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Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Lt. Raczak's legs are severed at the outpost defense, he tells Rico "You know what to do!" The audio doesn't match up with his mouth movements.
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While at the outpost, Ltl Raczak's mouth moves, but nothing comes out just before he says, "Fire at will."
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Boom mic visible 

After they capture the brain bug, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on Jenkins' trench coat.
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Continuity 

In the shower scene, Johnny's butt is already red before it is smacked.
A bug's leg pierces Carmen's shoulder when she is captured. After rescue by Johnny, the blood remains, but her uniform has no visible hole. She also seems noticeably unaffected by the injury, able to use her shoulder easily.
The green gore on Flores' helmet is missing the next time the film cuts back to her after the initial spattering scene; in subsequent shots it is there but the amount varies.
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The reporter's movements during the opening FedNet newsreel and the actual Klendathu invasion do not match.
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In the scene where the children are being shown the weapons, in the long shot the boy wearing the pale blue shirt is wearing a stud earring in his left ear. In the close shot, the hole is clearly visible, but empty.
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While defending the fort, Rico and Ace, and the man next to Ace, duck for incoming hopper bugs. In the next shot, the man next to Ace is still standing.
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While defending the fort, Rico removes his helmet to make a radio call. When he does this, his hair is messed up. However, before placing the helmet back on, he is seen again with perfect hair.
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When the tanker bug first appears it has three pairs of big legs and a number of little ones. As the scene progresses one pair of big legs disappears.
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During the Tigers vs. Giants 'Football' game, after the first shown play, there is around 2:42 left, with a time out. After the next, few seconds play, there is (on the clock) at least 4:00 left (announcer says 2:42, with a time out). Then the announcer says 40 seconds, then the game is over after another short play.
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During the punishment, the leather piece Rico is biting down on changes positions between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Rasczak's mobile infantry troop are on their way to investigate the distress call on Planet P, Rico is scanning the tops of the canyon walls with binoculars. When he almost sees the winged Arachnid, there are rocks falling. A hand can be seen lobbing one of the rocks over the wall.
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When a bug falls on a collection of barrels the wires pulling them are briefly visible.
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In the second scene where the MI are going to kill the bug that has just killed the reporter. Just before the first fires on the bug, the shadow of the camera can be seen on his leg.
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Errors in geography 

The image of Buenos Aires burning shows it in a mountain valley. Buenos Aires is located on a coastal plain over 500 miles from the nearest mountains (the Andes Mountains).
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Several hills appear outside Johnny Rico's house in Buenos Aires. In real life, Buenos Aires does not have any elevations in sight from any part of the city.
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Factual errors 

The asteroid generates a gravity field strong enough to tip the surface of some liquid in a glass by 45 degrees - yet the glass itself remains rock steady instead of sliding forward. Perhaps it had a particularly sticky base.
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At the rate the asteroid had to be moving to hit Buenos Ares, during the phone call, they would've never seen a shadow moving. Nor would they be alive to see the shadow as the pressure wave would flatten it first.
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During the "Brain Bug" sequence, Carmen is speared through the upper body by a bug, which immobilizes her. The injury is massive, in the vicinity of the clavicle, subclavian artery and subclavian vein, and through the muscles in the region of the shoulder, trapezius and pectoral area. An injury of this type would lead to massive blood loss, and very significant damage to the muscles and bones that allow movement of the arm and shoulder. However, seconds later after being released by the bug during the rescue, Carmen's bleeding has stopped, she doesn't need to cradle the arm and uses it to touch Rico without any apparent difficulty, and happily swings her arm as she exits the tunnel, holding a weapon with the same arm a few moments later. In reality an injury of this type would be completely incapacitating and the functioning of the arm and shoulder would be severely limited for some time afterwards.
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The asteroid would have to be traveling through hyperspace to reach Earth in any rational length of time. That would mean that the "Bugs" would have had to accelerate it to speeds to reach hyperspace and then maintain that velocity until the body reached Earth's atmosphere.

Assuming that near-relativistic speeds are possible in the Starship Troopers universe, the asteroid should have caused massive damage on Earth far beyond the simple destruction of one major city. Given the size of the asteroid shown in the film, it's likely that all life on Earth would have been extinguished either instantaneously or within weeks or months after massive firestorms and the spread giant clouds of dust and debris.
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Carmen overrides the standard flight course for a "more efficient" route on her own. This places them in the line of the asteroid that ends up causing severe damage to the vessel. The Captain states that it wasn't luck, but a "hell of a flight team" that allowed them to survive the collision. The more appropriate response would have been to immediately relieve the flight crew for changing course without authorization and almost surely would have led to a courts-martial. More to the point, they'd also be far too busy with damage control efforts to offer such praise at that time, even if the ordered course had been adhered to. Carmen should have been grounded right away and would never have been allowed to pilot another ship. That should have been a career-ending mistake, plain & simple... and by no means were they a "hell of a flight crew".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The odds of a ship physically running into an asteroid launched from Klendathu to Earth are literally astronomical. However, there's no strong evidence it really was launched from Klendathu; this is an assumption the humans make, and its very absurdity (and the early death of the only reporter to question it) is part of the point.
Several references are made to the M.I. being Marines, yet there are several uses of Army and Naval directive within the M.I. This is due to the fact the the M.I. is the result of all of the ground-based military units becoming 'one' after the afore-mentioned fall of democracy. The M.I. would use the best parts of the 3 branches to make up the 'Federation Mobile Infantry.'
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Cyrano the ferret steps on Carl's keyboard and makes the display of playing cards flip over rapidly. Carl sends Cyrano off to bug his mom; when the shot changes, Cyrano is gone but the cards are still flipping. However, the computer system, like most keyboards today, may have a buffer system which would have stored many "flips" while Cyrano held the button down, thus causing the cards to continue flipping after Cyrano leaves.
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When Rasczak is teaching the high school class, his arm appeared to some to be amputated above the elbow (thus making some later scenes inaccurate), but in fact it is not; it's below.
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Plot holes 

The graphic at the beginning of the movie shows Earth and the bug planet located at opposite ends of the Milky Way Galaxy, which means that it would be impossible for the two to be at war with each other. Even using Star Trek's Warp 9 (~1,516 times the speed of light), it would take the Earth force 65 years to reach the bug planet.
The basic premise is flawed. Any entomologist would tell you that a mindless army of soldiers would HAVE to be under the command of a 'brain bug'. The priority should have been to search out and destroy said threat.
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Revealing mistakes 

The "Bug Planet" was filmed at Hell's Half Acre, Wyoming. In the widescreen edition, watch for the "flying recon bug" (a sort of dragonfly), and watch the upper right corner of the screen for a brief view of the Wyoming grasslands and the highway beyond.
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The top of Pvt. Ace Levy's swimming trunks are visible during the shower scene.
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During training when the drill instructor throws the knife at Ace, blood appears on Ace's hand before the knife hits.
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When Rico and Zander are fighting, Zander pulls Rico onto a table and starts pounding him in the stomach with his elbow. The part of Rico's stomach that is being pounded is protected by a protective pad.
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Just after Rico and the guys rescue Carmen from the brain bug and the nuke is detonated, there is supposed to be a rock fall in the tunnel sealing the tunnel. The rocks falling can clearly be seen to be a one piece square 'door' being lowered into place.
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When Rico shows his tattoo after having liquor poured on it, the lower half is running down his arm.
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The Fairfield (178) Corvette Transport is hit by bug plasma and crashes into the Corvette Transport Cromwell above the bug planet Klendathu. We are led to believe that the loss of the starboard engines of the Fairfield forced the port engines to push the ship into the Cromwell. However lack of friction to provide drag to the right would have led the Fairfield to continue forwards or drift to the port (left) due to the starboard (right) explosion and venting of gasses pushing the ship away from the Cromwell.
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After the reporter is killed on Klendathu, just before Johnny tells the cameraman to "get out of here now!", a trooper in the background falls backwards as if killed by a bug.
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During the football game, Rico runs up a ramp before flipping over the opposing players. However, in the long shot, no ramp is visible.
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When the knife is in Ace's hand, pinning it to the wall, it is very obvious it is a fake hand.
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When the soldier is accidentally shot and killed during the live fire exercise, the excuse is given that the cause was the removal of his helmet.

When the scene is reviewed it's clear that the soldier was shot in his right eye. Since the helmet doesn't have googles or a face shield, the removal or wearing of the helmet had no effect upon the fatality of the head wound.
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Spoilers

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Miscellaneous 

Dizzy, a low-level grunt, gets a full funeral ceremony, Yet Rasczak, a major high-ranking figure in the Mobile Infantry, does not.
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