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Character error 

When Rufus Buckley examines Deputy Looney in court, he addresses him as "Detective" instead of "Deputy".
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The Klan leader tells Freddie Lee Cobb that if he brings five friends who share similar ideals, they can all be part of the Klan. However, during their introduction to the group, Cobb only brings three guys.
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Continuity 

When Jake (McConaughey) finds the bomb in the briefcase, he pulls the clock timer off and throws it. Then it explodes. But when the shot goes back to the briefcase, the dynamite is still there.
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When the Klansman rolls around, trying to put out the fire, the daytime shot suddenly switches to night.
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At the diner, Ellen's bra strap is showing in a close-up, but it's under her shirt in the wide shot.
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As the verdict is announced, the nurse in Roark's room sees a shot of Jake, Lucien and Harry Rex on TV. This event is outside the courthouse and doesn't occur in the movie for another full minute.
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Lucien enters the courtroom while Jake is giving his final summation. He stands at the back, disappears, then returns at the end of the summation.
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Early in the film, Carla is doing something on the floor (painting?) and is shiny with sweat. Her face is absolutely dry when she gets up, but her body and neck are shiny.
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When Rufus Buckley is shown from afar, just before questioning Cora Mae Cobb, she is not on the stand. In the next shot, she is on the stand.
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When a fight breaks out in front of the courthouse, an aerial shot shows Ozzie and the officers running to the street. In the next shot, they are running full speed down the sidewalk.
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During the picnic at the end of the movie, a black youth with a dark scarf on his head stands in the yard. In the next aerial shot of the picnic, the same youth is coming down the front porch steps.
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Errors in geography 

At the airport, when Jake sends his family away, a UPS plane can be seen in the background. At that airport, the cargo terminals are south of the passenger terminals, and cannot be seen from the north side of the terminal (where the outside scene was set).
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Plot holes 

When Ellen and Jake officially meet for the first time outside of Jake's office building, Jake asks Ellen what brings her to Canton. Ellen replies that it was Carl Lee Hailey that brought her to town. But in fact Ellen came to town for the arraignment of the rapist Billy Ray Cobb and James Louis Willard, before she would have known who Carl Lee Hailey was.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jake calls Max after the fire, Max tries to run past him, apparently toward the off-screen dog wrangler.
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When Rufus and his team dramatically enter the courtroom, the inner doors fly open as if they're walking at speed into the room. But the outer doors just behind them are fully closed, indicating they were waiting in that chamber for the "action" cue.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Ellen takes care of Jake's posterior wound, she remarks that she hasn't worn underwear for ages. However, as she is later tied to a tree by the klansmen and have her clothes torn, she is wearing a pair of large black panties.
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