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(1990)

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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Carl has the knife in Molly's kitchen, it visibly wobbles and is clearly made of rubber. However, if you look closely you can see it is simply shaking, as Carl is beyond terrified at realizing Sam's ghost is real.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Molly and Oda Mae climb the ladder and walk the rafters, both Molly and Carl can be heard shouting, but neither moves their mouth.
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Character error 

In the credits, Bruce Jarchow is credited as Lyle Furgeson, but the scene at his desk has a sign with the spelling of his name changed to Ferguson.
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Willie Lopez returns home and calls someone--presumably Carl--to tell him he couldn't get Sam's codebook, because Molly came back home. But Molly was only out of the apartment because Carl coaxed her into leaving, and she wasn't gone for very long. So, Carl should know that he wouldn't have had enough time to get the booklet, and he should have known that Molly was coming back home when they parted company.
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Continuity 

When Sam is on the train, he is pushed violently through the rails, cabin doors, but hits his head on the last cart.
When Sam and Molly were fooling around with the pottery wheel, they, quite naturally, had clay all over their hands and up to, and even above, their elbows. In the immediately following love scene, however, their hands and arms are squeaky clean.
When Sam is following Willie to his apartment, Willie opens up the door and after Sam goes through the door, it automatically closes, but when Carl visits Willie, the door remains open.
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When the ghost of Orlando enters Oda Mae's body, he speaks to his widow Ortisha as if it's the first time he's seen her with the new hair color but he was standing alongside the séance and fully able to see Ortisha all the while.
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When Ode Mae first goes to see Molly she is wearing one pair of shoes; as she turns the corner her shoes have changed colors.
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When Carl is desperately trying to find the money that is no longer in the account, Sam can be seen sitting in a chair behind him. At one point, Sam pushes against the wall making the chair roll and scaring Carl. In the next scene a blue chair without wheels appears at the same wall that Sam had just pushed off of.
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When Sam is shot and Molly is holding him, her sleeves are covered in blood. Later, at the police station her sleeves are clean.
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The wet clay coating Molly's and Sam's hands.
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When the Subway Ghost kicks the cigarette vending machine in anger, you can clearly see that the rows of cigarettes were rigged to go straight down and out the chute, which would not occur simply because the glass was broken. Also, there were also many more packs of cigarettes on the ground than could have come out of the machine, and were obviously pre-placed.
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After Oda Mae gives away the check, she says goodbye to Sam and we see a group of extras crossing the street. When the angle switches to the other side of the street, we see one of the same extras (African American lady, box cut hair) crossing the street again.
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When Sam is chasing Willie through the apartment and Willie hides in the bathroom, you can see the shower curtain. When they show Willie on the reflection of the mirror, is a different shower curtain.
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Sam is able to touch Willie (hit and push him), yet when Sam is in Molly's apartment with Oda Mae he is not able to touch Molly and must use Oda Mae's body. He should be able to touch Molly.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the beginning Sam and Molly's new house has lots of mirrors, the mirrors then show some microphones and sound equipment. Which is seen twice.
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When Carl is preparing the account for "Rita Miller", the camera and operator are reflected in the computer screen.
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Camera and TV monitor can be seen in the bottom of the mirror in the move-in scene. Stage light equipment can be seen in the mirror soon after Carl passes in front of it.
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Errors in geography 

We are told that Willie Lopez lives in Prospect Place. But when we see him go home when Sam follows, he gets off the J train in Bushwick. Also there is no J train at Franklin St in downtown Manhattan. You would have to take the 1 train.
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Factual errors 

With the closing credits the spelling of "Cemetery Ghost" is wrong. The credits spell it as Cemetary Ghost, the correct spelling should be CEMETERY.
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At the hospital, Sam sees several doctors trying to resuscitate a dying man. They are not wearing their masks or gloves.
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Miscellaneous 

When Sam is running down a set of stairs to jump on the subway, it's obvious that it's an escalator by the railing on the sides but must have been turned off.
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Willy Lopez apparently has no connection to the drug dealers Carl is working with, since Carl has to explain who they are and what will happen if he doesn't get his job done. Lopez also has no police record. How then does someone like Carl; a wealthy banker; find someone like Willy; a criminal in a low-rent part of town; to steal a code book from Sam?
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the exchange between Molly and Lyle the bank officer, she asks him if that was Oda Mae, and wanted to know what business they had just done. Lyle tells Molly her name (Rita Miller) and said that she was closing an account. By federal law, bank personnel can never discuss the details of one customer's transaction or identity with another. However, Lyle is a "social moron," very likely to have forgotten or not cared enough about the law to keep himself from discussing it with Molly, or intently believing that, because Sam was a bank employee, he could freely discuss it with Molly without fear.
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There are a number of inconsistencies concerning Sam touching things when his hands should have gone through. For example, when Sam is in the hospital after his murder he gets out of the chair by grabbing hold of the arm-rests to push himself up out of the chair. However, these could be explained that those things he is trying to intentionally manipulate require concentration, but things that he's used to doing or doing without thought don't require concentration at all as they are instinctively easy.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Willie is fighting with Sam just prior to shooting him you can see that the gun Willie is using (Walther PPK or similar clone) is in the safe position (i.e. manual safety/decocker is vertical rather than horizontal). Such a gun should not fire.
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When "Oda Mae" and "Molly" are straddling the rafters, they are obviously stunt doubles.
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In the very end when Sam is ascending into the light, the 1990s green screen technology is very obvious around the edges of his body.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

After Sam is shot, when he's running after the shooter, we hear his footsteps; we later discover that it was his ghost chasing the killer, and of course the ghost would not have audible footsteps.
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When Carl pins Oda Mae down toward the end and he has the gun on her, he cocks the pistol 3 or 4 times as he threatens to shoot her.
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The length and distribution of Molly's bangs changes in the last scene with Sam.
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When Carl throws Molly into the rubbish bins on the rooftop, the bins fall over twice.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Willie is hit by the car, his body is split in two, the spirit body that we see fall on the street, and the physical body lying on the car that the people run to help.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Carl is being dragged away by the shadows, the wires that are helping him float are visible.
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