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Continuity 

In the Mercedes vs. Touareg chase scene, after Mercedes gets hit by a truck, its trunk lid is open. However, in the next scene, it is locked again.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (1) | Character error (2) | Continuity (6) | Errors in geography (5) | Factual errors (9) | Miscellaneous (1) | Revealing mistakes (5) | Spoilers (2)

Anachronisms 

The passport inspection scene at the airport shows that the film is set in November 2010. The entire film shows German Police cars as being green-silver in color and Police uniforms as green-beige. However, in 2010 the State Police of Berlin had started switching the color of uniforms to blue and the color of Police cars to silver-blue. Due to the amount of Police officers/cars involved in the story, at least some should have had the new color scheme.
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Character error 

The security officer of the Hotel Adlon tells Harris that the American Embassy is closed due to Thanksgiving. True; there is, however, a consular officer on call after hours and on holidays for emergencies like this one. (The officer could have been deliberately lying.)
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In a scene where Elizabeth Harris is typing the second password, the correct password is "Umbellularia Californica" but she typed in "Umbellurlaria Californica"
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Continuity 

When Gina breaks out the cab's rear window water pours in. However, in the preceding shots from inside the cab is shown as completely filled already.
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When Gina steals the cab at the airport, she has to back off to a different road, and we can see that the Mercedes has only one backup light working (the right one). However, a few minutes later, when she is ramming the van in the parking garage, she backs off, and both of the backup lights are working perfectly.
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After the hotel explosion, the view pans down on a damaged and burning building with firemen spraying it with water, yet, when it pans down to the crowd below the view changes to a fireman feeding a very obviously empty fire-hose up the firetruck ladder when it's in use.
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After Liz puts the USB drive into Professor Bressler's computer she completely closes the zipper of the computer bag. However, in the next shot of the bag, it is partially open, revealing the USB drive.
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After the taxi has crashed into the Spree, the registration plate on the back of the car is missing its TÜV (vehicle inspection) sticker.
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After the taxi goes off the bridge and Gina swims out she is shown breaking out the back window of the taxi. The next scene shows the inside and small pieces of glass falling through the water around Dr. Harris. When Gina swims/reaches inside the taxi there is no glass left at all from the rear window in-spite of the fact that there would be shards left around the edges held in place by the rubber.
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Errors in geography 

During the car chase scene, we hear engines revving and cars flying through streets at break-neck speeds. In one shot, Neeson is glancing at the speedometer and we see a shot of the dashboard with the speedometer climbing above 60. However, this being Berlin, the speedometer would be in km/h, hence 60 is actually a leisurely urban-appropriate speed.
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When Martin Harris and wife take a taxi from the airport to the Adlon Hotel, you see the Soviet War Memorial, then they pass the Victory Column towards West. This is near the Tiergarten. However, they are traveling a direction away from the hotel. The hotel is behind them. After they passed the Victory Column you see the Brandenburger Tor. However, the Brandenburger Tor is to the East of the Victory Column and the Soviet War Memorial is between Victory Column and Brandenburger Tor.
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When Martin Harris is going back to the airport, he takes a cab from Adlon Kempinski in the middle of the city. Tegel, the airport, is in the north-west. And somehow they end up on the bridge by Warschauer Strasse, which is way out east.
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When Gina phones up Martin Harris to warn him of Martin B turning up to the exhibition, she can't get through to him on the phone but the operator message received is in English when the film is set in Berlin and it therefore should have been in German.
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When Martin is being chased for the first time, he enters the U-Bahn at Voltastrasse, but while in the station, the U-Bahn signs say Platz der Luftbrucke.
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Factual errors 

Juergen takes the cyanide out of a paper package, kept in a coffee container. Over time, and it had to be years he kept it, potassium cyanide reacts with CO2 and moisture in the air to become harmless potassium carbonate. It has to be kept in sealed, water and gas tight containers, like glass capsules etc. to avoid this.
After Dr. Harris is pulled from the river and the EMTs are working on him they use a defibrillator on him to attempt to revive him. This is totally inaccurate, as he is covered in water, lying in water, and the EMTs are standing/kneeling in water while using a powerful electrical current. Had this been real then not only would the current have passed through Dr. Harris's entire body but the bodies of the EMTs working on him. Something that anyone familiar with the use of a defibrillator well knows hence the warning "clear" called when ever it is used.
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When Liz types in the passwords, they are visible in plain text. Passwords are almost always encrypted and what should have been seen are either dots or asterisks.
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After the explosion at the Hotel Adlon the screen shows Police cars driving by but the corresponding siren belongs to a Fire Brigade vehicle.
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The Saudi prince is named 'Shada' which is not an Arabian name for men nor is it for women. The name has no meaning at all in the Arabic language. There is, however, a feminine name close to it, which is (Shatha).
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When Harris is in following Liz and gets a text message from Gina, the date in the message is 29-03-2010 but when right before it cuts back to him we see the date on the phone is actually 26-11-2011.
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At the end of the movie, Harris and Gina get onto an ICE train which then leaves Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) from the east side. ICE trains leaving the east side of the station only stop once more (in Berlin itself) before being cleaned for the next trip. ICE trains leaving Berlin Central Station for long-distance destinations always leave from the west side.
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When Harris received a text message from Gina, the time was 13:38. next when he was reading the message, it was 13:54
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When Jürgen checked the Biotech Summit website, Professor Bressler was announced as Proffessor Bressler.
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Miscellaneous 

After the pickup at the airport, the taxi driver is speaking, apparently on the phone. According to the closed captioning, this is described as "cab driver speaking German". The driver is actually speaking Turkish.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Harris' wife is inputting the passwords the word "accepted" is shown before she has finished typing the password.
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When Dr Harris is looking at the Canadian passports, the given name is in the surname spot and their surnames are located in the given name spot.
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When Martin Harris receives the phone number noted on a piece of paper from the nurse, and when he checks it again inside the phone booth, the hands holding the paper are clearly not Liam Neeson's hands (size and nail shape rather different at these close-ups from the scenes with Neeson's face and hands together at the same frame).
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(at around 1h 33 mins) The display at the security office shows a warning in German that "The computer is not fully protected" by McAfee.
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When Dr. Harris and Gina are observing the fake passports of Mr. and Mrs. Carmichael, the handwriting signature of "Mrs. Carmichael" says "Carmicheal" - common typo, which never happens when one signs his name in handwriting.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Jurgen tells Harris (Liam Neeson) people from the Stasi were trained that an innocent man always stuck to his version of truth while a liar reformulated his ideas. The Stasi told the exact opposite to its members: a liar has invented a pre-programmed version of the facts and cannot change it, while someone innocent knows how to reformulate his speech and does it.
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Factual errors 

When Jürgen takes cyanide, he correctly stays alive long enough to finish his conversation with Cole. Despite cyanide being a very rapidly acting poison manifesting within minutes, the first signs should have been stupor and apnea followed by convulsions.
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