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(1988)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Andy jumps on his Mom's bed, on the morning of his birthday, he shouts "Wake up, Mummy, Wake up." but his mouth doesn't move.
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Character error 

Chucky mispronounces the French words of the voodoo chant. Instead of saying "Pouvoir des morts" (power of the dead), he says "poivre de le morte" (pepper of the dead) with quite a few spelling mistakes.
When Detective Norris asks Santos if he's seen Chucky anywhere, he says "Who's Chucky?" and confusedly, "Why would I know anything about a doll?". Yet earlier at the station house, he was asking Andy "So why did Chucky want to see Eddie?" indicating Andy had told him pretty much everything.
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When Chucky is strangling Norris in the car, Norris burns Chucky's face with the cigarette lighter, to which Chucky screams in pain and eventually lets go of the rope. However, after the crash, Norris shoots at Chucky and Chucky laughs saying that he cannot be hurt. Then later when he goes to see the voodoo priest, he references being shot as causing pain, but not the cigarette lighter.
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Continuity 

After Chucky is set alight, as he knocks down the fireplace guard you can see both his shoes have come off. In the following shots as he climbs across the sofa, his shoes are back on.
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When Chucky goes to see John, the voodoo man, he is sitting on John's counter. Between shots, one of the cupboards, above the counter, opens itself.
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When Andy makes his mother breakfast in bed, the drink initially looks like orange juice when he pours it in the kitchen and walks down the hall. But then in his mothers bedroom the drink looks like milk.
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Andy places Chucky in a rocking chair that is missing a runner on one side; minutes later, chucky is gone and the chair is rocking, both runners intact.
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When Andy and Chucky are on the train, the white stripe around the bottoms of Chucky's shoes are suddenly red. The shade of red is also brighter.
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We see the babysitter pushed backwards out of the window. However, in the next scene she is falling face-down.
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When Andy pours the cereal, and then the milk, there is cereal on the counter, to the left of the bowl. There is loads of cereal on the counter, then when Andy puts the burnt toast onto a plate, there is much less cereal. Then when he takes the tray from the counter, there's now loads of cereal on it.
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When the Good Guys Doll advert is playing on the Barclays' TV, in wide shots there is a box on top of the TV, yet in closeups of the TV the top of the TV has nothing on it.
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When detective Norris is driving and Chucky is trying to stab him through the car seat, Norris clearly puts his feet up on the dash in the in-car view. But there are no feet on the dash on the outside view of the car. Also, when Norris does the 360 in the car, you can clearly see the driver is wearing a beanie, but Norris had nothing on his head.
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When Chucky first speaks to Karen, she drops him and he rolls under the couch. The middle skirt is clearly pulled back to allow him to roll under, but in the next shot she gets down and has to lift the skirting of the couch up.
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After Chucky became alive, his red overall buttons appear and disappear throughout the film.
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In the police station when Andy is being interrogated by the detective, Andy smacks Chucky because he won't talk and his hair is in disarray. In the next shot his hair is slicked down.
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When John is dying and he is telling Karen how to kill Chucky, he touches her coat with his blood-drenched hands, yet there are no finger prints or marks of blood on her coat.
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When the pile of boxed dolls falls on Charles Lee Ray, he lands on the floor face up. After cutting to Norris and then back to Ray, he is lying face down.
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The bite mark on Karen's arm changes positions and then mysteriously vanishes towards the end of the movie.
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The voodoo chant is different at the end of the film than it is at the beginning.
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When Karen Barclay is looking at the Good Guy box where it says "Batteries Included", it says "Play Partners Toys" in the bottom left-hand corner. The company that produces the Good Guy dolls is called "Play Pals Toys", not Play Partners.
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The collar of Karen's coat changes between shots when she is talking to Andy outside his school.
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When Norris chases Charles Lee Ray at the start of the film, he removes his gloves twice in the toy store.
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When Chucky's body is attacking his partner he uses the same gun Katherine had in the living to shoot it in the heart. However Katherine is shown pulling the trigger of said until no rounds are left in the cylinder and was therefore empty when she came back to the bedroom with it.
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The drink Andy makes changes color.
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When Dr. Ardmore tries to give Andy the injection, Andy struggles from his grip and then grabs his glasses from his face. Then in the next shot of him, his glasses are back on his face. In the following shot they've gone again.
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Extra bowls appear, when Maggie is putting away the washed utensils.
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When Chucky finds his voodoo doll, the black man is wearing a tan shirt which changes to white, and then back again between shots.
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A basket on the TV knocked off by Chucky's foot.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Chucky reveals himself to Cathrine Hicks and starts struggling in her arms, he is supported by a puppeteer hiding below the frame and not really hanging from Cathrine's arms.
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When Chucky is trying to get out of the fireplace, before he is set on fire, you can see a hand pushing him into the fire screen.
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Stunt driver clearly visible during the car chase.
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When Andy is leaving school with Chucky you can see the reflection of the crew in the windows
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Huge film light visible in the sky just before the car flips during the car chase.
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Factual errors 

Towards the end of the movie while Andy's mother is looking for the man who sold the doll to her, she finds him and asks him if he remembered her. She says she had bought the doll the day before when in actuality she bought it days ago.
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Miscellaneous 

When Chucky hits Maggie in the face with the hammer, it is apparent that Maggie is simply running backwards and deliberately jumping out the window.
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When Chucky first leaves the lift near Andy's apartment he seems to be heading for the door but a few scenes later he is seen coming down the chimney but there is no way Chucky could have done that inside the building. He would had to go back outside and climb the building to get to the roof.
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Eddie Caputo's shack fills with gas within roughly two minutes when it should take a lot longer to do so.
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For some reason Karen was not informed Andy was not in school until the police call her after Eddie's home blows up.
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Plot holes 

Near the end of the movie, Chuckie stabs the cop, Mike Norris, in the leg, and he falls and remains in the bedroom. Shortly after this, Chuckie is shot several times by Karen, and his body parts are severed. This occurs in the living room and hallway. Mike Norris, still on the floor in the bedroom tells the backup cop who then arrives that Chuckie was shot and that his body is in pieces all over the place and to not touch any of them. It is impossible for Norris to know or to have seen any of this, as he was in the other room the entire time.
Somehow Andy was able to skip school and travels on a train free of charge. A lot of adults should have assumed Andy was supposed to be in school and there should had been a conductor on the train to charge Andy fares.
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Charles Lee Ray's hands are covered in blood when he opens the Good Guy doll box and transfers his soul. Yet, there are no bloodstains on the box or doll when Karen buys it.
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Revealing mistakes 

The events of the film obviously take place in the middle of winter. When Andy goes to wake his mother up on the morning of his birthday, the living room is filled with sunlight, and he pulls the curtains in the bedroom open to let a great deal of light into the room. However, Andy's mother tells him "It's only 6:30 in the morning." Depending on the month, the sun would either just be rising or not yet have risen at 6:30am in Chicago, not shining as brightly as it appears to be.
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When Mike is in the car being attacked by Chucky, after he hits a metal can and makes sparks, he swerves violently in the road, and on the road you can see several pairs of dark skid marks in the exact same place as he swerves, obviously from previous takes.
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When Karen has Chucky barricaded in the fireplace, the arm that's moving Chucky is visible.
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When Andy is hit by the baseball bat by Chucky you can see that the bat doesn't make contact.
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When Chucky follows Andy home and drops from the chimney and kicks the cover off, it's obvious that this isn't Chucky, but it's a real person dressed as Chucky.
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When Chucky is attacking Mike in his car, Mike rises off the seat to try to avoid the knife stabbing at him from the backseat. At one point Mike raises both his legs way up on the dash, yet the car's speed never slows.
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When Karen & Andy set fire to Chucky, he emerges from the fireplace still on fire and in a frenzy. He clearly sets fire to at least two pieces of furniture in the room, yet no one even tries to extinguish them. Nor does the fire appear to worsen.
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Chucky is obviously being played by a dwarf stunt double when he runs up to the doctor to put the electrical device on his head.
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When Maggie gets hit in the eye with the hammer, there should have been a huge spatter of blood at least. But barely any is seen. Nor does Maggie hardly utter a sound from such a grievous wound.
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When Maggie's body landed on the pickup, the hand is visibly a mannequin's hand. Also, Maggie managed to flip to face up position by the fourth floor. It is unlikely for Maggie to flip back to face down position and land on the van as shown.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Chucky is electrocuting Dr. Ardmore, blood comes out of his mouth and eyes. Yet when Dr. Ardmore finally dies, there is no blood on or around his eyes.
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