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Mamma Mia! (2008) Poster

(2008)

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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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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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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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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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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 

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 "Chiquitita", the amount of liquid in Tanya's glass changes 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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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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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 "Dancing Queen" Tanya's stilettos turn into ballet flats, then back into stilettos in the next scene.
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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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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 the guys are dancing on the dock, the light changes between afternoon and evening sun.
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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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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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During Dancing Queen Donna is jumping on the bed. Between the camera angles, her position keeps changing.
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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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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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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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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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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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At the chapel, Sam has just proposed to Donna. She says she's not a bigamist. Sam says neither is he and that he has loved Donna for the past 21 years. To his right stands Sophie, who after hearing Sam say this, is all choked up and looks like she's about to burst into tears of joy. Immediately after you see this expression we see Donna very briefly (one or two seconds). When the shot goes back onto Sam and Sophie, Sophie has a huge grin on her face. Nothing is said by Donna or Sam in this extremely brief period of time that would justify her instantaneous change of expression.
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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 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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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 shot in the bathroom, Tanya has a small diamond necklace but in the next shot in the bedroom the diamond appears larger.
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When Sophie is finally dressed for her wedding, the gauzey material is predominately over her right shoulder/breast. Next shot it is over her left. When she gets on the donkey, it is completely off her right side and her bra shows.
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Soon after arriving, Tanya and Rosie are at a bar and suddenly Donna comes out in tears. Tanya is just receiving a cocktail from Pepper, the bartender. Rosie and Tanya then hurry after Donna - and during the rest of this scene, the amount of drink in Tanya's cocktail keeps lowering then rising.
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During "Money, Money, Money" Donna walks into the kitchen and all the staff are sitting at the table. They hurriedly get up and start working, and a newspaper is left right beside the large fish on the table. When the shot goes back with the table visible, the newspaper has gone.
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During the wedding scene, all three of Sophie's possible fathers stand up and gather behind her on the aisle. In one closeup shot Sophie turns around to say something to Sam - in this shot the right part of her hair is behind her right shoulder. In the next shot as she is turning around back to face the priest, her hair is suddenly neatly in front of her right shoulder.
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Just before the song "Does Your Mother Know" on the beach, the items on the bar change their position during the scene, from shot to shot. For instance, the bucket of ice, Tanya's bag and drink, etc.
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During 'Winner Takes it All', at the start of the song, Donna has her hands up near her chest, in the next shot they are down by her side.
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During the song "Lay All Your Love on Me" on the beach when Sky is on top of Sophie, you can see that Sophie has a pair of black trousers on.
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In the Super Trouper scene, when we see Donna, Tanya and Rosie raising their left hands, we see that Rosie is just behind Donna's sleeve. However, in the next shot, in which we only see Donna, we can't see Rosie or her shadow at all.
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When they are singing Does Your Mother Know You're Out, a man is seen getting out of water and then lying in the sand. When he stands up no sand sticks to him, which it should.
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When Tanya and Rosie arrive at the island, they get off the boat and walk up the pier. They break into song with Donna (who is walking towards them) but as the shot keeps changing, the two old men standing on the pier disappear and re-appear every time the camera changes.
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During the last half of the movie Donna wears a red sweeping shawl over her shoulders, with her outfit for Sophie's wedding. Many times the position of the shawl is not consistent during shots - most noticeable after she walks Sophie down the aisle, then sits down.
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When Donna is dancing to "Dancing Queen," her hair is all messed up. But in the next shot, her hair is not messed up.
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At the end of Voulez Vous, the people pick up Sophie. In one shot her hair falls down to her shoulders, camera cuts and it falls back down again.
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When singing Mama Mia the first time, the position of the mum's arms are constantly changing between shots.
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When Sky is on the beach with Sophie, his arms are constantly changing place depending on the shot. This is not due to dancing.
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When Tanya first arrives, at the end of the song, her arms constantly change place between shots.
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When Tanya is singing "Does Your Mother Know", she walks away from the bar and goes out to the beach to join the crowd of men who are dancing. As she's walking, there's a side shot of her, and in the background you see an extra with a towel around her waist wearing red wayfarer sunglasses. But then there's a face-on shot of Tanya, and the extra's sunglasses have disappeared.
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When Meryl Streep closes the bedroom door in the scene right before "Dancing Queen", you see Julie Walters' reflection in the mirror next to her, hands on her hips. In the next shot Streep turns to face Walthers, who now suddenly hasn't got her hands on her hips anymore.
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When Sam and Harry get out of their separate taxis near the start, there is a huge amount of rope on the harbour. Camera cuts and it's now disappeared and is not trailing from the boat.
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When Rosie and Donna are trying to get Tanya's boots off, Tanya is lying flat on her back. The camera does an instant cut and she is now propped up.
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When Tanya and Rosie sit down on the boat on the way to the island, as they sit down Tanya has her hands in her lap. In the next shot they're up by her neck.
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When they are singing Does Your Mother Know You're Out, a man is seen getting out of water and is soaking wet. However, a few shots later he is completely dry.
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Donna, Tanya and Rosie are singing Super Trouper for Sophie's Hen Party - when they get to the end of the song and all 3 ladies put their hands one of top of each other (whilst they are singing 'Like I always do') and then lift them above their heads. Rosie's hand has changed, in the first shot it is her right and in the second her left hand.
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During "The Winner Takes It All," you first see the cliff with the church and the sun very low on the horizon. Later during the scene, the sun is much further to the right and higher in the sky (the sun glare on the water is bright white). The scene was apparently filmed in the morning (and not in the evening) and we see a sunrise and not a sunset.
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On the boat when they are singing Our Last Summer, Sophie is seen sitting next to Bill. In this shot she is holding a picture of Bill in her hands. The camera cuts and now Bill is holding the photo.
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During "Dancing Queen", Donna hides her face in the pillow while looking at Rosie and Tanya singing. On the right side of the bed where Donna is lying is a red table lamp, a glass cup and some stuff on the table. During the chorus, Donna jumps on the bed, and in the jumping shot, the table lamp and everything else on the table is covered with a white cloth with a red pattern.
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When Donna is fixing the crack in the tiles, the tip of the filler-gun breaks off. She stands up, and a bit later waves the filler gun, with the tip back on. The pistol has been out of sight (her hands down) during the scene, but she didn't look down once, and we see that she is carrying a bowl in the other hand, so she would not have had a chance to put the tip back on again.
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When Donna breaks the shutter, her reaction is different from the angle looking into the room than it is from the inside shot.
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When Sophie is hurrying all three potential fathers into the goathouse, Sam is the last one in. As he walks in we see his bag strap slide down from his shoulder to his elbow. As the shot changes, the strap is now instantly back up on his shoulder.
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When Sky hands Tanya and Rosie a drink when they first arrive on the island and meet him on the courtyard, Tanya raises her glass and begins to drink. Then when the shot changes her hand is back down by her waist.
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In the scene where Donna is crying and having her nose wiped her nose is very red. As soon as she leaves the building and crawls on the roof her nose is just fine.
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Just as Donna starts singing the last of 'Slipping Through My Fingers' Sophie is put on a donkey to be taken up to the hall for her wedding. Donna and Sam are left alone and Donna sings "The Winner Takes it All' but when she gets up to the hall the donkey is nowhere to be seen.
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When Sophie is in her bedroom with Ali and Lisa after they have just arrived, Ali has a scarf and she places it on her shoulders. In the very next shot it it now suddenly wrapped around her shoulder, even though she didn't have time to wrap it around.
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When Donna climbs on top of the goathouse after seeing Sam, Bill and Harry, and begins to sing "Mamma Mia", as she rolls around all over the roof her dunagrees (especially the knees) become dirty. However the amount, prominence and position of the dust and dirt on her clothing changes a few times during the whole scene.
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During the wedding of Donna and Sam, the rings on Donna's fingers are disappearing and reappearing.
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When Sam and Harry's taxis arrive at the pier, the sunlight casting on the pavement changes dramatically between shots.
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When Sky is getting his hat and cigar as "props" for his stag party, as he leaves the room wearing the hat and holding the cigar. In the second shot as he walks past Sophie, there is a long loose cord hanging down from the brim of the hat - which wasn't there in the first shot.
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When Rosie and Tanya follow Donna into the bathroom, during the "Chiquitita" scene the flower pot on the windowsill moves back and forth from the left side to the right side.
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By the end of the song "Chiquitita", Donna has a red rose in the side of her head (positioned in her hair) after Rosie put it in there. As the shots differ, in some shots the red rose, which should be visible (judged by the amount of the side of Donna's head we can see), is not there. It appears and then disappears a few times and is not due to the angle.
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When Tanya and Rosie are talking to Donna in the bedroom just before the "Dancing Queen" number, they are talking about how bad Donna used to be. Rosie then puts a hat on Donna and Tanya puts a green feather boa on Donna's shoulders - twice - between shots.
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When Donna, Tanya and Rosie are on the couch talking, Tanya asks Donna "if she's getting any." As she asks her this, the shot switches angles. And as it does, the towel that Tanya is wearing on her head changes from dangling behind her shoulder to suddenly hanging in front of it.
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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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When Sam tells Sophie that they could do a test to see who her father is, Sophie raises her hands to her face twice.
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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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When Donna is telling Tanya about Sophie's dad arriving, stage lights can be seen in Donna's glass.
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Near the end, when Rosie is asking Bill to Take A Chance On Me, she falls and is hanging from the roof. In one shot when she has her glasses, a light screen can be seen reflected in them.
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When Sam is proposing to Donna, you can see a screen reflected in Rosie's glasses.
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When Donna's friends singing to Dancing Queen you can see a crew member reflected on the hairdryer.
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When singing Dancing Queen an extra is seen falling off a ladder. If you look at the front of his shirt, a safety cable can be seen.
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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

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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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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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