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(2007)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When Yvaine and Captain Shakespeare are dancing, Robert De Niro's hearing aid can be seen in his ear.
After realizing Yvaine can't cross the wall we see Tristan running down the street. One shot is of him from the front, and the dust and a tyre track (presumably from the camera rig he is chasing) is briefly visible.
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The young scientist at the beginning of the film has a type-written letter. The narrator says that this is "150 years ago" (i.e. 1857). Practical typewriters did not go on sale until around 1870.
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Near the beginning of the movie, there is a wide, rotating shot from above of Tristan and Yvaine walking on a road. Near the end of the shot, grass is being blown by the helicopter that shot this shot.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the montage where Yvaine and Tristan are learning different talents, there is a piano being played. The audio plays major thirds, but the picture shows whole tones being played on the keys.
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When Captain Shakespeare is playing the piano with Yvaine, you see him playing 3 notes on the piano (1st, 2nd, 4th). What you actually hear are different notes that make a perfect chord (1st, 3rd, 5th).
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When the Bishop is talking to Primus about leaving quickly to find the stone before his brothers, during the camera pan from the ceiling to the actors the audio of the Bishop doesn't match his lip movements, but in the close up shot everything realigns.
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Character error 

Toward the end of the movie, Lamia uses a steel on the edge of her glass knife (presumably to sharpen it). Steels are only used to correct a curled edge on a regular knife. A glass or crystal knife's edge cannot curl, so a steel would not help and might actually damage the edge. This error was also present in Neil Gaiman's novel: in the commentary to the audio-book he says that while recording it he noticed for the first time that he had made "a huge and embarrassing mistake in sheer physical science" when writing the novel because during a revision he had changed the knife from metal to obsidian (volcanic glass) but had left in the description of Lamia sharpening the knife on a whetstone.

Continuity 

When the king takes off the ruby necklace, he lifts it over his head without unclasping it. When Yvaine puts on the necklace, she has to unclasp it in order to fit it around her head. The necklace then rests against her collarbone; if it had remained its original length, she would have been able to slip it over her own head and it would have hung down a great deal further.
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After Yvaine is captured and Tristan reaches Ditchwater Sal's carriage, a saddle appears on the horse that was pulling it.
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When Una steals the carriage to prevent Yvaine from crossing the wall, she is wearing her plain blue dress. But during the pursuit, shots of her (or the stunt person) driving the carriage show her wearing a protective black vest over the dress. The vest disappears when she reaches Yvaine.
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When Tristan pulls Yvaine off the road to avoid being seen, Yvaine has her cape on. But when when it cuts to a side on view, her cape is gone.
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Throughout the course of the film the horse pulling Ditchwater Sal's wagon repeatedly changes. When Lamia comes across Ditchwater Sal it appears to be a silver bay with no visible distinguishing facial markings. However the biggest change occurs when Tristan and Yvaine are picked up on the road. The horse is a liver chestnut with a wide, white blaze on its face and a vastly different body type from the original horse. In the very next scene (right after they were picked up) it has changed to a rotund little flaxen pony with a star and snip as markings.
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When Victoria goes to the shop where Tristan works, as she is walking in her hair bow is to the left. In the next shot her bow is centered. Then it goes back to being on the left side again.
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At one point, when Lamia rubs her ring to appear to her sisters in the mirror, she is old and frail. However, in the mirror, she appears much younger. Immediately after, she reverts to her rotting state.
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When Tristan asks Yvaine if what she said about loving him was true, she becomes embarrassed and covers her mouth and nose with her hands. The next shot changes angles, and her hands are covering her entire face.
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When Dunstan tries to cut Una's chain, he cuts it with his right hand and it reattaches in his right hand. However, in the next shot, he's holding the whole chain in his left hand. (Also, as he cuts, he watches the left hand, not the right one.)
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After realizing Yvaine can't cross the wall we see Tristan running down the street (the shot is from the side). After some shots of other characters we see Tristan running down the street again (the shot is from in front). However, the part of the street we see him running down initially is a part we have already seen him running down.
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When Septimus holds a knife to Bernard, the knife is on Bernard's cheek in the forward shot and behind his ear in the reverse shot.
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While Tristan is sitting in the attic with his father and begins reading the letter from his mother, the scene then flashes back to when he was an infant and as she's composing the letter to him. In that flashback, a brief scene shows the letter as she's writing the first line of the second paragraph. There's a distinct lack of refinement in her handwriting style that is obviously in stark contrast to what had already been written as the first paragraph of the letter. Shortly thereafter, her letter is finished and she wraps it around a candle. In that shot, the handwriting style is shown as being consistently neat & refined from start to finish.
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When Tristan and Victoria are drinking champagne at their picnic, the glass of champagne switches back and forth from Victoria's left to right hand when the camera angle changes.
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When Tristan and Victoria are sipping champagne, Victoria's glass changes from empty to full to empty and just as Tristan asks her if she wants a refill, it's half full again.
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When Captain Shakespeare is dressed as a woman and dancing to the Jacques Offenbach symphony, he has covered the mole on his face in ink the shape of a love heart; however, when Prince Septimus confronts him in the "hidden closet", all that is there is a mole and no ink.
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When Tristan tries to cross the wall and the guard stops him, the guard's last move leaves his stick head down as he smiles and starts to lean on the stick. In the next shot The guard is leaning on his stick, with the head up.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the unicorn arrives to release Yvaine it is untacked and she mounts it bareback. But in a following scene a stirrup is clearly visible around her foot, meaning there is a saddle hidden under the drape of her dress.
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After realizing Yvaine can't cross the wall we see Tristan running down the street. One shot is of him from the front, and the dust and a tyre track (presumably from the camera rig he is chasing) is briefly visible.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Yvaine refers to the little creature in the caravan as a mouse. The creature appears to be a dormouse, a rodent that is similar but not identical to a mouse. However, Yvaine is a star, who though she has been watching earth for some time, should probably not be expected to know the difference between rodents, especially when most humans watching the movie cannot tell the difference either.
In one of the scenes where Mormo and Empusa are talking to Lamia in a mirror (and telling her that the star has returned to Earth and is also being pursued by a prince) the scene is shot from above. It is clear, however, that Mormo's words are not synched with the sound. In one shot she is saying the same thing but out of synch. In another, the sound of her speaking is not related in any way to what she's saying. Though not actually stated much in the film, the reflection of the witches in the book is always a reflection of their younger selves.
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Plot holes 

Lamia's hands reverted back to their old, decrepit state when she turned the boy into a goat and cursed Ditchwater Sal, which she noted as being "hardly extravagant, however conjuring a whole elaborate Inn, which could be considered "extravagant", definitely more so than the previous uses of her magic, had no such effect on her.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lamia is laughing, there is a close up shot of her mouth. All her teeth are dirty except the back few on each side, which are stark white.
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When Empusa and Mormo are dragging the alligator out of the cage, the clear tape keeping its mouth shut is visible.
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When Ditchwater Sal cuts the rabbit into "heads" and "tails", the rabbit is clearly in three pieces - with the center small piece cut on both sides (not simply broken off one or the other half. It had obviously been cut in a previous take.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Septimus has no tattoo on his hand when he pushes Secundus from the tower. His right hand has a large 7 tattoo when he is with Tristan outside the Witches castle.
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When Tristan and Yvaine are taken captive by the pirates, the Snowbud Tristan was wearing is missing. A few scenes later, we see Tristan's clothes being thrown out of the flying boat. However, somehow this flower shows back up on Tristan's new clothing later in the film.
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When Tristan wakes up in the forest at night, alarmed by a star's warning, and starts running to catch up with Primus' carriage, there are three shots showing Primus' dead brothers sleeping in the carriage. Their sleeping positions change from shot to shot. This is because a part of the scene was deleted and the rest then had to be re-shot/rearranged to match.
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When Lamia breaks Septimus' arm he drops his sword and dies about 8 feet away from that point. As Tristan passes him in a later scene the sword is shown about 1 foot from his outstretched hand. Finally, when Lamia removes the voodoo doll from the water the sword is lying directly in his hand for him to grab.
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Factual errors 

At the inn in the market town near the wall, when Tristan asks Yvaine whether she meant what she said in the caravan, she incorrectly proclaims that he was a mouse. The small creature appears to be a honey glider or sugar glider, not a mouse.
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Plot holes 

When Septimus finds the body of his brother Primus, the inn that was magically created has disappeared. For some reason however, the bath tub which was also part of the magical creation remains.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the final fight between Tristan and Lamia, when Lamia is thrown towards the fountain where she will reach for the puppet to control Septimus' corpse, she pulls herself up on the border of the fountain with her right hand - the hand's skin and complexion are young and fresh despite her overall aged and tattered appearance.
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When Septimus poisons his brother Tertius and the priest by accident and pretends to die as a prank on Primus, Primus believes he is now king and lifts up the crown. This is shot side on with Tertius lying dead in the background but just as the camera moves up, the dead Tertius' head twitches.
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