Continuity mistake: In the two different shots we have of Tim Robbins getting ready to put the book and folder into the safe for the last time (before he escapes) he collects the book and folder in two very different ways. First time he pulls the book towards the folder. Second time he brings the folder to the book. (01:49:55)
Continuity mistake: When Hank Williams is singing "Lovesick Blues" the MGM label is from 1968. This is meant to be 1963.
Continuity mistake: The warden pulls out a box of Remington .38 Special cartridges to load his revolver prior to his suicide. The warden empties the cartridges on to his desk and loads the revolver with what are Winchester/Western cartridges.
Factual error: The sign for Buxton is horizontal with two poles. Signs for Maine towns are vertical and mounted on a single post.