Being John Malkovich

Being John Malkovich (1999)

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Continuity mistake: When Craig first discovers the portal door his crouching position changes slightly between the camera shot inside the tunnel and that from the office, and again when he closes the office door and goes back to the portal door.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end after Malkovich gets off the phone with Lester, who threatens him, he has hair over his eyes. In the shot through his eyes however there is no hair seen. When it shows his face again there is still hair.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig and Maxine are speaking with their first client (the "Fatman"), Maxine has a clipboard with paper on top on the desk in front of her. When the shot changes, the blue clipboard is now at the top, neither Maxine nor Craig removed the paper.

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Revealing mistake: At the end when Charlie Sheen is balding you see the edge of the silicone wig in the middle of his forehead.

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Continuity mistake: Before JM goes through his own portal, he puts on his baseball cap with the strap in the back open. Next he is seen crawling and the strap is closed.

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Revealing mistake: When Lotte and Maxine are hugging by the side of the New Jersey Turnpike at the end, the camera pans around them and you can see shadows of the cover and poles holding it to protect them from the rain.Also at one point a large amount of water falls down which obviously pours off the cover.

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Continuity mistake: When Malkovich is in the bar at the end he puts his glass on his lap.In the next shot it's on the counter.Then in the next shot it's switched from his left hand to his right.

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Continuity mistake: Before, during and shortly after his dance JM has a very visible lipstick mark on his cheek. At the end of the scene the mark disappears, then comes back, and then goes again.

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Plot hole: The timing in the film is way off. Given the hours when JM Inc is open, most of the people there would only get to be Malkovich while he was asleep (yes, films have late-night shootings, but not every night); and Craig and Maxine stay up the whole time, then mess with Malkovich afterwards, then get in for work the following morning without showing any sign of fatigue even though there are less than 2 hours left for sleep.

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Continuity mistake: When Malkovich is in the bar at the end he has a glass full of black liquid. When the shot changes to through his eyes he has a very shallow amount of reddish liquid. In the next shot he has a half full glass of black liquid.

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Continuity mistake: The comforter changes patterns in the first scene as the camera switches back and forth to Craig in bed.

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Revealing mistake: When Craig (in John) is doing his dance of 'Despair and Disillusion' you can see the stunt double several times. The most blatant are when he jumps to the wall and lands in a press-up, when he does a forward roll, when he backflips and also when he slides against the wall at the end of the dance.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the chase through JM's subconscious when Maxine enters the portal her hands are tied. When she lands in someone's bedroom her hands are free.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Elijah starts to untie Lotte in the cage, a grey mic is visible in front of her face as she is turning her head.

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Continuity mistake: During his dance JM has a blanket wrapped around his hips. When he joins Maxine on the bed the blanket is suddenly wrapped around his upper body.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig goes up the elevator of the Mertin-Flemmer building the collar of his jacket changes between folded up and down several times.

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Continuity mistake: When Lotte and the chimpanzee get out of the cage there is a rather crumpled black-and-white blanket at the cage door. In the next shot the blanket is stretched out very neatly.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig talks to Maxine in the little pantry on the 7 1/2th floor the way he holds his cup of coffee (both hands around the cup or one hand at the edge of the counter) changes several times.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig makes JM dance for Maxine look at the big white lamp in the background. It changes between standing up and lying on the floor several times.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the scene where Maxine is on the floor of her office and Craig is on the windowsill arguing with her, Maxine's hand goes from resting on her knee to on the ground between shots.

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Continuity mistake: While JM is crawling through the mud of his own portal you see for a split second that he is wearing gloves, which he didn't wear before.

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Audio problem: During the Subcon Chase when Lotte and Maxine go through Malkovich and his date says 'You're creepy' she just nods and her lips don't move.

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Continuity mistake: When Lotte is in Dr. Lester's house she's having a cup of tea. When the camera angle changes the handle of the cup switches from left to right.

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Continuity mistake: When JM talks to his friend Charlie about his strange experience, Charlie is playing with a Rubik's cube. The cube disappears from one moment to the next and is neither in his hands nor on the table next to him.

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Factual error: Eight months after Craig has taken over JM and made him into a puppeteer JM's hair is much, much longer than it could have grown within that period.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene after Maxine has made love with JM for the first time she is sitting on the floor in her office. The way she folds her legs changes depending on the camera angle.

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Visible crew/equipment: After the interview, when Craig and Dr. Lester are sitting on the windowsill, you see the shadow of the boom mike on the upper frame of the window.

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, when Craig plays with his puppet, the puppet hits a glass into a mirror. The mirror breaks and you see big pieces falling down, but in the next shot the glass is back in completely and just cracked.

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Continuity mistake: When Cameron Diaz is in the portal and Maxine is on top of John Malkovich on the couch, they keep on switching shots. One shot shows Maxine and John Malkovich and the couch, while the other is Diaz's view from inside Malkovich. The straps on Maxine's top are over her shoulder from Diaz's view, but they have slid down her arm from the other camera shot.

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Continuity mistake: When Maxine is having dinner at the Schwartz's the wine in Lotte's glass increases although no one has poured it.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig enters Maxine's office after he has been inside John Malkovich for the first time there's a coat hanging over the doorknob. It falls down as he enters, and he doesn't put it back. However, in the next shot, the coat is back hanging where it was.

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Continuity mistake: When Dr. Lester shares his fantasies with Craig while he's leaning on a filing cabinet, he's either talking with his left hand rested on his right arm (seen from the front) or with both hands held open (seen from behind). This changes several times.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig is waiting at the New Jersey Turnpike roadside for Lotte, he is not wearing his glasses. When she falls down, from one shot to the next, he has them on again.

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Continuity mistake: When the first customer comes and asks about what exactly is going to happen he breaks into tears in his low self-esteem. Then Maxine asks for the money, and from one shot to the next he is sitting straight, holding a paper with both hands.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Catherine Keener is being chased by Cameron Diaz, crawling through the cat flap and into the bus, a hand pokes through the flap and helps her through.

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Other mistake: When JM lands at the New Jersey turnpike he has an argument with Craig. When he walks away down the road a car drives by from behind. Someone in the car throws a can at him, shouting "Think fast, Malkovich.". This guy had no way of recognising him from behind.

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Continuity mistake: When John Malkovich goes into his own portal he suddenly is in a restaurant filled with himself. If you look closely you can easily see that instead of carefully using computer graphics and superimposing his head on all the other bodies they just used extras. They got lazy and it is very easily seen that many of the Malkovich's are just older men that are balding and have grey and dark hair.

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Revealing mistake: When Lester moves in the tunnel for John Malkovich's mind, you can see the rope.

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Audio problem: Before Lotte chases Maxine through JM's subconscious she tries to shoot her in the office. Her movements while she aims and the sound of the shot are totally uncoordinated.

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Continuity mistake: When Maxine and JM make love the second time he realizes that someone else is inside him. When he confronts her she is sitting on a sofa, her blouse partly buttoned and one leg over a pillow. When the camera angle changes her blouse is totally unbuttoned and the pillow is on her lap.

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Continuity mistake: When Maxine calls the newspaper to submit the ad for JM Corp., she is sitting either normally or with one foot on the chair and her knee above the table alternately.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig comes to Maxine's office to tell her about the portal, she wants to leave. She picks up her purse with her right hand, but when the camera angle changes she's holding it in her left hand.

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