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Ghostbusters II (1989) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The "City of Albany" ghost train, which is said to have derailed and wrecked in 1920, consists of a late nineteenth-century locomotive and cars. Such equipment was still used by railroads in 1920, but a "name train" would have used modern, up-to-date equipment.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Where upon arriving at Peter's rendezvous with Dana, Raymond and Egon proceed to inform Peter of their intentions of going underground. During this dialogue and an over the shoulder shot of Egon, we can clearly hear Ray speak to Peter while the only mouth that is moving in the shot is Egon's.
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When Dana gets to Peter's house after the bathtub scene, we can clearly hear Oscar crying. In closer shots, the baby is not crying.
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During the courtroom scene, when one of the ghosts flies through the wall behind Ray, Egon warns him, yelling "behind you Ray!" However that doesn't match his mouth movement.
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Character error 

When Louis is being outfitted with a Ghostbusters jumpsuit, the name tag says "Spengler" and it is the correct size, even though Egon is about a foot taller than Louis.
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The dock supervisor reported that the Titanic was arriving at Pier 34. The Titanic was scheduled to arrive at Pier 59, one of the few docks at the time that was large enough to accommodate her
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When Ray, Egon, and Winston (Ernie Hudson) go down into the sewer to examine the slime, and Winston is using a measuring device to see how deep it is, when he is being pulled towards the slime and Egon and Ray are trying to hold him back, you can hear one of them call Winston "Ernie" by mistake.
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When Dana takes a cab to the museum, you can see the cab drive up and stop. But Dana forgets to pay, and the driver forgets to write the receipt.
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When Ben Stein informs that there is a covering on the main Museum, and that they "can't make a dent," the picture Ben Stein shows the man is shown towards the camera, and is obviously a picture of the base of the Statue of Liberty.
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When Ray and Egon are testing to see if Oscar is ticklish, they conclude that he is, even though Oscar barely even reacted to being tickled.
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Continuity 

In the close-up of the Ecto 1A's plate near the end of the film, the Statue of Liberty is in the middle of the plate. In all other shots, it's on the left side of the plate.
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When Ray, Egon, and Winston enter the room with the heads on poles, Winston's helmet disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Dana is tied up and unable to rescue Oscar at the museum, her hair is considerably curlier and shorter. When she is set free, her hair is back to being wavier and longer.
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When Ray and Egon are speaking in the lab after taking pictures at the museum, the picture of Vigo is only about 1/4 of the way into the machine when the finished analyzed product of the river of slime is already taken out.
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At the beginning of the film, right after the Ghostbusters II logo, we see several shots of Ecto-1 racing through NYC. In all shots, Ecto-1 is smoking heavily, except for the second shot where the car doesn't seem to smoke at all.
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In the "dancing toaster" sequence, the balls on the table move several inches between shoots. Also, one can actually see the moving mechanisms (electro magnetic pins that "pop" out) from underneath the toaster.
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When Egon and Ray discuss Vigo The Carpathian in the lab, the close-up of the monitor shows different data than in the preceding and following shots.
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The carriage with Oscar stops on First Avenue and there are shops in the background. When the Ghostbusters are digging in the street there is now a parking lot in the background.
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Outside the restaurant as Peter and Dana are calling for a taxi, the ectomobile pulls up. The numberplate on the front clearly says ecto-2 this is because the revamped ecto was intended to be called ecto-2 but was later changed to 1a, this scene must have been shot before the change was made.
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After Egon, Ray and Winston crawled out of the sewer after falling in the river of slime, Egon had lost his glasses, but later when they arrive at the restaurant, he has them again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the "dancing toaster" you can clearly see the reflection of the camera crew.
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Air pipes clearly visible on the flying chairs in the court room scenes.
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In the beginning of the movie the pram has non-steerable wheels. However, when it is racing around in the street, one can see the front wheels being steered.
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During the "Flip City" song montage, when the large monster ghost is coming through the arch (at the time done with stop-motion animation), if you look to the right of the screen at the top of the arch (in the sky next to it) you can see where the green screen the puppet was shot against wasn't completely edited out.
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There are small pegs jutting out the bottom of the dancing toaster.
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Near the end of the movie, when Vigo moves the boxes and other items to reveal where Oscar is hiding, if you look at the left side of the screen, you can see part of someone's arm popping out from behind the pillar.
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When Dana goes out the window after Oscar Lewis calls to Janine to dial 911, the TV screen reflects the studio lights.
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Crew and lights are reflected in some of the close-ups of the toaster scene.
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Errors in geography 

When the Ghostbusters are being brought to City Hall, the police car has red and blue emergency lights. New York City police cars have red and white emergency lights.
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When the mayor is looking out the window from his office, the eclipse appears to be over Central Park as viewed from Central Park West. The Mayor's office (City Hall) is downtown, so a view of Central Park would be impossible from there.
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When the Con Edison Supervisor and the police man arrive where Egon, Peter, and Ray dug the whole on First Avenue, there is a subway station exit with red lights atop it. There is only one subway station on First avenue, which is the First avenue station on the L train, and all of the exits to that station have green lights atop it.
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Factual errors 

The Titanic has a huge, almost circular hole on the hull. This is incorrect as the ship received a 300 feet long gash below the waterline as a result of scraping along the iceberg. (The ship was also broken in half, a fact rarely acknowledged by movie depictions before the mid-1990s, but it can be assumed that ghost-magic takes care of this problem.)
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When asked if she (Lady Liberty) can go faster, Ray denies it because the vibrations could damage her. Presumably, she got off the pedestal on Liberty Island very slowly and carefully, using all four limbs.
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When Ray and Egon are "examining" Oscar, the tape recorder Ray is holding jumps between his left and right hands between shots. However, this could easily be the result of him resting his elbows on the table and putting the recorder down and picking it back up several times.
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Michael P. Moran is credited as playing "Frank the Doorman" even though the character specifically tells Dana, "I'm not the doorman, Miss Barrett. I'm the building superintendent." But this is simply a joke put in to acknowledge what the character of Frank had said at the beginning.
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When the toaster is dancing, Egon puts the slime in the toaster (on top of anything that would be inside). When the toast pops out while the toaster is dancing, the toast looks like toast, without any sign of slime on them, however, we do know that he moves the toaster to another location, so there's no reason he could not have put bread in and pushed it down before playing the song.
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After the Ghostbusters smash the glass and metal dome on the roof of the museum, the entire dome wasn't actually totally destroyed. When the Ghostbusters rappel down, the dome is still halfway intact, and later on, when Vigo looks up at the ceiling, half of the dome is intact.
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During Oscar's examination, Egon suggests they perform an "Apgar score" test on baby Oscar. However, Apgar score is a test made on newborns only (usually 1 and 5 minutes after birth), so such a test would be entirely irrelevant in Oscar's case. This is a gag to show that the guys don't know what they're talking about.
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When Louis runs to the bus stop, you can see the bus in the background waiting for the cue, but, given the way buses run and the fact that his run to the bus stop didn't take that long, it could rightfully be assumed that the bus was pulling up to the stop at the same time, needing to slow down.
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During the "We're Back" montage, as Ecto-1 pulls out of the firehouse with Louis Tully running behind, there are clearly piles of wood and metal leaning against the back wall. During the rest of the movie and in the first Ghostbusters movie when Ecto-1 is parked in the main level of the firehouse, Janine's desk and Peter Venkman's office are at the back of the building. But, given that we know there was probably a space of time between the initial movie, where there was a huge hole punched in the floor, and this one, it's likely they had those materials to rebuild the firehouse and expand it.
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When the Ghostbusters drop in to the museum, Ray and Winston both have lights on their "slime throwers". These lights switch from on and off between many shots until the end. However, slime was not a constantly thrown thing, we know the proton packs have activator switches on the wands, so why not the same with the throwers. In other words, on when they're being used, but switched off to conserve power.
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The Statue of Liberty is shown at one point wading through water up to her chin; in fact, the waters of New York's Upper Bay are a maximum of 45 feet deep. Given that the Statue is 111 feet tall from top to toe, the water should have been no deeper than her waist, but the line said in the statue's head gives how this can be the case when we hear Venkman say "Keep kicking Libby," indicating that she was swimming, not walking, although the sound of the footsteps is still obviously heard.
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Winston and Peter switch places twice while in the statue. The original order was Peter, Winston, Ray, and Egon. It then changes to Winston, Peter, Ray, and Egon. It then goes back. However, given that there is enough room up top for them to move around and look at things, and given the apparent time difference, it's entirely probable that they could switch places.
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Plot holes 

The movie takes place in a New York December, yet there is a surprising lack of Christmas decorations.
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When the Ghostbusters arrive at the museum in The Statue Of Liberty, they descend from the crown on ropes. However, the windows on the crown are not large enough for them to fit through on their own, much less with their equipment packs.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Egon, Winston, and Ray enter the cavern of slime, they kick down a "weak" wall of rocks. While looking around, Ray sits down on one and it squishes, making it obvious that it is Styrofoam.
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When the Statue of Liberty is making her way through the harbor, the water is incredibly calm. Something that big moving through the water would make a large wake or at least some ripples.
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In the court room scene when the jar of pink slime starts to boil you can clearly see the mechanism and pump making it move.
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When Ray and Egon run the photo of Vigo through the spectronalizer the analyzed version of the photo is completed when the original photo is only halfway in the machine.
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In the "jogger ghost" scene, when Venkman steps on the pedal to activate the ghost trap, if you look closely, his foot actually misses the button, yet the trap opens anyway.
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When Dana tells Venkman she has the feeling that the Vigo painting is watching her you can see Janosz clearly watching for his cue in the background.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

At the end, when the slime evaporates from the museum, Louis is using a proton pack on it. But when seen from a wider angle, Louis's proton discharge is nowhere to be seen.
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Continuity 

In the museum at the end, when Vigo is going for the baby, his hair is neat. In the next view his hair is messed up and a tangled mess. Then it is combed and pushed back behind his ears.
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Continuity 

During the end credits, the Statue Of Liberty is seen back on its pedestal, fully intact, despite the torch exploding when it first came to life.
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