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While You Were Sleeping (1995) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Peter is in hospital in ICU, he is wearing nasal prongs delivering oxygen. He is breathing on his own. The sound track has the sound of a mechanical ventilator.
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The train horn used right before Lucy pushes Peter off the track isn't a horn sound used by the CTA.
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Character error 

After Jack's truck is blocked in, he and Lucy both have to walk home from Peter's apartment. But we know from earlier that Peter's car is parked at his apartment and Lucy has the keys. They could have used Peter's car to get home.
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Continuity 

The can of cat food changes from one that requires a can opener to one with a ring-pull.
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When Jack and Lucy are walking by the riverfront and Jack tells Lucy she needs a better coat, they are close to the kissing couple by the light post. As the camera zooms in closer their position changes further back on the sidewalk. They reach the kissing couple for the second time about 30 seconds later.
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When Jack enters his parents' house for the first time, the inside door has no curtain. When Lucy is leaving the next morning, it has a curtain.
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There are three scenes filmed in the ticket booth - two without bars on the window (in the beginning of the movie, when Lucy is looking dreamily at Peter and in the last scene when Jack proposes to Lucy) and one scene with bars on the window (when Mary and Beth come to visit Lucy)
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During the movie, the camera pans by the stocking the Callaghans make for Lucy, one time, her name is written in WHITE puffy paint; the next time, it is written in BLACK puffy paint.
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During the belated Christmas dinner, Mary begins the evening with a white t-shirt under her sweater and at the end of the evening, she is no longer wearing the white t-shirt.
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In Peter's apartment by his answering machine, the photo in the frame changes appearance and position.
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When Lucy arrives at the hospital directly after the accident, her hair is wavy-curly in one shot, and noticeably straighter in the next.
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As Lucy is pulling Jack up from the ice, Lucy's scarf is on her neck. The next shot shows the scarf in her right hand. The scarf then returned to her neck in the following shot.
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Lucy is in her apartment taking down the Christmas tree and Joe Jr. knocks on the door. When she goes to answer the door she walks past the globe on the shelf and it is illuminated. When she invites Joe Jr. in and they walk past the globe, it is no longer on.
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When Mary and Beth are standing outside the booth talking to Lucy inside, there is a man waiting behind them. After Lucy lets them through the turnstile, the man has changed into a woman.
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When Lucy visits Peter in ICU during the night, he is still in a coma. But his head changes position. In one shot, it is slightly to the side. In the next shot, his face is aimed straight up.
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When Jack and Lucy go to Peter's apartment to deliver furniture, the chair Jack made is strapped to the side of the truck when he opens the truck door. However, when Lucy steps up into the truck and sits in the chair to "test rock" it, it rocks freely and there is no strap.
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When Jack and Lucy parked at Peter's apartment to deliver the couch, the van is parked much closer to the red car in front before they deliver the couch than when they come back down.
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While Lucy is feeding Peter's cat, the cat food can switches to her other hand when she pushes the door open and hits Jack.
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In the scene at the party where Jack tries to stop Lucy from drinking spiked punch, she puts her hair behind her ear at the start of the talk about the punch, but in the cuts that follow, it alternates between being behind her ear, and covering her ear.
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The white t-shirt under Lucy's sweater when she leaves Peter's room in the ICU.
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The position of Lucy's hands while she and Jack are slipping on the ice.
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When Saul and Ox are playing cards in the hospital, the cards on the bed change position between scenes
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Crew or equipment visible 

At Peter's apartment, before Lucy hit's Jack with the the door, the clock on the microwave say's 1:01 p.m. But after she gives Jack ice from the refrigerator, the clock says 12:01
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On the day that Peter wakes up Jack gives Lucy a ride home from the hospital. After he drops her off and pulls away crew members can be seen reflected in the windows behind Lucy, especially in the left window.
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Errors in geography 

In the last shot, the iconic Marshall Field's clock is not visible in that position on that elevated train line (northbound heading toward the now non-existent Sun Times building).
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Factual errors 

Saul asks the nurse if there is a pharmacy in the hospital, to get Elsie some Nitro for her heart. Hospital pharmacies are usually only for in-patients, so visitor's can't get so much as an Ibuprofen from them. Also, if the hospital did have a pharmacy for out-patients, Saul could not just go down and get Nitro, he'd need to have Elsie's prescription with him.
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It is clear that Peter and Lucy's wedding takes place very soon after Peter wakes up. Catholics in America take six months of preparation before a wedding to ready for marriage. Unless Peter and Lucy were marrying outside the Catholic Church, their wedding would not have been performed so soon.
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When the Callahans are in Mass, the priest prays for the sick, including Peter. Then everyone sits down, the priest says some more things and the people say 'Amen.' In the Catholic Mass, people don't sit down at that part until the priest has finished the prayers and the people have said 'Amen.' Also, one of the old ladies says Mass was better when it was in Latin and people couldn't understand it. Not true: people had Latin-English Missals and could follow quite easily.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

While on the tracks Lucy tells Peter that the train coming toward them is an express, then the train comes to a stop. However, the train sounds its horn as it approaches Peter & Lucy on the tracks, indicating that they are seen by the driver. Even though the two are not hit, the near miss would have required the driver to stop the train.
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Revealing mistakes 

The monitor in the ICU shows Peter's blood pressure to be 29/11, not sustainable for life and his heart rate is 80, too high for a coma. The line showing his heart rate is also flat which is what happens when the heart stops beating.
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When Lucy and Jack are slipping on the ice, the "ice" bends. Also, you can see the knee pads underneath Jack's jeans.
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When Peter is "pushed" onto the tracks, you can briefly see the mat he falls onto.
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In the scene when Lucy tells Jerry that she likes Jack, the leaves on the trees behind them are all green, even though it is just a few days after Christmas.
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When Jack and Lucy are slipping on the ice, you can see the knee pads underneath Jack's jeans.
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While Jack is playing cards with Peter in his hospital room, and Peter is still in a coma, Peter's left hand resting on the bed tray visibly moves.
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While Jack is playing cards with Peter in his hospital room, and Peter is still in a coma, Peter's left hand that is resting on the bed tray visibly moves.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

At the end of the movie when Jack gives Lucy the ring, she puts it on her thumb. In the next shot, when she is kissing him, it has jumped to her first finger.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie, after Lucy has told the family she's been lying to them, she leaves the church and the camera pans back to the family. Before Lucy left, Jack was gazing at her from the front of the church. After she leaves, he is gone, not standing next to his brother as he had been moments before.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the grandmother is taking pictures at the wedding in the hospital, she is pointing the camera at the floor when it flashes - the flash cube is pointed at the people she wants to take pictures of.
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