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(2003)

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When Ed is driving just before hitting Alice, the camera is looking over his shoulder. You can clearly see that the digital speedometer reads 0.
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Jump to: Character error (3) | Continuity (7) | Factual errors (1) | Miscellaneous (1) | Revealing mistakes (2) | Spoilers (8)

Character error 

The prisoner is described as carrying an "Axis IV Dissociative Disorder." In psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric disorders fall under Axis I, personality disorders and mental retardation fall under Axis II, medical disorders fall under Axis III, a general summary of psychosocial stressors (eg. health problems, money problems, or family problems, and rated as None, Mild, Moderate, or Severe) fall under Axis IV, and the patient's Global Assessment of Function score (GAF: 0 to 100) falls under Axis V. Dissociative Disorder is an Axis I diagnosis.
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Characters discussing a novel by Dame Agatha Christie combine details of two different novels.
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Malcolm uses "¿Cuál es la punta de vivir?" as the Spanish translation of "What is the point of living?" However, "punta" only means "point" in Spanish in the sense of physical "peak" or "protuberance". The correct Spanish translation of "point" in the meaning of "sense" or "meaning" would be "sentido" -- "¿Cuál es el sentido de vivir?"
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Continuity 

When Ms. Suzanne is first given a room, the manager says "Number 8 is cozy." and hands her the keys. When she comes out of the room to check for service on her phone, the number on the door is 9.
When Alice is first hit by the car, the car pulls her down, and you can see her start to go under the car. When Alice is hit from Ed's P.O.V., Alice hits the hood of the car, rolls over the top, then slides off the trunk onto the road.
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When Paris is bending down picking up her items from the vending machine, her black underwear is clearly seen sticking above the back of her jeans. A few scenes later when she is closing the front door in the motel reception, her underwear is again visible and it has changed to white.
In the beginning sequence, Malcolm repeats a question in Spanish, "¿Cuál es la punta de vivir?" (What is the point of living?). Later, while taking pictures and explaining why he left the Police Department, he reiterates that question in Spanish as Ed, wording it a little differently - "¿QUÉ es la punta de vivir?" (emphasis added). Different words, both meaning "what" but used in different situations - "Cuál" would be the appropriate word in this question.
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Just before Ginny gets up to open the bathroom door to check on Lou, a close up shot of the lock slider shows the lever pointing down, yet when she goes to move the slider the lever is centered again.
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In the beginning sequence, Malcolm recites a poem that he made up, beginning with the first line, "As I was walking up the stair,..." Later, in the final lines of the movie, he reiterates this poem in a whisper as Timmy, wording the first line a little differently - "WHEN I was walking up the stairS..." (emphasis added).
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When Maine is escaping under the rain, the first shot shows him with chains to his feet, about 20 inches long. The next shots show him running away and chains have disappeared.
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Factual errors 

The car used by the Nevada Department of Prisons had a blue license plate with white letters. These are actually personalized plates issued by the Nevada DMV. In Nevada, all state government owned vehicles have the standard license plate and they all have "EX" as the first two letters.
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Miscellaneous 

Around the 1 hour 2 min mark, it is discovered that Alice has died, when the limo driver places his hands over her eyes to close them, you can see the actress's left eye blink before closing.
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Revealing mistakes 

The newspapers shown during the opening credits are quite accurate, revealing additional information about the killer's background. In one case, though, two columns show exactly the same text.
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When Ed is in the room taking photos of the murdered man the angle changes and the wall extends beyond the crown molding; it goes up out of sight, more then ten feet. Even thought this is an old one story motel.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the flashback showing how Rhodes killed his police escort, the policeman's foot is sticking out of the trunk. Rhodes then slams down the lid without moving the leg out of the way.
When Rhodes threatens to shoot anyone who tries anything, you can see Ed standing up from his rest but just before that he was standing with his hands waving through the air.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the two convicts take control of the prisoner transport car, the stunt driver (dressed in a light blue top, unlike the prison escort driver) can be clearly seen bringing the skidding car to a controlled stop.
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Factual errors 

After Maine is murdered, the remaining survivors are in room three discussing the situation, there's a clock on the bedside cabinet beside Ginny that reads 12.20. For the next several minutes (at least three minutes running time) that clock remains at 12.20.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Various inconsistencies, improbabilities and impossibilities in the motel scenes are not actual errors. This is all happening inside Malcolm's head, so the rules and geography of the real world don't necessarily apply.
At the end of the movie they are supposed to be in Frostproof, FL, but as the camera pans back there are mountains in the background of the orange grove. The shot looks a whole lot more like California, and not Florida. However, since this happens inside Malcolm's mind, the scenery does not need to be consistent with actual geography.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Ginny is in the locked bathroom, and Lou is being killed outside of the door, the door is shaken and the slide lock falls apart, yet the door remains locked.
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After Alice died, Ed closes her eyes and at this time you can see her eye as an overlay image on Ed's hand.
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