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(2002)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Set in the 1980s, a prequel to The Silence of the Lambs, the VHS of Mrs. Doubtfire couldn't possibly exist to be a part of the Leeds family VHS collection.
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The Georgia state flag that appears in the movie was the current state flag of Georgia in 2002, but Georgia had a different flag in the 1980s - when the movie takes place.
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When Lecter is speaking to the secretary to try to get Will's address he says that he needs to catch "FedEx". The company didn't start using this as their name until 2000. The company would have been referred to as "Federal Express" in the '80s.
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The tan leather shoulder holster worn by Will Graham in the opening of the film is a Galco Miami Classic model that was not yet available in 1980 when the scene was supposed to take place.
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After Graham finds out the video tapes are what links the victims the aircraft flying at dusk is the outline of a Falcon 2000. The film takes place sometime in the early '80s and the Falcon 2000 was not delivered until March of 1995.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Lecter acquires Graham's address, the pulses heard in the handset do not match the ones he is tapping out. When you make a call this way the number of pulses you hear are matching with the tapped ones.
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When Molly learns to shoot at the farm, every shot she takes echoes, but Molly and Will are in an open plain. The only way for the shot to echo is if they were in an enclosed space.
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Character error 

When the lady at Hannibal's dinner party says, "Hannibal, confess. What is this divine-looking amuse-bouche?" she has a full plate of food in front of her. An amuse-bouche is a bite-sized morsel, or hors d'oeuvre, not enough to fill a plate.
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Actor Ralph Fiennes speaks with an impaired speech, mentioned as due to his character's Cleft Palette repair, but when we hear "flashbacks" to his childhood through voice over, the child voice actor portraying his character's younger self speaks without impediment.
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Continuity 

When Dolarhyde is at The Brooklyn Museum, the woman who shows him the painting has eyeglasses hanging on a chain around her neck. After she says, "It's remarkable, isn't it? Two hundred years old... looks so fresh... so vivid", as Dolarhyde leans in for a closer look, she is now wearing the eyeglasses on her face.
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When Dolarhyde cuts the bindings on the tabloid, he uses a bolster-lock stiletto with a bayonet style blade. In the next shot of the knife in his hand, when he is confronted by the newspaper seller, it's a swinguard lockback (no "picklock" or liner lock mechanism is visible at the bolster, making it a lockback) stiletto with a "standard" style blade.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Francis is doing bench presses, a camera operator wearing a black t-shirt is reflected in the one of the mirrors.
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At 82:30 on the DVD, when Lecter is saying, "Clever work on his note, by the way," the camera is reflected in the glass under Lecter's chin.
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Factual errors 

When Will is teaching Molly to shoot at the farm, there is no visible recoil when she discharges the revolver. This would be practically impossible with a 357 or 44 in the hands of a novice. There is no flash either, just wisps of smoke. In fact, the gun shakes more while she's cycling the cylinder then when she discharges it. There are also no bullets in any of the chamber. Finally, neither are wearing safety goggles, which as a FBI field agents should be second nature when firing in a range-type setting.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Dolarhyde has speaks closely to the captive Lounds, the scar on his upper lip is falling off.
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There is a cord visible when the burning wheelchair is rolling down the street, and is also indicated by a trail of fire left behind it when it has fallen over.
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At the end of the title sequence, following the prologue, the unseen killer rapidly flicks through the pages of his journal. Going through this sequence frame-by-frame reveals two identical pages - highly implausible in a scrapbook-style journal (The repeated page consists of one boxed article at the top, a picture at the bottom-left, and part of another article at the bottom right, the text selectively obliterated with a black marker pen).
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The first time we see the "Tooth Fairy"'s tattoos, the rear view clearly shows him to be naked. When he turns around, however, although he is figleafed by a towel, his jockey shorts are visible.
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When we are first allowed to see Dolarhyde's scrapbook, various newspaper clippings are surrounded by Dolarhyde's marginalia. On one page of a printed article, the reporter sought to describe Lector's cannibalism, especially in reference to serving human remains to guests; in that article, the text reads that he cut "mussel" from the bone, a spelling error no respectable newspaper would allow.

Later, when we see the "Red Dragon" illustration within a book, the blurb on the opposite page tells what museum is archiving it, but refers to the series as illustrations of "Revelations" (the book in the Bible has a singular title), an error a prestigious museum would not let pass.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Dolarhyde attempts to break through the bedroom door but stops just after damaging the door jamb. Later, after the shooting, Molly has to break the slats to get to her family, but the door jamb is intact.
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Continuity 

On the beginning of the movie, immediately after Lecter stabbing Graham, the detective falls down, along with a basket full of arrows. Then he stabs Lecter with the arrows. When Lecter gets up, the camera shows Graham on the floor, but with no arrows or basket along his right side. On the next camera shot, the arrows are back in place.
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Continuity 

In the shoot out at the end of the movie, Will removes a revolver from the lock box in the closet and shoots at Francis. When Molly gets the gun after Will has been shot, it is a semi-automatic.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Lounds is rolling down the street in the wheelchair, ablaze, his arms are no longer glued to it. And because of the moving arms, you can see that it is a stuntman covered with a black material.
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