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(1975)

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Anachronisms 

(at around 37 mins) The American flag on display during the victory celebration seems not to be the "6x8=48-star" flag appropriate for the time period circa 1945.
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In the 'Blitz' scene (set during WW2) the first blazing wrecked car we see is a Ford Popular 100E - a model not produced until 1953.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During "Eyesight to the Blind", Clapton's hand movements do not at all match his guitar playing on the song.
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During "There's A Doctor I've Found", Nora sings, "Let's see him tomorrow," but her lips stop moving and her voice continues.
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Despite piano being heard during the 'Pinball Wizard' scene, the local lad (Elton John) is either playing random notes, or not at all.
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When we first see Keith Moon as himself playing the drums, there are no cymbals.
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Character error 

During the scene at the amusement park in the "Amazing Journey" sequence, young Tommy can clearly be seen laughing while seated on one of the whirling rides. This is incorrect, as Tommy is supposed to be completely unresponsive to his surroundings.
When Cousin Kevin is ironing Tommy after having given him the fire hose treatment, the iron is not plugged in. The power cord is actually in his hand along with the iron.
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When Frank takes Tommy and Mom to their accommodation at Bernie's holiday camp, he sings "chamber 11", but then they prominently walk to the entrance of camber 9.
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Continuity 

Tommy's eye color changes from brown to blue when he grows up at the end of "Christmas".
When Frank Hobbs signs the cheque for Quackson the signature is at an angle of at least thirty degrees to the horizontal. When he hands it over, the signature is level.
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In Eric Clapton's scene ("Eyesight To The Blind"), he begins the scene playing a Gibson Les Paul guitar, then switches to his favorite Fender Stratocaster, "Old Blackie".
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In the "Pinball Wizard" scene, the Who's John Entwistle starts the scene playing a Gibson Flying V bass, and ends it playing a Gibson Thunderbird with a Fender Precision neck (a "Fender-bird"). He also starts the scene with long sideburns, and seems to finish it with a fully-grown beard.
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In the "Pinball Wizard" scene the "Pinball Wizard" (Elton John) pulls the handle to launch the pinball on his machine. The ball is then lost when it goes below the paddles. During the rest of the scene there is a ball in the machine even though Elton John doesn't pull the handle to launch a ball again.
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When Nora throws Tommy through the mirror there are pieces of the mirror falling into the pool with Tommy. When Tommy comes back to the surface of the pool there are no mirror pieces in the pool.
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During the climactic "Listening to You" where Roger (Tommy) is running and crawling through water (clearly soaked), the camera shot changes to meet Tommy as he emerges over the top of the mountain completely dry.
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During Ann-Margaret's "Rain Champagne" scene, the bottle of champagne she is 'drinking' from is clearly empty-several times in the scene it is lying on it side on the floor yet nothing flows from it, and during the close-ups where she is supposed to be drinking from the bottle, you can see that there is nothing inside it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Visible during "Acid Queen."
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Shadow of camera crew visible when Tommy is stumbling around in the junkyard.
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The camera and camera operator are reflected in Tommy's pinball cane when Tommy and Nora are driving in the car.
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Crew reflections are visible in pinball machines' glass during end scene in pinball park.
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(Possibly deliberate error by filmmakers) Camera crew visible in auditorium box, during a sweeping shot at the beginning of the Pinball Wizard sequence. This could be lighting, however.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the Christmas party when Frank Hobbs whips the mask off his face, the young actor playing Tommy noticeably winces, which he shouldn't do if he were deaf, dumb, and blind.
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Towards the end of the movie, just after Tommy puts Nora and Frank's hands together, Nora's little finger moves just slightly.
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In the "Pinball Wizard" scene, the display of high scores shows values in the millions and higher, but the closeups of the counter on the pinball machine only shows four digits.
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