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Romeo + Juliet (1996) Poster

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Continuity 

In the outlands of Mantua Romeo calls out Juliet's name from his knees while facing the sun. He then stands and turns around. In the next shot, shadows indicate that he is walking towards the sun again.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During Desiree's song at the Capulet party, the violinists are never shown playing. At the beginning and end of the song, the violins are on their shoulders, but during the part of the song with strings, no violins are visible at all.
When Mercutio fires his gun at the beach as the Nurse is leading Romeo away to talk to him, there is a gunshot, but no flash or blowback.
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When Mercutio is shooting fish at the beach, his gun is heard firing, but there is no flash.
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Boom mic visible 

At the gas station showdown, a boom mic is visible in a car window as the camera moves past it.
After Juliet has run upstairs when Romeo and she decide to marry, the camera quickly pans up when she enters onto the balcony. When it does so, you can see the boom mic in the top of the screen quickly disappear.
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In the scene after Romeo kills Tybalt, when Romeo is speaking with Nurse and Friar Lawrence, the boom's shadow is clearly being cast upon Romeo.

Continuity 

The poem book disappears from Romeo's hand when he stands up.
The vial of poison falls from Romeo's hand when Juliet touches his cheek, but later she takes it out of his hand.
Juliet's hand and gun after she shoots herself.
When Romeo buys the poison, he runs up some stairs to visit the old man and we see nothing against the wall. However, when he drives off in the car, we can see a sofa and some clutter leaning up against the wall.
Juliet's hair as she falls into the pool.
After Juliet has taken the drug which puts her to sleep, her left hand changes between being above and below the cover.
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The position of the gun on the floor after Romeo shoots Tybalt.
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In the balcony scene, Romeo knocks over a metal stand in his panic as the lights come on. It clatters to the floor but in the next shot it is standing up in its previous position.
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When Mercutio and Benvolio are at the beach, the shirt that Mercutio is wearing is made of thin silk-like fabric and is see-through. After Mercutio has been killed, his shirt is made of a thicker linen and is not see-through.
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The buttons on Romeo's shirt after he learns of Juliet's death.
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The covers on Juliet's bed change from being wrinkled to straightened out to wrinkled several times after she has taken the potion.
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When Romeo learns of Juliet's death in the desert, his shirt is closed. Then when Balthasar goes to comfort him and Romeo pushes him away, his shirt is pulled open. Then later, after Romeo wails whilst crouching down, he stands up and his shirt is again closed.
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Romeo falls from the balcony into the pool as the Nurse appears. He should have fallen hard on the pavement around the pool edge. He could not have reached the pool, even if he'd leaped out on purpose.
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When Abra shouts 'Boo!' at the petrol station, his sunglasses disappear.
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When Juliet meets Friar Laurence in the church she's wearing gloves. When he hands her the vial, her gloves are off.
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In the church, the nurse and man in the long shot are sitting down. In the next shot, they're in the aisle again.
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When Juliet drinks the vial of poison in her bed her feet are facing left, but when the coroners remove the covers the next morning, her feet are facing right.
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The length of Tybalt's cigar at the beginning of the movie.
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When Romeo is holding Mercutio in his arms as Mercutio puts a curse on both houses, Romeo has blood on his collar and left sleeve. When Romeo stands up the blood is gone.
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After Romeo and Juliet spend the night together and she tells him that the light they see is not the sun, he rolls on top of her with the sheets billowing over his head. His shirt is first bunched up around his shoulders with his chest exposed, but is perfectly straight and covering his body in the next shot.
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Juliet's mother calls her when she's in the tub submerged underwater. She comes out seconds later with dry hair.
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When Juliet was getting out of the pool and pulling Romeo onshore, her white dress was wet and stuck to her body. But in the next shot her dress was totally dry and only her hair remained wet.
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Pieces of Romeo's hair change from being in front/not in front of his face during the fish-tank scene.
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As Romeo enters the church to find Juliet, he fires several times at the police, which would have left the gun cocked. Moments later he sets the gun down next to Juliet, and it's uncocked.
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During Romeo's soliloquy at Juliet's bier he rips off his necklace and places the ring, necklace and all, on her finger. The necklace reappears and disappears around his neck randomly in the scene.
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When Juliet's mother is looking for her daughter and running through the foyer, part of her nipple is exposed but in the next shot it is gone. Then, after speaking to Juliet in the dressing room she turns around with a cigarette and there are distinct black smudges on her chest. When she leaves the room, these smudges are gone.
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At the Masquerade when Romeo and Juliet first meet, Juliet is dancing with Paris. Between them, in the background, is an extra with a very noticeable mustache, green mask, and mohawk. He seems to teleport behind Romeo during cuts.
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When Romeo runs into the church whilst being chased by the police his shirt is open and waves about as he runs. However when he lies down and dies next to Juliet his shirt is closed.
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The Nurse's position in the church.
When Romeo bumps into Fulgencio Capulet while high at the party, his mask moves up and down on his face during different shots.
Romeo's wound swaps sides when he's with Juliet.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When on the beach preparing for a duel, Abra ejects all the bullets from Tybalt's magazine except one. Romeo uses that same gun, in a new location, to kill Tybalt, shooting him 6-7 times. However, Tybalt carries two guns. The one Romeo uses is the second gun, which at this point was not unloaded.
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The movie is set in fictitious Verona Beach, Florida, not the landlocked Verona, Italy, which has no beaches.
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Plot holes 

While driving away from the gas station, Gregory is shot in the shoulder. No mention or visual hint of this is given again throughout the remainder of the film.

Revealing mistakes 

When we first see Juliet's house, the fountain footage is running in reverse.
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When Mercutio is dying on the beach, the digital clouds are blowing sideways, but on the ground, you can see the shadows of real clods coming toward the camera.
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When Juliet is about to shoot herself in the head, the gun is obviously on safety which would make it impossible to shoot.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

During the final aerial shot above the dead bodies of Romeo and Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio blinks, just before the cut ends.

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