At night when Dude and Chance are making their rounds, the camera follows Dude as he walks briefly off the set. You can clearly see a huge concrete pillar he walks past.
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When Dude walks into the saloon, the camera pans from left to right and there is a guy wearing modern brown shoes sitting at a table with his left side to the screen.
Though set in the 1880's, Colorado (played by rock singer Ricky Nelson) wears a 1950's era pompadour hairstyle not worn in the 1880's.
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The hit man is carrying a $50 gold piece. The only $50 gold pieces issued were commemorative coins for the 1915 San Francisco Pan-Pacific Exhibition, 30 years after the setting of Rio Bravo.
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The majority of the men in the film are clean shaven. Given the 1885 setting of the film this would be statistically impossible to occur as most men in the Old West wore facial hair as it was in fashion and it was nearly impossible to shave frequently with limited access to clean water.
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Stumpy refers to the cleaned up Dude looking like "Mrs. Astor's pet horse." Even if Stumpy, as unlikely as it seems, knew anything about New York social circles, Mrs. Astor's spending habits were decidedly later than the time frame of this movie.
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The windows in the buildings are made of pane glass, not wave glass which was cheaper and was what would be used in towns in the West at the time.
Feathers (Angie Dickinson) has her hair set with what is obviously hair spray. Hair spray was not invented, nor in wide use, until after WWII, 60 years after the setting of the film.
The clothing worn was clearly of modern manufacture. The buttons and seams were clearly machine-stitched in a time when most clothing was handmade. In addition, the hats worn by most of the cowboys are clearly the type worn in the 1900s ( at the earliest) and not the 1880s.
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When "Dude" is stopped by the post after walking in the bar to get a drink, a man to his left changes and so do the stools when they get up to stop him from going after Burdett.
When Dude comes back from parking Pat Wheeler's wagons, he tells Chance he's going to get a beer. Chance tells him there are some cold ones inside. When Dude is getting off his horse he says "Just as long as it's beer" yet his mouth never moves.
When Stumpy, Dude, and Colorado are sitting around playing music and singing, on the second song (where Stumpy sings) in the second verse, Colorado sings "I wish I had an needle..." but he mouths the words "I wish I was a needle."
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The first line is Chance saying: "Joe, you're under arrest." However, he clearly begins talking before his voice is heard. He appears to say: "Come on Joe, you're under arrest", but those first two words have been silenced.
When Dude drops the $50 gold piece on the floor after shooting the bad guy in the loft, it makes a tinny sound when hitting the floor. A $50 gold piece was 2 1/2 ounces of gold and would make a distinct "thud" when hitting a wood floor.
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During the final gunfight, when Stumpy throws the Dynamite for Dude, and Dude says, "I didn't allow for the wind ", his lips never move.
Feathers throws a potted plant through the window to distract the gunmen. Next scene the window is not damaged at all.
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When Chance rushes into a stable, his hat flies off. But in the next shot it is back on his head.
When Dude stops taking his drink when the music starts, his right hand is alternately at his mouth, then just above the table, then at his mouth again.
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In the final shootout, a bullet hole appears in the window casing next to Colorado, in the next shot the bullet hole is missing and then reappears in later shots.
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When Dude confronts Burdett and his gang, a rifle's butt is showing from the fore part of Burdett's horse. But in the moment he takes off his gun and gives it to a gunman, the rifle is missing.
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When Pat Wheeler has come into town, and is talking to Chance, different shots were done at obviously different times of day. When the camera is facing the jail, the sun is coming from the right... when facing back up the street, the sun is again coming from the right (the opposite direction).
After Chance is tripped on the staircase, he ends up lying on his stomach with his arm partially under him. When they roll him over, to wake him up, he is lying more on his side, and his arm is now behind him.
After Chance is tripped on the staircase, Burdette's men roll him over and splash him with a bucket of water. The water stains/marks change numerous times between Chance getting up and walking to the jail.
Burdette sets the time for the exchange of Dude and Joe at a half-hour after sunrise; but when the three leave the jail, the shadows are nearly vertical.
Dude is attacked by four men and has his head and shoulders pushed into a horse trough. Just before he is grabbed he is leaning over the trough and his shoulders and upper sleeves are damp from a previous take.
While asking Chance how he ended up as a sheriff, Feathers is handling a small bowl, taken up from the bar. In the next shot, her hands are empty.
When Chance asks Feathers if she was sorry she didn't go on the stage, Consuela turns around to face Chance twice.
When Stumpy and Colorado are shooting at Burdette's men from behind the bars, Chance grabs the same shotgun of the gun rack twice.
When Wheeler first gets to town and is talking to Chance about everybody stopping him, Chance's right hand is alternately holding his rifle, or resting up on the Pommel of Wheeler's saddle. It changes a few times during the scene.
After they put Joe in jail, and Joe tells Dude he should sit back there in place of Stumpy, Dude is holding his beer bottle down by his hip. When the camera angle changes, Dude is holding the bottle up by his mouth, and then throws it at Joe.
When Chance goes into Feathers' room after learning she was standing guard outside his room all night, her hair is alternately frayed and neatly styled.
When Dude stops Nathan Burdette and his men to have them put their guns on the fence, his position changes. Sometimes he's standing in the middle of the street and other times he's next to a hitching rail resting his hand on it.
While Colorado and Chance are talking just before Feathers throws the vase through the window, Colorado is rolling a cigarette. He places the tobacco in the paper in his left hand and doesn't seal the paper. In the next shot, he gestures with his left hand holding the unsealed paper, but no tobacco spills out.
After Dude is captured the first time, and Burdette's men ride up the street, the shadows change direction between shots of them approaching and Chance standing out in front of the Hotel with Colorado. These shots were obviously filmed at different times of day.
Dude's position as he stops Burdette's men at the edge of town by the barn.
Colorado mentions that Dude and Chance are the only witnesses to the murder. Chance effectively agrees. When the murder happens, Chance had just been knocked out by Dude and was unconscious on the floor. So he was no witness.
Chance's hat has its brim upturned when he is inside, and flat when outside. This means that as he walks through doors, his hat brim spontaneously drops.
When Feathers has finished shaving Dude, he is left with a narrow patch of shaving cream under his nose. Then, when he gets up, the patch of shaving cream is about twice as thick.
When Dude is jumped and dunked at the water trough, one of Burdette's men takes his hat and vest as a disguise. After Chance shoots that same guy dead at long distance he falls off his horse near the water trough. After Chance frees Dude, they can't find Dude's hat (and vest) and the dead guy that was wearing them has disappeared.
Saguaro cacti don't grow in Texas.
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There are frequent references to the Fort Worth stage. As the story is set on the south Texas border and Fort Worth is approximately 450 miles away, there would have been no stage to Fort Worth. There would have been a stage to San Antonio, but not all the way to Fort Worth.
Toward the end of the film, when Dude is talking to John T. Chance about the girl 'Feathers', Dude says the Ft. Worth stage runs at night and 'Feathers' might be on that stage leaving town. 1880s Texas stages never ran at night.
Regarding Stumpy throwing sticks of dynamite and Sheriff Chance and Dude shooting them, Dynamite does not explode when hit by a bullet. It is a very stable medium that will only explode when a blasting cap (usually with a fuse inserted into it) explodes. Likewise one stick that is attached (or bundled) to others can set-off a chain-explosion as long as there is at least one blasting cap that explodes. Dynamite can be shot, struck, dropped, or even burned without exploding.
While it is true that Santa Ana had all 14 of the bands with his army play El Deguello ("The Throat-Cutting Song") all night and day prior to storming the Alamo, it was a bugle call, not a full band composition, and sounded nothing at all like what is played in the film. The actual call sounds more like the fanfare from "Gonna Fly Now," the theme from Rocky.
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When Burdette's man shoots Wheeler from the stable, the rifle isn't pointed at Wheeler.
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The man hiding in the loft would have been easily visible from below.
The "oil lamps" in the movie all give out a golden glow from chimneys that have obviously been tinted with stain or paint. Real oil lamps give a bright yellow glow through clear glass chimneys. It was probably done for effect, but is much too obvious.
Colorado (Ricky Nelson) tells the sheriff (John Wayne) that he and Dude are the only ones who saw the shooting. The sheriff says they are only ones who are willing to testify. The sheriff was knocked out cold by Dude hitting him on the head before the shooting in the saloon. The sheriff is lying on the ground, not moving at all. Furthermore, he's lying on his stomach, on the floor and his back is facing the shooting done by Joe. He would be unable to see any of the events after he was hit over the head by Dude. Therefore, he could not testify in court about any aspect of the shooting. Even if he was awake and listening, but not moving, he would have heard very little because no one speaks in the saloon before, during, or after the shooting.
John T. Chance wears a wedding ring throughout the movie even though he was not a married man in the story. However, John Wayne was married at the time in real life, but did not take his ring off during filming.
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During a poker-playing scene, one of the players asks the bartender for a new deck of cards. However, the bartender starts reaching for the new deck before the player asks.
Towards the beginning of the movie, Dude is shown at the end of town when the sun is rising. Later in the movie the same camera angle and view are used as a sunset shot of Dude before he returns to the jail.
When Stumpy throws his first stick of dynamite it hits the dirt about 3 feet away from where the explosion occurs.
When Feathers is sleeping by the bar with the shotgun, Chance comes from upstairs, picks her up, and takes her upstairs. He comes down starting from the first landing, without coming down the upper stairs or crossing the middle landing, which are both visible the entire time.
When Stumpy throws the first stick of dynamite, you can clearly see it hits the ground about 8' from the explosion.
At the end of the film when Chance tosses Feathers' tights out the window and they're picked up by Stumpy, you notice that they're obviously elastic tights. Elastic didn't exist until well into the 20th century.
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Towards the end of the movie, after Burdette and his men have surrendered, Colorado is leaning on a water barrel with his hand, and raises his cup to his mouth to drink. When the camera angle changes, he is now leaning on the barrel with his elbow, and his cup is held down by his waist.
During the exchange of Dude for Joe, when Dude comes off the stairs of the warehouse, the shadow is behind him. When the camera changes to Joe, his shadow is behind him too. That would be impossible as they were walking towards each other. These shots were done at different times of day.
When Chance is tripped Dude is in the bath, he walked in wearing a solid blue shirt, he looks out before the action starts bare-chested but when Chance is tripped he looks out the door and he's back in the blue shirt. Burdette's men then take him hostage, when the exchange is being made, him for Joe, Dude walks out of the warehouse in a brand new set of duds, a patterned shirt and a tan vest.
During the exchange of Joe for Dude, Colorado puts his hat on the window sill to his left, when the camera angles change, his hat is now to his right on the window sill.
When Chance and Colorado are walking Joe along the street for the hostage exchange, their shadows change length drastically between one part of the street and the next.
When Dude is fighting Joe, Colorado asks if he should help Dude. As he is talking, a bullet hits the right side of the window frame. A moment later, a cut back to the window shows no mark from the bullet.
For the killer's blood to be dripping into the glass as shown, he would have to be directly over the bar, but it can be seen he isn't, so there's no way his blood could have dripped there.
When Dude shoots the gunman out of the loft in the saloon, the gunman lands right next to the glass on the bar that the blood was dripping into. This would be impossible since he fell forward out of the loft. Therefore the loft is not long enough for it to hang over the glass on the bar, and drip blood into it.
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When Dude shoots the bleeding hit man, the man hiding in the loft is not the same man who fell and is dead on the floor.