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(2008)

Goofs

Errors in geography 

Palm trees line the streets of Salamanca at several points. Salamanca, in northwestern Spain, has no palm trees.

Character error 

Ted Heinkin inaccurately places the city of Beirut in Darfur when informing President Ashton of the leader of the group suspected of threatening the President. Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon, and Darfur is a region in Sudan.
At a point, Phil McCullough says: "I know that sir, but we're looking for five people out of six million. We are trying." Salamanca, Spain, is a city of roughly 160,000 people.

Continuity 

Each vantage point start with a digital time display that shows 12:00:00 PM. Each time, the clock on the building behind the stage, where the flags hang, reads 10:10 or 1:50.
When Forest Whitaker runs across the pedestrian bridge, his camera is in his left hand. His hands are empty as he comes to a stop. When he raises his hand, the camera is in his right hand.
Each story takes place in the same time frame, but in aerial views of the plaza, the shadows cast by the buildings change throughout each "vantage" view.
During Enrique's section, he escapes the police foot chase. After checking his pistol's magazine, he loads the pistol and cocks the hammer before confronting someone unseen. Later in the movie, from Howard Lewis' point of view, Enrique puts the un-cocked pistol in his rear waistband before stepping out to confront the unseen individual.
The amount of damage on Thomas Barnes's car changes throughout the chase scene.
During the first scene of Barnes in the hotel room, his shirt goes from un-tucked to tucked in during his flashbacks.
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Some national flags are visible during the aerial shot of the big explosion on the square. Although the shots are taken from the same angle, some of the flags change in different shots.
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Several cars keep re-appearing during the chase scenes, including: a red Peugeot 306 sedan, a white Nissan Platina (which is not sold in Europe), an orange Opel Corsa, and a red Volkswagen Golf (Rabbit).
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As the cars are driving down the stairs, the front bumper of Taylor's police car is clearly crushed and hanging off, yet it's intact for the rest of the scene.
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Barnes gets into a blue Astra with distinctive alloy wheels. During the chase, when Barnes stops at a junction and looks left, the wheels have changed, which means he is driving a different car.
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When Barnes is trying to communicate with the Secret Service Command Post, he speaks into his left hand, which should have a radio PTT palm microphone. In close-ups, his hand is clearly empty.
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When Kent Taylor is being shot at while driving, he is sitting on the right (through the windscreen). Just before he swerves into the concrete, before he realizes he is going to crash, he is on the left of the car (through the windscreen).
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The first time at the Plaza, when Barnes is reviewing the footage, Taylor asks "You saw the shooter?" to which he replies, "No ... I saw a flash of light". The second time at the Plaza, when asked the same question, he just says "I saw a flash of light".
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An 18-wheeler hits Tom's car on the passenger's side. In the next shot, the driver's side is damaged.
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When Anna bumps into Howard, her hair was pulled back but loose. When Howard carries her after the explosion, her hair was pulled back much tighter.
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When the Secret Service grabbed Enrique, they took his badge. As Enrique was escorted away, Holden showed his badge. After the explosion, Enrique's badge was back on his belt.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At one point, right after the cars drive down the stairs, two brand tags are visible on the seat belts in Barnes' car mirror, which means a stunt driver is driving the car. During the rest of the chase, Barnes is not wearing a seat belt.
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Errors in geography 

Green and white VW Beetle taxis appear during shots of the multi-lane freeways. The taxis don't exist in Spain, but they're common in Mexico. Also, Salamanca has no freeways or overpasses.
The President's limo stops in front of a building with a statue of a man on a horse. The building is Mexico's National Museum of Art, located on Tacuba Street, in downtown Mexico City.
Thomas Barnes calls on his cell phone during the car chase, to make sure the team knows he is heading south. The shadows of the people in the street make it clear that he is heading north.
Chase scenes were through a city that was obviously much larger than that of place of Salamanca's size of approximately 160,000.
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Factual errors 

Towards the end of the movie, a stop sign says "ALTO". Stop signs in Spain say "STOP".
When the blue Astra crashes between two parked cars, and when it crashes into the truck, it was going fast enough that the front and side airbags should have deployed.
The police cars and the blue Astra have Chevrolet badges on their grills. In Europe, they would have Opel badges (except in the UK, where they would have Vauxhall badges). GM owns Vauxhall, Opel, and Chevrolet.
Several North American vehicles appear in chase scenes, including Ford Escorts and Focuses (which are common in Spain). The emergency vehicles are Chevys and Freightliners, neither of which are sold in Europe (although some Chevy ambulances exist throughout Europe).
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During the scenes on the multi-lane freeway, an "AU" (Autobuses Unidos) bus turns right near the overpass. AU is a Mexican transportation company that does not operate internationally.
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Spanish police agents, like Noriega, do not use the Beretta 92FS; Guardia Civil agents do (ex. the woman in the green uniform). In the movie, the Guardia Civil use another gun.
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Revealing mistakes 

Agent Barnes is on his cell phone when he steals the blue Astra from a Spaniard. As he gets in the car, the camera shows a clutch pedal and a gas pedal. Barnes shifts the car into first gear, talks on his phone, and drives for about 40 seconds without shifting out of first gear.
When the package under the stage explodes, everything (including Forrest Whittaker) is thrown back by the blast concussion. The flags above the stage barely move.
The acoustic tube earpieces used by the Secret Service agents in the movie are wrong. The real earpieces are a single, coiled tube worn behind the ear.
During the long chase scene near the end, Agent Barnes shoots many more bullets than his gun can hold.
When president catches the elevator, the button lights up before he presses it.
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In the movie, the Seal of the President decals on the presidential limousines are behind the rear-passenger doors. In real life, the seals are on the rear-passenger doors.
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When Howard films the scene around him, before the president is shot, a shot from behind reveals that the camcorder is switched off.
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A bomb explodes in a lobby hotel, setting off the fire alarms, but the elevators still run. In most buildings the elevators stop when the fire alarm goes off.
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The extras (and some actors) speak with a Mexican accent, not a Spanish one. Castilian Spanish is dry and sharp and they pronounce "c" and "z" in a different way they pronounce the "s".
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When Howard Lewis's tapes are watched, the scenes are too steady and the camera pans too slowly to have been recorded as shown with Howard running around, constantly moving the camera.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

At the end of the movie, the broadcaster announces that they have killed the lone assassin. However, the bottom of the screen reads, "Lone assassin arrested."

Continuity 

The timing of the two explosions changes during Enrique's section. When he is led away by Secret Service, the agent handling Enrique is momentary distracted by the distant explosion at the hotel. Enrique punches the agent, and the podium explodes seconds after the first bomb. In every other portrayal, the first bomb explodes well before the one under the podium. Barnes and Taylor talk to Lewis, and Barnes reviews the video that Lewis shot while Taylor makes it to the 3rd floor of the plaza, in the time it took Enrique to throw a single punch.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Kent Taylor finally crashes his car, several shots show a dummy in the front seat, wearing sunglasses. Taylor wasn't wearing sunglasses.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Javier dies, the camera zooms out on his body lying on the floor. If you look closely, you can see the upper part of his mouth twitch. Muscles can twitch for hours after death.
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