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(2000)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the girl is kidnapped in the parking garage and after she and Stargher have hit the ground, the dog is heard barking at the struggle. However, we can clearly see the dog in the shot and he is simply lying there calmly, not barking.

Character error 

Though "Whalen's Infraction," a brain disorder which is said to have accelerated Stargher's schizophrenia was made up for the movie, an infraction actually refers to an incomplete bone fraction and affects bony tissues, not the brain. Cerebral infarction ("infarct" instead of "infract"), or tissue death due to lack of blood flow, does occur in the brain, but this is said to cause schizophrenia-like symptoms and would not cause or affect schizophrenia itself.

Continuity 

After Peter revives from entering into the subconscious, he takes the cloth off his face and places it at his left side. In the next shot, the cloth is moved to right under his chin.
Just before water pours on Julie, the monitors around the room show her eating (at least, holding food). But when the camera cuts straight to her, she isn't holding anything (error caused by deleted material).
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When Catherine is at home, the TV in the background is playing Fantastic Planet. Scenes from the movie are shown out of order and the soundtrack does not match what is being shown.
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Carl's first victim is sitting up with her breasts partially covered by bloody water; in subsequent shots, the water is higher on her body.
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The amount of intestine on the spit when Novack is being tortured.
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Toward the end of the movie, the two FBI agents are seen going into and flying in the helicopter, but in the next scene, they are seen in the laboratory to witness the final experiment.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the second filling of the cell the cameraman, and possibly the director (another person is seen next to the cameraman), can be seen in a reflection on the inside of the cell. When the camera pans to the left as Julia pounds on the glass walls and curses out her captor, you can see two figures (one with a camera) reflected in the glass.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The plane they take to the city where the killer lives is a jet (with jet engines). A plane with propellers is visible when they get off, but this is a different plane.
The gemstone on Julia Hickson's engagement ring is tucked under her hand when she is looking for loose fits, thus making it appear to be a wedding band (though she isn't married yet). The stone is visible when she yanks on the pipe.
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Any goofs occurring in the "subconscious" world which the characters enter, do not have to be consistent or conform to realistic physics, as the subconscious is arbitrary, and can create whatever rules it wants.
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When Julia gets into her car in the parking garage, she backs up and is tricked by Valentine's ploy to lure her out of the car. She has to back up, because there is a barrier in front of her car.
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The cell contains a toilet that would ordinarily act as a drain, but presumably Carl has arranged for it to close when the cell is filling with water.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

Carl Stargher's pulse in his neck is visible when Catherine looks at him while he is supposed to be dead.
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