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Deliberate mistake: When Selfridge says "Pull the plug" after Hometree is destroyed, two soldiers, one male and one female, go to shut off Jake and Grace's avatar links. The female soldier goes straight to Grace's link and terminates it, but the male soldier gets delayed (punched by Norm) before he can terminate Jake's link. This is deliberately shown out of sequence - we see Jake's link terminated before Grace's. The result is that we see Grace's avatar fall unconscious when Jake's link is terminated, and Jake's avatar fall unconscious when Grace's link is terminated.

Dusso Janladde

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Deliberate mistake: Throughout the movie, Seagal's voice changes. In some scenes, his lines are spoken by someone else (with a much coarser voice) and dubbed in, which is confirmed by numerous sources over the internet.

Jason Sieberg

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Deliberate mistake: The 45's advertised as new releases on the record store sign actually came out at different times throughout 1955. A true selection of new releases from early November 1955 would have most likely included minor hit singles that 80's moviegoers wouldn't have recognized. The songs listed were some of the biggest hits of that year and were obviously chosen for their ability to help set the musical tone of the time. (00:34:30)

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Deliberate mistake: The text the Master Control Program speaks in the human world is usually accompanied with a text projected on a computer screen. When Flynn attempts to hack into the system through the laser lab terminal, the Program is cut short at 'I'm afraid you.' (both on the screen and in speech) as Flynn progresses. In reality, however, it should be that the full text intended to be relayed by the MCP should be displayed on the screen, and only the speech gets interrupted. (00:29:40)

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Deliberate mistake: Vega's claw never actually hits any of the furnace buttons, but it opens up anyway.

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Deliberate mistake: In the finale, the main characters exit 'the fall' and climb up the outside of the vehicle. As the vehicle is travelling at thousands of miles an hour, they would have surely been sucked off instantly and most certainly would not have been able to maintain a grip on the ladder rungs as they climbed 'the fall'.

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Deliberate mistake: As David runs from the MP's in the restaurant, he jumps off the balcony onto the bar below. It is very obvious that it's the stunt double for Michael Pare doing the jump. (00:45:35)

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Deliberate mistake: When the security forces arrive at the hangar to report seeing Gant at security gate 3, they are driving an American Jeep.

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Deliberate mistake: When women are being shown naked by the x-ray machine, they look wrong. If the machine just sees through clothes, their breasts wouldn't look normal, but squashed together and supported by a bra.

Grumpy Scot

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Deliberate mistake: Though the film takes place over the course of several weeks, at night there is always a full moon.

kensei

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Deliberate mistake: When Alice jumps from the rooftop, the entire roof explodes, but the wire she is on is still intact. (01:00:50)

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Deliberate mistake: In the pitch dark mansion dining room, the approaching zombie's screams are instantly interrupted by silence whenever the flame from Chris' lighter goes out, and then the screams instantly resume when the light returns. While this is obvious artistic license, for the record the level of darkness would have no bearing on whether we can hear the zombie screaming.

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Deliberate mistake: When the Norwegian starts shooting at the dog, Childs jumps into the snow and you can see the shape before he jumps in where he's had to do this before on different takes. (00:08:40)

Jack Vaughan

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Deliberate mistake: Right at the end of the film, the two Norwegians (Lars and Matias) are seen chasing after Lars' dog in a helicopter. Notice how their clothing and the interior of the helicopter are not the same as they looked in the original 1982 film by John Carpenter. It's supposed to be the same event.

THGhost

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Deliberate mistake: The suit, rather than using many large cameras, should be created with many imperceptibly small cameras in between monitors. We need monitors to see what is on the other side of the suit, not camera lenses.

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Deliberate mistake: When Bender wins the poker tournament with five kings, Leo Wong holds up five fingers (on one hand). But all the characters in Futurama only have four fingers on each hand. (Confirmed on DVD commentary).

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Deliberate mistake: When the board member is shot up in the beginning by ED-209, in one or two shots you can see the bullet impacts happen about 1/2 a second after the shot starts (Criterion DVD version). (00:11:55)

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Deliberate mistake: When the villains rampage the White House, the flag's base remains on the ceiling, and the flag pole falls inside the house. So the final scene with Superman carrying the flag and its base as if it had been previously stolen or destroyed, is nonsensical, but it looks very patriotic indeed.

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Deliberate mistake: It's not particularly believable that the away team to stop the assassination would consist of the ship's entire senior staff, and raises the question of who was left in charge of the bridge (the answer: apparently nobody, as they return to a completely deserted bridge). Of course this is dramatic license, and at this point the audience won't care or likely even notice.

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Deliberate mistake: April wears a watch and bracelet on her left wrist, but after Fin is swallowed by the shark, when April puts her hands on her head in the closeup it's a flipped shot - note the watch and bracelet are on her right wrist.

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