Two Cinema-to-TV Transfer Goofs
Two cases where parts of the film set appear
on screen. Both of these occur at the bottom of the television screen and were
probably not visible on the version shown at the cinema; with older films (and
those with smaller budgets) the widescreen effect was sometimes created by
blocking off the top and bottom of the screen.
The first occurrence is when the groovers are
standing at the urinals discussing the 'jailbait'. The old wooden floor of the
set suddenly stops a foot from the bottom of the screen.
Secondly, during the final scenes of the
wedding as the newly-weds get into the car, you can see the ends of the tracks
that the camera had been running on.
- Warren Ayling, Bedfordshire,
After Gardner first suggests that they go to
dig up DOM, Phillip locks himself and Dorman in the Cadillac. In a long shot
from the road directly in front of the car you see Ken outside the passenger's
side of the car and Gardner outside the driver's door. The styrofoam beer
cooler is on the roof of the Caddy more or less in the middle. The shot cuts
away to an interior of the car showing Phillip and Gardner while Phillip begins
driving and Gardner starts running. When we get back to the long shot, the
cooler has moved over the driver on the roof, where it remains until after
Phillip stops the car and asks Ken if he has actually called of the wedding.
When Ken stands up and leans back against the Cadillac, the cooler has moved
back to about the middle of the roof. - David Williams
Further to the above point, when they finally get into the
car the cooler is completely gone.
- Robert Byron
"Water skiing" scene
Dorman throws the cable that hooks on the last train car.
Forty seconds elapse before the front end of the Caddy is ripped off. When we
see the train shot with the car fender attached, the cable is only about 50
feet long. It took forty seconds for Dorman to get in the car after throwing
the cable on the train and the cable was only 50 feet long! - Richard
Dairy Queen / Sonic
When Pepe tells the Groovers the Dairy Queen closes at
eight. The next shot is the Groovers at a "Sonic" drive-in restaurant. - Bob
In the scene where Truman Sparks is teaching Phil how to
jump out of the airplane onto a matress. Then all of the sudden, he has a pair
of headphones on in the middle of one of his lines! It's right before the
quote, "He missed the matress." - Jeff Copeland
Dart throwing scene
The dart scene at the beginning. Gardener throws the darts
and when he goes to rip the picture, they are in different positions. and i
mean way off! check it out. - Brian Humphrey, Westland, MI
Saturday Night's Alright
Here's something for the "goof" file: The movie takes
place Circa;1971 right, well, Saturday Night's Alright ( For Fighting ) wasn't
even released until 1973. Terence Snell
Odometer and Beer Bottle
While watching the movie again on DVD tonight, I noticed acouple
more goofs. During the opening credits montage, we see the odometer
spinning on the Cadillac. It goes from 71,439 miles or so to 71,465.
Two scenes, and, presumably, a quarter of the state of Texas later,
we see the odometer again when Gardner puts the car into neutral
for the ill-conceived hitch on the freight train. At that point,
it reads 60,114. Also, [and I realize this is getting pretty nitpicky
(is that a word?) here] after Carole King's "It's Too Late" comes
on the radio, Waggener is drinking beer from a bottle while talking
to Gardner about calling Deb to break the wedding off in person.
The beer bottle is more full on his second drink than on his first.
PRESIDIO MILE MARKER
Thanks for the great website! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading
about one of my all-time favorite movies.
I have another "goof" to add. When the characters leave
Marfa, there is a sign that says Presidio is 91 miles away. Any
true West Texan knows it's only 61 miles from Marfa to Presidio
via HWY 67!
Keep up the good work.
San Antonio, Texas