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Mamma Mia! (2008) Poster

(2008)

Goofs

Continuity 

When Sophie and her bridesmaids are trying on their dresses, she uses safety pins to shorten the chain straps. When Sky comes in, the pins are no longer visible.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Just after Tanya and Rosie arrive, Donna takes the laundry down and says "You'd think they would figure out a machine that would make the beds." Her mouth doesn't move during part of the sentence.
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When Donna, Rosie, and Tanya are on the sofa, Donna tries to get up, and Tanya forces her to sit down. Donna emits a high-pitched laugh, but her mouth never moves.
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When Sky hugs Tanya for the first time, Donna says 'And all true!' yet her mouth movements don't match.
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When the orchestra begins after the initial verse during Harry's "Our Last Summer", some chords he plays on the guitar don't match the music.
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During "Lay All Your Love on Me", when the camera is on Sky's back as he draws near Sophie, his mouth moves twice without him singing.
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Character error 

"Our Last Summer," includes the lyric "that was the time of the flower power," which is usually a reference to the late 1960s. In the same scene, Harry says he traded his John Lydon tee-shirt to get a guitar for Donna. Lydon was a member of The Sex Pistols, which formed in 1975.
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ABBA's iconic lyric "My my, at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender," is incorrect. Napoléon Bonaparte retreated from Waterloo in June 1815, attempted to hold his army together for a month, then traveled to the European coast, where he surrendered to the British Navy.
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During the ending credits the cast is performing the song "Waterloo". The cast omits the second verse of the song.
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Continuity 

During "Chiquitita", the amount of liquid in Tanya's glass changes between shots.
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Sophie has flowers in her hair when she gets ready for the wedding. The flowers disappear and reappear, in varying amounts, between shots.
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During the dancing scene on the beach, a decanter and ice bucket are on the bar. When the camera angle changes, the items move.
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On the boat, during "Our Last Summer", Sophie sits next to Bill, holding a picture of him in her hands. In the close-up, Bill is holding the photo.
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During "Take A Chance On Me", Bill appears to be standing directly under Rosie as she falls from the roof since he's looking directly above him. When Bill actually catches her it's clear that she is coming from the right side of the screen.
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When the guys are dancing on the dock, the light changes between afternoon and evening sun.
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During "Dancing Queen" Tanya's stilettos turn into ballet flats, then back into stilettos in the next scene.
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When Donna repairs the dolphin mosaic with the caulking gun, the tip breaks off of the tube. In subsequent shots, the tip is intact.
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As "Lay your Love on Me" transforms into Sophie's bachelorette party, cast members hold Sophie up and she drinks from a bottle, then throws it. After she throws it, they lay her on her back and her hair falls off her shoulders. In the following close-up shot, her hair falls off her shoulders again.
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When Rosie is walking on the top of Bill's boat, the front of her hair is standing up. In the next shot, it's laying flat.
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After telling her guests about the toilet, Donna goes to open the window shutter - which then falls off - with just her left hand. When the camera switches to the outside shot, Donna opens the shutters with both hands.
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When Donna sings "Mamma Mia" above the 'old goat's house', the amount of dust and dirt on her knees changes between shots.
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At the beach bar, during "Does your Mother Know", a dancer in the background wears sunglasses in one shot. They disappear and reappear in subsequent shots.
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On the way up to the goat house, the upper left sleeve of Harry's shirt has an oil or sweat stain. In the following shots, the stain is gone.
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When Donna runs out to her friends who are getting of the boat, her arms are in the air in the rear shot, then at her sides in the front shot.
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When Tanya, Rosie, and Donna are singing "Dancing Queen" in the bedroom, Tanya comes up with a silver hair dryer. In the next shot, when she is standing up, the hair dryer is blue.
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In "Does Your Mother Know", Tanya enters the bar barefoot, and her shoes are visible in her bag. In the next dance scene, she's wearing the shoes.
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When Donna enters the chapel with her daughter, Donna's shawl is off her shoulder. In the next shot, from the rear, the shawl is over her shoulder.
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In the beginning of "The Winner Takes It All", Donna sings while holding her hands together. In the next shot, her arms are along her body.
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In the "Lay All Your Love On Me" scene, Sophie advances towards Sky. Strands of her hair are still in front of her shoulders, but in the next shot all of her hair is pushed back behind her shoulders.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During one song, an extra is up a ladder, which is pulled out from underneath him, leaving him hanging from the window ledge. In the close-up, a safety wire is visible, going out of his clothes and up into the window.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Sam, Bill, and Harry first arrive at the Villa, they all seem known about Donna's daughter. Later, before "Dancing Queen," Donna says she never told any of the men about Sophie. We can assume that Sophie's name was on the invitations.
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Revealing mistakes 

During "Chiquitita", Donna's friends force a beverage to Donna's lips. Though Donna acts like she is choking on the drink, the liquid never gets beyond the bottom half of the glass.
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During "Lay All Your Love on Me", the close-ups of Sophie and Sky's embrace reveal a black waistline, meaning Sophie's lower body is fully clothed.
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When Donna repairs the shutter with a cordless drill, the chuck has no bit, making repair impossible. The empty chuck is visible in subsequent scenes with the same drill.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Donna kisses Sam after she says "I do," she has a broad ring on her right pinky, and two rings on her left hand (middle and ring finger). In the very next shot the ring on her left ring finger has switched onto her right ring finger. Also, her right hand changes position between the two shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Just before Donna sings "I Do", the teleprompter screen is clearly reflected in Rosie's glasses.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Sam is singing "When All Is Said and Done" to Donna, he starts out with his sports-coat on and you see the end of the coat sleeve when he reaches to caress Donna 's face. However when the camera shows him singing, he is only wearing his dress shirt and his cuffs are rolled up. Since the entire scene setting has changed between the shots as well - with Donna having her shawl now over her shoulders, and all the people previously standing around now sitting down - one can assume that these are actually two separate scenes, and the intro of the song just being laid over the end of the marriage scene.
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