Excalibur

Excalibur (1981)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Arthur drinks from the Grail and goes to visit Gwinevere at the convent and she gives him the sword back, he paces around her chamber- you can clearly see the film crew reflected in his armor.

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Other mistake: When Uther takes the baby from Igrayne and gives it to Merlin, Igrayne's screaming and whimpering is not consistent with her mouth movements.

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Continuity mistake: After the fight Lancelot lies dying and King Arthur says to Merlin, "Bring him back, whenever the cost". Guinevere lifts Lancelot's left hand and kisses it but in the next shot both of her hands are on his wound.

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Continuity mistake: At the siege of Leondegrance's castle, Arthur gives Uryens Excalibur and asks him to knight him with it. Arthur has been out of the water for a few minutes but as he is being knighted his hair is dripping wet again and a large area of blood appears on his neck.

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Continuity mistake: Mordred brings Perceval to his mother Morgana and we see the metal pendants hanging from her crown are almost motionless. In the next close-up shot of her holding Mordred the pendants are all moving.

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Continuity mistake: Perceval throws Excalibur into the lake and we see that it's full of blood as it flies through the air, but as the "Lady of the Lake" catches it there's no blood on it. Then as she lowers it into the water there's blood on it again.

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Continuity mistake: As King Arthur addresses the Knights of the Round Table he says, "Only the Grail can restore leaf and flower" and Perceval and the other nights are facing him. In the next shot Perceval and the knight to the left of him are facing forward with only their heads turned towards Arthur.

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Continuity mistake: After the final battle Mordred thrusts a spear through his father Arthur's chest. It goes totally through him but if only the very tip has blood on it. Later on in the scene it's entirely bloody.

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Continuity mistake: King Arthur asks Merlin where evil is in his kingdom and he replies, "Always where you never expect it, always". In the next shot Morgana walks back to her seat at the table as Gawain blurts out, "I know where" but then two shots later we see her back at the wall where she was speaking to Merlin.

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Continuity mistake: Igrayne Says, "My lord" as Uther takes her into his arms. At first she holds him with her right hand around his waist but in the next shot her right hand is on his arm.

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Continuity mistake: Arthur instructs Perceval to, "Take Excalibur, find a pool of calm water, throw the sword into it". No one ever removed the spear that Mordred thrust through his chest but now as Arthur dies it's gone.

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Other mistake: When Arthur and all his knights assemble on hilltop at night and Merlin tells them all not to forget where the Round Table started, you can see the crew's spotlights reflected on the back of some of the knights' armour.

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Audio problem: As he chases Merlin into the wilderness, Uther takes Excalibur and trusts it into the stone. The battle didn't take place there, but if you look at the mud around the stone there are many footprints from the crew members' feet.

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Continuity mistake: Uther wants Merlin to get Igrayne for him to sleep with and they both climb to the top of a hill so that Merlin can cast a spell on her. Merlin says, "Annal Nathrach" with his scepter held high in the air but in the next shot the scepter is at eye level.

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Continuity mistake: As Morgana and Merlin speak, the position of the vial that she's wearing changes between shots. In the shots where we see Merlin's face a gold spec (many are included as decorations in the veil) is next to her cheek. In the shots where we see Morgana's face the gold spec moves and is next to her right temple.

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Visible crew/equipment: King Arthur and Lancelot fight at the bridge and continue in the stream. In one shot Arthur throws his mace and accidentally hits the camera with it.

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Continuity mistake: In a long shot, Mordred brings Perceval to Morgana and she says as she holds him, "My lovely, clever boy". The next shot is a close-up and the blankets covering her throne are entirely different.

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Revealing mistake: Morgana has smoke coming out of her mouth as she recites "The Charm of Making". If you look closely the smoke is being expelled from a tube next to her left cheek that at times is not even close to her mouth.

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Continuity mistake: King Arthur's second horseman carries three extra jousting sticks as they ride to the far end of the field preparing for the joust. After the first charge Lancelot says, "You joust well, Sir, I offer you another lance" and King Arthur rides back to his second horseman who now only has one jousting stick.

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Continuity mistake: During the knight's feast at the round table Morgana and Merlin go off to chat and he says to her, "I've shown you too much already". We see three dogs (one lying down and two standing) bathed in a green light behind his head. Two seconds later we see this spot again and there are two dogs standing in natural light.

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Continuity mistake: Morgana becomes old after she recites "The Charm of Making". They use another older actress to portray her and she's wearing the same costume and head dress but they neglected to put on the long dangling earrings that she was wearing in the previous shots when she was younger.

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Continuity mistake: When Arthur thrusts Excalibur through Mordred there's a dead white horse behind them. When we first see it, the head is facing away from them but later as Mordred falls dead the horse is reversed with the head closer to them.

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Continuity mistake: As Guinevere drinks from the chalice the priest gives them, she lifts her veil with the fingers of her left hand in a horizontal position. In the next shot her fingers are pointing upward.

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Audio problem: At the feast Morgana says to Gawain, "Watch Guinevere, remember what I told you about them," but her lips are not moving when she begins this sentence.

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Continuity mistake: When Arthur is dying after killing Mordred, he drops to his knees with the spear still through him. When Sir Percivle is next to him getting his last instructions, the spear is gone.

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Continuity mistake: In the final battle as Lancelot lies dying the blood on his face, especially on his left cheek, changes in the close-ups as he speaks to King Arthur.

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Audio problem: Merlin comes to her bedchamber and tricks Morgana into using "The Charm of Making". As she recites the charm smoke comes out of her mouth and if you look closely at her lips, they're not moving in sync with the over-dub.

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Continuity mistake: Guinevere and Morgana walk down a staircase inside Camelot and get to the 10th step. In the next shot Guinevere notices Lancelot at the entrance and says hello and now they are on the 7th step.

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Continuity mistake: After speaking to Arthur, Mordred catches up to and kills Uryens by the lake with his spear. The close-up of the spear in Uryens' back shows beads dangling about one foot from the tip. In the long shot of his body we see a different spear with no beads at all, just a short dangling piece of rope.

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Continuity mistake: Lancelot prays, "God, save me from myself, purge me of this love so that I can defend her" as he stares straight ahead. In the next shot he's looking up.

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Visible crew/equipment: Lancelot's armor is so bright and shiny as he fights with King Arthur that it's impossible not to see the cast and crew's reflection shining in it.

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Visible crew/equipment: As Merlin asks for his son, Uther takes the child in his arms from Igrayne and the shadow of a crew member standing to the right of them off camera appears on him and the child.

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Continuity mistake: As Arthur thrusts Excalibur through Mordred we see a red and white standard to their left stuck in the ground that wasn't there in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: King Arthur extends Excalibur out to Lancelot who grabs it with both hands. At first Lancelot's right hand is at the tip of Excalibur but in the next shot his hand touches the sword about four inches away from the tip.

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Continuity mistake: Uther thrusts Excalibur into the side of the stone. In the next shot many years later, Excalibur is stuck into the top part of the stone.

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Continuity mistake: The horse that Perceval rides off on has straps tied around its hind quarters. In the next shot as he arrives at the lake the straps are gone and the color of the saddle is different.

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Visible crew/equipment: The crew's reflection can be seen as they stand in front of Arthur as he forgives Guinevere where she now lives, in a convent.

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Continuity mistake: Several knights joust and the winner has the right to try to pull Excalibur out of the stone. The winner tries but cannot do it and sets the sword rocking back and forth in the stone. The shot lasts until Excalibur stops moving, then in the next shot it's wobbling back and fourth again.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie Merlin says, "Show the sword" and we see Excalibur for the first time in a human hand. Uther at first holds the sword with his thumb wrapped around the handle, then in the close-up his thumb is pointing upward then in the next shot his thumb is wrapped around the handle again.

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Audio problem: King Arthur addresses the Knights of the Round Table and says, "We must find what was lost, the Grail". If you look closely at his lips he's saying something else, not "the Grail".

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Continuity mistake: After killing Uryens, Mordred rides up on his horse and looks over in the direction of Perceval, who's hiding behind a tree. At first his right arm is bent close to his chest, then in the next shot his arm is at his side.

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Continuity mistake: All the knights have a feast at the round table and Perceval brings a drink to Guinevere. Her hair is about four inches longer in the close-up, extending below the neck line of her dress.

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Visible crew/equipment: Merlin gives a speech to the men saying, "I was there that night, with Arthur, the king". His staff has a flame coming out of the top and if you look closely as he walks around you can see a tube feeding gas into it from the bottom.

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Continuity mistake: After Merlin's speech King Arthur proclaims, "Knights of the Round Table" and raises Excalibur into the air as they all cheer. The flags waving above his head blow in different directions between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Cornwall rides out in pursuit of Uther and is impaled as his horse throws him off. The next time we see him a few shots later as Uther makes love to Igrayne the spears protruding from his chest are not in the same spots.

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Continuity mistake: After their fight Lancelot holds the spear right up to Gawain's face as he says, "I yield to your mercy, Lancelot". In the next shot the spear is up in the air well above his body.

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Character mistake: In the final battle before Lancelot appears, Percival, Kay and Arthur are in a circle surrounded by enemy knights. Kay accidentally hits Arthur on the back of his head with his sword. Arthur grabs his head and is visibly staggered by the blow.

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Suggested correction: Something that could easily happen in a real battle.

Audio problem: In the scene where Arthur meets Lancelot for the first time on the bridge, a car can be heard just after he crosses to Lancelot's side of the bridge.

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Continuity mistake: At the entrance to Camelot Lancelot says, "Kay, would you train this lad to be my squire?" and Perceval is standing near the rear of the horse. In the next shot the boy is standing with Kay at the head of the horse.

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Continuity mistake: Uther walks into Igrayne's chamber and says of Morgana, "She watches me with her father's eyes". At first the baby is holding onto Igrayne with his right hand then in the next shot his right hand is in the air.

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Continuity mistake: We see Morgana for the first time as she stands in the back of the wedding and turns around to look at Merlin. The order of the guests in front of her does not change but the banners above their heads are entirely different as she approaches Merlin in the next shot.

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Continuity mistake: At King Arthur and Guinevere's wedding the flowers are several feet to their right. In the close-up of the priest approaching them the flowers are moved in right next to Arthur's arm.

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Continuity mistake: To his victorious knight's King Arthur proclaims, "The wars are over, one land, one King" and Merlin stands with his staff in a vertical position. In the next shot as fire shoots out of the tip the staff is extended.

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Deliberate mistake: Lancelot says to King Arthur, "I sought only not to harm you" before he dismounts and they fight with swords under a tree. If you look closely at the tree there are no marks on it before they start fighting, King Arthur strikes one blow and as Lancelot pushes him away there are several marks on the bark of the tree.

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Continuity mistake: King Arthur's armor around his left shoulder is repaired between shots as he grabs Excalibur from The Lady of the Lake after besting Lancelot at the bridge.

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Continuity mistake: As they fight at the bridge King Arthur uses a spear at one moment than he's wielding Excalibur in the next shot.

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Audio problem: Uther takes the child from Igrayne to give to Merlin as she screams. In the next shot we still hear her screaming but her mouth is closed.

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Audio problem: Merlin appears and says to Uther, "The child is mine" but his lips actually say, "Your child is mine, Uther".

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Continuity mistake: At King Arthur and Guinevere's wedding there's a banner with Jesus' face on it behind the alter. When we see Morgana for the first time the right half of the banner is in the sunlight but in the next shot as she turns around the left side is in the sunlight.

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Continuity mistake: At the party after she dances, Guinevere hands Arthur a cookie that, she says, "will heal you". He holds it in his hand and you can see by the top of the cookie that it rotates in his hand between shots.

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Other mistake: At the siege of Leondegrance's castle, when they show the knights on top of the siege tower moving to the wall, one knight in particular puts a cigarette in his mouth through the breathing slit in his helmet before crossing onto the wall.

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Audio problem: King Arthur meets Merlin atop Camelot and he says, "It's a time for men" but his lips say something different.

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Deliberate mistake: Arthur has just pulled Excalibur out of the stone and he goes running through the woods chasing after Merlin. When he finds him there's a close-up of Merlin and you can see the crew in his shiny silver helmet.

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Audio problem: When they speak for the first time, Morgana says to Merlin, "The essence of it can prolong the act of love" but her lips do not match what she is saying.

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Continuity mistake: As they speak for the first time, Morgana is in the sunlight when she holds the mandrake root in front of Merlin's face. In the next shot when he says, "And if too much is taken?" she's not.

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Continuity mistake: Merlin tries to catch a fish in the stream while King Arthur asks, "Who is this knight?". If you look up at Lancelot's tent his blue and white flag flies to the right then to the left and back again between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When we first see Lancelot in a close-up sitting on his horse next to his tent there are no jousting sticks anywhere to be seen. Later when King Arthur comes across the bridge we see the tent again and there are many jousting sticks around it and near the flag.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene where Sir Percival is attacked by the peasants, the green floodlights that were used by the crew to enhance the colour of the foliage are reflected in the actor's armour and the blonde hair of a peasant girl.

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