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Pitch Black (2000) Poster

(2000)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During Fry and John's discussion about his drug habits, Fry's lips don't move during her last line.
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Character error 

Paris says that spirits "over 45 proof burn quite well". Spirits over 90 proof (45% alcohol by volume) are highly flammable. Lower proof spirits need to be warmed before their vapor can be ignited.
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When Johns says how long could the eclipse last. A few hours or a day tops. Imam says that will be a lasting darkness 2 planets are moving as one. He should have said 3 planets moving as one. Same thing goes for the eclipse itself. Should have been 2 planets blocking the 3 suns.
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Continuity 

When they are all in the room, drinking water, discussing what happened to the previous miners, the bruise on Riddick's head disappears between shots.
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Shazza rips up the same tarp that Zeke already ripped up.
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The drop ship that is found at the old compound on the planet's surface is found at around the 25:10 minute mark. Fry exclaims, "Hello, Mecca!" The problem with the ship is that it is faced towards the buildings. Its flight path later in the movie is away from the buildings. How they turn the ship around for a flight path out is never shown or explained.
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When Ali runs into the closet, he is surrounded by a flock of the raptors. In the reverse shot, from inside the closet, there are no raptors around him at all.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the darkened hallway immediately after the eclipse, the shadow of a camera is visible (at least in the wide-screen version) on the left third of the screen.
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Although the planet's surface is supposed to be completely dark - "pitch black", as it were - the landscape is actually almost always fairly brightly lit, and the characters habitually have visible, very distinctive shadows that clearly betray the strong lights they used in the filming. The less light the characters themselves are carrying, the more obvious this becomes.
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Factual errors 

The planet's only night occurs during a rare planetary alignment. As the ringed planet dawns on the horizon, it progresses visibly, moving so fast that the eclipse is already happening after just 2 minutes. Any planet appearing that large would be catastrophically close, but that detail isn't as important as the fact the rate at which it is rising would mean the entire event would be finished in just 5 minutes. And that's assuming the entire body of the planet transits the primary stars. It doesn't, though. Clearly only the edge of the ringed world blots out the stars. That would mean the crew would only need to survive the next minute before they were safe again. Yet the rest of the film takes place in darkness till the very end.
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Right after everyone realises that the planet is lit by three suns, only one set of shadows cast per person is visible on the ground. Due to multiple sources of light around, there should have been multiple set of shadows cast by each person. (around 0:16:26 in the theatrical version)
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The spirits bottles are supposed to provide light as spirits "burns rather well". However the flame produced by burning alcohol is blue and dim, far from the yellow smoky, kerosene-like flame displayed in the movie.
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The cutting torch Fry looks for is an oxygen-acetylene torch. However, when they have to cut their way into the next compartment, Riddick is using a plasma cutting torch. An oxy-acetylene cutting torch would leave the edges of whatever it cut glowing red. When Riddick comes through the hole he just made, the edges aren't glowing. Furthermore you can see from over Riddick's shoulder that the plasma cutter's tip is cylindrical and a larger diameter with no taper and the oxy-acetylene tip is smaller and tapers to the end.
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When Johns says that it's a bit of a bad sign being Riddick's direction. Fry says that she thought Johns found his restraints towards the sunset. Johns replies that means Riddick went towards sunrise. With 3 suns, 2 opposing 1, they couldn't possibly know where is sunrise or sunset. Or morning or afternoon for that matter.
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When Johns loads his tube-fed shotgun toward the end, he puts his Red Shell in first, then 3 more shells afterward. We don't see a round rack into the chamber, so the gun is already loaded.

Johns fires a shot, then the next round is the Red Shell. In reality, the red shell would be the last round to cycle into the chamber, because it is farthest up the tube. The rounds feed into the chamber starting with the last round fed into the tube.
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We see the suns rise, so the planet rotates. So the only way it could have eternal light is if the suns were consistently opposite each other. But then there would be no way for a single planet to eclipse it.

It is also hard to see how even the eternal light could work in a gravitationally feasible system. It would have to be at their point of common rotation, assuming that was stable.
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The twin suns shown being blocked out by the ringed gas giant are shown to be at the same location relative to one another in space. This is not possible as their gravity would have them tidally locked and thus would have destroyed them and likely half of their system. While it's possible that they would occasionally align, to do so more than briefly would tear them apart.
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Miscellaneous 

During the talk between Caroyln and John's about his addiction around 55 minutes in, you can hear "quiet on the set" yelled out two times in a shallow echo from back stage.
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When Fry finds the model of the solar system the first time, it rotates counterclockwise and the counter goes from 15 to 16. At the second time, when the counter goes up multiple years, it rotates clockwise.
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When Riddick is put in "chains" again. After Zeke dies. You can clearly see that the "chain" is a telephone cord going above his head. Can be seen very clearly in the conversation between Johns and Riddick just before Riddick is freed. No money for chains.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During a solar eclipse it is impossible to see the full shape of the eclipsing object - you can only see the sun's disc being obstructed. This is due to the fact that the back side cannot be darker than the dark sky around - which is still true when there is an atmosphere which diffuses the sunlight at the location of observation. However, during the eclipse scene, the obstructing planet is clearly visible from its back side. This would be entirely possible in a three-star system.
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When Carolyn walks into the lab at the human settlement there is a model of the planet, its surrounding planets and the three suns. The planet they are on is not the object everything is rotating around, it is the 2nd planet from the center. So that the ringed planet blocks two suns and a smaller planet blocks the blue sun. However, what the planets and suns are rotating around, if anything, is unknown to the viewer.
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Solar power doesn't "work" in the manner suggested by the film. The cells would charge batteries which would then be used to drive motors. A solar system that required constant light to run would be inefficient and completely useless at night. The solar dune buggy would have charged its battery system and then run so long as the batteries were charged. The same would go for any of the lights or equipment powered by the solar cells;

(however, given that the planet is continuously bathed in light, there would be no need to store solar power, so the equipment may not have had batteries.) This "correction" makes even less sense as (again) there would be no advantages to constructing a vehicle that runs only when light hits it. The panels can become dirty or even inactive, which is why there are BATTERIES in the system which are charged by the solar panels.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the crew is brought out of stasis by the computer, the shot of Simon Burke's character being ejected from the stasis chamber is actually a shot of Cole Hauser being "kicked" from the chamber. There was no shot of the character Owens being "kicked" from the chamber. This can be seen in slow motion.
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During Riddick's monologue in the beginning of the movie, right after he says "Smelled a woman", Shazza opens her eyes for a second while she's supposed to be in her cryo-sleep.
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When Fry is climbing out of the cave, the "solid" walls shake.
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Obvious doubles in the scene where the crew boards Shazza's ride to escape from the eclipse, just as they ride through the skeleton barrier.
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The distance between the crash site and the base is shown inconsistently. WHen the solar buggy is running, it takes the group a few minutes to make the trip. WHen it's not, the distance expands to multiples of miles requiring the group to trudge several hours to get there.
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The distance between the crash site and the base is shown inconsistently. When the solar buggy is running, it takes the group a few minutes to make the trip. When it's not, the distance expands to multiples of miles requiring the group to trudge several hours to get there.
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Continuity 

When Carolyn surprises Riddick by making it to the skiff, they engage in conversation with Carolyn standing drenched in the rain and Riddick standing inside the ship. Riddick who himself was outside in the pouring rain only minutes ago is completely dry.
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After Johns is killed by the creatures, Carolyn and three others start running back. Riddick meets up with them. All of them besides Riddick are holding makeshift torches. When Riddick starts talking to them, the torches are lit, but in the next shot, they are unlit.
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After Zeke shoots the wounded passenger who was mistaken for Riddick, the blood splatters all over Shazza's face and chest. In the next shot, the blood is gone, including whatever trace of it would have been on her clothing.
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In the scene just before Johns is killed he loads the shotgun and uses it as a prop to stand up. The barrel is plugged with dirt when he gets up, in the next scene it is not plugged as he attempts to shoot the monster attacking him.
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