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(2003)

Goofs

Errors in geography 

When James is waiting for Layla to come out of CIA with the stolen software, he parks his truck on a lower level just next to the entrance. a) There is no such lower level near the CIA Langley entrance (even at a far away distance). b) If you park or mistakenly drive into the area near the entrance, in no time you would see gun trotting cops knocking on your windshield.
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Character error 

Burke tells Clayton that Layla Moore is from Worcester, MA. Burke pronounces it "Woo-ster", instead of "Wuss-ter" or, as the locals pronounce it, "Wis-tah".
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When the recruits are playing poker, Clayton sees Zack's raise. Ronnie then folds. At that point, the betting should have stopped, but Zack then bets again and Clayton sees and raises his bet, which causes Zack to fold.
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When Burke is telling Clayton about his start in the CIA, he says he is "fresh out of Ocala, Florida", but he mispronounces his hometown "Ocala" as "OH-kuh-luh" when it's actually pronounced "Oh-Cal-Uh".
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After the recruits arrive at the farm and are assembled together for the first time, the Walter Burke character is introduced to the group as senior instructor, Walter Birch.
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Continuity 

During the scene where Clayton is kidnapped and put in the "Breaking test" cell, he's seen with his hands at his side and un-cuffed. He even manages to throw his food at the door and punch it before sitting down still cuff-less, however, when the "guards" return to the room, he's lying on the floor with his hands re-cuffed behind his back.
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During the lie detector test course, Layla can be seen looking in several directions (with her eyes only). However, on the monitor her eye keeps looking straight forward.
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During the training, when Layla is assembling her Steyr Aug assault rifle, the ammo magazine disappears and appears again while she talks to Clayton.
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While training at The Farm, the recruits shoot at paper targets. When they are told to "stand and holster" and the targets reeled in, it can be seen that none of the paper targets have any holes in them.
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The magazine of the Glock gun with which Clayton threatens Burke has an extension floor plate (which is angled and protrudes down from his hand). When Burke knocks the gun out of Clayton's hands and it lands in the rear of the car, the magazine has a standard (level) floor plate.
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At the end of the torture test, Layla's jeans disappear and reappear in Clayton's hands between shots.
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When Burke is screaming at his colleagues, the laser sights are already on his chest before the order is given to target him and not Clayton.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Clayton is working the punch bag, just after Burke tells him that the bag knows more about him than he does, you can hear the director shout "cut" as Burke walks off.
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When Clayton exits the boxing hall and heads to the telephone, the camera is reflected in the glass door on the right-hand side.
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When Clayton enters Langley with his car you can see the camera reflected in the car roof in the overhead shot.
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Factual errors 

Clayton, following a suspect, jumps out of a train which is standing in the station onto the rails on the other side of the platform. A public train will only have its platform doors open, never the doors that give access to the other railway.
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The stars in the CIA Book of Honour at the Memorial Wall, are not black, they are gold.
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In the movie, John Medica was identified as the VP of Dell Engineering. This was correct when the movie was produced (he has since retired from Dell). But Al Pacino pronounces his name as "Me-de-ka". John pronounces his surname as "Med-uh-ka".
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Miscellaneous 

Walter Burke tells James Clayton to meet him "at the Navy Yards". The place is actually called the "Navy Yard".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When James is entering Layla's secure work area, it sounds as if he enters 5 keys (each strike emits a beep), but only 4 coded (asterisks) marks appear. Many keypads require that either the pound or enter key be pressed after the code is entered. This also makes a beep, but does not cause an asterisk on the screen.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the intro sequence one of the shots of the James Clayton web site reveals the address bar, exposing that it is in fact just a mock-up designed for the film and is not a web site on the Internet.
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During the title sequence of the movie a website is shown where Clayton posts information about his missing father. If you look at the address bar of Opera's browser, it says "file:///vault1/projects/recruit/design/images/sourceimages/fakesite/htmled_site/page_02.html" - clearly a local reference to the "fake" website.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Burke tries to convince Clayton he has blanks in the pistol. Clayton checked the magazine when he first received the weapon. He would have seen right away if there were blanks, as they look quite different from real rounds. He had also fired such weapons in the firing range, and this weapon at Zack. Blanks have no recoil so he would have immediately noticed the difference. Burke would know this, and would not have tried such a useless ploy, no matter how desperate.
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Continuity 

When Burke emerges from the warehouse in the final scene the slide on his weapon is locked to the rear, signifying an empty magazine, unloaded condition. The weapon then appears with the slide forward, signifying a loaded condition. As Burke turns away, we hear him release the slide catch even though the slide was already released and forward.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie, the two scratches (one above the brow, one on the upper cheek) on James' face become longer and shorter, and with more and less blood, between shots.
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Continuity 

At the end of the film, after Pacino's character dies, none of the agents go into the building to retrieve the laptop containing the vital and classified Ice-9 program. Colin Farrel's character and the other CIA boss simply drive away without the laptop.
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Factual errors 

If there are no printers or disk drives allowed on the classified network, USB drives would also not be available. The whole purpose is to limit or eliminate the ability to exfiltrate material from the network.
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Factual errors 

Even if there had only been blanks in James's gun, shooting Burke in the chest with them at such close range would have badly hurt him, if not killed him.
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