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Revealing mistakes 

When Pizer floats away from the rest of the crew toward the black hole, two suspension wires can clearly be seen holding him up.
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Character error 

When Dr. Kate McCrae identifies the U.S.S. Cygnus in the hologram at the beginning of the movie, she says its mission was to find "habitable life" when she meant "habitable planets."
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Continuity 

After Reinhardt tells Booth about what would have happened if Columbus had been recalled just before he discovered the new world, and that he (Booth) would not even exist, Reinhardt stands and points at Booth with his right hand. In the next shot, a different camera angle, he is pointing at Booth with his left hand.
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Despite the fact that throughout the dining room scene characters come and go through an interior door, as is clearly shown in later exterior shots, the dining room is set apart from the body of the Cygnus atop a scaffold-like tower with no elevator, walkway, ladder or any means to enter or exit.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At the very start of the movie, when Vincent announces, "The largest black hole I have ever seen, Mr. Pizer," and Pizer replies, "Hmm. Let's look at it on the holograph," the viewer can see someone's hand turning Vincent by his left foot. The hand stays there for a moment before pulling back off-camera.
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When Booth is taking off in the spaceship before it explodes, the wire holding him is visible.
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Factual errors 

When the Palomino crew are trying to escape to the probe ship, they clearly go outside the structure (and atmosphere) of the Cygnus, as evidenced when Charlie starts to float away. As such, they should die within a minute from asphyxia, but they are able to move around outside for several minutes then clamber into the probe ship, alive.
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Once the meteorite crashes into the Cygnus, the Palomino crew should have been killed within seconds due to loss of oxygen. However, they survive for several minutes and are even seen scrambling out into the vacuum of space to board the probe ship without any protective suits.
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When the "Palomino" is climbing up toward "Cygnus" from the near vicinity of the black hole, it is not in free fall. Therefore, Mr. Pizer would not float up out of his seat when he attempts to go after V.I.N.CENT.
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Near the end of the movie when the Cygnus is struck by a passing meteor, V.I.N.CENT states that "A METEORITE STRUCK THE SHIP!" In fact, unless it enters the Earth's atmosphere, it isn't called a meteorite. Instead, it is simply called a METEOR.
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When the Palamino crew are in the transport tube during the meteor shower, the shuttle they're sitting in, is smoothly sliding around as if the tube was perfectly circular.The shuttle sits in a recessed track so it wouldn't be able to do that. If so, It would have been a very bumpy ride.
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Miscellaneous 

When the huge heavy screen is crushing Reinhardt, one can see it is moving by his breathing. That's impossible, as this screen should weight hundred of pounds.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Maximillian breaks through the wall to chase Vincent the wires that are holding him up are clearly visible.
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When the Palamino crew gets on the track car that takes them to the bridge of the ship, Vincent floats ahead of the car, but just as the car starts to move, you can see a metal bar connecting the car to Vincent's back that isn't visible in other shots.
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During the robot funeral, only the floor and far wall were built as a physical set. The sloping side walls were a matte painting. At the beginning of the scene, the robot's head at the far lower left disappears under the matte painting. At the end of the scene, when they are filing out of the room, the robot's head at the lower right bobs behind and under the matte several times.
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During the dinner sequence after Reinhardt excuses himself to meet up with the probe ship, the film runs in reverse on an exterior shot of the dining room. You can clearly see Captain Holland walk backwards around the room and sit down.
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On the bridge of the Cygnus just after Dr. Reinhardt orders Maximilian to stand down, the movie cuts to the seated Dr. Reinhardt. Just after that when Dr. Reinhardt says "Miss McCrae, you may come closer" you can see part of the star field inside his hair just above the hairline.
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Wires are visible on V.I.N.CENT and BOB, and on members of the crew floating around the "Palomino" throughout the film.
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As the large screen that pins Reinhardt is swinging wildly immediately before it falls, the message it's displaying is not moving with it.
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The eyes of the actor playing the black sentry robot that is defeated by V.I.N.CENT in the shooting gallery can be seen inside the robot suit before it short-circuits.
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When the meteor rolls down the gallery of the Cygnus it tears out every rafter beam for hundreds of feet, but not one structural element drops in between the meteor and the camera.
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When the sentry robot pounces on the Captain during the fight to save Kate, the robot does not have his metallic exoskeleton on over his legs (he's merely wearing red leggings). In the next shot, his regular robot shell is visible over his legs again.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the crew flees Reinhardt and his drones during the meteor shower, their open-air 4-seat shuttle is forced to stop as it reaches a ruined segment of track. But the car goes a little farther than it should have and the front of it disappears under the matte painting of the ruined segment.
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