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A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Otto fires his gun on the safe in the hideout the gun makes the sound of a silenced weapon, but his gun is not equipped with a silencer.
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At the beginning of the movie when Wanda tells Ken that Otto's dad used to beat him up, Ken says "good" but his lips don't match his voice.
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Boom mic visible 

When Archie runs out of the house after the "burglary".
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Reflected in a mirror in an early scene in George's flat.
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Character error 

The wedge that Ken shoots out of the pulley was inserted from the wrong side, so that the weight on the rope would have loosened it rather than it holding safely.
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Continuity 

When Ken crashes the car into the trash, trash appears in the car.
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Otto forces Archie into a barrel of sludge at the airport, waist deep. When Archie escapes the barrel, his clothes are dry.
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Path in cement before the cement roller has been there.
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Wanda is in a car putting on red lipstick. After a cutaway and return to Wanda in close-up, she is wearing bright pink lipstick.
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When the crew meets for the first time before the robbery, Otto throws a knife at a poster on the wall where it hits the a baby seal on a poster exactly between the eyes. Later in the movie the poster is undamaged.
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After coming out of the airport building, Archie's suit doesn't have the two bullet rips from Otto's gunshots.
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Otto's phone call to the police gives George Thomason's address as "flat 3, Kipling Mansions, Murray Road, London, West 9" (W9). During the committal, a court clerk asks George to identify his address as "Kipling Mansions, Murray Avenue..."
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Archie already has a big lipstick kiss mark on his right cheek before Wanda kisses him.
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When Otto shoots the sleeves of Archie's suit in the airport, the hole in his left sleeve blows out before the shot.
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Ken causes the death of the first dog by releasing an attack dog. The old lady is holding three leashes, colored red, yellow, and blue. The attack dog is obviously headed for a small dog attached to the red leash, but during a quick cut the attack dog grabs the one on the yellow leash.
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The second getaway car is an Austin Metro City X 5 door model, it has two wing mirrors. However, the car they get out of in the lock-up is a Metro City as it has only one wing mirror and no 'X' decal on the rear wing.
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When Wendy and Portia see the flat tyre it is broad daylight. In the scene after John Cleese is seen in his house at night. Then the whole Wanda scene is played out before Wendy and Portia return to the house. Where did they park their car?
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When Wanda pretends to answer the phone, her right arm hangs at her side. In the next shot, her right hand is on her left wrist.
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When Wanda kisses Ken, she puts her arms around his neck. Then her hands are suddenly on his face, then around his neck, then back on his face.
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When Otto drives Wanda to the Leech residence, they appear to drive down the same street twice, with the same cars and houses visible through the passenger window.
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While Ken is casing Mrs Coady's flat and she approaches with her dogs, when he reaches down to pet one of the dogs and it nips at him, he jumps back and his hat falls off behind him. He hurries out of the room without retrieving the hat. Then in the next shot the hat is back on his head.
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The position of Wanda's hands on Archie's shoulders and face as she kisses him in the apartment.
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The first goldfish Otto picks from the aquarium changes color just before he puts it in his mouth.
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When Otto shoots at Ken in the steam roller a central support bar for the steam roller's canopy blocks the shot from hitting Ken. Then when subsequent images of the steam roller are shown there is no central support bar.
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When Ken shoots the piece of wood that keeps the giant block of cement from falling, the rope/wheel slides down in the incorrect counter-clockwise direction.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Crew and camera visible in a mirror when Wanda visits Archie in his office for the first time.
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When Wanda is talking to George in prison, you can see crew equipment bobbing up and down over their heads.
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While Ken is on the phone with George making final arrangements, a camera shadow falls across him.
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As the getaway car screeches to a halt to avoid hitting Mrs. Coady and her dogs, a crew-member is visible stopping people from walking into frame.
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Errors in geography 

The garage with the safe is in an archway under a very wide railway viaduct. But dialogue between Wanda and Ken places it in Fulham, which has no such viaduct.
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The flat that Archie borrows has an E1 postal address, putting it on the north side of the Thames, but has a view of Tower Bridge from the south side.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the family walks in on Archie's striptease act, one shot facing the family (from behind Archie) shows that Archie is wearing dark briefs (only visible in the non-letterboxed version).
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When Otto chases Archie across the lawn there are multiple shadows indicating at least three spotlights.
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When George tries to attack Wanda by running over the desks in the courtroom, its clearly someone else doing it.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

Spotlight glare and (faintly seen) camera lens reflection visible in door glass as Wendy storms outside while demanding that Archie get her necklace back with a "YOU'RE the bloody barrister!" (slam).
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Otto shoots his way out of the broom closet at Heathrow, he shoves his silenced pistol down the front of his pants. This would result in considerable discomfort, if not serious burns, after discharging five shots in a short period of time. However, due to Otto's insanity, he probably wouldn't have cared or felt it.
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Plot holes 

The 3 thieves are wearing dark, solid-colored, full-body suits during the robbery. The glass kicked onto Georges' pants leg would have wound up on the bodysuit pants leg, not his trousers underneath (which are a finer linen pin-stripped material).
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