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Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Poster

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When Anakin and Jar Jar are readying the podracer, Jar Jar inserts his hands into the metal turbine blades, but the blades can briefly be seen to bend like foam or rubber.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Anakin is being lifted up by Qui Gon Jinn after the pod race, he cheers "Mum, I did it! YEAH!" He says this before his mouth moves.
When Qui-Gon asks Obi-Wan to check Anakin's midichlorian count, Obi-Wan says that he has a count of "over twenty thousand", but if you watch his lips he is clearly saying "ten thousand".
When Darth Maul and Obi-Wan are fighting at the end of the film, Darth Maul hits Obi-Wan's light saber three times but there are four clashing sounds.
After Daultay Dofine's first line of dialogue ("I knew it! They're here to force a settlement!"), he and Rune Haako switch voices. For the rest of the film, Haako speaks with Dofine's voice, and vice versa.
When Queen Amidala is explaining the attack plan and she is on the left side of the screen, her mouth is moving only half of the time.
Before Anakin shoots down the Destroyer Droids in the Theed hangar with the Naboo Starfighter, his mouth is shown moving before he says, "No, wait, here it is" while referring to the starfighter's laser cannon trigger.
After the transport is destroyed in the hangar (near the beginning of the film) the scene cuts to Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon. The sound of their lightsabers being activated occurs before they even draw them from their belts.
As Anakin and Qui-Gon are heading to the Queen's ship, Anakin says, "Qui-Gon sir, wait, I'm tired." But his lips are moving only half the time.
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Tey How says, "Sir, we're losing power. There is some problem with the main reactor... ." When Captain Dofine replies, "Impossible! I don't... .", his lips don't move until he is almost finished speaking. When they move, he appears to be saying "Impossible... ."
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Queen Amidala's mouth movements don't match her words when she's explaining their attack plan for retaking the palace.
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Character error 

As Qui-Gon is weighing his options for payment, Anakin states, "there's a big race tomorrow..." However, the race is the day after tomorrow, as Anakin spends the next day getting his pod ready for the race and another evening follows.
Queen Amidala slips just after they have taken the viceroy hostage in the throne room.
During the podrace, the top of R2-D2's head becomes briefly detached from his body.
After Darth Maul is chased into the large room with the chasm by Obi Wan and Qui Gon, he backs off to the edge and the camera goes back to a more distant angle. At that moment Darth Maul seems to almost stumble into the chasm and quickly catch himself again.

Continuity 

During the final lightsaber battle, the red force fields can be regularly seen opening and closing before Obi-Wan emerges from them. After he does, they cannot be seen or heard opening or closing again.
When Jar Jar activates the Pit Droid in Watto's shop he knocks over a protocol droid and some other junk. A moment later the droid is upright again.
In the Nubian parade scene at the end of the movie, Anakin Skywalker is seen as a Jedi Padawan and sports a new haircut and a Padawan braid. The braid is considerably longer than his hair had been at any other point in the film.
At the beginning of the Battle of Naboo, the Gungans create a shield around themselves using a number of shield generators on the backs of their mounted creatures. In a later scene, only one of these creatures has a shield generator on its back.
Obi Wan's Padawan braid moves from the left side of his head to the right side and back throughout the film.
When Anakin and Padme arrive at the pod racer hanger, Anakin is taller in the close-up shots, and Padme's hair is noticeably a little different. The close-up shots were done almost a year after the principal photography.
The shadows that the battle-droids leave on the ground when escorting the captured Queen across the courtyard do not match the shot from above just before the Jedi Knights leap down to rescue them.
During the attack on the Trade Federation's control ship, One of the pilots says, "Look! One of ours out of the main hold!" before Anakin's ship is even close to leaving the hangar.
In the final fight scene with Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, Obi-Wan leaps up from the hole, and grabs the lightsaber with his left hand. As he twists above Darth Maul's head, the lightsaber is in his right hand, when he lands, it's in his left hand again.
During the final fight between Obi Wan and Darth Maul, Maul force pushes Obi Wan into the pit. For the wide shot Maul is seen using his left hand to do this, but for the close up he is using his right hand.
Several times, during the fight scene in the Theed Hangar, the Droidekas are shown shooting, but no lasers are coming out of their guns.
Obi-Wan's hair length and style changes between shots, starting when Amidala returns from Coruscant. It goes from spiky to smooth and back once or twice.
During the fight over and around the droid control ship, Anakin says to R2D2, "I'll try spinning, that's a good trick." Anakin is seen to turn the flight controls to the left, but his craft spins to his right. In an earlier scene (right after the auto pilot is disconnected) Anakin says, "Let's go left", turns the controls to the left, and the scene tilts to Anakin's left, showing that the controls are working backwards in one of the two scenes.
During the pod race, Anakin's face switches between being dirty and being clean several times.
Upon the Queen's landing to meet the Senate we see loads of air-traffic, yet when they land, there's no reflection of any of the ships flying overhead on the shiny ship itself.
Before the start of the pod race, Sebulba breaks the stabilizer on Anakin's pod. In the following scene, you can clearly see the stabilizer over Sebulba's right shoulder, unbroken.
During the pod racing scene, Shmi Skywalker watches Anakin's progress using a personal view screen with handles. In the close-up, she is holding a view screen without handles.
When Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are talking to Jar Jar when they first arrive on Naboo, Obi-Wan's hair is wet. When Jar Jar spins around and Obi-Wan is forced to duck, his hair suddenly becomes dry. In the next shot it is wet again.
When addressing Boss Nass, Obi-Wan's and Qui-Gon's shadows keep changing direction.
Anakin's shadow changes direction during his final goodbye to his mother.
R2-D2 plugs a hose into the ship to get the shield generator working again when the group is running the blockade to get off of Naboo, but in the next shot it is gone.
R2-D2 is briefly and unaccountably missing from the back of the Queen's ship as they run the blockade.
When Anakin is in the hangar begging Qui-Gon to let him come with them, a yellow stick with a ball on top disappears from the background.
When Qui-Gon and Obi Wan are waiting for Jar Jar to get help from the Gungans we see shadows and light on their faces from the leaves on the trees. These shadows move constantly. In the close upos, they are entirely in shadow and there is no light showing through.
In the scene where Qui Gon is cutting through the door aboard the trade federation ship, two destroyer droids roll along the corridor towards them. Both droids are seen to deploy blue energy shields as they unfold; however, when Obi-Wan makes his comment about them having said shields, the camera cuts back to a brief shot of the two droids, during which the droid nearest the camera is seen re-deploying its shield.
When the Gungan army's front line of solders pull out their personnel deflector shield rims they all switch them on. This fills in the rims with a blue light. A few moments later looking out from behind the army's front line you can see the personnel deflector shield rims but not one is filled in with blue light.
When the flag-bearers walk across the starting grid of the Boonta Eve Podrace, the position of each person and flag changes between shots.
When Senator Palpatine and Queen Amidala are on Coruscant discussing their options regarding the senate, Palpatine is wearing a blue outfit. As he walks around the room, the same outfit changes from blue to brown then back to blue as he finishes the conversation.
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When Obi-Wan is watching Darth Maul from behind the last barricade, his Padawan braid switches from behind his ear to resting on his tunic and back.
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Just before Anakin's pod-racer gets stuck with Sebulba's, he is on Sebulba's right side. When they get stuck together in the next shot, Anakin is suddenly on Sebulba's left side without having changed positions.
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Anakin takes C3PO's eye in his right hand. Transfers it to the left hand. Starts to put the eye on its place. In the very next shot he puts the eye there, but with the right hand.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Darth Maul takes his motorcycle after finding the missing Jedi, you can see a pair of tire tracks from a car or truck.
In the Boardroom in Otoh Gunga, as Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon turn to leave, you can see Obi-Wan's lapel mic just inside his tunic.
The droid army is entering the city it cuts to the scene where the Queen is looking out of the window in her palace. As it shows her approach the window you can clearly see a large ILM (Industrial Light & Magic) sign written in what looks like red spray paint at the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
When Queen Amidala is standing before a big window (she watches the Trade Federation enter the city) she is wearing a dress with lights at the bottom. Behind her the power cable of those bulbs is visible.

Factual errors 

When the engines start turning on Anakin's pod racer, they are turning the wrong direction. They should be turning so that the fan blades will force air into the engine, but the direction they are turning, air will blow out the front of the engine.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Many naturalists complained that Watto's wings weren't big enough to lift his body in flight. George Lucas explains that Watto's digestive system filled his rotund belly with helium, making Watto a blimp, not a bird.
When listing candidates for Chancellor, Captain Panaka includes "Bail Antilles of Alderaan." Some viewers think he means Bail Organa of Alderaan (played by Jimmy Smits in later movies). However, there is nothing unusual about two men from the same province having the same first name. The script explains that these are indeed two different characters.
As the Jedi run from the droidekas, they disappear (or at least become very faint) briefly. This is a deliberate effect to indicate the speed of their departure.

Revealing mistakes 

At the beginning of the pod race, we see Annikin's hand throwing a switch to start his engines. The hand we see is clearly that of an adult and not a little boy.
When Darths Maul and Sidious are conversing on Coruscant ("At last we will have revenge!"), Maul's neck is visible beneath his cloak, and is flesh-toned. Everywhere else in the film, his neck is black.
When Sebulba is on the verge of running down Anakin during the pod race, there is an over the shoulder shot clearly showing that Sebulba's pod is unmanned. An acknowledged animation error.
When Darth Maul is slashing at Obi-Wan in the pit, sparks form from areas of the pit wall Maul isn't even slashing.
As Qui-Gon, Padme, and R2 enter Anakin Skywalker's home Qui-gon introduces himself to Anakin's mother. As Qui-Gon says, "I'm Qui-Gon Jinn", Padme mouths these same words. This might not be visible in the pan and scan version of the film.
There is a support bar visible betweens R2-D2's legs before the gang enters Watto's junk shop
When Anakin is sitting in the Naboo Starfighter cockpit, the text on the side of the cockpit switches back/forth between scenes, revealing the use of mirrored images.
When Amidala's groups and the two Jedi approach the gate that leads to the hangar, while slaughtering battle droids, a laser can be seen hitting Obi-Wan, but he doesn't seems to feel it.
The aerial traffic on Coruscant repeats itself frequently.
When Qui-Gon and Jar Jar are eating the meal at Anakin's house, his mother goes around the table pouring water into everyone's cups. She pretends to pour it into Jar Jar's computer-generated cup, and it sounds as if she does, but no computer-generated water has been added into the scene.
As they enter the hangar on Naboo to prepare for their escape, only three members of the party are reflected in the fighter above them, the others are not.
After R2-D2 repairs the shield generator, there is a scene where Padme is cleaning up the droid and talking to Anakin. In the last shot of this scene, the film is reversed (mirror image) - evident from R2-D2's features.
Whenever Jar Jar, Padme and Qui Gon are seeking shelter from the impending sandstorm, Jar Jar's shadow is missing as he's walking through the entrance to Anakin's home.
When Qui-Gon delivers the hyperdrive, Obi-Wan's braid is on the left side and not the right. Evidently, this was done deliberately with the intention that the shot would later be flopped, but for some reason it never was, leaving the braid on the wrong side.
Same point-of-view footage of the crowd is used twice during the pod race - the characters on the steps make the exact same moves each time.
Senator Palpatine and Viceroy Nute Gunray are about the same height, and Darth Maul taller than both. But in one scene while Nute Gunray is sitting and Darth Maul is standing next to him, Darth Maul appears much shorter than usual.
When Jar Jar Binks is leading Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi to the underwater city, Qui-Gon Jinn asks, "How much further?" to which Jar Jar Binks states they must go under water. Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi make motions to get out breathing apparatus but it can be seen that they have been carrying them in hand for the entire scene, even before finding out the city was underwater.
Part of Darth Maul's lightsaber (his left side) disappears for a few frames during the big lightsaber battle.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Darth Maul is killed, he is holding his lightsaber as he falls. When we switch shots to see him falling, he has no lightsaber and we do not see one falling through the air.

Continuity 

In the final scene of the movie, you can see a girl in a peach colored dress standing behind R2-D2 and Anakin. A few shots later, she is seen in the foreground of a shot of children throwing confetti down onto the parade. A few shots later she is back behind R2-D2, Anakin, and the Queen.

Continuity 

After Obi-Wan kills Darth Maul, the reflection of his lightsaber blade does not appear in the floor where it did appear before.

Continuity 

After the Trade Federation is defeated, Padme's decoy is again playing the role of Queen Amidala when she is speaking to the Viceroy after their defeat, even after Padme revealed herself to the Viceroy as the real Queen Amidala in the throne room.

Continuity 

The opening crawl describes Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan as Jedi knights, but at the end, Yoda promotes Obi-Wan to the rank of Jedi knight, implying that he wasn't already one.

Revealing mistakes 

When Darth Maul is killed and seen hurtling towards the bottom of the melting pit, you can clearly see his digital form created for this feat.

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