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(1997)

Goofs

Jump to: Audio/visual unsynchronised (2)  | Character error (2)  | Continuity (14)  | Factual errors (4)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (1)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (5)  | Spoilers (1)

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Nicholas' lips don't move when he apologizes to Christine after everyone runs away at the fake hospital.
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Christine's lips are not moving when she delivers one of her lines as she discusses the possible consequences of the "Game" with Nicholas in the car.
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Character error 

The sign on the gate to Nicholas Van Orton's house says for auction due to "forclosure" - should be spelled "foreclosure".
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While speaking to his ex-wife on the telephone, Michael Douglas makes the mistake of pronouncing the word "nuclear" as the incorrect "noo-kyoo-ler". (A mistake he also makes in The China Syndrome.)
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Continuity 

At the airport, Nicholas gets ink on his shirt. When trying to clean it, it's a different shirt.
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When the detective follows Nicholas from the hotel, there are sometimes two people in the car.
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Christine spills wine on herself and Nicholas, but it soon disappears from her shirt.
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When Nicolas is watching the film strip, he gets fed up and stands. He looks back and clearly is standing in the way of the film's projection onto the screen, but when the screen is shown there is no shadow.
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Nicholas confronts one of CRS's employees at the Zoo trying to find out who is in charge. The employee tells him "This is extremely dangerous." Nicholas replies, "No, you don't understand. Right now, I ... am extremely dangerous." at which point the sound of his gun being cocked is heard. He then puts the gun to the employee's neck but the gun is not cocked.
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A man appears out of nowhere outside of Nicholas's house, giving him a good scare. In a second shot it is revealed to be Sean Penn's Conrad character, but in the first shot a different actor is used.
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In the elevator scene, Nicholas climbs up and grabs the cables with both hands to pull himself up first. Then after he helps Christine pull her up after him, one of his hand's is clean and no grease is on his shirt.
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When Ilsa enters the study when Orton is talking to his TV, the TV reverts back to the news twice - once in the close-up and again in the wide-shot from the door.
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After the pen spills ink on Nicholas' shirt, he goes in the bathroom to try and clean it up. As he leaves the bathroom, he clearly buttons his coat to cover the ink spot, but in the next scene in the restaurant the coat is unbuttoned again.
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A tiger in the background disappears between shots at the zoo.
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When starting the CSR paper work, the protagonist is handed a pencil, protests signing and then is handed a pen. In the next shot he is filling out the paperwork with a pencil again.
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When Nicholas returns home at night and enters to find luminous graffiti on the walls and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" playing loudly, he goes upstairs to the living room to investigate. The scene then cuts to Nicholas running outside to check on the housekeeper, Ilsa. The song is heard continuing to play without interruption, not accounting for the time it would have taken for Nicholas to run back downstairs again.
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Daniel Schorr reports the same story twice. "Petroleum processing plant yesterday." can be heard in between Nicholas's first and second mentions of the word "fine." and after Ilsa says "Goodnight, then" to Nicholas.
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when Nicholas and Samuel Sutherland enter the room where Anson Baer and his family are having lunch to confront him, Nicholas throws a stack of Polaroids which end up all over the table and the floor. In the next shot the Polaroids have disappeared.
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Factual errors 

After Nicholas and "Christine" drive away from the house as it's being shot up by the CRS agents, the BMW windows are cracked like a windshield would be. All cars now use safety glass in the side and rear windows that breaks into small pellets any time that they suffer a sharp impact (like a bullet).
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In the end credits, rigging grip Michael Santoro's name is spelled "Micheal".
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Nicholas Van Orten fires Anson Baer because he didn't meet his quota, then he offers him a severance package. Fired employees don't get severance, only if they're laid off. California as of 2018 is a "fire at will" state, so Anson would not be able to sue. So Nicholas had no incentive to offer a severance package.
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The CRS building where the climax occurs is depicted as having 18 floors (plus a possible few extra from Nicholas and Christine's runaway from the CRS agents in the building). The Sheraton Palace, used as the setting for CRS San Francisco headquarters, has only 9 floors, half the amount that CRS has.
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Miscellaneous 

In Bear's office, the close up of the briefcase shows a rounded (skeleton) keyhole. When Nicholas tries to open the lock with the CRS key, the keyhole has transformed into a vertical shape.
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When the "news anchor" is speaking to Nicholas through the TV, Nicholas begins to pry apart the TV in order to find the camera, and the man on the TV looks directly to his lower-left, right at where the panel is being broken off. This would only make sense if the camera were mounted on the TV; however, it is shortly revealed that the camera is located across the room from where Nicholas and the TV are located, not mounted on the TV itself.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Nicholas gets off the truck in San Francisco, it's daytime. When he arrives at his house, it's nighttime. However, seeing as how he walked the distance from the middle of the city to his house, it would have taken him several hours to arrive at his house.
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Plot holes 

When the driver sends the taxi into the water, Nicholas could have easily drowned. Making the game pointless, and making Conrad feel guilty of his brother's death.
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Revealing mistakes 

Nicholas Van Orten's birthday is in October, but in one of the scenes as the car goes by a Hallmark Store it clearly is advertising "FATHER'S DAY" (which is in June).
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During the in-car shots in the sequence where Nicolas is being followed by the P.I., the speedometer of the BMW stays at zero.
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When Van Orton and 'Christine' leave from his office in separate taxis, Christine's cab stops just off-camera - the reflection of the brake lights from the cab can clearly be seen in the bumper of the remaining taxi.
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When Nicholas in on the bus in Mexico an 'emergency exit' sign printed in English is visible on the inside of the bus.
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In the last scenes, when Nicolas breaks glassed roof, one of the thinner beams hits support beam. The support beam wobbles like it was made of elastic material.
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Spoilers

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Plot holes 

Near the end of the movie, Nicholas, distraught over what he believed to be the death of his brother by his own hand, calmly strolls to the edge of the buildings roof and walks off. The problem with this scenario is that in order for the "game" to play itself out to completion, he had to leap from a very specific point on the rooftop. The camera shot from within the ceiling as he crashes through the glass shows that his downward path led through a very narrow space between the metal I-beams and other structures. A deviation of a mere few feet in any direction more than likely would have resulted in Nicholas' death. Since there were no erected barriers on the roof or gaming personnel guiding him to the exact spot for him to fall from in order for him to safely descend through the glass ceiling, there is no guarantee that he would have chosen that exact spot. It's inconsistent with all the precautions and preparations made by the gaming personnel for them to leave so much room for error.
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