Save the Last Dance

Save the Last Dance (2001)

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Factual error: During the movie's opening credits, Sara is shown auditioning for Juilliard, which is misspelled as "Julliard" on a sign outside the room where the audition is occurring.

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Visible crew/equipment: About half way through the movie, Sara and Derek are at Sara's apartment and she tells him that her father has a good stereo system. When she turns it on, you can see the reflection of the pole that holds the boom mic in a framed picture of a woman's face just to the upper right of her head.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene when Sara gets off from the train and her father asks her how many bags she has, she says that she has two small ones and a big one. But when they walk into their apartment, you can see that she has one small one and two big suitcases.

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Continuity mistake: When Sara is getting pushed around by Malakai in the bathroom her hair is all in her face, then when she goes to move it out of her face, it is already back.

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Continuity mistake: When Derek and Sara are practicing, her watch is on one hand, but when she sits down the watch is on the other hand, without having enough time for it to be changed.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the scene when Sara and Chenille are walking to the club on the sidewalk, there are two people behind them. When Chenille hands Sara her fake i.d, Sara stops and the people try to walk around them. Yet, two shots after that one, the same two people are far behind them.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Sara and her dad are first walking up the stairs to the apartment building, you can see Sara and her father step over the camera and the camera man on the stairs.

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Continuity mistake: When Derek and Sara are waiting for the bus, as it pulls up it has three numbers as the bus number. As the shot switches to the other side of the bus the numbers are completely different.

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Continuity mistake: When Sara first goes to the club you see many people street dancing and a lot of close-ups on other people in the club. Well at the end of the movie when Derek and Sara are dancing you can see the street dancers and all of people from the club earlier wearing the exact same things that they wore in the beginning.

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Factual error: It's established that the kids live in and go to school on the South Side (south of the Loop), and much is made of the fact that Malakai has nothing but his "respect" within his neighbourhood. At the movie's end, where Malakai wants Derek to accompany him on the robbery/murder, he tells Derek, "Meet me at 47th street, under the El." Yet when Derek runs off and jumps on the train to go meet Sara, we see him getting on a Brown Line train - those trains can only be found on the North side, miles and miles away from 47th street. In addition, his train is shown heading SOUTH toward the Loop, which means in order to be going that direction on that train he'd have rode on the train for about an hour, past the Loop entirely, then gotten off and turned back around toward the Loop again.

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Revealing mistake: Near the end of the movie when Sara is auditioning for the second time she does a flip during her contemporary piece. If you look carefully you can see hair which is not in a bun, but in a pony tail, as Sara has her hair in a bun. This may be Julia Stiles double.

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Revealing mistake: When Sara is auditioning for Juilliard, after she does the grand jete at the end of her ballet piece, you can clearly see that the girl doing the grand jete is not Julia Stiles.

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Continuity mistake: During the contemporary piece of Sarah's second edition, the chair on stage keeps switching between facing forwards and backwards (before Sarah turns it around).

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie when Sara is riding the train, the engine switches from back to front a few times.

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Factual error: At the beginning of the movie, Sara gets off the train and tells her father that she has two small bags and one big one, but she was riding a Metra train and you cannot check baggage on a Metra train.

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Continuity mistake: When Sara is arguing with Derek in English class near the beginning, if you look closely at his name tag/student card, it flips from the front (with his picture) to the back (with nothing on it) several times between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Chenille and Sara are in the clinic with the baby and they argue, Sara leaves and Chenille is looking at her. There is a close-up of Sara about to walk out the door and in the background you can see Chenille staring off into space the other way, and then a split second later there is a close-up of Chenille and now she is looking at Sara again.

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Continuity mistake: Sara goes to Chenille's the first time by walking under the "L". After Derek walks her home, he leaves in the opposite direction. After the ballet, Derek leaves again in the opposite direction.

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Continuity mistake: When Sara first goes to school, she has to go through a security check. When she gives her bag to the security guard to be checked, the man opens all of the zips on the bag. The bag is then handed back to Sara, but when she puts the bag on her back, the zips are done up without her having time to do them up.

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Continuity mistake: At the clinic, when Chenille is arguing with the woman, there's a man behind Sarah, with his arm around a boy, while another boy is standing in the corner. In the next shot, the boy in the corner is the one being held by the man, and the other boy has moved to the other side of the table next to them.

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Revealing mistake: At school, when Derek does the splits while talking to Sarah, you can see that the person is not Sean Patrick Thomas, but a double.

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Continuity mistake: When Chenille grabs the guy groping her, Sarah is standing next to them, but during two shots from behind the guy's shoulder, she's nowhere to be seen. Because of Sarah's position, she should be visible, despite the camera angle.

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Continuity mistake: When Derek and Sara kiss each other in the flat of Sara's father, before they start to get naked, the point of view changes from behind Derek to behind Sara a couple of times. In one of the views, Derek's head is leaning to the right as he prepares to kiss Sara (and Sara's head is consequently also leaning to her right), and in the other point of view, is the other way around: both heads are leaning to the left as they approach for the kiss.

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Continuity mistake: When Sara whips out her $20 bill and hands it to Snook, he takes it and has it in his hands. Then the $20 bill ends up in his hat without him even putting it there.

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Continuity mistake: After Sarah's lesson with Derek in the classroom, in the following shots of them talking, Sarah's necklace sometimes under and sometimes over her sweater. Her movements are not enough to change its position like this.

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Continuity mistake: After Derek punches Malakai, the amount of blood in the corner of Malakai's mouth keeps changing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Derek is talking to Sarah during the audition, he puts his hand on her cheek. The position of his hand changes between shots; in the shots facing Sarah, some of his fingers are under her ear, in the shots from behind her, they're behind her ear.

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Continuity mistake: Sara's bun changes places on her head during her last dance.

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Continuity mistake: When Nikki is talking to Derek at Steps, at the end of the first shot, she begins to move her left arm up towards his neck. In the next shot, her left arm is already around his neck, before he pushes her arms down. In the next shot, her left arm is up again as she caresses the back of his neck. In the following shot, her hand has suddenly moved to the side of his head, but in the next shot, her arm is down.

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Continuity mistake: When Sara is talking on the phone to her friend from her other school, her friend asks if there are any white guys at her school, and Sara says no there aren't. In the classroom scene and in other shots, you can see a few white guys.

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