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(I) (1999)

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Character error 

Porter enters Mr. Fairfax's office with his semi-automatic pistol aimed at Fairfax. But he incorrectly holds the gun tilted 90 degrees to the left. Such a hold does not allow proper sight alignment, and could also jam a semi-auto pistol during firing. Nobody familiar with basic pistol operation would grip one in this manner.
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Continuity 

After Porter blows up the apartment, he looks to see that the keys are in the ignition. The keys are from a Lincoln town car (Ford) but he drives away in a Cadillac Fleetwood.
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When Porter is hit by Pearl and her group of thugs' car, he shatters the windshield upon impact. Several frames later the windshield is completely intact.
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When Val is threatening Rosie on the floor of her apartment, shots of her show the gun solidly under her chin, while shots of him show the gun hanging loosely inside of his knee.
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The money porter puts on the bar when talking to the bartender disappears when the phone is placed on the bar.
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When Porter is tied to the chair towards the end of the movie and he is being beaten by Fairfax's thugs there are several shots from behind that show Porter's shoes are on and that his legs are not tied. When Bronson comes and starts to question him these same shots are shown. Before they hit him with the hammer his shoes have been removed and legs tied with no one ever doing this to him.
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when Porter gets in the cab with Stegman, the windows repeatedly change from clear to frosted/foggy with every interior/exterior shot of the cab.
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The prostitute's hair changes style during the scene in the cafe with Porter.
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When Porter and Val start driving down the alley towards the Chow's car they are initially in a 1970 Chevy Nova (round headlights, no front indicator lights, and no Chevy emblem on the grill) but just before crashing into the Chow's car it becomes a 1973 Chevy Nova (different grill, squared off lights, Chevy emblem on grill) when the two cars impact, the side shot is of the '70 Nova.
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When Porter is hit by Pearl and her group of thugs' car he is shown shooting his revolver, usually a 6 shot, 13 times and possibly more off camera, but he is shown actually pulling the trigger and the hammer dropping 13 times in frame.
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The prostitute's hair on her left shoulder when she is talking to Porter in her apartment.
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The position of the fold in the picture of Rosie and Porter changes during the movie.
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When Rosie hugs Porter in the hall outside her apartment the ring is on her left ring finger. A minute later when she's lighting the cigarette it's on her left middle finger.
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Rosie's apartment door has 404 on it, visible when she greets Porter the first time and when Resnick ambushes her. Resnick sees a bloody mark on the call button for 403.
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When Porter is in the back of the limo with his apartment exploding in the background, the door sill of the limo is visible showing that the door is open. But the next exterior shot shows all the doors closed.
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When Porter meets Carter he punches the two bodyguards and kicks the gun out of the hand of one but in the next scene he takes the gun from the knocked-out bodyguard's hand.
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When Porter is in the cab stand, the cop's badges are on their right side. When Porter and Stegman are talking outside you see the cop looking at them from the window, his badge moves to his left side.
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When Porter and Val rob the Chows, Porter has a cut near his left eyebrow from the crash. Minutes later, in the garage, the cut is noticeably smaller.
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When Porter enters Rosie's apartment and shoots Resnick, the door is left slightly ajar behind him, but is not still swinging. In the next shot, after he shoots Resnick again, it is open much wider.
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When Val is talking to Porter while he is in bed with Pearl, Pearl reaches over to Val and her hair is covering the left side of her front. The next shot hand is still on Val but her hair is behind her and not covering her body.
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At the meeting at the end of the line, Porter goes into the bathroom and takes a urinal between two members of The Outfit. The hit-man on the left pulls the gun out of his waistband. When Porter shoots him, the gun is back in his waistband.
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During the opening sequence, Porter picks a man's pocket & steals his wallet. While practicing the face in the mirror, he's wearing the light gray jacket. But in the next shot, he reaches into the teller's window & she looks up at him in the black jacket he will buy later. When he buys & pawns the watches, light gray again. Then he buys the black jacket & has dinner.
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When Porter is hit by the Chows car, when he was set up by Val and Pearl, the windscreen is shattered. In the next and remaining shots the windscreen is intact.
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Factual errors 

You can't ignite liquid gasoline with a lit cigarette.
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When Porter Shoots Val in the head he uses a pillow to "muffle" the shot and it works, but the gun is a revolver and those can't be muffled at the muzzle as the sound can escape at the gaps at the front and rear of the cylinder.
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Porter fires about 40 rounds out of a 6-shot revolver without reloading once.
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Revealing mistakes 

The frontal views of Porter aiming his revolver clearly show that there are no cartridges in its cylinder.
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When Stegman points a revolver at Porter in the car, it is clear from the frontal camera angle that there are no cartridges in the gun's cylinder.
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When Porter and Val smash their car into the Chows' car to rob them, Porter's head snaps forward from the crash, while Val's head doesn't.
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Right before the Outfit's car blows up, the gas leaking out is bright green, as if it were antifreeze instead of gas.
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When Val meets Stegman at Varrick's, Stegman is shown sipping his beer but never really takes a drink.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Val attempts to calm Lynn down after they betray Porter, the cigarette jumps from Val's mouth to his hand between shots.
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Revealing mistakes 

Val's dead body is breathing, just after Porter puts the badge in his hand.
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