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Requiem for a Dream (2000) Poster

Goofs

Continuity 

(at around 1h 10 mins) Sara is in her apartment wearing her red dress, creeping around trying to avoid her refrigerator, popping her pills and watching herself appear all dressed up on Tappy's show. There is a pot on the stove and her vacuum cleaner in front of the stove. At different cuts in the same scenes, the stove is alternately clean or has pots and items on it, and the vacuum cleaner is there or missing, or changes position. (It is possible that some of these changes occur because Sara is hallucinating.)
When the paper airplane is made it is snub nosed (there is no point on the front), whereas when it is thrown from the tower it has a pointed nose.
When Harry is waiting for Tyrone to return with the drugs, we can see Harry playing with a turntable. The shot of the turntable itself shows Harry's left hand on the record. In the next shot, his right hand is in the turntable.
The purse strap changes positions between shots when Marion heads to and enters the elevator.
When Marion leaves Albert's apartment and runs onto the street to vomit it is raining heavily, however when she arrives back home her hair and clothes are completely dry.
When Harry is on Marion's bed, he has his arms in his sweatshirt. In the next shot, his arms are out of his sweatshirt.
Marion's bangs when she is at dinner with Arnold near the end of the movie constantly change from being behind her ears to down in her face.
When Harry and Tyrone are leaving New York for Florida, Tyrone pricks Harry to the right arm. You can see pain in Harry's face. But as we know Harry's wounded in his left arm.
When Harry and Tyrone pawn the TV, there is a goose-neck lamp behind Mr. Rabinowitz that changes position between shots.

Factual errors 

When the characters take Heroin, either injected or snorted, the sequence showing their eyes dilating is inaccurate. Opiates produce a constricting of the pupil. However, the dilating is correct when the characters are using Ecstasy and Cocaine.
When surgeons amputate a limb, they first remove the muscles/tendons and the nerves, and then they cut through the bone. They do not simply saw through the flesh as depicted here.
During electroconvulsive therapy (ECT,) the character is shown as being conscious and suffering greatly, when in reality the procedure is done under anesthesia. The patient is not conscious, nor do they experience discomfort.
There is no stamp on the letter Sara mails.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Harry calls Marion from the hospital she picks the phone up with her right hand and puts it on her left ear but when the camera focuses on her it's on her right ear. This is almost certainly a mirror shot, not a mistake.

Revealing mistakes 

Whenever someone takes drugs and their pupils "dilate" you can see that it's a normal eye being distorted by a computer because the arc of reflected light also is distorted.
When Sara is trying on the red dress but it won't zip up all the way, in the mirror behind her you can see the 'fat suit' used to give Ellen Burstyn the larger appearance.
At two different times during the movie (when Marion, Harry and Tyrone are discussing the possibility of getting heroin from Brody, and when Harry is sitting around waiting for Tyrone to come back with Brody's heroin), records are supposedly playing, but the tone arms are in the 'up' position and the stylus is sitting above the record.
When Marion stabs Arnold in the hand with a fork, you can see fork marks on the fake hand from rehearsal.
When Marion is leaving Arnold's flat for the first time you can see some parts of the steady cam outlined under her coat. When she catches some wind while leaving the building, the coat is lifted up for some instants and you can actually see them.
When the two ladies visit Sara and are outside sitting on a bench, you can clearly see at the right lower part of the bench the cotton trying to appear as snow.

Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

In the pullback shot of Harry when his arm is missing, you can see under the sheets the outline of his left arm pressed up against his body.

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