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Earthquake (1974) Poster

(1974)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

If you listen to the soundtrack closely all the screams and shouts during the earthquake scenes are the same looped over and over again.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The motorcycle Miles is doing his stunt on, is a Honda XL-250, which has a 4-stroke engine. The sound of the exhaust is from a 2-stroke engine which were used on Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki motorcycles.
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Continuity 

The glass is visible in the woman's head before she gets hit by it.
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When the airliner is on its way to Los Angeles, the pilot tells the passengers that they are flying over the Grand Canyon, and that he will turn the plane to the right to allow them a better view. In the view from the cockpit, the plane is turning to the left.
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In the television version, the aircraft on which the newlywedsare flying changes repeatedly from a Boeing 707 to a Convair 880 and back again, each time with airline different markings. Nighttime shots of the plane are borrowed from the film Airport
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When Miles try to perform his stunt on the track after the first went wrong, you can clearly see him riding out of the loop again, since the footage used to show the beginning of his new attempt is the same of the first one.
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During the escape from the underground garage, you can see Geneviève Bujold crawling through the tunnel behind the stretcher carrying her son. In the next shot, you can see Geneviève Bujold and the stretcher carrying her son entering the hole in the wall that leads to the tunnel.
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Also the airliner is cleared to land on runway 25, it actually lands on runway 13.
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Rosa takes out her billfold twice at the market.
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When Graff starts out of the garage, the tailgate is down; when he comes out onto the street, the tailgate is up.
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During the chase scene, the branch of a tree suddenly changes position before the county police's car passes the crossroads to join the other two.
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During the earthquake sequence about the Stewart and Remy Graff sheltered under the jeep, the sign 5020 that is upon the lobby of the Royce building falls down but reappears on the top again in the next shot.
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The airliner tells the control tower it is "VFR on top" meaning it is flying in clear weather above the clouds. A moment later a shot is show of the airliner in clear skies; no clouds above or below.
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The man on the plane that is soon to arrive at LAX is seen putting the hi-liter down on the arm rest. The next shot has him X-ing next to a paragraph in a magazine article with the yellow hi-liter. The shot changes back again and the hi-liter is back on the arm rest between him and his wife.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Denise Marshall returns to her destroyed house to look for her son, as she wanders through the rubble, the top of the living room set walls in the soundstage are visible.
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As the farmer drives his tractor towards the scientists in the trench, a shadow of the camera crew can be seen.
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Factual errors 

When motorcyclist's truck arrives with patients and injured boy to the hospital there is an announcement on the overhead speaker saying there is a desperate need for type AB blood. Type AB+ (positive) patients are universal recipients; they can get anything unlike Type AB- (negative). Additionally,AB- is the rarest blood type in the U.S. (approx. 1 out of 170 people). Type AB blood (both +&-) is not usable except to another person with that blood type. They should be asking for people with Type O (-/negative), as they are universal donors. Type O+ is the most common blood type.
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Most, if not all, passenger elevators have mechanical gravity brakes that are automatically activated in the event an elevator plunges uncontrollably.
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After Miles comes out of the loop on his first try, the left handlebar is acutely bent as are the gauges. When he starts his second attempt, the handlebar and gauges are restored. Before his second attempt, his assistant says "We only have one more 250," implying that there is another motorcycle.
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Miscellaneous 

When Remy chases Stewart out of the elevator into the lobby, there isn't any separation of the lobby floor and the elevator floor.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the earthquake, a truck full of cattle turns upside down; however, the cattle remain in the truck, glued in place on the miniature.
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Debris falling from a building in one sequence passes behind part of a matte painting, temporarily disappearing, only to reappear after it falls further into the scene.
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After the stairway has fallen away in the skyscraper sequence, an office worker manages to hold on to a girder before falling to his death. As he falls through a giant pane of glass, the airbag is clearly visible under it and actually shoots out of the top of the frame.
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During the final scene, a looped-in background dialog track repeats itself before fading out.
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There is no furniture in the collapsing buildings during the big earthquake scene.
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When Denise Marshall grabs the tree during the earthquake, behind her back there is only a pale blue background that turns into the edge of a street in the next shot.
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During the quake, Bill Cameron looks out the window of the skyscraper he is in to see two men fall out out of a neighboring window. As they fall, they both disappear behind the matte separating the building facade and the minuature of downtown Hollywood.
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In one shot of the exterior of a building, a large piece of debris lands on a woman's head, but she keeps running as if nothing has happened.
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During the aftershock sequence in the underground parking garage, you can see columns of brick that are obvious props fall, but stay completely intact without falling apart.
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The exterior of the parking garage falling apart with the aftershock is a combination of miniature on the top and live action at the bottom. The debris falling off the miniature disappear behind the live action on the bottom.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

When the dam elevator opens, the water floods out carrying the drowned maintenance worker. You can see the actor forcibly blow out air from his mouth as he hits the floor with all the water around him.
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