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Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The sisters have a 'Dualit' toaster in their kitchen. At one point the toaster makes a loud 'ping' noise and the toast shoots out. That model of Dualit doesn't do that. It has a lever that you have to use to manually lift out the toast. It doesn't ping either, it has a dial that counts down the seconds with a clockwork grind, and then just stops.
Sally talking on the phone when she is calling the other mothers.
When Sally and Gillian are drinking tequila with the aunts, Sally grabs the bottle and we hear her ask "Where did this bottle come from" twice, but the first time her lips don't move. In the next shot they do.

Character error 

The Aunts tell Sally they are taking the girls to the solstice, and they return the morning after Jimmy dies talking about it. There are two solstices per year: summer and winter. It is obviously summer time by the way everyone is dressed on that night and the following days. The summer solstice is in late June. When Sally is chopping down the rose bushes that grew overnight by Jimmy's grave, Detective Hallet comes and comments that it's early for roses. Actually, in New England, June is right on target for roses. Does it say where they are located? It's filmed in the Pacific Northwest, though it is also the perfect season for roses.
When Gillian describes Jimmy to Sally (he reminds her of cowboy Dracula), she says that Transylvania is located in Bulgaria. It's in Romania.
When Gillian is in the car before she goes to see Sally, she sings a song by Joni Mitchell. Gillian says "I would drink a 'piece' of you" even though the title and the words are "A Case of You".
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Continuity 

When Sally writes to her sister she says that she's been married for 3 years. But her daughters are clearly older than that in the consequent montage (they're running around in the yard and dancing in the living room). If they'd only been married three years then her daughters would still be toddlers.
Officer Hallet is supposed to have one green and one blue eye. However, the moment Sally notices this is the only moment it happens. During the rest of the movie, both eyes are blue.
When the witches jump off the roof, they are in a different order when they land than when they were on the roof.
The close-up of the spinning stir stick shows Sally covering it with her left hand. In the next shot, she is hiding it with her right hand.
When Sally and Gilly first go to live with their aunts, they seem to be wearing velvet dresses as they walk to the gate of their aunt's house. When they get up to the door of the house, about five seconds later, to be greeted by their aunts, they are in wool jackets and skirts.
During the exorcism, when Gilly/Jimmy is blown back from the edge of the circle, the women are holding the brooms, but in the immediate next slo-mo shot the brooms are all laid on the floor. In the next shot, the women are holding them at waist height again.
When Sally and Gillian drag Jimmy into the house and over to the kitchen table, it has bowls and towels on it. In the next shot, when they lift him up onto the table, the table has nothing on it.
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Hallet tucks the letter into his pocket twice.
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When in his room with Sally, Gary Hallet takes off his jacket twice.
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When the women gather for the circle, in the first shot Sally is standing next to Aunt Jet. In the next and subsequent shots Sally is standing next to Aunt Frances.
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When Sally is outside cutting down the rose bush, her jeans have dirt marks on the knees. When she goes inside to get her sister, her jeans are clean.
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In the garden, when Officer Hallet and Sally first meet, Sally is wearing a watch on her left wrist. When Sally looks at Officer Hallet's badge we can see her reflection, and she is not wearing the watch. When the scene continues she is wearing the watch again.
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During the opening sequence, Maria's hanging rope changes lengths. And the tightness of the rope around her neck also changes after she lands.
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When Sally and Gary are talking in his motel room he is wearing a plaid shirt. After she leaves and we see him looking out the window he is wearing a white shirt.
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When the sisters cut their hands, Gillian hugs Sally and puts her hand flat on Sally's back. When she moves her hand there is no blood on the robe.
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Officer Hallet comes for breakfast, and when Sally first comes down the stairs her hair is straight. However, in the next shot, and all subsequent shots, her hair is curly.
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When Sally and Gary are in his room and they begin to make out, we hear Sally drop her keys, but when she leaves, she doesn't pick them up and she never gets them back.
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When Gillian is driving to see Sally after the death of Sally's husband the lighting changes but the scenery doesn't. She may have left so late that it was soon light.
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In the scene where they are drinking tequila, and Gillian is asking about where they got it from, her braid moves from front to back over her shoulder several times with out her moving them.
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When Gillian, Sally and Gary are talking about the ring that came out of the toad, the ring is first in between Gary's fingers and then appears on his index finger and alternates between shots of him and Gillian.
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When recording his conversation with Sally in his motel room, Mr. Hallet says into his recorder that the date is in March, when they're not far past the summer solstice, which would put them in June.
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When Sally is on her way to her store for the first time you can see her wearing a green dress with no socks. Although Sally is still wearing the green dress when she walks in the store, after she sees her children in the window she is wearing a white dress with flowers on it and socks.

Crew or equipment visible 

After Sally has put her letter to Gillian in the mailbox, and she is running back into the house to answer the phone, you can see a piece of equipment that is projecting light on Sandra.

Factual errors 

The end credits misspell the name of the town of Coupeville, Washington (whom the producers thank). They leave off the first "e".
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Miscellaneous 

After the exorcism Sally and Gilly take the cauldron from two women. It has just been taken from the stove and they are holding it with cloths. When they go to tip it up, Gilly holds the bottom of the cauldron in order to tip it up.

Revealing mistakes 

When Gillian first leaves, right before she and Sally cut their hands, she asks for her boyfriend's pocket knife. He clearly reaches for his pocket before she mentions what she needs.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After burying Jimmy the sisters go back towards the house with their shovels, there is a scraping noise when the shovels drag against the ground. A few seconds later, the sound is still there yet both of their shovels are off the ground.
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Character error 

When the sisters are dragging Jimmy's dead body up onto the table Nicole Kidman's Australian accent comes out when she says "Watch his balls Sal."

Continuity 

After placing the boyfriend on the table, Gillian unbuttons his shirt and cuts his undershirt. In the next shot of the boyfriend, his undershirt is uncut and shirt is buttoned up.

Continuity 

When bringing the dead Jimmy into the house, they go the put him on the table. There are many items on the table, such as a white bowl, but in the next shot they disappear as they throw Jimmy onto the table.
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Continuity 

While standing in the house when Officer Hallet first comes to talk to the sisters, he notices a cut on Sally's collarbone, complete with dripping blood. The next day, there's not even a scratch.

Continuity 

When all the witches are jumping off of the roof in the end of the movie, you can see one's feet step right up to the edge of the roof, and an iron ledge. Yet when the camera shows them all from the front, they are clearly still behind a low iron barrier.
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Continuity 

We see two almost identical shots of the left side of Jimmy's head in his revival scene, one before they begin doing the mouth sound and one just after they begin chanting. In the first scene, Jimmy clearly has a cut or scrape on his left temple, and in the second one it's gone.
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Continuity 

During the kidnapping/murder scenes Gillian's make-up swings back and forth between running down her face and being perfectly applied.
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Continuity 

In the scene when the women are in the circle, near the end of the film, Sally notices that the spell is hurting Gillian and tells the others to stop it. She does this while standing still in her place, in the next shot she has ran half way round the circle and returns to her place even though we never see her move. The background music also jumps at this point as well.
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Continuity 

Near the end of the movie, when all of the women are standing in a circle with their brooms, the brooms go from being in the women's hands to being on the ground to back in their hands again when Gillian/Jimmy lunges for the outside of the circle.

Crew or equipment visible 

When the coven of women are attempting to exorcise Jimmy's spirit, the equipment which causes the pictures on the wall to move (the ones which the children supposedly removed prior to this scene) is visible.
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Factual errors 

The night of the murder, there are several very prominent shots of (and verbal references to) a full moon. Only four evenings later, as the murder is being investigated, Sally looks out at a very thin first-quarter crescent moon. In reality, such a moon would not appear until more than two weeks after a full moon.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Sally is drawing the star on Jimmy's chest you can see the outline of the star in black before she covers it with whipped cream. This is not actually a goof, as Sally tells Gillian to "get something white to write on top of the star". Obviously one of them drew the star first as a guide.

Revealing mistakes 

When Gillian goes to get the whipped cream to write on Jimmy's chest, you can see him breathing.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Sally and Gilly drag Jimmy into the house and the door hits him in the head, you can clearly see him blink.
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Revealing mistakes 

Near the end, when all the women are standing in a circle with brooms end to end, in one scene it shows the pictures on the wall bouncing around. One shot shows the wall going in and out, without the picture on it. You can see the obvious sheet rock, perfectly cut out to match the picture that's not there, going in and out.

Revealing mistakes 

At the end, when the ladies are all trying to vanquish Jimmy's spirit by cutting the sisters' hands, the same shot of the women being knocked back by a blast of light is shown twice, once as soon as the sisters grab hands, and again after the others form the circle.
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