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(1996)

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Character error 

When Nate is shown calling "CQ" (a general call for any amateur) for Diana Ross on the 30 meter band (10.135 mHz), Voice (phone) emissions are prohibited on that band - only Digital emissions (Morse code {CW}, RadioTeletype {RTTY} or Packet) are allowed on that band.
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Continuity 

George's position relative to the line on the road when he falls after being struck by the light for the first time.
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When George is working on the truck with the kids, Al is tightening the air filter cover. Just before Al runs away mad, there is a shot of the fully tightened air filter cover. Later, when the FBI guy looks at it, the cover is off and you can see the filter on its tray.
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When Lace has finished shaving George, the foam on George's neck alters several times.
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During the Doc's "sleep better tonight" tirade at the bar, there is a beer glass in his foreground, even though he smashed them all with his mug. Also it doesn't show in the reverse angle.
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Factual errors 

The signals George intercepts are not high speed Morse signals as he pretended but simple old-fashioned telex transmissions.
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Early in the film, George talks to the two children who are in their mother's pick-up truck parked on the street, with the boy sitting in the driver's seat pretending he's driving. George asks the boy to "Pop the hood", which is followed by the sound of the hood latch being released as though the boy did indeed release the hood from the driver's position. This is impossible, as vehicles of that pick-up truck's vintage (late '50's) did not have hood releases located inside the vehicle. Instead, the hood release lever was activated by reaching through the grill on the front of the vehicle.
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Just after George (John Travolta) gets zapped he returns to the bar to finish a game of chess. He moves his queen and his opponent makes two moves off screen. The two views of the board show they were a rook and knight move. However, the claim was a queen capture. In fact, no player was in position to get the queen.
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Revealing mistakes 

When George uses the tape recorder to record the Morse code signals, there's no tape in the recorder.
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