The Wizard of Oz

Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch leans down to see the ruby slippers sticking out from under the house, she is pointing down at them, and practically touches them. But in the subsequent shots, she is in her standing spot from prior, pointing between Dorothy and the house.

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Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man tells Dorothy that he was chopping that tree, she starts to turn her head to look at the tree. But then in the jump cut closer, suddenly she's looking back at the Tin Man.

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Continuity mistake: When the witch is making her way towards the house a shadow disappears and reappears.

Continuity mistake: As the Professor is revealed behind the curtain, his right hand is busily working one of the silver levers. A second later, it's working one of the red levers above the big dial.

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Continuity mistake: When the Tin Man is levitated and falls to the ground the metal covering his left leg is crumpled up. When we see him again from behind as the flying monkeys attack, the metal covering his leg has never been bent. The metal on his lower back has also been repaired since the fall. (01:14:05 - 01:15:05)

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Continuity mistake: If you look at the cracks in the floor, the Wicked Witch's cape moves between shots after she is "melted". (01:26:45)

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Continuity mistake: In the haunted forest when the Tin Man is levitated then dropped, the tin surrounding his upper left leg gets bent on impact. Later in the movie, the tin is perfectly formed and unbent.

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Continuity mistake: When the Witch turns the hourglass, the spoon in the mortar behind her moves around between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Toto runs away from the castle and Dorothy starts to cry. The angle changes and her left arm is now raised and she is also not crying as bitterly as in the previous frame.

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy arrives at Prof. Marvel's cart and stands very close to the sign on the side. When the angle changes, she is standing several meters behind.

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Continuity mistake: When the Witch flies off to Emerald City the monkey is standing by the window sill. The outside angle, where the window and rest of the set are a matte painting, has the Witch superimposed, but not the monkey.

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Continuity mistake: Dorothy's house is outside of the tornado when we first see it up in the air. Then they are immediately inside the tornado. (00:17:15)

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Continuity mistake: When the Wicked Witch tells Nikko "throw that basket in the river and drown him" his feet can be seen resting near her book of spells. In the next shot we see the book of spells back where it originally was to the right of the lamp. (01:16:40)

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Continuity mistake: When the Wizard is in the balloon, he raises his top hat pointing in an 11 o'clock direction. A frame later it's pointing in a 9 o'clock direction.

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Continuity mistake: Talking to the Wizard the Scarecrow says, "What about the heart you promised Tin Man …" and the position of the characters changes between shots. (01:29:15)

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Continuity mistake: At the start of the film when Dorothy comes running into the farm calling Aunt Em, Uncle Henry has just taken a chick out of a hat, and is placing it into an open coop. Yet when the shot changes his hand is instantly back in the hat taking out another chick. (00:02:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dorothy and the Scarecrow first meet and oil the Tin Man, the leaves on the Tin Man's shoulders appear and disappear several times. (00:40:50)

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Continuity mistake: During the scene when Dorothy and Scarecrow are fighting with the trees, Scarecrow says "I'll show you how to get apples" and he gets hit by the apples. In the very next shot, a quick view of Dorothy reveals she is wearing black shoes, not her ruby slippers. (00:40:15)

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Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don't know. But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

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Question: It is implied strongly in this movie that water makes witches melt, and this is spoofed in other media. I've only ever seen this referenced to wicked witches. Does water make good witches, such as Glinda, melt too?

Answer: In all likelihood, probably not. Water is often depicted and represents purity, and cleansing. It flows smoothly, is beautiful, clear, and responsible for life on Earth. Everything the Wicked Witch is not. Where as the good Witch is pure and of a true heart. So it makes sense that something so evil and impure as the evil witch would be effected by the purest substance there is, yet not harm the good witch because she is good.

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Answer: In the original book, water caused the wicked witches to melt away because they were so old and shriveled that all the fluid in their bodies had long since dried away. Meanwhile, the film Oz: The Great and Powerful instead implies that the Wicked Witch of the West is weak against water due to being a fire-elemental witch, which could also be the case for this incarnation, meaning it wouldn't apply to other witches like Glinda (whose element in both films appears to be ice) or even the Wicked Witch of the East (whose powers are never shown in this film, but were electricity-based in Oz the Great and Powerful).

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