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(1996)

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Character error 

(at around 3 mins) At the Catholic Charities dinner, the Archbishop is addressed as "Your Excellency". Assuming he was a Cardinal (since he was wearing red, not purple) he should have been addressed as "Your Eminence".
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Martin tells Tommy "Aaron" should be in a psychiatric hospital not in jail, murder in the first degree sentences are sent to prison not jail.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 25 mins) While Vail, Tommy, and Naomi are discussing the porno tape, the blue screen of a computer monitor is reflected in Tommy's glasses. But in the reverse shot (showing Vail) the monitor is off.
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When Vail is in the bar drinking shots and talking to the reporter, first he is shown to be sitting on the left of the reporter, then on the right (with the TV to his left), then back on the left (with the TV to his right).
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Martin's cut over his right eyebrow appears and disappears.
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The video recording of both psychiatrist's interviews with Aaron do not match the meetings we originally saw.
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(at around 45 mins) At the original interview, Dr. Molly asks Aaron "How did you meet?" and then she asks "What was the relationship like?". When Marty is watching the interview tape (at around 1h 35 mins), Dr. Molly, after asking "How did you meet?" says "Doing what?".
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(at around 24 mins) Martin's bottle of water changes position on the table beside him between shots as he watches TV.
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(at around 51 mins) When Vail and Shaughnessy are having dinner in the Asian restaurant, the rib on Shaughnessy's plate disappears between shots.
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(at around 1 min) In opening credits Naomi ties Martin's bow-tie (same as tying your shoes) and does so over the points of his butterfly collar. He turns to the bathroom mirror where he checks it and adjusts the bow-tie, but leaves it holding down the points, and nearly walks out the door. But when he turns with an afterthought the points are instantly positioned correctly.
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(at around 1h 21 mins) When Vail is in the bar drinking shots and talking to the reporter, the level of fluid in the glass changes from shot to shot.
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Factual errors 

(at around 31 mins) The blood at the scene of the murder (where Vail comes in some days after the murder), and the blood on Aaron's sneakers, shown in the court, should be brown, because some time has passed and blood coagulates. When blood coagulates it turns from red to brown.
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(at around 1h 19 mins) It is stated by several characters that a plea cannot be changed mid trial. However, it is entirely possible to change a plea before sentencing.
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(at around 12 mins) Joey Pinero hands Marty a CD of Dulce Pontes, and says that the music he liked is the fourth track. In that album, the song used in the film is, in fact, the first track.
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The Chicago PD officers in the film are shown wearing American flags on the right shoulders of their uniforms. Chicago PD uniforms display the flag of the city of Chicago on the right shoulder.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 14 mins) When Aaron pushes Martin Vail against the wall in prison you can see that the wall bends, showing that the wall wasn't made out of bricks or any other hard material.
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(at around 24 mins) On film sets, it is common practice to mark a bottle of water with your initials so that it doesn't get lost amidst the sea of other half empty bottles of water on set, especially if you're the PA or AD tasked with babysitting an actor's water. When Martin walks into his living room to watch the news report about Aaron's arrest, he's carrying a bottle of water that is clearly marked with the initial R.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 35 mins) The actor portraying Joey Pinero can be seen breathing (cold breath) when his supposedly dead body is being lifted from the water.
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