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Blood Simple. (1984) Poster

(1984)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Phone continues to ring after Abby picks it up.
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Boom mic visible 

When Ray is talking to Abby in her apartment and explaining that if you shoot someone you need to make sure he's dead, the boom shadow is briefly but clearly visible on the bathroom door.
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Continuity 

In the opening scene, Ray and Abby's car is driving through a horrible rainstorm. When they suddenly stop to allow Loren's VW Beetle to pass, the exterior shots show no rain.
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The German shepherd at Ray's house is different than the one at Marty's.
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When we first see Abby's revolver in her purse, it is a detective-style gun with an enclosed hammer and no cocking lever. For the rest of the movie, it is a standard revolver with a cocking lever - a completely different gun.
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When Marty is going to arrange the killings, he is wearing a ruby pinkie ring on his right hand. Minutes later, when sitting with Visser in the VW, the ring is a diamond horseshoe.
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The lamp is seen standing through the sniper's scope after being knocked over.
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Bullet holes through the wall in the final scene keep changing.
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When Ray and Marty are on the dark road, Ray is driving a 1966 Buick Skylark, but when he shifts gears we see a shot of a dashboard with a round speedometer marked in both MPH and KM/H. '66 Skylarks have a horizontal speedometer and would either be marked in MPH (USA) or KM/H (Canada), but not both.
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When Detective Visser wants to remove the knife from his right hand, he tries to do it with his left hand "reversed", but in the next shot he removes the knife with his hand in a more natural position.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After Marty tries to attack his wife outside Ray's house, he walks across the lawn to his van. For a split second the camera rig comes into shot on the right hand side of the screen.
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When the detective is leaving Ray's house at night, you can see someone standing in the shot.
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Reflection of camera crane visible in a phone booth.
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Factual errors 

The morning after Ray buries Marty, the back seat of Ray's car is still wet with Marty's blood. Human blood dries quickly, and Marty's blood would surely have dried in a span of several hours.
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Miscellaneous 

Loren discovers his lighter is missing when he goes to light a cigarette after burning most of the evidence (the doctored pictures). Logically, he would've used his lighter to light the pictures in the first place so he would've discovered his lighter was missing when he tried to burn them, not light a cigarette afterwards.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

A radio station's call letters begin with W. The boundary in the US between radio/TV call letters beginning with W and those beginning with K was not always the Mississippi River. In the 1980s, Texas still had more than one "W" station.
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Revealing mistakes 

The box of shells from which Abby dumps three live rounds is clearly labeled "blanks" and 32 caliber. Abby said earlier that the gun is a .38.
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When Private Detective Loren Visser steals Abby's gun, the supposedly unfired shells have clearly visible depressions in the primers and have obviously already been fired.
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When Visser (the detective) is sitting at the table in the bar across from Marty (the first time) he lights his cigarette with his lighter and a shot shows his hand putting the lighter on the table. The hand looks like that of a younger man, and the huge ring on Visser's right hand is missing in that shot.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Abby tells Meurice she thinks Ray killed Marty, Meurice turns back into his apartment, saying, "Well, that's bullshit." His lip movements are clearly mismatched. (This is in the Director's Cut; the original version had Meurice saying, "All right, but I'll tell you right now I'm retiring.")
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At Abby's apartment we hear eight shots being fired by Visser, but there are only six bullet holes in the wall and six empty cartridges on the floor.
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Continuity 

After Visser shoots Marty, he drops the revolver without cocking it, so the shell under the hammer is an empty one. He kicks the gun across the floor, still without cocking it. When Ray visits the bar later on, the gun somehow manages to cock and fire itself just from the pressure of Ray's feet on the floorboards.
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When Detective Visser removes the knife from his hand, it is clearly visible that more than half level of the knife is covered with blood, but in the next shot where he picks up his hat, you can see that only the knife tip is covered with blood.
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After Marty pukes up blood on Ray's shirt, the amount and color of the blood keeps changing.
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The amount of blood on Loren's glove changes from before he pulls out the knife, and after he's shot and lying on the floor.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Ray is beginning to bury Marty, as the camera tracks past the car (whose headlights are supposed to be the only source of light), a stage light is briefly visible on the other side of the car. It's cropped out of some video releases.
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Revealing mistakes 

The trajectory of the bullet which kills Ray, as defined by the broken window and the hole in his torso, is completely wrong given the very high angle we see that the sniper has through his scope.
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The morning after Ray buries Marty in the freshly-plowed field, a wide shot reveals tire tracks ahead of Ray's car before he drives off.
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