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Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Sound and vision for the fireworks are simultaneous and should not be.
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Boom mic visible 

A boom mic shows in Walter's car window as he walks toward Annie.
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Character error 

At the end of the movie supposedly Sam and Jonah have returned to the top of the Empire State Building to retrieve Jonah's backpack. Yet when they enter the elevator to go back down no one (not Sam, not Jonah, not Annie) has the backpack.
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When Walter finds Annie in the broom closet she claims the caller on the radio show was from Duluth and asks him where that is. Walter replies "North Dakota." Duluth is in Minnesota.
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When Jonah is sitting with Jessica in the chair, he tells Sam: "When you play it backwards this says 'Paul is Dead'." The actual saying is 'Turn me on dead man' and it is on The Beatles' White Album, which was released on Apple records. (The record on their record play has a 'Capitol' label on it). The Capitol record that they are playing is more likely Strawberry Fields Forever. In the end section people claimed they heard John sing,"I buried Paul" which contributed to the hoax of Paul's premature death.
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Continuity 

Walter drinks a half glass of water at the Xmas party, but seconds later the glass is full again.
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On Valentine's Day in New York, while Annie and Walter are having dinner, the sky is getting dark. Then, it is lighter when Sam is leaving the airport. It is darker again when Jonah is shown on top of the Empire State Building.
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When Annie gets into her car to follow Sam and Jonah's boat, her coat gets caught in the bottom of the door and is sticking out of the car. When she arrives at the beach, it is gone.
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When Annie first starts walking along the observation deck of the Empire State Building after it's closed for the evening, she passes a telescope that has its eyepieces facing the camera. A moment later, as she's walking towards Sam and Jonah, she passes the same telescope, but now it's facing a different direction. That would be hard to do considering that the deck was closed and Annie was the only one out there prior to Sam and Jonah arriving.
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When we first see Sam, he's outside and there's a Christmas tree visible inside the house, with large lights on it. The interior tree bears no resemblance to this, having tiny white lights.
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On the Empire State Building, Annie's scarf is longer after she picks up the backpack.
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When Annie goes into the closet with the phone the broom changes places.
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The sugar-cube tower Sam is building in the restaurant changes shape between shots.
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The clasp on Annie's necklace during Valentine's Day dinner with Walter.
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During the scene at the Rockefeller Plaza when she drinks champagne with Walter, the champagne glasses are not consistent. When the camera is on him, the champagne has bubbles and glasses have condensation. When shots are on her, champagne is flat and there is no condensation.
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Annie's arms when she visits her professor brother.
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Annie's hand that picks up the popcorn while watching the video.
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The Kleenex close to the typewriter changes while Annie is sitting in the sofa. The Snapple bottle also changes.
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While Sam and Jonah are on phone with Dr. Marsha Fieldstone they sit on a bench. Sam's hand jumps from between his legs to on his right leg between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The camera is reflected in the shop window when Walter and Annie see the globe, circled with red hearts, in the window display.
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Errors in geography 

When Annie and Walter are getting out of their cars at her parents' home in Baltimore, a street sign for Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood is visible.
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When Sam and Jonah take the small motorboat to Alki beach, they could not have gotten from Lake Union where the houseboat is moored to Alki in West Seattle without going through the Ballard locks. Possible but highly unlikely in a small outboard like they were using.
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When Annie is doing research on Sam, one of the search results showing Sam's deceased wife being buried at "110 N. State Street," an address that does not exist in Seattle, but nearby Kirkland, Washington, and never was the site of either a cemetery or a funeral home, but a cafe.
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Annie could not have followed Sam and Jonah in her car when they went from West Lake to Akli Beach as these two areas miles apart and are not reachable by roads from which the water can always be seen. The best she could do was to have known where they were going and have met them there.
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The sequence Annie is taking to Sam's houseboat, which is on Westlake Ave. N, is wrong. She is taking I-5 North, and then is seen taken a right off of Western Ave. which is over one mile to the west of the freeway onto the street which she turned east, meaning she is heading back to the freeway. Then she is seen going southbound onto Westlake Ave. which cannot be accessed from the direction Annie was headed; she would've had to have taken the Mercer Street Exit and taken Westlake Ave. N to where Sam's houseboat was, some three miles further. Additionally, Westlake Ave. from downtown to the Fremont bridge where Annie is seen driving north is an arterial thoroughfare, meaning there is no parking anywhere along Westlake Ave.
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Factual errors 

Walter is supposed to be allergic to wheat, but he ordered a sandwich on white bread, which is made from wheat.
On Valentine's Day, the top of the Empire State Building would be lit up in red.
Scenes from a single viewing of An Affair to Remember are out of order.
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The unaccompanied minor age with most airlines is 17 and under. At Jonah's age (8), with an unaccompanied minor status, he would have needed a parent/legal guardian/authorized adult at the departure gate and at the arrival gate. Jonah would have also have had to wear a placard around his neck with all his info and parent signature during the entire flight.
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Annie is ordering a background check on Sam from the AAA Detective agency, which is illegal without the person who's being investigated's signature on form DSHS 09-653 from Washington State.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

West Coast broadcasts of the New Year's ball drop at Times Square in New York are delayed 3 hours to midnight Pacific Time.

Plot holes 

Though it would have ruined the climactic end to the movie, it would have not been necessary for Sam (Tom Hanks to frantically hop the next plane to New York in an effort to find his son. Jonah's plane had just taken off from Seattle when Sam learned where his son had gone. Sam had hours to notify authorities concerning the safety of his son, a young child. A simple call to the airline and the pilot would have been notified that the Jonah was on board and the situation. Airport officials could have put him on a plane right back to Seattle upon arriving in New York or held him at the airport until Sam arrived to claim his match making son. Even if Jonah had already landed in New York and was patiently waiting at the Empire State Building, a phone call to the Manhattan Police or the security at the Empire State Building would also have gotten adult supervision for young Jonah instead of the little boy sitting alone at the top of the Empire State Building in the winter cold all day long.
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Revealing mistakes 

At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Annie is walking up a jetway that is not connected to anything; there is no airplane at the gate.
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Jessica merely hits random keys on the keyboard when typing up Jonah's order for a flight to New York, yet what she types comes up on screen perfectly, without any errors.
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While Annie and Walter are standing in front of the display window at Tiffany's, the globe in the display window is not turning in the proper direction.
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