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(2003)

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Jump to: Character error (1)  | Continuity (8)  | Errors in geography (1)  | Factual errors (3)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (4)  | Spoilers (1)

Character error 

Miranda and the other doctors regularly throw around the word "crazy" to refer to patients or Miranda herself, yet this is a stigmatized (and inaccurate) word medical professionals would not use so lightly.
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Continuity 

The length of Miranda's hair changes too much for the three week time span of the main plot in the film.
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The cuts on Miranda's arm that spell "NOT ALONE" change starting positions throughout the movie. "NOT" starts at the elbow, then the wrist, then back to the elbow.
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When Miranda flees from solitary after seeing Chloe and crashing into the two guards, she falls backwards with her head towards the solitary. In the next shot, she is lying the other way around, fighting.
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When Pete talks to Miranda for the first time after the murder, and is crouched with his back to the cell door, two plastic cups are on the floor. As he rises, the cups have changed positions. One is lying on the floor, facing Pete.
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When Sheriff Ryan comes to interview Miranda Grey the location of the bandage on her arm moves from the back of her arm to the forearm and back again.
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When Miranda arrives at the crime scene in her house after the great escape, her shirt is nearly dry, although she hid herself in the swimming pool a few minutes ago.
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When Miranda breaks the window with the screwdriver, the glass shatters on the other side of the door. When she opens the door and runs, she should have had shards of glass in her feet.
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The position of the cigar on Dr. Douglas Grey's desk.
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Errors in geography 

At the end of the movie, they are supposed to be in New York City. However, as Chloe is getting into the cab, you can see a (partially burnt out) Tim Horton's sign in the background. Tim Horton's is a Canadian coffee shop not found in New York. However, in the years after this movie was made, Tim Horton's did open shops in New York.
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Factual errors 

When Dr Pete Graham is taking Miranda's blood pressure, as he squeezes the bulb to inflate the cuff you can hear the air escaping because the valve on the bulb is not closed.
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When Pete is taking Mirandas blood pressure he holds the bell of the stethoscope against her arm with his thumb. This is incorrect for the same reason you don't use your thumb to check someone's pulse. The thumb actually contains a heartbeat too. If you use it to try to listen, as with the stethoscope when taking a blood pressure, or check someones pulse your likely to pick up the sound/beat of your own pulse. If you use your thumb to check your own blood pressure or pulse you will get an incorrect reading, because you'll be hearing/feeling your own heartbeat twice.
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When Miranda is telling Doug about the medications that have been used on Chloe, she mispronounces the last drug, Haldol, as "Hadodol." There is no drug called "Hadodol," and the film's closed captioning gives the correct word "Haldol."
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Plot holes 

There would never be just one person alone running a sheriff's office overnight, especially not if there was a prisoner being detained.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Miranda enters the shed, she is startled by an owl. You can hear it fly around. Owls fly silently.
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When Dr. Pete takes Melinda's blood pressure, the needle on the pressure gauge doesn't move when he inflates the cuff.
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In the storm scenes, the rainfall patterns are circular, a sign of rainmaking machines.
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When Miranda escaped from her cell the second time, the nurse who tried to close the grated fence door to keep her trapped on the cell floor clearly paused in her efforts to wait for Halle Berry to arrive and push the door back open.
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Spoilers

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Plot holes 

After Miranda escapes the institution and travels to the site of Willow Creek, the sheriff refuses to allow her back to the institution because she is now deemed too dangerous, and must stay in the jail. Yet, this development seems backwards. If she is now fine to be kept, without medication, in a jail, it is all the more odd that after the initial murder a judge allowed her to be transferred away from the jail and medicated before the point where she was even awake or cogent.
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