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Character error 

While on-board the Leonov, Dr. Floyd refers to the monolith being discovered on the moon nine years before, and to the failure of the original Jupiter mission, also nine years before. These cannot both be true. The monolith on the moon was discovered in 1999, and the Discovery reached Jupiter in 2001.
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Continuity 

Numerous differences in the Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey, as director Stanley Kubrick deliberately had the models and sets destroyed. Also in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL has flat display screens (note the pod bay interface); they are shown here as CRTs.
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As Chandra is reactivating HAL, he pushes all but eight bricks in. HAL's voice goes out of control, and Chandra spins around to reset it. When he turns back, there are only four bricks left out of their slots.
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When Curnow and Max enter the Discovery for the first time, the walls next to the pod bay doors are bare. Later on, the walls have several signs warning that the pod bay must be vented before the doors can open.
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Near the end of '2001' when Dave is disconnecting HAL, the video comes on inside HAL with Dr Floyd explaining that only HAL knew about the monolith on the moon. Yet in this film, Dr Floyd (Roy Scheider) himself denies having done that, or even knowing about it.
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Dave Bowman doesn't say "My God, it's full of stars!" in the film version of 2001, but he does say it in the book.
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As Floyd (Roy Scheider) and Kirbuk (Helen Mirren) have their first conversation, Kirbuk is initially standing with her arms behind her back. As the camera angle changes to face her, her arms are crossed in front of her.
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No pods should be in the pod bay in 2010. The original film showed 3 pods. All were lost. The first was lost with Poole's body. The second was lost when Bowman blew the exploding bolts to enter the airlock. The third transported Bowman into the worm hole/monolith. When the crew enters the pod bay in 2010, one pod is is still sitting in it's storage area. (Although ignored in the movie, this is explained in the book (section4, chapter 24). Dave Bowman is supposed to have retrieved pod #3 on remote while preparing his departure.)
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During the lunch in the Floyd's house, his wife Caroline is talking with him about a conference. At the beginning Floyd appears bowed and with the left hand under his chin, but when the camera changes and makes a front face on him, Floyd isn't bowed and his left hand is over his lips.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A wire is clearly visible on the probe released by the Alexei Leonov.
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Errors in geography 

At the beginning of the film, the graphics showing Dr. Floyd's report of the events in 2001 indicate that the TMA-1 monolith was discovered in the Sea of Tranquility. TMA-1 stood for Tycho Magnetic Anomaly-1 because the monolith was discovered in the crater Tycho. Tycho is several hundred miles southwest of the Sea of Tranquility.
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Factual errors 

The AE35 high-gain antenna would not be used for short distance ship-to-ship communications, and thus the antenna would not have to be "turned away" from the Leonov since it would have remained pointed at Earth. Short distance communications would be accomplished with other 2-way radios. This was demonstrated in "2001" when Dave retrieved the body of Poole, all the while talking to Hal, without moving the AE35 antenna.
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It is stated in the movie that the monolith has dimensions 1-4-9. It's width to height ratio is indeed 4 to 9. However, the thickness is far less than one fourth of the width.
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When the Leonov crew are attempting to board Discovery, we see that the planet and the moon are being lit from different directions. As they are both being lit by the sun, they should be lit from the same direction.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Near the end of the film, Dave asks HAL to point the AE35 antenna towards earth. HAL tells him that this will prevent him from communicating with the Leonov. The external shot which follows shows the AE35 moving, yet it starts off pointing downwards, not towards the Leonov.

However, the AE35 is intended for long range communication, and would be needed once the Leonov moved away into trajectory toward Earth. That trajectory would be a long curve away from Jupiter, to meet Earth in a later part of its orbit. So the antenna would be able to transmit toward either, but not both. Earth would have better instruments than Leonov, for monitoring events.
The idea of Jupiter achieving stellar fission at the end of the film is improbable as Jupiter does not have nearly enough mass to do so, and Jupiter going nova would destroy Europa which orbits at a distance of two million kilometers. However, Jupiter going nova was not a natural occurrence as it was transformed by the monolith aliens who no doubt had the ability to control its size, gravity and output when they turned it into a mini sun with the intent of allowing life to evolve on Europa.
When Floyd is talking with Milson outside the White House, in the first close-up Floyd is wearing a tie. After the long shot, in subsequent close-ups, Floyd's tie is gone. However during the long shot, Floyd is seen removing his tie.
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Plot holes 

Bowman orders the AE-35 antenna pointed towards Earth in order to transmit the final message. HAL replies that this will cut off transmission to the Leonov. How, then, is the Leonov able to display the final message?
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Revealing mistakes 

If you fail to hear the Russian word for "four" in the countdown spoken by Tanya Kirbuk (Helen Mirren), the reason is that the word was deleted in versions later than the theatrical release and the early VHS versions because of Mirren's mispronunciation of "chih-TEE-reh" as "chee-TYE-ree".
When rebooting the Hal-9000 voice logic circuits, Dr. Chandra's keystrokes do not match what he is saying or what shows up on the screen.
As the Leonov brakes around the dark side of Jupiter, the cable run used to pull the fireball past the camera is visible. Also, bits of flame can be seen to drop off the fireball as though pulled straight down to the bottom of the frame, when no such thing would happen.
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