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(2002)

Goofs

Crew or equipment visible 

When Stu moves his face in one of the close-ups you can see an ear piece in his left ear.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the 911 operator hangs up on Stu's cell phone call, we hear a dial tone on Stu's cell phone. Cell phones don't have dial tones.
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Character error 

When Stu's wife is with the police trying to talk Stu out of the phone both she tries to say "Do what they tell you to do, Stu!". Instead what she actually said was "Stu what they tell you do!". (When putting on the subtitles for the movie it confirms she was supposed to say "Do what they tell you to do, Stu!".)
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Continuity 

Stu's wedding ring disappears and reappears between shots in the scenes leading up to his big speech.
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During the first couple of scenes inside the booth, the sticker on the receiver is worn out and barely readable. After the first close-up the worn out section of the sticker is replaced with a new part, boasting clearly the name of the phone company.
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The baseball bat disappears and reappears several times from the street in front of the phone booth.
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When Stu is pulled out of the booth by Leon he knocks off the pieces of glass with his arm on top of the phone but, towards the end of the film the pieces of glass at sitting back on top of the phone.
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When Stu is walking outside Mario's restaurant, his cigarette appears and disappears between shots.
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At the end of the film when Stu is giving his speech the position of Kelly's hair changes between shots to reveal and hide her (right) earring.
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In one shot when Captain Ramey is talking to Stu, the other negotiator is behind him as he is telling him about his "lawyer". The negotiator's badge chain tangles and untangles between shots.
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The body of the deceased man disappears in the shot where the police cars come around the corner and park, but reappears in subsequent shots.
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As Stu falls to the ground the initial shot shows the phone receiver swinging on the end of the cord. The reverse angle shot immediately after shows Stu still falling, but the receiver and cord are now hanging dead still.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Leon is trying to get Stu out from the phone booth near the start of the movie, the camera pans around from a low angle, the camera operator is reflected in the glass of the booth.
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Errors in geography 

Although the film is set in New York, it was filmed in LA. When we see news reporters arriving, there is a shot of a female reporter in the bottom left of the screen. An LA public transport bus can be seen passing by in the background.
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Factual errors 

The caller's intent to frame Stu for the murder of the pimp is flawed in several ways. Firstly, Stu would have had no gunshot residue on his hand. Second, hollow-point bullets do not fragment on impact, but flatten out to achieve a larger wound, so there would've been a bullet left behind. Third, when investigating deaths by gunshots, the investigator fires comparison bullets to help match the bullet found in the victim or the wound caused by the bullet. Fourth, the entrance wound would show that the pimp was shot from behind, but when he was struggling with Stu they were face to face, meaning Stu couldn't have possibly shot him in the back from that position.
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Captain Ramey has a New York City Police Department Detective's badge (wrong rank).
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The caller tells Stu that channels 2 and 5 were coming to see him; this would be correct since channel 2 is the CBS affiliate for New York city, and channel 5 is the FOX affiliate But the news vans that show up indicate that channels 5 and 8 are covering the story. The nearest broadcast channel 8 is in Connecticut. The only channel 8 in the New York City area is used by a cable station for a premium channel or local programming.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the caller/sniper gets a bit twitchy, threatening to shoot Stu's wife and the police officers, we hear him cocking the rifle five separate times. At no point do we hear him un-cocking the rifle between those moments, but he would have to physically cock and load the rifle every time he needs to fire a round. But since there are two rifles in play (one left with the dead pizza guy, and one the Caller carries in the final scene), the Caller could easily have had an empty rifle that he cocked, seeing how he uses the sound to intimidate Stu.

Plot holes 

At the end of the movie as Stu (Colin Farrell) lies in the ambulance after being shot, he is given medication for the pain which makes him very disoriented just in time for The Caller (Kiefer Sutherland) to show up and taunt him. The person who administered the medication just hops out of the ambulance. Any time an injured person would be given such a strong medicine, they would be monitored to ensure that they have no negative reaction.
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Revealing mistakes 

No red dot laser designed for targeting would be visible in daylight at the distance shown, especially on a dark surface such as the black suit jacket worn by Stu. The red dot seen in the film is a crude optical effect.
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When the camera pans on Stu coming around a corner to the phone booth, extras (especially one with a box) can be seen standing very still and not moving. Only when Stu comes around the corner do they start moving.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

In the moment where Stu is shot with a rubber bullet, you hear a shot ring out, and you see Stu shake, then fall to the ground. Shortly after, when he is speaking with Captain Ed Ramey, you see the location on his chest where the bullet supposedly hits him, around the center of his chest, near the 3rd button from the top on his shirt. Despite this, at the exact moment when he is shot, you cannot observe any indication that anything has hit him in that area. There is no sign in the visible target area that anything has hit him at all. His shirt shows no sudden movement which would indicate the hit of the bullet. If a rubber bullet did truly hit him in that area, his shirt should at least crease at the area of contact, or possibly even rip.
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At the end of the film when Stu is shown the body of the dead pizza guy, the 'dead body' can be seen breathing (throat is moving up and down).
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