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Damien: Omen II (1978) Poster

Goofs

Factual errors 

Damien reads aloud from Revelation 13 but what he reads is actually cobbled together from seperate sections of the Bible. In order, they are Revelation 13:4, 19:19, Daniel 8:25 and concluding with Revelation 13:16-18.
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Anachronisms 

When been grilled by the teacher regarding important dates in history, he reports the date of the Battle of the Nile as being 1789, when in fact it was 1798. Damien is supposed to be incapable of error during trances like this.
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Character error 

When Carl and Michael are at Yigael's Wall, Carl shouts out a biblical quotation which he claims is from the Book of Revelation, but it is actually II Thessalonians 2:8.
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(at around 17 mins) Dr. Warren puts the daggers into a desk drawer. He then "locks" the drawer. However, rather than locking it, he merely sticks the key in the drawer lock and jiggles it. When he removes the key, the lock has not changed position. Keyholes on locks such as these turn sideways when locked, so he did not actually lock the drawer.
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Continuity 

The close-up of the crow's eye in Aunt Marion's room is the same shot as the close-up of the crow on the roadway. You can see the reflection of the trees along the roadway in the crows eye even though it is inside Marion's bedroom at night.
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The setting goes from fall to winter (with snow on the ground and a lake frozen over) back to what looks like early fall (leaves on trees just yellowing and the grass still green) several times in what is supposed to be a continuous 9 month period - one school year in the life of the titular character. In one scene, a major character dies in the snow surrounded by leafless trees. This is immediately followed by a scene at his funeral (which could only have been a couple of days later) back in early fall. Later, when Richard Thorn is in New York City there's a thick blanket of snow on the ground and he is visibly cold, while back in Chicago, on what is supposed to be the same day, the trees are again covered by faintly yellowed leaves and the weather seems mild.
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When the cadets are outside meeting Sergeant Neff for the first time, there is a closeup of Mark's face. He clearly has 2 pimples on his chin. Moments later, he is shown again and his face is smooth.
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When Ann reads of one of the deaths,the establishing shot of the newspaper shows the front page of the newspaper with the victim's photo on the left of center. In the very next shot, seen from a distance, she is reading from an interior page with a completely different page layout.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected on the roof of the limousine (lower left-hand side of the screen) as the boys are leaving home at the beginning of the film.
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When Damien tells Mark that he's alright after uncovering his supernatural identity, the reflection of a crew member is visible on the end of a trumpet in the inter-cut rotating shot.
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Errors in geography 

When Thorn and his curator are checking the container that holds the wall, they are supposed to be in New York, but the skyline shot and the railroad (Rock Island) reveal their Chicago location.
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Factual errors 

Damien and Mark, and practically all of the cadets, as well as Sergeant Neff, have hair that is much too long for any military academy's regulations.
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When Damien and his cousin Mark meet their new platoon leader, he is introduced as a "Sergeant"and clearly has the appropriate insignia, but Mark calls him "sir", which isn't appropriate and should have been corrected. Even though it is a military school, the school officials are wearing Army uniforms.
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The elevator cables shown to cut both the doctor in the elevator car, as well as the car itself, in half would not have done so. The elevator shaft is too narrow and all elevator cars have at least FOUR cables to prevent the car from potentially sliding down the shaft in the event of catastrophic failure.

Any failed cable would strike the sides of the shaft and the other cables on it was down to the car. It would then encounter the trolley system on top of the elevator. All of these actions would cause it to lose momentum and it would fall to rest on top of the car itself. Even if it cut through the roof, it would not have enough remaining inertia to slice through the entire car itself.
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Miscellaneous 

When Sgt Neff is walking to be introduced to Damien's platoon, in the background there is a cadet wielding a baton which falls apart.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Some viewers have questioned how Bugenhagen's box in Jerusalem could have contained the daggers that Robert Thorn had used in London only a few days previously. The novelization makes it clear that the daggers were returned to Bugenhagen by a priest of the London church where Robert Thorn had attempted to stab Damien.
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Some viewers have claimed that the faces of Damien on Yigael's Wall differ when shown throughout the film. However, Bugenhagen states that the Wall shows four faces of the Antichrist during his rise to power. We only see two of these clearly in the film (Damien aged 5 and 13), with a very brief glimpse of what may be a third face.
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Plot holes 

Simple blood tests could have determined that Damian was not the offspring of the ambassador and his wife. Why this is never seriously addressed during the film is unknown.
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The length of time between the ambassador taking Damian into the church and the police arriving and then shooting him is simply far too long. Even if the time spent contemplating what he is planning to do is thrown in, there was more than enough time to kill Damian or to at least use the daggers to injure him.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Dr. Kane's name is spelled "Kane" on his name tag but "Kayne" in the caption to a newspaper photo reporting his death.
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Continuity 

When Joan Hart's car breaks down, then she is attacked by the crow, and then finally run down by a truck, the setting and weather initially seem dry and sunny. Suddenly, shortly after Joan (now blinded) crawls out of the ditch at the side of the road, the location is wet and muddy, without there having been any rainfall to explain this.
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When Damien kills Mark in the forest, there are 3 shots of Mark's body on the ground. In each shot, Mark's body is in a different position relative to the surroundings.
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When the journalist drives off after seeing Damien at the football practice, the road she travels along has yellow stripes one shot, then none the next, followed by stripes again. As she is run over by the truck, the stripes go white. MUTCD had implemented the yellow standard by 1978 so yellow should have been shown.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Just before Joan Hart gets her eyes plucked out by the crow, you can see the red light of the camera on the steering wheel.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Some viewers have noted that when Richard Thorn sees the face of Damien Thorn on Yigael's Wall the image has green eyes whereas Jonathan Scott-Taylor's eyes are brown. However, one might expect some artistic license of this nature in an apocalyptic mural or painting.
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Revealing mistakes 

Although much is made of Damien's invulnerability, when he screams after he kills Mark, you can see his fillings.
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When the doctor is cut in half by an elevator cable, the body starts to pull apart before the cable hits.
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When the archaeologist and Bugenhagen are about to be buried in sand and rocks, one bounces against the stone wall which moves - clearly rubber or plastic, not stone.
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