Factual error: Almost at the end of the film, Poncelet is marched to the death chamber, with Prejean's hand on his shoulder. They are led past an open door - which leads to the viewing room, where the witnesses will congregate. Some of them are already in the room. This is nonsense - it is inviting a bereaved relative to attack the condemned man. In fact the corridor to the death chamber goes nowhere near the witnesses' area, and Prejean would have had to have been escorted back through two guarded doors to reach it.
Continuity mistake: When Swayze gives the stuttering guy the book, it is a paperback. But later when he's reading it, it's a hardback. (01:07:05 - 01:09:00)
Continuity mistake: In a scene taking place in the nursing home where Antonio Banderas works, they are celebrating a resident's birthday. There's a record playing and everybody's shown clapping and smiling, enjoying the tune. At one point, Sarah Jessica Parker and Antonio Banderas are exchanging dialogue and the music stops. However, the resident in the backgroud hasn't noticed - she's still clapping along.
Continuity mistake: When Samuel and Rebecca wake up in bed at Sean's house, they pull back the sheets to find Gail and Marty's little girl hidden under the sheets. When they pull them back she is seen facing the headboard and she screams when they do. The camera angle changes to a side view and as her parents walk into the room, she is seen now facing the door.
Continuity mistake: Driving to the bridge the landscape (a farm with a red and a yellow house) in the background (behind Meryl Streep) is seen twice. And many of the houses seen through Meryl's truck window are modern, not old farm houses. (00:21:35 - 00:22:45)
Continuity mistake: In the B&W newsclip scenes, Mr. Hopkins is wearing a prosthesis to make his nose longer, a la Nixon. This appliance was apparently jettisoned for the main shoot.
Revealing mistake: After Richard has accepted that he will be king, he appears before a large assembly. Several of the soldiers standing by the walls are obviously plastic dummies. They have unnaturally smooth and blank facial features, and when you can see their hands, they are not grasping their guns, but merely holding their hands stiffly out with the gun between them.