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The Prestige (2006) Poster

(2006)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The spider web shaped cracks that appear in the glass boxes when characters attempt to smash them indicate they are made of laminated safety glass, a material held intact by a thin layer of flexible vinyl sandwiched between two sheets of glass. Laminated safety glass was discovered by accident in 1903 and patented in 1909, well after the time line of the movie.
During the magic show where Alfred meets Sarah for the first time, on both sides of the stage there are statues looking exactly like the two guardian statues found in King Tutankhamen's tomb, but the tomb was not discovered until 1922.
During the two scenes in which Jackman and Caine discover playing cards attached to the bottom of their pint glasses, the glasses they are drinking from are 'Nonic' glasses. These were designed in the 1960s to protect straight glasses from nicks and cracks when cleaned in automatic dishwashers.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Angier gives the first show of his last 100, he explains the risks of the underwater-unleashing trick. The camera switches between shots of him and Borden, and we see the crowd behind Borden (soundlessly) clapping although Angier is not done explaining.

Character error 

Borden mentions that a "penny" could be slipped into the barrel of the pistol used for the bullet catch trick. English pennies of this period were substantial and wide, much wider than the barrel of the pistol being used by Borden could accommodate.

Continuity 

When he visits Telsa in February, it is obviously winter, with snow on the ground. Yet after a brief meeting they venture out to a balcony, were it appears to be obviously summer, with green foliage, and not breath visible.
When Angier puts on his vest he buttons it up while talking to Julia then the shot switches. After it goes back to him he is buttoning up his vest again.
In one of the earlier scenes of the movie, Alfred and Robert are seen in the dressing room after one of their performances together. Robert puts on a brown vest and crosses the room, and in the next shot he is seen pulling it on over his shoulders once again.
After the double gives the "show" he takes out a drink while Angier is walking up the stairs, then he brings the drink to his side and as the camera angle switches he brings up two hands without the drink.
As Angier is walking towards the box in Tesla's empty room, you notice the hotel manager deliberately bring his hands from behind his back to his front. In the next shot, taken from behind, his hands are behind him again.
When Borden and Olivia are speaking in Borden's workshop, Borden keeps switching between shots from leaning back with his arms crossed to leaning forward with his hands on the table.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Root is tied up above the stage after Borden sabotaged Angier's 'The Real Transported Man' trick, you can see what seems to be a security wire that comes out horizontally from both sides of the stage and is attached to Root as he is being lowered down.

Factual errors 

Mr. Alley refers to Nikola Tesla as "Doctor". However, Tesla received his first doctorate in 1908, several years after the events depicted in film take place.

Revealing mistakes 

When Angier and Root, both played by Hugh Jackman, are in a circular tracking shot together, Angier wobbles up and down slightly, revealing him to be the inserted visual effect.
Near the end of Cutter"s Summation, Alfred Borden picks up his daughter with left arm. It is very quick camera shot, but all five fingers are revealed.

Spoilers 

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Continuity 

When Borden writes down his secret for Angier by the cemetery, he clearly makes a period to indicate that he is done writing. Later when Angier reads the note it only says "Tesla", without a period.

Revealing mistakes 

When Sarah hangs herself in Borden's workshop, you can tell that the rope is attached to the top of her back and not around her neck.

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