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History of the World: Part I (1981) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Comicus is pulled into the Virgin room by Miriam, one of the virgins' says "Who's that?", but her mouth does not match "that".
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When the Roman soldiers arrive to present Cesar with the spoils of war, a fanfare sounds. However when the shot cuts to the soldiers entering, the heralds (trumpeters) are just starting to bring their horns up to play them.
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Continuity 

In the beginning of the Roman Empire Segment, one of the running jokes was the use of a V in place of a U. It seems that great care was taken to do this on every sign. Except the Annual Orgy sign which has two Us on it that were not changed to Vs. U's are also visible on the "Equal Opportunity Employer" sign at the Unemployment Office.
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As Comicus and Swiftus are watching Josephus performing on the slave auction block, there's a girl standing behind them in some shots and not in other shots.
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In Caesar's palace during the feast, wine is spilled on Caesar's toga but the stain disappears in subsequent shots.
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When the nuns line up at the side of the pool there are only 12 of them, but then you see 16 of them swimming in formation.
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Factual errors 

In the prehistoric man segments, the narrator refers to "Homo sapien" instead of "Homo sapiens".
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Revealing mistakes 

When Josephus slips on the banana peel, his foot misses the peel.
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In the Spanish Inquisition musical number, the nuns do an underwater show that ends with them standing on a menorah. It is clearly visible in the movie that the action is in reverse.
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When Comicus, Miriam, Swiftus and Josephus reach the 'river', the tops of the water remover are obviously visible just below the surface. Later, it is obvious that the water is being dumped into a pool-like area in the middle of the river to create their path.
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When Comicus, Miriam, Swiftus and Josephus are escaping in the cart, the shots from behind the cart shows the tire tracks from the vehicle the camera is mounted on.
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During the Stone Age segment, when Orson Welles narrates about the Cavemen discovering "Humor", A caveman unsuccessfully tries to humor the others with his comic routine before being snatched away by a dinosaur. As the dinosaur snatches the caveman comedian away, you can see the cables used to hoist him.
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When Comicus and the others are escaping from Rome in a carriage being pulled by Miracle, the carriage has thin narrow wheels, however the tire tracks it leaves when they're pulling away are wide and have treads like regular car tires.
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