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(2000)

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Continuity 

When Chon Wang is protecting the Indian kid, two warriors on horseback arrive. In the first shot, one of them has distinct black and white war paint on his face. In the next shot he is replaced by a different rider, but then returns later in another scene.
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Anachronisms 

Marshall Van Cleef states, "By the authority vested in me by the Territory of Nevada..." Nevada became a state in 1864. The story took place in 1881.
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In one scene, O'Bannon tells Wang: "I don't know karate...", however, karate was unknown in the Western world prior to World War I (or later), so he wouldn't have even known what to call it.
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The movie is set in 1881. The train depicted in the early scenes has a large, prominent name plate on the front of the locomotive, with its engine number, "68", and the date of manufacture, 1883.
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A sign is visible during one of the Carson City scenes during the latter part of the picture showing the words 'Bulldog Drummond's'. He was a fictional British detective that first appeared in a 1920 novel, almost forty years after the movie's setting in 1881.
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Continuity 

When Wang finds O'Bannon in the desert, the sun is behind Wang's back. In the next shot it has moved to his side.
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During the bath scene, the level of the "firewater" in the bottle varies inconsistently between shots.
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When Chon and Roy are on the gallows, the nooses around their necks are behind/in front of their shoulders between shots.
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When Wang says, "The sun rises in the east, blah, blah, blah," O'Bannon's left arm changes from pointing at Wang to being in the tub in the next shot, and then in the next shot his arms and shoulders are further out again.
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After Roy and Chon 'cheat death' and Chon tells him he is riding alone, he takes his hat off and fixes it, in the very next shot it is behind his head and back as he jumps on the horse.
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After Roy has shot Van Cleef the camera pans down and we see a hole in Van Cleefs badge. The camera changes to Roy and then back to a full length of Van Cleef as he falls forward, the hole in the badge is missing.
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The amount of soap on Wang's hand during the bath sequence.

Crew or equipment visible 

During fight in the bell tower, safety net visible at bottom of the frame.
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Errors in geography 

The movie is set in Nevada, and the Indians are identified as being Sioux. However, Nevada was not Sioux territory, but rather inhabited by Washoe, Shoshone and Paiute tribes.
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Factual errors 

If Chon Wang is an Imperial Guard, then that means that PeiPei is an imperial princess (i.e. Emperor's daughter). In the movie, the guards all call her "Gong Zhu", but that refers to a king's daughter. An imperial princess is supposed to be called a "Ge Ge."
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When O'Bannon is buried in the desert up to his neck, Chon Wang gives him a pair of chopsticks to dig his way out. The chopsticks clearly have tapered ends, which is characteristic of Japanese chopsticks. Chon Wang would have given O'Bannon Chinese chopsticks, which have blunt ends.
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During the gallows scene, when the Indian Wife is loading the rifle, she is placing the cartridge into the top of the tubular magazine with the bullet pointing down. The rifle is an 1860 Henry so the magazine must be loaded from the top with the bullet end up, or it will not chamber into the breech of the rifle.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Chon Wang is trying to remove his face paint with whiskey, the red and white paint appears to alternate between his left and right cheeks because some of the shots are in a mirror.
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Plot holes 

By the end of the train robbery most of the train cars have been uncoupled from the train, and most of the cargo lost (the load of logs, the safe). Throughout the scene, the locomotive keeps chugging along as if nothing has happened. The locomotive crew would have noticed their load getting lighter unless they were dead or unconscious, and there is no implication that this is the case.
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When Wang and Roy are talking in the jail cell, Roy mentions "...your friends on the train?" to Chon, as if he knows about the other guards. However, Roy couldn't have known, because he never visited the caboose during the robbery.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the horse carriage knocks over the hanging gallows, Roy falls to the wagon below. Before he falls, his hands are tied behind his back; as he falls, you can see a piece of rope tied around each hand, which are separated (when he places his hands together, this gives the appearance that his hands are tied together).
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When Chon is using the spear during the church fight, you can tell the tip is rubber because it bends when it comes in contact with the door.
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