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Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The language spoken in the beginning is not medieval Romanian - it is modern Romanian imitating medieval English syntax.

Anachronisms 

When Dracula bites Mina, her 20th century bikini briefs can be seen beneath her sheer 19th century night gown.
Fashion in this movie, taking place in 1897 was confused with the fashion 10 years prior to this year. Women wear a bustle at the rear of their dress what gives them a very curved and big tush. 1897 this fashion gimmick was out of style for many years already.
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When Mina and Vlad are at the cinematograph, the films shown in the background are moving too smoothly. 19th century films were projected at approximately 16 FPS with jerky movement.
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In the beginning we can see that the lights of Dracula's carriage (as well as some of the castle lights/candles) are 20th century light bulbs, some with blue glaze.
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When we see the ticker tape typing out the message sent to Van Helsing from Dr. Seward, the type appears to be OCR (optical character reader) font which was not created until 1968.
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In the transfusion-scene, Van Helsing spoke of "Landsteiner's method". This was published in 1900, while the movie is set in 1897.
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Maria Sklodowska-Curie, who is mentioned in a film set in 1897, did not enter science until her first paper was published in July 1898.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Holmwood has the gun pointed in Van Helsing's face in Lucy's crypt, Van Helsing explains about the undead. Switch to a shot behind Van Helsing and his jaw is still moving even though he has stopped speaking.
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Character error 

When Jack Seward is interviewing Renfield in his cell and is subsequently attacked by him, Renfield bites him on the right side of the neck. When the orderlies run in to restrain Renfield, Seward grabs the left side of his neck as if in pain.
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When Lucy shows Mina the illustrations in "Arabian Nights," the art is not Islamic but Indian; specifically, they are in the style of Mogul miniatures.
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When Dracula looks at R.M. Renfield's "Royal Society of Solicitors" card, his name is incorrectly written as "R.N. Reinfeild."
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Professor Van Helsing's accent makes him sound more like a German than a Hollander.
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Continuity 

The glass lid on Lucy's coffin disappears midway through the scene. When the men look into the coffin, the lid is present, but when Lucy walks over to the coffin, she gets in without having to open the lid.
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The vampire woman tears open Jonathan's shirt but it's previously shown to be already unbuttoned.
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When Mina is on the bed with Dracula, her hair moves from being all behind her shoulders to all in front between shots.
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In the scene where we are introduced to the men courting Lucy, we see Dr. Seward sitting in the sofa, while Quincy Morris is standing besides him. Quincy is clearly holding his hat in his hands. Moments later, when Holmowood enters the room, Dr. Seward rises and reveals that he has been sitting on Quincy's hat.
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After Jonathan escapes, Mina is reading letters. She runs up the steps holding them tightly. However, when Van Helsing intercepts her and starts to dance with her, she no longer has the letters.
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The hammer and the lamp switch positions when Van Helsing is trying to open Lucy's coffin after she has died.
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Lucy gives Mina her ring as a wedding gift but later we see it back on Lucy's hand.
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After Harker's escape from the castle, the nuns send a letter to Mina. She holds the letters in her hands as she approaches the stairs to Lucy's balcony. When she's climbing the stairs she no longer has them in her hands.
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After Van Helsing inspects Mina's teeth on the train to Transylvania, Jonathan leans toward her and he is sweating hard. When we next see his face, moments later, there is no sign of sweat.
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Dracula buys a newspaper right before bumping into Mina but by the time she leads him to the cinema it's gone.
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In the prologue when Dracula returns to find Elisabeta's dead body she is seen as completely dry with her hair still permed and still wearing her crown, though the surrounding floor around her seems to be wet. The only real evidence of her traumatic jump into the river to her death is the trickle of blood from her mouth and wrist.
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Lucy's red gown is two different lengths in the garden before Dracula's first bite.
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The first time we see the Count's carriage, the wheels are covered, but when Jonathan looks down past the wheels to look down the side of the cliff, they are "open".
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When Prince Vlad catches the dropped perfume bottle the hand that catches it is holding a bottle with a bright yellow fluid (the color shows up clearly against the dark leather glove). The other bottle in the second hand in the same shot, contains a much darker, almost red liquid.
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When Harker steps into the brides' bedchamber, the bed/floor is covered in dry ice smoke. When the camera view changes, all the smoke disappears instantly.
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When Harker hands Dracula the letters he has requested, Dracula has them in his hand as he moves around behind him. The shot instantly switches to an overhead shot of the scene and the letters have disappeared.
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During the prologue sequence, Dracula heads out to battle through the chapel door, which opens onto a scene of the sky (a backdrop) at sunset, his army assembled before it. After the battle, he re-enters the chapel through the same door, which now opens onto a smaller space that terminates in a stone wall.
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The professor's cross in the campfire scene with Mina disappears for a moment.
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Mina's hat is tilted when she's standing in front of Dracula and the wolf. It's straight when she walks toward them a moment later. Factually, in the scene where Dracula introduces Mina to the Wolf, Mina's hat was noticeably and repeatedly repositioned from the being pulled down on her forehead to being pinned on the back of her head.
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When the hunters are preparing to attack Carfax Abbey, two exterior shots of Renfield shouting at his cell window can be seen. The window bars are arranged differently in these shots. Furthermore, when we see inside his cell in the following scene, the window is located in a high position and deeply set into the wall, making the action of the previous scene (Renfield clutching the bars and being pulled away by attendants) extremely implausible.
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During the scene with the brides, two shots can be seen of Jonathan shirtless yet when a wide shot is shown of him he is still wearing his shirt.
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At Hillingam, Quincy is holding his hat in his hands as Jack Seward sits down. When Jack gets up, he takes Quincy's hat from underneath himself and apologizes for sitting on it.
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The position of the Arabian Nights book in the scene with Lucy and Mina.
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When vampire Lucy enters her vault, all of the candles spontaneously ignite. There are two five-branched candlesticks at the entrance of the vault, one of which is seen to ignite in two separate shots, taken from different angles, but edited in such a way to make it look as if those same candles have been lit and almost immediately re-lit.
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When Jack Seward is interviewing Renfield in his cell: Renfield retreats to a corner of the cell. The following shot is an overhead of him dangling a spiderweb.The next shot his hands are down.

When Renfield "gives Dracula away" his hands switch position.
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When Harker is being attacked by the brides, he goes from having boots on to being barefoot to having boots on again.
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In the goodbye scene between Mina and Lucy, when Mina's about to leave, she moves a vase with garlic flowers on the bedside table closer to Lucy's bed. The camera switches to a detail showing Mina's hand accidentally tumbling down a hanged wreath of garlic cloves, which wasn't there before, and the wreath falls on the bedside table. When the camera switches back to a larger shot of the room and Lucy smashing down the vase with flowers, the wreath of garlic cloves again mysteriously disappears from the bedside table.
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The blood on Elisabeta's body.
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The position of Lucy's nightgown during the transfusion.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Harker arrives at the castle and Vlad's shadow is seen to emerge from the left on the hallway wall, the puppeteer manipulating the puppet casting the shadow can be seen near the end of that effect. NOTE: This error seems to have been fixed for the Special Edition DVD, released in 2007.
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When Lucy is sleeping and Arthur is guarding her, Dracula appears at the window and Arthur looks up and sees him. Just before he looks up, a female voice can be heard off-screen saying "Now" to cue him to look up. (Note: This has been corrected for the 2007 DVD release.)
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When Mina and Lucy are running back to the house after the monster rapes Lucy, you can see the shadow of one or two stage lights on Mina's dress.
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When Lucy and Mina are in the maze, running in the rain, you can see crew members standing behind Lucy during one of her laughing close-ups.
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Factual errors 

Varna was/is a Bulgarian port, not a Romanian port.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the opening scene, it says that Constantinople was captured by the Turks in year 1462. In actuality, it was captured by the Turks on May 29, 1453.
After Jonathan's hair turns gray, throughout the rest of the film, it goes back to being dark again, with very little gray, and switches back to gray. However, this is an effect of Jonathan having been subjected to predation by vampires under Dracula's aura, so it's not a surprise if his hair color changes at the same rate of Dracula's shape and power.
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Revealing mistakes 

Elisabeta's eyebrows and eyelids twitch visibly when Prince Vlad stumbles down to view her dead body.
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When Lord Arthur Holmwood is sitting at watch beside Lucy's bed, the cable that hoists Holmwood up is visible as Dracula's werewolf-like persona bursts through the glass into the room.
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When Dracula flies into the room during the vampire orgy, you can see the moving platform that is carrying him.
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When Dracula laughs about Harker and sort of claps his hands, there's no hair (and/or makeup) in the palm of his hands.
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When Lucy is lying in the glass coffin at the funeral, her chest can be seen rising and falling due to her breathing.
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Soon-to-be puncture wounds are visible when Dracula is about to bite Lucy for the first time.
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When Arthur is thrown backwards in his chair by Dracula in the bedroom, the wire pulling the actor is visible.
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When Renfield attacks Seward in the cell after talking about the cat, Seward holds his neck on the wrong side.
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In the long shot at the beginning of the scene where Prince Vlad bumps into Mina outside the perfume shop, just before he first runs into her, you can see the small perfume bottle he will later "catch" visible in his right hand.
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In shaving scene, the movements of Keanu Reeves and his double are not synchronized. When Reeves lowers his hand with the razor his double (standing back to the camera) still holds the razor near his cheek.
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The shadow-puppet effect of Dracula's shadow miming the strangling of Jonathan is slightly spoiled by Gary Oldman's real shadow, cast on the wall at the far right of the set.
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In the scene where Jonathan makes love with the three Brides of Dracula, one of the women's eyes is shown in a closeup revealing the outlines of contact lenses being worn.
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The shaving scene: when Dracula creeps up behind Harker, a trick mirror is used (to give the impression of Dracula having no reflection). The trick mirror is larger, and has a thicker frame than the real mirror used in the other shots of this scene.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

Modern Lighting (light bulbs in lamps) at the Inn/Restaurant when they are eating after cutting off Lucys' head.
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Continuity 

The confrontation between Dracula and the hunters, following Mina's "initiation": Quincey Morris shoots the bat-demon form of Dracula towards the end of this scene, causing a wound to his chest. Presumably due to retakes and editing, the costume already appears in a damaged and blood-stained condition earlier in the scene, prior to the actual gunshot (visible from when Van Helsing repels Dracula, following the line "You must pay for your crimes").
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Revealing mistakes 

In the prologue when Dracula returns to find Elisabeta's dead body, as he drops down beside her you can see her eyelids flinch.
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Harker slices Dracula's throat with a knife but before the knife touches Dracula's neck you can see the cut already there.
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After Jonathan escapes, Mina is climbing a set of stairs. Van Helsing can be seen to her left, waiting for his cue to step out.
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