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Being John Malkovich (1999) Poster

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Errors in geography 

Just after the first time Lotte falls out of the portal onto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike, a palm tree is visible in the distance over Craig's shoulder.
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Boom mic visible 

When Craig and Dr. Lester sit together on the office windowsill to have a conversation, the shadow of a boom mic is visible on the window frame between them.
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The first time Maxine visits Malkovich's apartment, the shadow of the boom mic is visible.
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Continuity 

When Malkovich and Maxine are on his couch, the shoulder strap of her dress moves back and forth between resting on her shoulder or falling off her shoulder, depending on the camera angle.
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When Craig first discovers the portal, the hands of the clock on the wall (in the deep storage room) are fixed at 2:23 for several minutes.
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The shoulder strap of Maxine's shirt in the second love scene between her and John.
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When Craig Schwartz is about to enter the portal for the first time, he's kneeling. In the next shot, he's squatting.
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As Craig enters Maxine's office to tell her of the portal there is a coat hanging on the doorknob. When he checks the hallway outside, the coat is gone, only to reappear after Maxine finishes taking her phone call.
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When Craig first wakes up ("wintry economic climate"), the position of the comforter around his shoulders changes several times.
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When Craig Schwartz first boards the elevator, the alarm stops when the stop button is released, before the door closes. But when Maxine boards the elevator to descend from floor 7-1/2, the alarm keeps ringing until the door closes.
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When Elijah the chimp lets Lotte out of the cage, he jumps out leaving the checked blanket all messed up. On the last shot of the scene the blanket is straightened out.
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During Craig's interview with Dr. Lester, the wound on Craig's lip moves, and at one point disappears completely.
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The chimp actor changes a few times - sometimes it has a white beard, while at other times it has no beard.
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When Craig runs his fingers over files, his wedding ring is on his right hand although usually it's on the left one.
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When Craig is about to discover the portal, he picks up the dropped file and puts it on the bureau next to him. But in the next shot that file is not there, only those that were there before.
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The position of the cars on the highway as people emerge from the portal jumps around between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Lotte is chasing Maxine through Malkovich's subconscious, as Maxine drops into the school bus section you can clearly see someone's hand holding her skirt so she doesn't fall into the bus.
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When Maxine enters Malkovich's subconscious for the gun chase, when the first smashes into the bedroom through the closet, there is a man in a green shirt on the left side by the chest of drawers. You can see his hands in one shot, then his whole body.
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Errors in geography 

When Craig and Dr. Lester are in the restaurant, two orange Los Angeles MTA buses pass by.
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WALK/DON'T WALK signs in New York City at the time of the film used words. The camera zooms in on a sign where there is a upheld hand for stop and a walking figure for go. These pictograph signs were typical at the time in California, not NYC, where the movie is set.
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When Craig first lands by the N.J. Turnpike, there is an operating oil well in the background. There are no known natural oil reserves in New Jersey.
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When Craig gets spit out into a ditch for the first time, he is limping onto an on-ramp, a sign that reads "DOCK STREET NEXT RIGHT" is visible at the distance, suggesting a filming location at Terminal Island Freeway in Wilmington California.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Maxine enters the lift on the 7 1/2 floor, it stops there when someone calls it (from outside), but from inside you have to stop it with the stop button because that's how it works.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Craig sees John's face for the first time in the mirror, the mirror doesn't accurately reflect John's point of view.
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When John Horatio Malkovich enters his own portal, some of "himself" (for example one he bumps into shortly before exiting) are clearly look-alikes or are wearing masks.
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The same cars are driving past on the New Jersey Turnpike the both first and second times someone is seen appearing from the portal.
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