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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Ray jumps down from the top of the garbage truck after shooting through its windshield from above, we clearly hear the sound of his gun hitting the ground, but when he pops back up to approach the truck from the front, the gun is in his hand.
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Continuity 

In the ladies' room, the lawyer for Aunt Rose's estate throws his business card into the sink. When Ray picks it up, it is on top of the sink.
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The red 1969 Mustang is splashed with snow on the drivers side when it swerves to miss the delivery truck. As it crashes in a following scene, the drivers side is clear of snow.
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When Danny drives Julio's Mercedes from the impound lot, it has an obvious rear-view mirror on the windshield. In the close-up of Danny and Ray in the vehicle afterwards, the mirror is not there. In subsequent shots, the mirror is sometimes there and sometimes not there.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the limo carrying Gonzalez is hit by the El and flipped upside down, the two cylindrical housings for the pyrotechnic effects are clearly visible on the belly of the car.
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Errors in geography 

When Hughes reports that their taxi, chasing Julio's limo, is heading south on I-190, you can see them pass the exit for the Hyatt Regency O'Hare. However, they exit at River Road (north), and you see the Hyatt again on the off-ramp. Right afterwards, once you see them exit onto River Road, the scene suddenly shifts to Oakton Street and Niles Center Road in Skokie. The two locations are 9 miles apart and would require driving through the towns of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, and Morton Grove first.
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Factual errors 

During the chase through Chicago, Ray Hughes radios that the vehicle is traveling south on I-190. That stretch of tollway runs East/West not North/South.
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In the scene in which Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal are discussing their shooting accuracy at the get away vehicle with the men who tired to rob them after they first arrest Snake, Hines' character says he hit the windshield with all six shots. However, there are only 5 bullet holes in the windshield.
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Miscellaneous 

Patti LaBelle's name is misspelled ("Pattie") in the closing credits.
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At the start of the Limo chase, as the limo pulls away from the airport a white Ford Mustang pulls out in front of it (as seen from the limo.) The next shot shows the Limo strike a white Plymouth Horizon.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the opening scene, Hynes and Crystal are in a Chicago park at Christmastime. All of the trees in the park are loaded with green leaves - not something you'll ever see in Chicago in December.
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The film takes place around the Christmas season, as suggested by the 'snow' seen in all of the street scenes. However, it is painfully obvious the snow is nothing more than soap bubbles that has been haphazardly blown across the street, vehicles, and various structures. The most glaring example of this 'fake snow' effect is when the two lead actors go to Aunt Rose's funeral. The trees and headstones look like they've suffered a bubble bath fight, rather than a typical Chicago snowstorm.
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Lack of motion blur during the car chase on the El reveals that it was filmed with the vehicles moving slowly and then sped up to give the appearance of a chase.
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During the chase through Chicago, Ray Hughes is moving his hand on the steering wheel but the wheel itself does not move.
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When Hughes and Costanza are shooting at the Ford Mustang driving towards them, you can see sparks from the building although the car does not make contact with the building.
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