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(1985)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the Goonie house, when Mouth, Mike, and Brandon tell Chunk all his made up stories, Mouth tells him about when he said he ate his weight in pizza. Mouth says "Godfather's Pizza," but mouths "Pizza Hut." Pizza Hut refused to be mentioned in the movie, so the shot was overdubbed.
When the people in the car reveal themselves to be the Fratellis, Jake Fratelli starts to sing a song in Italian. When the camera turns to show Chunk screaming, you can still hear Jake Fratelli singing, yet you see him in the mirror and his mouth is closed.
When Troy grabs Brandon on his bike and sends him hurtling off the road, Brandon yells out but his mouth is closed.
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When the Goonies first walk into the tunnel, Andy says "We've been walking forever. How far do we plan on going?" while mouthing something else.
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Character error 

When the Goonies are arguing in the basement of the restaurant, Mikey (Sean Astin) calls Josh Brolin by his actual name (Josh) instead of "Brand," his character's name.
When The Goonie Boys (minus Brand) ride their bikes to the shore, Mikey drops the map, jumps off his bike to go get it, and leaves his bike in the middle of the road.
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Continuity 

When the kids are jumping off the pirate ship, Data jumps off twice.
When Sloth breaks his chains to release himself, he rips them out of the wall. However, you can see from how he is chained that he is not only chained to the wall, but his hands are cuffed together. He does nothing to break the cuffs on his wrists yet when he rips the chains from the wall, the cuffs disappear.
While going down to enter the cave, Data's shoes are white with a black Nike sign. In the next shot he is wearing black shoes and a white Nike sign.
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In the underground tunnels, Mama Fratelli never appears wet, even though they would have chased the Goonies through the waterfall at the wishing well and down the water slide tunnels to arrive at the ship.
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While Mikey's Mom is showing Rosalita the house, she moves items around the room and gets a white paint-like substance on her right hand, which seems to come from one of the items. In the next shot, when they come back down the stairs, her hand is clean.
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After the Fratellis pull the kids out on the deck of One-Eyed Willie's ship, Mouth has a mouth full of jewels. When Data shoots the suction cup dart at Mama Fratelli's gun and it starts to pull him toward her, Mouth's mouth is open and no jewels are there; in the next shot they are back.
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Andy is made to walk the plank. While she is on the plank her arms are tied together; while she is falling her arms are crossed. Then back in the water they are tied again.
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When they dump the jewels into Mikey's mother's hands, her fingernails alternate between painted and bare.
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When Andy makes the first mistake on the bone piano, a huge hole appears and Mouth almost falls in. When she makes the second mistake, another hole appears and Brandon almost falls in, but the first hole has gone, and only reappears when the puzzle is solved.
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Mikey removes the broken glass twice from the map frame.
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On the pirate ship, while Mouth is reading the map, Andy picks up the doll twice and sets off the booby trap twice.
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When the Fratellis are about to make everyone walk the plank aboard the Spanish ship, we see that Sloth is wearing boots. When the Fratelli brothers try to distract him by making him jump rope, there is a close-up of his feet in which he is shown wearing sneakers.
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Andy's foot repeatedly switches from on the bucket to off when they're in the well talking about Chester and that they got further than him. Then we see her put her foot up ready to be pulled up.
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When Chunk is drinking out of the cooler it is almost empty but when he hits it and grabs it to try to keep it from falling it is more than half full.
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Right before they found Chester Copperpot's remains, both Brand and Mouth were carrying different lanterns. In the next scene, Brand was carrying the lantern that Mouth had, with no time to switch lanterns.
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After crossing the log over the river, as Data turns to make a rude gesture at the Fratellis, he is shown turning over his right shoulder. In the next shot, taken from the other direction, he turns over his left.
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The logs in in the fireplace at the Fratelli's basement have burning embers on them. Then the embers are out when the Goonies enter through the secret hole. Then the embers are burning again when the Goonies tell Chunk to go get help.
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Mouth thanks Stef for offering to save his life; a reference to a cut scene.
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When Mikey asks Mouth to translate the map in the attic, Mouth is wearing a pirate hat. In the next shot, the pirate hat is gone, with no time for Mouth to have taken it off.
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When Chunk is watching the police chase, he puts a slice of pizza in the window. In the next shot, he turns it around. In the last shot, it's back where it was in the first shot.
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During the chase with the Fratellis, the police shoot three bullets into the back of the jeep. When Chunk finds the jeep at the restaurant, the bullet holes are in completely different places.
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The red bandana headband on Josh's character keeps changing its design back and forth.
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When Brandon gets the paperwork from Troy's father, it's folded in thirds by the width. When he walks back up the sidewalk to the porch, it's folded in half lengthwise.
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While the boys are going through the attic, one of them knocks over a picture frame. The framed object is horizontal, but the hanging wire in the rear of the picture is for a picture that is framed vertically.
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They break the hole in the wood on the pirate ship, with jagged edges. Later, when Mikey looks back down the hole to the others, the hole is perfectly square.
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The sink that Mouth is sitting in at the Walsh home is different in the close-up of Brandon turning the water on.
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When Data gets on the zip-line to Mikey's house, the back of his hands are facing the house. When he starts to move down the line, his hands are the other way.
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Troy reads "Guns & Ammo" on the toilet. At first, the headline reads, "The 2nd Amendment Means What it Says." Seconds later, it reads "40 Years of Weatherby Rifles."
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When Mikey is reaching to put the copper stone on the three stones, he has it in his left hand. But when he's putting it on the stones, it's in his right hand.
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When Mrs. Walsh and Rosalita leave, the screen door doesn't close, and is left open when the Goonies go up to the attic. When the door bell rings, and they all go outside, they have to open the screen door to get outside.
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When Chunk follows Sloth down the hole in the fireplace in the basement of the restaurant, he grabs a lantern. He quickly touches it to turn it on, as if it had a switch.
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When the Fratellis get back to the summer restaurant with the pizza it shows one of the Fratellis with a piece of cheese pizza in his mouth, yet Chunk and one of the Fratelli brothers repeatedly say that it is pepperoni pizza.
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When Troy's father and his associate drop off the foreclosure paperwork, you can hear rain, and they're both holding umbrellas. When Brandon walks down the sidewalk to them to pick up the paperwork, their umbrellas aren't wet. Neither is the car behind them, and neither Brandon or the paperwork gets wet.
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When Chunk is holding on to Sloth's neck when they are sliding down the main sail of the ship. Chunk starts out not wearing a hat and by the time they land on the ship's deck he is wearing one.
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At the end of the movie when the Goonies are on the beach talking to their parents you hear someone say, "The worst part was the octopus." There was scene in which a octopus attacks the Goonies but the scene was cut in the final cut.
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At the beach, Francis Fratelli shifted the Jeep into 4LO (4x4 low range, very slow) The accelerating characteristics and highway speeds on the beach don't match a Jeep in 4LO. Shifting at that rate would be very jerky, and the jeep would likely not reach top speeds.
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Brandon fixes the light up in the attic twice
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Jake Fratelli drops the cloth sack on the deck of the pirate ship twice.
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When Chunk toppled statue Mickey ran to pick it up, but when he took it he had inhaler in his mouth.
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On the porch after the foreclosure papers have been delivered, the background shows trees in full bloom/growth with no end of season coloration, yet the wind and rain are blowing many fall colored leaves onto the porch.
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Data carries a lantern when he starts across the log bridge. The lantern disappears from his hand when he activates the "slick shoes."
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The treasure map that is first looked at in the attic has holes and red spots on it (matching the deleted scenes in the convenience store and outside the restaurant) but the one that Mikey opens in the kitchen for all the boys to look at (right after the attic scene) is much more intact and clean.
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The Goonies arrive at the restaurant and see the black sedan belonging to the two "Feds" who go inside. After that, the vehicle is inexplicably gone.
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In the restaurant basement Stef finds a newspaper on a pillar that tells about the Fratellis and the others look at it. A moment later when the freezer door is opened, the newspaper is back where it was found without any indication that it has been put back.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the kids are climbing the rope-ladder onto the ship, a crew-member's arm is cueing an event in middle-left of frame.
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When Mikey picks up the line of string for the first booby trap, an adult hand pulls at the string first.
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When Sean Astin and Josh Brolin hug on the front porch, you can see director Richard Donner's trailer in the background.
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A camera is visible in the ORV's side view mirror when Mama Fratelli tells Francis to hurry up.
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When the Fratelli brothers pull over on the side of the road to grab Chunk, cables are coming out of the back of their vehicle, towards the forest on the side of the road.
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When Jake Fratelli takes his ice cream off Chunk, director Robert Donner can be heard giggling off-screen, when Chunk starts to cry.
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Errors in geography 

The story takes place in Astoria, Oregon, but the beach scenes are clearly shot north of Cannon Beach, with Ecola Head in the near background and Haystack Rock farther back. Cannon Beach is 30 miles from Astoria, too far for the kids to reach by bicycle to in the time given. Aside from mountain logging roads, the only road connecting the two towns is Highway 101, which carries too much traffic for kids to ride on. Astoria is also about 10 miles east of the coast.
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The final scene looks out to sea, with the sun in the background. However, the scene is supposed to take place in the morning, not late afternoon (as it would have to be with the sun in that spot over the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast).
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Factual errors 

When Chunk is on the phone with the sheriff and Sloth pulls out the cord that connects the receiver to the phone, a dial tone is heard on the sheriff's end. Unplugging that cord wouldn't have disconnected the call.
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Tires would not deflate by removing caps from them, only by twisting off vents.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the end of the movie, Data tells the news reporters that the "octopus was really scary". This actually refers to a deleted scene, but there's nothing to indicate that he wouldn't just make stuff up and talk about something which (in the final version of the film) didn't happen. The octopus scene is included in the TV version of the movie.
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The balloon used for the automatic gate changes color from red to pink. The change was most likely a result of the red balloon stretching to its popping point and the stretching made it whiter, meaning it would be pink.
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When the kids ride to the restaurant, Chunk begs everyone for a Baby Ruth that he supposedly doesn't have. When he meets Sloth, he offers a Baby Ruth that he probably got from one of the others on their way over to the restaurant.
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The incident with the plumbing makes the water dig a hole in the wall to reveal a secret entrance, however later in this new tunnel, the kids come across Chester Copperpot's skeleton. Since Copperpot had come that far, the wall should have already had its secret entrance opened. However, the basement with the (in-use) pipes was probably built after Copperpot went looking for the treasure.
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Plot holes 

While the Goonies are looking at the printouts of the counterfeit money, Stef is seen in the background trying out the telephone. She hangs it up as if it is not working. Later Chunk uses the same phone to call the sheriff.
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It is not established how the doubloon ends up with Chunk so that the Fratellis are able find it (but this was probably filmed and deleted because the screenplay indicates that Chunk retrieves the doubloon when the Goonies all fall to the floor after being frightened by Sloth).
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Revealing mistakes 

As One-Eyed Willy's ship leaves the cave, the rocks that fall into the water float.
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When Mouth translates the map from Spanish, somehow the words in English still rhyme.
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When the pressure builds up and Troy is launched off the toilet by large amounts of water, you can easily see the platform he is sitting on and the pipe that pushes the platform up. Also, he is wearing red underwear on the toilet.
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When Mikey's dad tears up the contract and tosses the pieces into the air, you another extra bunch of pieces are thrown up in the same direction, a second after the initial throw.
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When Sloth is watching TV before he breaks free, there's a shot of the TV where Sloth's face is reflected on the screen. His face is deformed, but the reflection of his face on the TV screen doesn't show his right eye deformed.
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Strings that hold the bats can be seen.
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When Sloth swings down to rescue Stef and Mouth from the plank, you can clearly see that there is a mock-up of Stef and Mouth that Sloth is rescuing, not real people.
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When Chunk kicks over the framed article of Chester Copperpot in the attic, an adult's hand picks it up.
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When Data starts the printing press, you can see the plates say the number "100" and the word "hundred". But after the press feed the paper though, they come out as $50 dollar bills.
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Willie's treasure is shiny and very clean. If the treasure had been lying around untouched for centuries, it would have been covered in dust, dirt, and cobwebs.
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The "smoke of success" emanates from the bone pipe organ slightly before Andy hits the final correct chord.
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Chunk has a mole on his left upper lip. It's particularly obvious when he is reading about Chester Copperpot in the attic. But when he is thrown into the back of the black jeep, sees the dead body, and screams, the mole is on his right upper lip. It's Jeff Cohen's own mole, rather than a Hollywood mole, leading to the conclusion that the negative was flipped.
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When the bats fly out of the fireplace, in the scene in which the Fratelli's are questining Chunk, it is obvious that some of the "bats" are bow ties.
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Brandon has his hand on top of the gas lantern, which should have burned the palm of his hand terribly. Later, the lantern is used to light candles.
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At the bone organ, when the kids look at the scores, one can see something like a line of single notes (a melody) with a few chords, but quite a long line. The girl just plays a few chords. Furthermore, at one point she says 'a c-sharp d' and nothing even similar to that is played by her.
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The shot showing Data shooting the suction cup at Mama Fratelli's gun was taken from where he shot it at the garbage can earlier in the movie.
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When the Goonies find the pirate ship with the waterfall, one Goonie splashes another. That splash passes behind the waterfall in the distance, revealing that it is superimposed.
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Mikey's dad's first name is established in dialogue as "Irving." He signs "Irving" on the foreclosure paper in the final scene, but the form actually says "Michael Walsh" (typed in two different places). (And odder still is that Mikey's dad's name is Andrew in the novelization.)
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When the kids come across the dead explorer, they pull a baseball card from his wallet. The card is Lou Gehrig from the 1973 Topps collection. However, they mention that he has been down there dead since the 1930s.
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Plot holes 

The plumbing for a relatively modern building found in the lost tunnel indicates that someone had to have been there since Chester Copperpot was lost, thus the tunnel would not be unknown in the local area.
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Revealing mistakes 

The dead guy in the freezer blinks twice.
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