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(1984)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Andy grabs Charlie and runs (right after she sets fire to the airport security guard) she yells, "I didn't mean it, Daddy!" but her mouth never moves.
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Continuity 

In the scenes where Rainbird plays "John, the friendly orderly" the eye-patch he wears as part of his disguise is in some "John" scenes, but not others. Also, sometimes he wears the patch over his left eye (during the blackout) and sometimes it's over his right eye (when he and Charlie are with the horses).
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It is mentioned several times that Andy cannot use his mind-control powers without placing his hands on his head. But when he blinds the Shop men, he uses his powers while holding Charlie.
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When he first visits Charlie in quarantine, Captain Hollister removes his code-key badge twice as he prepares to leave the room.
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When Cap Hollister is first in the room with Charlie, the door behind him is open over his left shoulder after he had closed it. Then when the camera shot changes again the door is closed.
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When Andy is walking with Captain Hollister and is about to 'push' him, you can see a dark bloody line under Andy's nose. But this only occurs after he 'pushes' someone. This would appear to indicate the scene was shot repeatedly.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Charlie throws the three agents in silver fire suits out of the barn after setting them on fire, the wires used to pull them back are clearly visible as the barn door breaks.
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Errors in geography 

At the beginning when Andy and Charlie are in New York city at one point you clearly see the Washington monument.
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Factual errors 

In the scene where Charlie's abilities are being tested in the lab, she completely incinerates a cinder brick wall. Yet, the ice blocks do not boil until after she turns her attention to them. If the room is hot enough to warp stainless steel doors, wouldn't these ice blocks have been vaporized long before?
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In the barn scene, the water spigot turns clockwise, then detaches from the water pipe. It should have turned anti-clockwise.
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In Charlie's first test, the technician has to use a card key to run out of the room. You see him use it and hear the doors rumble open. A second later, the focus is on Charlie, and we can hear the rumble of the doors closing. Yet, as Rainbird points out, Charlie walks out the doors which have somehow re-opened without the need for a key.
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Revealing mistakes 

As Rainbird is engulfed in flames and is thrown across the barn, you can see the wire that is pulling him.
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When Charlie sends the water valve flying across the barn during her confrontation with Rainbird, you can see the wire pulling it into the side of the barn.
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When she sets the barn on fire you can clearly see a shiny "coating" that has been painted on the horse stalls to "control" the way the stall flames up.
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For several of the fireballs Charlie shoots at the mansion, the guide wires are clearly visible. Furthermore, the explosion from one of the fireballs hitting the mansion, goes of before it reaches the window.
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When Charlie blows up the cars at the Manders' farm, several of the cars already look trashed before Charlie blows them up.
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During the final scene at the farm, Charlie sends columns of fire along the ground at the government men. You can see the blue edges to the flames, indicating an accelerant was used to produce the fires.
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When the spigot goes flying across the barn, it hits the wall next to a stall belonging to a horse named Champ. The shot is reversed, the name and letters on the stall door are backward, as if the scene was shot through a mirror.
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Obvious stunt woman standing on the little bridge, during the fireballs scene.
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When Charlie is destroying The Shop's mansion you can clearly see where the set was cut so it could destroyed easily. Right after Charlie sends the second fire ball into the house the shot pans up to the balcony where a man is burning. In that shot you can see where the balcony has been set to be destroyed. You can also see the detcord explosives wrapped around the pillars to cause them to break off at predetermined places.
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