The Exorcist

Continuity mistake: The first time Father Merrin enters Regan's room, Chris is wearing a fur coat, because Regan's room is so cold, but when Damien closes the door, Chris's fur coat is gone.

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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)

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Continuity mistake: As Father Karras listens to a tape recording of Regan at the university language lab we see the tape recorder running, a pen in his right hand and no ash tray or cigarette. In the next shot from behind smoke rises from a lit cigarette and the pen is on the desk. (01:29:15)

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Continuity mistake: Damien plays the tape of Regan for the Language Lab Director and when we first see them a chair is in front of Damien. In the next shot the chair is gone and a coat appears next to him on his right. (01:35:30)

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Continuity mistake: Damien starts the tape recorder in Regan's room twice between shots. (01:31:40)

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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)

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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)

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Continuity mistake: The Language Lab Director plays the tape of Regan backwards for Damien but if you look at the tape it's running in the same direction. (01:35:45)

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Continuity mistake: Father Karras confronts Regan for the first time and just before she pukes on him fresh vomit appears on her night gown. Her eye makeup becomes darker and her hair is matted down also between shots. (01:25:35)

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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)

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Continuity mistake: Chris first meets Damien on a bridge as two other people walk in front of him. In the next shot they're behind him. (01:19:40)

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Continuity mistake: Det. Kinderman talks to Chris as they're having coffee in the kitchen and says, "My opinion, he was killed by a very powerful man" and her right hand appears by her face between shots. (01:14:20)

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Continuity mistake: As Father Karras talks to Det. Kinderman by the tennis court fence, the towel around his neck goes from being longer on the right side to longer on the left between shots. (01:05:40)

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Continuity mistake: As they walk, Det. Kinderman talks about Burke Dennings death and Father Karras says, " Only what I read in the papers". Father Karras goes from not holding the towel around his neck to holding it between shots. (01:04:15)

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Continuity mistake: The Psychiatrist hypnotizes Regan and the blanket on the chair behind her head is rearranged several times between shots. (01:01:50)

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Continuity mistake: Chuck, the Assistant Director leaves after telling Chris and Sharon that Burke Dennings has been killed. In the next shot Chris' scarf is tied differently around the back of her neck. (01:00:30)

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Continuity mistake: Chuck, the Assistant Director comes in and tells Chris and Sharon that Burke Dennings has been killed. Chris turns around and says, "Heard what" and in a bad over-dub we see her mouth move as she says something else that is been edited out. (00:59:50)

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Continuity mistake: Chris drives home past the police cars and ambulance out side her house and when she gets in there's no one there. If you look closely as she turns into her driveway, tire marks on the wet pavement can be seen in the exact same spot from a previous take. (00:57:50)

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Continuity mistake: After Burke Dennings is killed, Chris drives home past the police cars and ambulance out side her house with her high beams on. In the next shot as she pulls into her driveway, her low beams are on. (00:57:55)

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Continuity mistake: Chris drives home past the police cars and ambulance outside her house after Burke Dennings is killed on the steps. At first there are a bunch of people on the steps, then the next time we see it two seconds later there's a lone policeman standing there. (00:57:45)

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Regan MacNeil: You're going to die up there.

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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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