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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the beauty parlor, we see Ouiser sit down hard on a bag of fresh tomatoes. We hear them burst. But when she reaches under to grab the bag, they are undamaged.

Character error 

The movie takes place in the fictional "Chinquapin Parish" in the state of Louisiana. Several times characters refer to the parish as "the county" and even "Chinquapin County." Louisiana has no counties, only parishes.

Continuity 

When Truvy is preparing Shelby's hair for her wedding, she takes out the same rollers three times.
At the Christmas Holiday Festival, Truvy and Annelle are working the concession stand. Truvy hands a box of food to a woman standing next to Shelby. The woman hands Truvy a bill and has her arm out-stretched for the change. Truvy hands the money to Annelle. The shot changes, Annelle appears to give the change to the woman. It then goes back to the original shot the arm is still outstretched for the change.
At the trash can, Annelle picks up the third magazine twice.
When Sammy makes Annelle a cherry Coke, the glass changes after he pours the Coke, but before he throws the cherry into it. The level of liquid also momentarily drops.
When Shelby spills her orange juice in the beauty shop, the glass loses about half its juice. However, when Annell starts cleaning it up, there appears to be at least a couple of glasses of juice on the floor.
When M'Lynn's son puts a piece of ice down the back of her shirt, we can hear it fall to the floor. In the next shot, it's still down her shirt and she's asking Shelby for help to get it out.
In the salon, Ouiser takes her hat, but can be seen wearing it later in a mirror reflection.
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At Shelby's wedding reception, Nancy Beth sports two very different hair styles. Early on when she's dancing, it's smoothed down, but later when they are eating cake inside the house, it's quite big and curly.
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When Ouiser arrives at the hair salon before the wedding, she ties the dog leash to the tree. When the dog runs off after the birds, the leash is looped through itself, not tied.
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When the ladies are in Truvy's shop before Shelby's wedding talking about recipes, Shelby alternates between applying lipstick and having her hands in her lap between shots.
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As Ouiser is approaching Truvy's salon before the wedding, the women are loading colored eggs into the trunk of Truvy's car. The amount of eggs in the trunk changes between shots.
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When Clairee, Truvy and Annelle are in church, they are sitting in back of a family whose pew looks full. Ouiser walks in and winks at Owen. We see the family again, and the pew is still looking full with the mother, son and daughter sitting very close together. In the next shot Ouiser is standing next to the pew and suddenly there's a big space between the sister and the brother, where Ouiser sits.
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Before the wedding, all of the girls are in Truvy's, talking. Clairee is sitting in front of a stack of Easter eggs. Notice how the colors and placement of the eggs change almost every time the camera pans to Clairee.
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In Truvy's salon after Shelby gets done telling the ladies about her upcoming kidney transplant, Shelby gives her right hand to Truvy twice to finish her manicure.
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While Ouiser is 'grilling' Annelle near the trunk of the car behind Truvy's hair salon, Annelle is holding a couple of flats of colored eggs for the church, the eggs change colors many times from shot to shot.
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When Annelle is talking to Truvy after they take out the trash, Annelle picks up three magazines, but in the next shot, she only has one magazine in her hands.
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When Truvy asks Annelle about her car, Annelle pulls the magazines in her hands close to her chest and does it again in the next shot.
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When Ouiser shows up at Truvy's before the wedding, she ties her dog to the tree with a knot. When he breaks the leash and takes off, the leash is looped around the tree, not knotted.
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When Truvy is telling everyone about Annelle about praying more after their trip to New Orleans, Truvy puts the bottle of nail polish remover down twice.
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When Ouiser is confronting Annelle outside Truvy's before the wedding, the shots move back and forth between Ouiser and Annelle. With each shot back to Annelle, the eggs are in different order. The yellow egg on Annelle's right in the upper right corner of the top tray comes and goes.
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The wedding scene opens with a closeup of Ouiser sitting in the pew looking bored. She is clearly toward the center of the pew, with a woman on her left and a black gentleman in the row directly behind her. In the very next shot, she is sitting at the end of the pew (aisle seat) and the same black gentleman is two rows behind her.
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After giving out tomatoes in Truvy's salon, Ouiser takes her hat off and burps. The scene cuts to Clairee laughing. Behind Clairee, you can see Ouiser in the mirror with her hat still on.
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When M'Lynn is feeding Shelby the orange juice, the level of juice in the class changes from halfway full to empty back to halfway full as the camera changes angles.
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When the girls are in the beauty parlor, Clairee is discussing her gay friend at a motel and Shelby's hair is wet. In the next scene Shelby asks, "What 'motel thing'?" and her hair is dry.
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When Ouiser and Owen arrive at the Easter Egg Hunt at the end of the movie, Ouiser is wearing cream color high heel shoes. At the very end when everyone is waving and following the vehicle backing out of the park to take Annelle to the hospital, Ouiser is wearing brown socks with white lace and grungy looking tennis shoes.
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During the wedding reception while the song "Jambalaya" is being sung, several cast members switch positions while the dancers are performing.
When Shelby is at home dressing Jack Jr. for Halloween, we see her lift him and scream out in pain. She cannot seem to stand up and crawls backwards to call for help. The next shot shows the refrigerator door wide open, and food bubbling all over the stove. How could the refrigerator door be left wide open when Shelby cannot even stand up, and she is also crawling to the phone?

Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When the women are in the beauty shop when M'Lynn has Jack Jr., Clairee's rollers are in a certain sequence in one shot and then in a different order in the next.

Continuity 

When M'Lynn collects Jack Jr. from Aunt Fern after Shelby's death, the toys he is holding as Aunt Fern puts him down disappear as he walks along the path and reappear when M'Lynn picks him up.

Continuity 

In the final scene in the park next to the canal, when Annelle begins to have labor pains and is taken from the park in Spud's SUV, shadows indicate that it is early to mid-morning. In the next shot, as a helicopter camera follows the SUV and motorcycle through the city streets, the shadows indicate that it was shot in the late afternoon.

Continuity 

While the ladies are in the cemetery after Shelby's funeral, Truvy gives M'Lynn a compact. M'Lynn opens it up to check her appearance but in the following scenes, the compact goes from open to close and back to open again as M'Lynn gets angry over Shelby's death.

Continuity 

When Shelby is having her nails done just after announcing she and M'Lynn will be going in for surgery, she places her arm up on the table twice.

Factual errors 

When Shelby is in the hospital she has the "drip chamber" of the IV ,which is supposed to spike into the IV bag, taped to her hand. In other words the IV tubing is completely backwards.

Factual errors 

At the end, when Annelle is 9 months pregnant, she has a perm. Women should not get perms while pregnant, and a "hair technician" such as herself should know this.

Plot holes 

At the time of Shelby's death, Annelle is about six months pregnant and Jack Jr. is just a toddler, two years old at most. At Easter when Annelle goes into labor, Jack Jr. is three or four years old.

Revealing mistakes 

At the Christmas party, when Drum is announcing Shelby's pregnancy, the wide camera shot shows Shelby and Jackson standing side-by-side, and the very next tighter shot shows them leaning against one another, hugging.
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