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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Eli and Solara are approaching George and Martha's house, the sounds of their footsteps do not match their feet.
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Continuity 

After Solara drives away from the convoy truck wreckage, she's seen pulling up to the house; the armoring over the driver-side door window is seen, but moments later when she pulls up to Eli on the road, the window isn't armored. Once they're driving again, the armor is back.
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Blood stains can be seen on Eli's shirt as he leaves the saloon after his fight with Carnegie's henchmen. When we next see him wearing the shirt, the stains have vanished.
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After locking Solara into the spring cave and securing the door behind him, Eli talks to her through the door. The sunlight on that door changes between shots.
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Factual errors 

Eli and Solara spend the night in one of two cooling towers. These are completely closed down to the ground. A real cooling tower is open at the bottom to let the air go in.
A wind-up record player would run at 78 rpm - too fast for a 70s disco single and way too fast for a 70s LP. Also, the needle would almost certainly gouge the record rather than follow the vibrations in the groove.
When Eli is rowing to Alcatraz, there is a half-sunken ship grounded under the Golden Gate Bridge. That would be impossible since the water is 300 feet deep under the bridge.
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When the convoy goes after Eli and Solara, they are going west. From behind, the shadows are to the left which would mean the sun is on the north side of them when it actually shines from the south.
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Plot holes 

Eli has been wandering the land for 30 years, but he looks well-fed and fleshy. He should be thin with no 'muffin top' when he takes off his shirt.
After serving Eli his dinner and water Claudia left the room and the door was locked behind her. But a few scenes later when Solara enters Eli's room to offer her body, she just walks in without unlocking the door.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the final scene between Carnegie and Claudia, Gary Oldman's forehead goes from grimy to clean to grimy again between shots.
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Factual errors 

The complete content of the Bible in braille can't fit in a volume the size of the book Eli carries in the movie. Actually, just one of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) in braille is usually a book that is about 1 or 1 1/2 inches wider, 2 inches taller and 1 inch thicker than the book Eli carries. The whole Bible in braille could get to 39 volumes (books) which would make a stack 6'6 feet high.
In the ending shot, Solara uses Eli's iPod, by pushing different points on the track wheel. However, as we saw before, it's a 3rd generation type - the so called "clickwheel" was only introduced in the 4th generation.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Near the final scene of the film, Eli's fully copied Bible is added to shelf of other religious texts. However a copy of the Tanakh, better known as the the first 24 books of the entire Hebrew Bible (as opposed to the more popular 5 books of Moshe (The Hebrew Bible, or The Bible or "the Chumash" in Hebrew) is already shelved 2 books to the left in dark green. This is from the publisher, Artscroll, with translation in English.

The Christian "Old Testament" is the Chumash with some variations (reorder of books, and reorder of the 10 commandments depending on religious denomination). The New King James Version is an Old Testament with the Christian Gospels added at the end, some of which the main character, Eli, quotes. These two books would be considered separate and unique in a library.

Revealing mistakes 

The printed pages coming off the Alcatraz press at the end are complete with textual notations and cross-references of the type and style found in modern study Bibles, and these are something that would not have been present in the Braille version, therefore they could not have been memorized and recalled verbatim along with the entire text, even if it were possible to do so.
When Solara begins her journey home she's walking straight into the sun but there is no shadow behind her.
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