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(1998)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Tania Johnson hangs up on Carter we hear a dial tone. It's a useful cinematic device to accentuate the hanging-up moment, but you don't hear a dial tone on a cell phone.
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The motorcycle being ridden by James Carter sounds like it changes gears when his feet are in the air.
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When Tania Johnson answers her AT&T cordless phone, it makes the error noise that indicates the base is disconnected or out of range, yet she uses it as if having a normal conversation.
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Character error 

When Carter is picking Lee up from the airport, you can see Lee turn to his left and right saying "xie xie" which means thank you. However when the camera angle changes you can see that there is no one there.
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Continuity 

When Lee tries to escape from Carter, the yellow cab changes from a Crown Victoria to a Caprice and back to a Crown Victoria again.
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When James Carter arrives to be briefed as an FBI agent, his Corvette has a mag wheel on the right front. The next time we see his car, it has spoked wheels all around.
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When James Carter takes the joint away from the man at the pool hall, the joint changes size.
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The same store is passed twice When Carter jumps on the bus after catching Detective Lee.
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When Juntao walks out of the control room, he grabs two cases of money, when he reaches the top of the ladder in the Expo Center, he only has one.
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When Carter pulls the guy off the motorcycle, and he jumps on and takes off in pursuit, there's the sound of shifting gears, yet his foot is not on the gear shift.
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On his approach to Chief Inspector Lee's, Detective James Carter's Corvette has chrome wheels, and in the following shot of Lee opening his front door to Carter, the Corvette has black wheels.
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In the Billiard Hall at the beginning of the fight, Lee goes to grab a barstool with his feet and it has a bright red seat cover and round metal legs. Right before he hits the bartender, it changes to a dull red seat cover and black painted two by fours for the legs.
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When Lee breaks into the consul, during the fight with Whitney, the door is open at the start of the fight, yet it is closed (seconds later) when Consul Han opens the door to tell Russ that it is Lee.
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During the fight in the Chinese Restaurant, Carter is restrained by Juntao's thugs. When Lee enters and successfully fights the guards, both Carter's captors go to help. One punches Carter, and proceeds to pick up a safe/box on the wooden/glass table. However, when Carter reacts by kicking the table and tripping the running captor, the man falls, and the box has disappeared from his hands. No signs of him dropping the box or it being thrown are seen.
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When Carter is posing for the tourists' photos on the bus, the badge he shows them is pretty small in size. Later, when Carter and Lee put their hands up to the cab driver pointing a gun at them, Carter shows the driver his badge, which is significantly larger than the badge he was wearing on the bus.
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The blood on Soo-Yung's face after her driver and bodyguard are shot.
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When Carter picks up the tapestry, some of the fallen bills are lying on it. When Lee slides down, the money is gone.
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When Carter finds Sang in the room where the money is counted, the wounded FBI Agent is shown twice. The first time, his gun is holstered, and the second time there is no gun.
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When Carter arrives at the Consul's mansion and we see Carter's Stingray in the background as we walks over the door threshold, the wheels are different than the wheels before-when he threw the keys to the agent and told him to 'take care of it'.
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Near the start, when the 'cop' directing traffic directs the Mercedes off to the right, the Honda Accord in front changes from light blue to dark brown between shots
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As Lee and Carter are sliding down the steps of the Foo Chow Chinese Restaurant, after fighting in the upper room, you see a bullet hole in the wall, which is clearly not on the wall in the next shot.
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The United Airlines Boeing 747 is a newer model 747 (the 747-400). Yet the stairs shown in the aircraft belongs to the earlier model 747 (the 747-100 and 747-200).
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in one of the blast shields during the bomb disposal training.
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When the building explodes, a camera crew is visible on the rooftop to the left.
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When Lee is on the bus, and jumps on the Hollywood street sign, it is clearly not attached to the overhead traffic light. In the following shots, the crane holding the sign for the stunt is visible.
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Camera reflected in the window of one of the van's rear doors as Carter opens them up to get Soo-Yung out of it.
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When Clive's Jaguar explodes on the road, a camera is visible in the middle of the road.
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Errors in geography 

When Lee gets on the bus outside Grauman's Chinese Theater he travels a short distance and then the bus turns a corner, it travels a few blocks before Lee exits by grabbing a street sign. The sign is for Hollywood. However Grauman's Chinese Theater is on Hollywood, and the bus had supposedly traveled some distance before he got off.
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Toward the end of the movie we see a news van with "channel 8" and call letters on them that start with "W." Television stations in Los Angeles and any city west of the Mississippi River have call letters that start with "K" and not "W."
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Factual errors 

The ransom of $50 million, in the denominations requested by the kidnapper, would total 2,400,000 individual bills. That amount would never fit into two suitcase. Moreover, that amount of money would weigh more than 5200 pounds.
$50M in the demanded a combination of $10, $20, and $50 bills would be over 2 million bills and weigh several tons. It would clearly not fit into a couple of suitcases.
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C4 explosive (in the boot of the car at the beginning) cannot be detonated by gunshot.
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In the event that the daughter of a Chinese diplomat was abducted on U.S. soil, the State Department (particularly the Diplomatic Security Service) would have full priority over the matter and not the F.B.I. as depicted in this movie.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Captain Diel is telling Carter about the case he states that the Consul's little girl is ten but when Lee and Carter are at the jail talking to Clive, Lee tells Clive that the little girl is eleven. Lee is using the Chinese method of counting ages, where a person's age is calculated as "1" when you are beginning your first year of life, i.e., when you are born. This contrasts with most Western cultures, in which you are "1" at the end of your first year.
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Some viewers incorrectly perceived that there is a Vietnamese flag inside the home of Consul Han who represents China.

There is no Vietnamese flag in the Chinese Consul's home. Two flags are correctly displayed in the Consul's home, the Hong Kong flag (white flower on red field) and the flag of the People's Republic of China (one large and four small yellow stars on a red field). PRC had just taken back Hong Kong from the British. While at some angles these flags hanging limp may look a bit like the Vietnamese flag (a single yellow star on a red field), they are distinctly Chinese and Hong Kong flags.
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When Carter first meets with the F.B.I., he introduces himself as "James Carter, F.B.I." He should have said, "James Carter, L.A.P.D." This is Carter being cocky and thinking he is now actually working for the F.B.I.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lee and Carter are driving in the Corvette listening to The Beach Boys, there is a brief shot of the steering column and there are no keys in the ignition.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Just before Juntao falls to his death in the exhibition building, Carter is shown stuffing a handful of cash into his shirt. A moment later, after Juntao has fallen and Carter rushes to catch Lee with the banner, all of the money has disappeared from his shirt.
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Continuity 

During the final shootout scene at the LA Convention Center, Juntao calls for a position report of the helicopter inbound to pick him up. When the camera cuts to the helicopter, a Eurocopter AS-355 "Twinstar" is shown. Later when Juntao makes a second radio call to the helicopter to instruct the pilot to pick him up on the roof, the camera cuts to a shot of a helicopter hovering above the convention center. The helicopter shown is an Augusta Westland A-109 Power or a variant of that type.
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Continuity 

During the final battle, Lee's tuxedo suspenders change from x-back to y-back to x-back again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Near the end of the movie, when Lee is falling from the roof of the Expo, a whole camera crew is visible in the background
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Factual errors 

The exploding vest on the girl is disabled by cutting one of three wires going into a BNC type connector. The BNC connector has only one center pin and a ground so it would never have three wires going into it, other than as a convenient way to make a spice. if it was a splice of two wires, cutting one would have no effect.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the final battle at the Chinese Art Exhibition, Lee uses his foot to get hold of a metal pole (one of the kind that a velvet rope is hooked to) and then uses it to smack a henchman in the face. As the villain is hit, the metal pole has lost all of its luster and bends slightly as it flies through the air, showing that it is made out of rubber.
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