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(1991)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the parade, Danny talks to her father but her lips are not moving.
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Character error 

When Lori meets Max in the bar, he doesn't understand her when she says "debauchery." Lori says, "Debauchery--it's a 3-syllable word." It's a 4-syllable word.
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Cady asks Bowden to recite Canon Seven of the ABA Model Code. The Model Code was abandoned in 1983 and replaced with the Modern Rules of Professional Conduct, which has no canons. As Cady had been in prison for 14 years, the earlier Model Code would still have been in place when Bowden represented him.
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When Sam Bowden is first confronted by Max in his car, he offers to buy Max off. Max counters Sam's hypothetical $10,000 offer with, "Let's say $50,000--$50,000 into [about] 5,000 days" equals $10 per day. He meant to say 5,000 days into $50,000, which would give his daily pay rate. (The first calculation equals 1/10th of a day per dollar.)
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Continuity 

Dani removes her retainer while on the phone with Cady, but it reappears and disappears again between shots before she finally puts it back in when she hangs up.
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At the start of the scene where the hired goons attack Max in the parking lot, Max is wearing his watch when he turns to face them after one of them calls his name. About half way through the scene Max's watch inexplicably disappears from his wrist.
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When Cady is kissing Danielle, he leans to the right. When the camera switches, showing the back of Danielle's head, now Cady is leaning to the left. This sequence happens again when the camera switches back to its original angle.
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When Laurie is in the bar with Cady, she unbuttons her top button on her blouse. In subsequent shots, the button goes from buttoned to unbuttoned without her ever touching it again.
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The recorded threat was different to the actual threat made to Cady.
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When Danielle and Max are talking in the theater, she tells Max that part of her punishment for smoking grass is that she can't drive the Cherokee. Their model Jeep is a Wagoneer, although it was a package on the Cherokee model.
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In the bedroom, Leigh Bowden's earring disappears and reappears.
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The detective's blood pool changes shape on the kitchen floor.
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After Max bites Lori's cheek, his mouth is covered with blood, but in the next shot when he swings his fist down to hit her his mouth is clean.
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When the private eye is waiting for Cady in the house, he finally sees Teddy Bear moving, and follows the wire to the windows which (looking from inside) have closed shades. In very next shot, from outside, he is walking up to this window to close it, but there are no shades on it at all.
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Before retiring for the night, the Bowden family and investigator Kersek securely close and lock all the doors and windows in the Bowden home. Yet a short while later, the wind blows one of the doors open.
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When investigator Kersek is crawling along the floor in the Bowden house following the fishing line that is moving, you can see that there are no bullets in the cylinders of his revolver. It is true that perhaps he only had a bullet in the chamber, but it would be more likely that under the circumstances that the gun be fully loaded.
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The sweat on the private investigator's face when he talks to Cady.
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Wine glass that Leigh holds on the boat on Cape Fear river.
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When Sam throws the anchor in the water it's attached to an iron chain. Minutes later the anchor is only attached to rope, and Max is able to cut it loose with a knife.
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When Sam asks Danielle if Cady touched her and he puts his hand over her mouth. You can see the placement of his hand change direction between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Repeatedly reflected in Cady's sunglasses.
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Factual errors 

At the end of the film, Sam Bowden says that he had to go to hearings before the American Bar Association as a result of his criminal actions toward Cady. But the ABA doesn't license lawyers, nor does it have the authority to disbar them. It is a lobbying group. Bowden would have had to go before the Georgia Bar Association, given that the crime occurred in that state.
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Miscellaneous 

When Kersek walks into the kitchen before he's killed, we see Graciella's face and hear her speak. When she is out of frame, it's not enough time for Cady to kill her, switch clothes with her and come back from the pantry to the kitchen.
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Revealing mistakes 

Max sits in a convertible talking to Sam who is standing on the sidewalk. Max's watch alarm chimes yet he is wearing an analog watch.
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Cape road sign reflected in water is readable, not backwards.
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