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The Last Castle (2001) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Whenever Col. Winters talks on his radio, you can hear a hiss of static after he releases the button (breaking the squelch.) You only hear this when you are receiving a message on any radio, never when you are transmitting.
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Character error 

General Irwin and Yates were portraying military academy graduates. Graduates of a military academy generally wear their academy rings on the left hand.
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Continuity 

As General Wheeler and Colonel Winters are talking outside, clouds disappear and reappear in the sky above the prison.
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A few minutes after the office of Col. Winters is set afire and then extinguished by the sprinkler system, Winters examines the damage and there is no smoke or steam rising from the debris.
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After Yates flies the helicopter into the gun tower, the helicopter begins to flip and you see that the door is no longer on Yates's side, but when it comes to a halt, not only is the door there but it's closed.
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Errors in geography 

The letter the General receives from his daughter has a return address of Ardmore, Oregon (a non-existent town) with the ZIP Code 95386. That ZIP code, however, is in Waterford, California.
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Factual errors 

It was an error to have Irwin be a 3-star general. 3-star and 4-star generals hold their ranks temporarily, as long as they occupy a 3-star or 4-star position. When they are transferred from one 3- or 4-star position to another, the President must re-nominate them for Senate confirmation. If an officer is relieved (fired) from one of those positions, he reverts to 2-star by operation of law unless awaiting retirement (and then only for 60 days). Irwin was court-martialed, so the Army certainly wouldn't keep him in a 3-star slot. They'd relieve him and he'd go to court-martial as a 2-star. See 10 USC 601.
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Revealing mistakes 

There is a common misconception that the law requires actors portraying military personnel to wear the uniform improperly (so as to not be "impersonating" military personnel). This is simply not so. 10 U.S.C. 772(f) does authorize the wear of an armed forces uniform by an actor in a theatrical or motion picture production "if that portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force." SCHACHT v. UNITED STATES was a Supreme Court case in 1970 which found the preceding quote unconstitutional. As such, actors may wear the uniform in a theatrical or motion picture production without fear that it must reflect well on the military. Short version: Any movies which depict improperly worn uniforms can't use this excuse. They just screwed up.
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During the first firing of the trebuchet, the filmmakers reversed the image. It shows Tower #4 and the smokestack behind the trebuchet and it firing the stone to the left. If this was true, they would be shooting the rock away from the admin building.
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During the prison uprising when the Colonel is staring out his window, the reflection shows all the inmates standing to attention as opposed to fighting the guards.
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When the Colonel is looking out his window to see a helicopter fly by, the American Flag is not moving, even though there is a helicopter flying right next to it.
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Shortly after Winter examines the rock thrown at him, a guard yells, "Fall back! Fall back!" That guard's nightstick is fake and rubbery.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Irwin is delivering Aguilar's eulogy, all the men are standing at attention. There is a close-up of Winter through his office window, and you can clearly see the reflection of the men dispersing. In the next shot, they're all still at attention.
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Continuity 

When Aguilar gets shot with the rubber bullet, we clearly see the impact toward the rear of his head (shown by a spray of perspiration). As he drops, we see no impact wound on his left temple. In the next shot of him laying on the ground, there is an obvious impact wound to his left temple area.
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Continuity 

Towards the end, after Irwin has been shot, behind Yates' shoulder you can see men saluting the flag. However, it is only in the subsequent shots after first one then another of the main characters realise that the flag is up and start to salute that the other ranks follow suit and salute.
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