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(1976)

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Character error 

Toward the end of the film, Jennings says that the place name Megiddo derives from the term Armageddon. Actually, it is the other way around - "Armageddon" is a bastardization of "Har Megiddo", which, in Hebrew, means simply "mountain of Megiddo". According to Revelation 16:16, this would be the site of the last battle in history.
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Keith Jennings, the photographer, says that Megiddo is 60 miles south of Jerusalem. In fact, it is north of Jerusalem, 22 miles north of Shechem and 15 miles south of Haifa.
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Continuity 

When the ambassador is being driven to the wedding and Damian is having a tantrum in the car, the car passes the from of the church 3 times.
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When the photographer takes a picture of the priest the second time, in the park, the picture is taken at a distance if many yards against a background of trees and tall shrubbery. The developed photograph shows the priest in close-up with no vegetation at all.
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When the taxi driver in Rome first exits the cab, his finger is bandaged. A minute later, it has no bandage.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Thorne and Jennings are being chased through the graveyard by the Rotweillers, you can make out the dog handlers for a brief second behind some bushes.
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Errors in geography 

In the first scene when Robert Thorne is being driven through Rome, the time is specified as 6.00AM and the date is June 6th. The sun rises in Rome at 5.30am at that time of year, which would mean it was reasonably light outside, but Robert is being driven in the dark.
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Factual errors 

The process for revealing a photo goes like this: Revealer, Water, Fixer and Water. When Jennings is revealing the picture, he takes it out of the revealer and exposes it to light, without the picture being submerged in fixer. A picture that has not been in fixer will start blackening instantly by the light. He treated the photo as though the whole process had been completed.
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Revealing mistakes 

The guide wire can be seen on the pole that falls from the church.
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Visible breath from the dog at the last scene of the birthday party - in June.
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Jennings shows a picture he had mistakenly taken of his own reflection in the mirror at the priest's apartment. In the photograph, however, he is clearly not pointing the camera at himself.
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When Mr. Thorne is in Damien's room with the scissors while he is asleep, you can see Damien's eyes blink.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Robert Thorne stabs Miss Blaylock in the kitchen, the Rottweiler dog trapped in the basement is heard howling, but his mouth is obviously making barking motions.
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Continuity 

In the final between Mrs. Baylock and Mr. Thorn, the blood stains on the door of the fridge change and some disappear.
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Continuity 

When the young nanny hangs herself, the window is seen breaking in three consecutive shots (outside long, inside, outside medium); it breaks in a different way in each shot (top half, bottom half, bottom 3/4).
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Continuity 

When Katherine falls off the second floor and lands her right arm is pointing up, then they cut to the child looking at her. When they cut back to her, her right arm is pointing down.
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Continuity 

In the final scene at the graveyard the President and his wife can be seen standing shoulder to shoulder as they are approached by the Secret Serviceman. The next camera shot, a split second later, they are standing apart as Damien has now been stood between them, holding their hands.
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Factual errors 

British police officers (especially in the 1970s) do not carry firearms as standard issue, and yet the officers who enter the church at the end of the film are carrying guns.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the graveyard, when Thorne kneels at his son's grave, he bumps the heavy stone lid quite easily, yet it takes both Thorne and the photographer considerable effort to move it a moment later.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Jennings is killed, you can see the hydraulic rubber belt flinging the plate glass off the back of the loading truck towards the manikin upon its supposed impact against the log Jennings was kneeling behind.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Katherine falls from the hospital window, she waves both arms on the way down even though her right arm and shoulder are solidly immobilized in a cast.
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