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Jump to: Character error (1)  | Continuity (8)  | Factual errors (5)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Revealing mistakes (2)  | Spoilers (2)

Character error 

When Brazin showed the hologram of Utopia hijacking the plane; Brazin said 1140 hundred hours (military time for 11:40 am), when you look out the windows, it is night time.
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Continuity 

The wristwatch counter shows 6 hours 59 minutes. Then he is told he has seven and a half hours left.
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When Snake approaches the Happy Kingdom amusement park on the hang glider (with the others) the sun is just coming up. Half an hour later (in the story), when Snake makes it off LA, it is dead of night.
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During the fight after the basketball game, Cuervo drops the black box twice.
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When Snake is attempting his fifth shot at the basket, the automatic timer shows 3 seconds twice.
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In the final fight scene between Snake and Cuervo, Cuervo's knife disappears occasionally from the ground.
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The size of the dot that Map of the Stars Eddie paints on the disk changes.
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Taslima's breast tattoo disappears and then reappears.
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When Snake first encounters Cuervo in his limousine, his head tracks at three times the speed of Cuervo's car.
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Factual errors 

A gun cannot simply be converted to fire blanks by swapping out a magazine of live rounds with one loaded with blanks; the gun will not cycle. It would require a military blank adapter (which would be very noticeable to Snake) or extensive modifications to the internal mechanisms that would make firing live rounds destroy the gun. Also, firing blanks from an unplugged barrel at such close range is still dangerous, and would cause serious harm or even death to his intended victims.
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No matter what the technology, an electromagnetic pulse will not damage a battery, as is claimed in the film.
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When the "contestant" before Plissken fails to score and is shot, the locations of the shooters and the direction of their shots guarantee that several of the shooters would end up shooting each other, and they didn't.
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The President's daughter's plane is referred to as "Air Force Three." The actual call sign for an aircraft carrying the First Family (without the President) is "Executive One Foxtrot."
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A electromagnetic pulse will not damage non-electronic (analog) equipment, as is claimed in the movie before Plissken shuts down the Earth.
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Miscellaneous 

When on the treadmill, he can simply put his feet on the sides and not have to walk at all.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Snake is making his escape from Anaheim in the chopper, you can see the shadow of the wing-rotor blades under the body of the helicopter from a light source below it.
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In several scenes the face of the stuntman is visible and clearly different from Kurt. When he climbs up a ledge of a building after the rest of the structure crashed down. And when he rides a motorcycle on the back wheel.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Near the end of the movie when he is escaping in the helicopter the bazooka is empty. You can see through barrel. Then four seconds later the bazooka fires.
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Revealing mistakes 

Snake's "hologram" casts a shadow on the grass.
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