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The Graduate

Visible crew/equipment: As Benjamin runs up to the church we see a crew member move something out of the camera's view in the lower left hand portion of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: Mrs. Robinson picks up the phone to call the police on Benjamin who has broken into her house but if you look closely she never dials the phone.

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Continuity mistake: Mrs. Robinson runs into the house after Benjamin and the chair and plant at the bottom of the steps on the left of the screen have been moved without anyone being near them.

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Continuity mistake: When Benjamin is running up the stairs of his rooming house with a stack of presents and a big bouquet of flowers, the flowers are pointing down held by his left hand with the presents in front of him. When he rounds the corner of the stairs, the flowers are upright in front of both him and the presents.

Factual error: There is a scene with Benjamin Braddock going to Berkeley, but his car is driving on the upper deck of Bay Bridge which only goes in the direction of San Francisco.

Continuity mistake: As Mrs. Robinson walks into Benjamin's room we see his dart board and someone has been playing between shots as the red dart above the board on the wallpaper moves six lines to the left.

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Continuity mistake: As Benjamin runs into the Robinson house his feet are soaking wet and they leave several footprints in front of the doorway. When Mrs. Robinson runs in a couple of seconds later the floor is dry.

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Continuity mistake: Benjamin takes Elaine to the bar at the Taft Hotel. As they leave the bar, both double doors are open as Benjamin walks through but in the next shot we have a different camera angle and only the door on the right is open.

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Revealing mistake: The day after their first date Benjamin drives through the pouring rain to pick up Elaine. If you look closely out the side windows of the car you can see that it's produced by a rain machine, it's actually a beautiful day with the sun shining.

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Continuity mistake: Benjamin says, "Mrs. Robinson you're trying to seduce me" as she plays with her left earring. In the next shot she's not touching her ear but smoking her cigarette.

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Continuity mistake: Benjamin runs around the side of the church then up some steps in order to get in. When we first see the second floor entrance it's in bright sunlight then in the close-up as he gets to the door it's not.

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Continuity mistake: Benjamin says to Mrs. Robinson, "I'm going home now, I apologize for what I said" as he walks out of Elaine's room. In the next shot as Mrs. Robinson walks out, if you look very closely everything on the three shelves to the left and right of Elaine's picture has been rearranged.

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Continuity mistake: Mrs. Robinson sits at the bar and asks Benjamin, "Did you know I was an alcoholic?" and the silver shaker bottle with the large ring on top of it moves from the back of the bar to being between Mrs. Robinson and the radio she turns on, on the left wall. A few shots later it moves back again.

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Continuity mistake: The hotel desk clerk sends Benjamin over to the Singleman party and he speaks to Mr. Singleman and the other people at the door. He turns around to leave and in the next shot the people he was talking to are gone.

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Continuity mistake: Benjamin breaks into the Robinson's house and runs upstairs looking for Elaine but finds Mrs. Robinson instead. As she picks up the phone to call the police we see nothing on the bed except a blue pillow. In the next shot there's a lot of other things now covering the blue pillow.

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Plot hole: In one scene, he's driving from Los Angeles to Berkeley in a hurry, and crosses the bridge again (in the wrong direction). But the most direct route from L.A. to Berkeley doesn't require you to cross the Bay Bridge in EITHER direction.

Continuity mistake: When Mrs Robinson gets out of Ben's car, which doesn't have the top down, her hair is notably messy but, not soon after, her hair is fine, and it is done up in an elaborate way, so she couldn't have fixed it herself.

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Continuity mistake: When Benjamin is in his apartment, there is a Coors can on top of the refrigerator. When the camera comes back to the refrigerator, the can is gone.

Continuity mistake: Benjamin runs into his apartment building and up the steps holding the flowers towards the floor. In the next shot he's holding the flowers upward.

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Continuity mistake: Benjamin drives around looking for Elaine's wedding and stops at a gas station to use the pay phone. The call goes through and Dr. Smith's answering service says, "657-2036" but if you look closely that's not the phone number that we see him dial.

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