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(1983)

Goofs

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Continuity 

At the beginning of the film, when they are calibrating the system, Lillian asks Michael what he sees, and he replies, "Clockwise rotation." However, the two superimposed images of the test pattern are rotating counter-clockwise.
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When Lillian is recording her death, the tape reel is almost empty and it only records for about 30 seconds. After the funeral, when Brace and Hal are in the lab , the reel on the table is full. Then later, when we see the tape reel in the tape lab, it's almost empty again.
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Factual errors 

The scene after Gordy experiences the death tape, the IV needle is shown being pushed in with the bevel down. This defeats the purpose of the bevel, it should be inserted with the bevel up.
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The soldering iron that Dr. Reynolds accidentally burns her wrist on is a battery operated rechargeable model, and would not have been hot unless she had been holding it and pressing the button.
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Several of the tapes play back from a third-person perspective, which would be impossible if the tapes were actually a person's recorded memory.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Michael gets home from work at the beginning, he walks into his bedroom and turns on the light. Before the light comes on, the wall where the switch is, is illuminated by outside light. This light disappears an instant before the room light comes on.
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Twice, when the robot arm sets the "death tape" into the playback machine in the secure lab, you can see cellophane preloading the tape into the player, to give the effect that the tape is self-loading.
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