When Memphis stops by Otto's shop, Otto's dog is chewing on a license plate that is blue with yellow letters and contains seven characters. California didn't switch to seven character license plates until after the blue/yellow color combination was discontinued.
When Memphis confronts Calitri after being rescued by Kip and
Atley, he chases him into his office, where Calitri retrieves a gun from his desk drawer. The gun appears to be a compact 9mm, or .380 semi-auto. You can hear the sound of the slide being racked to load the first round, but Calitri pulls the gun out, and fires in one motion. He never racks the slide.
Car No. 2, Barbara, is listed as a 1962 Aston Martin DB1. Aston Martin didn't make the DB1 in 1962. The "DB1", as it became known in retrospect after the DB2 was introduced, was built in 1948, the first year that Aston Martin under the new ownership of David Brown (initials DB) produced cars. In addition, fewer than 20 models were ever sold of the DB1 which would make it an extremely rare find. In 1962 Aston Martin produced the DB4 Series.
Detective Castlebeck is talking about the '83 Cadillac Eldorado and says that it was the "first year they put Automatic Ride Control on these boys." In fact, an automatic, self-leveling suspension was used on Eldorados as early as 1967, an if you count the limited edition Eldorado Brougham, an advanced automatic air suspension was used ten years before that, in 1957. However, Castlebeck is probably less of an expert, and nobody's going to correct him.
When Atlee is talking to Memphis Raines at his gas station the American Flag is hung the wrong way. Established etiquette for displaying the United States flag when hung vertically is to have the blue union on the uppermost left. The blue union appears on the upper right.
When the thieves are quizzing each other over the walkie talkies they assert that Jim Rockford drove a '73 Firebird on The Rockford Files. In fact Rockford drove a series of tan Firebirds on that show annually updating from a '74 model through a '78, but never a '73.
On the blackboard listing the cars that are to be stolen, one of them is a '69 Dodge Superbird. There is no such thing. In 1969, Dodge made a NASCAR homologation special called the Charger Daytona. Plymouth made an almost identical car called the Superbird in 1970.
When Det. Castelbeck calls in the 1983 Cadillac Eldorado's license plate he phonetically pronounces the letters H, R and O as "Harold, Randall, Otto". In the standard phonetic alphabet used by California law enforcement agencies those letters would actually be read as "Henry, Robert, Ocean".
In the chase scene where Randall first notices the truckbed ramp, it is approximately 2 feet off the ground at the end. The scene changes for only a second, and when you next see the bed, it is prepped for Memphis' jump. In the earlier scene, the bed was either dead stopped or moving very slow, and could not have made it to the ground during the scene gap.
As Freb is driving the '83 Cadillac Eldorado into Otto's, the paint appears to be a dull burgundy color, totally lacking luster from 17 years of fading. Even Otto tells Castlebeck that it needs "brightening." However, right after Castlebeck revs up the car and says, "Yeah, she got some power goin' on," scoffs, and then says, "All right," and gets out of the car, the trim around the windshield appears to be a very shiny, almost candy-apple red color.
The '99 Infiniti Q45 (Rachel) disappears from the blackboard list. The Jaguar XJ 220 takes its place, the Jaguar XK8 takes the XJ 220's place, and a Lamborghini Diablo that wasn't on the list takes the XK8's place, above the Lamborghini LM SUV. Later, the list is restored. A Hummer also appears and disappears on the list. Also The " marks disappear and reappear under Ferrari. And Megan the GMC Yukon is not on the list when Stacy is marked off.
When Memphis first enters the construction zone with the "Shelby" he passes a front end loader full of tires. In the next scene a cop lands in the bucket of tires, which breaks his fall. There are no tires seen anywhere else on the docks.
When Castlebeck and Drycoff enter the warehouse looking for the shopping list of cars, they are carrying black lights. As Castlebeck is looking, there is no wires visible powering the black light, but when he finds the list there is a power cord running into his sleeve.
Car number 34 on the list is a Mercedes Benz S600 (the only S class on the list). As the cars are being driven out of the police impound, the silver car in front is actually an S500 model (as shown on the rear).
When Kip is stealing the Porsche at the beginning of the movie, he trows a brick into the glass doors. The stone shatters both doors. In the next shot, we see him walking in and the left door (right side of the screen) is unbroken.
After Memphis breaks of the passenger side mirror on Eleanor, the mirror hangs by the door. After driving off when he sees the police car, you can see that the mirror is firmly attached and aligned with the driver side mirror. In the subsequent chase through the pier, the mirror is shown to be hanging in close up shots, but attached in some of those farther away.
Directly before the chase in Eleanor, when the camera is zoomed in on Memphis, Dectective Castlebeck and Dt. Drycoff's black BMW is seen pulling into view for a few seconds. When the camera cuts back to a less zoomed view, the car is seen pulling into view again.
When Memphis and Sway are watching two people starting to have sex through a window (while pondering if sex or boosting cars is better) the woman in the window's bra is alternately on/off between shots.
During the rapid cuts between cars the crew are bringing in, the audience can clearly see the XJ220 drive by for about one second, though it's a close cut. However, the XJ220 doesn't get any more screen time until the very end, when Sway brings it in at the last minute. Sway is delivering a car that we already saw get delivered.
In the scene where Memphis is talking to the whole crew in Otto's shop, he asks Toby to look for cars on the insurance database. Toby says he has found a few cars using the designated girls names. The girls names are not assigned until after Donny goes to the DMV.
Towards the end of the film, there is a skyline shot of L.A. with the subtitle "Time Left Until Deadline 00:59:59" followed by a shot of the two detectives getting into their car, headed toward Long Beach. It is also later discovered that in Long Beach, they are at 4th Street and Main. The first problem is that there is no such intersection as 4th and Main in Long Beach. The second issue is even with an hour, no car can travel from North Los Angeles to Long Beach in an hour at the time of day that they seem to be driving, start pursuit, then chase someone all the way to the docks. Number two, it is assumed by the shot of the hospital that 30 minutes has passed, giving an even shorter time frame for the two police officers to begin pursuit.
The setting is supposed to be Long Beach California. However right after Memphis breaks the side view mirror off as he is backing up a police car is shown with the zipcode 36574 which is for Seminole, Alabama.
Calitri is said to have spent 5 years in prison in south London and arrived into the USA in 1998 after serving his time. With a criminal record in the UK, you are not allowed to enter the US for 10 years.
When they are stealing the XJR, Donny, after breaking into car, leans over to unlock the door with his finger. However, the locks in this model open simultaneously once breached and even if in this case they didn't, the locks on the doors are flush with the door panel and cannot be opened by hand without opening the door using the handle.
Many of the cars that they boost without a key, such as the Lamborghini Diablo, have electronic fuel pumps that close and will not operate without the signal from the electronic key, it's not possible to start these cars without the specific key.
When the XJR is being stolen from the parking garage, Donny, after breaking into the car leans over to unlock the door with his finger, the locks on the doors in this model are flush with the door panel when engaged and cannot be opened by hand without opening the door using the handle.
While a helicopter may chase after a car at low level, if they really want to keep track of them, they would only have to climb a few hundred feet. The advantage of increased visibility and being able to fly in a straight line would negate the cars higher speed.
The helicopter is seen almost crossing the runways at LAX international airport during the chase scene. The controller says "Do not enter airport airspace." LAX has class B airspace, so technically, they are already in "Airport Airspace" that close to the airport.
Detective Castlebeck at one point refers to a "1967 Shelby Mustang". This is a Mustang that was customized by Carroll Shelby under contract to Ford, a fairly rare production model. Some have misheard this as "Chevy Mustang".
When Freb steals the Cadillac Eldorado, he is berated for stealing a car not on the list. Although a Cadillac Eldorado is seen on the list of cars, it is a much older model to the one stolen by Freb, therefore that specific car is not on the list.
During the scene where Memphis drives the car through the drainage ditch to evade the helicopter, he presses the NOS button for extra boost. However, you can see that the button is glued on the gear shift (when paused and and zoomed in).
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At the end of the film, the characters at the barbecue are surprised when Sphinx starts talking, including Mirror. However, when both Sphinx and Mirror break into the Ferrari warehouse Sphinx can clearly be heard to say 'like this' to Mirror and he doesn't act surprised.