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(2005)

Goofs

Character error 

When The Operative is reviewing Mal's file, Mal's first name is spelled "Malcom", then "Malcolm".
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When Simon is with River in the storeroom he asks her if she remembers saying anything when was triggered and states the captain heard her say something on the security feed. However the first time Mal sees the feed is while the crew are talking to Mr. Universe which is taking place at the same time Simon is with River meaning he wouldn't be aware of anything that was heard on the feed.
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Continuity 

When The Operative examines the footage of River's bar fight he brings up information on Mal. It describes him as a captain in the independence army. All through the series he was said to be a sergeant.
Security camera footage shows Mal and Jayne sitting at a table with Fanty and Mingo before they enter the bar.
After they do the 'Barn Swallow' technique after being chased by the Reavers in the beginning, Jayne is in the Mule. When Kaylee comes down the stairs, Jayne is also on the stairs. After Simon hits Mal, it goes back to Jayne pouring alcohol on his wound, and he is back in the Mule.
When Simon is rescuing River, the Alliance doctor tells Simon about the Alliance's intentions with her and the other subjects of their tests, including the goal of turning them into weapons. In the original television series however, Simon does not know anything about these procedures. This was included so that the film would make sense to viewers that had not followed the Firefly.
The wide angle shot of the security camera footage, when Mal and Jayne first enter the bar, shows a time stamp that doesn't change when the camera zooms in.
When Simon rescues River at the start of the film, he smudges the spot of blood on her forehead. When they leave the room the spot is no longer smeared.
At the start of Dr. Caron's holographic recording, there is a noticeable delay before she says, "... .and you can see, it isn't what we thought". When the recording is replayed and broadcast at the end, the delay is gone.
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When the operative says, "Stop Backtrack, stop!" River looks straight ahead. When the Operative emerges from the record projector, River is looking to her left.
While being chased out of town by Reavers, the mule wipes out a market stall and its yellow awning. As the Reavers then pass the same spot, the awning and market stall are still intact and in place.
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When Jayne passes the jug of Blue Sun to Simon, the label is facing Jayne. When Simon picks it up to drink, the label is facing Simon.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the wide shot of the bar scene that Mr. Universe is watching, the camera operator is visible, in an orange tee shirt, in the upper left hand corner of the shot just before he says the line, "And she falls asleep."
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

On Miranda, around the time of River's "Make me a stone" speech, Jayne turns around to the left. In the next shot, he turns around to the right. In the commentary for the special edition, he admits that he did it on purpose.
On Mr. Universe's planet Kaylee says she COULD rig the blast doors so no one could open them once they are sealed. She was injured in the fight, so never managed to do it, which is why right after Mal asks about River, the blast doors do open. The doors were obviously malfunctioning earlier when they only closed halfway.
When Mal and Zoe talk about the man left behind during the bank job, an orange flashing light reflects off Mal's face, but not off Zoe's, even though they're standing opposite each other. This light is fire from the bridge windows as Serenity leaves the planet. This is explained in the commentary.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Serenity is hit by the Reavers' EMP and begins to crash onto Mr. Universe's planet, Wash strains against the force of rotation while he reaches for a panel of buttons on his console. When his hand hits the panel, the entire panel moves; it was made of cardboard.
When River somersaults through the hatch, just after Simon is wounded, she is wearing a brace on her right knee. The brace disappears in the next shot.
When The Operative and Mal are fighting in the temple, The Operative kicks his gun from Mal's hand. The Mal is clearly a stunt double.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the dying Shepherd Book removes his blood-covered hand from Mal's face, it leaves no blood on Mal's cheek. Subsequent shots show smudged blood.
In the very last scene, when River and the Captain are flying the ship, Mal presses a button, which lights up. In the next shot the light is off. In the next shot, it is on again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When The Operative tells the Alliance soldiers to stand down, one soldier, almost out of frame, lowers a set microphone.
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Plot holes 

In Firefly: Serenity, Simon explained to the crew that "some men" told him that they could sneak River out of the lab in cryo where he could rendezvous with her on Persephone. He met up with them later, or else there would be no reason for her to still be in cryo when they meet her.
When the doors open to reveal River standing over the dead bodies of the Reavers, she is in the middle of the room, holding weapons still dripping with blood. The Alliance forces haven't arrived yet and no one from Serenity opened the blast doors, yet they open by themselves.
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Revealing mistakes 

The dead boy Kaylee finds is obviously still breathing.
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After River kills all the Reavers, Alliance soldiers demolish the wall behind her. A dead Reaver at the bottom left corner of the screen flinches.
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In the big gun battle between the crew and the Reavers, just as Zoe fires her shotgun for the first time, Inara is in the background, holding a bow and arrow instead of the bolt thrower she is supposed to be using. The bow-and-arrow was the original weapon used, but it was replaced in post-production due to test audience reactions.
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