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(2004)

Goofs

Factual errors 

While Viktor is learning English from the bilingual New York guide-book, he comes across a page featuring the TV show Friends. He makes a point of repeating the English word "friends" and what is presumably its Krakhosian equivalent. The Cyrillic text which is Russian shows the title of the TV show as a phonetic equivalent "Frenz" of the original English title "Friends". In fact, TV show "Friends" is quite popular in Russian speaking countries as "Druzya" which is a literal translation of the word "friends" in Russian. So, the book wouldn't make such an obvious mistake.
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Anachronisms 

At the beginning of the movie, some of the images of the "Krakhosian revolution" on the TVs in the terminal are from the 1989 Romanian Revolution. They include Romanian flags, and for a short time (in the VIP Red Carpet Lounge) an image from Brasov, a large Romanian city.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Viktor Navorski first spends the night in the Terminal the planes outside make a lot of noise and scare him. However, after that moment the room suddenly seems soundproof. This is clear, for example, in the moment when Amelia confronts him, right before he shows her the fountain.
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When Viktor is building the fountain, he is seen soldering pipes together. The sound effect is of an electrical sound made while arc welding. This sound is not made while soldering.
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Character error 

Amelia Warren says the croissant was invented in Romania. It was actually invented in Budapest, Hungary, after the Austro-Hungarian army defeated the Turks. It's shaped like a crescent because the Turkish flag includes a crescent moon.
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Napoléon Bonaparte gave Josephine a gold medallion inscribed with the words "To Destiny" as a wedding present.
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When Amelia is stopped in immigration, Viktor waits for her by the gate. However, she must pass through the gate, which is in the international area where Viktor is allowed, to reach the immigration hall. Amelia should get off the aircraft and come through the gate.
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When Frank and Victor are in Frank's office toward the beginning of the movie, Frank mentions a Twilight Zone episode named Nightmare At 30,000 Feet. The episode is actually named Nightmare At 20,000 Feet.
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Brussels is spelled Bruxelles on the arrival/departure board. Although this is the correct French spelling, it is unlikely to be used at a U.S. airport.
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One of the stamps that Officer Torres puts on Viktor's form says 17 January 2004. A few days later when Dixon and Thurman discusses the office pool on Viktor leaving, Thurman says he's got "January 3rd."
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Viktor says the jazz article is from a Hungarian magazine, but the words around the picture have Cyrillic letters.
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When Viktor first sees the news about the revolution and the channel changes, he repeatedly speaks out loud in Bulgarian to change the channel. The first sentence is alright but the second is gibberish.
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Continuity 

When Amelia is giving Victor his emergency visa, he takes it in the first shot, then in the second shot, Amelia has it and is giving it to him again.
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When Viktor and Amelia are at dinner in the airport, their wine glasses jump from full to half full and back again between shots.
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When Viktor goes up the escalator, a man a few steps behind him never seems to arrive at the top, even though Viktor stops at the top long enough for us to see him get there.
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When Viktor is translating the Russian's plea for medicine, the cops standing on guard in the background repeatedly change positions between shots.
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When Viktor and Amelia meet in the second floor of Borders, Viktor is seen holding a book. When they head downstairs, the book disappears.
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In the dinner on the patio scene, the way in which the waiter holds the lighter changes. When he lights the first candle, the lighter is resting on his arm. When he lights the second candle however, his left arm is at his side and in the next shot the lighter is resting on that arm.
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When Viktor comes out of the hotel he has his large suitcase in is right hand. He calls the cab and opens the door with his now empty right hand and gets into the cab, apparently leaving his suitcase behind.
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The stamp that officer Torres puts on the form filled out by the Colombian couple says September 4, 2003. However later that same day, the stamp she puts on Navorski's form is dated January 17, 2004.
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When Viktor, Frank and Joe are meeting in the office talking about Asylum for Viktor and establishing his fear, the position of the phone cord changes from being behind the phone to being over the middle of the desk several times in different shots with no one using the phone.
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When Frank shows Viktor what happened to his country, chips get all over Viktor. In the next scene, all of the chips disappear.
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When Victor translates while holding the medicine bottles, he is holding a different number of bottles in each hand at different angles.
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During the patio dinner seen, there is a zoom in close up of the woman's pager going off in a purse. Then, the pager is in the middle of that table as the woman picks it up to leave.
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When Thurman runs out in front of the United 747 to Krakozhia, the plane stops just before a white line painted on the tarmac. In a following scene from a different angle, the plane is well past any white lines. It is possible that it isn't even on the same patch of concrete.
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When Viktor is translating Milodragovich, with every camera change, the pills appear alternating in Viktor's hand from three in one hand, one in the other, to two cases in each hand.
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When Viktor leaves the cab in New York he is still wearing the policemans' overcoat. When he meets with the front desk clerk the overcoat is missing.
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Viktor sees himself in the reflection of the Hugo Boss window. As he leaves the shop you can see the "naked" dummy. But the shirt Victor is wearing afterwards is completely different from the one worn by the dummy.
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In the scene where Dixon is watching Viktor almost leave, when Viktor realizes that the camera is following him, we see the various screens in Dixon's room showing different locations in the airport. Suddenly all the screens show Viktor announcing that he will wait.
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In the early part of the film, Viktor is often seen with both pieces of baggage: his carry on shoulder bag, and large suitcase. Just as often, he is seen without the suitcase, but there has been never been an establishment of where he would store it. The same situation applies to his overcoat.
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When Viktor approaches Torres' desk, from her point of view, we can see his drivers license in front of his light green form in his hand. When the shot switches to Viktor's point of view, ie. the view from the other side, we still see the drivers license in front of the light green form.
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During the celebration of the end of the war at the bar, Amelia arrives, hugs and congratulates him. During their conversation, the camera switches between shots including both their faces and shots from behind Amelia. When the camera is behind Amelia, you can see the shoulder strap of a bag/purse going across her back from left to right, but when you see her from the front their is clearly no strap.
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When Victor goes to submit the "light green form", a woman wearing a red jacket comes through the aisle twice in successive shots.
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When Victor is translating and the distraught man drops to his knees, his hands are by his side. In the next shot his hands are begging.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Victor, Frank and Joe are meeting about Victor's status, a crewmember wearing a set of headphones can be seen in the reflection of the window for about 20-40 seconds on two different occasions.
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While Viktor Navorski is in the interrogation office with Dixon (scene where he tries to asses Navorski's "fears") a crew member is reflected in the glass.
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Cameraperson visible in reflection on door when Viktor is holding the stuffed fish.
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When the INS Agent escorts Viktor into the terminal for the first time, a crew member's hand holds the doors open. The hand is not visible in shots of the same door from the same angle later in the film.
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When Viktor is translating to Milodragovich, you see the shadow(s) of the camera and/or camera operator on his back when the shots are behind him and filming the front sides of Viktor, Frank, and the other officers.
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Errors in geography 

When the plane from Krakhozia taxies to the gate at what is supposed to be a New York airport, a large Aéroports de Montréal (Montreal Airports Authority) logotype is clearly visible on a jetway in the distance.
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At John F. Kennedy Airport, shortly after Officer Thurman escorts Viktor for the first time, the P.A. announces "Passengers of Air Canada flight 746 from Montreal must proceed to U.S. Immigration before claiming their luggage." Most large Canadian airports, including Montreal's Pierre Trudeau Airport, have U.S. border pre-clearance facilities. In other words, passengers flying from Montreal to New York would have cleared U.S. immigration in Montreal. Also, in real life, Air Canada flight 746 flies to Fiorello LaGuardia Airport, not JFK.
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Several Air Transat (blue tail) aircraft are visible during the tarmac scenes. In fact, Air Transat never served any of New York's airports.
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Factual errors 

Shops in the Terminal are shown as closed for the night. John F. Kennedy Airport's international terminals are open 24 hours a day.
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When Viktor walks into the United Airlines Red Carpet Club, he is stopped by a customer service agent who is wearing a United Airlines "crew" ID badge. Crew badges are only issued to Flight Officers and Flight Attendants. A ground crew member would have an ID badge issued by the John F. Kennedy airport.
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The flight-side areas in the international terminals of US airports do not have publicly-accessible doors straight out to the outside world.
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On the departures board, it says "UA 1867 San Juan". San Juan, Puerto Rico is a US territory, thus would be a domestic flight from New York and would not depart from the international terminal.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The departure board indicates that Viktor's flight is bound for "Krakhosia," yet this board is supposed to show cities not countries. However, it's possible that the capital of fictitious Krakhosia is also named Krakhosia, just as the capitals of Mexico, Panama, Oklahoma and (formerly) Belize (whose capital is now relocated to Belmopan) share the country's/state's name, or that Krakhosia is a single-city nation like Singapore or San Marino. Either way, this is not necessarily a goof.
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Plot holes 

When Victor starts reading aloud the news headlines in the TV news, he pronounces "sixty-one dead in Khrakoshia", but the TV headlines actually say "61 dead". It is stated that Victor can't speak English, much less read it. How did he read the number correctly, then?
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Revealing mistakes 

When Amelia purchases a book from Borders, the cash register does not print a receipt for her. The receipt the cashier gives her is blank and was already there when she arrived at the register.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Towards the end of the movie in the jazz scene, what the piano player plays and what the audio sounds like doesn't match up.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Benny Golson's first song is "Killer Joe"; Viktor has to wait at least until the end of the song (and more likely, the end of the set), before getting Golson's autograph. But when he leaves the club, autograph in hand, "Killer Joe" is still audible in the background.
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Continuity 

In the bar after peace is declared in Krakhosia, Viktor is handed the emergency visa twice.
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Continuity 

When Viktor leaves down the escalator to go to New York, the assistants from the fast food outlet are running down next to him empty-handed. In the next shot, they are carrying bags of food.
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Continuity 

When Viktor hails a cab to go back home after he leaves the Ramada, the taxi that pulls up doesn't have its light on, which means it has already been hired. In a close-up, it's a completely different taxi, with the light on.
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Continuity 

When Viktor enters the cab at the end of the movie, the snow outside is falling extremely hard and practically cakes the car. However, when the cab pulls away and drives down the street, the snow stops and the car is as clean as ever.
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Continuity 

When Navorski leaves the airport and hails a taxi, he stops when he sees Amelia behind him. Behind Amelia, a boy with a gray hat and green jacket walks past her. The scene switches back to Navorski, then switches back to Amelia again, and you can see the boy with the gray hat walking up to pass her again.
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Continuity 

When Viktor hails a cab to go into the city, the medallion number on the top of the cab does not match the number on the license plate.
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Continuity 

At the very end in the cab, he is talking to the driver and is siting in the middle seat, but when the camera shot changes he is siting on the left side, but in the middle again as the cab drives off.
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Continuity 

Near the end, after Ray Thurman (the chief officer) gives Victor his coat, Officer Torres crosses behind him to stand with Enrique. Then, after Victor turns around, she crosses to Enrique again.
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Continuity 

In the end, when Viktor gets into the cab, he never closes the door. After the driver asks for his destination, the door is closed.
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Errors in geography 

When Viktor leaves the terminal near the end of the movie, a large image of the Manhattan skyline is reflected in the glass of the airport. John F. Kennedy terminal is so far from Manhattan that the reflection of the skyline would be minuscule.
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Errors in geography 

When Viktor is leaving the hotel at 161 Lexington to return to John F. Kennedy airport and home, the next scene in the taxi ride is Times Square. The route from the east side of Manhattan to JFK airport does not pass anywhere near Times Square.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

If Krakhosia suspended all flights when Viktor was in the air, JFK airport would have to deal with all citizens arriving from Krakhosia, not only Viktor. However, Viktor could have connected in another country before heading to the U.S. and could have been the only Krakhosian on the flight.
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Revealing mistakes 

The cab Viktor takes from the airport and the cab he later takes from the hotel have different drivers, different numbers on top, but the same license plate: TX7943.
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