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Anachronisms 

When Douglas asks Grierson (Hanlon Fuller) about having flashbacks, Grierson references being in World War I. Since the program is set in the 1930s, prior to the second World War, Grierson wouldn't refer to the previous war as World War I. Before World War II, World War I had other names, most famously "The Great War." While it is a computer program, and knowledge doesn't necessarily operate the same way as in the "real world," there's no logical reason for characters to be programmed with that term, and Hanlon, as the designer, would know the proper terminology for the time since he actually lived during the 1930s.
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Continuity 

Tom Jones's cigarette jumps from his left hand to his right hand when he says, "Like the singer."
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After Douglas Hall returns from his first trip into the system, Whitney examines and queries him while wearing a stethoscope around his neck. After a cut near the end of the conversation he is suddenly wearing it in his ears.
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The message left on Douglas Hall's answering machine clearly doesn't match the earlier scene where Fuller records it.
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The length of Tom Jones's cigarette in the lobby.
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Factual errors 

In the first scene of the film, Fuller writes the letter with a fountain pen. This is clear in the close-up where the "feed" is visible under the nib. It also has a cap. The pen is dipped into a desk inkwell. Fountain pens are never dipped into an inkwell. It is set down in a grove on the desk set, which would be a correct action for a dip pen, which it was not.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Douglas is in the 1930 reality and in the pool of the hotel he grabs the revolver and he can be seen to check if it is cocked, which it already is. Then he places the barrel in the bartender's mouth and threatens to shoot him. It's believed that when the bartender pushes the barrel of the revolver out of his mouth and Douglas pushes it back in that he is re-cocking the already-cocked gun. However, if you watch after the bartender pushes the gun from his mouth, Douglas moves the hammer of the gun back into place (because he believes he's going to get his answer from the bartender). This makes re-cocking the gun necessary when the bartender doesn't answer after all.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the opening sequence when Fuller enters the restaurant and is asked if he wants his favourite table, he spends a long time consulting his wrist watch (to see when his download time is up?) but he can't see his watch as it is hidden below the starched cuff of his shirt.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

In the climactic scene, when David prepares to shoot Jane, the sound of the pistol cocking can be heard. However, having already fired several rounds, there is no need for the pistol to be cocked.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The front page of a newspaper shows the date as Monday, June 21, 2024; in the year 2024, June 21 will fall on a Friday, but since our world is just a simulation, and you can see this newspaper in the "real" world, it is possible that June 21, 2024 is a Monday.

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