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(1975)

Goofs

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Character error 

Police Security Lapse Part 1: The bomber pulls the bomb out of his tool bag in the middle of the crowded squad room to install it and nobody notices what he's doing.
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Police Security Lapse Part 2: When Marty Foreman goes into the station house to "rescue" his brother Hoyt, Marty pulls out a revolver and aims it right in the middle of the squad room and nobody notices him.
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Police Security Lapse Part 3: Police headquarters is being evacuated when Parks and Marty Foreman bring Broadhurst into the building in a last-ditch effort to look for Marty's brother. Somehow they find an unguarded door and can move throughout the building (which is still being evacuated) and nobody notices.
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The policeman who gives Norton the note from the ABM failed to tell Norton to handle the note carefully. She couldn't have known it was evidence unless the policeman told her.
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McCloud's scheme to arrest all of the drug dealers to find the one who was selling to the woman would have produced numerous lawsuits. The police can't just arrest people because they're looking for someone.
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Continuity 

The clock ticking down the final minute before the bomb goes off is out of sync with the dialog.
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The bomb is supposed to go off exactly at sunrise (which it does), but the stock shots of the fire trucks rushing to the scene after the explosion are in pitch blackness.
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The handwritten note from the ABM bomber is different between shots. In the closeup it has five lines but in the medium shot it has six lines.
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Factual errors 

When Chief Clifford takes a leave of absence, he gets into a long discussion as to who should take command -- Joe Broadhurst or Phyllis Norton. Presumably Broadhurst is the senior sergeant, so he gets the nod. But it seems odd that Phyllis Norton is second in line -- Grover (if he is a sergeant; this has never been specified) or Gladys (who IS a sergeant) should rank her.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Marty Foreman makes his first effort to sprint his brother Hoyt from police custody, he consults a wall directory which gives the number of Chief Clifford's office and, below that, the number of Broadhurst's office. Broadhurst never had an office; he always worked at a squad room desk.
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Clifford is a captain and should have at least four lieutenants working for him, maybe more. None are listed on the wall directory Marty Foreman consults.
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The bomb devastates the squad room ceiling (and, apparently, the man beneath it), but the furniture in the room is almost completely untouched.
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The shot of McCloud when the Doctor is thanking him was printed backwards.
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