Continuity mistake: Father Merrin says, "Hear my prayer" as he puts his hand on Regan's head. If you look closely the vomit first comes out when her head is facing the right and it totally soils her blue nightgown. In the next shot with her head facing left there's nothing on her blue nightgown. (01:48:05)????
Continuity mistake: Throughout the film it has been made clear that it's Autumn and it is cold. Leaves have fallen and they are crunchy on the ground. In the scene where Father Karras is walking with the detective they turn a corner and it's summer again. The sky in the scene goes from grey to blue and the trees have re-greened as they pass a tennis court with players in their short whites. (00:43:00)cktailgrl
Continuity mistake: As the Language Lab Director plays the tape of Regan backwards for Damien he turns on the wrong tape recorder. There's no indication that this is not the first time he's heard the tape and he uses the recorder on the left to listen, and is not dubbing anything onto the recorder on the right. When we hear the backwards tape he uses the recorder on the right which does not have the right tape spooled up and doesn't have an overdub of the original to play backwards either. (01:35:40)????
Continuity mistake: Lots of stuff moves as Damien waits on the couch in Chris's living room as she pours him a drink. The flower pot on the back wall under the ceramic pumpkin moves to the left and the couch he's sitting on moves a couple of feet to the left. Later everything moves back. (01:34:00)????
Continuity mistake: In the scene with the crucifix, Chris falls to the floor after Regan bashes her in the face. Look closely at the dresser that eventually comes sliding across the room at her. When we first see it, it's about half a foot to the right of the closet door on the left of the room, and is never touched or moved. When we see it again as it comes sliding across the room at Chris it's been moved to the left right up against the closet door. (01:19:10)????
Trivia: In the scene where Regan's mother is supernaturally blasted away from the bedside, she is being yanked by the crew by a length of rope. After dozens of takes director William Friedkin was still unhappy with the look of the shot and ordered the crew to haul her more fiercely. The scream in the shot that made the cut was of genuine pain and required no dubbing for effect.
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