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Plot holes 

When Lt. Nilsen is found dead of a close contact gunshot wound to the head, Gus opines that the weapon used was a .38 caliber revolver. Lt. Walker then demands that Nick turn over his weapon. Nick produces a Glock semi-automatic pistol and Lt. Walker smells it, presumably to see if it had recently been fired. Although the bullet diameter could be said to be similar and thus produce similar bullet holes (a point much too esoteric for this film), Nick's pistol is definitely not a revolver.
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Anachronisms 

When Nick calls up Hazel Dobkin's police record it states that she was released from San Quentin in 1965. San Quentin has been men only since 1934.
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Continuity 

After Catherine scratches Nick, drawing lines of blood, she flips him over and is on top of him, theoretically smearing that blood all over the pristine white sheets. No blood is ever visible on the bedding.
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When the black Lotus Esprit crashes through the barricade, the high beams are off. As we see it come through the barricade from below, the high beams are on.
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When Nick Curran and Gus arrive outside and enter Johnny Boz's home at the start of the film, Nick's hairstyle is combed and wavy as he goes upstairs to Boz's murder scene. When Curran walks through Boz's bedroom to examine the crime, his hair is gelled and slicked back.
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Beth Garner's first name is spelled "Elisabeth" on the entrance door to her office. However, when Nick looks up her driving license records, the name is spelled "Elizabeth".
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When Nick Curran is hit by the Lotus, the left pop-up headlight is damaged. It's OK for the next shots of the car chase.
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Catherine's cigarette and hairstyle at the police station.
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The marks from Catherine's scratches can be see on Nick's back before she scratches him.
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Nick's jacket while interviewing Catherine.
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When wheels on the black Lotus are different when it crashes through the barricade.
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When Nick gets up from bed, the scratches on his back are barely visible. When you see his back reflected in the mirror when he speaks with Roxy, the marks are bright red, bloody. When he returns to bed, they're the way they were in the previous scene.
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Cap on tabasco sauce bottle while Nick and Gus are in diner.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera and crew reflected in Nick's sunglasses when outside Hazel Dobkins' house.
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The camera is reflected in the bed posts when Catherine and Nick are in bed.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After having sex for the first time with Catherine, Nick encounters Roxy in the bathroom. He incorrectly calls her 'Rocky'. However, he nicknames her 'Rocky' to point out her aggressive temper. He doesn't call her 'Rocky' at any other time in the movie. It the above statement were true, he'd call her that ALL the time.
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Plot holes 

The police would have requested a DNA sample from Catherine, as this would have proved she was with Johnny Boz when he was murdered. DNA has been used in criminal investigations since 1984, and in 1988 Colin Pitchfork was convicted of murder by only using DNA evidence.
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Revealing mistakes 

A scene where Nick is at Catherine's to question her about Hazel Dobkins, he is looking through news clippings on himself on the accidental shootings when he was on vice. When Catherine reveals to him she is using him as a reference for the Detective in her novel he comes across a newspaper clipping headlined "Grand Jury Probe Continues" with a his picture in a specific pose to the camera. He displays the same exact (or eerily similar) pose in the next shot when he reacting to this news.
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Spoilers 

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Continuity 

When Nick arrives at his apartment after Nilsen is killed and Catherine is waiting for him. They go upstairs and have drinks. Nick starts chopping the ice into a few chunks then Catherine destroys the entire block of ice. Now the ice in their "Rocks" glasses are quite large until Catherine walks across the room and the ice is all gone (ice doesn't melt that fast, even if the bourbon was heated). Plus the liquid in the glasses got much darker, this would never happen because the water would have lighten the liquid in the glass, not darken it.
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Plot holes 

In reality the police would have simply got the court to request that Catherine Trammell provide a DNA sample, since she was the last person seen with Johnny Boz. Since her bodily fluids and skin fragments would have been all over the bed this would have been enough to convict her for his murder.
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Revealing mistakes 

The blonde woman murderer in the opening scene has a clearly visible scar on her left shoulder. Later in the film, the same scar can be seen on Catherine Tramell's left shoulder. This gives away the whole story, since the point of the film is to figure out who the killer is.
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