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(1995)

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When we first see the crime scene for lust, the man with the large leather strap-on device has a white sheet draped over him to cover the obviously disturbing contraption. Even though it was recently used to stab the female to death through intercourse and should be covered in blood, there are no soaked through blood stains on the sheet.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Det. Somerset knocks on the door of the suspect, the sound of the knocking doesn't match the movements of his hand.
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Character error 

Somerset states in the film that there are "7 cardinal virtues, and 7 deadly sins". It is generally more accepted, and stated by Saint Thomas Aquinas, that there are only 4 cardinal virtues, the other 3 virtues being theological.
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At about the end of the library scene, when Somerset is folding up Dante Alighieri's inferno printout, a mistake in the roman numerals can be seen. The lustful, following V. The greedy, should be listed as the 6th (VI) and the gluttonous as the 7th (VII) on the list. However, they're listed as the 7th (VII) and as the 6th (VI) respectively.
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Continuity 

When Somerset is in the taxi on the way to the library, he is wearing a striped shirt under his overcoat. When he gets to the library and is chatting with the security guards he is wearing just a solid white shirt.
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Mills gets out of a bed with only a quilted mattress cover. He puts on his shirt and tie and walks back to the bed which now has a sheet on it.
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The phone on Detective Mills' desk changes several times when he enters his new office.
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On the drive back from the Gluttony victim, the car has two different kinds of windshield wiper: one that goes side to side, and one that goes up and down.
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The level of the wine glasses when Somerset is over for dinner changes. When the camera is on the Mills, Mrs. Mills glass is higher than Somerset's glass. When the camera is on Somerset, the levels are both lower and equal.
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When Somerset is in the greed victim's office dusting the wall for prints behind the painting, he does so with his left hand. However, the close-up shot of the hand doing the dusting is clearly a right hand.
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When Dective Mills shoots John after the first shot the slide locks back indicating the gun is empty, then he begins shooting again but doesn't reload or cycle the slide
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The layout of John Doe's apartment conflicts with the hallway of the building. In the outside hallway, there is a window looking onto the building next door. Inside the apartment, there are rooms where the window would be.
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The amount of the name that is left on the door when the janitor is scraping it off.
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The direction of the light varies between shots during the final scene.
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Detective Mills' tucked-in tie when he is looking at the portrait in the greed victim's office.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At the end of the scene where both witnesses of the "Lust" crime scene are interrogated, there is a slow track from one interrogation room to the other. In the tracking shot, you can see the camera dolly reflection at the bottom of the two-way mirror.
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Factual errors 

When Somerset returns to the Gluttony crime scene, he uses his pocket-knife to cut the police tape which is securing the door. This tape is on the inside of the door, which is pointless (as it is supposed to be seen by people, to warn them away from the crime scene) and impossible, unless the police taped up the door and then climbed out of the windows.
When Somerset is in the library making copies, a plan of Dante Alighieri's Purgatory comes out of the copy machine, but the label at the bottom of the page identifies it as Dante's Inferno.
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Prescription for the sleeping pill says, "Take one cap for sleep. Seconal 15 mg". Seconal only comes in 100 mg capsules and the insomnia treatment is one 100 mg capsule as needed at night.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Many fans and critics initially thought the movie was clearly set in New York City, so the nearby desert was seen as a geographical error. In fact, while the story was inspired by screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker's unhappy time living in Queens, the film explicitly does not take place in NYC or any other specific locale; in this manner, the desert being so close to a major metropolitan area is not a mistake.
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There are at least 3 copies of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy which Somerset places on the table. The red-bound copy which is the focus of an earlier shot is seen underneath a copy of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Beneath the red one is a larger printing of the book with a dust-jacket, and at the top of the other pile is a smaller, blue-covered version of the book.
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Plot holes 

When the detectives find the fingerprints that say "Help me" behind the painting and submit them to be found in the database, the technician says that it can take up to three days to make a match. Later they talk about how they found Sloth in the apartment exactly a year "to the day" after the first photo of him was taken. If the killer wanted them to find Sloth on a particular day, how could he have known how long it would take the police to find a fingerprint match?
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Revealing mistakes 

When the police are inspecting the body of the "lust" victim, you can see her blinking at the beginning of the scene.
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Freeze-framing the film on the legible portions of John Doe's hand-written journal (while Somerset is turning pages) reveals one page identical to the preceding one.
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As Mills and Somerset leave the Captain's office after submitting the report on their first job together, Somerset walks across the screen to leave the room. In the bottom-left side of the screen, the red marker tape he is standing on is clearly visible in the shot.
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When Detective David Mills is chasing the suspected murderer (who is now on the roof top in between buildings), he fires shots at the Detective in the building. Nearby pigeons can be seen only a few feet away and do not fly off when the shots are fired.
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The dead gluttony victim can be seen breathing.
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While it is raining on the car, the people on the street are not using umbrellas or other devices to shield themselves from rain.
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When Morgan Freeman is printing off a photo-copy of 'The Plan of Dante's Inferno' in the library, one of the pages has the word 'Unshiven'. Surely it should be 'Unshriven'.
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Uneven dispersal of rainfall on the windows of the car.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the scene taking place in the car heading out to find the final two victims, the grating in the vehicle changes. It is more curvy when the camera is on John Doe, while it is very straight when the camera is looking at Mills from John Doe's point of view. It also disappears occasionally, such as then the camera is on Somerset or when it is on Mills, but not from John Doe's point of view.
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Continuity 

On the way to finding the final two victims, the overhead shots show them to be driving in the desert, while shots from inside the car show grey and green flora outside the windows.
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Continuity 

When Mills orders Jon Doe to the ground in the police station, Jon Doe is covered in blood but doesn't leave any blood on the floor, even though the police officer who handcuffs him gets blood on himself.
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Continuity 

After Det. Somerset is shot, he limps very noticeably, but moments later when running down the stairs the limp seems to have disappeared.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Doe hits Mills on the top of the head, then leaves him behind, bleeding. If you look carefully, you can see a tube running on top of Mills' head, presumably carrying the fake blood to his forehead.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At the "Sloth" murder scene, John Doe has amputated the victim's hand in order to leave fingerprints at other murder scenes. When the police examine the victim, tied to his bed, the handless, prosthetic left arm built from the scene is visible, as well as the actor's real (and intact) left arm, strapped to the side of his body.
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Factual errors 

When the delivery man at the end of the film hands over the box that contains the head, he clearly hands over a light weight box. A human head is quite heavy enough that it would have involved some effort to lift.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Just before the greed scene, several newspaper headlines state that Defense Attorney Eli Gould had been murdered. Hence, Mills and Somerset refer to him as "the biggest defense lawyer in town." (Casual viewers might have misread the headlines.)
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Revealing mistakes 

John Doe's package, delivered by "Crosstown Express", has UPS International shipping papers attached to it.
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