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(1999)

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Character error 

Father Andrew Kiernan states that monks invented alcohol. Even if one grants Kiernan the benefit of the doubt and assumes that he is referring exclusively to alcoholic beverages, he is still wrong. The ancient Egyptians were drinking beer back in 3000 B.C.E., if not before.
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Father Andrew Kiernan states that the earth is 6 billion years old. In fact, it is about 4.6 billion years old.
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Continuity 

The same 1977-81 Pontiac Firebird is seen three times. It shows up two times in the same scene. Frankie is almost hit by the car in the baby scene. She climbs over the hood in the crown of thorns scene and a moment later it drives past as she runs down the street.
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Right before Frankie receives her first wounds as she lies in the bathtub, a bird flies in the room. When the bird flies off a single feather drops into the tub. As Frankie picks up the feather with her right hand, the bloodless wounds are already visible on her inner and outer wrist.
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When shown an overview of the building at night Frankie (or her double) is clearly seen (against the night sky) sitting on the edge of the building (this comes before the actual scene in the movie). The mistake is pointed out by the director in his DVD version commentary
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Just before Frankie storms out of the café she has a very long cigarette in her hand. when she puts it out in the ash tray though, it is finished, just the filter remains.
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When Frankie is being wheeled down the ER hallway near the beginning of the film, she is wearing pink lipstick (strange enough, since she just came from the bath). But moments later when she is revived on the ER table and the doctor is talking to her, she is wearing dark red lipstick.
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Shortly after receiving the crown of thorns, Frankie is sitting atop a building with no marks whatsoever on her forehead.
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The subway interior shots correctly show a Pittsburgh subway car, but some exterior long shots show a car clearly marked with the logo of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority. The exteriors were reused from Money Train (see trivia).
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After Frankie opens the package from her mother which contains the rosary, she is seen walking over to the table. She is holding a cup in one hand and picks up the rosary in the other. The next shot has the items in her hands reversed.
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When Frankie is being whipped on the subway train, there is a cut scene of a closeup of her face where there is blood on the side of her mouth. In all continuing shots after this, the blood is gone.
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The style in which Frankie's hair is pulled back changes between the scene where she runs into the street to save the fallen baby and the scene on the subway, though they are meant to be the same day.
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After Frankie receives the thorn-crown marks on her forehead, they disappear/reappear in different sizes/shapes for the rest of the film.
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When Frankie is in the bath she is eating an apple at the beginning of the scene which she puts on the bath ledge. However, when Frankie is putting the wet feather down and when she is being pulled back into the water then the apple is no longer there.
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When Frankie is cutting Father Kiernan's hair, she is holding a water spray bottle in her left hand; when the camera angle changes she is holding a comb instead.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Rope visible tied to Frankie's bed
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Early on when Kiernan first meets Frankie in a club, she run out back into an alley between multiple buildings and starts having a major attack, with wind, pigeons, and sound effects. Clearly visible are boom mikes and cabling, particularly when the camera zooms out.
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Errors in geography 

When Frankie Paige receives a package from her mother containing, among other stuff, Father Almeida's rosary, the Post Office stamp on it reads "BRAZIL", when the correct spelling in Portuguese-speaking countries is "BRASIL".
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In the scenes in Brazil, people are speaking Spanish and Portuguese with Portuguese accents, not Brazilian accent. It would be like an American countryside movie with English actors playing the roles with cockney accent.
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Factual errors 

The Cardinal is shown wearing a goatee - this is not allowed for Curial members, especially those living in the Vatican.
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The priest stated to Frankie that she was the same age as St. Francis when he received the stigmata, 23. In fact, St. Francis was 42 years old when he received the stimata.
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The plot centers on the supposed ban of "Gospel of Thomas". In fact, this gospel (along with many other gnostic or non-canonical texts) was never officially suppressed by Catholic Church and its translations can be freely bought in bookstores.
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Revealing mistakes 

You can see the glass shower door shatter before Frankie throws Father Kiernan into it.
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In the bathtub scene, we see numerous shots of Frankie suggesting she is completely naked in the tub (without seeing actual nudity). Right after she places the fallen feather on the side of the tub, the unseen "force" pulls her backwards into the water. As she is falling back, we can clearly see she is wearing a flesh colored bra or bikini top.
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