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(2004)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(at around 1h 7 mins) When Frank Castle detonates a bomb on board a Saint-owned drug boat, immediately before the explosion is the "whoosh" of a rocket. The audio clip was clearly from a missile impact, not a mine or bomb.
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Character error 

(at around 22 mins) When Frank's wife Maria is walking with their son on the beach, she mistakenly tells him that a horseshoe crab is a sting ray.
(at around 1h 30 mins) In the "declaration of intent" monologue, Frank utters the phrase 'si vis pacem, para bellum' but mistakenly uses the word 'sic' ('as is') instead of 'si' ('if').
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Continuity 

(at around 26 mins) When Frank Castle's wife and child are in the Blazer trying to escape, it flips over. While flipping, the hand on the steering wheel is wearing a black bracelet, but when Maria crawls out of the car she is wearing no bracelets. The "black bracelets" are safety devices for the stunt driver, similar to what Sprint Car drivers wear to prevent their arms exiting the profile of the vehicle during "accidents" or stunts.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) During Castle's final raid at the Saint's estate, he fires several shots into a henchman with his pistol and follows up with a "tactical" reload (replacing a semi-full magazine with a completely full one.) Castle then racks the slide to chamber a round. There would be no reason to do this as there is already a round in the chamber. If the pistol was in fact empty, the slide would've been automatically locked to the rear.
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(at around 23 mins) When Castle grabs the motorcycle to chase after the gunmen who are chasing Maria and Will, the dead family member who'd originally been riding it is nowhere to be seen.
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(at around 1h 3 mins) When the guitar player comes into the diner, he sits down and, while smoking his cigarette, opens his guitar case. As he does so, his cigarette repeatedly jumps back and forth from his mouth to his hand between shots.
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(at around 18 mins) When Quentin shows Castle's classified dossier to Howard Saint it shows Castle's date of birth as 1972 but later when we see the gravestone (at around 46 mins) it shows his date of birth as 1968.
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(at around 15 mins) When Frank's father is giving his speech to the family, he spills his drink on Frank's lap which causes Frank to look down. In the next shot, Frank is looking up at his father.
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(at around 15 mins) Frank's shirt is dry immediately after his father spills drink on it.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) There's no blade left in the hilt when Castle uses his knife launcher (it's in Heck's neck). In the next shot, the blade reappears, and then disappears again in the following shot.
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(at around 35 mins) After Saint's wife puts in the left earring given to her by her husband she drops her robe. Then her right earring is seen in her ear.
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(at around 26 mins) When the Blazer with Maria Castle and her son flips over, in one shot it starts to flip on its left side, but in the very next shot it's already on its right side about to flip upright.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) The second time Frank places a fire hydrant by Mrs. Saint's car, he is briefly wearing the short sleeved Skull t-shirt (from the previous time he did it), but in the wider shot he is wearing the long sleeved trench coat.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) When Frank is being chased by the Heck (after he gets over the bridge), it shows the metal shields are pulled down on both doors, but in a shot when it shows him turning, you can see one of the shields is no longer there, but in the next shot, it is back.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) When Saint is tied to the car and the explosions are happening, his lower half catches fire. In the next shot, he is not on fire.
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After Dave comes back from the hospital, the tissue in his nose switches sides after he comes into the apartment.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) When Frank Castle is escaping from Harry Heck he drives his GTO off of the bridge. In the close-ups of Castle just before he hits the Chevy Lumina, you see him pull the steering wheel hard to the left, but in the scene the GTO goes right. He turns in the opposite direction the car actually goes.
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(at around 4 mins) In the initial FBI bust sequence, the drug dealer is holding a gun at his side and pacing around. When he finally acts, he reaches into his jacket to pull out the gun that he was already holding out in the shots before.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) When Castle shoots one of Saint's henchman using a bow & arrow, you can see that the henchman is shot in his back whilst looking towards, whom we see after the cross blur - Castle. This is impossible as in order for the arrow to enter the henchman's back he would need to face away from Castle.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) Joan's hand moves, disappears and reappears from Frank's face between shots during the "memories" speech,
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(at around 29 mins) When Frank is being held by Saint's men on the pier, one shot shows his dead wife lying on her back, the next shot shows her lying on her side.
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(at around 23 mins) During the shootout at the family reunion, one of Saint's men is shooting from behind a barbecue grill at Frank and Frank's father. As Frank and his father are shooting at Saint's man, a bowl of salad on the counter is sent flying in the air as Saint's man dives over the barbecue grill. The next shot shows Saint's man shooting at Frank with the salad bowl full of salad on the counter. Then we see Frank shooting at the barbecue grill with the salad bowl gone and salad all over the counter.
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(at around 33 mins) After the massacre at the Castle family reunion, Livia and Howard Saint go to the Saints and Sinners club. They give Micky Duka the newspapers where it says (in the lower left corner) that Frank's 10-year-old son has been killed. But when Frank pulls his tombstone out of the ground (at around 46 mins), you can see the tombstone of his son William Castle where it says 1995-2003. That means he was only eight years old when he was killed, not 10 as it was stated in the newspapers.
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(at around 29 mins) Castle shoots and damages the grill of the red truck as it attempts to run him down. When we see the truck again moments later, the grill is undamaged.
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(at around 26 mins) While being chased by a truckful of bad guys, the boat attached to Castle's wife's rig bounces up and smashes the red truck's windshield. In the next shot, the windshield is intact.
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(at around 23 mins) The motorcycle lands pointing to the left when driver is shot off it, but when Castle picks it up to pursue the criminals, it's facing the other way.
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(at around 23 mins) Both the barbecue and ketchup bottles move around on the grill several times during the shootout.
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(at around 31 mins) As the gunmen are driving off the pier after leaving Castle for dead, the film is flopped.
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(at around 1h 50 mins) When Saint is being tied behind the car, his arms keep changing position from outstretched to being placed on his chest.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) When one of the thugs comes down the stairs, he gets slashed by Castle's knife, and blood gets splattered on the wall. The blood disappears in the next shot.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) When the pictures of Quentin Glass are thrown at Howard Saint they can be seen as thrown above him and to his side, but in the next shot, they are all in a pile all facing upwards.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) The line Castle attaches to the anti-personnel mine vanishes and reappears between shots.
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(at around 31 mins) When Glass blows up the dock, Castle is lying face down; however, moments before the explosion, we saw Castle begin to rise.
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During the Shoot out at the beach house one of Saint's men seeks refuge behind the BBQ which is riddled with bullet holes. In the next scene the bullet holes disappear.
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During the chase scene, the red Ford pickup chasing Castle's wife and son continually changes from standard to automatic.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) When Frank is being chased by Heck, and Heck starts shooting at Frank's car, all the bullet holes (caused by Heck) disappear as Frank is driving over the bridge. But, they reappear after the car flips.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) As Castle is having dinner with Joan, Dave and Bumpo, right before his line, "Thanks for dinner," his left hand is on the table and his right hand under the table on his leg. In the very next shot, both his hands are on the table.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) When the Russian forces Castle in to Joan's apartment, Joan is seen screaming and backing up. But in the following shot, she repeats her actions.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) After Frank has dinner with Joan, there is shot of Frank walking toward the window. The shot changes to Joan's perspective, and we see Frank looking up towards the curtains. In the next shot (directly after) there is a close up of Frank's face and he is no longer looking up, he is looking out the window.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) In the "Russian Fight scene" at the apartment of Frank and Joan the Russian throws Frank through the wall and follows by breaking the door to Joan's apartment. When they leave the house after Joan sewed Franks stabbing, You can see Joan's apartment door in the background - unbroken.
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(at around 26 mins) When the truck that's chasing Maria and Will hits the hills in the sand and gets a little airborne, the men in the back are seen flipping around like dolls. When the camera comes closer one man is on top of the cab and then in the next shot he is flipping backwards again.
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(at around 1h 2 mins) When Harry Heck comes in at the diner, all the chairs are facing their respective tables. He bends over to put down his guitar and in the next shot, he is sitting down on a chair facing towards Castle, away from its table.
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(at around 49 mins) When Castle first steals Saint's money, the millions of dollars are all in bundles of hundred dollar bills and are placed in a large cart. However, in the next scene when Castle dumps the money onto the streets from the high-rise window, all of the bundles are separated and the individual bills float down to the street. There is no way that Castle had time to unwrap all of the bills and then throw them out the window.
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Frank Castle and Jimmy are talking sitting on the park bench. The sound of a motorcycle is heard and continues uninterrupted through to the next scene where Frank Castle and Jimmy have left the bench area to Jimmy's car.
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The same scene of the Saint limo driving along the street passed the street vendors is repeated twice. First is traveling to the casino and second is when traveling to the bridge over the train tracks. Note the woman holding up the t-shirt while facing toward the camera.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 3 mins) When the guitar player, Harry Heck, plays the song he wrote for Frank Castle, you can see a microphone on the guitar.
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(at around 26 mins) When the Blazer flips over we see the crew standing in the background.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) After Frank's car jumps the bridge during the car chase, you can see the jump harness used to protect the stunt driver from receiving any back injuries.
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(at around 30 mins) When Castle is on his knees on the pier, you can see the outline of the blood squib underneath his undershirt.
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Factual errors 

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Howard Saint asks Micky the date on the ticket when he finds out about his wife's fake affair, Micky says it was "September 5th, last Thursday." In the year the movie is set, 2003 (as shown as the year of death on Frank's tombstone) September 5th fell on a Friday.
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(at around 36 mins) After Frank is shot on the pier he later returns to his Father's house and retrieves his Father's guns, since it was a crime scene the police would have removed all the weapons from the scene and not left them for anyone to steal.
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(at around 28 mins) The truck that is used to kill Castle's family (in Puerto Rico) has a front license plate. License plates in Puerto Rico are only displayed in the back of the car, as you are only given one plate for the car.
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(at around 23 mins) In the beach shootout scene when Frank's family is killed, Frank and his father are trying to kill a man who has taken cover behind the outdoor BBQ. Frank kills the man by shooting the propane tank with his shotgun causing it to explode. However this would not actually happen, shooting a propane tank with a gun, even a shotgun would not make it explode. Now the shotgun might have enough power (depending on what kind of loads Frank was using) to penetrate the propane tank, but it would not cause it to explode. In order for the propane to explode it would need an ignition source. Most people think that shooting a metal can with a gun will make a spark, but this is not true. Almost all bullets have a copper jacket and a lead tip, and neither lead nor copper make sparks when they hit metal. While Frank was using a shotgun, which has BB's instead of bullets, almost all shotgun pellets are made from either lead or copper, so they would not create a spark.
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(at around 1h 7 mins) When they were transporting the money in the boat, Castle used a Claymore anti personnel mine to blow up the money. When the mine detonates, there's a big fireball. Claymore mines are filled with 100 metal balls, and do not explode creating a fireball. The explosion in the scene is not typical for a Claymore mine.
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Miscellaneous 

(at around 52 mins) As the camera scrolls the partial view of Castle's ID file on the monitor of Spacker Dave's PC, the word "member" is misspelled as "memeber".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 24 mins) During the massacre at the Castle estate in Puerto Rico, when Maria attempts to escape with Will, she tells him to "run to the Jeep." It's a Chevy Blazer, but "a Jeep" is commonly used as a shorthand for an off-road car, not necessarily of a Jeep make.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 24 mins) After Castle shoots the gas tank, it blows up the henchman setting him on fire and you can see the fireproof mask and gloves on him.
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(at around 10 mins) After Saint kills the henchman that was assigned to look after his son, Saint drops the gun on the stomach of the henchman only to have him jump as the weight of the gun hit his gut.
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(at around 27 mins) When the Blazer flips over, you can see the mechanism under the truck on the passenger side used to flip the truck over.
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(at around 26 mins) Obvious stunt double when the Blazer starts to flip over.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) When Castle stabs the henchman under the face at the Saints and Sinners club, the knife handle in the chin and the blade in the mouth are at different angles.
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(at around 1h 21 mins) In some of the shots after Frank is sewn up by Joan, you can see the edges of the prosthetic stab wound on his chest.
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(at around 25 mins) As Castle and Lincoln fight, and Frank lifts the knife to Lincoln's face, right before Frank cuts him, you can see the tape across the face of where Lincoln is to be cut.
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(at around 1h 26 mins) When Quentin Glass is torturing Dave to find out where Castle is, he pulls out Dave's eyebrow ring with a pair of pliers first, but when his hand jerks back, the piercing is not in the pliers.
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(at around 30 mins) The location of the blood squib under Castle's shirt on the pier lines up with the hole in his shirt after he is rescued. The resulting scar from his gunshot is higher and more to the center of his chest rather than the location of the squib/hole in his shirt.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(at around 24 mins) Frank Castle's father is shot with a shotgun. As Frank turns around, you hear the sound of another shell being chambered but the henchman isn't pumping the shotgun.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 35 mins) As Howard Saint is stabbing Quentin Glass, when the blade is shown twice after Glass is stabbed, the blade has no blood on it.
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