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(1998)

Goofs

Boom mic visible 

When Sam and Vincent are running through the dressing room at the ice skating arena, a boom operator can be seen briefly in a mirror reflection.
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Character error 

Robert De Niro's character, when discussing Sean Bean's character, mispronounces the town in England where the SAS HQ is. The actual English pronunciation is closer to "her'uh'f'uh'd", those "uh"s representing schwas and not Heer-ford as spoken by De Niro. However, there are many 'Herefords' in the USA (Texas, Arizona, California, and a few in New England) and many US Herefords are pronounced Sam's way, much as Americans often pronounce Edinburgh as Edin-Bro.
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Vincent is supposed to be a mercenary or former intelligence agent with connections all around France to get whatever the team needs. Yet, during the initial briefing, he fails to recognize basic military terms.
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We know the skater's name is Natacha Kirilova, as it is written on her dressing room door, but as she is being announced the news subtitle spells her name wrong, as Kirlova (No 2nd 'i').
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The "Grasshopper" actually consists of equal parts Crème de Menthe, White Cacao and cream. The only part Sam gets right is the Crème de Menthe (see the quotes).
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Continuity 

The Audi in the Nice car chase alternates between an A8 and a S8 (should be S8 as ordered by Larry earlier). S8 has silver mirrors and a three-spoke steering wheel. In some shots, the Audi has body colored mirrors and a four-spoke steering wheel that comes with the regular A8.
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Gregor is driving a Jeep Cherokee with an automatic transmission when he picks up the man to do the transaction for the case. When he stops at the playground, he clearly puts the car into park. When he presses on the gas, the car lurches forward, even though it is still in park, and he is able to shoot the man in the head.
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The sunroof on the brown Mercedes Vincent drives appears and disappears.
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Sam and Vincent are in the car, waiting for Gregor, Seamus and Deirdre to exit their safe house. Sam, in the near seat, has his side mirror angled so he can see straight behind the car. He makes mention to Vincent, who looks from the other side of the car. The mirror angle would mean Vincent could not see them from his position.
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Deirdre is driving an early-'90s BMW during the final car chase; the car has stock 17" M "turbine" wheels. The wheel that Vincent is shown to shoot out is a standard 5 series wheel, and is not seen on the BMW at any point during the chase.
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In the first chase while after the briefcase, the Audi sustains a fair amount of damage to the front of the car, including the headlamps being displaced. When the chase ends at the corner of the 3-way intersection, it shows an Audi with the front intact as it smashes into the front quarter of the Citroen. You can see clearly as the accident occurs that the driver-side headlamp is completely undamaged.
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When Deidre is in the tunnel going the wrong way during the car chase, the sequence of her passing cars is repeated. Once with the camera on bumper level and once on a stationary high overhead.
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When the target vehicle is "400 m from the traffic light" just before Sam's team begins their assault, Gregor's computer displays its position as "LAT: 51 deg 52 MN 23 S, LG: 13 deg 5 MN 18 S". As the chase proceeds, at the point when "you should see them in 4 seconds", the computer again displays the position, and it's still "LAT: 51 deg 52 MN 23 S, LG: 13 deg 5 MN 18 S" even though the map has shifted.
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The Mercedes used in the Nice chases peels out in a fog of burning rubber. However, the next scene shows the car without any tire smoke at all.
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The car Deirdre drives in the final Paris car chase is an early-90s BMW 5-series. It is badged as M5, and has the correct wheels for this model. However in the tunnel scene, the dashboard shown is from a non-M 5 series, as all M models have red needles on the speedo etc, and this car has white needles.
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When Sam hands Larry the case he has an earpiece in his right ear. However when he notices the paint on his jacket and hand, the earpiece is missing. He then takes the case back and throws it and the earpiece is there again.
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Tire marks from previous takes visible at several points during car chase.
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Gregor's glasses fall off during his roll down the stairs in the amphitheater. But in the next scene, they are back on his face.
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In the car chase at Nice, Sam gets into the back of the brown Mercedes, behind Vincent. The next scene has him the passenger seat beside Vincent. While not impossible, it would be a rather quick switch in a fast moving vehicle to accomplish this.
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During the chase to retrieve the briefcase. A roof rack appears on the Audi right after they plow through the fish market. Also the trunk is open.
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As Witt is skating around the ice there is a shot of the crowd, completely packed. After that, there's a cut to Witt again, but now (only for a second) there is no one in the right side of the audience. The camera then pans left and for the rest of the shots the extras were obviously moved around to keep the appearance of a packed ice rink.
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At the Roman coliseum at Arles, Vincent is surprised by the Russian, Sergi, who recognizes him from some past action. As Vincent replies 'Vienna' Sergi's gun arm is already straight but in the next scene it has changed position and is bent at the elbow.
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Deidre's hair in the warehouse scene.
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Two Citroen XM's are used in the car chase in Nice: one old model (lateral Citroen logo) and one new (Citroen logo in the middle of the frontal part of the car). So throughout the chase, it is easy to see that they switch from one car to the other.
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During the hunt in the amphitheatre, the gun in Sam's hand disappears and reappears.
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During the Paris car chase, the left mirror of Sam's car is gone, later it is there again.
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In the car chase with the Peugeot and the BMW, Vincent's side mirror is shot off. In the following scenes, it's intact.
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At the first action sequence, Sam extends the shoulder rest on the back of his weapon after he loads it and then again when the cars stop at the lights.
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When Gregor is standing in the pub looking for the two Russians near the arena, he looks through a camera to spot them. When we look through his lens, we first see them from below the viewpoint & far away. Then we see them again, through the lens above the viewpoint and closer, as if Gregor has changed positions and is now below the Russians. Yet we see that he has not changed locations in the following shot, he is still in the pub.
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In Arles, when Sam, Vincent and Diedre are in the car looking for Gregor, Sam is told Gregor is "at the coliseum". In the next scene Gregor is still in the pub. Since his (presumably) CIA contacts are triangulating Gregor's cellphone and not monitoring his conversation, this is a simple editing error.
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When Vincent is preparing to help Sam attend to his bullet wound, the outside of Sam's Kevlar vest surrounding the bullet hole is soaked with blood. When Vincent cuts the vest off, Sam's undershirt has very little blood on it.
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During the long chase, something - possibly a running lamp socket - can be seen hanging down from the left front corner of the BMW in some shots, but not in others.
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During the second car chase when Larry forces the target car into the outdoor café, several diners and a waiter are knocked down by the cars and lay unmoving on the sidewalk. However, seconds later, after the bodyguard and man with the briefcase are killed, not a single diner is seen.
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When Sam aims the LAW rocket launcher at the chase car on the mountain road, there is a car clearly visible behind Sam's Mercedes. A moment later when Sam fires the rocket, the car is nowhere in sight despite the scene being on a long straightaway.
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When the shooting starts at the botched weapons exchange, a man on the left side of the arms dealer's car reacts to being shot at the same time Vincent is shooting the fat man. A moment later, as Vincent reloads, Sam pops out and shoots the same man on the left side of the car, who is now standing, ready to shoot.
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During the ambush, shooters from the last chase car pepper the Mercedes and the car behind Sam with a hail of bullets. When Vincent pulls out to continue the chase, the bullet holes are gone.
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The camera angle of the photos that the bystander took of Sam and Deirdre by the hotel doors is about 18" higher than the bystander's own height.
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During one of the car chases, the first shots of the Audi S8's interior show Audi's late 1990s-early 2000s steering wheel (consisting of Audi's four-ring logo in silver and surrounded by a circle). In later shots of the same chase, the steering wheel is that of Audi's earlier 1990s design (Audi's four-rings which have been enlarged to fill more of the steering wheel, lacking both the surrounding circle and the silver finish to the rings).
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In the first chase while after the briefcase, the Audi sustains a fair amount of damage to the front of the car, including the headlamps being displaced. When the chase ends at the corner of the 3-way intersection, it shows an Audi with the front intact as it smashes into the front quarter of the Renault. You can see clearly as the accident occurs that the driver-side headlamp is completely undamaged.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A couple of crewmembers with a camera are visible between the pillars in the center of the tunnel after Seamus shoots a man in a tunnel during the Paris chase and his car slides around.
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When Larry is helped into the tan Mercedes, a camera is reflected in the front passenger window.
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When Sam "ambushes" Spence with the cup of coffee, the piston in the table that pops up to overturn the mug is visible.
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In the scene after Gregor's price goes up 300%, the shadow of the camera is visible on the ground after the police car passes.
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Third and final car chase sequence. Right after the truck tips on its side and crushes several vehicles, we see a shot of it from the left side and crew and camera are clearly visible behind the guardrail on the far left.
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Reflected in the mirrors in the skaters' dressing room when Sam runs through.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) During the final car chase, right after the police car flips over in the tunnel, a camera man and crane can be briefly seen on the left hand side behind behind a nook in the tunnel wall.
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During the last car chase at certain points, the cameras are visible in the back seats of the vehicles.
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When Sam goes to meet his CIA contact he walks alongside a café, a crouched crew-member is reflected in the bottom left of the café window.
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Errors in geography 

The coordinates given of Nice area Lat 51 deg 52' 23" Lg 13 deg 5' 18", which is actually south of Berlin. Nice is at 43 deg 35" N 7 deg 15" E.
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Factual errors 

Jean-Pierre claims that "All 47 of them committed Seppuku," but in fact only 46 did. The 47th Ronin, Terasaka Kichiemon, had a different mission. He was later pardoned. When he died at 87, he was buried along with the other 46.
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In the story a bullet goes through De Niro's bullet proof vest. He states it is because the bullet was sprayed with Teflon. Teflon will not cause a bullet to defeat a bulletproof vest. Teflon is used to protect and lube the barrel of a gun when firing steel core ammo. Steel core ammo may defeat a bullet proof vest but without lube it will wear out the barrel.
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During the Car chase in Old Nice we see the two cars coming from a street. We can see the plaque indicating 'impasse' (which means that the road leads nowhere and they can't be coming from it).
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During the car chase in the tunnel, the car's headlights blink off and on to warn the oncoming cars, but the hands of the driver never leave the steering wheel. The headlights appear to blink independently of each other as well.
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Miscellaneous 

Several shots in the ice-rink scene are reversed left-for-right. Note the mirror-image exit ("Sortie") signs and the reversed TF1 television logo.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the ice show, most of the crowd in the upper decks are clearly made of cardboard cut-outs. They never clap when everyone else is clapping. Especially evident in the crowd shots from the roof.
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During the long Paris car chase, the brake lights of the camera car are frequently visible reflected in the headlights of the following stunt car.
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During the car chase in Paris the hands on the steering wheel of the BMW during inside shots appear to be male hands (obviously the stunt driver). This especially obvious in a shot shortly after they have left the tunnel.
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During the car chase, when the two cars swerve to avoid construction and drive along the dirt road, the camera switches between low tight shots of the fronts of the cars and you can see a cloud of dust from the camera truck in front of the lead vehicle.
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A model tree gets caught in the camera as it pans around Jean-Pierre's model Shogun - it snaps back and forth as the camera goes by.
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