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Continuity 

In the final scene after Alex is shot and the police arrive, Dan is seen outside of his house and the front door is clearly solid white. When he walks back inside the front door is still white but there is a large stain glass window on the door.
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Boom mic visible 

On the windshield of Dan and Beth's car before Beth and Ellen leave.
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When Dan is in the police station, the reflection of the boom mic is visible in a plaque on the shelf behind the lieutenant.

Character error 

When Dan speaks to Beth about Ellen missing school, Beth says "She's only five years old. What's she going to miss, trigonometry?" While eating dinner at Alex's house later that same day, Dan tells Alex that he's "got a six year old girl".
When Dan breaks into Alex's apartment, he sees a newspaper clipping about the death of Alex's father, Stanley Forest (with one r). However, Alex's last name as listed in the credits is Forrest (with two r's).

Continuity 

When Dan is listening to Alex's tape recording at home, the message sounds different from when he was listening to it earlier in the car.
Immediately after their first date at the restaurant, where Alex tells Dan that they're "we're two adults," the scene immediately shifts to Alex's apartment where she and Dan are heavily involved. They later go dancing and when they return to her place, Dan asks, "Do you live here?" (or something similar). Why is he surprised when he just spent the night with her there?
Alex's knife leaps from hand to hand.
Alex rips Dan's shirt open. We hear buttons pop and cloth rip. When he buttons it the second time, the shirt is not ripped anywhere and all the buttons are present.
In the cafe towards the beginning of the movie, Dan's hair changes style from tidy to scruffy between shots.
There is a large amount of blood on left side of Dan's face when Alex removes her hands, then a far less amount when they cut back to his face after the shot of her hands.
Alex's head tilts the opposite way when she tries to persuade Dan to not leave after he confronts her.
Dan and Beth's phone number is clearly visible on the phone when Alex calls him the morning after their night together[212] 316-6752. Later in the movie Alex calls information to see why his phone number can't be reached and quotes it as 212-555-8129.
When Dan is getting dressed after having sex, Alex is still in bed and her breasts are exposed. Then the covers are up to her neck, back to the foot of the bed, and then to the side where she's once more covered.
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In the final bathroom scene, the bloody knife becomes clean when knocked on the floor.
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When Dan pulls in to the driveway, Alex's car is not there. It is visible in the next shot through the back window.
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Dan listens to Alex's tape during the ride home and when he arrives there. In the later sequence when he's listening, these parts of her tape are almost at the same time. This is impossible due to Dan's location when he listened to both parts.
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In the scene where Dan Gallagher is driving to Alex's apartment to confront her about taking his daughter Ellen, he is in traffic, in the left lane, with a car directly parallel to him in the next lane on the right. When he switches lanes,the car that was in the lane he was getting into has suddenly disappeared, and a car a short distance away can be seen in the same lane.
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The newspaper clipping about Stanley Forest's death was from 1959. Alex had mentioned that her dad died when she was 7 and at another point says that she is now 36 years old. Based on dates on the unused opera tickets, we see that it is 1986, putting her birth year at 1950. Thus, she would have been 9 years old in 1959, not 7 years old. Also, the clipping says that Mr. Forest was 42 when he died, but the man in the photo appears to be around 60 years old.
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When Alex is following Dan home, she is in the car directly behind him. This is shot in parallel editing, so when we see his face in the reaction shot, her car should be directly behind him. It isn't. Where was she?
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When Dan insert the cassette from Alex in the car player, the FM station tuned is 97.1. When he gets home and remove the tape, the station is now 107.9
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The time on the clock when Dan and Alex first make love.
Alex reaches for the same pack of cigarettes in her bag twice.
The radio in Dan's car was tuned to 97.1 when he popped in the cassette tape from Alex. When he arrived home and removed the tape, the radio was tuned to 107.9.
When Alex and Dan are at the restaurant, his knife and fork change positions from when the camera is on him and cuts back to him.

Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in the window that the librarian pushes the cart past.
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As Beth walks into the kitchen to look at the boiling pot, the cameraman can be seen through the living room window.
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Equipment is reflected in the car windscreen as Dan sees off his wife and child on their first trip into the country.
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Factual errors 

The tape recording that Dan listens to in his study is different than the one he listens to in his car. Alex's tone of voice is different, and additional talking is added. Also, it is impossible for Dan to put the tape in the cassette and listening to the same things she says without rewinding the tape first.

Revealing mistakes 

Alex slits her wrists after she gets angry with Dan. Later on, when she goes to meet with Beth about buying the apartment, she has a wristwatch on one arm and a set of bracelets on the other. However, in a shot before Beth gives Alex their phone number, the bracelets fall farther down Alex's arm, and you can see that her wrist is smooth without any scarring.
While Dan is in his attic study listening to a tape, Beth can be seen reflected in the window, waiting just out of shot for her cue.
When Alex calls Dan in the middle of the night, from where she is we can clearly see that it is broad daylight, although it should be 2:00 in the morning and dark outside.
Before the final scene, there is an outside shot of the Gallagher home. It is supposed to be late Fall (Christmas decorations seen while Beth is driving, Ellen practicing for her Thanksgiving play) yet the trees outside the home are all in full bloom.

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Alex slashes Dan's arm. After he 'drowns' her, his arm is shown with a small but not bloody mark. At the end, his arm is bandaged and looks somewhat bloody.
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Continuity 

When Dan and Alex are having sex in the elevator, they are first standing on the side closest to the windows, and then they move to the other side where shadows are cast from the windows. However, when we zoom in on them, they are back on the opposite side of the elevator.

Continuity 

When Dan tries to put Alex's arms under the water, they're bloody. They're all washed off in the next shot, even though there was still blood on her arms.

Continuity 

Dan shoves Alex into the bath water face first when he tries to drown her. But in the next shot, only a second later, she has flipped the other way up, with no time or reason for this to be done.
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Plot holes 

Near the climax, a loud, violent struggle occurs in the bathroom and screams for help are shrieked. The struggle ends with a loud gunshot. Ellen is asleep down the hall in her room and does not once come out, alarmed or worried about what's happening.

Revealing mistakes 

Obvious stunt doubles when Alex and Dan are fighting in the kitchen, and again when Dan is trying to drown Alex in the bathtub.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Alex is shot, her entry wound is too obviously a squib. It's irregular, stippled, and as large as a silver dollar, much larger than the diameter of a single .38 caliber bullet.
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