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(1986)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During Will Graham's conversation with Crawford at his home that starts the movie, there is a shot where Graham's chin is obviously moving, as he spoke some dialog, but no words are heard.
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Boom mic visible 

When Graham and Crawford argue over the videotapes and The Tooth Fairy, you can first see the boom pole, then the boom mic itself, very clearly. This has been corrected on the DVD version.
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Character error 

One of the headlines shown on the Tattler is "FBI Persues Pervert". "Persues" should be spelled "Pursues".
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Graham's house number changes during the film. When Dr. Bloom's secretary gives it to Lector, it's 3680. Later in the movie, when Crawford mentions it, it's 3860.
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Continuity 

A large pool of blood disappears from around killer's body.
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Graham loosens his tie after running from the hospital, but it is soon done up again.
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In the end of the movie when Dollarhyde is firing the shotgun, he fires at least 10 rounds. Without a magazine extension, the most rounds he would be able to fire without reloading would be five.
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Cans and boxes behind Graham and his son in the supermarket.
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A cigarette appears in Graham's mouth while on the street with Crawford.
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As Will & Jack sit on a branch at the beach, the direction of the sunlight suddenly switches from over the sea, to coming from the land.
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The angle and position of the shotgun on Dollarhyde's leg changes in the last couple of shots of him.
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When Francis rips through the painting with a shotgun.
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White object (pen?) on the ground in front of National Tattler security guard in parking garage disappears in next shot.
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When the St. Louis police officer is thrown into the windshield of his car, the glass is already damaged before his head hits it.
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In Graham's interview for the National Tattler, the interviewer sets the tape recorder down on the table next to Graham. In the next shot it is in the interviewer's hand and he sets it down a second time.
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Obvious editing shows where Will Graham jumps through Dollarhyde's window in the climactic sequence: the pose that William Petersen is holding when he jumps at the window in slow motion is clearly not the same as that of his stunt double who actually falls through the window (following the cut between shots).
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Moonlight coming from different directions (as shown by shadows) when Dollarhyde is watching Reba go into her apartment building.
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Merchandise behind Will Graham in grocery store during conversation with his son.
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The son removes a box of Folgers from the middle of their display, as they walk away the empty space moves to the end of Folgers display.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Wires for a squib charge visible on kitchen floor when Dollarhyde shoots at the glass bottles.
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As Graham walks through the woods toward the house in the final scene, the dolly tracks for the camera are visible on the ground.
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When Will Graham hears the answering machine in the master bathroom of the Leeds murder scene, he walks out of the room. As he passes by, a crew-member's forearm is revealed.
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In the final raid on the house, the elastic bungee cord used to propel a policeman is clearly visible against the ground.
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Towards the end of the movie, just as Dollarhyde is throwing Graham into the refrigerator, a person can be seen in the lower, left-hand corner. He is wearing a blue shirt. The victim is wearing a pink shirt and is later shown as still being on the table.
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Close to the beginning of the movie as Will & Kevin are outside and Jack & Molly are sitting at the coffee table talking; there are figures seen moving in the reflection on the coffee table one of which is holding a video camera.
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Errors in geography 

When Dr. Lektor has the operator make a phone call for him, he gives a Maryland area code (301) and gets a University of Chicago operator.
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When the St. Louis police pull up Dollarhyde's drivers license, it says he lives in "Chester, MO 64101". 64101 is a Kansas City, Missouri zip code, and Kansas City is 250 miles from St. Louis.
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Factual errors 

There is a discussion of Graham's Charter Arms Bulldog .44 being loaded with Glaser Safety Slugs for added lethality. Glaser Safety Slugs are designed to fragment on impact and release their loads of tiny shot pellets into the wound cavity, creating massive bleeding and near-certain death. When Graham shoots Dolarhyde, each round is shown to penetrate Dolarhyde's body, spattering blood on the wall behind him. Glaser Safety Slugs would not penetrate a body this way. An exit wound would be very unlikely.
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In Lecktor's cell, the hinges are on the inside. Prison doors swing outward, so the prisoner can't compromise the hinges.
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Graham is told that the films of the families have been transferred to 1/2-inch VHS, but the tapes appear to be 3/4-inch.
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The Chinese character carved in the tree (zhong1) doesn't mean "red dragon", it means "middle". The term "dragon tile" is a Western convention introduced by Joseph Park Babcock in his 1920 book introducing mahjong to America, and the zhong tile was originally related to archery: it indicated a hit on a target.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The movie implies that Will Graham uses a Charter Arms Bulldog .44 special pistol. If this were true, then Will could not shoot Francis Dollarhyde six times. A Charter Arms Bulldog only holds five rounds. Graham actually shoots the gun seven times, but two of the shots are repeated; the first and second shot that we see are actually the same one, as are the six and seventh. Thus, he only actually fires five bullets, which is the number that the gun can hold.
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Plot holes 

The pulse dialing telephones, such as the one given to Lecktor in his cell, had the ability to dial a number even without the rotary dial. All Lecktor needed to do is tap the digits of a telephone number on the switch hook to establish connection. While Lecktor in 'Manhunter' seems unaware of that fact, Lecter in 'Red Dragon' uses this method to dial the number he needs.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Graham shoots and kills Dolarhyde, just after he walks out of the shot, Dolarhyde swallows.
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When the flaming Freddy Lounds comes down the parking ramp, the last few frames are the wheelchair hitting the Plexiglas wall through which they are filming the sequence.
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The two cops on the front porch are taken by surprise by Dollarhyde with his shotgun, despite there being eight foot high windows on either side of the door.
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In the Atlanta hotel at the beginning, Will Graham is viewing the home movies in his hotel room. The TV set is a different size when there is an angle change. The first person shot is a multi frame rate monitor, and the shot from the back is a regular TV set.
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FBI man Will Graham attempts (sucessfully) to play a 3/4-inch video tape in a VHS machine.
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