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Hair styles that don't fit the period. "Happy Days", and "MASH". Shows set in the 50's where everybody has a 70's hairstyle, the era when those shows were made. (except the Fonz).

Even some westerns from the 30's and 40's, you can almost tell the period when they were made based on the women's hairstyles.
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A car related one that I honestly didn't notice until it was pointed out to me, but now I can't not see it. A character is supposed to be driving, in an older car with a column shift, except the gearshift is obviously in park. I know in reality the car is either in a studio in front of a green screen, or strapped to a trailer and being towed around to simulate driving. I guess maybe the car needs to be in park for safety reasons, but I would think they could just tie the car down and put it in drive.
On a related note, when actors are pretending to drive a car while giving their lines, they have a tendency to turn the wheel back and forth rhythmically such that it they were actually driving a car would have them swerving all over the road like a drunken sailor.

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^ Or, the driver turns his/her ENTIRE HEAD 90 degrees to face the passenger. No one's peripheral vision is that good.
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Hair styles that don't fit the period. "Happy Days", and "MASH". Shows set in the 50's where everybody has a 70's hairstyle, the era when those shows were made. (except the Fonz).
There are also those shows set in the the 17th Century or whenever, and yet the characters' teeth looks healthy. Not like you'd expect for characters living long before dentistry was as sophisticated or widely available.
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Also, in poker, rich guy takes the deeds to the ranch out of his pocket and bets it. Wouldn't be allowed. See: table stakes. In the later Casino Royale, Le Chifre bets his car like this. The dealer protests about table stakes, but allows it. No way. They can't get 4% rake on a car.
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Or how about when a semi-auto pistol is empty and they keep pulling the trigger to hear clicks. In real life the slide stays open after the last shot on most semi-autos, especially full sized models used by police/military. It really gets me when they do this with what appears to be a Glock. Glocks are single action with no second strike capability. The trigger wouldn't continue to function after the first pull if no round were fired.
In the apartment fight in the first Bourne movie, the bad guy's sub-machinegun went click-click-click when it ran dry.
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In the apartment fight in the first Bourne movie, the bad guy's sub-machinegun went click-click-click when it ran dry.
Nitpick: The weapon used is a Galil MAR which isn't classified as a submachine gun as it fires rifle-caliber cartridges and not pistol cartridges.
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Child labor laws mean that babies and young toddlers can't be on screen very long. This leads to using twins/triplets, and in a pinch, a doll held in such a way that you don't see its face. Viewers get that, we really do. But dolls come in all sorts of sizes. And apparently prop dolls don't, because if they did, a 20 pound, 29" one-year-old wouldn't magically become a 2 pound 10" blanket wrapped doll in another scene.

Spring for an appropriately sized doll for actors to hold, for God's sake.
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Being an ex-pilot, and an aviation buff, two things frost my gourd.

1. Using a tricked out DeHaviland Tiger Moth to substitute for a WWI biplane. It is absolutely impossible to disguise the slightly sweptback wings of a Tiger Moth to look anything like an SE-5 or any other WWI plane. Even as good a movie as "Laurence of Arabia" tried to do this, without success.

2. Showing almost any WWI airplane using a radial engine instead of a rotary engine, which was almost invariably the source of power. When a rotary engine is running, because it is turning at the same speed as the propeller, the cylinders are just a blur.

I don't think I've ever seen a movie where they got those two things right.

BTW, I did actually see a movie that had a binocular view as a single round disk, instead of a double disk. It was years ago in a Clark Gable movie (costarring, I think, Marilyn Monroe). It really seemed a little strange.
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There are also those shows set in the the 17th Century or whenever, and yet the characters' teeth looks healthy. Not like you'd expect for characters living long before dentistry was as sophisticated or widely available.
You never see period films either with people walking about with great bloody tumors hanging from their faces....and everything is toooooo cleeean no matter how trashy they try and make it look.

You don't see smallpox or bubonic survivors.
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Regarding military uniforms - I always yell at the TV when I see military women with their hair down below their collars. I'm pretty sure the rule hasn't changed since I was on active duty, even if it was decades ago. As was mentioned - how hard is it to get that kind of info from an advisor??
The thing I'm seeing more and more in fiction now is facial piercings on people in uniform.

Unless this is the post-apocyalpse I doubt nose rings will be in vogue in the US Military anytime soon.
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You never see period films either with people walking about with great bloody tumors hanging from their faces....and everything is toooooo cleeean no matter how trashy they try and make it look.

You don't see smallpox or bubonic survivors.
Or people with scurvy, scrofula, or tertiary syphilis. I think Kurt Vonnegut once wrote that the last used to be quite common.

I laughed every time they showed nude women lounging around in The Tudors. They all had absolutely perfect bodies and glowing skin. Not a hairy leg or armpit on any of them.
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But some military-minded nitpickers seem to assume that dramas should apply minute, anal scrutiny to military gear, protocol, weapons, and vehicles-- as if, say (making this up) sleeve chevrons two inches from where they're supposed to be ruins the experience.
I suppose it wouldn't, so long as you're completely ignorant. Better to fixate on open refrigerators instead.
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Old 02-01-2020, 07:28 AM
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Also, in poker, rich guy takes the deeds to the ranch out of his pocket and bets it. Wouldn't be allowed. See: table stakes. In the later Casino Royale, Le Chifre bets his car like this. The dealer protests about table stakes, but allows it. No way. They can't get 4% rake on a car.
Table stakes definitely, but tables typically don't have a straight percentage rake - I've never seen one. They typically rake more than 4% up until a point where it is capped at between 4$ and 7$. And some tables have an hourly fee rather than a rake, which I've never seen but does happen occasionally as I've seen fee schedules for poker rooms which mention it.
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Old 02-01-2020, 09:44 AM
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If my experience yesterday is typical, people who have the Heimlich maneuver performed on them do not spit up a little piece of food and go on like nothing happened, with no after effects. They spit up everything they ate recently, along with some stomach acid, which burns their throat. Then they walk around with a painful throat and a hurting chest for a few hours.

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Anytime the cops go to question someone about a murder/rape/heinous crime, the person being questioned will continue gardening, stocking shelves, batting practice or whatever they were doing when the cops showed up.
That used to bother me, but what's the alternative? If they go the realistic route then almost every civilian would behave similarly; dropping what they're doing, and nervously trying to be as helpful as possible. The same response over and over would get old.
So it's kinda nice to emphasize "This is the Gardener Guy; he'll continue spraying plants while talking to police, and might throw in some floral anecdotes (that may even later prove useful)".

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Perhaps I missed it on my first read through, but has no one yet mentioned the all-time classic...explosions and loud noises in space? As you all know, space is basically silent and without air or another medium for sound waves to travel through you won't hear a thing when the planet/star destroyer/space station out the window explodes.
I think even filmmakers are aware of this one by now but deliberately choose to ignore it and consider it an acceptable break from reality.

My own view is that we can imagine that the camera's "ear" is pressed up against whichever object is making noise. After all, the camera's ear is allowed to jump around even in regular non- sci-fi movies.
The filmmakers could even make this somewhat explicit by making the various sounds in space somewhat tinny and deep having the quality that sounds going through solid material have.

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Another one...."But I don't have that much..."

AND??? Bet what you have.
So many plotlines then run on the notion that if I raise X and you don't have X, the only options are to fold or you're obliged to offer your house / first born / faberge eggs.
Never seen a game played with these rules.

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I only starting noticing this after reading someone else mention it last year, but now I see it everywhere: in period movies all the cars are pristine. Cars parked in the background, driving past the characters, etc look like they came right out of a showroom, because they have. Youíll only ever see a car with damage if itís a plot point, every single other car on the road looks shiny and brand new.
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On a related note, when actors are pretending to drive a car while giving their lines, they have a tendency to turn the wheel back and forth rhythmically such that it they were actually driving a car would have them swerving all over the road like a drunken sailor.
In line with that, nobody takes keys out of ignition when leaving, they don't put car in park, so apparently when they come out they never have to engage car into drive
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Anytime the cops go to question someone about a murder/rape/heinous crime, the person being questioned will continue gardening, stocking shelves, batting practice or whatever they were doing when the cops showed up. "Oh, you want to know about the details of my boss's murder? I guess I can humor you while I paint this railing..." . . . .
Often it sets them up for a Quick Back-Away. At the end of a list of questions, the office worker, doctor, whatever, starts to back away, asking "And if there are no further questions?" The pair of cops waves them away. He turns and leaves while they turn and start evaluating his answers and planning who to talk to next. He can't possibly be listening to them because if the camera is off of him and the cops aren't looking at him, he can't be there, right?

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This is not at all uncommon in the PNW.
I saw that happen once when I was visiting Michigan. Is Michigan PNW? Before then I had only seen it in old horror movies.

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Eric. His mom was Swedish.
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Red 2 is on right now and the bad guy is aiming his mini-gun fire a foot above the ground. Same thing happens all the time in TV and movies. Ummm...I'll fire a foot or two above the ground so the good guys can crawl away! I don't remember where I saw it, but only one show or movie got it right. If you're going to fire multiple shots through a door or building, fire low as so at least you're likely to hit the person on the other side in the foot or shin, at least incapacitating them.

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Child labor laws mean that babies and young toddlers can't be on screen very long. This leads to using twins/triplets, and in a pinch, a doll held in such a way that you don't see its face. Viewers get that, we really do. But dolls come in all sorts of sizes. And apparently prop dolls don't, because if they did, a 20 pound, 29" one-year-old wouldn't magically become a 2 pound 10" blanket wrapped doll in another scene.

Spring for an appropriately sized doll for actors to hold, for God's sake.
Sometimes it's obviously a blanket with nothing inside it, so you just don't see the baby's face. Like you say, it is fair enough that they don't have the baby on set, but it's a little odd that they don't even bother with a proper prop.

What makes that one worse is the way done of the actors hold the "baby" really carelessly, like it's as delicate and important as a sack of potatoes. And sure, in reality it is, but it's a bit of an acting failure if you can't even get close to acting like you're holding a baby.

Friends was particularly bad in this respect.

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The "I'll hit you, then wait until you hit me before we continue." or the gang fight where everyone waits their turn or battles one on one. Watch a prison riot or a gang fight and everyone is going at anyone within sight and if someone's already being ganged up on, even better. Join in!

Edit: Also, not hitting or kicking in the groin. I talked about his in another thread. If I was in an all out fight for my life, I'd punch, kick, bite, grab the groin of the other person, male of female!

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Another one from Red 2. Yeah, I know the entire movie is unrealistic, but ten's of thousands of lives are at stake, and good guy (in this case gal), let's the bad guy go because there's someone in the way. If it's one bystander versus tens or hundreds of thousands of lives at stake, SHOOT!!!

I'm pretty sure this is from a Hollywood movie since I can clearly hear the dialog in my mind. Woman being held in front the bad guy yelling "Shoot! Shoot!". The good guy shoots her in the shoulder and kills the bad guy who's shocked and may have said, "You shot me!?". Woman says to the good guy. "You shot me!". Good guy says, "You told me to!".

I tried to watch Armageddon when it was on TV a long time ago and just could bear the: Oh, how tragic, they're not going to be able to return home. *cue sad music*. So what! They're going to save the Earth! What's a few lives compared to the entire human population?

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Argghh..."couldn't bear the "Oh, how tragic, they're not going to be able to return home."

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Not so much of a "gaffe" rather than just non-realistic, but in battle scenes, riders are almost always carefully plucked off of their horses, sparing the animal.

I realize this is done because #1 protecting the animals, and #2 it's much easier to train an actor to fall off a horse than it is to train a horse to collapse onto the ground on cue, but in reality, of course you just kill the horse. It's the much bigger target, and even if it doesn't kill the rider, at the very least it puts the him on the ground.
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I'm pretty sure this is from a Hollywood movie since I can clearly hear the dialog in my mind. Woman being held in front the bad guy yelling "Shoot! Shoot!". The good guy shoots her in the shoulder and kills the bad guy who's shocked and may have said, "You shot me!?". Woman says to the good guy. "You shot me!". Good guy says, "You told me to!".
That was from Speed, although it didn't happen quite as you remember.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39PmMJAxhXE

The "You shot me" "You told me to" is in a later scene, I couldn't find a clip, but here's some quotes.
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Another one from Red 2. Yeah, I know the entire movie is unrealistic, but ten's of thousands of lives are at stake, and good guy (in this case gal), let's the bad guy go because there's someone in the way. If it's one bystander versus tens or hundreds of thousands of lives at stake, SHOOT!!!

I'm pretty sure this is from a Hollywood movie since I can clearly hear the dialog in my mind. Woman being held in front the bad guy yelling "Shoot! Shoot!". The good guy shoots her in the shoulder and kills the bad guy who's shocked and may have said, "You shot me!?". Woman says to the good guy. "You shot me!". Good guy says, "You told me to!".

I tried to watch Armageddon when it was on TV a long time ago and just could bear the: Oh, how tragic, they're not going to be able to return home. *cue sad music*. So what! They're going to save the Earth! What's a few lives compared to the entire human population?
I'm pretty sure NOT targeting innocent bystanders because it may be convenient is a real thing. (Not that the scenarios in action movies have much to do with reality.)
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Not so much of a "gaffe" rather than just non-realistic, but in battle scenes, riders are almost always carefully plucked off of their horses, sparing the animal.

I realize this is done because #1 protecting the animals, and #2 it's much easier to train an actor to fall off a horse than it is to train a horse to collapse onto the ground on cue, but in reality, of course you just kill the horse. It's the much bigger target, and even if it doesn't kill the rider, at the very least it puts the him on the ground.
I actually could see some strategic value in this.

1. The horse aren't armed; the riders are. The rider can still attack you if their horse is dead.

2. It leaves the horses alive so you can keep them for yourself and integrate them into your own army.
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I'm pretty sure NOT targeting innocent bystanders because it may be convenient is a real thing. (Not that the scenarios in action movies have much to do with reality.)
True, but real life standoffs are rarely if ever, spare one life to save tens or hundreds of thousands like in the movies.

I know it's a touchy subject, but that was part of the justification for dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We killed tens of thousands of non-military people to prevent the loss of the hundreds of thousands of military and non-military lives that would be lost in an invasion.
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Not so much of a "gaffe" rather than just non-realistic, but in battle scenes, riders are almost always carefully plucked off of their horses, sparing the animal.
Well you can see horses go down very realistically in pre-1940 movies.
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I actually could see some strategic value in this.

1. The horse aren't armed; the riders are. The rider can still attack you if their horse is dead.

2. It leaves the horses alive so you can keep them for yourself and integrate them into your own army.
Medievally, you take down the knight, the guy now on the ground is surrounded by guys waiting to put the book [and pointy thing] in. In general, any knight unmounted tended to end up dead unless it was in a period when they would be more inclined to be held for ransom.

And a well trained warhorse was *dangerous* and could be dangerous to handle by strangers.
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Coming late to this thread: you might like to compare with this list of similar howlers and clichťs on UK television:

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/2362597/unrealistic-things-people-do-in-tv-dramas-that-you-dont-really-see-in-life/

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Medievally, you take down the knight, the guy now on the ground is surrounded by guys waiting to put the book [and pointy thing] in. In general, any knight unmounted tended to end up dead unless it was in a period when they would be more inclined to be held for ransom.
Assuming, of course, that the rider survives falling off a horse 20--24 hands tall while traveling 25--30 mph and not getting trampled.
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Perhaps I missed it on my first read through, but has no one yet mentioned the all-time classic...explosions and loud noises in space? As you all know, space is basically silent and without air or another medium for sound waves to travel through you won't hear a thing when the planet/star destroyer/space station out the window explodes.
Seconded. More rare, but equally stupid: a space ship that takes a severe hit in battle then starts going down. In space.
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Medievally, you take down the knight, the guy now on the ground is surrounded by guys waiting to put the book [and pointy thing] in. In general, any knight unmounted tended to end up dead unless it was in a period when they would be more inclined to be held for ransom.

And a well trained warhorse was *dangerous* and could be dangerous to handle by strangers.
A horse also probably wouldn't just be felled instantly by an arrow or gunshot, surely? Even humans often aren't, and horses are much larger. Yeah, odds are the horse would die before too long, but an arrow or gunshot that didn't make much impact would still leave the rider in charge of the horse for possibly long enough to inflict damage, and if the injury to the horse was bad, there'd be a period of time where they were injured and scared and trampling over people on any side. It'd be like shooting at a car that was travelling towards you and making it crash into your guys.

I'm sure people did often aim for the horses, mostly because they're a bigger target so easier to hit, but there are reasons not to as well.
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I only starting noticing this after reading someone else mention it last year, but now I see it everywhere: in period movies all the cars are pristine. Cars parked in the background, driving past the characters, etc look like they came right out of a showroom, because they have. Youíll only ever see a car with damage if itís a plot point, every single other car on the road looks shiny and brand new.
A corralary to this one -- when a car being old and beat up is a plot point, they will often use a car that would have actually been fairly new at the time the show or movie is set. The Wonder Years was guilty of this in the episode where the family gets a new car. Their old station wagon that was supposedly on its last legs was a 1968 model, in an episode set in 1969. I admit this is one only car enthusiasts would actually notice, though.
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Related to the car thing, as a former Volvo 240 owner I tend to notice them, and I've noticed that anytime a character needs to have a "humble family car," for whatever reason it's almost always a Volvo 240. I've seen it way too frequently for it to just be random.

I've even seen it in the Simpsons more than a couple of times (usually depicted as Principal Skinner's car; he also owned a Camry at some point).

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I'm guessing it's a combination of 1) Volvo 240s have a very loyal following among a certain crowd, and therefore have a much higher survival rate than other sedans from that era, and are therefore probably easier for filmmakers to obtain. Nobody bothered to preserve a 1986 Buick Skylark or whatever, but lots of people kept their old Volvos. 2) Volvo didn't really change the styling much from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, so filmmakers don't need to worry too much about getting the year right. A 1992 Volvo 240 wouldn't really look out of place in a show set in the 1980s. Only the most pedantic Volvo enthusiast would be likely to notice.
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A corralary to this one -- when a car being old and beat up is a plot point, they will often use a car that would have actually been fairly new at the time the show or movie is set. The Wonder Years was guilty of this in the episode where the family gets a new car. Their old station wagon that was supposedly on its last legs was a 1968 model, in an episode set in 1969. I admit this is one only car enthusiasts would actually notice, though.
I remember that episode. While the actual car shown really is a 1968 model, on the show the voice-over narration refers to it as a 1963 model, during the time it's being spruced up to be put up for sale.
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I'm guessing it's a combination of 1) Volvo 240s have a very loyal following among a certain crowd, and therefore have a much higher survival rate than other sedans from that era, and are therefore probably easier for filmmakers to obtain. Nobody bothered to preserve a 1986 Buick Skylark or whatever, but lots of people kept their old Volvos. 2) Volvo didn't really change the styling much from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, so filmmakers don't need to worry too much about getting the year right. A 1992 Volvo 240 wouldn't really look out of place in a show set in the 1980s. Only the most pedantic Volvo enthusiast would be likely to notice.
Yeah, all that, and the fact that they are both very distinctive so it's easy to pick out in a shot, yet they are fairly common so they never look like someone just drove in from the future. They were also sold on just about every continent so they look at home in almost any setting.

Not to mention that no one is ever, ever going to mistake it for a sports car; it's a humble family sedan/wagon, and that's all.
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The excellent HBO miniseries John Adams has period accurate teeth, especially for the old people. It's quite noticeable and I love it.

Honestly, even shows set today ought to have at least some people with terrible teeth. They're out there, in all walks of life, though the wealthy can usually get cosmetic surgery or implants.

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This one annoys me every time. Even the otherwise accurate Deadwood has a lot of historically inappropriate hats. Pretty much anyone in any western who isn't wearing a Derby or Boss of the Plains (or the odd topper) is wrong.
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Oh yes, this for sure! Doesn't every self-defense class teach this? I think the only time I saw it used was in Jumpin' Jack Flash when Whoopie took down one of the baddies - around the 1:30 mark.

I have to wonder, too - how many people, when being chased, will keep turning to look behind at their pursuer? Me, I'd be bookin' it at full speed till I couldn't - then maybe I'd look back.
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That was from Speed, although it didn't happen quite as you remember.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39PmMJAxhXE

The "You shot me" "You told me to" is in a later scene, I couldn't find a clip, but here's some quotes.
For some reasons I keep thinking there was a similar scene in Running Scared with Billy Crystal. Iím not sure it was a long time ago.

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This is one more thing that makes Barney Miller the most realistic police show ever broadcast (seriously, several cops have said that). They had two or three episodes in which detectives had to shoot a criminal. All of them were traumatized afterward.
Just being traumatized isnít very realistic. Iíve never been in a shooting but Iím very familiar with several. The officers involved were out of work for months. And these were obvious good shoots involving armed suspects. The investigations were extremely thorough and long and then it was many months before they cleared the officer physically and mentally to come back to work.

Yes I realize that would make for a very boring TV show.
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One that gets me is that there are always 3 messages on the answering machine when our hero comes home. The first two are personal messages, but the third is the one that drives the plot.

The first message is from VISA telling our hero that his credit card bill is overdue. The second is from his ex wife telling him that she heard he has been drinking too much and is worried about him.

The third is from the bad guy who is going to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge/kill the little girl/assassinate the President/capture the next hostage/etc.

There are always three. Our hero never had a slow message day where there was only the one important message.
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