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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Austin was originally frozen in 1967, yet his private jet is a Boeing 747-200. The 747 wasn't even deemed airworthy until 1969, and the -200 variant didn't exist until 1971.
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A modern radio tower is visible in the distance in the Mustafa scene.
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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me supposedly took place right after where Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery left off in 1997, yet all references to the present label the year as 1999.
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The remote control device responding to the homing beacon on Fat Bastard shows a tube map with the (pink) Hammersmith & City line showing, except that the line was considered part of the (red/purple) Metropolitan line until the late 1980s. The map we see is supposedly in 1969, and thus the tube map would have looked very different.
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In the 1969 era scene with the President, there is a US Army 4 star general wearing the dress green uniform. The actor is wearing a light green shirt. The US Army wore khaki shirts with the dress green uniforms until 1983 when they changed to the current light green shirt.
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In the London Underground, the British troops are carrying American rifles and not British SLRs of the period.
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When Austin first time travels back to his London pad in 1969, the song "American Woman" by the Guess Who is played. That song wasn't released until the following year, 1970.
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Character error 

The President says that $100 billion doesn't even exist in 1969. In fact, total US government expenditures in 1969 amounted to $279.7 billion.
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When Austin Powers and Ivana Humpalot are playing chess, the board is set up wrong, since we can clearly see that a black square is on the right. A white square is always on the right for both players.
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When greeting Frau Farbissina, Dr. Evil asks, "Wie geht's es Ihnen?" which is supposed to mean literally "How is it going for you?" in formal German. However, he speaks redundantly, as "geht's" is a contraction of "geht es".
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While singing his "Just the Two of Us" duet remix with Mini-Me, Dr. Evil states that Frau revealed Mini-Me's existence to him. However, Number Two introduces him for the first time in his Starbuck's lair.
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Continuity 

The amount of "mojo" in the bottle as Dr. Evil drinks it.
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When Dr. Evil first introduces Fat Bastard to Frau and Number 2, his trademark "ice blue" eyes are brown, as they remain through Dr. Evil drinking a sip of Austin's mojo.
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Mini-Me's cookie has more bites taken out of it alternately throughout shots as he fights with Scott to get it.
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When Felicity is looking at clothes in the street and Austin parks the car, the car moves in reference to the pedestrian walkway from scene to scene.
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While Austin and Felicity are dancing to "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", there is a girl in yellow standing behind them. In the next shot, the same girl walks past them from a completely different place.
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The broken vase reappears fully intact behind Austin's chair.
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The positioning of the globe and the laser on the moon when Dr. Evil is explaining the "giant laser" phase of his plan.
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Before Dr. Evil runs to Frau Farbissina in the "Let's Get It On" scene, he is wearing shoes. As he runs across the mattress, he is barefoot. As he kneels, he is again wearing shoes.
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The position of Dr. Evil's muffin and the amount of Frappuccino in front of Scott Evil during the "zip it" scene.
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The rear license plate "SWINGER 2" on Austin's time-traveling Beetle disappears and then reappears as he slides into the crowd.
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Austin is battling with Mini Me and the fabric around his crotch is torn away. In the next shot it is as good as new.
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When Mini-Me is introduced "his" shadow on the glass door shows him in the classic Dr. Evil pose, yet when the door opens he is standing with his hands at his side.
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When Mini-me and Number 2 reach for the cookies there are clearly two cookies visible on the plate, yet when we see Mini-me eating he has only one cookie and there are none left on the plate.
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When Austin and Robin Spitz Swallows are being shot at with the machine gun, Austin and Robin walk right, then in the next shot they are walking in the opposite direction, but the gun man is walking the same way the whole time.
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While Felicity and Austin are dancing, there is a group of people standing near a garbage can on the street corner watching them. The next time we see the garbage can they are gone, but then they reappear later.
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Felicity Shagwell's cigarette when she is in bed with Fat Bastard.
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When Austin travels back to 1969 in the hangar, and backs up into the rear rack of computer monitors, he knocks the entire thing to the ground. But in later shots, the rack re-appears upright and then is seen on the ground again.
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In the London café scene, a bus goes past behind Austin, but when the scene cuts to Felicity who is standing next to him, it is nowhere to be seen.
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The arms of the girl in front of handstand girl during the dance sequence at Austin's pad, jump about between shots.
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Austin's pendant jumps about between shots during the chess game.
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After Dr. Evil fights the guy who says "What are you, a freak?", he calms down. Before he goes to fight him again, you can see Scott to the right of him. He is not being controlled by the two "Jerry Springer crew." In the next shot of Scott, he is. Then he's not being controlled in the next shot.
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When Austin is knocking over stuff in the warehouse with his new car, the white barrels on the right and the screens in the back are standing up after they have been knocked over.
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In Starbucks, when Frau introduces her girlfriend Unibrau, there are two Starbucks "baristas" working behind the counter in the background and one walking in front of the counter. When we cut to a close-up of Unibrau, the baristas vanish.
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After pouring out a cup of Fat Bastard's stool sample, the amount in the beaker changes to an even lower level in subsequent shots.
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In the tent scene when Felicity first looks into the "bag" the lights are seen on top of the tent. They then go back and forth between appearing and disappearing.
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When Mini-Me drives the 3 wheel motorized bicycle down the ramp in Dr. Evil's volcano lair, the Burroughs B-205 tape drive on the right side of the Sage computer panels, at the bottom of the ramp, is missing. In the next scene the tape drive is present.
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When Mini-Me spits in Austin's face, his face is clean straight away in the next shot.
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The jar full of Austin's mojo is full in the Moon-base, but earlier on in the movie Dr. Evil drank from it.
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When Austin and Felicity are driving through England/California in the American flag design Corvette (before meeting up with Mustafa) the headlights are alternately open or closed in successive shots.
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When Felicity is hammering the tennis racket into Austin's "shadow", it is almost up to the strings when the camera moves to the guards outside the tent. When the camera turns back to the shadow, it is only "in" up to the middle of the handle.
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When Scott travels back to 1969 and arrives at the Volcano Lair, he tells Dr. Evil "He'll (Mini-Me) kill me the first chance he gets." In this over-the-shoulder shot, Dr. Evil is looking at Scott. In the next shot when Dr. Evil says "Probably," he turns to Scott, when he should have already been looking at him.
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When Number Two and Mini-Me both reach for the cookie their is nothing wrong with Number Two's hand. However, in the next part of the scene his hand is cut up.
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Felicity Shagwell shoots out Mustafa's tire, then the tire is fully inflated as it drives off the cliff.
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When Austin and Felicity are in the cell, overhead shots show them moving closer to the walls, due to the floor splitting open. However, in close-ups of their faces, the background behind them doesn't come any closer.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After Dr. Evil's chair spins out of control, you can hear a member of the crew laugh out loud in the background, just after Dr. Evil says "sick as a dog".
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When Mini Me puts Mini Mr. Bigglesworth under the table, he is obviously handing the cat to a crew member under the table instead of just dropping him on the floor.
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Errors in geography 

When Austin is trying to "flush" Mini-me from his pants on the moon base, he is reading a newspaper. The name of the paper indicates it is from London, however the back of the last page clearly shows a USA weather map.
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Factual errors 

In the darkroom, Austin makes 8X10's of the pictures he took earlier. However, the door is left open, so the light coming from outside would totally ruin the photos. Since the photos weren't washed, they would deteriorate much faster over time.
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When Austin crashes through the window with Robin Spitz Swallows and Felicity gives him a ride away in her car you can clearly see a British Cab with a white license plate. The plates should be yellow at the back and white at the front.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Elvis Costello appears as an adult in a scene set in 1969, but he was only fifteen years old that year. However, both the good and bad sides have access to time travel, so the modern-day Costello probably came back in time to perform for Austin.
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In the Mustafa scene, a European "cow crossing" sign can be seen along the roadside. Since the filming location is in Southern California, this must be a gag.
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Just before Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello sing, the camera pans. You can clearly see the mountains of LA/California in the background, although the scene is set in London. Earlier, Austin says, it was remarkable how England looked "in no way like southern California", ironically speaking. Showing Californian mountains in the background of London therefore is merely consistent.
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During Austin Powers' time travel, his car enters the building only a few stories up. Austin never changes floors throughout his entire visit in the nightclub, yet when he and Robin Spitz Swallows crash through a window, they fall much more than just a few stories, as if they were falling off of a skyscraper. Given the over-the-top nature of this particular scene, this is probably deliberate.
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Plot holes 

As Mini-Me tried to kill Scott Evil by pressing the red button on the control panel, Mini-Me's name already appears as one of the other four choices. About a minute ago, Dr. Evil didn't even know he had a miniature clone of himself, and this clone has not yet been named by anyone.
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Since the series specializes in spoofing the real history of the "past" that they travel to, the 1969 President should be a caricature of Richard Nixon. Yet there is no clue that this is supposed to be Nixon.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Mini Me draws the picture of Scott being hanged, you can see that the paper was drawn on beforehand, and his pen never touches the paper.
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When Austin travels in to the past the first time and crashes the car onto the dance floor there are fluorescent tire tracks on the floor indicating to the dancers where the car is going to be.
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(at around 56 mins) The US President is seen looking through a screen which has numerous black flakes of dirt on it.
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When Fat Bastard is in bed with Felicity Shagwell, he leans over to get some chicken. When he leans back over towards her, some Velcro is visible on the fat suit under his left nipple.
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When Mini Me draws the picture of Scott being hanged he is using one black marker. However the picture is colored with two colors: Black and Red.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

After Felicity kicks Fat Bastard in the groin at the end, she pushes the button to start a party. However, his body is gone when Austin steps down from the bed.
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Continuity 

Austin hides behind the bar while Vanessa shoots at him, but after she explodes he is in front of the bar.
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Continuity 

Robin Spitz Swallows is shot in the back several times with a machine gun causing holes to be put in her coat she is wearing. When they fall out of the window, the holes cannot be seen on her back as they once were the last shot.
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Continuity 

When the camera zooms in on Vanessa doing Dr. Evil's trademark hand gesture, her eyes show zeroes, but in the next shot, they count down from 2.
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Continuity 

When Austin and Robin Spitz Swallows are in the nightclub, Robin is hit in the back by the would-be assassin's knife. In the very next frame, the knife is gone, but then reappears in subsequent shots.
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Continuity 

When Austin's mojo is thrown into the air in the Moon-base, it is a glass cylinder with liquid and a red solid inside it. When it smashes on the floor there is a small puddle but no solid.
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Continuity 

When Vanessa explodes, Austin is wearing a diamond necklace which he wasn't wearing before.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The idea that Vanessa has been a fembot "all along" contradicts many plot points established by Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. This is a spoof of plot holes and careless writing in other movies.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Austin runs in to save Felicity Shagwell, as her runs through the door it is obvious Dr. Evil is a double.
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