Total Recall

Continuity mistake: When Arnie enters the hotel room on Earth, he receives a phone call from a man with a suitcase who tells him to look through the window. While Arnie is approaching to the window, we can see in the display that the mysterious man is looking to his upper right. In the next shot, when Arnie is looking through the window, we can see that the hotel room is located at the man's left side. (00:35:10)

Revealing mistake: In the last scene, when Douglas Quaid and Melina are holding each other and looking over the landscape of Mars while the sky gets colored, the camera starts from top behind them (looking down) then moves down while looking at them, so more and more of the Mars horizon gets visible. But the camera-tilt goes too far up, so at the top of the picture, you can see the blue-screen curtain and the pole and rings holding it. Douglas Quaid and Melina are just looking at a blue-screen. (This is visible on the video; on the DVD an extra black top-bar is covering it.) (01:48:55)

Continuity mistake: When Doug and Melina are being chased by Richter they leap from the catwalk in the big dome. When they reach the other side, from one camera angle, they grab the horizontal bar on the dome scaffolding. From the next angle they are holding onto the diagonally vertical bars swinging inward. (01:06:30)

Continuity mistake: Arnie has come back to the apartment after shooting his coworkers and asks Lori if this is a hallucination. He then reveals fresh blood smeared all over the palms of his hands but he had grabbed her before he asks the question. Lori is sitting in front of him without a drop of blood on her.

Factual error: When Quade drills through the hydraulic hose on Benny's mining machine, the pressure indicator on the console drops rapidly and is scaled in "Inches of Mercury Absolute". That scale is normally used only for vacuum, not high pressure hydraulics.

Nicki

Deliberate mistake: While Cohagen is on Mars, he calls Richter and chides him for trying to kill Quade. Richter is in a car on Earth, yet they're having a real-time conversation, which is impossible because of the distance. [While this is true, a movie with 4 to 21 minute pauses between lines would take rather a long time].

Nicki

Revealing mistake: Sharon Stone gets shot dead, but she moves afterwards.

manthabeat Premium member

Other mistake: When Quaid goes through the x-ray machine the first time, the person behind the man with the dog isn't shown to be carrying anything (there's no purple object shown). But then later the purple object is seen.

Bishop73
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Suggested correction: Could simply be someone else with an item passing the person without any. He was walking very slow and certainly 1 person passed him, could be another one did as well.

lionhead

Two people would have had to pass him and there's nothing to indicate 2 additional people were walking that much faster than him, or close to him.

Bishop73

They were off camera before. 1 person definitely did pass him so a second person doing the same is not unlikely.

lionhead

They weren't off screen long enough.

Bishop73

I've seen this part multiple times. Who you see behind Quaid before entering the machine is first a woman with a handbag, then a man with mustache and case, then a blind man with a dog, after him a woman with a handbag again and more people. Now, the man with the mustache and case and the second woman with the handbag probably paused before entering the machine because we don't see them when Quaid passes, only the first woman with a bag, then a blind man with a dog and then a man with nothing. So both must have then sped up and then passed the man holding nothing. You see them walking faster than the others too. Not illogical when people are rushing to work or home either.

lionhead

Continuity mistake: When the man delivering the briefcase calls Quaid and tells him to go to the window, you see on the screen he turns to look to his side, but when Quaid goes to the window the man on the phone is still looking straight and then is seen turning to his side again.

Bishop73

Continuity mistake: After Edgemar lets Lori in and closes the door, a moment later the door is open in the mirror's reflection.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: As Quaid copies the name Melina on the paper, the writing is in heavy black ink. When he leaves the counter the writing is very light, nearly non existent.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: When Quaid first arrives at The Last Resort, he hands Benny a tip and walks in through the front doors. In a front shot behind him is the head of a man outside who wasn't there a moment before when Quaid walked in.

Continuity mistake: When Quaid uses the hologram, it's a mirror image of himself. However, before he enters the reactor room full of guards, we see him put the hologram device on his left wrist. His hologram (the one all the guards shoot at) has the device on his left wrist as well, instead of what would be the right.

Bishop73
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Revealing mistake: When Lori punches Doug in the crotch, you can see that Arnold Schwarzenegger is wearing some kind of padding under his pants to soften the blow. (00:25:35)

Phaneron Premium member

Continuity mistake: In the apartment, Lori grabs a knife, and after the first slice, switches the knife to her right hand. After the second slice, the knife can be seen midair as she tosses it from left to right again.

Movie Nut
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Suggested correction: It's not being shown tossed from right to left, you just see her spin the knife in the air to hold it in a different position.

Bishop73

Factual error: Martian sky is very inaccurate in the movie. It is depicted as much darker and redder than it would be in real life (Mars' sky is a butterscotch color during daytime, bluish at sunrise/sunset and far brighter than in the movie). Also, both of Mars' moons are very small, asteroid-like bodies and would appear as tinny star-like points of light to an observer on the surface of the planet.

Other mistake: After Arnold kills Harry and his gang at the beginning, how did that blood splatter get on the wall behind him to his right? He shot the henchman standing in that position from the back and the other who was shot was shot standing to the left side of the wall. So there is no explanation why the splatter is there.

Visible crew/equipment: When Bob abruptly leaves his office due to Quaid's schizoid episode, a boom mic can be seen in a reflection on the glass, immediate left. (00:18:35)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: During the chaos that ensues after Richter shoots out the spaceport windows, one of the rebels clings to a yellow pipe before being sucked into Mars' atmosphere. His hands are varying distances from each other, depending on the shot. (00:46:50)

ryguy_1983

Hauser: Howdy, stranger. This is Hauser. If things have gone wrong, I'm talking to myself, and you've got a wet towel wrapped around your head. Now, whatever your name is, get ready for the big surprise. You are not you. You are me.
Quaid: No shit.

Bishop73
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Trivia: The Kuato model was handled by about 15 puppeteers, each controlling a different part of his face and hands. (01:15:30)

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Question: At the beginning of the movie, Quaid has a friend at work (if my mind's not failing me his name is Harry) that tells him not to go to Recall because some person got lobotomised. Later, when Quaid is returning from Recall his friend stops him and tries to kidnap (or kill) him because Quaid "talked about Mars". I can't understand the role that this man has in the plot. Quaid told his wife that this man is a spy (I wonder how he knew that), and I'd like to know which side he seems to be fighting for (the Agency or the rebels).

Answer: Harry works for the Agency the same way Arnie's wife did. While the wife watched him at home, Harry was to watch him at work. Harry told Arnie that story to keep him from going to Recall and to keep him from having to kill Arnie for bringing up his memories of Mars.

T Poston

Answer: It depends on whether you choose to believe the events of the film are real or in Quaid's lobotomized brain. If the events are real (i.e. Quaid is actually Houser with his memories blocked) then Harry is from the agency and is there to make sure Quaid doesn't say or do anything that would potentially break his memory block (like going to Recall). If you believe everything is in Quaid's mind after he goes to Recall, then Harry really was just his friend.

Jason Hoffman
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