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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Django and Dr Schultz have ambushed the cowboys, Dr Schultz is seen removing a bullet shell from the rim of his hat and drops the shell on the ground. A metallic 'ping' sound is heard when it falls on the ground off screen. But as they are standing in the snow, the sound of the shell falling on the ground would normally not be heard.

Anachronisms 

Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson) uses the word "motherfucker" four times throughout the film. This is a linguistic anachronism as the word didn't exist until the WWI era (the Oxford English dictionary lists the earliest use in 1918).
Calvin Candie compares a slave to a teddy bear, even though teddy bears were not invented until the time when Theodore Roosevelt was president, hence the name "teddy". Oddly enough, the film is set in 1858, that president's birth year.
Dynamite was not invented until 1867 (by the Swede Alfred Nobel), while this film features it on several occasions and is set in 1858.
The harpist is playing Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fur Elise", which though written in 1810, was not published until 1867.
Calvin Candie drinks a Polynesian Pearl Diver, a variation on The Pearl Diver's Punch, which was invented by Don the Beachcomber of Hollywood and first served in the 1930s.
The film mentions Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock did not exist in 1858 and would not come into being until well after the Civil War (Lubbock was founded in 1876 and the film is based in 1858 and proceeds through the winter into the spring of 1859). In 1858 the Panhandle of Texas was not traversed by the faint-hearted as it was essentially populated by only Kiowas and Comanches.
The movie depicts the characters having and using guns that employ metal cartridges. Those would not be available in 1858, the standard round at the time being a paper cartridge containing powder and ball and a separate percussion cap.
After Django meets the 3 Australians one of them removes his belt & gun & hands them to Django. Belt loops can clearly be seen on the Australians pants. Belt loops were not invented until 1922.
In Calvin Candie's villa, a decorative copy of the Nefertiti Bust can be seen. However, the movie is set in the year 1858, while the bust wasn't discovered until 1912.
Dr. Schultz says the word "Malarkey" in casual conversation in 1858, the word didn't come into use until 1929.
Calvin Candie is seen smoking a cigarette with a cigarette holder in several scenes. The year is 1858. The cigarette was not mass manufactured in the USA until 1881 and the cigarette holder did not become popular until 1910.
Several characters pronounce the word "valet" to rhyme with "ballet." This mispronunciation did not gain popularity in the United States until after 1950. Before then, it was pronounced to rhyme with "mallet."
The rifle used by Dr. Schultz and Django is a Sharps Model 1874 Buffalo Rifle, and would not have been available in 1858.
In the Cleopatra Club, the patrons singing a song that includes a lyric about peanut butter. The film takes place in 1858-1859. Peanut butter as it is known today was not invented until 1884.
The Wallpaper by William Morris called Windrush seen in the dinner table scene hadn't been created when the film is set (1858-59). Windrush patterns were created a few years later, in 1862.
The Henry Repeating Rifle was not invented and put into production until 1860. While there is a chance they are using Volcanic Rifles, that would be highly unlikely.
During an auction, Dr. Schultz calls out, "Sold, American!" But this line wasn't made famous until the 1920s when fast-talking auctioneer 'Speed' Riggs said it at the conclusion of Lucky Strike radio commercials. Also, "American" is in reference to the American Tobacco Company, which wasn't in existence until at least 20 years after the time the film is set in.
Michael Parks' straw hat is too modern, as it has eyelet air holes and a plastic cord lock on the chin cord.
Calvin Candie drinks a tropical drink through a straw. Straws were not sold commercially until 1888, although hollow reeds were used as straws before then. However, the straw in the film does not appear to be a reed.
The lantern hanging off of Dr. Schultz's dental cart is a Dietz Monarch. This model lantern was not introduced till 1900.
Dr. King Shultz uses the word "Panache" at the meal scene with Calvin Candie, defining it as "as sense of showmanship" (emphasized with gesture). This usage of the word originated with Edmond Rostand's play, "Cyrano de Bergerac," which was created in 1897 (38 years after the scene in the movie). Prior to this, usage of the word was either literal or pejorative; it was literally a "plume" on a helmet, or foppish ornament.
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In the wrestling scene when the winner is given a beer, the beer has an "ez-cap" bottle cap. Which did not exist until around 1872 while the movie is set around 1859.
The Female Tracker is seen playing with a Holmes stereoscope, which wasn't invented until two years later.
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At the Cleopatra club, the winning fighter receives a typical bottle of beer, similar to the Dutch Grolsch bottles, however, this type of bottle was not patented until 1875 by Charles de Quillfeldt, 16 years after the time the movie is set in.
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The mourners returning from burying Calvin Candie are singing "In the Sweet Bye and Bye," which wasn't written until 1868.
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When Dr. Schultz draws beer from the tap waiting for the sheriff to arrive, he sweeps off the foam with a stick with the beer brand "Knickerbocker" clearly printed on it. It was first produced by New York brewer Jacob Rupert in the early 20th century.
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Continuity 

When Django and Dr. King Schultz ride in to Candyland for the first time the fields in front of the gates are harvested/cut. When Django and Broomhilda leave Candyland together the fields have tall grass.
When Butch pulls a shotgun on Django and Dr. Schultz at Calvin's dinner table, he pulls out his revolver to point at the Doctor. Yet in the next cut he is pointing only the shotgun at Django, then the next cut he is again holding both weapons.
At the start of the movie, it is stated that the year is 1858. Winter comes and passes, so the year should change to 1859, however on all documents, the year 1858 is still being printed.
Before Django, Calvin, and Dr Schulze arrive at the plantation, Stephen fills out a check to The Harris Feed Co. for "Sixty Five Dollars", but the numbered amount is for $68.00. After Stephen stamps the check, the camera zooms on the check revealing a different check for the right number amount of $65.00.
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During the bar scene in town while drinking beer discussing what a bounty hunter is, both characters glasses have different amounts in between various shots.
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When the group first arrives in front of the house at Candyland, Stephen comes out to speak with Calvin Candie. When shot from behind, Candie is sitting in the carriage with his legs crossed, and when the camera angle switches to the front, his legs are uncrossed. This jumps back and forth a few times.
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When Django is learning he is allowed to dress himself as he pleases, as he tosses the hat onto the bust in frustration, it rests off-center and pointing to the floor. But when the camera cuts back, the hat is suddenly level.
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After the foyer shootout at Candyland when Django is seen hiding underneath the knocked-over cabinet about to surrender, a body is shown lying on its back directly in the middle of the hallway. Moments later as the camera pans over the array of bodies from the shootout, the body is moved to the left side of the hallway closer to the wall.
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When Broomhilda is instructed to sit down at the dinner table, Stephen puts his hand behind her neck with his fingertips visible. In the next shot, and for the rest of the scene, his fingers are not visible.
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The innkeeper tells Dr. Schultz that he won't be open for an hour, and will be serving breakfast, not beer. But when Schultz draws beers for himself and Django, the stick Schultz uses to clear the foam "head" from the glass is already wet, indicating it had been used earlier that day (or in an earlier take).
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When Schultz and Django first camp, Schultz is seen putting on his pants AND suspenders. In the next scene he doesn't have suspenders on, but we see him hiking them up as if for the first time.
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When Django, Candie and the doctor are traveling to Candyland, Sheba was not in the group. But when they get back to Candyland she is there.
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While Schultz was talking to Big Daddy on his cart, right after he introduced his horse, Fritz, we can see 6 people walking toward them near the gate. When the scene cuts to focus on Django, only 3 people are shown where there were 6. Then when it switches back to both Django and Schultz, there are again 6 people there.
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As Shultz and Django ride up to the mansion the first time, the sun appears to be setting (or rising) from the left. As the scene progresses, the sun shifts sides, throwing the shadows of the shrubs and actors in opposite directions. This continues through the scene; sun from the left, sun from above, sun from the right, overcast.
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On the way to CandyLand, Django pulls one of the henchman's horses to the ground, bringing the rider with it. In the next shot, the rider is still on the ground, but the horse is suddenly upright as though nothing happened.
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When Big Daddy turns up after Django and Schultz shoot the Brittle brothers, his hair is damp under his hat, when the camera jumps back to him it's back to being dry, it changes back and forth with each different camera cut.
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When Dr. King Schultz is speaking with the four remaining slaves (after freeing Django), he is holding the reins of his carriage with his right hand and is gesturing with his left hand. When the camera angle changes mid-sentence, he is holding the reins with his left hand and his right hand is suddenly raised.
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Lil Raj's body changes positions between shots when Django is firing at him.
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When Dr. Schultz addresses the slaves as "poor devils" he is wearing gloves. After Django answers his question and Dr. Schultz is climbing down the coach he is not wearing gloves.
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When Django instructs Cora to say good-bye to Laura Lee, his right arm is raised, holding his gun. In the next shot, his arm is at his side.
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As Calvin Candie rides in the carriage towards his house the smoke from his cigarette blows away to his right. When the carriage then parks up for him to introduce Schultz and Django to Stephen the smoke is blowing across in front of the house, i.e. in the opposite direction.
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After Calvin Candie signs Broomhilda's papers, Dr. Schultz speaks about D'Artagnon, and about Calvin Candie naming him. However, Calvin purchased D'Artagnon for $500 as an adult Mandingo, so it's reasonable to assume he already had a name.
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When Dr. Schultz and Django are riding into Daughtrey, they encounter a young goat herder with a herding staff in his left hand and a leashed goat in his right. In the next shot, the staff is in his right hand, and the goat in his left.
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With Django and Dr Schultz's first visit with Calvin Candie the pool balls change places numerous times.
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When Candie places the papers with the cake plate down, in the next shot, the plate is next to the papers, and subsequently back on top.
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When Calvin Candie is sitting in the library eating white cake, the bottom of the piece of white cake on the plate is on the right, when camera switches and comes back, the piece is flipped over.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Dr. Schultz is casually mentioning to Hildy that there is a "friend" on the other side of the door behind her, many reflections of activity by the crew and camera are seen reflected in the glossy bedpost behind Schultz, as he sits in his chair. Neither character, in this scene, is moving.

Errors in geography 

In the film there is a cotton plantation located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This region (The Grand Division of East Tennessee) is very mountainous and inhospitable for cotton, preventing large plantations from arising. As a result, the region had a low slave population which translated to anti-slavery and pro-Union sentiments in the years leading to the Civil War.
When the Australians release Django while traveling to the mine, the backdrop is no longer Mississippi or the South, but the desert Southwest, yet Django rides back to the plantation that day.
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The plantation in Tennessee is covered with Spanish Moss. Spanish Moss is native to the deep south and doesn't grow as far north as Tennessee.
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Factual errors 

The film's opening title states that the time is 1858, 2 years before the Civil War. But the war began in 1861, which is 3 years later.
The profile on the door sign to the Cleopatra club and the bust in the entry hall is not Cleopatra but in fact Nefertiti. Also the bust and related profile wouldn't have been known in the 1850 due to the fact that the bust wasn't discovered until 1912.
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Miscellaneous 

In the credits, Tom Wopat is identified as "U.S. Marshall Gil Tatum." The correct spelling is "Marshal."
In the ending credits the song "Minacciosamente Lontano" by Ennio Morricone is misspelled "Minacciosamente Lotano".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the opening credits, the Speck Brothers have Django and five other slaves in chains. When Dr. Schultz catches up to them after the credits, there are only four other slaves. However, this is because the slave march depicted in the opening credits takes place over a week or more. At least one of the actors is different, because slaves were swapped out along the march, possibly including death. It has been stated in interview that this was deliberate, to depict the way a slave march would actually be.
The men in hoods pursuing Dr. Shultz and Django are often mistaken for the KKK, which wasn't founded until 7 years after the events of this movie, in 1865. However, according to Quentin Tarantino the men are predecessors to the Ku Klux Klan called the Regulators.

Revealing mistakes 

During the "skull monologue", the skull of Ben, the servant of Calvin's father, is actually a woman's skull.
The cotton field where Ellis Brittle falls from his horse after being shot does not contain cotton plants. It is some other plant with lint glued to it.
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After Django shoots Billy Crash and the other two men, the stomach of the man lying apparently dead next to Billy Crash in two different shots is rising and falling from breathing.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Mr. Candie is placing the sealing wax on Broomhilda's papers it is seen above his signature but when they cut away and back to the papers, the wax is now below his signature.
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Continuity 

After Candie is shot by Dr. Schultz, the camera zooms in on Stephen as he screams. For a brief moment, Butch is looking over his shoulder at Candie after he falls to the ground, all while pointing his gun at Broomhilda. However, once Stephen begins walking over towards Candie, it is shown that Butch is still facing Broomhilda and had not turned around yet. The camera then zooms in on Butch as he looks over his shoulder to see what happened.
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Continuity 

When Big Daddy is ridding away there is blood on the right front leg of the horse before Big Daddy is shot.
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