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(1985)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Early in the film, during the bad guys hooraw through tin-panner's camp, one member of the gang is clearly shown shooting a 1872 Colt Single Action Army revolver at a steer. The film is set prior to the availability of the SAA and all other revolvers shown throughout the film are Colt cartridge conversions of the 1860 Army model, or the Preacher's cartridge conversion Remington.
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When the Preacher rescues Megan Wheeler from the attempted rape by Josh, a modern bra strap can briefly be seen on her shoulder as she rides away on the Preacher's horse.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Megan is shouting after Preacher at the end of the film, she calls his name twice - the echo following the second time she calls does not match her voice.
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Character error 

Barrett speaks of a four ounce nugget being a quarter-pound of gold. Precious metals (gold, silver and platinum) are measured by Troy weight, which has 12 ounces per pound.
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Continuity 

Amount of snow in town, and seasons in general.
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When Barret throws a stick of dynamite into the tent, it lands near the front of the tent. The explosion comes from inside the tent. After the explosion the lit fuse of the thrown dynamite can clearly be seen.
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The stick of dynamite that Barret throws away after it is dropped by the Preacher explodes much too soon considering the length of the fuse still attached to it.
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When Hull Barret rides into town by himself on the wagon he is fine. When riding out with The Preacher after the fight you can see a cast on his arm. It is also visible as he mounts the wagon. Back in camp, it's fine again.
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One of Stockburn's bad guy deputies, actor John Dennis Johnston, appears earlier in the film as one of the pan-handlers, during Michael Moriarty's night-time fire-side speech about not taking the $1000 to get out of town.
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When Stockburn's deputies confront Spider Conway outside of LaHood's office, they fire 32 shots in the first volley. After Stockburn fires his sixth shot and Spider attempts to fire back, the deputies fire another 36 shots from the same revolvers without reloading.
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In the final showdown, the various scenes are cloudy, overcast and then sunny between shots.
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When Hull drives off in his cart after visiting town and being saved from a beating by the Preacher, a modern white bandage and finger splint can be seen on Hull's left hand. It disappears in later shots.
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At the end of the film, after Megan rides the buckboard back to town and she learns that the Preacher has left, she is advised that she'd kill the horse team to push them any further. A few minutes later, after she calls to the wilderness, she and another character get on board and drive the horse team after all.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the final gunfight, one of the gunslingers walks under a roof overhang on the side of a building where what appears to be a pair of aluminum colored floodlight housings can be seen.
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Factual errors 

When Stockburn and his six men gun down Spider, they fire more than 60 rounds. Since none produce a second revolver, the most they could have fired was 42, more likely 35, leaving one chamber empty for safety.
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Miscellaneous 

When Preacher splashes the man holding a lit match over Barret's wagon with a bucket of water, he actually fails to put the match out.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When the preacher approaches Stockburn he unlocks his firearm to re-chamber it. The bullet chamber he chooses is visibly empty yet he locks it in place and kills Marshall Stockburn. However, this could be a deliberate choice by the filmmakers, in line with other suggestions that the Preacher is some kind of mystical character.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the preacher left, the men find a huge nugget in the dry river. The man holds it easily in one hand. A nugget of that size would weigh at least 30 kilos (66 pounds).
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When Megan picks up her dog which has just been shot dead the dog's body is stiff, an obvious prop.
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Before Marshal Stockburn shoots Spider Conway's large gold filled rock in half you can see that it is already split in half before Stockburn fires.
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When the Preacher shoots Stockburn at the end of the movie the camera angle shows his back and you can see the bullet holes on the left side of his coat, when Stockburn is shown from the front the bullet holes are on the right side of his coat.
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When Coy La Hood gets on the horse for the first time, there is a rip in the seat of his pants.
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In the final showdown, Stockburn is shot several times by the Preacher. In the next shot, small rivulets of blood are shown running out of the bullet holes. Considering that Stockburn is wearing a trenchcoat over a suit, it's unlikely blood would just trickle out onto the coat like that - not to mention a gunshot wound would probably bleed a little more profusely.
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When Club splits a rock in two, the point where the rock cracks open is notably lower compared to the part the hammer actually hits.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

After the preacher enters the café and sits down and tells Mr. and Mrs. Blankenship to take a stroll, he has his back to the door, the comment of which he makes to McGill and his men. Yet, just before McGill and his men set their attack against the Preacher, one of them looks inside the café, where by then he could clearly see that the Preacher had moved away, and yet McGill and his men still fired all those rounds at nothing.
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Continuity 

When the preacher shoots Stockburn, bullet holes can be seen at the back of his trench coat. A few moments later as Stockburn is collapsing, there are no holes in the rear of his coat. When Stockburn is finally on the ground, the holes in the rear of his coat are present again.
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