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Hell or High Water (2016) Poster

(II) (2016)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (2)  | Character error (5)  | Continuity (5)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Errors in geography (4)  | Factual errors (8)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1)  | Plot holes (3)  | Revealing mistakes (3)  | Spoilers (5)

Anachronisms 

The patches on the Texas state troopers' uniforms is the old one from the 20th century, not the current one.
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Tanner refers to "Mr. Pibb" but that drink was renamed to "Pibb Xtra" in 2001.
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Character error 

When Hamilton pulls up to the Archer City bank, he is told among the things taken was money from the cash drawer. But, that bank hadn't opened yet and they were told there was no money in the cash drawers and, upon inspection, found that to be true. So no money was taken from the cash drawer at Archer City.
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When the casino cashier hands over the check the name of the bank is incorrect. The check shows "Texas Midland Bank" when it should be "Texas Midlands Bank".
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Alberto says, "Sometimes a blind pig finds a truffle". Pigs locate truffles by their keen sense of smell. They are able to identify them as deep as three feet underground. Probably not a mistake, but Alberto poking fun at the way Hamilton talks.
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Tanner fires the AR-15 right handed but shoots the telescopic rifle from the hilltop left handed. While it's possible he is able to shoot with either hand or is completely ambidextrous, that information isn't explained, insinuated or shown in other scenes.
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Texas DPS Troopers wear v-neck t-shirts as white undershirts are not allowed to be visible in uniform.
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Continuity 

In the final scene, Jeff Bridges parks his car a ways from the house and walks up, with Chris Pine meeting him at his fence line. Bridges asks is he can sit, and then walks up to the house. When he leaves, his car is in the driveway, right in front of the house.
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When driving off after the first heist, Tanner is seen taking off his right glove and putting the hand back on the steering wheel, In the next shot from outside the car, he is now wearing both gloves again. After the police cars pass them, Tanner is seen without the right glove again.
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When Alberto and Marcus are in the hotel room, Marcus puts his beer into the six pack case. The other five bottles clearly have red caps on them. When the scene changes position, none of the bottles have caps on them.
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Before the brothers cross into Oklahoma, the camera shows them both talking in the front seat. The next shot from behind the car entering Oklahoma does not show anybody in the front passenger seat.
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When Marcus visits Toby, he strolls to the end of the porch and takes a seat in the furthest chair, in the sun. In the next shot, he's in the next-to-last chair, in the shade.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Tanner and Toby drive into Post, the camera is reflected in Tanner's sunglasses.
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Errors in geography 

The Albuquerque skyline can be seen from the Rangers' office window.
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Though the movie is set in West Texas, the first two bank robberies supposedly take place in Archer City and Olney, Texas, which would be considered North Texas.
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When discussing the lack of video recording at the bank, the Texas Ranger refers to the failure of the Young County Sheriff to record the video. The bank, as evidenced by the reflection in the window of the police car, is in Archer City, which is in Archer County. The next robbery, in Olney, is in Young County.
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Hamilton is shown sitting in his front yard with thick green grass. Lubbock is a semi-arid location with limited rain and a huge amount of dust that tends to soak up humidity. A local saying is that there are so few trees that they all know each other by their first names. Such a lawn would require a daily commitment for the grass to be as healthy as this, or a sprinkler stem seen.
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Factual errors 

The actors in the film state several times that the foreclosure sale of the family ranch will occur on Friday. All foreclosure sales in Texas only occur on the first Tuesday of the month.
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The FBI does not investigate all bank robberies. Their involvement is dependent on the amounts taken and several other factors. In the case depicted in the movie the FBI would have gotten involved due to the number of the same banks being robbed.
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During a scene near the very end of the movie, multiple pump jacks can be seen on the ranch property, but no tanks for storing the pumped oil.
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When the Texas Rangers are first discussing the two bank robberies, they say that the two branches are of a bank that does not operate outside Texas, therefore the FBI "don't want it." Bank robbery is a federal crime--the FBI always investigates.
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Toby and Tanner rob the first two banks together. While having lunch that same day, Tanner robs the third bank. Toby chastises Tanner saying he put them a day behind meaning they will have to rob two banks on Wednesday. This establishes that Toby and Tanner robbed the first three banks on Monday, spent that night at the casino, visited Toby's attorney on Tuesday, and robbed the last bank on Wednesday. Toby then paid off the loan on Thursday as instructed by his attorney. Also on Tuesday, Toby asked his son if he was back in school. His son said they were only doing 'two-a-days' (football practice). Since football season starts in late August, this establishes that the story takes place in early-mid August. While at the casino 'cleaning' the money, Toby tells Tanner he's going to 'watch the Aggies (presumably Texas A&M) game'. Given that no major college sports are played in the month of August, exactly which Aggies game was Toby watching?
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When Toby and Tanner are escaping the bank robbery in the Ford Taurus, the exhaust note is that of a V8 engine, yet the Taurus SE has a V6 engine.
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The town of Post, Texas is described as being "dead". This is far from the truth. The main state highway, which forms the route from Dallas/Fort Worth to Lubbock (which has a population of a quarter million) runs through the middle of town. As there is virtually nothing between cities in that region and no immediate access to gas or fast food without taking business routes, this makes Post a big money-maker for through traffic. The main convenience store does around $4 million in business a year.
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During the end credits, one credit reads "Cast Drive for Chris Pine and Ben Foster." It should read "Cast Driver" as evidenced by the next line, "Cast Driver for Jeff Bridges."
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Miscellaneous 

Jeffrey Lamm is credited as Technorane Tech as opposed Technocrane Tech in the closing credits.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Toby is stopped at the very tense police checkpoint, it is clear that his car has no front license plate, which is illegal in Texas and therefore very noticeable to the police, but when the car was acquired it was stated that the car had a New Mexico plate, and New Mexico does not require front license plates.
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Plot holes 

No car dealer sells a car with another state's license plate. The dealer would have removed the New Mexico tags and put on a temporary Texas paper license plate. A driver with a Texas Driver's License driving a car with New Mexican plates stopped at a roadblock would have been very suspicious.
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Alberto mentions that the first two robberies only hit the cash drawers of each bank for a "couple thousand", but the first bank that was robbed was done before it was opened and "all" the money was in the safe.

Even if they had focused only on denominations of 20 and below, surely there would have been much more than a couple thousand in the safe for them to steal. In fact they may have gotten the full amount needed in that first robbery considering how much they were taking from the rest of the banks.
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Near the end of the film, when Marcus, just retired, goes to visit Margaret at the desk he previously worked at to discuss the Howard robbery case, she tells him Toby is not a suspect and gives the reasons why. In the conversation, neither of them mention that at least two suspects committed multiple bank robberies in similar fashion according to witness statements. Only one bank robbery was done by Tanner acting alone. Tanner Howard is the only suspect in all the cases, now deceased. Margaret does not say anything about making an attempt to find out who that second suspect may have been and furthermore, Marcus does not suggest that she do that. It seems the writer just wants to have Marcus and only Marcus seek out Toby as the mastermind.

However, this scene occurs some months after the main events of the film. It is likely that a major investigation has occurred, with other suspects considered and discounted. It seems the Rangers have written off the case as unsolvable (helped by Texas Midlands not wanting further investigations, since they are now managing the trust), but Hamilton is unable to allow the person he believes was involved to escape punishment.
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Revealing mistakes 

Near the end when Tanner leads the cops up on the hillside. He sets his Ford pickup on fire and jumps out just before it rolls back down the hill. However the gear shift lever is still in 'park' just before he leaps out. No automatic transmission vehicle would roll backwards on its own in 'Park' even down a hillside incline. The engine's flywheel and the transmission's torque converter would be locked in the 'park' position. The truck would have remained stationary until it was taken physically out of 'park'.
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When Tanner and Toby rob the bank in Post, a girl sends a message to her dad on her phone. The time on the phone is 6:07 PM. Seconds later we see the wall clock in the bank, and it is at 8:40. Clearly AM, as it is morning.
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When Tanner shoots at the locals, he reloads his M4-type rifle twice - and both times it's wrong. When he runs out of ammo the first time, a distinct click is heard, meaning that the bolt is in the forward position. While all M4s have a bolt catch device, in theory it is possible that it failed. However, after inserting the new magazine, Tanner, instead of racking a new round into the chamber, hits the bolt release. The second time he reloads, he just inserts a new magazine - without either releasing the bolt or chambering a round..
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

After Toby eats at the diner and leaves a tip at the table, he walks out to the parking lot to hear Tanner yelling "Start the car!" After robbing a nearby bank. Tanner runs to the car with cash flying everywhere while he shuts the door to the car a dollar bill gets shut into the door at the bottom. When there is the next shot of the car it has disappeared.
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Factual errors 

At the 90 minute mark in the film, Texas Ranger Marcus Hamilton walks onto Toby Howard's property to question him since he is fairly certain that Toby had been helping his deceased brother Tanner rob several banks. Marcus admits to Toby that he's the man who killed his brother (albeit justifiably). Then Ranger Hamilton says: "Well, you could shoot me now and be within your rights." That statement is factually inaccurate in the state of Texas and throughout the United States. Property owners, residents, and tenants cannot use "deadly force" against a trespasser simply because that person is "on their property without permission."
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Texas Rangers don't travel together as partners. Each Ranger is assigned to a company, then stationed at a particular town in the company's area. (With a few larger cities having two or more Rangers). Therefore, Marcus and Alberto wouldn't have been riding together, or even stationed in the same town, which means Alberto wouldn't have been with Marcus on the stakeout, nor been with him to get shot and killed.
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The shot where Toby puts hydrogen peroxide on his bullet wound should have produced foam and at least a wince.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Blood and brain matter is seen inside Parker's hat after he is shot by Tanner, but no damage to his skull is seen. However, we don't see the back of his head and so it is possible that there is an exit wound not visible to us.
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