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(at around 10 mins) When Alex pushes Tod shortly before boarding the plane, Tod says "Ow that hurt". But when he says "That hurt" his mouth is not moving.
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Character error 

(at around 27 mins) During the memorial service at the high school, the speaker says that 39 students and teachers were lost. But there were 40 in the class, with four teachers, and seven people got off the plane so it would be 37 people who were lost on the plane.
(at around 1h 25 mins) When Clear was in the car that was being attacked by the electrical wires, Alex said that the car was "grounded by the tires". This is incorrect as the rubber tires are actually an insulator, hence they do not complete the circuit (ie. ground the car). Also, the car should, in theory, act as a partial Faraday cage, which means that all of the charge would be on the outside surface of the object (in this case the car), and that the person inside would be safe.
(at around 1h 26 mins) Towards the end of the film, when Alex arrives at Clear's house as the electricity cable is sparking, the FBI cars pull up and Agent Weiner calls out to Alex by the actor's real name, Devon.
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(at around 47 mins) When Alex and Clear are discussing death's design at the coffee house, Alex refers to Valerie Lewton as "Mrs Lewton". She's called "Miss Lewton" elsewhere in the film and there's no sign, nor mention of a husband.
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(at around 6 mins) At the airport, the French teacher addresses the students with "écoutez, les enfants!", which means "listen up, children". No French speaking person would ever address 16-18 years old with "enfants", "enfant" meaning a (little) child up to perhaps ten or maybe twelve years at the most.

Continuity 

(at around 56 mins) When the song "Rocky Mountain High" is playing in Ms. Lewton's house, the audible parts of the song are not played in order.
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(at around 11 mins) When Alex got on the plane, it was shown clearly that he had fastened his seat belt in his seat. However, when he woke up from his premonition, he could immediately get up and rush off to sit with Tod without having to unfasten the seat belt first, when Christa and Blake asked to change seats with him.
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(at around 27 mins) At the memorial service, a lady in a purple outfit holding the flowers walks down the aisle twice behind Alex.
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At the memorial service, the speaker says that four teachers were aboard the plane, but earlier on Ms. Newton explains to the police officer that she has to be let back on the plane because the students will be alone. If there really were four teachers, two teachers still would have been on the plane.
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(at around 59 mins) When the vodka is dripping through the coffee cup as Valerie Lewton walks to the computer it just drips onto the floor and leaves a trail of small drops. Later on when the computer ignites the small drops of vodka they have turned into a much wider trail. Also the coffee cup could not hold that much vodka.
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(at around 39 mins) Clear's hair in the garage when she takes off her welding helmet is curled, then straight, then curled again.
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(at around 58 mins) In the shot where Lewton pours hot water from her whistling teakettle, no steam is visible. Also, seconds later, as she is talking to herself, the kettle is visibly steaming.
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(at around 11 mins) Alex's boarding pass (shown in the opening credits) has him assigned to seat 25-J. In fact, he sits in seat 25-I (though most airlines don't use "I").
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(at around 27 mins) At the funeral, the two girls sitting next to Alex (across the aisle) disappear and the row of people shift over to accommodate their absence.
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(at around 48 mins) Carter's car, when first we see it, is a Chevy Nova SS. You can recognize that model by the letters "SS" on the front grille. (at around 1h 2 mins) In the night shot later when Clear and Billy and Carter meet at the memorial, the "SS" is missing. Subsequent shots are of a car that matches the first car.
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(at around 1h 15 mins) When Alex is in the safe house and begins opening the can of food, he starts opening the can with the spoon in his right hand. When the angle changes it's in his left hand, then again it's in his right hand when he goes to eat it.
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(at around 35 mins) When Alex throws the magazine at the owl in the window and is shredded by the fan, a piece lands on his leg. However, when the camera angle switches away and them back to his leg, the piece has changed position. It has rotated.
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(at around 19 mins) After Alex has his premonition on the plane, his hair flattens from the sweat and remains flat into the next scene. After the explosion has happened for real - when everyone's parents come to collect them - Alex's hair is gelled up again.
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(at around 58 mins) Teacher closes lid on whistling kettle after pouring water; in next scene, it is open again.
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(at around 19 mins) When Carter and Alex are in a fight and the windows break after the plane explodes, a woman in a black suit who walks in front of Billy falls twice between shots.
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(at around 1h 15 mins) When Alex opens the tin near the end, he opens the paper with his right hand, but in the next shot he puts the paper on the table with his left hand, with no time in between to transfer hands.
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(at around 50 mins) When Alex is watching the news, it shows the path of the explosion of the plane. He says "That's Tod's seat" but it was actually where he had been sitting. He then puts a piece of paper up to the TV to trace it and the path has changed to begin at Tod's seat.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 56 mins) When the teacher is lighting the gas under the kettle, reflections of three lights can be seen in the kettle. No kind of practical lighting is present in the next shot which could have created these reflections.
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Errors in geography 

(at around 1h 12 mins) Although this film is set in New York, the train that smashes Carter's car is a "BC Rail" train, which only runs in Canada.
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A Panago Pizza restaurant can be seen down the street from the café where Alex and Clear are. There are no Panago Pizza locations in the States.
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(at around 1h 10 mins) As Carter's car arrives at the crossing, a blank white crossbuck sign with a red border is seen. This is how the signs look in Canada (where the film was shot), but in the U.S. the signs say "Railroad Crossing".
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Factual errors 

(at around 19 mins) The plane exploding is too far away from the terminal windows to shatter them. Also, the time it takes for the windows to shatter after the explosion is inconsistent with the speed of sound given the distance.
(at around 1h 13 mins) When the train crashes into the Chevy Nova, the train keeps going. Accident protocol would be to stop the train.
(at around 15 mins) Alex dreamt that there was a decompression and part of the plane's fuselage broke off. This would neither be related to the scavenger fuel pump explosion nor would it cause such an explosion.
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(at around 1h 20 mins) Downed power lines do not flail about wildly setting fire and explosions to all they touch. They lie perfectly still on the ground, occasionally setting small fires to grass, trees, etc, unless they land directly on a building or vehicle.
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(at around 1h 24 mins) When Clear is in the car, she moves the lever all the way to the bottom which for an automatic would be 1st gear, yet when she hits the gas the car goes backward.
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(at around 54 mins) On "John Denver's Greatest Hits" album, the LP, "Rocky Mountain High" is the final track on the second side. The album that Miss Lewton plays is the first track on the side of the record she puts on.
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Miscellaneous 

In the alternate ending on the DVD, Clear has a photo of her and Alex where one of them is holding a white rose. This is the photo taken from the beginning of the movie, but the position of the photo is not the same angle that the photo was taken from.
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(at around 1h 18 mins) When Clear is looking at the picture of her and her father at the lake, the year says 1986. Beings the movie took place in 2001, and Clear is 17, she would have had to be 2 or 3 in that picture, but she is clearly around 8 in the picture.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 46 mins) Alex sees a reflection of a bus traveling in an impossible direction, but this is only a vision, not an actual reflection.
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A flight leaving JFK International Airport for Paris could travel back over New York City, depending on wind conditions at takeoff.
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Plot holes 

(at around 25 mins) The newscaster said after the crash that the group consisted of 40 students and 4 teachers. This means that during the scene where they all got kicked off the plane, there was no reason for the conversation between the two teachers and the airline worker about how one of them had to get back on the plane to watch the students. There were already two other teachers on board, so the French teacher who went back on the plane in actuality would not have had to die.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 43 mins) You can clearly see the eyes moving on the "dead" body lying on the table in the morgue.
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(at around 19 mins) When the 747 explodes, the shadow of the plane can be seen still flying as the fire ball is falling.
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(at around 48 mins) When Carter knocks Billy off his bike, you briefly see Billy in the distance riding his bike towards the camera; however if you look closely it is clearly not the actor (and presumably a stunt double).
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When Alex is in the restroom before getting on the plane you can clearly see his underwear while he is sitting on the toilet.
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(at around 15 mins) When the 747 is supposedly in a nosedive, items can be seen falling down, toward the front of the cabin, as if the aircraft was still. The G-forces caused by a high speed dive would pull items up, toward the back of the cabin.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Valerie Lewton's death scene could not have taken the time for Alex to be driven to the police station, have an interview, and walk back to her house.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) After Billy is decapitated, Carter wets himself. The urine stain on his trousers changes when Clear and Alex walk away.
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(at around 1h 1 min) In Ms. Lewton's "death scene" she has one knife stuck in her chest and another that falls and rests near her waist. When Alex is taking the falling chair off of her they show three rapid shots. First the knife is there, then it's gone, then it's back again.
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(at around 1h 25 mins) When Clear is in the car at the end, she knocks over a can of turpentine. When the camera turns back to the can, you can see that the can has changed the way it fell.
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(at around 49 mins) Before Terri is hit by the bus, puddles and wet patches can be seen on the road and path. But when the bus hits Terri they are suddenly gone.
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Plot holes 

(at around 1h 14 mins) After Billy's death, Alex believes he's next because he's next in the path of the explosion because his seat was in front of Clear's. But then he realizes she's next after remembering that he swapped seats and he was originally sat behind Clear.

It's established they died in the order they would have died on the plane, but he would have swapped seats regardless of the premonition so he would have been correct originally that he was next.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 49 mins) When Terri gets hit by the bus, there is a large crane parked in the road where the bus would've been coming from, making it impossible to have the speed at which it hit her.
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(at around 34 mins) When the toilet is leaking in the bathroom when Tod gets strangled, the water is leaking from the water line valve not the tank. However, the water running down the tile is blue as if it came from a tank that had toilet cleanser in it. In the directors commentary, they explain that the water they used was deliberately blue so that the audience could see it better. if the water had been ordinary clear water it would be nearly invisible to the audience. However during this scene, if you look carefully you can see the floor has been built sloping down slightly obviously for getting the water to run across the floor.
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