In the Heat of the NightGoofs
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When the sheriff is called to go and see the Mayor at his place of work, Gillespie drives through Sparta and passes an elderly black gentlemen on the sidewalk . He is dressed in a shabby suit wearing a beige V-neck sweater and a hat. You then see the car drive a few hundred yards further into town and in the next shot, a few seconds later the same man is again walking along the sidewalk.
When Gillespie takes Virgil to the morgue to inspect the body, Virgil notes that the time is 4:45am in trying to determine the time of death. Gillespie gets a call that they're tracking a suspect and he leaves the morgue immediately. The next shot shows Harvey running through the woods and then Gillespie in his car waiting to apprehend Harvey. He is wearing his sunglasses. It shouldn't be any later than 5 am but the sun is up high and it's appears more like late morning.
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Errors in geography
The town of Sparta is in east-central Mississippi. The Mississippi River forms the western border for most of that state. If Harvey Oberst (the fugitive being chased early in the film) made it as far as a bridge to Arkansas, he would have been at least 100 miles out of the jurisdiction of the Sparta police (who catch him). Even if, unbeknownst to the audience, the Sparta police had been deputized by some other jurisdiction, it's doubtful that they could have brought him back to the Sparta jail in the time frame presented.