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(2010)

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Revealing mistakes 

When Machete's army attacks the compound, a rocket is fired at the front gate, then at a guard tower. However, the tower is at too high of an angle to have been hit by a rocket fired straight ahead.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Michael Booth enters the house and starts shooting everyone with a silenced gun, the first man's head gets shot before we hear the sound of a gun.
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Continuity 

The window next to the door in Luz's house changes between shots. In the exterior shot it's covered with cardboard or some other brown sheet (we even see the explosive bounce and fall to the ground) while from the interior it's a normal window with curtains.
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On the building, when Machete is preparing to shoot the Senator the back cover of the scope is seen up, but when he looks trough it, it is down.
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When Booth is driving to pick up Machete at the day labor site, he is seen driving a Mercedes Benz S-Class (W220 1999-2006). At the day labor site, he is seen in a Mercedes Benz S-Class (W116 1972-1980). When he drives away, the car switches back to the W220 model. In addition, in the inboard scene at 0:16:36 you can see the headrest of the W116 again. Later on (e.g. when Michael Booth gets his daughter from the house), the headrest is one of a W220 model.
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During the monologue leading to the showdown between Torrez and Machete, two actors can be seen fighting behind and to the left of Torrez. During the dialog, they can be seen in and out of frame multiple times.
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In the opening scene where Machete and his partner are attacking the drug-house, several bullets are fired through the windscreen as they approach the building. However, when the car crashes through the building, the windscreen is completely intact and bullet-hole-less.
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In the beginning, when Machete pulls his machete out, it appears to have a ring near the hilt (Machete uses it to swing the weapon like a windmill). Later on, when he rescues the girl and she sticks to him, the machete has no ring in the handle.
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During final fight sequence, When Machete put machine gun on his motorbike, it has no bullet belt. But when he fire, bullet belt is attached. Again when he stops, there is no bullet belt.
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(at around 16 mins) An old Mercedes model is used while it's seen a new model in the next scenes.
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Factual errors 

In Spanish, the singular form of Federales is Federal, not Federale as constantly seen in the movie. Although this is a common Anglo misconception, it is presented on Machete's official personnel files which would never make such a mistake.
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Revealing mistakes 

(Deliberate by filmmaker) During the pool scene, as April enters the water is played by Lindsay Lohan. After Machete enters the pool, the character is clearly not Lohan. This is because the footage is actually from the "Machete" fake trailer that preceded Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror segment in Grindhouse - one of several pieces of trailer footage that were re-used in the movie.
In the hospital when booths thugs shoot the rolling cart in the hallway, it rolls by them and there is clearly no one under it. Then Machete is seen getting out from under the cart.
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During the shootout at the church, Osiris Amanpour is holding a gun that tends to shoot like an automatic rifle (eg M-16). However this gun is a USAS-12 automatic shotgun with a 10-round-capacity box magazine. You can see shotgun shells ejected while watching in slow motion.
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The pool scene is not filmed from a fixed position even though April used a tripod.
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When the Padre is in the shootout with Von and his men, it's clear from the camera's angle that while the three men are looking for the Padre, and right before the Padre shoots two of thugs, Von can clearly see the whole side of the Padre hiding behind the column.
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When the Padre is in the shootout with Osiris and his men, it's clear from the camera's angle that while the three men are looking for the Padre, and right before the Padre shoots two of thugs, Osiris can clearly see the whole side of the Padre hiding behind the column.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When Senator McLaughlin carjacks the taxi, the registration sticker clearly expired in 2008. Most of the other cars stickers in this movie didn't expire until 2010. This means the taxi would have been operating illegally.
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Continuity 

When Machete impales Torrez in the stomach with his machete, it is initially seen exiting out his back. In subsequent shots the machete is still stuck in Torrez up to the hilt only no blade is exiting.
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When Padre (Cheech Marin) is being crucified, the placement of the nail switches back and forth between his wrist and the palm of his hand.
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Even though Machete Cortez falls on Sartana's BMW car's front hood after the house explosion, it's later seen in perfect condition.
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After the battle is won, Luz raises her weapon positioned behind her arm; in the following shot the weapon is positioned before her arm.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the close-up of Lt. Stillman (Don Johnson) when he turns around after shooting Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), you can see some filmmakers and a camera crane in the reflection of his glasses.
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Errors in geography 

When the Senator is shot at the beginning of the film, it clearly happened in Austin near the Texas State Capitol. When the policemen are talking about which hospital he'll be going to, they mention Parkland, which is in Dallas, 200 miles away.
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Factual errors 

April shoots the Senator point blank three times in the chest with a .44 Magnum. Hours after the attack, the senator reveals a bulletproof vest and no real injury. No such vest is that good.
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April fires a .44 Magnum point blank into the Senator without any recoil.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Sartana's home is attacked by the masked goons, Machete fires nearly a dozen shots in quick succession with a six-shot revolver. This is a running gag in Robert Rodriguez films, which present an over-the-top, living-cartoon version of reality.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Sartana's car goes into reverse after the house explosion, the dead body, with the thermometer in its neck, falls off the front, and moves its arms up to protect for the fall to the ground.
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When the video of Senator McLaughlin shooting the immigrant is shown to the media, it plays as if it's been shot from three different angles (the same as the original scene from previously in the movie) instead of the single camera the thug was actually recording with.
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When Senator McLaughlin is leaving the compound after April arrives, the writing on the gate behind him is written backwards.
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