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The Black Stallion (1979) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The horse statue on Alec's nightstand was one made by Breyer Animal Creations in the late 1970's shortly before the movie came out. The movie takes place in the 1940's.
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During the final race scene, the crowd is wearing contemporary 1970s clothes, yet the movie takes place in the 1940s.
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When the horse is frightened by trash collectors, it is seen to run down a lane. There is a red sports car parked at the end. The car is an MG model TD, which was put into production either late in 1951, or early 1952. It looks period, but isn't.
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As the horse runs down Alec's street with Alec chasing him, after the red car pulls over, a contemporary (i.e. black with white background) "Speed Limit 25" sign can be seen. Most speed limit signs then were black background with white lettering and would have read something like "Speed Limit 25 Miles".
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Alec is being rescued in the lifeboat and calls the horse, he first shouts "Black!" with his mouth moving accordingly, then "Come on!" without any articulation.

Continuity 

Throughout the movie, the Black Stallion is an Arabian, but during the match race scene, the horse that Alec is riding is a dark bay Thoroughbred.
The layout of the cards in the solitaire game Henry is playing while talking to Alec changes from shot to shot.
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The blanket can be seen in Mother's hand while she is thanking horse after she has already put it on Alex.
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Cyclone, the gray racehorse, changes from a soft pale gray, to a dappled gray, to a very dark gray with a white tail throughout the match race.
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When Alec is being rescued, he is in the lifeboat clinging to the horse. The horse is hesitant to enter the water. When the horse finally does enter the water it is already completely wet.
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When Alec first befriends the Black on the beach using dried seaweed, he runs away from the Black so the Black will chase him, and in alternating scenes during the chase he is sometimes carrying a handful of seaweed and sometimes not carrying any.
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Just before the start of the final race, the camera gives a view from the cage to the main sector for visitors (at the right upper corner), which seems absolutely empty, even though the stadium is overcrowded in the previous and the following scenes.
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Alec is wearing and then not wearing a black mask/goggles prior to and at the beginning of the race with the two champions.
Whan Alec puts the seaweed out for The Black, Alec is first seen near the water, then further away, then closer to the cliff.
When sleeping outside with The Black, Alec is first against the tree, then slightly away, then further away from the tree.

Revealing mistakes 

When Alec encounters the cobra, the sheet of glass that separates them is visible - there is dirt on the glass parallel to Alec's left shoulder.
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The white star on Cass Ole's forehead as well as the white socks on his legs are faintly visible through the black dye in some of the scenes of him running along the beach.
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