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(1990)

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Character error 

The synthetic skin cells are stated to have a membrane potential of 122 megavolts. Human cell membrane potential is measured in millivolts, making this off by a factor of a billion.
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There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the doctor's assertions that someone devoid of pain sensations would go insane as a result - people suffering from leprosy commonly lose the ability to feel pain or other touch sensations as their nerves deteriorate but this does not in itself cause any psychological damage.
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The spinothalamic tract is stated to transmit pain and vibration. It actually transmits pain and temperature.
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During the scene in the lab when Peyton and his assistant discover that the synthetic skin is photosensitive, they alternate using the microscope though neither of them re-focuses the lenses. No two people have exactly the same eyesight and given the magnification used, they would almost certainly have to adjust the lenses for their own eyes after they use it. Yakitito also keeps his glasses on while looking at the microscope but this could be down to his excitement at the discovery.
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Continuity 

During the helicopter/freeway sequence, the same clown-faced ice cream truck gets blown up twice.
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When Julie follows Darkman back to the warehouse, his skin has melted, but when he is crying behind the cabinets, his fake hands are still there.
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When Darkman is attaching the hook to the bar on top of the truck he is standing next to it. In the next shot he is approaching the bar again.
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In the Chinese restaurant scene, Darkman (as Durant) holds a match under his left hand, showing a large ring on his third finger. Other shots of his hands show no ring, but it reappears later in the scuffle outside the restaurant.
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During the final confrontation scene at the construction site it is night and dark outside. In the next shot when Peyton and Julie leave the construction site it is bright day.
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When Peyton removes the bandages to reveal his Pauly face, the dagger tattoo is on the wrong side. It should be on his left side, it is on his right side. (And no, this has nothing to do with the mirror he is looking into.) It is very obvious since the real Pauly is lying in the bed just behind him for comparison. In the next scene at the restaurant, the tattoo has mysteriously migrated back to the correct side.
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After the Chinatown meeting, Durant backhands Guzman twice, from different angles.
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While holding on to the helicopter, Darkman grabs the hook and rope and lets it dangle. The rope then disappears and reappears between cuts.
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When Julie follows Peyton back to the warehouse, she sees his "Peyton" mask sitting on a desk. In a close-up of the mask, it starts to melt while still on the desk. Yet in the next shot, Julie is seen holding the mask in her hands.
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When Louis Strack Jr, Julie and Paynton are on top of the building at the end, Louis shouts " I built it all" and it shows he is not holding a gun, but in the next shot he is clearly holding a gun.
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There is no hole visible in Darkman's hand after he rips it through the bolt pinning it to the girder. This can be clearly seen when he swings to save Julie right afterwards.
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When Peyton returns to his lab after its destruction, a photo of him and Julie is lying on the floor. The picture has half of Peytons face missing. Later, when Peyton moves into the abandoned building and puts the photo into the machine, more of Peyton's face is visible.
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When Durant first arrives at Darkman's lair in a helicopter, Durant is seen holding an assault rifle. In the next shot, he is seen holding a grenade launcher.
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After Darkman disguised as Durant knocks down the real Durant in front of the restaurant, his disguise begins to fail. As Darkman runs off, Durant is seen slapping Guzman in the face. In the next shot, Durant slaps him again.
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Orientation of the cordless phone after Julie puts it down.
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When Peyton is smashing things with a pipe in the warehouse (while screaming "I'll give you a show!"), he calms down after seeing his reflection in water. He drops the pipe (we even hear it land), yet when we see his reflection again, he is still holding it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Darkman is hanging under the helicopter and is flying just above the street, the camera pans left and you can see the shadow of the crane on which he is hanging.
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When Darkman runs up the stairs over the bridge on the roof you see a few crew-members on the roof.
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During the warehouse fight at the beginning, a ramp used to flip one of the cars is clearly visible before the camera pans left as it goes over.
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The camera crew is reflected in one of the goons' cars as they pull up to the storage pier.
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When Rick wanders down an alleyway, just before he's captured by Darkman - the camera's shadow passes over an apple box.
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Factual errors 

Throughout the movie, Darkman is able to talk as normal despite his lack of lips. You cannot pronounce 'b', 'f', 'm', 'p', 'v' without lips.
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Westlake is viewing the synthetic skin cells with a light microscope, so when the power goes out in the lab the cells would no longer have been visible. Even if the laboratory lights were off to begin with, the cells would have failed to remain stable due to the fact that the microscope operates by the refraction of light through the sample.
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When Julie is handcuffed and falls off the building, she gets caught on the re-bar in a way that would be impossible for how she fell.
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Peyton does not use the correct type of microscope to look at the piece of nose skin. To see the cell as he did, a slide of the skin would have had to be prepared and viewed under a transmission electron microscope, and he appears to use a compound light microscope.
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When Durant and company are destroying Westlake's lab, Durant is seen turning the valve on a tank of flammable gas to let the gas out. However, he turns the valve handle clockwise, which would shut the valve, not open it.
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When the henchman is firing rivets at Darkman in the uncompleted building, rivets weren't being used to make connection between girders. Virtually all used bolts and nuts to make such connections.
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The Bellasariuous memorandum is dated October 15, 1989, which was a Sunday. It's unlikely the memorandum would have been written on a Sunday.
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Security cameras do not record sound, only images.
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At the beginning when Durant drives up to the warehouse his cars have black Michigan license plates. Black plates with white letters were changed in 1983 to blue plates with white letters until 1993 and then only the shade of blue was changed after that.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Peyton breaks the finger of the fairground worker, the close-up clearly shows it to be made of rubber.
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Much of the helicopter chase scene is flipped horizontally.
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During the warehouse shoot-out, an obvious dummy lands on the hood of a car, then falls off and lands on some boxes.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

Camera reflected in helicopter window several times during chase.
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Factual errors 

Peyton's funeral is held the very next day after his apparent death despite there being no body to bury or even any confirmation of him actually dying. Regardless of the fact that it would take longer than 24 hours to arrange a church funeral, there would also need to be some evidence that he was actually dead before he could be legally declared as deceased and have a funeral carried out.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Durant is cutting off the fingers of Eddie Black with the cigar trimmer there is no blood on either the trimmer, Black's or Durant's hands. Clearly there would be huge amounts of blood from the removal of fingers.
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