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The Hitcher (1986) Poster

(1986)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After one of the deputies fires a warning shot at Jim Halsey just outside the diner, you can hear the shotgun pumping, but the deputy with the shotgun takes no such action.
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Character error 

When State Trooper Ed and Captain Esteridge escort Jim to the Semi, the police are talking nervously without stopping. However you can hear the English "Hold-your-fire" in almost audio tracks of almost every language, such as French, German, Italian, Spanish. This is because the maker forgot to treat it as audio rather than environment noise.
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Continuity 

When Halsey is seen running through gasoline , he is wearing blue Nikes with white stripes. A later glimpse seems to show an all white pair.
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When the cops are loading John (Rutger Hauer) into the prison bus it appears to be either early in the morning or late at night based on the position of the sun and the low light in the sky. At the same time C. Thomas Howell and the Captain are driving away and the sky is very bright and sunny. This is interspersed with scenes of John inside the prison bus where you can see the sky is dimly lit. When C. Thomas Howell catches the prison bus it is very bright again. After the dramatic conclusion we see a silhouette of C. Thomas Howell at what appears to be dusk. It was all over the place.
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The car that gets hit by the bus loses its bumper, but the bumper can be seen in a subsequent shot.
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When the dog is licking the dead officer, his mouth is closed. In the next shot, his mouth is open.
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After 2 Ford LTD Sheriff cars are destroyed, 3 State units join the pursuit. At first, all 3 state units are Chrysler M-Bodies cars. However when the chopper is destroyed, the first State unit which flips becomes a Ford.
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During the shotgun chase, one deputy shoots the left tail-light. However when the deputy is aiming, the left tail-light is already broken.
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From the time that Jim first picks John up and before he throws him out of the car, it seems to turn from day to night and back again several times..
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A bus changes from a two rear axles to one.
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In the "gun under the table" scene, the plant in the right corner behind Jim's head is knocked over. In the next scene it is sitting upright.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When two police cars try to shoot out tires, not only can you see the ram holes in the bottom of the cars, just after that you can see a car battery and large air-tank fly out of a trunk. The air-tank is the power for the ram that flips the car. And that cars battery should have been in the front, not the trunk.
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When Jim enters the abandoned garage, birds fly in front of the camera for dramatic effect. Though the hole in the floor seems to be intentional, the person visible pushing the birds out from said hole was probably not.
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Factual errors 

The guards in the prison transfer bus carry guns which they then lay aside so they can start playing with cards during the ride. Guards are forbidden to carry guns in a situation with the slightest possibility of prisoners grabbing the weapons, and no competent guard on such a dire job would dare to take his attention off prisoners to engage in frivolities such as card-playing on duty.
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Miscellaneous 

In the scene where John kidnaps Nash from the motel room, Jim is in the bathroom tying his shoes having just gotten a shower, when he hears the TV come one, which is to mask the noise of Nash being kidnapped. In the short time he calls her name three times, then runs out, John has been able to drag her to a truck, set her down, disconnect the trailer, pull the truck up a bit, and tie her to it, and the police are already showing up. There wouldn't have been anywhere near enough time to do all of that.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Jim picks up a dead cop's empty revolver. When he learns to reload, they're no shells in the gun. The gun is a revolver, and does not eject it's shell casings when fired. Obviously John had emptied it and left if for Jim to find, as evidenced by the scene at Roy's cafe, where he asks Jim if he had checked the gun, then leaves him the ammo.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jim and Nash are in the police car with the chopper flying around them in several scenes they are supposed to be driving 55 MPH, but in one shot they are just crawling.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

At the end, Halsey brakes and Ryder is thrown out of the windshield. We see that he lands a few meters away. He gets up and goes for his shotgun which lies 3 or 4 meters away from him. He then starts approaching the car while shooting (in fact he takes at least 8 steps towards it), but the distance between him and the car is about the same or even bigger, as the distance between the car and the spot where he picked up the shotgun.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the the end when John Ryder jumps out of the back of the bus and flies through the windshield of the Dodge Ramcharger, the windshield shatters like regular glass, not safety glass.
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