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Pet Sematary (1989) Poster

(1989)

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the German version, Gage's voice sounds like a 7-year-old child, but his laugh sounds like a baby / 1-year-old.

Continuity 

Color of flowers when Louis kneels by his son's grave.
When the Creeds arrive to their home, Ellie runs towards the tree-swing and her hat falls off. In the next shot, she is still running and her hat is back on.
When Louis is checking on Ellie after she fell off the tire swing he is wearing a tee shirt without a collar and sleeves that are rolled up midway past his elbow. When Rachel gets up to rush after Gage his tee shirt is now an open shirt with stripes and a collar. In the next shot when he gets up to follow Rachel his shirt is once again back to a tee shirt.
When Louis goes to his son's grave, the flowers on Gage's grave move between shots.
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Number of playing cards on the floor when Louis is waiting for Rachel.
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When Jud takes his hat off as Rachel leaves after they meet, his hat is in his left hand. In the next shot, the hat is in his right hand as he places the hat back on his head.
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Distance between Ellie and Louis as they talk about Missy changes between shots. In the close-up, they are side by side, as we see them from the kitchen, there is distance between them.
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When Louis gets into the tub, he is presumably nude. When he slams the door after getting Church out of the bathroom, the band of his underpants is clearly visible.
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When Louis is checking on Ellie after she fell off the tire swing his pant legs are down. When Rachel gets up to rush after Gage his pants legs are now rolled up. When he gets up to follow Rachel his pants legs are once again down.
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When Louis is checking on Ellie after she fell off the tire swing in the next shot when the tire is visible again, the tire now has a rim on it.
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When the family arrives at the beginning of the movie Ellie does a cartwheel in a wide shot. The cartwheel causes her hat to fly off. In the next tight shot she's completing the cartwheel and her hat is back on her head.
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When the family first arrives and Gage walks to the back of the station wagon to see their cat Church, his bowl is on the right side of the carrier in front of him. In the next shot of Church in the carrier (immediately after they show Gage's face looking at him), the bowl is on the left side, behind the cat.
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When Louis falls out of bed, he hits his head on a nightstand, dragging a pillow off the bed when he falls. The pillow is shown very clearly on the floor between the bed and the nightstand. A few shots later the pillow is back on the bed again.

Crew or equipment visible 

When they first arrive at their new house and Gage is next to the car's trunk you can see cat food in the bottom right corner of the screen used to get a reaction out of the cat.

Errors in geography 

Just before Gage gets hit by the Orinco gas truck, it is shown leaving the depot and driving on US Route 15. However, US Route 15 runs through the states of New York to the end in South Carolina. This film is set in the state of Maine.
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Factual errors 

Gage ran out in front of a tanker truck that was displaying a "Dangerous" placard. On a tanker the placard would be the type product being hauled (i.e. "Flammable", "Corrosive" etc). The "Dangerous placard is reserved for mixed hazardous materials. You don't mix on a tanker.
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When Bill Baterman is looking at his son Timmy's Purple Heart, the enclosed ribbon and lapel pin in the case are for a completely different medal. The ribbon should be identical to the cloth portion of the Purple Heart.
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Miscellaneous 

Obvious dummy when Louis is fighting off Gage at Juds house.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Louis is waiting for Rachel at the end, there is no knife on the table. Then when she walks up to him, there is a knife there and she grabs it to stab him.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Jud is first showing the Creeds the "Pet Sematary" Jud tells Ellie that his dog Spot died of old age. He later tells Louis that Spot died because he got caught in barbed wire and got infected. This is actually an important plot point. The dog died of gangrene, the young Jud resurrected him, and a few years later the dog died again of old age.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Rachel's body falls from the attic towards the end of the movie, you can see the rope is under her arms and around her back rather than around her neck.
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