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(1997)

Goofs

Factual errors 

There are numerous other historical inaccuracies, although it is just an animated fantasy.
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Anachronisms 

Sankt-Peterburg (St Petersburg) was called Petrograd during the period of the Great War because of anti-German sentiment. Subsequently, the Communists renamed it Leningrad after the Revolution (it did not revert to its Tsarist name until 1991). And yet everyone in the movie was referring to the city as St. Petersburg.
During the ball at the beginning of the film, guests are wearing the traditional attire of the Boyar, the ancient Russian nobility: long fur cloaks and hats, heavy tunics, staffs and jewelry necklaces. This outfit was out of fashion since Peter The Great banned it around the 1650's. At a Russian gala in 1916, guests would be wearing full evening dress, with some men in military uniforms, pretty much like the ones Anastasia, Vlad and Dimitri wear later in the movie, at the Paris Opera.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the very beginning, when the Dowager Empress climbs into the carriage, we clearly hear the man say "Yah!", yet his mouth doesn't move.
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Continuity 

When Anastasia is dancing with Dimitri on the ship, her hair is down to her butt. A few seconds later it is seen to her shoulders. The length changes throughout.
When they are at the ballet, the back of Anastasia's dress had two straight tails. Later, when she was packing, it was connected at the bottom.
In Vlad's first spoken line in the movie "Well, Dimitri, I got us a theater!" he has a very stuffy English accent, but throughout the rest of the film he has a thick Russian accent.
Throughout the movie Anya's eyes change from originally blue to green to gray and back to blue.
At the beginning of the movie, after "Once Upon a December" when Anya meets Dimitri and Vlad for the first time, we see the Tsar and Tsarina appear in one of the paintings with their son, Alexei, who has brown hair. In the painting it is clearly a platinum blonde.
Throughout the "Paris Holds the Key (to Your Heart)" number the rose in Anastasia's hair disappears and reappears several times.
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When Rasputin is outraged at the ball at the beginning of the movie, he destroys one of the big chandeliers in the great hall. We clearly see it crashing into the floor. However, when - 10 years later - Anastasia returns to the same hall, all chandeliers in the great hall are shown to be intact.
When Dimitri gives the blue dress to Anya on the ship, it has white ruffles around the collar and the hem. However when she's wearing it, the trim on the collar and hem are gone.
When Dimitri leaps from the baggage car onto the tender car his shirt is untucked. As he climbs towards the engine, his shirt becomes tucked.
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On the boat, when Anastasia says "Is that possible?" she puts the music box down at her feet. When she climbs into the bunk, the music box is nowhere to be seen.
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When Anya meets Dimitri after he was talking to Marie, she is wearing a bracelet that matches her necklace and the tiara. When she is talking to Marie, it is gone.
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After Anastasia sees her grandmother and Sophie at the Paris Opera and says, "Please let her remember me," she points the binoculars back towards them, but the reflection is of the Russian Ballet dancers on stage.
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When the Dowager Empress places the tiara on Anastasia's head, her hair is clearly parted to her right. When she turns to the mirror, her reflection shows her hair parted to the right when in fact it should be parting to the left.
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At the beginning of the film when Marie gives Anastasia a music box, Dimitri is seen in the background being grabbed and taken away to the kitchen. However, when Rasputin appears at the ball, Dimitri can be seen again behind the Dowager Empress and Anastasia. Although Rasputin's appearance may have been later on in the night, it is unlikely Dimitri was able to leave the kitchen again if he had already left once.
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Factual errors 

Throughout the film, people keep referring to "Princess Anastasia." Anastasia and her three sisters were never called princesses; the title was not used by Russian royalty, and the Russian commoners in particular would have referred to her as "the Grand Duchess Anastasia."
At the beginning of the movie, in 1916, Anastasia is eight years old. In reality, she was 15.
The Dowager Empress's wedding ring is shown on her third finger, left hand. In Russia at that time, married women wore their wedding bands on the third finger, right hand.
Upon discovering Anya is really Anastasia, Vlad mentions they have found the 'heir to the Russian throne'. There was no Russian throne after Anastasia's father Nicholas II had abdicated, and the chances of the very unpopular monarchy being reinstated, especially considering the Communists were in power at that time, were practically zero. In addition, Anastasia could only rule if every other male Romanov, however distantly related to her father, were dead.
The Romanov family is said to have celebrated their 300th anniversary on the Russian throne in 1916, but actually, it was in 1913, since the first Romanov became Tsar of Russia in 1613.
The Empress's original name was Dagmar, but she took the name Maria (Marie) Feodorovna when she married Alexander III. She was daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and sister of King Frederik VIII of Denmark and Queen Alexandra of England.
When Anastasia breaks into the palace looking for Dimitri, she finds the place almost intact, along with many precious items such as plates, fine tapestries, candlesticks, furniture, and, most notably, a painting in which she recognizes herself. Actually, the Winter Palace - depicted in the movie, as it is the only one located in St. Petersburg - was stormed and looted in 1917 by Russian revolutionaries of everything valuable. Besides, all the paintings where slashed with bayonets and, from the river, the cruiser Aurora used the facade for target practice. Moreover, by 1927, when the action is supposed to take place, the Palace was rebuilt and was seat of the Hermitage Museum, so the conditions in which Anastasia finds the Palace, as shown in the movie, are impossible.
Marie never went to Paris after the Russian Revolution. She fled via the Crimean Peninsula to London, and ultimately returned to her native Denmark.
Marie did not flee Russia during or immediately after the overthrow of the Russian monarchy. She remained in Russia until 1919.

Miscellaneous 

The 3d generated objects in the movie seem to clip very weirdly at some points.

For example, during "In the dark of the night" When he puts down the reliquary, then later leans in, his arm is in front of it at first, but if you watch his back arm phases from in front, to behind it, then his whole arm and cloak phase through it again, as well as when he is swinging away the smoke.
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Plot holes 

The fall Anastasia gets in the beginning that gives her amnesia, would not have been hard enough to give her amnesia.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the song "Learn To Do It", when they're in the wagon and Dimitri says "Shot Potemkin" and then Vladimir sings "In the buttkin", Dimitri jumps up with his hands underneath him, then disappears for a second. You can see it if you pause right at that moment.

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