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(1986)

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Continuity 

In the "steak experiment" sequence, Seth cuts the meat in two pieces, and teleports the bigger one. Later, Veronica eats a bit of this bigger half and finds that "it tastes like a steak", and when Seth gives her a piece of the smaller one and says "now try this teleported half", she finds that "it tastes synthetic". This is a continuity mistake. (It has been suggested that Seth deliberately misled Veronica as to which steak was teleported, to test Veronica's psychological reaction. However, this is unlikely; if the test were merely to determine Veronica's aversion to eating teleported meat, then it would not have led directly to the realization that the computer was incorrectly reassembling flesh).
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When Brundle is sat at his computer, he bites the pencil and his teeth fall out onto the keyboard making a mess. A later shot of the keyboard reveals no teeth or blood on the keyboard.
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When Seth and Veronica are eating burgers in the restaurant, a man holding a tray can be seen walking past them. A few moments later the same man is seen walking past again.
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When Seth brings Veronica to his lab for the first time, he is holding a padlock in his hand. We assume, since his experiments are secret, he locks the door when they are both inside. When she is getting ready to leave - after the tape recorder incident - the door is not locked when she goes to open it.
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When the first baboon arrives in Telepod #2 he hits against the glass door of the pod, leaving a bloody mark. In a subsequent shot the amount of blood has significantly increased and the shape of the mark is different too.
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When Veronica interviews Seth for the first time, she has to flip the tape because it reached the end. Later on, when she presents the tape to Stathis, it apparently starts from the beginning.
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When Seth jumps out of the final telepod at the very end, Ronnie starts to look up to see what has happened. In her close-ups the image has been reversed.
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After Veronica and Seth have slept together, Veronica wakes up alone in Seth's bed, apparently naked. Moments later she is walking across the room wearing white panties.
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After Veronica tries the piece of teleported steak, she's seen drinking from a glass of water that wasn't on the table in the establishing shots. In the deleted scenes for the film, the shot is part of an extended deleted moment where Seth pours her a glass of water and hands it to her.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The camera crew is reflected in the glass of the telepod.
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Just as BrundleFly and the part of the Telepod are teleported together, a piece of an arm of a puppeteer in a blue shirt can be briefly seen behind the Telepod.
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When Brundlefly opens the medicine cabinet to deposit his teeth, the mirror reveals a person in a red long-sleeved shirt pointing at him.
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When Veronica returns home to her apartment to unexpectedly find Stathis in her shower, and the camera begins to track and follow her down the hallway to the bathroom, the camera equipment and crew are reflected in the glass panes of the French doors.
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Factual errors 

When Veronica is playing the cassette tape of her recorded conversation with Brundel for her former boyfriend, the direction of the tape and the amount of tape left suggests that it just began from the beginning. However, the portion of the conversation that is being played is just before her tape recorder begins beeping, indicating that the tape is at the end and needs to be flipped over.
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In the last scene when Veronica shoots the shotgun, in real life it would have ripped away from her, and probably injured her hands and wrists. You must brace a shotgun to the body to prevent injury from the recoil.
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Miscellaneous 

Every time Seth or any other creature for that matter goes through the teleporter, they're completely naked so as to avoid confusing the computer and introducing more foreign materials. However, at the end of the movie, Brundlefly shoves Veronica into the telepod fully clothed. Whilst the resulting merge of DNA would be human, it would in fact create a worse mutation due to there now being a combination of human, fly and clothing material merged.
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Plot holes 

Seth Brundle merges with a fly since a fly had flown into the telepod before transition. This would also mean that Brundle would merge with any other living object in the telepod including any bacteria living in his body and any virus currently in his body. Additionally it has to be assumed that the baboon that transported successfully also had fleas on his body so the baboon also should be transformed into a baboon-flea-bacteria-mixture, not just a baboon.

Revealing mistakes 

When Seth is changing into a fly, he demonstrates how he can walk on the ceiling and walls like a fly. While upside down on the wall, he lifts his t-shirt to show the side of his body then places it back down. The reaction of the t-shirt to gravity (or lack thereof) made it obvious that he was filmed right side up and then the film rotated to get the effect.
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