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(1980)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After General Kala announces the execution of Zarkov and Barin, there is a small scene when the gold faced guards are lined up and ordered to march by their superior (in some distorted voice). The distorted voice matches the mouth movements of the superior for several words, then doesn't as his mouth is closed. However, the voice continues to sound off.
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Character error 

On Ming's console listing catastrophes, Typhoon and Hurricane are listed as separate items. Typhoons and Hurricanes are the same weather system and are just called by different names around the globe.
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Continuity 

At the very beginning of the film, Ming and his henchman are discussing "an obscure body in the SK system", which the inhabitants refer to as the planet "Earth", pronounced as if the word is completely foreign to them. However, at that moment, Ming activates a button on his console labeled "Earth Quake".
During the fight between Flash and Prince Barin, the cuts on both men from the whips (especially the cuts on the face) change positions and sometimes disappear altogether.
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In the same fight, Flash's shirt (that he wore in Aboria) goes from clean to dirty and then clean again.
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When the young Arborian is struck by the Stump Beast, he is shown as bleeding light green. But whenever Prince Barin is wounded, he bleeds red.
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Again in the same fight, some of the spikes on the fighting platform can be seen folding under both Prince Barin and Flash's body as they fall on them (watch closely as the scene changes quickly), clearly showing that the spikes are made of rubber.
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During the wedding sequence, Prince Barin is roaming around Ming's Palace. He is at one end of a corridor when he shoots one of three guards who appear from around a corner at the opposite end. When we next see him, Prince Barin and the remaining two guards have switched positions (Prince Barin is now standing over the body of the guard whom he initially shot down).
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When one Ming's guards looks through a porthole of the ship, it seems that he is just outside. The next shot reveals a crowd of guards, but they are behind the ship and far away from the capsule.
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When Dale and Flash are in the plane to leave Dark Harbor, they fasten their seatbelts as turbulence begins. When it gets really bad, Dale jumps into Flash's lap without unfastening her seatbelt.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Flash is hiding from the Ajax in the cloud, in one shot you can see the stage on which the scene was filmed for two frames.
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The wires holding the flying tracker are clearly visible as it flies upwards after destroying Zarkov's gun.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Flash holds out his hand to help Baron over the edge of the tilting combat platform, one of the spikes bends as Flash's leg pushes against it.
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In the shot of the Ajax cruiser after the Hawkmen have taken it, it is seen with a swarm of Hawkmen following it. During this shot, the superimposed Hawkmen are not composited in for the first frame.
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There are many blue-screen compositions where characters or items appear partly transparent. This is probably due to the copying process for the travelling mattes that were used to superimpose the effects shots over one another.
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As the Ajax approaches the city, the smoke emerging from it is retained within a rectangular border which moves in steps as the Ajax drops downwards.
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When Flash and company first arrive at Ming's palace and see the floating orb droid for the first time, three wires holding it are clearly visible. Later as it floats down the hallway two holes punched in the extended pieces are seen where the wires are threaded through.
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In the shot of Vultan speaking to Flash after Ming dies, there is a Gold Helmeted Guard laying (apparently) dead in the rubble near Vultan's feet. The actor playing the guard moves his head slightly forward then stops.
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When Princess Aura is showing Flash how to fly the ship when they are traveling to Arboria, she tells him, "The left lever controls direction, and the right controls altitude". Moments later while still flying, Aura tells Flash to take a left over Frigia. She pushes on the right control lever.
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