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Goofs from The French Connection

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  • Doyle's hat comes and goes while tearing apart the car.
  • When Popeye first follows Charnier down the subway steps, Charnier tricks Popeye by quickly leaving through the exit. Popeye rips his coat and hat off in an attempt to disguise himself, and races back up the subway steps to the street. We cut to a shot of Charnier walking with his cane, and then cut back to Popeye with his coat, gloves, scarf, and hat back on and buttoned up.
  • In one of the chases on foot, Popeye removes his coat and hat. The next shot shows him coming down some stairs with his coat and hat on.
  • The subway train used in the chase sequence consists of R-42 units. During the automobile collision, the train directly above Popeye's car consists of older R-32 units.
  • When Russo is undercover as a customer inside Sal's diner, he flirts with Sal's wife from across the counter. Their words do not come close to matching their moving lips.
  • On the New York City subway, a two-buzz highball is normally given only when a train departs from a terminus, makes an unscheduled stop, or has to add or drop cars along its route. It is not given during normal stops along a route such as Bay-50th St.
  • When Popeye and Cloudy are beginning to stake out the Lincoln, there is a shot of Cloudy looking back through the back window of their car. In the next shot, he is in the same place, but he now has a cigarette in his mouth.
  • When Popeye Doyle creeps alongside the building below the sniper his gun can be seen jumping hands between shots.
  • When Howard the chemist is done testing the purity of the heroin, he blows out the flame of the oil candle under the thermometer. A few shots later, when the distribution is being discussed, the candle is seen lit and unlit between shots.
  • In the beginning of the film, the hit man shoots a man, causing "blood" to splash all over the victim's face. As the victim falls backwards, the blood has disappeared.
  • At the very beginning before Popeye and Cloudy go into the bar, it is dusk. When they leave the bar to chase the drug dealer a few minutes later, it's mid-day.
  • When Popeye is entering the building with the sniper on the roof, the same audio of people talking can be heard twice in a row. "Oh yeah, there must be a sniper on the roof"....."There is one."
  • When Popeye Doyle is on the roof looking for the sniper, he sees him on the street below running full speed away from the building. Popeye has to run down about five flights of stairs, yet when he gets out of the building the sniper has made almost no distance whatsoever.
  • Early on in the movie, a Frenchman is shot. The "blood" is coming from a clearly visible hose at the bottom of the screen, which squirts red paint at the actor's face.
  • The train is operating on one of the outer, or local tracks during scenes filmed from above. During scenes filmed from the front of the train itself, it is operating on the center, or express track.
  • Doyle and Russo search the bar for drugs, turning up lots of items that they throw onto the bar, yet when they leave (at around 29 mins), the bar is clean.
  • During the chase scene, several shots of Popeye's feet are shown, stepping on brake, accelerator, and clutch, but shots of him through the windshield show him driving an automatic (he never shifts gears except after he runs into a wall, and then only into and out of reverse).
  • During the car/train chase, the Pontiac gets beat up. But when it drives through a wall (or something similar) the car's fixed up (but just for that shot).
  • During the car chase scene a 1964 Chevrolet with smoky exhaust is passed at least four times.
  • The car/train chase passes the same school four times, twice in each direction.
  • When the cars turn a corner during one of the car chases, we see a tape in the background closing off the street, and a policeman who is watching the shoot.
  • When Doyle and Charnier are at the Grand Central Shuttle, a subway train departs, then returns on the same track with completely different car numbers on it. On the Grand Central Shuttle, each train only runs on one track, making it impossible under normal operation for trains to switch tracks.
  • When Doyle and Russo arrive at the scene of an accident with their Supervisor and Federal Agent, they attempt to persuade their supervisor to keep them on the case. A shot of a deceased woman is shown when she is taken out of the wreckage prior to Doyle's and Russo's arrival and the exact same shot is re-played after they arrive on scene.
  • The weapon the sniper uses to kill the Transit cop is different from the one he first holds to the motorman's head, and later uses to shoot the conductor.
  • At the end, when Doyle enters the derelict building, his hat is on and off his head between shots.
  • At the police garage (which is a no smoking zone), Cloudy is seen smoking a cigarette while the oil is being removed from the Lincoln.
  • When Henri and his associate are in the office at the police garage to get the Lincoln and talking to Randy, Henri's associate is smoking in a no smoking zone, but Randy doesn't ask him to put his cigarette out until Henri lights his.
  • After Cloudy has entered the office to confirm that the Lincoln is in the garage, when Cloudy informs Henri and his associate that the car is right outside, they are all standing by the office door and a second later, the 3 men have walked well away from the office door.
  • (at around 1h 27 mins) Henri is returning to his hotel, when he goes to the elevator, he is seen with his gloves and hotel room key in his hand, when Charnier calls Henri over for a chat a few seconds later, the gloves have disappeared and Henri is seen only holding the hotel room keys.
  • During the bar scene, Doyle makes a booze and narcotics milkshake. When Doyle tips that on the bar, the booze and narcotics are visible, a second later, the narcotics have disappeared.
  • At the start, when Cloudy is demanding to know what side of the street Willie's "man" lives on, Cloudy has his right arm just below Willie's neck, in the next shot, Cloudy's right arm is by his side.
  • During the cat-and-mouse in the subway station, Popeye orders a grape drink from the snack bar, but seconds later on the train, he has a candy apple instead.
  • Weinstock purchases 60 kilos of heroin from Howard at 8 big ones a kilo and pays $500,000 for it. The amount of the heroin would only come to $480,000.
  • Camera's shadow visible on Popeye during the car / train chase scene.
  • At the start, when the French policeman is sitting in the café in Marseilles, he has a cigarette in his mouth, in the next shot, the cigarette is gone.
  • When Popeye is shot at from the sniper on the rooftop, he ducks behind a tree then runs over an hugs the wall to get to the entrance. As he gets close to the entrance after passing the two Spanish children in the window, if you listen very closely, you can hear a man in the background chatter from the crowd saying the same line twice: "Is there a doctor around? There must be a doctor around, THERE HE IS!" This line is said twice just before Popeye hops the railing of the steps.
  • During the subway chase, there are brief moments where you can see both of Doyle's hands on the steering wheel while the car horn is sounding.
  • As Henri and his associate are waiting for the Lincoln at the garage, the police are literally tearing the car apart before finding the drugs. Shortly after finding the drugs, Henri is told his car is ready. It would have taken days to put the Lincoln back together and it would not be plausible for the police to find an exact duplicate of the car and replace the drugs in such short time.
  • When the car is driven from the impound yard the front windshield is completely clean. When it arrives at is destination it has huge numbers and letters painted on the windshield as often seen in impounds-when the car is driven away it has a clean windshield again.
  • Very early in the film, Cloudy and Popeye corner a criminal, and he slashes Cloudy's hand with a knife. Yet the man wields his knife clearly at least a foot above where Cloudy's hand is, almost at his shoulder level.
  • In the beginning of the movie when the Frenchman is shot in the face, his face is instantly a mess of blood. In reality, an entrance wound from a pistol shot would've been a neat little hole and thus would've taken awhile for the blood to cover his face.
  • When Cloudy and Popeye are chasing a suspect in the beginning of the film, it is possible to distinguish the camera's reflection and shadow over several cars; following after the suspect.
  • (around 1 hr. and 1 min.) The camera's reflection can be roughly seen on the subway's window, when Popeye gets on the subway.
  • When Popeye stops the damaged commandeered car, bystanders are shown in the background watching the shot.
  • When Cloudy visits Doyle at his apartment, and Doyle cannot answer the door, Cloudy uses the "credit card" method of unlocking the door, except that technique can only be used on a spring loaded door lock, not on the dead bolt lock above the door knob, he appears to unlock.
  • Popeye is on the roof of the apartment building from where the sniper had shot at him when he looks down and sees Nicoli, the sniper, exiting the building and running away. Popeye is then seen running out of the building and within, roughly, the same distance horizontally of the fleeing Nicoli as he was vertically when looking down at him. However, based on the adjacent building, the roof from which Popeye spotted Nicoli is approximately ten floors up, which means that Popeye had to either run down ten floors in the stairwell or take the elevator. Either way, such a time-consuming descent would have given Nicoli an almost insurmountable "lead" by the time Popeye reached the ground and exited the building.
  • When the train conductor goes to the driver's cab with some of the passengers, Nicoli has already shot a policeman on the train. If the conductor had seen Nicoli go past him, he should then be suspicious of him and take care in approaching him. Alternatively, if the conductor had walked past the shot policeman whilst making his way to the front of the train, and didn't encounter the shooter before reaching the front, it would be clear that he is in the driver's cab and should not be approached. To then approach Nicoli who is holding a gun - especially after being told to keep back - is incredibly reckless.
  • When Popeye first appropriates the car for the car chase, he makes a U-turn to follow the train. Before he makes the turn, you can see the circular U-turn rubber marks on the asphalt from the prior takes.
  • When Devereaux is being led to his car, Cloudy comments that the car is in perfect shape, saying to him, "You must lead a charming life." But Cloudy should have said "charmed life," which means "lucky." There is no term "charming life," and, even if used literally, would make no sense in this context.
  • While searching for the drugs inside the Lincoln, Doyle and his associates take apart the interior of the car immediately (which would have little hiding space for drugs, and also would be very difficult to repair later). They leave the most obvious (and easiest to repair or replace) hiding spot, the wheels, to the last.
  • When the criminal is shot at the top of the stairs and starts falling backwards, he is nowhere near the edge of the stairwell. However, the next shot shows him tumbling down the stairs as if he had been right on the edge.
  • When Doyle is staking out Charnier while he is eating in a restaurant, Doyle is cold, drinking coffee at eating a slice of pizza. A truck passes by and suddenly, the pizza slice has disappeared.
  • When Popeye is on the roof looking for the shooter, he spots the rifle along with some shell casings. As he runs over to have a better look, he puts his gun away in his right pocket. He then looks over the side and spots the shooter. As he turns to run, you can see the gun is now back in his right hand, with no time allowing him to reach in his pocket.
  • During the car chase, Doyle's car is struck a couple of times, and visible damage is seen to the front of the car, including the headlights on the front passenger side. A moment later, he comes across a woman with a baby carriage, and he swerves out of the way to avoid hitting them hitting a number of trash cans instead. When he hits the cans, not only are all four headlights now intact, but the damage the car previously sustained has disappeared.
  • It is never explained exactly why Sal drives the Lincoln Continental packed with millions of dollars worth of heroin from the garage and parked it on the street where it could be vandalized, as it almost was.

Spoilers

  • When the subway motorman is shot and slumps in the motorman's cab, "the dead man's feature" should have taken effect, applying the train's brakes automatically when his hand came off the controller. Instead, the train continued moving at its excessive speed.
  • The end of the subway chase is sometimes thought to be due to a collision; in fact, the train hits a trip arm which is designed to apply the brakes when one train comes too close to the track circuit of the train ahead. The result would be an emergency braking, nowhere near the severity of a collision and would not lead to a derailment.
  • When Doyle shoots Mulderig in the final scene, he fires eight shots from his revolver.
  • Popeye's sidearm is a Colt Detective Special. However, in some scenes, it turns into a Smith & Wesson Model 36, such as when he shoots Nicoli.
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