The Exorcist

Continuity mistake: Damien brings a tape recorder to Regan's room and a brown/green plastic bowl is on the table to her left. In the next shot when the draw of the table pops out the plastic bowl is moved back about four inches. (01:31:10)

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Continuity mistake: At her front door, Father Karras asks Chris, "Did Regan know a priest was coming over?" as he looks at her. In the next shot he's looking down. (01:28:10)

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Continuity mistake: Before she gets up from the table, Chris asks Det. Kinderman, "Would you like some more coffee?". His cup is obviously empty as she picks it up but if you look closely throughout this continuous scene, he's never touched it. (01:15:50)

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Continuity mistake: Chris interrogates Sharon and Willi about who put the cross under Regan's pillow, and Sharon goes from touching the phone with her left hand to holding a pad of paper between shots. (01:12:45)

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Deliberate mistake: Det. Kinderman walks up the stairs where Burke Dennings fell to his death and looks up at Regan's window. This could not possibly be the outside of her window because when we see the room from the inside as Chris closes the window near the beginning of the movie, there's at least 6 to 8 feet between the window and corner of the house. Now when we see it as he looks up, the window is right at the corner of the house. (01:12:35)

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Continuity mistake: As they talk, Det. Kinderman describes how Burke Dennings was found, "with his head turned completely around, facing backwards". In the next shot they're standing in a different place. At first Father Karras has a shiny fence clamp on the right of his head than in the next shot it disappears. (01:05:20)

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Audio problem: In Doctor Klein's office Regan spits at him as he tries to give her an injection. We hear it but if you look closely nothing comes out of her mouth. (00:47:10)

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Continuity mistake: After Chris puts her to sleep and walks down the steps, Regan screams and there is a close-up of the lamp flickering on the wall. In the next shot the lighting has changed as a dark shadow appears behind the lamp. (00:44:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: After Chris puts Regan to sleep she walks through an equipment shadow as she goes down the steps and asks the maid, "Is it coming out Willi?" (00:44:10)

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Continuity mistake: Sitting in front of the fireplace at her party, Chris asks Father Dyer, "Who's the priest I keep seeing there…" and the woman to his left has a drink in her hand. In the next shot the drink is on the table. (00:40:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Chris walks around the attic a gas operated candle that doesn't have a wick is used in the shot when she's startled by the exploding flame. (00:30:45)

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Continuity mistake: Father Karras bandages his mother's leg and we see her right hand as she raises it and he says, "Mama, I could take you somewhere…". In the next shot she raises her hand to her head and she now has a band-aid on her wrist. (00:20:50)

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Continuity mistake: In the archaeologists office at the beginning of the movie Father Merrin looks at the clock on the wall as it stops. The first time we see it the pendulum is to the left of center but the second time we see it, it's dead center and it hasn't been touched. (00:06:45)

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Continuity mistake: Chris says to Carl, "We've got rats in the attic" and he replies, "Rats?". All the items on the table to her left have been rearranged between shots as she turns towards him. (00:12:40)

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Revealing mistake: You can see wires in the scene where Regan levitates above her bed in the exorcism scene, lifting her up. The way they pull on her dress is also visible.

Continuity mistake: Father Dyer tells Chris about Father Karras' mother's death and gets the story wrong. He tells her that she died in the apartment and was there for several days before they found her. This contradicts all we saw in the previous scene in the psychiatric ward.

Continuity mistake: As they speak about Regan, Chris sits down at his desk and a shadow appears on Dr. Klein's forehead that wasn't there in the previous shot before she walked to the seat. (00:56:55)

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Continuity mistake: After Chris puts her to sleep and walks down the steps, Willi the maid is cleaning up Regan's mess on the living room carpet from the previous party scene. We saw a nice close-up of the wet carpet as it happened and now Willi is not even close to cleaning the right spot. In fact she's kneeling right on it, yikes. (00:44:20)

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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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