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An American Werewolf in London (1981) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the Slaughtered Lamb when David and Jack order tea, the conversation resumes around the room. The noise sounds like thirty people speaking but in two shots we can't see any mouths moving.
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Character error 

The orderly explains that David is being served toast and jam. However in subsequent shots, it is obvious there's no jam on any of the toast.
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When they leave the truck with the sheep, the farmer has to unbolt two bolts. When he closes it he only uses one.
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As the doctor gets out of his car to enter The Slaughtered Lamb, it's pouring rain so he grabs his umbrella and runs into the pub pulling his jacket over his head, not using the umbrella.
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Continuity 

Amount of Guinness in Dr. Hirsch's cup at the pub.
When Dr. Hirsch speaks on the intercom during his meeting with Scotland Yard, he initially presses the button with his right hand but in the next shot he is using his left hand.
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At the beginning sequence, after he left the car with the sheep, David has dirt on his jacket. At the next scene, only a few seconds later, the dirt has gone.
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When David and Alex are checking out of the market, the close-up of the cashier shows her pressing the register buttons with her left hand. On the long shot, she is using her right.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the werewolf is seen approaching the escalator in the Tottenham Court Road underground station, a foot of one of the crew pushing the werewolf along is clearly visible at the end of the shot.
The couple in the street are the first to be attacked by the werewolf in London. As they walk in the street past the houses, a large studio light is reflected in the windows.
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Errors in geography 

In the opening scenes, David and Jack reveal they are in northern England, and all the locals speak with Yorkshire accents. Yet the terrain is far too mountainous for Yorkshire (the scenes were filmed in Wales).
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Factual errors 

The small boy in the zoo is in his school uniform, but based on the previous scene it must be a Sunday. This is assuming anyone would really be cruel enough to make their child wear school uniform on a day out to the zoo.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

It would seem extreme to take a badly injured patient all the way from Yorkshire to London - a journey of some 200 miles - when St James' Hospital in Leeds would be a lot closer. That is, unless the parents requested their son be taken to a hospital in London, due to ignorance of UK geography or assuming a hospital in the capital would provide the best treatment.

Revealing mistakes 

When Doctor Hirsch is reading the newspaper about the murders, the first paragraphs of the news story relate to the murders, but the following paragraphs (in smaller font) relate to a completely different story (demonstrations by the New National Front).
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When David and Jack are walking on the moors, their shadows are always in front of them, despite them having changed direction numerous times. Additionally, with the moon always being behind them, how are their faces being lit?

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

During the transformation, the lights in Alex' flat are turned on. However, two subsequent shots showing the back of the werewolf and a telephone indicate all the lights are obviously turned off.
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Continuity 

When David is watching TV before his transformation, he sees a contemporary advertisement for The News Of The World, which is trumpeted as being available "tomorrow". The News Of The World only appears on Sunday, yet when Dr. Hirsch buys a newspaper the next day, after the night of mayhem, it is clearly a weekday edition.

Crew or equipment visible 

During the Piccadilly Circus massacre, a side shot of the werewolf reveals part of its puppetry mechanism (a slightly large metal rod jutting out from its stomach). A foot from one of the puppeteers is also visible.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The villagers probably considered shooting David to sever the wolf's bloodline and end the curse; however, it would have been very difficult for them to explain to the police why they'd killed the victim of the attack as well as the assailant.
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Revealing mistakes 

In Piccadilly Circus, when the red car crashes into the orange car, the passenger is already through the windshield before the impact.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Inspector Villiers gets his head bitten off by the werewolf, the werewolf's rubber teeth bend in the biting action.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the Piccadilly Circus car crashing sequences, a fawn colored car skids and sandwiches a policeman between itself and a red car. The safety barrier for the policeman (stuntman) can be seen before impact.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Gerald Bringsley is running from the werewolf and trips on the escalator on the long shot down the escalator where it shows the wolf come in there's a clock above the escalator. Though the scene is supposed to be set at night the clock shows the time as being 13:01.

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