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Without a Paddle (2004) Poster

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Anachronisms 

D.B. Cooper's partner could not have known him as DB before the flight. The hijacker called himself Dan Cooper, which was only changed to DB after his presumed death, from a reporter's bad handwriting.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Dennis punches Elwood across the face, the punching sound used is clearly off-sync from the actual punch across the face.
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Character error 

Tom says shining the salmon is an old Cherokee trick, but the Cherokee lived nowhere near were any kind of salmon would go.
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When Dan, Jerry, and Tom are driving 'the duke' to go on their expedition, Dan refers to 'the Duke' as having "the 318 V8, they're bulletproof." Wagoneers were never offered with a 318in3, especially not in 1977. The 318 was a Chrysler motor, and in 1977 Jeep was still under the ownership of AMC, and would come with either a 258in3I6, a 360in3V8 or a 401in3V8.
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The villains Dennis and Elwood are from Oregon, yet have Southern (perhaps Georgian) accents and mannerisms.
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Fish viewed at the outset of the journey are incorrectly identified as brown trout. They are rainbow, identified by the splash of color along their side.
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When the 3 guys are in the tree house, they say the toys won't be taken out of the box until they find the treasure. When they have just gotten off the rapids, Dan has his little metal man, and then Jerry has the Indi-Compass.
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Continuity 

When the canoe has flipped and the guys are trying to keep together, their shirts are life vests. When they're safe again, the life vests turn back to shirts.
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While they are in the canoe, Tom, Jerry and Dan start to spray each other with water and Jerry's clothes change between shots.
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When Dan, Tom, and Jerry encounter the hard rapids right before they flip over, Dan's hat disappears and reappears between shots.
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Around the camp fire, Jerry's coat is alternately half open, fully zipped and then half open again.
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When Dan, Tom, and Jerry are found in the barn of the pot-farmers, Tom puts the weed he was trying to steal behind his back three times, then in the next shot the weed is gone.
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When climbing on the canoe after the rapids, Dan's hair is messed up. But after falling down the waterfall and finding land, his hair is combed to the side.
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After the funeral, Tom, Jerry and Dan go back to their old tree house. They find their old treasure box and the camera shows a shot of the box with the lock in the hole but clearly unlocked. Then the say that they can not get into the box but Dan tells them the combination and then they say that the combination worked even though it had clearly been unlocked before he tried the combination.
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After the pot farmers are bombed with the poo bags from the treetop and have taken off after the boys on the all-terrain vehicle, the crap they have been bombed with is suddenly missing from their clothing and faces.
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When Dan gets onto the overturned canoe, he sits right in front of Jerry, so close that Jerry puts his arms around him. In the next shot he's moved a few feet in front of him.
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After Tom's arm is sewn up and they are trying to get away, Tom sits out in the rain without a trace of a wound on his left arm.
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When they are in the tree house, Tom has his pocket knife with him. Then, he is in just his underwear. In the end of the movie, he has it again.
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In the scene just after the funeral where they enter their old tree house it is dark outside but after Dan enters the tree house you can clearly see that it is daytime outside through the cracks and gaps in the wood.
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Flower and Butterfly have hairy legs because they are "all natural", but when one of them hands Jerry the radio, their legs and armpits are shaved.
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When the sheriff finally finds the boys near the end of the movie, he pauses to light a cigarette. A second later, the cigarette has disappeared.
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When the three guys are forced to enter Del's house, it's a rainy night. However, in the next few moments, after Del lights the fire, we can see through the window that it's daylight
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When the pot farmers confront the guys at the tree house Tom sets up a zip-line out the back for Jerry and Dan to escape on. When Jerry's preparing to go down he has a piece of cloth to hang onto but when they show him sliding down the line you can see a trolley hooked up to the zip-line.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Safety diver visible when Jerry is on the surfboard and catches a wave.
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In the pot growers' field, when the pot growers have the laser scope pointing at the plant in front of Tom, Dan, and Jerry, someone can be seen crawling on the ground behind the plant.
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When Jerry is on Dan's cell phone with Denise, Dan and Tom walk into the scene. They step in too early, walk back out and walk in again.
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Errors in geography 

There are several palm trees along the shore of the river which would not exist in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon.
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Factual errors 

When the guys are in the tree with the girls, they call for help on a CB radio. The bad guy hears and responds to them on an FRS radio. This is impossible since the CB works in the 27 MHz range, and the FRS radio works in the 440 MHz range.
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Plot holes 

The body of D.B. Cooper is found at the bottom of a hole, covered with leaves, into which he'd fallen. He broke his leg in the fall, making it impossible for him to have covered the hole.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the guys regain safety from the rapids, and unflip the canoe, they appear to be in calm water. Seconds later they are back in rapids again, and fall down a waterfall, there would be no way for the water to be calm right in front of a waterfall.
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During the struggle for the pistol at the bottom of the mine, the magazine comes out of the pistol (possibly unintentional). You can see there are no bullets in the clip.
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When Dan's receptionist enters the room to tell him that he has a phone call from Jerry, the film is reversed. You can tell this because of her name tag and because the phone he picks up in the next shot is the same one that appears next the her on the wall.
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When Del is shooting at Dennis and Elwood, sparks from the ricochets are seen on the fenders. This isn't possible because the fenders, like most of the ATV's panels, are made of plastic. Also, even if they weren't, bullets are made of lead, which won't cause sparks even against metal objects.
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When Tom uses the flashlight to catch a fish, he catches the fish and then throws is at Jerry and Dan, but when they throw it back in the water the fish floats before the scene changes.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Near the end when Elwood, Dennis, and Sheriff Briggs are about to kill Tom, Jerry, and Dan, Elwood's gun suddenly changes from a rifle to a handgun in a closer shot, and then back to a rifle in a wider shot.
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