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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Just after Dynamo kills Weiss near the up-link box and Amber is thrown to the floor, the next cut shows Dynamo advancing towards Amber. He is speaking or singing, but there is no audio for his voice.
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When Killian turns and shouts, "It's time to start running," he takes the microphone away from his mouth halfway through the phrase yet his voice remains the same.
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Character error 

"Subzero" is misspelled "Zubzero" on the bet takers' chalkboard throughout the whole movie.
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Continuity 

The video scoreboard shows footage that occurs later in the film.
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In the helicopter, Ben says, "I will not kill helpless people"; in the game show with the original "uncensored" footage of the massacre he says, "I will not kill helpless human beings."
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In the uncensored version of the Bakersfield massacre, it shows the man knocking out Ben with his gun from Ben's point-of-view, which is not a view the camera could see from.
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The wound holes in Ben's jumpsuit disappear and reappear at various points in the movie.
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At 15 minutes into the movie, when Killian gets out of his limo at the ICS building, he opens his own door fully, with nobody else in the shot, and then the camera angle changes to see a security guard holding it open for him.
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When Richards, Weiss and Laughlin are sent through the rocket cage tunnel at the beginning of the game show, there is a camera angle that obviously shows the rockets to be going in tandem (one tunnel). This cannot be the case as when Richards hits the safety net at the bottom, he would almost immediately be rear ended by the following rocket (possibly ending Richards game before it had begun).
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When Killian is talking to the old lady about who will make the next kill, his hand changes position on her shoulder/back between shots.
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When Richards is fighting Fireball, he throws several 55 gal barrels at him. The barrels he picks up are made of lightweight polyethylene; however in the following shot, they have been replaced by much heavier steel drums.
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When Killian is at the entrance to the control room, the gate opens before Sven has finished entering the security code.
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When Richards returns to the studio to confront Killian, the television audience is able to continue watching the show even though all the camera operators and stage crew have run away.
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During the opening dance number for The Running Man game show, one spectator is seen twice, in two different places, at the same time.
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Flipped shot: When Ben is fighting Buzzsaw, the name on Ben's jumpsuit moves to the other side and is mirrored.
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During the battle with Buzzsaw and Dynamo the camera changes to the stalker locker room and shows Fireball sitting with a woman in silver and a woman in blue and Capt. Freedom in the background. Later in the scene it shows Capt. Freedom where Fireball was sitting with the two women. But the third time, it shows Fireball back with the two women and Capt. Freedom back in the same position in the background he was in the first shot.
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When Ben is looking for the Travel-Pass in Amber's purse you see a graze on his arm that is inflicted during the runaway scene.
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The stain of Subzero's blood on Ben's gamesuit.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When in the ice rink, Weiss is pushed along by Sub-Zero towards the camera. Just as Weiss almost hits the camera an arm reaches out from the left-hand side to catch him.
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Errors in geography 

During the aerial attack on Bakersfield, the helicopter's computer shows the Bakersfield coordinates as Lat 45.04 N, Long 119.06 W. These coordinates are actually in the area of Umatilla National Forest of northeastern Oregon, just west of the 395 near Dale. Bakersfield, California is actually Lat 35.37 N, Long 119.02 W. Someone might have typo'd the 35 to 45, but even then, the coordinates are south of the Maricopa Highway, on Snapp Road!
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Factual errors 

When Ben is in the helicopter cockpit, the display that gives the helicopter's latitude and longitude is changing at a rate of one degree per second, an impossible speed for a helicopter.
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Miscellaneous 

The code entered during the prison break scene is incorrect. The prisoners use a different code to the one the guards use.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While the chainsaw chain is not moving all the time when Ben fights Buzzsaw, that's normal; the chain doesn't move, even though the engine is running, unless the clutch is being held.
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When Richards kills Fireball, he does this near the corpses of last year's winners, however at TV time the crowd doesn't know this, as they can't see the dog tags around their necks, and the TV crew could easily have muted the transmission later. When Mick's film at the end shows the crowd who the bodies belong to, they show surprise. This is because they realize Killian has been lying to them.
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Revealing mistakes 

Wire visible to stop Dynamo's car when it crashes and rolls down the hill.
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Just before Subzero slices the gong in two, the breakline is visible.
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Early in the movie a commercial for "The Running Man" is shown. All of the scenes in the ads are clips from the "live" show featuring Ben Richards which obviously could not have been shot yet as the ad predates the show.
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During the prison breakout near the start of the film, when a guard is opening fire, one of the "dead" bodies lying on the truck next to him flinches in response to the shots fired.
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When Ben gets a needle between his fingers before the show, you see the needle move into the tube instead in his hand.
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A springboard launches Ben when Dynamo shoots with a lightning bolt.
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Damon Killian's stunt double can be seen when Ben flings him into the Running Man starting rocket.
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In the prison Ben says to a guard, "Give you a lift?" and picks him up but it's clearly a dummy that he lifts up.
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