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(1998)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

John Murdoch's wife sings in a club toward the beginning of the film. Though her lyrics match lip movement, the rest of the band is out of sync (drums, bass, etc.).
The band playing in the beginning has an upright bass-player, but the sound is clearly that of an electric bass-guitar. The playing style is also not true to an upright. The sliding note might give this impression, but the other notes are simply to light-touched to be an upright.

Continuity 

After John Murdoch opens the door and almost falls from the building, as he hangs by his hands the door is on his left, except when shown from above, when it is on his right.
When on the fire escape, one of the Strangers opens the window and enters the building. In the next shot, all three Strangers are still on the fire escape.
When fleeing from Bumpstead, Murdoch jumps down the same stairs twice.
During the jail interview, Emma is alternately holding the phone by its top/bottom between shots.
When Emma is singing in the club, we first see her from behind. In the next shot (from the front) her left arm changes position, and is now hanging down.
When John Murdoch wakes up in the bathtub, the blood on his forehead changes position several times.
After John uses his 'tune' to force the Automat slot open to get his wallet, the broken spring and lever for the food slot fall in. When it cuts to a close-up of his hand taking the wallet, the broken spring is gone.
During the time Murdoch is attempting to remember his first name, the little "Be Back at" sign in the haberdasher's window reveals one shot is a mirror-flip image, causing the sign's text and clock to appear backwards.
Mr. Quick meets his death when the waving arm of the Shell Beach billboard chops his skullcap off, leaving the waving arm hanging to the left of the other arm. In following close-ups, the waving arm is missing.
When questioning a stranger on the rooftop, Murdoch falls and catches himself by grabbing the top of the railing on a fire escape below. In a following shot, he is climbing up the railing supports just below where he had caught himself.
During the scene where the doctor is pointing a gun at Murdoch and trying to give him the injection containing his memories, it is daylight outside through the windows behind them, but there is supposed to be no daylight.
When Murdoch is on the Shell Beach billboard and collapses after reading the newspaper clippings he found in his coat pocket, a stranger appears/disappears/reappears on the steps in the background.

Crew or equipment visible 

The cable supporting John Murdoch when he opens the door and nearly falls down the shaft.
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The cable holding the doctor while he is being levitated by the stranger is clearly visible as he lands.
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The cable holding John Murdoch when he jumps from the doorway to the building when being bitten by Mr. Sleep.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Although when John Murdoch jumps across the roofs, he jumps onto the same roof twice, in this city it's quite possible for there to be two identical roofs.

Revealing mistakes 

When the glass partition is broken, a second sheet of glass is used to protect Jennifer Connelly. At slow speeds, John's hand is clearly visible reflected in this safety glass.
In the opening scenes of the film, the elevated train is very obviously seen to be a model by the way it moves, and the model people inside bounce around.
After John Murdoch opens the door and almost falls from the building, he grabs the ledge and slams into the side of the building. The building bends in with John's impact.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

When the flashback shows Dr. Schreber injecting himself to erase his memories, the needle slides upward as he pushes it in his forehead, revealing it to be fake syringe.

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