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Old 07-15-2019, 10:01 AM
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Plot Hole In Chinatown


There's a plot hole in the movie Chinatown you could drive a sedan through:

Midway through the film, Gittes visits an orange grove where he is shot at, the front left tire of his car is blown out, and the car itself--a sedan--smashes into an orange tree with such force that its radiator is shattered.

Gittes's client, Mrs. Mulwray, rescues him in her cream-colored luxury auto. She drives him to an old folks' home where Gittes fights a couple heavies. Then they return to Mulwray's house where Gittes and Mrs. Mulwray make love. Afterwards, Mrs. Mulwray receives a phone call that upsets her. She tells Gittes to remain where he is and rushes off. Gittes, meantime, pulls on his trousers and walks out to the drive way and kicks in one of the rear lights of Mrs. Mulwray's luxury auto. A black sedan lurks off to one side. Who it belongs to and how it got there are never revealed.

Next we see Gittes trailing Mrs. Mulwray's luxury auto, using the broken tail light as his guide. What car is he driving?

Following an interrogation of Mrs. Mulwray, Gittes returns home where,as he prepares for bed, he receives a call from Loach the cop, telling him Ida Sessions wants to see him. The car Gittes drives to the Sessions apartment is identical to the car he smashed into an orange tree less than twelve hours previous. How is this possible?

If anyone has any insights, please let me know.

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Old 07-15-2019, 10:53 AM
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i don't recall the specific scene, but you could fill a book with movie goofs relating to car damage that magically disappears- if 12 hour lag time, you could argue the magic auto repair guy all of these old apartment complexes apparently had worked through the night to fix it.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:34 AM
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The windshields in Twister are in an extra-special quantum state. They are or are not broken depending on ... who knows what.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:36 AM
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That's not a plot hole, it's a continuity error.
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:36 AM
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And IIRC Steve McQueen's car loses *five* hubcaps during the big chase scene in Bullitt!
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Old 07-15-2019, 11:53 AM
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And IIRC Steve McQueen's car loses *five* hubcaps during the big chase scene ...
"I know what you're thinking: 'Did he lose 5 hubcaps, or only 4?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kinda lost track myself ..."
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:00 PM
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Maybe he has more than 1 car
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:09 PM
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Maybe he has more than 1 car
More than one identical car, if the OP is to be believed.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:15 PM
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And IIRC Steve McQueen's car loses *five* hubcaps during the big chase scene in Bullitt!
Not to mention that no matter how fast Steve drives, that green Volkswagen beetle always gets there before him.
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Old 07-15-2019, 12:21 PM
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And IIRC Steve McQueen's car loses *five* hubcaps during the big chase scene in Bullitt!
SD Pedantry Alert!

The Mustang had mag wheels. No hubcaps.

The Charger on the other hand did regenerate hubcaps. The car probably reformed itself from the burned out hulk that was towed to the junkyard and even now roams the highways, carrying people who wish to do evil.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:45 PM
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If anyone has any insights, please let me know.

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Forget it, Chris...
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Old 07-15-2019, 02:11 PM
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I have to admire the persistence of the OP, whose only previous post was over five years ago, and to ask essentially the same question.
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I have to admire the persistence of the OP, whose only previous post was over five years ago, and to ask essentially the same question.
Chinatown II: This Time Will Be Different
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It seems to me that after boning Faye Dunaway, he uses her dead husband's car to tail her. Don't know about the rest.
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Old 07-15-2019, 04:23 PM
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Chinatown II: This Time Will Be Different
Wasn't the movie Chinatown II called "The Two JAQs"...?

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Old 07-15-2019, 04:31 PM
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Wasn't the movie Chinatown II called "The Two JAQs"...?
*tips cap*
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Not to mention that no matter how fast Steve drives, that green Volkswagen beetle always gets there before him.
Yep. We see that same sequence with the VW at least three times from different points of view. (As you obviously know- I'm talking to all the other kids.)
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:28 PM
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It seems to me that after boning Faye Dunaway, he uses her dead husband's car to tail her.
Exactly. He tells her, outside the house where the sister/daughter is being hidden, that he'll bring it back in the morning.

It's the same scene where she slumps forward onto the horn, foreshadowing what we'll learn in the fateful Chinatown scene just from hearing the horn.
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Forget it, Chris...
"I wish somebody would fix that plot hole."
" Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown. "
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