The Ring

Revealing mistake: In the scene when the main character is in the library on the internet, she goes to a couple of websites. When the shot shows the URL up top, it is C:\windows98\mydocuments\etc.html. Instead of actually searching on the web they used a premade html page and accessed it from their computer.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Noah breaks into the mental institution's record room and is looking through Anna's files, there is a visible arm with a blue sleeve to his right, even though he is alone. (01:06:20)

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Suggested correction: I played this scene three times and couldn't see any arm with a blue sleeve. Noah is standing in a narrow corridor with his profile to the audience with file shelves both in front of and behind him. For an arm to appear to his right with respect to his position, most of, if not the entire body of the owner of the alleged arm would have to be visible. If the arm is supposed to be to his right with respect to the viewer's perspective, it would have to reach out either from behind or through the shelves behind him.

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Continuity mistake: Samara, as seen in the psychiatric sessions on the videotape, has a prominent gap in her front teeth - yet when she decomposes in Rachel's arms down in the well, the skull that is left has perfect teeth with no visible gap.

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Factual error: In the scene where Noah analyses the tape, he says that the 'timecode' seems to be invalid and says that every tape has a track where you can see what device was used to record it, etc. The video technology explanation originates from the original, Ringu, with the plot of The Ring changed to make it more applicable to average Americans. But a VHS tape does not have a special track for timecode. It is possible to lay a timecode onto the tape in either an analogue form via a special audio channel, or as digital information on lines 16 and 18 of the vertical interval. But this 'timecode' is only used for professional video editing. A standard VCR, like the one they were playing the tape on, does not use this, and therefore makes Noah's explanation a minute of utter nonsense.

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Continuity mistake: After Noah sees the video at Rachel's place he joins her on the balcony. His hair is hanging over his face but when they go back in it's combed back. (00:29:20)

NancyFelix
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Continuity mistake: After Noah is killed by Samara, Rachel comes in. She steps up to the chair Noah sits in, looking away from her. She rotates the chair counterclockwise to look at him. We don't see his face yet. We do see it near the end when Rachel has a flashback. For a split second, Noah's face is revealed in the chair now rotating clockwise. It should have been turning the other way around. (01:43:40 - 01:46:05)

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Revealing mistake: During her research on the video tape Rachel comes across a picture of Anna Morgan drinking champagne with some friends. It's quite obvious that her picture has been copied in. (00:41:25)

NancyFelix
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Revealing mistake: When Rachel is racing to save Noah, she is trying to call him on her cell phone. There is a shot of two hands on the steering wheel as the car turns and then a cut to her holding the phone in one hand a split second later while she was talking the entire time, showing that the shot with both hands was a stunt double and not her.

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Continuity mistake: In the extra/cut scenes included on the DVD, there is one where Rachel is in Katie's room snooping around. She goes over to the cabinet that has the TV on it and opens the top drawer, rummaging through it. After looking, she closes the BOTTOM drawer even though she was looking through the top one in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the horse breaks loose on the ferry it gallops down a narrow corridor towards Rachel to finally jump over the railing. When you look closely, especially at the car parked at the end, you see that the corridor changes in alternating shots. (00:55:35)

NancyFelix
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Factual error: When Noah drops Rachel off at the ferry he drives right up the the gate at the dock which is strictly prohibited by Washington State Ferries. The only cars allowed in this area are the ones who are boarding the boat, no exceptions.

OneHappyHusky
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Revealing mistake: After Katie pulls the TV plug she tries to find Becca. When we see her from upstairs there's a reflection on the floor next to her that can only come from a ceiling light. However, there's no light falling on her. (00:06:30)

NancyFelix
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Factual error: The license plate on Rachel's car is not a valid Washington State license plate, while similar to the very outdated original issue plates, which would have never been issued on such a new car, they are missing tabs on the front which were mandatory on those plates and all Washington plates in 2002 when the movie was filmed.

OneHappyHusky

Continuity mistake: When Noah drops Rachel off at the ferry and hands over Aidan's drawing it is pouring. However, only in close-ups of Rachel we see rain coming down in front of her face, but not when the camera shows Noah. (00:52:45)

NancyFelix
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Suggested correction: You actually can see the rain falling when the camera is on Noah. It just isn't as noticeable because of the lighting. It's similar to if you look outside during a rainstorm at night and you can't see the rainfall that well unless you are looking at a street light or porch light.

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Continuity mistake: When Rachel is approaching the top of the ladder upon entering Samara's room at the stable, the camera is following her from behind and it shows her reach the top and wait there for a few seconds, yet when the camera shows a front on shot, she hasn't reached the top yet.

Factual error: When Rachel and Noah end up back at Shelter Mountain Inn, Noah rips up the floor with an ax. When he tosses the cicle cutout of wood planks, there are no floor joist remnants still attached underneath them. Floor joists are necessary for support, otherwise the floor would not have even held up under the weight of a person walking under them. Also, there would be no point in nailing through the planks if there was nothing to nail into.

Deliberate mistake: When Rachel researches Anna Morgan in the Seattle PI newspaper archives she looks through hardback books. The PI has not only been using microfilm and computer archives for years but archives are available on line at www.seattlepi.com.

OneHappyHusky

Continuity mistake: When Rachel lifts Samara out of the water in the well, Samara's hair changes position from shot to shot. First there is no hair on her face at all, then there's some draped across her neck and down the side of her face (which Rachel moves), and finally when Samara "decomposes", the hair across her neck is gone as well. (01:33:00)

Continuity mistake: Rachel goes to the lodge reception and the clerk points out the tape collection to her. She turns and is drawn to The Tape in the centre of the shelf. It is lying sloping up to the left, label spine outwards, spools on the left. When Rachel picks it up to drop it into her bag, it is spools to the right, label spine inwards.

Visible crew/equipment: In the end, when we see the closeup of Samara's eye, you can see several white sheets used to reflect light into her face, as well as the reflection of the camera, in dead center of her pupil.

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Dr. Scott: You don't want to hurt anyone.
Samara Morgan: But I do, and I'm sorry. It won't stop. Everyone will suffer.

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Trivia: When you see Samara standing in front of the well (before Anna pushes her in) she is singing the same tune as the music in the video.

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Question: When does Rachel realise if she shows the film to someone else she won't die? And if she knew, is that why she showed it to Noah, to kill him on purpose?

Answer: Rachel doesn't know that showing the film to someone else will cause you not to die until death skips her. She remembers that Samara wanted to be "heard". She never meant to kill Noah.

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Answer: At the end of the movie, she is crying about why she wasn't killed and Noah was. She vocalizes "What did I do, that he didn't?" That's when she sees the copy she made. It wasn't that she just showed it to someone else. She made a copy and Aiden watched that copy. Aiden is why it skipped her.

Almost right. It's just the copy. Copying the video makes it skip you. That's why she has Aiden make a copy as well.

lionhead

You have to show the copy to someone else as well. That's why Aiden asks Rachel at the very end "What about the person we show it to? What happens to them?"

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But doesn't he have less than a day left by then? Hardly a time to relax, they need to make a terrible decision, quickly. I always had the idea making a copy was enough because of that.

lionhead

He watched the tape the morning of either Rachel's 4th or 5th day, so he should have at least 3 days left by this point. Though it appears the film was being inconsistent with the markings that Samara leaves on the tape's viewers, since Rachel noticed Samara's hand print on Aiden's arm and then his nose started bleeding. For Rachel, she got her nosebleed before receiving the mark on her arm.

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