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Return to Oz (1985) Poster

(1985)

Goofs

Continuity 

After strapping Dorothy onto the stretcher, the two "wheelers" change places between shots.
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Anachronisms 

When the two girls run away from the hospital in 1899, Nurse Wilson chases them with a flash light, not invented until 1902.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the other girl is unstrapping Dorothy, a close-up shows her saying "We've got to get you out of here." When the camera pans out, it shows her mouthing the exact same line.
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Character error 

When interrogating the lead wheeler, Tik-Tok claims that been a machine he cannot be sorry or happy; yet at the Nome king's mountain he sheds tears suggesting he is capable of emotion.
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In October 1899, Doctor Worley says that it will soon be 1 January 1900, and a new century. In fact, the transition between the 19th and 20th centuries did not happen until 31 December 1900 to 1 January 1901.
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Dr Worley said it would be 1900 in 2 months time but as this film is set in October 1899 he should has said in almost 2 months.
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Continuity 

Jack Pumpkinhead's neck thickness varies throughout the film, it constantly goes from the thin stalk-like neck (puppet) to a thicker, shorter, more normal neck (actor in a suit).
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Tick-Tock's thinking mechanism is activated by winding the key under his left arm, and his talking is activated by winding the one under his right arm. However, when he asks Dorothy to wind his thinking key before entering the ornament room, she winds the one under his right arm.
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The Lead Wheeler's eye make-up changes between scenes.
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The key from Oz has less dirt on it when Billina finds it than when Dorothy picks it up.
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Dorothy's eyes and head-position on the pillow change several times between shots while they are testing the shock-therapy machine.
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The number of Wheelers changes between scenes.
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Dorothy and the others escape from the Emerald City at night, but in some shots of the Wheelers pursuing them it appears to be light out.
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When Tik-Tok lands on the Nome King's mountain, the amount of him sticking out of the sand changes between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Dorothy first meets Tick Tock, he tells her that he will be her humble servant, takes off his hat and bows before her. When he's bowing if you look closely you can see the "puppeteer" crouched behind him.
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The strings for the harness when Dorothy fell onto the piece of furniture when she and her friends arrived at the Nome King's Mountain.
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Errors in geography 

Mountains are shown in Kansas, a Plains state.
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Dorothy appears to only take a few minutes to reach the Emerald City from her old house. However, in The Wizard of Oz it's implied that the journey is considerably lengthy.
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When Dorothy is locked in the tower room in Mombi's palace, the view reveals that Oz is flat and the Deadly Desert can be seen plainly. In the Wizard of Oz (both the book and the 1939 film), it's implied that Oz is very hilly and mountainous and the edge of the country is a long way from the Emerald City, too far to be seen at such a height.
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Factual errors 

The melting point of silver is 961.78°C, or 1763.2°F. Its boiling point is 2162°C, or 3924°F. Therefore, Dorothy would not have been able to drink "hot liquid silver", or even hold the cup for that matter.
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When Dorothy steals Mombi's ruby key, a headless Mombi is heard snoring; snoring occurs from the flow of air causing the soft palette at the back of the throat to vibrate, therefore without a head, Mombi would not snore.
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The dancing girls who Mombi beheaded return back to normal but in reality they should really be dead due to decapitation.
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Miscellaneous 

Dr Worley and Nurse Wilson apparently did not think it through that if Dorothy did get brain damaged by surgery Aunt Em would find out even if they locked Dorothy in the cellar with the other patients.
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Plot holes 

Dorothy claims all animals can talk in Oz which explains why Belina Dorothy's chicken can speak in Oz yet Toto who is a dog apparently can't speak when he was in Oz.
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Jack Pumpkinhead tells Dorothy that Mombi hasn't remembered that he's in the tower because she hasn't worn the head that she was wearing at the time since then, but the head in the cabinet that Dorothy opens isn't the one that Mombi was wearing when she saw Dorothy. How does it recognise her?
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When Dorothy and her friends escape on the flying sofa, Mombi orders the Wheelers to recapture them, but how does she expect the Wheelers to do this? Doesn't she know they can't fly?
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Revealing mistakes 

The nurse unexpectedly takes away Dorothy's lunch pail. Yet before she even reaches for it, Dorothy raises it up, as if handing it to her.
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At one point Dorothy bumps into the "stone" Cowardly Lion and it wobbles back and forth.
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When Mombi wakes up and walks around headless, it is obvious by her stiff jerky movements, and the way she glides rather than walks, that is an animatronic puppet and not Jean Marsh.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Mombi switches her head to the brunette (head #4) her lips are out of sync while telling Dorothy about the Scarecrow, clearly indicating that it's a voice over by Jean Marsh, the original nurse/Mombi.
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Character error 

After Dorothy uses the ruby slippers to escape from the Nome king's mountain and restore the emerald city, the Gump begins eating the grass, even though he insisted earlier that he doesn't have a stomach for it to go to.
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Continuity 

When Billina says good-bye to Dorothy at the end, she is held in Jack's right hand in close-ups, but in longer shots she is in his left hand and his right is extended.
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Crew or equipment visible 

While Dorothy is being escorted through the liberated Emerald City, the camera sweeps past some mirrors which reveal two camera men in the reflection.
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