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Gattaca (1997) Poster

(1997)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Because they are occurring some distance away, the numerous rocket launches shown should not be audible until a several seconds after liftoff.
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Character error 

When Vincent is confessing to Irene, he tells her he doesn't have 20 or 30 years, his heart is already 10,000 beats overdue. In an average male this would only be about 2 1/2 hours, not several years as the story suggests.
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When Vincent alias Jerome has his interview at Gattaca you can see that the machine clearly shows a GNQ of 9.8612. When Irene gives the hair sample away for analysing, the woman at the counter states "9.3, quite a catch".
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Continuity 

When the two men are swimming at night, they are sometimes shown to be naked, and other times (underwater shots) shown to be wearing boxers or swimming trunks.
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Jerome rips his jacket sleeve seam while punching out the police officer, yet soon after it is intact.
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When Jerome and Eugene are out at the club, on the table there is smoke coming out of Jerome's wine glass before he blows the smoke into it.
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At the piano recital, there's a bouquet of flowers to the right of the piano (shot from overhead), but when the pianist is finished, and takes a bow, the vase (and flowers) have vanished.
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After Irene and Vincent have sex, you can see that the bedroom walls are pure glass (including the corner of the house). You can also see a view of the beach and ocean. Later when Vincent is on the beach scrubbing himself with sand, the house is viewed from the beach. At that point you can see pillars in between pieces of glass on the house, including the corner.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Vincent gets ready for his first day at work as Jerome, he pulls out his shirt from the closet and you can see fingers of someone holding the closet door open.
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When the detective shows the picture of Vincent to the director, the power cable to his "hand-held display" (prop) is clearly visible running around his hand and up his sleeve.
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The dolly track can be seen on the left of the screen when Vincent is standing in line to have a blood test done.
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Factual errors 

Using hair/eyelashes for genetic testing will fail if no follicle is attached, but this method is used when no other material is available or the information is being obtained surreptitiously (as Irene and the investigators are doing when they use this method). Urine is not the most efficient way to perform genetic testing when other samples are readily available, but the urine test was also performed to look for drug use as evidenced by Eugene's sample failing when he was drunk. More specifically, urine itself does not contain DNA, but it may contain epithelial cells, which do contain DNA. Most healthy individuals, however, do not excrete epithelial cells in their urine. http://www.biology.arizona.edu/human_bio/problem_sets/DNA_forensics_2/06t.html
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the beginning when Vincent is putting the blood into the fake thumb he puts it on his left thumb but he always uses his right hand to get tested. This is because Vincent himself is left-handed, but Jerome is right-handed so he had to make the switch when he assumed Jerome's life.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jerome starts to crawl up the spiral stair, he moves his legs with his hands as he is supposed to be paralyzed. However, a moment later his legs can be seen slightly moving when he is struggling to get upstairs.
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In the opening credits, Vincent is using a straight razor. He is actually not holding the razor correctly and is dragging it backwards across the skin.
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Spoilers 

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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Jerome becomes paranoid about being accused of murdering the Mission Director, he states that the Mission director was beaten until unrecognizable. Towards the end, the detective looks at the body again in the morgue and the face is completely intact. The director's face was covered with blood/matted hair after being beaten. By the time he was in the morgue, the body had been cleaned and the flesh reassembled.
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