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Continuity 

When Sands first meets the bubblegum-selling boy, the shots of the boy have been flipped - the writing on the pack is backwards.
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When Agent Sands is being tailed by the cartel hit-man, you can see the small pistol in his hand before he pulls it out of his trousers.
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The chain tying El and Carolina together is removed with an electric wire feed welder (used for welding) and not a blowtorch (used for cutting), removing the links closest to the cuffs. When it falls to the ground, it is whole again.
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During the opening gunfight, when El Mariachi spins his gun and points it at Marquez it is an automatic. In the next shot, it is a revolver.
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Before the guitar maker presents his work to El Mariachi, he is shown playing it left-handed. In the next shot, he is strumming right-handed. Then, as he hands it over to El, it is positioned as if he had just been playing left-handed again.
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In the opening scene, after Belini leaves the bar, Sands is seen taking off his fake arm with the yellowish piece of paper on the table in front of him containing the information given to him by Belini. The shot then shows Sands putting his fake arm in the bag, and when the next shot cuts back, the paper is missing from the table.
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When Sands takes off his jacket after being shot in the arm, there is no bullet wound. Later, a bullet wound appears on his arm.
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When Jorge uses white out to cover the INVALID stamp on his FBI badge, it is a sloppy job that will pass only the most casual inspection. Later, when he flashes the badge to Billy it looks perfect with no indication of alteration. However if you look carefully you can see the white "INVALID" writing on the badge. When Ajedrez subsequently has the badge, the white out is once again very visible.
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In the Bar Shootout at the start, El has a 1911 (a semi-automatic pistol) but when he points it at the generals head, it's changed to a Colt Python (a revolver).
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When Lorenzo is practicing shooting, he takes his brother's bottle of alcohol and places it on the wall to shoot. The drunk picks the bottle up, and while he holds it, Lorenzo shoots it. They cut away to show Lorenzo, and when they cut back to the brother holding the bottle, the bottle has broken differently, and had a label.
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After Sands shoots at the cartel hit-man with his small pistol (and misses), the gun is clearly empty when he says 'Was that my right or your right?' he then shoots again without reloading.
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El, Lorenzo, and Frideo are standing outside the church before going to preform for the president, El has a white ribbon tied in his hair, but when he walks into the church it's gone. A few moments later when the are on the roof his hair is up, then cut to Lorenzo and then back to El and his hair is down.
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When Fideo arms the mobile bomb in the guitar case, he closes the lid. The next shot shows the lid still open as he stands up and sends the bomb on its way. The next shot shows the bomb with the lid closed as it moves towards its target.
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Bullet holes are missing from the roof of the bus when El Mariachi and Carolina run across it, just before it collides with the tanker truck.
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As El Mariachi plays the opening theme, his guitar suddenly acquires a braided strap.
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When El and Carolina are about to jump from the window, Carolina's leg is dangling over the edge of the windowsill. In the next shot, just as she's about to jump, her foot is up on the sill.
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When Sands shoots Ajerdez he is wearing his fake arm which he had no means to carry in to the scene and he couldn't have hidden it on his person.
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Crew or equipment visible 

At the bullfight, a cameraman is reflected in Sands' sunglasses.
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Factual errors 

The Gun that Ajedrez uses is a revolver with a silencer, but revolvers can not be silenced.
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The president wears the sash over his suit. The only time the president of Mexico wears the sash over his suit is when he is sworn into office.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Sands gets shot in the arm toward the end, the squib is clearly visible.
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As El Mariachi shoots at the thugs in the church, as he backs down the center aisle, squibs continue to go off behind the thugs even after El stops firing.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Just after Sands eyes have been removed and he emerges from the building, his hair flips between being behind his ears and then loose several times.
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Continuity 

When Agent Sands is checking Belini's body for the information he needs, Sands cigarette changes length from shot to shot.
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Continuity 

When El shoots out the general's legs, you can clearly hear two shots, meaning his gun should be empty as it is a double barrel. However, he then walks up to the general and shoots him in the head without reloading.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Agent Sands is checking Belini's body for the information he needs, Belini's "corpse" is breathing.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the final shootout scene, at the presidential palace, after the general is shot, in both knees and then in the head, he moves his left foot to allow the drug lord to pass by.
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