeff Taylor is clearly wearing a life-jacket.
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