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Continuity 

Photo of Walter that Will picks up from Walters house remains dry despite the fact that Will fell into the water when chasing across the logs. There are no signs of the fact that it got wet when it is next shown.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Ellie is giving her report to Dormer, after the shot changes to show Dormer, Ellie's face can be see on the left but her lips aren't moving when she is saying the word "paperwork".
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Character error 

Dormer could have solved his sleeplessness in many ways: Requesting another room (with blackout shades), put foil over the window, move his head to the foot end of the bed, find a place at the police station to sleep, and take off street clothes before lying down to sleep.
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Continuity 

After Will and Walter's conversation on the ferry, the officer who got shot in the leg earlier by Walter is shown walking normally at the police station. Later he's shown limping and using crutches.
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While they are meeting on the ferry, Dormer's position in relation to Finch changes repeatedly from shot to shot. Dormer quickly alternates between facing Finch and facing away from him.
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The dead dog in the alley has been dead for quite some time. When Dormer uses the gun, then digs out the spent bullet the dog's blood and flesh seem very bright and fresh. The blood would have coagulated and the buzzing flies indicate that the flesh had begun to deteriorate, thus giving off an odor.
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When Ellie Burr asks Dormer to sign the report and Dormer tells her to be sure of all of her facts, he walks out of shot having taken his glasses off. In the next brief shot of him passing by so we can see Ellie's reaction, his glasses are back on his face.
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After Will unspools the tape Walter gave him, he grabs Walter by the lapels and slams him against the wall. The position of Will's hands changes repeatedly between shots.
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When Dormer first enters Finch's apartment, he picks the lock using a credit card. After the door is open, we see him getting his hand back to his pocket and in the next shot he has some snacks in his hand to bribe the dogs to let him in. Since his hand motion is very quick and brief, it either serves to get the snacks from the pocket, in which case the credit card simply disappears, or to get the card back to the pocket, in which case the snacks materialize out of nowhere.
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The bio on the back cover of the novel by Walter Finch states that he has two golden retrievers. The dogs are golden Labrador retrievers.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the foggy chase, an orange extension cord is visible on the ground at Dormer's feet as he is running.
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Factual errors 

Dormer, a seasoned police detective who demonstrates in the story that he understands the properties of blood, including DNA and proteins, chooses to use hot water to clean the blood off his clothes (you can see the hot water tap is wide open and the cold tap is closed in the sink in his hotel room). Hot water binds blood to clothes and makes a permanent stain. Cold water removes blood.
The information regarding Glock pistols is incorrect. The slide, while it is steel, does not have a blued finish. The finish is called Tenifer, and is proprietary to Glock. The Tenifer makes the slide essentially rust proof. The only parts that may have a tendency to rust are the sights which have a different finish. Gun enthusiasts often refer to the Glock as "dishwasher safe".
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In the initial shots of the Beech 18 seaplane, when supposedly cruising to destination, the aircraft is clearly flying too low and has one notch of flaps down. This is not a normal cruise flight configuration.
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The actual town of Nightmute, Alaska is several hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle. Therefore it would be impossible to have 24hr daylight.
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In the phone book that Dormer browses in search of Finch's address, the name of the town is spelled 'Umkumuit' instead of correct 'Umkumiut'.
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When the police officers are waiting for the murderer to return to the cabin for the girl's backpack (Scene 8 on the DVD), they are talking about firearms. One of the Alaska cops says "Yeah that's nice, mine's all plastic save the barrel and firing pin - never rusts. What do you carry down in LA?" In the real world, the only part on his Glock that is plastic is the frame. The barrel, firing pin, trigger components, and SLIDE are all metal. Seeing how the Glock's frame (that's the big part on top) is 100% blued metal, it rusts just as easily as anything else.
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Revealing mistakes 

The closeup of the so-called blood stains clearly reveals by its transparency that it is red sugar water, and not real blood, which is a different color and is not translucent like fake blood.
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The comment about Walter's trigger finger position is partially correct. A double barrel shotgun usually has two triggers, one behind the other and one for each barrel. It's reasonable that an open trigger would be visible while firing with the second trigger.
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Obvious stunt double with a wig as Dormer is chasing Finch immediately prior to the log-chase sequence.
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On the ferry, the Pacino character and the Williams character have a long discussion. Outside the window of the ferry the foreshore scenery does not move, yet they are supposed to be sailing somewhere.
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When detective Will Dorner falls into the water then reaches the ladder to get out, then looks at the suspect then turns and walks up the walkway you can clearly see the life jacket under his suit.
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Obvious stunt double (in close-up) when Will falls in the water.
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Towards the end of the film, when Walter is shooting at Ellie and Will, his finger is actually behind the trigger when he fires the gun (the fourth time he fires).
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Continuity 

When the character is dying on the beach, the blood smear on his cheek changes noticeably between shots.
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At the end of the movie Ellie lays down the gun on the pier, in the next shot from the same angle, the gun is gone.
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When Walter falls into the water though the bottom of the boat house at the end of the movie he falls about 1 foot before he hits the water. In the next scene when Detective Ellie is leaving the boat house the water is 5 or 6 feet below the bottom of the boat house.
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