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Xanadu (1980) Poster

(1980)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Danny and Sonny come to the auditorium, three female singers take the stage in the 1940's sequence. All 3 mouth the words, but but Olivia Newton-John does all of the singing. One dark-haired singer occasionally forgets to move her lips.
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When Sonny discovers Kira skating on the floor of the Xanadu building, he calls "You!" from the balcony above. Kira's repartee is "Me," which she says as her face is set towards the ground. Immediately after, she looks up at Sonny and can be seen silently mouthing the same line.
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When Sonny arrives at work, he chats with the security guards as they open the gates for him, but their mouths are closed.
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During "Whenever You're Away From Me," the tap dancer's movements are out of sync with the tapping sounds.
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During the rock and roll big band scene, the rock drummer's movements are out-of-sync with the drum sounds.
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In the opening shots of the "All Over the World" sequence, outside the entrance to the clothing boutique, the mannequin furthest from the camera shouts out counts to keep the dancers together. The only audio heard at that point is the prerecorded song, but his lips are very clearly moving.
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The keyboard player in the "Dancin'" segment.
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Boom mic visible 

When Sonny quits his job, the shadow of the boom mic is bobbing in the top left of the screen.
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Character error 

During the "Dancin'" scene, as the three singers start walking down the stairs, one of the Zoot Suit dancers is on his knees playing with his hat directly in front of them. When the camera pulls back for the next shot he is to the right with the sailor between him and the singers.
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Continuity 

Sonny is left-handed, as we see when he is painting. In the close-up of him drawing, he holds the mechanical pencil in his right hand.
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In the final dance sequence in the Xanadu Club, the second muse to appear in "I'm Alive" has wavy hair just above her shoulders. In the last shot, her hair is straight and almost down to her waist.
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When Sonny first sees the auditorium that eventually becomes Xanadu, the letters on the roof of the building that spell out auditorium are missing the A and R. Later when Kira takes him to the auditorium, the T is missing. In the following scene, when Sonny and Danny arrive at the auditorium, the T is back. Finally, when Sonny and Kira are slow dancing in front of the auditorium before it transforms into the finished Xanadu exterior, the T is missing again.
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At the start of "Don't Walk Away" the rose blooms with nothing around it. In the next shot leaves and stems are right beside it.
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At the beginning of the movie, the muses in the painting on the mural are detailed and fully rendered. Later, when Sonny is about to jump into the mural, the muses in the painting are sketchy and lack detail.
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The jacket, paintbrush, and palette held by Michael Beck when visited by Kira.
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While building Xanadu, at the end of the week, Danny pours champagne into Sonny's glass, then goes to pour into his. When the camera angle switches mid- sentence, Danny is filling Sonny's glass again.
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The sign on the old auditorium doors changes briefly between shots.
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When Sonny first visits the painter's workshop, Richie is working on a painting, which is only partly done. When Richie turns to greet Sonny, the painting is almost compete.
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When Sonny borrows the moped to follow Kira, the weather is warm and the sky is clear. A few moments later on the pier, the weather has become misty and the sky overcast.
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Richie's large painting is in front of the stairs as Sonny enters. When Sonny leaves, the painting is beside the stairs.
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Several times in the art studio scenes, Sonny's paint pallet is replaced with few paintbrushes and vice versa.
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At the art studio, when Kira sneaks up on Sonny painting, his paint smock changes from medium blue to light blue and back.
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When Sonny talks to Kira in her dimension, Kira alternately stands on and off the glowing yellow lines.
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When Sonny enters Airflo records, he goes over to hang his coat up. He then begins to push an easel across the room. It wasn't beside the coat rack in the previous shot.
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In the beginning, Sonny sketches a large pastel drawing, rips it up into pieces, and throws it out the window. The floating pieces are all blank, with no drawing on them.
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The position of the roller skates hanging around Sonny's shoulders changes when he first enters the auditorium.
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At the end of "I'm Alive" when Kira bumps into Sonny, the branches behind Sonny instantly go from still, to blowing in the wind.
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In "The Fall", When Danny is skating in Venice Beach, his red fish shirt is buttoned. In the next shot, his shirt is unbuttoned.
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After Sonny and Danny meet outside the record store, they go to Danny's house--but as they enter house, Danny is now wearing a suit instead of casual attire in previous scene.
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In "The Fall" musical sequence, Sonny roller skates alone along a beach-side boardwalk. In the opening shot, heat waves shimmer up from the ground, and passersby are dressed in bathing suits and other warm-weather clothing. In subsequent shots the sky is grey and the people in the background are wearing heavy winter coats.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The camera crew is reflected in the big mirror during the ballroom dance scene.
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Near the end of "Dancin'", when the two 80's dancers meet the two 40's dancers, a white scrim is behind them. Several pairs of white sneakers and blue jean-clad legs are visible behind it, at the bottom.
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Factual errors 

When viewed from continental America, the sun can't rise out of the Pacific Ocean.
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Plot holes 

If Danny was on foot and Sonny was on a moped, how did Danny catch up to Sonny at the pier? How did Danny know where he was going?
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Revealing mistakes 

When Danny and Sonny meet, everyone around them is wearing warm weather clothing, like bikinis and short shorts. Danny and Sonny are both wearing long-sleeved coats, and cold-weather pants. Danny is wearing a wool scarf and a hat.
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In the auditorium where Sonny and Kira first talk, Sonny says "You". Kira replies, "Me." Immediately after that line as Olivia Newton-John is skating out of frame at the bottom, she makes a silly face at the camera.
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