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(2009)

Goofs

Character error 

Wichita says that Anaconda was her first R-rated movie. "Anaconda" is rated PG-13.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Tallahassee is showing Little Rock how to shoot, she pulls the trigger, the hammer clicks, the camera cuts to the other side, and the gunfire noise is made.
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When Tallahassee teaches Little Rock how to shoot, there is no audio for when Little Rock reloads her gun, and an empty shell hits the ground.
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When "Little Rock" is shooting at the control box to shut down the ride, she is holding a "lever action" rifle, but is sliding her hand on the grip as to cock a shotgun. Sound effects are added for the cocking sound.
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Continuity 

When Tallahassee manages to grab his gun from Little Rock, Wichita threatens him with a pistol. Where she got it, and why she never uses it before or after this scene is unexplained.
When Columbus and Tallahassee first get the hummer, the road that they are seen driving on in Texas, is the same road the entire group is seen driving on just as the pass the sign that says "Welcome to California."
During the scene where Tallahassee has just met and picked up Columbus. They drive off revealing a crashed 747 on the highway. However there is clearly no crashed airliner in the earlier scenes.
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In the first scene with Columbus when he fiddles with the keys trying to get his car door unlocked while being chased by zombies, when he decides to take them for another lap he drops the keys on the ground however when he is running away we can see that there are no keys on the ground.
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When Tallahassee paints the number "3" on the drivers door of the Hummer, the number changes size later in the film and all additional shots.
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When the girls run to get on the tower of terror ride the harnesses are up on three seats. When the ride starts to rise all three harnesses are down, including the harness on the empty seat. All harnesses must be down for most rides to run.
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Early in the film, Columbus enumerates his rules for survival. While he explains rule #4, "Beware of bathrooms", he flees a bathroom at a gas station, with a single male zombie in pursuit. As he rounds a corner, he sees and shoots a female zombie and we see that the male zombie is almost close enough to touch Columbus. In the very next shot, with no apparent time lost between cuts, the male zombie is now much further away.
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When Tallahassee opens the Hostess truck his gun is in his hand, when he starts digging through the Sno Balls his gun is holstered.
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When Tallahassee walks towards the Hummer the arms attached to the steering wheel are away from the wheel when we first see them, yet in the very next shot they are against, if not tucked inside, the steering wheel.
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When Tallahassee and Columbus are outside the grocery store, Tallahassee is taking out various weapons for destruction, one of them is a baseball bat. As he is talking about the expiration date of the Twinkie you can see there is no weight on the bat (used for practicing your swing as it makes your swing slower). As they enter the store all of a sudden a red weight has been added.
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When Wichita entices Columbus with a bottle of wine, we see Columbus standing near a surface covered in picture frames and knick knacks. When the camera is on him, the vase in the back has a lid that is sitting perfectly flat. The camera switches to Wichita and then back to Columbus who then moves the lid that is now crooked.
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In the scene in the celebrity mansion where Columbus and Wichita (almost) kiss; the center wine bottle with the candle is facing forward in some shots and backwards in others.
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When Columbus first sees the black Escalade coming down the highway, Tallahassee rams a car out of the way, the 'bulldozer' attachment on the bumper gets damaged, then seconds later, it is back the way it was.
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When Columbus and Tallahassee are at the Hostess truck Columbus flips a package of snowballs into one hand and the gun is in his other hand. In the following shot the package and gun have traded places.
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When Tallahassee and Columbus meet and pull their guns on each other, there are a few cut scenes that show them with their guns raised. A shot is then shown where you see Tallahassee raise his gun again.
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When Tallahassee is in the game booth you can see the zombies opening the gate on one side, but in the next shot it's closed.
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After Tallahassee hits the zombie with the banjo, there is blood on the banjo. But a second later, when he goes for the double tap, there is no blood on the banjo.
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When Tallahassee barricades himself in the game booth at Pacific Playland, he prepares for his gunfight by placing four magazines on the counter in the following order (left to right): One single-stack mag, one double-stack mag, one single-stack, one double-stack. When he runs out of ammo and goes to reload, the magazines have changed order. They are now (left to right) two double-stacks and two single-stacks. Additionally, both guns are empty and he dropped the magazines from both guns, but when he slams the guns down onto the magazines, he only actually reloads one gun. Three mags are left on the counter (one double, two singles).
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In the scene where Columbus and Wichata get out the yellow Humvee to collect a map for Beverly Hills stars mansions Columbus shoots a zombie in a pink outfit. The zombie falls dead on the pavement. However when Columbus gets into Humvee in the next shot the zombie in the pink outfit is lying in the street in front of the side door.
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When Tallahasse walks towards the Hummer the arms attached to the steering wheel are away from the wheel when we first see them, yet in the very next shot they are against, if not tucked inside, the steering wheel.
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When Columbus is consoling 406 after she was attacked, the handle on the mug she drinks from keeps changing direction.
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When Columbus and Wichita are drinking alone and talking in the mansion, the candle lengths of the various candelabras in the background table between their heads vary greatly in size between dialog shots.
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At the Garland, TX scene the male zombie coming out of the restroom has toilet paper stuck to his foot which disappears and reappears as the camera angle changes.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Tallahassee finds the yellow hummer, he opens the drivers door and the camera is visible in the mirror.
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In the scene in which zombies climb the Tower of Terror-style ride to get Wichita and Little Rock, a safety harness is briefly visible on one of the male zombies.
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Factual errors 

The first ride that Wichita and Little Rock ride at Pacific Playland requires an attendant to be present to hold down an "operator present" button for the ride to function. If no one is at the park to operate the ride, then the girls would not be able to ride it.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the amusement park, as soon as one of the breakers is turned on, the roller coaster lights up and a car goes flying down the track. It would have had to have been pulled up the hill first before being able to go down the track. If the amusement park was shut down in a hurry the power may have gone off while the car may still be at the top.
At the beginning of the film, Columbus states that he is making his way from his dorm room in Austin to Columbus. In a later flashback, it is obvious he lives in an apartment, not a dormitory. However, if he is attending school at the University of Texas this is a possible type of housing since the university is not able to support the freshman class in traditional dormitories. Columbus may be living in a housing co-op which could resemble an apartment more than a dormitory
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When Tallahasee and Columbus are in the supermarket, Tallahasee kills a zombie with a banjo. In the next shot of him he is holding what appears to be a metal pipe and the banjo has gone. However, the "metal pipe" is an aluminum baseball bat. Tallahassee is seen with the bat prior to playing the banjo. After killing the first zombie with the banjo, he switches to the bat. Then switches to the pruning sheers before killing the third zombie. It's clear that he uses each weapon only once, then changes each time.
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When the party gets to the theme park, they turn the power on in order to ride the rides; however, there are two possible problems with this. On one hand, since nobody is running the power plant, it is unlikely that it would be generating power and on the other hand, it is unlikely that anybody would have had or taken the time to turn off the power in the first place. If it was soon after the zombie apocalypse as implied there may still be electricity for a short while.
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Plot holes 

The film takes place 2 months after the first zombie attacks, but still we see a functioning power grid and electricity everywhere. This is highly unlikely without human supervision.

Revealing mistakes 

Throughout the movie, shotguns are fired on numerous occasions with no recoil. This is especially noticeable at the amusement park when the girls are both firing from the hip.
In the introduction, when Columbus is listing the rules, during the "Fasten your seat belt" rule the woman is driving away from a group of small girls in a minivan. The girl who falls from the back of the van wearing the yellow dress is an adult stunt double.
In the opening credits there's a slow motion shot of a man in a bow tie shooting a gun. We can see the empty shells being ejected, but in slow motion it's clear that there are no bullets coming out of the gun.
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In the grocery store when Wichita checks the double barrel shotgun to see if it's loaded, firing pin indentations are visible in the primers of the shells indicating the shells have already been fired.
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After the first meeting of Columbus and Tallahassee, there are already well-worn tire tracks that they follow, indicating multiple takes.
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When Tallahassee and Columbus push the stand, creating a domino effect with the other stands, the last stand is seen to be falling before it had contact with the one before it.
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When Witchita and Little Rock are on the "Blast Off" ride at Pacific Playland, before taking off they shoot the approaching zombies. The last zombie to approach them before launching gets shot, but Witchita and Little Rock do not shoot, or even aim at him.
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When Tallahassee and Columbus enter into Blaine's Grocery store and Tallahassee plays the banjo, bags of Wal-Mart's exclusive line of "Ol' Roy" dog treats can be seen in the background
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Saluting the late Bill Murray with gunfire, Tallahassee, Columbus and Wichita fire their weapons, but Little Rock does not pull the trigger. It can be clearly seen that she does not pull the trigger yet there is a sound to signify that she has, and she also proceeds to reload her gun three times without pulling the trigger once.
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Continuity 

When Columbus and Tallahassee are leaving Bill Murray's house, Columbus is riding away on a motorcycle wearing a leather jacket. He proceeds to crash the bike in the driveway and when Tallahassee drives closer to pick him up Columbus is no longer wearing the leather jacket.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Tallahassee says there are six people alive in the world when he meets Bill Murray. Outside of flashbacks, there are only five live people in the movie - Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, Little Rock and Murray. However, Cynthia Knickerbocker earned Zombie Kill of the Week about halfway through the movie, which brings the count to six living people even though there are only five alive in the party. In addition, Tallahassee may have simply been paraphrasing; unless he checked every square inch of the planet, there's no way he could know exactly how many people were still alive in the world.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Columbus goes to save Wichita and Little Rock, who are stuck on a ride, he is faced with a clown. He checks his pockets and pulls out two shells in a zip-lock bag. He drops them and does not have time to reload. However, he has had time to reload before the next scene in which he shoots the Twinkies.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Little Rock and Wichita go to the amusement park, they leave the mansion in the morning, and arrive when it is dark. However, when Tallahassee and Columbus go after them, they leave in darkness, and arrive in darkness. The girls are still on the ride when they arrive. Tallahassee and Columbus may have driven a lot faster than the girls, and its not implausible that the 2 girls managed to stay alive on the ride for as long as they did, and nothing suggests that the guys arrive much later than the girls
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