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Goofs

Anachronisms 

(at around 45 mins) When Leo and co. come out of the lost city there's a shot from some distance, back at the ship. Look to the far right and you will see a road with clear tire tracks on it.
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Character error 

We first see Captain Leo Davidson training a chimpanzee in astronautics. Its inconceivable that an officer with such responsibility would be unaware of the taxonomic and cladistic difference between apes (including chimpanzees and humans) and monkeys (the New World and Old World monkeys). Yet he twice refers to his student as a "monkey".
The monkey in the pod that is launched at the beginning is shown in a full spacesuit except he is not wearing any gloves.
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Continuity 

The scratch on Leo's neck swaps sides and disappears randomly.
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(at around 10 mins) When Leo enters the delta pod he puts on his helmet and it loosely touches the collar of his spacesuit. In the next shots it fits perfectly in the collar.
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(at around 8 mins) When the chimp is taking off from the ship you see Leo with his hands behind his back. In the next shot you see them at his side.
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(at around 24 mins) When Thade's niece buys their human pet, the bolt on the cage is left out. In the next shot, it's bolted shut again.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) As Leo begins to enter the water with Ari on his back, she puts her hands over his face. In the next shot from further across the water, they are by his side. The hands return over his face once they are in the water.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 35 mins) During the final battle, studio lights are reflected on Thade's helmet.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

There are numerous apparent plot holes in the story which are explained away in supplementary material (DVD booklet, novelization, etc). This includes the frequently asked question regarding the presence of horses. These remain goofs as far as the casual viewer is concerned, but they are the subject of much heated debate and are not now included in this list.
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Plot holes 

After the refugees cross the river, they set up camp and make fires. They are in the middle of the desert and there are no trees as far as the horizon. Where did they get the firewood?
How did humans from far and wide hear about "this human who defies the apes"? Leo was hardly noticed by anyone but the group he was with, and a few apes. The apes wouldn't publicize that a human was making fools of them, so how did word of his presence spread??

Revealing mistakes 

(at around 26 mins) When Leo is holding the branding iron close to Ari's face, the hot part of the iron is obviously painted orange to appear hot, and stays that color way too long.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) After the chimp gets into his cage, we see an ape with his makeup incomplete.
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(at around 45 mins) As Leo and co. escape the city through the tunnels, they break through some boards covering the tunnel exit. One of the boards has been clearly sawn through and is broken at that point.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

(at around 1h 45 mins) When Leo and Daena kiss at the end, Daena then runs off. But as Leo then gets into his pod, Daena is visible in the crowds again.
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When General Thade is trying to shoot at Leo and others with Leo's gun, the gun changes from a futuristic "laser gun" to what appears to be a plain old Beretta 92/96.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) At the end of the battle, Ari covers Krull's face with sand. In the next shot his face is exposed again.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Leo is about to trap Thade inside the wreck of the Oberon, the touch screen that activates the shield is shown twice. It is clearly encrusted with a thousand years of dust. But as Leo actually puts his hand over the screen it is suddenly as clean as the day it was made.
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At the end of the movie, the dome on the door to the space pod is facing upwards, but in another shot, it is flipped the other way.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Many people believe that, when the group goes to the crashed spacecraft, there are rock formations in the aircraft. This would not be possible, since it takes millions of years and a lot of pressure to form rocks. The spacecraft, however could have landed on rocks that were there before the spacecraft crashed.
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