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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) Poster

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Jump to: Anachronisms (1)  | Character error (1)  | Continuity (7)  | Crew or equipment visible (4)  | Factual errors (1)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Revealing mistakes (1)  | Spoilers (1)

Anachronisms 

Although no dates are explicitly stated or shown regarding the action in the film, the license plate on the new car bought by Thunderbolt does have "1973" on it. Also, the sign outside the schoolhouse said it was only open June through August, so the film's story must happen in either June, July or August of 1973. The calendar on the wall of the Western Union office showed the 30th falling on a Saturday. In 1973, the only month where the 30th fell on a Saturday was June, so the film's story logically must be happening in June 1973. However, in an earlier scene at a diner, a folded newspaper near Thunderbolt shows an article headline that dates from November 1973.
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Character error 

When Thunderbolt tells the bank manager to recite the combination of the outer locks in backwards order, he checks of his list in forward order.
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Continuity 

After the crazy guy rolls the black Plymouth, you can see damage to the drivers side roof and the rear wheel on the driver side is bent at extreme angle. However, moments later when Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are going down the road neither signs of damage are apparent.
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When Gloria is getting dressed after having sex with Thunderbolt, her bra disappears completely when she puts her dress on.
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(at around 1h 0 mins) Mario stops by to see the boys, and gets out of his car in a pouring rain storm. The area behind him shows clear blue sky with bright sunshine. Seconds later, it's overcast; still later in the scene it's partly sunny; then overcast again.
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When Thunderbolt is delivering his sermon in the church, his hair is heavily oiled but it appears quite dry when he emerges from the church, chased by Dunlop.
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After the rain at Lightfoot's work, the soil at the river is dry.
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The right front wheel air deflector falls off the Trans Am when Lightfoot drives it out of the wheat field and onto the gravel road with Thunderbolt hanging on the passenger door. It reappears on the car in the next scene driving on Sun Canyon Road and then again at the stop at Diversion Lake.
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While the boys are working at jobs, the place where they stay has a calendar labeled 1972, but the movie White Lightning shown on a marquee was released in 1973, and the calendar on the wall in the telegraph office shows June 1973.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During interior shots of Lightfoot driving the white Trans Am into the wheat field the camera can be seen through the windshield attached to the hood.
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As Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are being chased by Red and Eddie, Lightfoot careens the stolen Buick Riviera off the highway and down a steep embankment. Clint Eastwood's character (Thunderbolt, in the passenger seat) has obviously been replaced with a dummy. In addition, in some of the shots you can clearly see a large camera assembly, mounted behind the back seating area of the Riviera.
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When Thunderbolt gets cones from the ice cream truck in front of the school the boom mic's reflection is visible in the window over Lightfoot's head.
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At the end of the movie as Thunderbolt drives the new convertible out of the dealer's garage the camera and 2 crew can be seen reflected in the passenger side door.
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Factual errors 

During the chase where Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are driving the Buick Riviera. you see the other guys put a silencer on his gun, but you hear gunfire that should be muffled but isn't.
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Miscellaneous 

When Red and Lightfoot are opening the wooden crates with crowbars, the lid on Red's crate opens completely with one pry and the Lightfoot even lifts the top on his crate up before he uses the crowbar.
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Several items point towards the film being set in November of 1973. However, the late fall and early winter in Montana is beginning of very cold weather. The short sleeves worn by the cast, the presence of wheat in the fields and the fact that there are still trees with leaves indicates that the film actually occurs during the summer/early fall of that year.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Thunderbolt and Lightfoot are being chased by Leary and Goody, they run their car off an embankment. You can clearly see that the passenger (Eastwood) Thunderbolt is a dummy.
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Spoilers

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Crew or equipment visible 

Director Michael Cimino and two crew members are reflected in the chrome of the Cadillac's back bumper as Thunderbolt pulls back onto the highway after Lightfoot dies.
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