Continuity mistake: While Dan [Michael Douglas] is listening to the Alex's [Glenn Close] tape in his car, Alex is following him in her car. They both have to drive through a toll gate and slow down so as to throw coins for the toll fee into a funnel. Observe Alex: As she is about to throw the coins, we see her in close up using her RIGHT hand. In the long shot, we see her LEFT hand depositing the payment.
Add timeAllister Cooper, 2011
Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas pretends to be hurt in the field, Glenn Close says, "My father died of heart attack," and she has a long earring dangling from her right ear. In the very next shot it's gone.
Continuity mistake: There is a scene near the beginning shortly after Michael Douglas and Glenn Close meet. They go to a restaurant and get caught in a rain shower on the way. When they sit down, Michael Douglas is soaking wet. The shot changes from Michael to Glenn and then back to Michael - suddenly he is bone dry. Then the camera goes back to Glenn and then back to Michael and he's soaking wet again.
Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas is listening to a "deposition" (which is really Glenn Close calling him a faggot, etc.) using his ear phones in his new attic home (just before his wife comes up and finds him), the audio tape is not the same one as he was listening to minutes before in the car! The words are almost the same but the inflections are different.
Continuity mistake: (DVD only) In the new ending, when Alex attacks Beth at the family's home, Beth has bruises and a cast on her arm, obviously a result of the accident she was in a few days ago. In the original ending, presumably taking place within the same time frame, when the cops come to question Dan about Alex's death, Beth is fine - no bruises, no cast, she doesn't even look tired.
Continuity mistake: After Alex and Dan go dancing and go back to her apartment, she reaches up to get a door key from the top of an electrical box outside her door. She takes down the key in her right hand and then opens the door with her left hand. The key never goes near the lock or doorknob.
Continuity mistake: At the start of the film we are introduced to Michael Douglas' family life. His wife is in the bathroom getting ready for their night out, Michael is sat on the couch reading and his daughter, Ellen, is sat on the chair watching cartoons. In one shot Ellen is sat on her own, but in the next shot their dog has magically appeared on her lap.
Continuity mistake: Dan plays the tape that Alex made in his car. He stops the tape when he gets home, and after he gives his daughter a pet rabbit, he goes to his den and puts the tape in the tape recorder and presses play - that's all; he doesn't rewind it - but what he hears is the same bit he heard in the car, which is wrong; the tape should have started play where it left off in the car.
Continuity mistake: Playland, Rye NY in the spring, summer and autumn. Alex and the girl walking to the Dragon Coaster. It's spring with the leaves in bloom. Then in stock footage of a different roller coaster being pulled to the top, it's fall with the leaves a golden yellow. Then in other stock footage, the trees are a lush summery green.
Continuity mistake: When Michael Douglas comes home the first night after being a bad boy with Glenn Close, he is shown in the kitchen talking on the phone to his wife at a little after 8:30 AM. Not only does he talk to her, but he also has a whispery chat with his lover, walks all about the kitchen, sits at the table, and the time on the clock doesn't change once.
Continuity mistake: After Glen Close kicks Michael Douglas out of her apartment he's standing next to her bicycle holding his stuff. It can be assumed that he put the stuff on the bicycle seat because in the next shot his hands and the handlebars are empty. But later as we see him getting ready to leave again his stuff is the on handlebars.