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Back to School (1986) Poster

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Continuity 

The scenes at the college campus all have the trees in beautiful fall colors except the one in the diving scenes. These trees are all in a healthy summer green.
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During the final dive sequence, Chas already has made one dive, but when he is about to make his second dive and gets cramps, his hair is perfectly dry and combed.
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At the final dive meet Coach Turnbull is wearing a striped knit tie, while he is at the judges table explaining that Thornton is an eligible member of the dive team, the stripes on the knot of his tie change.
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During the final dive meet the diver who gets blinded by the mirror courtesy of Derrick has his appearance change from skinny with longer dark hair before the dive to a much stockier individual with short blonde hair during the dive.
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When Valerie and Chas arrive at the caveman party, the saber-tooth teeth on Valerie's necklace are all pointing outward as normal. In her closeup when she says "Jason said it would be great", the teeth on her left are pointed inward toward her chest. They then return to facing out in the next shot.
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When the football team confronts Derek, Jason is standing more towards Lou near the booth. When the football player picks up Derek, Jason is now behind Derek. In the next shot when Thorton steps in, Jason is back near Lou.
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During the bar fight, Lou lifts up one of the fighters (who is wearing a red shirt and blue jacket). After he's thrown into the jukebox, he's wearing different clothing
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When Chas and Valerie first show up at the caveman party, a girl in a pink outfit passes them and leaves the room. The scene then goes to a wide shot of the party, and the girl in pink is sitting on the couch. When it cuts back to Chas and Valerie, they walk into the room and past the couch, where there is no sign of the girl in pink.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the party ends and Thornton is swimming a boom mic operator is visible. After he dives in the camera cuts out and you clearly see a boom mic operator in the window behind the pool. He's wearing a red shirt and clearly holding something.
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Factual errors 

When the song "Everybody's Crazy" is playing at the caveman party, the record playing on the turntable has an MCA label, despite the fact that that song was released by Columbia Records.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the final scene, Thornton Melon gives a speech as a freshman for the graduating seniors. Even though he never attended college before, he is wearing not only graduation robes, but doctoral robes. As part of his generous donation, however, he may have been bestowed an honorary degree.
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While there is a clear diving double for Rodney Dangerfield, there is too big of a difference to be accidental, it is clearly a joke.
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Plot holes 

In several scene it is indicated that it's cold outside by wearing jackets. But however during the pool scene everybody is outside without shirts on or dresses in bikini. Also people are swimming in the pool like a regular summer day.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Thornton makes his first dive of the movie, he exits the pool on the ladder and there is clearly a cut in the film. He exits the pool dry, no water dripping anywhere.
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When Thornton and Lou are making the Bruce Springsteen sign, the student at the table is supposed to be writing on a poster but the marker is clearly not touching the paper.
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When Thornton takes his first high dive, his diving double's wig almost comes off in mid-air.
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When Oingo Boingo performs at the party, the music is obviously the pre-recorded studio version of the song.
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When Jason is at the party before he goes outside and ends up hitting Chas, he is drinking beer from a bottle. When he exits the building, he is holding a can.
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