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(2007)

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Character error 

Evan asks for unleavened bread and his wife hands him a Pita Bread. Pita is not considered unleavened bread.
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Evan asks for unleavened bread, but the tradition of eating unleavened bread did not start until Moses and the exodus from Egypt, almost 1000 years after Noah.
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Continuity 

When Congressman Baxter is driving his Hummer after the bird incident, his windshield switches from clean to dirty many times.
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When Evan speaks with God after the birds have alighted on and flown off his shoulders, claw marks on his suit's back disappear and reappear continuously.
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Just before the boy says "Dad, we can do this..." a blue car is driving on the road behind Evan. In another angle, as Evan sits down, the car has disappeared. In the shot of the children after Evan says "we need something to lift those beams" the car appears again on the left side of screen. (widescreen version only)
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Errors in geography 

The Northern Virginia suburbs, though hilly in some places, are not mountainous as portrayed in the film.
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The license plates of the cars are California plates, but the movie takes place in Virgina.
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The Reflecting Pool located in Washington D.C. does not sit in front of the United States Capitol Hill. The National Mall lies between Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument.
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The European map on the wall in the hallway is totally incorrect. Portugal seems to be part of Spain, Turkey is smaller, there's a new country on eastern Mediterranean and Northern African countries are dislocated.
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Factual errors 

In the movie's opening scene, Evan Baxter anchors one more newscast before leaving for his new job as a U.S. Congressman. In reality, this would create a conflict of interest. By Federal law, Baxter would have to resign as a news anchor prior to launching his campaign, or the TV station would have to provide free equal time to his opponents.
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When Evan is in his office surrounded by birds, behind him are two blue peacocks. Within the story we are meant to believe that this is a breeding pair, but they are both male. Female peacocks (peahens) are brown.
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The area code for the phone number on Eve Adams's real estate signs is 804, which is the area code for Richmond, some two hours away from Washington, D.C. Northern Virginia's area code is actually 703.
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Members of Congress park in a garage, not outside.
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Members of Congress still have regular license plates on their personal vehicle. They usually place their Congressional plates on the dash as they change vehicles.
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Members of Congress' offices are not that huge and their staff is not that large.
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The water level in the lake is shown as level with the top of the dam (full). If the D.C. area had really lain under an exceptional drought all summer, as stated, the water level should have been much lower.
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The idea that a committee chair can "fire" an elected Representative is entirely false. A chair could kick a member off a committee, but only the entire House has the power to expel a Representative. As an elected Representative, no one has the power to "suspend" a member other than expulsion, which requires a floor vote of the entire House. Also, one does not "commit censure," as Chairman Long says; censure is a punishment applied to members short of expelling them, which the entire House has to vote to approve. Evan's behavior may have merited either censure or expulsion, but Long can't do either of those acts on his own, and certainly can't "fire" Evan from Congress.
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A freshman member of Congress would not move his family to the Washington area, and would not purchase a large house. Congressman are required to maintain residency within the state in which they were elected. A freshman Congressman would likely rent a small apartment, or (like Representative Jason Chaffetz) sleep in his office.
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The water behind the dam would occupy the same number of acre-feet after the dam broke. The water would cover more surface area but would not be as deep. In fact, a lot of the water would be absorbed in the soil because of the lengthy drought.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the scene where Evan raises his staff right when the animals begin to run toward him you can hear a voice say "let's go, let's go".
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The brown dog is called a boy throughout the movie, when it is in fact a female dog.
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At the beginning of the film, when Evan is praying at the end of his bed, there is a light shining from the left side of the screen. There is also a light shining through a window behind him when the shot changes. Assuming this scene takes place at night, the light makes it clear that this scene was shot during the day.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

During the flood Baxter's staff appears and disappears from scene to scene. In general any view from the front shows him without the staff, while any view from behind shows him with the staff.
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When Evan is talking to his wife on the ark after the rain, the deck is wet but the top of the wooden rail around the bow of the ark is dry.
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Errors in geography 

When the storm surge dumps the Ark into the Potomac river, Rosslyn (a portion of Arlington) is visible in front of them. Rosslyn is on the other side of the river so it would have not been visible. Also, as they approach Memorial Bridge, they show Georgetown to the West of the Ark. Georgetown is on the east bank of the Potomac, and the river makes a big bend south at that point. We should have seen Arlington and Arlington Cemetery at that time.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the animals are boarding the ark and the family is standing at the top of the ramp looking out over all of them, you can see the seams where the family was spliced into the shot.
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