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Conan the Barbarian (1982) Poster

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Anachronisms 

When Valeria is squatting with her back to the camera, the stitching of the rear pocket on her modern jeans is very visible.
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When Conan is being chased by dogs about 25 minutes into the film, at least two of the dogs are German Shepherds. This breed was not created until the 1890s.
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Before the battle for Conan's soul, as the wizard is painting his hands, we see that this warrior and thief has very nicely manicured fingernails- which we also see on Valeria after the battle as she is running her hands over Conan.
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Character error 

When Conan's father tells Conan about their god, he states that Crom does not reside in the sky, but in the earth. Yet whenever Conan prays to Crom, he always looks skywards.
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Continuity 

Conan's mother is pointing the sword at the attackers' leader with both hands on the hilt. We cuts to a shot of Conan standing beside her holding her hand, then back to her with both hands on the hilt.
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During the battle at the orgy, the camouflage body paint on the three warriors keeps changing patterns and alternating between fresh and dull.
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When the princess is chained to the rock, the clasps around her wrist keep changing shapes. Either way, she could easily slip her hands through them at any time.
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When Conan leaves the wizard to go to the mountain on the camel, he carries a bunch of purple flowers. By the time he reaches the mountain, the flowers are white.
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When Valeria reaches for the jewels after they first steal from the tower, her hand is faced downwards but when Conan grabs her and seductively moves the jewel over her, her hand is turned over so she can move her fingers towards the jewel.
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While sneaking into the orgy, Valeria slowly and quietly makes her way over a low ledge on her way to the main area of the cave. At one point, her foot kicks a set of large hanging chains, causing them to swing. In the very next shot of her, presumably after only mere seconds of a cutaway shot, she is in the same position as last we saw her, but the chains are completely still.
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When Conan is being beaten and tortured by Thorgrim and Rexor, in one shot you can just make out the bottom of Conan's father's sword positioned horizontally on the steps. A shot later, when Rexor and Thorgrim pick Conan up off the floor, the same sword is positioned vertically up against the edge of the stairs.
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In one of the takes in the deleted scene showing Thulsa Doom's henchmen killing King Osric, one of them stabs him in the back, but there was no blood. Reason is because the guard missed the blood pack.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Conan emerges from the crypt and cuts his leg irons, a hand can be seen reaching up to snatch the chain out of the way. (No hand can be seen on the R2 DVD special edition.)
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During the opening scene after Conan's father is finished forging his sword, Arnold Schwarzenegger's arms are shown sharpening the sword with a stone.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the orgy battle, Conan slashes a priest across his belly. The actor can be seen pulling a cord to operate a blood pack visible beneath his clothing.
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During the battle at the orgy, Conan slashes a guard across his chest. The actor, with his back to the camera, is clearly throwing fake blood on himself as he falls.
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During the Orgy fight, one of the pillars has a crack visible before the warrior breaks it with his war-hammer.
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Subotai slashes a guard across the back three times, but there is no blood.
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During the fight at the orgy, Conan appears to strike a guard with the pommel (hilt) of his sword. The strike clearly misses, but the guard reacts as if it connected.
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A few of the devotees holding torches toward the back in the night scenes at the end of the movie are swinging and looping their torches. Obviously they are having fun with the flame while they should be morning the loss of their leader.
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When Thulsa Doom fires his snake arrow to Valeria, as they escape mountain of doom, she's hit on her left side. When they stop and unmount and Conan removes the snake, it's on her right side.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When Thulsa Doom's followers throw their torches into the fountain after his death, one extra is seen to be wearing white sneakers under his priest's robe.
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Continuity 

When Conan's father is killed in the beginning of the movie, an axe is left lodged in his back before he is attacked by dogs. When the dogs are attacking him on the ground, the axe in his back is gone and there is no sign it was ever there.
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After Conan cuts off Thulsa Doom's head and throws it down the stairway, the head is seen to stop rolling, still on the stairs. In the next shot, however, the head is not seen, but in later shots, reappears again where it had landed.
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Plot holes 

When Conan throws a fire pot into the Mountain of Doom, it lands on a stone floor. Yet something catches fire and we see the temple go up in flames.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the girl jumps off the cliff for Thulsa Doom, the landing pad is very noticeable.
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When Conan's father is struck in the back with an axe, the pad underneath his clothes is clearly visible.
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