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Goofs

Continuity 

During the battle of wits, the blood on Buttercup's neck disappears and reappears between shots.
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Anachronisms 

When Buttercup is talking to the Man in Black on the hill, some obviously modern houses are visible in the valley behind her.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

On the castle wall, Inigo says "I'll say" without moving his lips.
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While the Man in Black is on Fezzik's back during their fight, one of Fezzik's lines is heard while his lips aren't moving at all.
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Character error 

Grandfather is wearing his tie backwards, with the small end in front and the big end in back, with the back side of the big end showing.
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Continuity 

When the Man-in-Black knocks Fezzik out and is rolling him over, there's a large rock in the way. At the end of the shot, the rock has moved over to allow room for Fezzik's head.
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The dust on the Man In Black's clothes shifts constantly throughout the duel with Inigo.
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Westley's mustache changes throughout the film, sometimes it is uneven, sometimes it's longer on the sides than at other times.
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Vizzini leaves his boat docked at the base of the rope before climbing, yet when the Man in Black arrives moments later, the boat is no longer there.
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When Buttercup pushes Westley down the hill and she falls down after him, when they both come to a stop Buttercup ends up several feet farther down the hill then Westley. The movie then cuts to a scene of Humperdinck, then back to Buttercup and Westley. However, they are now shown to be right next to each other.
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The car at the head of the bed moves. Also the toys including Captain America and Masters of the Universe figures move.
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The state of the Grandson's peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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In the sword fight between Man in Black and Inigo, when MIB throws his sword down and then proceeds into his flip from the "horizontal bar" onto the ground level, he lands a good five feet from the thrown sword. In the next cut, he reaches a foot away to grab the sword's handle.
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On the castle wall when Fezzik and Inigo give Westley the miracle pill, Westley's right hand is by his side in some shots and resting on his chest in others.
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In the battle of wits scene, the knife that is near the three apples moves in different shots.
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When Westley fights Inigo, Fezzik, and Vizzini and when he runs off with Buttercup, he is clearly wearing gloves. When he is pushed down the hill we see his mask and bandana come off and when we see his hands again his gloves have disappeared and he is without them for the rest of the film.
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After Buttercup pushes Westley down the hill, she throws herself down after him. Towards the bottom, her sash falls off and she's left laying on the ground. However, when Westley goes to speak to her, she is wearing the sash around her waist once more.
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A "He-Man" figure by the grandson's headboard is standing and lying down in different shots.
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When the princess falls down in the lightning sandpit, leaves are in the sand left after she has gone under. In the next shot when Westley is about to follow her, the leaves are gone.
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Buttercup's hair and shadows on her face during the match of wits.
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When Montoya and Westley fight the rope is wrapped 4 times around the rock and comes off the near side. When Humperdinck gets there the rope is around twice and comes off the back.
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In the opening scene, the camera is behind Grandpa, looking over his shoulder, when he pulls out his glasses out, the book is open. When the camera is in front of him as he puts his glasses on, the book is closed.
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When the grandson and grandfather argue over whether life is fair, in shots of the grandfather's face the pages of the book are flat. When the camera turns to the grandson, the top left page is sticking up and has the grandfather's thumb under it.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Westley is fighting the ROUS, you can see a techie by the tree step in and out of the picture.
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During the fight with the ROUS in the fire swamp, when the ROUS attacks Buttercup and bites her dress, you can see the silhouette of a crew member's hand holding the dress in the ROUS's teeth.
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Clear landing pad in the first fight scene when they jump off the rock. The landing is elevated and one can see the rubber mat ripple as they land. The pad can also be seen when Inigo and Fezzik walk to the edge to look down at Westley climbing up.
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When Westley is wrestling the R.O.U.S. in the fire swamp, the tube which shoots the blast of fire is clearly visible just before the R.O.U.S. is set ablaze.
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When Wesley is fighting the ROUS, he punches one in the head and then you see the ROUS's hands pull the headpiece back on and straighten.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Prince Humperdinck correctly identifies the iocane powder after smelling it, even though the Man in Black had earlier described iocane as "odorless". However, the fact that it is odorless is likely why he "bets his life on it" to be iocane powder.
Vizzini mentions Australia's convict colonies during the movie. This may seem anachronistic since the movie has a medieval setting, but this story is fantasy not history. In fact, its being told as a fairy tale from a grandfather to his grandson. In the novel, this was just one of many (intentionally contradictory) clues about when the story takes place.
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When Inigo, Vizzini, and Fezzik kidnap Buttercup in the woods, Inigo looks like a cardboard cut-out, but in fact can be seen to blink. He's apparently just standing very still.
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Plot holes 

When Inigo hears Westley's cry of anguish (when the latter is subjected to the highest level in The Machine by Humperdinck), he explains that he knows the cry was made by the Man in Black, because the latter's true love is marrying someone else later that day. But Inigo has no way to know that Buttercup is the Man in Black's "true love".
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Revealing mistakes 

When Fezzik leans Westley on the castle wall, the wall moves.
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When duelling, Inigo and the Man In Black sometimes have two shadows.
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When Westley, Inigo and Fezzik storm the gate guarded by 60 men, Fezzik is set on fire. But in multiple shots where he is far away, you can tell it's a dummy.
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Obvious stunt performers (one with a mustache) when Buttercup pushes Westley down the hill, and then follows him down.
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When Inigo meets Count Rugen for the first time, it is just after Humperdinck and Buttercup's wedding, which is at night. Yet a window behind Count Rugen clearly shows it to be day.
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Princess Buttercup's dress doesn't have scorch marks after it is burned in the Fireswamp.
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Fezzik obviously being pulled up the cliff by a wire.
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When Fezzik carries Buttercup aboard the ship, he is clearly carrying a dummy.
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When Fezzik is climbing the Cliffs of Insanity, on the long shots it is obvious that he is carrying dummies on his body instead of Inigo, Vizzini and Buttercup.
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When Inigo jumps against the door to get at Rugen, the whole wall moves. Clearly it isn't a real stone castle wall.
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When Fezzik is being suited up to climb the Cliffs of Insanity the front of the boat gets caught on a rock revealing that it is not made of wood.
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Obvious stunt rider for Fezzik in the final scene.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When the camera shows Westley screaming in pain on the Table, you can see modern silver fillings in several of his molars.
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Continuity 

In the king's palace, Inigo battles four of Count Rugen's henchmen. He stabs all four of them, yet there is not a drop of blood on his sword. Later, while battling Count Rugen, his sword suddenly has a lot of blood on it, but this is before he has stabbed Rugen. Meanwhile, Rugen's sword has blood on it from stabbing Inigo, until it all disappears in one shot, and he's fighting with a clean sword.
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Continuity 

In the final scene, in the close up of the grandfather saying, "As you wish," the wall color is different from the color of the wall in the wide shot. This is because the close-up was a pickup shot done well after the original scene was shot.
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Continuity 

When Inigo is being nursed back to health by Fezzik his wet hair changes drastically between shots.
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Continuity 

Inigo confronts Count Rugen and four attackers while Fezzik holds the man in black. Inigo kills the four attackers and chases Rugen. Whan Fezzik returns to find the man in black after breaking the door down for Inigo, the bodies of the four attackers are no longer in the same position that they were when Inigo killed them.
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Continuity 

On the castle wall, Westley (still barely mobile) shifts his head to face Fezzik and his head leans to his left. Cut to close-up and Westley's head rests against the wall and leans to his right.
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Continuity 

Count Rugen is kicked after being stabbed by Inigo. He falls back against one of the dining hall tables, and his sword slides out of his hand. In the next shot however, just before he hits the ground, he is holding the sword again.
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Continuity 

In the Pit of Despair, Humperdinck stands beside Westley as he lies on the table before The Machine. The dual-ended hose on the suction cups strapped to Westley's chest are facing forwards, away from his shoulder. But in the next shot, when Humperdinck talks to Westley, the hoses are facing backwards, with the hoses facing his shoulder.
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Continuity 

When Westley is being tortured in the Pit of Despair, suction cups are attached to his chest. When Westley is rescued later, the petechiae/bruises from these suction cups are only on his arms.
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Continuity 

When the albino is cleaning Westley's shoulder in the pit of despair, Westley's shoulder is in various states of bloodiness.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Count Rugen hits Westley on the left side of his head, towards the middle, to knock him out before sending him to the Pit of Despair. In the Pit, the bump on his head is on the right side of his forehead, but this might be from his fall.
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