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(2004)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the jazz club, Daniel removes the trumpet from his mouth before the final note he was "playing" has finished on the soundtrack.
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After the final taxi crash when the cop is trying to put the handcuffs on Max you hear the locking sound effect of the first handcuff going on, but the cop never gets the first handcuff on.
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Continuity 

After Max and Vincent leave the Fever Nightclub, Max crashes his taxi into two parked cars. In the first shot of the front of the car after the crash the taxi appears to have no damage at all, the following shot the left front light is broken and there's damage to the side of the taxi. In the next shot, the damage is gone again.
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In some shoots during the subway/train scenes Vincent is not wearing a belt.
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When Annie gets into the cab at the start, she gets in and sits on the left hand side, yet throughout the rest of the cab ride, she is on the right hand side (directions as per facing destination).
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When the taxi cab crashes, Vincent (or a dummy that looks like Vincent) is clearly visible upside-down in his seat. But it the next shot, he's laying on his back.
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The rubber bands that hold Max's picture postcard to the visor are sometimes smooth and other times twisted, even though he hasn't removed the postcard.
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The smashed windshield is inconsistently broken throughout the film.
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The "Metro" sign isn't on the wall when Max and Annie run to it, but it appears when Vincent chases after the two.
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When Annie and Max are running from Vincent, they come to the subway platform. The train they board is marked for the "M" platform, although the platform they're on is marked "L".
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Right before Max crashes the car, they pass by Staples Center in Los Angeles and it is green and red (they change it to green and red during the holiday season). Then when you see Staples Center throughout the rest of the movie (which occurs on the same night) it is back to the original colors of blue and red.
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When Vincent is offering Max the money to hire the cab for the night he puts his hand up on the back seat but in the next shot Vincent's hand is not there.
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At the catwalk scene, right after Max tosses out the briefcase, Vincent is holding his gun with his right hand, and passes it to his left hand. At the next shot, he's holding the gun with his right hand again.
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When the characters enter the hospital elevator on the main floor, it has a telescopic door, but at the 3rd and 5th floors the door opens centrally.
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When Annie knocks on the passenger-side window to give Max her card, he rolls the window all the way down, but when she hands him the card, it is only half-way down.
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After the shootout in the subway, Max has his glasses on. Then when Max is shown sitting across from Vincent they're off and he puts them on. Then when they show him get off the subway with Annie, he doesn't have glasses on again.
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When they enter the elevator in the hospital, and Vincent asks what floor, in one shot he is pressing the buttons with his right hand, but when they show the buttons pressed, it is his left hand (as the thumb is pointing down).
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When Vincent checks Annie's desk, the telephone receiver changes from being aside of the phone to hanged up in the reverse angle shot.
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After the body falls on top of the cab, starting when we see Vincent washing off the roof, the "Taxi" and yellow ad signs are repaired with gaffer tape. We never saw them broken nor saw them repaired.
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In the subway scene, Max and Annie run to escape Vincent but are really running toward him (the seats face forward and they run back past them). Meanwhile, Vincent is running forward and runs through at least three cars (position shown when the train makes a station stop in addition to progress being shown passing through doors while the train is moving). Max and Annie are one or two cars in front of Vincent yet the shootout takes place in the second car from the rear.
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During the conversation Vincent and Max have immediately prior to Max crashing the cab, Vincent's beard changes thickness in each closeup shot.
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When Max is trying to bust the glass in the door to enter the building Annie is in, there is a cross bar in both doors. After Max shoots the glass from the door, the cross bar in the left door is gone and he jumps through it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Max sees the security guard at the office building he runs around to another door. The cameraman is visible in the glare of the building running next to Max.
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When the taxi crashes, hidden equipment is visible next to the parked cars, but is removed after the crash.
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While driving on a near-deserted road (going to Fever) what appears to be the flashing red and blue lights of a police car (presumably escorting the production vehicles) can be seen reflected in the cab's window.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) Light fixture visible in Club Fever.
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A shot at the end of the film showing Vincent from a distance sitting dead in the subway, you can see someone's shadow in the next car crouched down and moving between where the two sliding doors meet.
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The cameraman is visible in the mirror Max and Annie are running towards just before they run down the escalators to the subway tracks at the end of the movie.
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Errors in geography 

The lawyer Vincent shoots is supposed to live on Fountain Avenue in West Hollywood. The view from his condo is downtown Los Angeles - about 12 miles from the given address
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Factual errors 

When the two LAPD officers pull Max over, the black officer is sporting a goatee. Per LAPD regulations, no uniformed officers may have a goatee.
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Vincent tells Max that damage to the taxi will be covered by his General Liability Umbrella policy. An Umbrella policy and a General Liability policy are two separate types of policy and collision coverage to a vehicle would not be covered under either.
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During the gunfight at the nightclub, Vincent fires at least seventeen shots from his gun before reloading, even though the USP he uses only holds twelve.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Max and Vincent load the first corpse in the trunk, the "corpse" is holding Max by the wrists as well.
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During the night club scene where there is a frantic evacuation of the building, one of the Asian bodyguards can be seen standing up with people dancing around him instead of the chaotic 'evacuation' being portrayed.
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In the hospital morgue scene, the eyes of the second corpse (rich guy killed in penthouse apartment/Vincent's second hit) move in a close-up of his head. Moreover, the 'corpse' is breathing.
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When Vincent sees the light for the phone line in the U.S. Attorney's Office, the label is for the 16th floor storage room, not "Library" (where Annie is) which is right next to it.
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When Vincent kills the two hoodlums that were walking away with his briefcase ("Yo Homie..."), no bullet holes show on their torso when either of the two are shot, they simply fall down.
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When the detectives are leaving to secure a potential targeted witness, while getting into their vehicles Peter Berg can be seen looking directly into the camera for a few seconds.
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The cartridge shell Peter Berg's character holds up in the alley of the first hit is for a rifle not a pistol.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

After Vincent was shot for the first time by Max, his jacket was torn at the shoulder. In the next scene there is no tear.
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