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Anachronisms 

During the railroad pursuit right after the crew starts dismantling the carriage modern high-tension electrical transmission lines are seen atop a hill running parallel to the tracks.
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Watson, Holmes. Freud and the Orient Express line all refer to the train destination as Istanbul. However, Continental usage and railroad usage would have used the formal name "Constantinople" until the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Previously, although it had been referred to as Istanbul by locals, it was an informal name meaning "the city." It would never have been used thus by Holmes, Watson, Freud or the railroad.
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Freud accuses Holmes of being "egocentric." However, the use of the term ego (Latin for "I") was not used by Freud until the 1920 and the psychological adjective "egocentricity" did not exist until after Freud established the concept of the ego, id and superego in his paper "The Ego and the Id" in 1923.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Holmes tries to follow the man who debarks from the Pasha's carriage. He is rebuffed by guards and says "Saved from a profanation, Watson." However, Holmes can be seen speaking after that with no associated sound.
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Character error 

On the train, Watson's narrative indicates he's aware of what Holmes is doing with the satchel. But at Freud's, he seems surprised by what he finds hidden in it.
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Continuity 

When Holmes, Watson and Freud are attacked by rampaging horses, the trainer can be seen running behind the horses in long shots.
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During the railroad pursuit the sword fight atop of the carriages shifts indiscriminately from cut to cut between the roofs of the second and first coach.
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Factual errors 

During the railroad pursuit, the trains are seen on two tracks that are about to merge. Holmes states that there are no points left to switch. However, the coming together of the two track lines necessarily involves a switching point. And, in fact, that set of points is visible soon thereafter.
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During the railroad pursuit as the two trains converge on adjacent tracks, the semaphore signal for the track on which the pasha's train runs is at "stop" (in the horizontal position).
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Revealing mistakes 

When Holmes shows Watson the vanilla, he points to a footprint & wheel rut in dry dirt which was obviously spread there for that purpose on top of the otherwise-clean but wet cobblestone road.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

After escaping the horses, Holmes & the others return to the hospital room, where the open door can be seen in the background. After Freud leaves, Holmes sees a lily in the doorway which wasn't there before.
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Plot holes 

Homes sends Freud to fetch Toby & the revolver. When next they meet, Freud doesn't have Toby because he says he figured out where to look for the lady as he was leaving the hospital. But he has the revolver.
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Watson & Holmes encounter the Amin Pasha on their journey to meet Freud. But the plot hinges on him having already been in either Vienna or Monte Carlo days before they arrived there. Their trains would not have met outside Vienna.
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