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(2007)

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Jump to: Character error (3)  | Continuity (6)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Factual errors (3)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Plot holes (2)  | Spoilers (3)

Character error 

In closed Union cities like New York, radio talent would not mix their own audio (as during the call-in); this would be done by an audio engineer/production specialist.
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In the scene during Murrow's murder investigation where Mercer is looking over the parking lot fence to the ground below, he then turns and walks toward Murrow's car. At that point you see his gun and extra magazine on the same side of his body. No trained police officer, especially a detective, would have both his weapon and extra magazine on the same side of his body (unless the magazine pouch is situated in a way for the opposing hand to draw the magazine, such as in a horizontal magazine pouch) because it would take too long for him to swap the weapon into the other hand then reach around to grab his extra magazine. The proper way would be to have his magazine on the opposite side of his body than where his gun is drawn from the holster.
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In a scene where Erica is sat in her apartment making a recording for her radio show, she says: "New York, like any metropolis, is an organism that changes, mutates; buildings sprout like chromosomes on the DNA of its streets". This suggests that DNA are made up of chromosomes when, in fact, chromosomes are made up of DNA.
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Continuity 

When Erica goes into the bathroom of the bar to refresh herself, she wets her hair and head, leaving her hair dripping wet. When they cut to the next part of the scene, where she applies her lipstick, her hair is perfectly dry - no shine, no evidence of wetness - one could argue it is even styled.
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The first time Erica goes to the Police Station and is asked to wait she is wearing a white T-Shirt under her hoody sweatshirt. When she walks out of the Police Station and into the Gun Shop, the white T-Shirt is now a red T-Shirt.
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When Erica comes home with the wound in her arm and her neighbor finds her, her neighbor already has blood on her shirt before she bends down to help Erica.
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When Erica is interviewing Mercer she asks him if his hand was shaking when he shot someone. He then gives his reply. Later, when she is playing the tape over the air, his same reply is missing a word or two from his original taped reply.
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When Detective Vitale drives to pick up the iPod kid, he passes a woman wearing jeans walking away from the park bench as he drives up; as he is getting out of his car, we see the same woman walk right by the bench.
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In the scene where Detective Mercer is the bar room with his ex-wife, the amount of liquid in the detective's glass goes from full to nearly empty back to half-full multiple times throughout the sequence.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the scene where she receives a package and before the opens the box, you can clearly see and hear something moving on the floor in the room behind her (through the glass doors). It looks like a stand for a microphone or camera being pulled out of the view.
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Factual errors 

The closing credits list the wedding invitation lady as "Stationary Saleswoman", but "stationary" means "not moving". The word that means paper and envelopes is "stationery".
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When Det. Vitale is giving details of the bodega shooting to Det. Mercer, he states the cashier took 'three in the torso', when the gunman fired 5 shots, which all struck her.
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At the scene where the two thugs were killed in the subway wagon an officer picks up a spent casing, and states that it is a 9mm and was fired from an automatic weapon. You can't tell by the casing of a cartridge what kind of gun it was fired from, and, besides that, the officer mistakes the Kahr K9 for an automatic, when it is in fact a sub-automatic.
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Miscellaneous 

When Erica listens to her recording from the subway, the volume indicator on her recorder continues to flash even when the recording has stopped and there is nothing audible anymore.
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Plot holes 

Police say there were no eyewitnesses to a killing on the New York subway and resort to tracking down a passenger to get a possible description...even though NYC subway conductors look up and down the platform at each stop to make sure doorways are clear, which is why this train remained stopped with its doors open when one of the bodies fell out.
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When Det. Mercer plants the gun on the dead thug, investigators will find there are no powder marks on the thug's hands.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Erica shoots the last thug, he is face up with a blood splatter pattern behind his head; however, the zoom out of the same scene shows him face down (to the left) with a blood splatter pattern to the right of his head.
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Factual errors 

When Erica pulls her gun on the pimp, we hear a gun-cocking sound. However, Kahr Arms pistols have no exposed hammer and therefore can't be hand-cocked.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Mercer plants the gun in the dead thug's hand his fingers clearly move to grasp it.
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