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(2003)

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Anachronisms 

As the young Dave Boyle is being driven away by the pedophiles, we cut back to the young Jimmy and Sean standing in the street. In the background to the right, in plain view, is a modern era police car, guarding the filming location.
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The type of license plate on the car driven by the "cops" in the opening scene, which takes place in 1974 was not used in Massachusetts until the mid-1990s.
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In the opening scene that takes place in the 1970s all of the cars have front plates. Massachusetts did not have front plates until 1988.
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In early street scenes, set in the '70s, there's a "no trucking" sign on a pole that employs the red circle with the line through it, 1980s style.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Dave is writing his name in the cement, you can hear him write a lot more than the first two letters that he actually writes. He writes DA but we hear more stick strokes in the cement.
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When Jimmy is pouring himself a drink, the sound of pouring liquid continues, although the level of the drink in his glass ceases to rise.
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Boom mic visible 

When Jimmy notices his daughter's car for the first time, a boom mic is revealed through the trees.
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Continuity 

When Jimmy pulls out his knife his glove disappears then reappears in the remaining shots.
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When Jimmy Markum is drinking whiskey with Celeste Boyle the cap of the bottle is alternately on/off between shots.
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The angle of the Tobin bridge and the view of the Bunker Hill monument keeps switching the neighborhood from Chelsea to Charlestown many times throughout the movie
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Jimmy's Cross tattoo on his back changes size from small to large.
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When Dave comes out onto the porch to smoke he is startled by Jimmy and drops his match before lighting his cigarette. Cut back to Dave and the cigarette is lit.
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When Sean and his partner are in the car talking about how the gun used in the liquor store hold-up by Just Ray relates to the murder, Sean is seen loosening his tie and unbuttoning the top button of his shirt in the car. When they cut to a reverse shot (with the camera on Sean's side of the car) his tie and shirt are done up again. The shot is reversed again as Sean is seen getting out of the car and proceeds loosens his tie while outside the car this time.
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In the neighborhood parade scene, the school marching band is not in step with the band music we hear, or even instep with each other.
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Jimmy's graying temples appear and disappear (at least on one side) throughout the film.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the two "cops" take the kid away at the beginning of the movie, you can see the camera lens and the hand of the operator as the are about to pull away.
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When Markum and family are leaving the first communion and they see police cars fly past the church, the shadow of the camera falls across Markum's back as it moves around him.
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In the liquor store scene the reflection of a white-shirted cameraman is clearly seen on the glass door of the large beer chest.
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Errors in geography 

The Cantab Lounge is a folk and bluegrass club in Cambridge, between Harvard and MIT. It is highly unlikely that Boston police would congregate there on any night, much less grab a drink there.
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Factual errors 

When Dave is watching Vampires, scenes are shown out of order.
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As kids, Jimmy was the freckled red-haired boy and Sean was dark haired Italian style. When they grow up Jimmy is the one with dark hair Italian style and Sean is much more likely to been the red-haired boy.
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Revealing mistakes 

When looking for the missing girl, all the Troopers are wearing their winter uniforms although the trees are all green indicating summer or late spring. Troopers change to summer uniforms on April 15th when as anyone from Massachusetts will tell you, the trees are still bare.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Near the end of the movie, Jimmy has his hand on Sean's shoulder. In one shot Jimmy's jacket sleeve is at mid-wrist, exposing his sweater sleeve and watch. In the next shot, his jacket sleeve is pulled all the way to his glove, and his watch and sweater are not visible.
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Continuity 

In the conversation between Jimmy Markum and Celeste Boyle during which Celeste reveals she believes Dave killed Katie, Jimmy's arm is around Celeste's shoulder in close-ups, but off on wider shots.
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Continuity 

Katie's body is not in the same position when the cops first find her dead and later on when she is filmed for the last time at the crime scene.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Jimmy is looking for a headstone for Katie, the dolly tracks are reflected in one of the headstones.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Near the end of the film, where Sean pulls away in his car, the scene dissolves into the parade. As Sean's car pulls away, the head of (presumably) the cameraman is visibly reflected in the window.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Katie's body is on the table in the funeral home, in one of the shots, her eye twitches just before the shot cuts away.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Katie is dead laying at the funeral home and Jimmy places the dress on her, you can see the dress moving indicating she is breathing.
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