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(2004)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When Matt and Martin have some beers on the bus, the cans open with modern tabs (not the "pull-off" tabs from the 1970s).
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Character error 

Commenting a photograph of her son, Mrs. Asher says that "their first symphony" was 'The Magic Flute'. 'The Magic Flute' is actually an opera, not a symphony.
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Continuity 

When Illeana throws something at the full-length mirror, all of the pieces on top fall out. In the next shot, we see her reflection on a piece of mirror that is back in place at the top of the mirror.
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During the car chase, there are several shots from the point of view of the chase car. The barrel of the gun being pointed at the driver in the lead car is clearly an older style revolver. However, in subsequent shots and flashbacks we see that the gun is a more modern semi-automatic.
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After colliding with Matt, the grill on the Suburban truck is broken. In the next shot, the truck is launched and spiraling in the air the grill is intact.
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After striking Matt Soulsby, the Suburban is veering hard left off the road, in the next shot it is heading straight.
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In the scene where they are digging up the body at the construction site, A body is shown with its arm and hand clearly showing. Yet at the morgue, and according to dialogue, the hands had been removed.
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When Marty pushes Matt out in front of the truck, the truck is launched into the air by an unseen ramp. They were changing the front tire of the car, so the truck couldn't possibly have hit Matt then launched into the air.
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When Costa is waiting for Hart in the bar, the bartender offers a refill and Costa is holding his empty glass (with ice in it). In the next shot, his glass is back on the bar and is full.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the white Suburban is spiraling down the road after colliding with Matt (dummy) while changing the tire there is a crew member with a blue top and helmet and yellow pants behind a round hay bale in the field as the Suburban rolls by.
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Errors in geography 

While the movie is set in Montreal, Quebec, several scenes were filmed in Quebec City some 150 miles north east from Montreal. The bridge scene and Le chateau Frontenac are in Quebec City not Montreal. A police uniform is one scene has the Quebec City insignia.
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The three lead police investigators all speak with Parisian French accents. Quebec French is as distinct from Parisian French as British English is distinct from North American English.
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When Scott is eating breakfast in the restaurant with the other detectives, a French-style police siren can be heard in the background. Canadian police sirens sound just like their American counterparts.
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On the way to Mont Laurier from St-Jovite, Matt tells Martin that he's going to Seattle. Matt would have had to go towards Montreal in order to go to Seattle by bus - Mont Laurier is in the opposite direction
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The police helicopters landing at the Moncton (New Brunswick) train station are Sûreté du Québec (Quebec provincial police) helicopters. Even if the SQ were authorized to carry out an intervention in New Brunswick, Moncton is over 200 kilometres from the Quebec border - there's no way those helicopters could have gotten there in the 20 minutes the police said they had.
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Miscellaneous 

When Costa is in the bar, he receives a note instructing him "Meet me in the restroom". In Canada, the correct terminology is "washroom", and someone asking where the restroom is will frequently be met with blank looks.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

One of the Montreal police officers reassures Costa that the serial killer "won't get within 50 yards of you". While Canada is officially metric, its proximity to the U.S. as well as stubbornness among older generations means that in several instances old imperial measurements are still used. Many people still use feet and inches instead of meters for height, and many Canadians still refer to yards instead of meters for distance.
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Revealing mistakes 

Matt Soulsby has a crew cut, however the dummy that hits the Suburban has hair that is over an inch in length.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

After Duval is killed in the gallery he is referred to as "Agent Duval". Canadian law enforcement does not have an "Agency".
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie, as Costa is making Illeana tea, after sneaking into her house, the choke-chain in Costa's back right pocket disappears and reappears between shots.
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Continuity 

When Ileana hears LeClair being shot, she races into the building with her sunglasses on. She has no sunglasses the whole time she is in the apartment, but has them back on as she races down the stairs to chase the other car.
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Errors in geography 

As she enters the pharmacy at the end of the movie, the radio and subtitles talk about the weather conditions being threatening at Fort Collins. That city is in Colorado, not Pennsylvania.
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Errors in geography 

At the end in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, a road sign shows routes 322 and 22. Routes 22 and 322 are both US routes, not Pennsylvania routes, and they do not go through Carlisle.
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Factual errors 

When Costa puts Hart's dead body in the car it clearly is secured with the seat belt. That would prevent the head from hitting the windshield at all in the first place, even more so to hit it so hard so as to actually break a hole big enough for the head to protrude.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Agent Scott first drives Costa back to his apartment in the rain, she confirms the address, "219?". The shot then cuts to a building marked 188 and shows Hart standing in the entrance to this building, spying on Costa. We then see Costa entering a building, and the camera cuts back to Hart standing in the doorway of 188. While it is admittedly unclear, Costa does not enter building 188 and can be assumed by the viewer to be entering 219, since (as revealed later) a meeting with Hart would no doubt result in an altercation.
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