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(1997)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Phil admonishes Hercules, "Don't let your guard down because of a pair of big goo-goo eyes," he's clearly mouthing the word "blue" instead of "goo-goo." Meg's eyes were originally going to be blue, but later on they were changed to purple to match her dress.
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Continuity 

When Hercules is pulling the wagon into town because Penelope the donkey twisted an ankle, in one shot the donkey is not wearing a sling to support its leg, but in the next shot, it is.
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When Hercules throws the giant discus, the ground is rock; in the next shot, the ground is grass.
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When Hercules destroys the marketplace near the beginning of the movie, the pillars start falling outwards from the center of the circle towards the entrance of the marketplace. In the next part of the scene, the pillars are collapsing inwards towards the center of the circle and fall on each other before they crash on the pottery vendor.
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When Hades is in the boat on the river Styx at the beginning of the movie, he throws a small steak to the huge three headed dog as he passes it. In the next shot, the steak is much bigger.
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When Hercules and Meg are talking after their day together, Meg is wearing a shawl. However, when she turns to talk to Pain and Panic disguised as birds in a nearby birdbath, her shawl is missing. It is there again when she is talking to Hercules.
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When Meg talks about her weak ankles, she sticks her left leg out in front of Hercules' face. In the next shot, it's her right leg that's stuck out.
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The bottle that Pain and Panic were feeding Hercules with disappears after it breaks.
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In Meg's song "I won't say" during the phrase, "It's too cliché...", her eyes are blue instead of purple.
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During their final two scenes in the movie, none of The Fates has the Eye.
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When Pain and Panic are flying down with Hercules, he is face up; next shot, he is face down.
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When Meg finds Hercules behind the curtain, he is missing a wrist band on his left wrist. It reappears the next time we see him.
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During the scene with Megara and Hercules by the fountain, the armless statue at the end changes into a man and a woman holding a ribbon between scenes. Also, during that scene, Meg and Hercules change locations around the fountain and the statue rotates with them.
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Near the end of the movie, Hercules is at the top of the stairs talking to his parents, then suddenly appears at the bottom with Meg.
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Before Phil goes in his "house", the door is closed; in the next shot, it's open.
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When the hydra monster is reborn, Phil puts the sword in Hercules' left hand; in the next shot, it's in his right.
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As Hercules is running around trying to stop the pillars from falling, Penelope the donkey is sitting on the ground, but at the end of the scene, she is sitting back in the cart.
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When Hercules is talking to Zeus in the temple, you can see the red ribbon of medal, but when Pegasus flies in, the ribbon is no longer around Hercules' neck.
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Errors in geography 

When Pain and Panic are disguised as little boys trapped under the rock, they say to call IXII. Hercules is set in Greece, and those are Roman numerals.
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Factual errors 

All of the characters are referred to by their Greek mythological names except for Hercules. Hercules is the Roman equivalent to the Greek Herakles.
Hades' hair turns yellow, orange, and red when he's angry, but visible blue fire is actually the hottest flame.
All numbers in the sequence "Zero to Hero" (in Hercules' credit card, when the muses give him a 10, "X") are Roman numerals. The Ancient Greek versions of the numbers would be alpha, beta, omega, etc.
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As the planets align, Saturn is shown as the 4th planet. Jupiter, the largest planet, isn't even shown. Mars, being red, isn't depicted. The shape and sizes of the planets don't make sense.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Since this film is only an adaptation of the myths it is understandable for there to be quite a bit of artistic license taken with the stories. Any differences between this film and the myths belong in the trivia section of this site.

Plot holes 

Phil says he wants someone he trained to be in the stars. He claimed he trained Perseus, yet Perseus has a constellation.
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Hades orders the Titans to destroy Zeus but as Zeus is a God this would mean he is immortal so he can't be killed.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Hercules is fighting the Hydra, he reaches into the ground and pulls out a slab of rock to throw at it. However, there's clearly no hole in the ground from where the slab came from as he does.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Hercules puts his hands in the water trying to reach Meg's soul. Seconds later, when he jumps into the water, he is a hundred feet up on a cliff.

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