The Exorcist

Continuity mistake: In bed Regan reads "Photoplay" magazine as Chris touches the covers of the bed. In the next shot she's pulling the magazine away from Regan. (00:23:30)

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Continuity mistake: As Chris goes up into the attic to see what's making the noise, the flame on the candle gets longer between shots as she walks up the steps. (00:29:45)

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Continuity mistake: Father Damien and Tom have a drink at a local bar where Damien confides that he has lost his faith. When he brings the beers over both glasses are full but several seconds later when he takes his first sip the head is already gone. (00:26:50)

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Continuity mistake: After Chris is startled by the exploding flame in the attic there's a shot of a priest carrying flowers across a courtyard into a chapel. When he first opens the door to the chapel he's in the shade, but when we see him walking into the chapel from the other side of the door the sun is shining. (00:31:30)

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Continuity mistake: Chris talks to Regan as she puts her to bed. If you look closely the large pictures on her night table change position throughout the scene. (00:23:45)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in their basement Chris brings the Ouija board over to the ping pong table and Regan puts the paddle down with the ball underneath. In the next shot the paddle is there but the ball disappears. (00:22:45)

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Continuity mistake: As Father Karras goes to New York to see his mother a woman in yellow on the sidewalk with her two children disappear between shots as he crosses the street. (00:18:30)

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Continuity mistake: As Chris and Regan discuss how to play the Ouija board the pointer is to the right of the word No. In the next shot when Regan picks it up it's covering the word No. (00:23:10)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in their basement Chris takes the painted bird from Regan who touches the wood post in the center of the room with her right hand. In the next shot she's leaning against it. (00:22:15)

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Continuity mistake: After returning home from the movie set Chris walks in and says hello to Sharon. The bottle of Coke, the typewriter carriage and the page she is typing all move between shots by the time Chris gets to the desk. (00:16:10)

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Continuity mistake: After returning home from the movie set, Chris gets a letter from the White House which she reads with both hands. Regan says, "Hi Mom" and in the next shot Chris has a drink in her hand. (00:16:35)

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Continuity mistake: At the movie set, Chris says to Burke Dennings, "It just doesn't make sense" and the guy in the blue shirt in the background is standing up. In the next shot he's bending over. (00:13:20)

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Continuity mistake: After returning home from the movie set, Chris' necklace is tucked under her collar. She doesn't go near it but two shots later it's over her collar. (00:16:30)

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Continuity mistake: Chris picks up a newspaper as she tells Carl, "We've got rats in the attic". In the next shot the newspaper is unmoved. (00:12:40)

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Continuity mistake: The phone on the right of the archaeologist's desk moves between shots in the close-up. The first time we see it the connector chord is flush with the desk but the second time we see it the chord is above the desk and no one goes near it. (00:06:45)

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Continuity mistake: Father Merrin walks over to see what the other archaeologist has found at the dig site and the items in the sifter move between shots in the close-up. (00:03:15)

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Continuity mistake: At the dig site in the beginning of the movie, the items on the rock behind Father Merrin move in the close-up after the other archaeologist shows him what he has found. (00:03:25)

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Continuity mistake: After the exorcism, Regan's wrists are tied together, but are then later seen tied to the bed.

Continuity mistake: Father Karras goes to see Bishop Michael trying to convince him that an Exorcism would be appropriate for Regan. If you look closely the chair on Father Karras' left, the chord to the black phone and the waste paper basket all move between shots. (01:38:35)

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Continuity mistake: Father Karras listens to a tape recording of Regan at the university language lab and there are three rows of seats in front of him. In the next shot from behind there are two rows in front of him. (01:29:35)

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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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