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Misery (1990) Poster

(1990)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Paul takes the knife out of his arm sling there is the sound of the knife brushing against metal.
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Near the end, when Sheldon mistakenly thinks he has killed Annie, he crawls through the doorway over the broken champagne glass. However, we hear no sound of the broken glass dragging across the floor.
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Character error 

In the montage of shots indicating Paul's vast progress in the novel, we see a few shots of him writing the same paragraph over and over again, which begins, "for forty days and forty nights, Misery..."
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When Paul is looking at Annie's scrapbook, her name in one of the news headlines and the body of the article reads "Anne M. Wilkes," but the accompanying photo gives her name as "Annie C. Wilkes."
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Continuity 

Annie's weight fluctuates from scene to scene. It is especially noticeable when Annie is setting up Paul's writing desk. She is much heavier here than in previous scenes.
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When burning book gets out of control, a flaming bit of paper wafts up to the curtains and starts burning them, yet Annie never notices or puts it out. Later the curtains are just fine.
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Annie tells Paul she got the typewriter because it has no "N"; in one of the first scenes where he's typing, there is clearly an "n" in his writing, at the end of the movie, there is no "n".
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The typewriter lands upside down after Paul hits Annie with it, yet appears in the next shot right side up.
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In the scene where Paul gets the knife, an exterior shot of Annie's house is shown and her Jeep is already parked next to the house, even though in a later shot her headlights flash through Paul's window as Annie pulls up to her house.
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Near the end, when Paul fights Annie he makes her bleed by putting his fingers in her eyes but in the next shot when she's on the floor after he has punched her, there is no blood under her eyes.
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The Sheriff places a Post-it note about Paul Sheldon on his board and the note is seen in three different spots over the course of three consecutive shots.
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When Annie is shaving Paul's face, the areas of shaving cream change without anyone altering them.
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When Buster reads one of the "Dragon Lady" articles in the library, under the picture it says, "...There is a higher justice than that of man, I will be judged by Him." In the close-up shot, the mistake is corrected and now says, "...There is a justice higher than that of man, I will be judged by Him."
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Annie tells Paul she needs to leave or she might put bullets in her gun. It is raining heavily. But as Annie walks outside, her hair is already visibly wet. This would indicate the scene was shot repeatedly.
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(at around 55 mins) Annie helps Paul from his wheelchair into bed. She then offers a pencil and pad of paper to Paul. When the camera is looking up from the bed toward Annie the pencil is in her right hand, the paper in the left. When the camera moves behind Annie and looks over her shoulder, she now has the pencil in her left hand and paper in her right hand.
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When Paul types "what else was there...?", it is on one line in the close-up but two separate lines when he writes "The End".
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At the end of the movie, when Paul is talking to his manager, the rose in the vase changes during shots.
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After the search in the snow slope where he fails to see the overturned car, Buster comes back to his car there is a lot less snow on the road.
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When dining with Annie, Paul spills a few drops when pouring wine. The stains are visible, but in the next shot they are gone.
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The soup changes from red to orange when Annie spills it on Paul.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the opening scene when main character drinks champagne and lights a cigarette, you can see a patch of matchbox material glued to his thumb, when he lights a match with his finger.
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When Paul is in the kitchen for the first time, a crewmember is reflected in the corner of the stove, during the close-up of the knives.
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In the overhead shot of Paul's room, while Paul is crawling towards the doorway after the fight, two shadows, each moving at different times, can be seen in the left side of the hallway.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the dinner scene, the penguin figurine that Paul replace facing the wrong direction can be seen facing the right way, even though this is before Annie confronts him about it. However, Annie discovered the misplaced figurine long before this, probably the day it happened. During the hobbling scene, she tells Paul that she knows he's been out of his room twice. It's never explicitly said how she knows about the second time, but likely she discovered that the knife was missing.
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Plot holes 

Buster's wife Virginia was curious to know why Buster was in such a 'hurrying' kind of mood when looking for the Post-it note with the quote from Paul's book. He finds the note and gets into his truck and heads to Annie's house. It is seen that it is still daylight outside just after Annie shoots. A minute later, Paul is seen in the writing studio again, and it appears to be night time, so that means several hours have passed. But wouldn't Buster's wife be suspicious if he had been gone so long and maybe send some people to go and look for him?
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When Marcia Sindell calls Buster up and asks if he has seen or heard anything about Paul Sheldon, he tells her that if he finds anything he will call her right back. Buster wouldn't be able to call her back because she did not give him her phone number, the firm she works for or where she is calling from.
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Revealing mistakes 

In exterior shots of the house, the amount of snow on top of the house never changes, despite several scenes in which it is drenched in rain.
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When Annie flicks through Paul's untitled manuscript when it is on the grill, it is revealed that a page of text is actually a review of Cameron Crowe's Say Anything..., which was released as "Misery" was filming.
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During the last few minutes inside Annie Wilkes' home, Annie carries a tray from the kitchen to Paul's writing studio. From left to right, the tray has the glass, the Dom Perignon bottle, the match, and the cigarette when she leaves the kitchen, but when she enters the writing studio, the glass is on the right when it should be on the left and the match and the cigarette are on the left when they should be on the right.
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After Annie shoots the Sheriff, he lands down on top of the stairs. Annie then goes to walk down the stairs to Paul, but she walks in such a way like the Sheriff's body isn't even there.
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There is an obvious "dummy" in Annie's place in the climactic fight scene with the typewriter.
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When Paul is looking through Annie's scrapbook, the paragraphs of the newspaper clippings are repeated several times.
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After Paul kills Annie, when she is on the floor and at one point you can see her move a little bit.
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When Paul tries getting back to his room on time before Annie gets to door (after she has arrived home from the shop), it shows Paul rushing down the hallway from the kitchen in his wheelchair, which seems to take him a long time. However, the camera shows that he seems to be going "back" during each shot. It would not take him that long to get to the writing studio (this is noticeable earlier in the film, when Annie goes to fetch water from the kitchen to put out the fire from the burning manuscript.
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In two exterior shots of the house, one where Paul is writing and the other when he is sleeping, it shows Paul typing wearing a blue shirt (through the window ) even though he is wearing a red shirt in that scene. In the second exterior shot of the house, later on in the film, it shows that the light is on and Paul can be seen typing even though the light should be off and him being asleep. This reveals that instead of doing two different sequences of rain scenes, they just used the same one instead of both of them. Thus, it does not look like James Caan at all from the distance shown.
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When Annie leaves the store with Paul's paper, she gets into her Jeep but doesn't put her seat belt on.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Annie shoots the Sheriff toward the end of the movie, he falls down the stairs, face first, and stops pathway down. However, Annie immediately begins to speak to Paul and heads down the steps, walking where the corpse would have been. There's also no blood left behind from the gaping wound in his chest.
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Continuity 

In the scene where Annie kills the sheriff, as she walks down the stairs, there are several close-ups of Paul that show a white box with "Clearly Canadian" (the beverage) written on it. There is a bag covering most of the "Clearly" lettering. The box is located to the right. However, when Annie returns with the gun and needle, the close-ups of Paul show a plain box without a bag.
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