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Continuity 

After Sam leaves the apartment and gets splashed by the cab, the camera pans across the street, when the camera pans back to the curb, the large puddle that caused the splash is practically gone.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the two men first enter Suzy's apartment, the second one says "What are you calling for? She said she wasn't here." But his lips don't move.
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Continuity 

As he walks through the airport terminal, how far Sam's bag is unzipped changes between shots.
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When Suzy sends Carlino to check the back windows for broken glass he makes a mess with the blinds (parts open, part closed etc.). The camera from the living room immediately shows the blinds smooth again. Move into the bedroom and the blinds are a mess, as he left them. When he comes back out of the bathroom, they speak for a moment. The next shot is from the living room, which shows the blinds miraculously smooth once again.
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The car is outside to the right of the window inside, although when Carlino appears outside the window when Susy and Gloria are talking, he appears from the left side of the window.
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The cabinet door where the trash is held changes positions when Susy finds out Mike's involvement with Roat.
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When Roat messes with Susy with the pink cloth, Susy hits it away with her right hand. In the next shot, she has her left hand hitting it away.
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During the final scene, the position of the red gasoline tank changes.
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While Carlino 'investigates' at Susy's apartment, the blinds change between opened and closed in a few shots.
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Gloria's hair changes from messy to tidy in between shots as she throws kitchen appliances on the ground.
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Throughout the film, Susy's hair often changes from tidy to messy and back between shots.
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After Gloria throws the kitchen appliances on the floor, the items are in different places between shots.
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When Susy grabs her knife, she turns around. In the next wide shot, she is facing forward again.
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Suzy smashes out her light bulbs, but in later sequences, there are no traces of broken glass anywhere on the floor.
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Carrying an armful of clothes Suzy rushes to the apartment door, dropping the clothes on the stairs in her haste. Seconds later several people go up and down the stairs and the clothes have disappeared.
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When Roat is confronting Susy, her head tilts to the right between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera lights are often visible in Roat's sunglasses.
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Visible on the left side of the screen as Sam comes down the stairs through the apartment near the end of the movie.
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Factual errors 

The telephone number that Susy reads in braille is not even a number. The braille symbols are gibberish and actually read: "shchsting".
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Plot holes 

The time in between when Mike leaves and Carlino reappears is too long. Mike and Carlino chat with each other quickly about a strategy, and Carlino leaves. In this time, Susy has already changed, cleaned up, found the doll, and conjured up a plan with Gloria. If Carlino was supposed get there right after his conversation with Mike, Susy wouldn't have had the time to do all these things. Furthermore, it seems that he looks through the window after some time, even though he is supposed to be visiting Susy.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Harry is stabbed, he falls back and grunts in pain; the action is clearly frozen there yet the same grunt can be heard again.
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Continuity 

In the final sequence when Roat jumps out at Susy, Roat's legs hit the ground and Susy stops running and shakes her fists. In the very next shot, however, Roat's legs have not yet reached the ground and Susy is still running, and her hand motions are different.
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Continuity 

In the final confrontation between Susy and Roat, Roat inches across the floor with the knife slowly, and hasn't gotten off the circular carpet. In the immediate next shot, he not only has started to inch off the carpet, but has also had a shift in his position. In the next shot after that, Roat is still on the carpet and back to the first position he was in.
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Continuity 

When Susie puts the lamp that she had knocked off the table with her cane back on the table, it rolls off the table. After smashing all the light bulbs, she returns to get her cane, but the lamp is on the table.
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Continuity 

Roat's shoe should have squeaked both times Suzy heard him walking. But we only hear the squeak during an insert shot of his feet as he descends the staircase in the guise of Roat Jr.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Susie is smashing all the light bulbs, they have been on for a few hours; however, she does not burn her hands, nor does she show any sign that the bulbs are hot.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Susy reappears after hiding behind the refrigerator, she accidentally hits the cabinet, which has somehow fallen to the side. A second after this occurs, Roat's foot moves, as does the plate that it is perched on top of. Obviously this could not be possible if Roat has died.
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