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Anachronisms 

The Anglo-Zulu War scene is set in 1879, when wearing a mustache was mandatory in the British Army. Despite this, some of the soldiers (like Terry Jones's character) are seen without a mustache.
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Boom mic visible 

When The Grim Reaper talks to the couple and their dinner guests, the boom mic moves along the fabric ceiling.
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Continuity 

In the war sequence, the soldiers give their sergeant a clock, which is placed on the edge of the mound they are hiding behind, clearly visible. In the next shot, the clock is gone.
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In the classroom scene, the young student seated in the rear right corner appears and disappears three times.
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At the start of the miracle of birth section, the mother is traveling head first. Just before she leaves the corridor, the shot from the gurney indicates that she is moving feet first.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the vomiting scene, the end of the hose the liquid comes out of is visible right after the bucket is taken away.
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Miscellaneous 

When Mr. Creosote throws up for the first time in the movie, traces of vomit can be seen on the floor prior to his vomiting, presumably leftovers from previous takes/rehearsals.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the death sequence, the name at the top of the mausoleum is "nitruc" instead of "curtin", so the segment is reversed/flipped.
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In the "Live Liver Donation" scene, John Cleese is clearly chuckling at the performance of his two fellow Pythons.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

The World War I soldier named Blackitt clearly stifles laughter when he is supposed to be dead.
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When Terry Gilliam unzips the Zulu costume to introduce The Middle Of The Film, using the nose-ring as a zipper, the suit separates when it is half-way unzipped, and the zipper continues down the right side of the suit, as the two pieces fall apart.
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