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(1997)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Edwards moves the table during the "best of the best" test, the scraping sound begins before the table is moved.
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Right before K unplugs the camera in the interrogation he says "Some night huh?" but his mouth does not match.
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When entering MIB headquarters, after spending the night deciding whether or not to join MIB, Edwards says to the security guard, "What's up hoss?" His lips never move.
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Character error 

As the camera pans into the morgue the corpse on the fridge tray has a neck pulse.
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When K wipes the memories of the cops on the Mexican border, he says the neuralyzer will isolate the 'electronic' impulses in their brains, when actually it's 'electrical' impulses.
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When Z shows J the screen diagram of Orion's Belt at headquarters, the three stars are labeled in reverse of their true order, and Alnilam is misspelled as Alinlam.
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After Jay passes the tests near the beginning of the movie and sits in the park discussing aliens with Kay, Kay says, "500 years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat." The Earth's spherical nature was something that most scholars and all navigators were aware of as early as 400 BCE and has been common knowledge for the past 1,000 years.
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Continuity 

When Edwards is at MIB headquarters in the egg shaped chair he sets his test papers to his left side, then when he stands up to drag the table over the papers briefly disappear.
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The signs in the windows of the Russian restaurant change when shown from the inside.
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The license plate on the LTD changes from centered to the right-hand side during the film.
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The address on the back of the MiB business card goes from being below the logo to above it.
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When the bug goes into the farm house wearing Edgar's Skin he drinks sugar water, and then Beatrice tells him that his skin is hanging off his bones. He looks in the mirror then grabs his hair and pulls his skin tightly to the back of his head. Beatrice faints and the next shot shows the bug still pulling his hair back, but the skin is no longer stretched.
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The shotgun Edgar puts down in the morgue disappears.
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Kent Faulcon is identified as "1st. Lt. Jake Jensen" in the credits but calls himself "2nd Lt. Jake Jensen" in the audition scene. (He has 1st Lt. rank on his uniform).
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When Rosenberg leaves his shop, Edgar's "Zap'Em" truck is visible, reflected in the window. It is parked. The next shot of the street shows Edgar drive by and park in front of Rosenberg's shop.
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When K and J are talking with Z just before the "skimmer" problem is identified, K's legs are alternately crossed/uncrossed between shots.
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When K is giving J his weapon, the bug's spaceship can be seen behind J before the shoot out at Rosenberg's.
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When Edgar breaks into the store you can see the Zap'Em truck outside. The roof is smooth and undamaged while in the earlier scene when he drives into the city the roof is torn up and his ship is sticking through the hole in the roof.
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During the morgue scene while inspecting the body cavity, the weight shown on one of the scales in the background changes.
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While K is confronting the alien who's leaving town with his pregnant wife, birds enter screen left, fly behind K's head, fly behind the alien's head, but then they don't come out the other side.
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The first time J and K are in the morgue with the coroner, J and the doctor leave to examine the next body and K starts to examine the first body. When the camera angle changes we can clearly see body #1 behind them but K is nowhere to be seen.
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Early on Zed says to J that they're going to go try on "the last suit you'll ever wear", but in the last scene of the movie, J is wearing what's obviously a very different suit (just the same color).
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When Mets player Bernard Gilkey is hit on the head with the ball, he is wearing jersey #23 (Gilkey's number), and the jersey has the standard "Mets" script across the chest. Later, when he is seen on the cover of the tabloid, he is wearing #20, with the 1993-94 script that has a "swoosh-tail" attached to the "s" underlining the word "Mets."
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the alien jumps off backward from the roof of the Guggenheim Museum, a safety cable can clearly be seen on his leg (just before the jump).
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In the scene when the alien craft crashes, there is a shot of smoke rising, and off to the right side of the scene, men can be seen walking down the hill.
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Partial reflection of the camera and its shadow can be seen when the camera follows the bank of lockers during J's initiation into the MIB.
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When K approaches Redgick's car, the shadow of the camera can be seen briefly.
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As J is trying to follow Edgar after the gun fight outside the jewelry store, the pyrotechnic devices used for the cricket gun damage blasts are clearly visible for a few seconds before they burn out.
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Errors in geography 

In the end where we see Manhattan's place in the galaxy, the camera zooms from a location near the center of the Milky Way. According to most scientists, earth is actually located on one of the galaxy's "arms".
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K & J stop an alien in a car (the alien with the pregnant wife) because the alien is fleeing Manhattan, the area to which his visa restricts him. The alien's car is pointed toward Manhattan.
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When Redgick is stopped with his pregnant wife in New Jersey, the World's Fair-towers in Queens can be seen briefly in the background. Since the World's Fair took place in Queens, it's impossible to see them from New Jersey.
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When Agent K is looking up his lost love, he types "Truro", then zooms in on Cape Cod. As he closes in, he misses Truro on the map by about 50 miles' drive (the town/village he zooms to is actually closer to Forestdale or Wakeby). Also, the suburban grass lawn is atypical for Truro. Homes are mostly surrounded by pine needles, brush and dunes.
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As J chases the alien at the beginning of the movie, the chase starts at Grand Central Station. In the next shot, the alien is seen running downtown (the park is on his right) to get to the Guggenheim Museum. The Guggenheim is uptown from Grand Central.
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Factual errors 

When K is looking at his lost girlfriend via satellite, the view is horizontal, as though shot from the ground, rather than "top down", as though shot from space.
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As Zed explains Orion's Belt to J at HQ, he rotates the constellation Orion vertically on a screen display and zooms in, showing the Belt's stars (Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka) to be in a roughly straight line and of equal brightness. In reality such an "overhead" projection of the Belt would show a long triangle with a very narrow base (Alnilam is about twice as far from Earth as the other two stars), with Mintaka on the right nine times brighter than Alnitak on the left.
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The exterminator's truck does not have a New York State DEC sticker, which is required for all pesticide application vehicles to have clearly on display.
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When looking at the star chart of Orion's Belt, Alnitak can be seen labelled as the middle star. From the northern hemisphere, Alnitak is the leftmost of the three stars of the belt (Alnilam is the middle star, Mintaka is the right hand star).
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J and K exit the morgue at night and go directly back to MIB headquarters. J goes to his computer and scans for his lost love in Cape Cod, which is in the same time zone as NY. When the image is located, it appears to be daylight when it should be in the evening.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When riding in the tunnel, J puts on an 8-track and listens to Elvis. J quips, "You do know Elvis is dead?" to which K replies, "No he isn't, he just went home," implying he is an alien. Earlier K reveals the aliens first made contact in 1961 - five years after Elvis Presley made his breakthrough performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. However, 1961 is only when they made contact, not necessarily when they first landed.
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When James chases the alien in his first scene, after he stops him, he sarcastically explains to him what NYPD stands for, "Nock Your Punkass Down". The word "knock" starts with a "k". Obviously the statement is sarcastic.
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In the tunnel, J falls upside down and appears to have a Caucasian leg. However, the behind-the-scenes featurette shows that Will Smith performed this scene without a stunt double, so this must be a trick of the light.
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In the opening scene, which is set in either California, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas, we see New York license plates on the cars. However, it is possible that the MIB drove from New York to one of those states as the guy was bringing immigrants over the border.
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Revealing mistakes 

A pedestrian speed-walks past K's car window when they are first in the LTD, indicating sped-up film.
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In the final scene, when Jay is fighting the big bug, he throws a rock and strikes the bug in the head. If you watch the rock closely, it disappears shortly after hitting the ground.
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When the bug's spaceship crashes, although it's on fire (coming from sky behind the house) it has no effect on the shadow of the house.
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As J is being shown the screen where they constantly observe the aliens, the clips on the screen are being endlessly looped. A screen close to the center, for instance, shows a man getting comfortable on a couch over and over again.
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When J goes into MiB for the written test with the other candidates, it is very apparent that the seal on the test is an architecture drafting dot, due to the noticeable Staedtler logo.
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When J firsts shoots the MIB gun and is thrown back against the wall, it wobbles.
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As the Bug climbs through the hatch into the first spaceship at the World's Fair, the supposedly solid structure wobbles.
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When Zed, Kay, and Jay are trying to determine where the bug will go to leave Earth, Zed gives Kay possibilities to look up on his computer while Jay is in the foreground looking at the picture of the UFOs from the World's Fair. In the background, you can clearly see Kay pretending to type in Zed's suggestions on his keyboard.
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In the tunnel when they're upside down, based on Kay's hand in relation to his seat (right hand holding tape and entering scene from right side places car upside down in shot), he places the Elvis Presley eight track tape into the player right side up, meaning the player is installed in the car upside down. The player also says "Eight track stereo" on front cassette door right side up to the shot, meaning upside down in the car.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When K shoots Jeebs in the head in the jewelry store, the resultant blast sends goop flying everywhere, yet in the next scene, the counter and wall behind Jeebs is completely clean.
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Continuity 

The first time we are shown Orion's belt, his name is spelled out in all upper case (ORION). However, when Dr. Weaver examines his collar on her desk, it is spelled out in mixed case (Orion).
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Continuity 

After Edgar kills the Arquillians in the restaurant and rushes outside, we follow in a through-the-window shot as Edgar tosses a bystander off the sidewalk and then menaces a second in a close pass. But in the immediate exterior shot on Edgar from the sidewalk, the second bystander has vanished.
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Continuity 

When the Edgar alien crashes out the morgue window, carrying Laurel, white shorts can be seen sticking out from between Laurel's brown shorts, and her pantyhose. These do not appear again, despite numerous tumbles by Laurel that should have revealed them again.
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Continuity 

When Edgar grabs Orion at the morgue and then grabs Laurel right after, the cat has suddenly vanished from Edgar's grasp.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The MiB get splattered by the bug's goo at the end, yet in the next scene (just before K asks J to flash his memory) they are wearing clean suits while Laurel Weaver still wears dirty clothes. In the DVD commentary, Barry Sonnenfeld insists the MIB suits are made of a "slime-repellent" material.
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