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(1978)

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Character error 

When Scotty is driving in the car with Gloria he tells her he has only three cigarettes left and asks Gloria to hold them, when he slips the film into the cigarette pack, it shows four cigarettes.
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When Gloria and Detective Carlson are leaving to go to the theater, Carlson says that Gloria must come with because she is the only one who can identify Whitey Jackson (he says that she is the only one who has seen him) even though he had previously seen a photograph of Whitey Jackson.
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Continuity 

During the climactic sequence in the theatre, one particular verse from "The Mikado" can be heard repeated in the background in two consecutive scenes.
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After Goldie Hawn's character is kidnapped, her underwear changes from when she is seen lying face down from overhead to when she gets up.
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In "The Mikado", Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, and Pitti-Sing are shown performing "Three Little Maids from School". The film then cuts to Tony and Gloria racing to the opera house. During this time Tony has time to drive several blocks, crash the cowboy's truck, survey the scene and commandeer an airport limo. When the film cuts back to the Mikado performance, only a few seconds have elapsed in the song.
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In the car-chase scene, they pass several of the same cars more than once, on "different" roads.
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When Gloria escapes from being kidnapped, she's about to open the window when her right comb starts to fall out of her hair, unpinning the right side of her hairdo. In the next shot when she's opening the window, the comb and her hair are back in place.
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In the movie theater, the amount of popcorn in the container varies several times between shots.
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Within the first 2 minutes of the film, the Archbishop brings "The Mikado" record into his den/office and puts it on. He puts the sleeve of the record inside the stereo on top of some other, stacked, records. The stereo has a cross on it. As he turns around, the sleeve is on his desk, not his stereo.
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When Gloria is escaping from the apartment where she's being held, she punches Turk in the right side of the face with the brass knuckles, but when we next see Turk (in the Archbishop's office), it is his left eye that is black and blue, not his right one.
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When Delia Darrow/Gerda Casswell returns to the Archbishop's office (after being visited by Tony, Fergie and Gloria), her sweater moves around on her shoulders between shots.
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The pack of cigarettes that Scarface drops out of his pocket falls away from us. Later, we see it facing toward us.
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The bishop's ring appears and disappears on his hand between shots as the couple talk to him in his office.
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The cowboy's truck obviously has a sun roof during shots inside the cab when Officer Carlson is driving it to the theatre. However, in all the shots from outside the truck, there is no sun roof.
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When Gloria is escaping from Turk after beating him up in the abandoned apartment, she purposefully takes her purse from off her shoulder and drops it on the floor; she exits the room and closes the door behind her. In the following shot when she emerges in the next room from behind the just closed door, the purse is again draped over her shoulder.
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When the Pinafore mast falls, Whitey Jacksons' rifle remains clutched in his hand even though he is obviously dead.
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Scarface takes Gloria by surprise in her apartment. From one camera angle he holds around her wrists with her hands close to each other. From another angle her hands are held apart, parallel to her shoulders.
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When Gloria opens her shower curtains and discovers the bathroom window is open, it is clearly night/dark out, but seconds later when she is grabbed by Scarface, bright daylight is coming through the same window.
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After Tony Carlson has discovered Fergie in the basement, Stiltskin appears and shoots at them. Fergie inexplicably disappears from the scene as Tony takes cover behind the wine racks.
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The condition of Gloria's sandwich when she's eating it in the park.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the chase across town in the limo with the Japanese couple in the rear, the car jumps over a pile of sand and you can see a movie camera in the passenger seat.
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At the beginning of the film, when Gloria picks up Scotty on the side of the highway, a cameraman is visible after Scotty gets in the car and Gloria begins to drive off.
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Right after Mr Hennessey offers Gloria a cookie, there is a shot of Esme the snake. Someone's foot, likely a trainer is visible at the top of the screen.
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Factual errors 

The Alan Ladd movie that Gloria Mundy is watching is called This Gun for Hire, not "This Gun is Mine" as it appears in the movie.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Dudley Moore's conducting isn't always consistent with the music. This may not be a goof. A real orchestra conductor is always half a beat ahead of the music. It would be incorrect for him to be completely in sync with the music.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Gloria ejects J.J. MacKuen from her apartment window, he rolls down the streets of San Francisco in a trash barrel and is then launched through the air into an open manhole. It is clear that the person flying through the air and into the open hole is a stunt double since he is a very tall man whereas the character is actually a little man/midget.
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When Officer Carlson drives his car into the Italian restaurant, the spaghetti and fork on one of the plates stays perfectly in place as it slides off the overturned table.
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When the car drives into the pizza parlor and the guy making a pizza crust tosses the dough high into the air and dives out of the way, you can see the dough land a short distance behind where he was standing. The next shot shows supposedly the same crust landing on a woman's face.
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The HMS Pinafore backdrop is brought down with a dead Whitey Jackson hanging off it. Although Whitey's leg is pushed upward, his leg moves in such a way not possible by a dead person.
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In the beginning of the movie when the Bishop opens the cabinet and the mirror in the door moves past him, you can see it's a double opening the cabinet, not the actor playing the Bishop.
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