A Fish Called Wanda

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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Continuity mistake: After Ken reverses the steamroller after running Otto over with it, you can see a red patch signifying his splattered body in front of the roller. However, a few scenes later, Otto is seen alive. (Otto was originally meant to die, until test audience feedback influenced a change of mind on the part of the filmmakers.)

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Visible crew/equipment: When George enters Ken's apartment the first time and Wanda approaches him, if you look in the mirror you should be able to see a crouching crew member wearing a blue shirt.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Jamie Lee Curtis is leaving John Cleese's office, she kisses him goodbye and calls him Uncle. After she has left, you can clearly see the cameraman move into view of the mirror.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Ken kills the last dog and the witness has a heart attack, he walks out of the house he was in and in the reflection of the black door you can see a crew member and a camera.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken lets the Doberman loose out of the back of the van, you see Ken looking through the rear window to watch the action. The camera angle changes and you no longer see Ken looking out of the window. The camera angle changes again and Ken is once again looking out of the window.

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Plot hole: Archie goes from being waist-deep in a barrel of oil to walking onto the airplane and sitting next to Wanda. She greets him, etc. But there's no oil on his pants, no logical question by Wanda: What the heck happened?

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Continuity mistake: When Ken has the bandage going round his head, both the bandage and the tape securing it - particularly the size and position of the tape strips, differ in consecutive shots throughout the scenes. One example is when Otto shares his chips with Ken and then enjoys his lovely little fish.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie dances with Wanda at the flat, they stop and you see Wanda put her hands around Archie's neck. The camera angle changes and her hands are now on his shoulders. The camera angle changes again and her hands are back around his neck. Happens about 3 times during the entire scene. There is even a time when only one hand is on his shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda is lying on top of Archie and Otto surprises them, Archie screams and his hands are down by his waist. When it cuts his arms are suddenly waving above his head.

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Continuity mistake: When one of the robbers finds the box of diamonds that they are looking for, he is seen taking 1 envelope out of the box, pushing the box to the side, and opening the envelope on the table. The camera angle changes to a close up and he is seen opening the envelope on top of the box containing all the other envelopes.

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Continuity mistake: After the robbery when Otto and Wanda are sitting in bed and Otto grabs the phone, you can see Wanda holding the notebook in her left hand, and then she puts it in her right hand. After the cut it's back in her left hand and she's grabbing it with her right hand again.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto goes to see Wanda after the dog attack, the scars on Ken's face changes from when Otto gets to the apartment to when he leaves.

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Continuity mistake: When George is telling everyone how much they are going to make on the heist, you see Wanda using her calculator with a pen. The camera angle changes and the pen is gone.

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Plot hole: Shortly after the robbery, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis get together in a little flat and Kline calls the police from a landline to tell them who committed the robbery. In England this would immediately lead the police to the flat from which the call was made, and the person reporting the robbery would be the first person the police would want to find and speak to. Otto has handed it to them on a plate.

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Continuity mistake: When the steamroller is going over Otto, you can plainly see that the cement is still very wet and loose, but only moments ago Otto's feet were stuck in the cement because it was hard and thick.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken lets the Doberman out of the car it has a pink cloth on it that falls to the pavement. When it cuts to the dog about to grab the old ladies' dog the cloth is nowhere to be seen.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Otto has Archie in a barrel and Ken approaches on a cement roller note the pattern in the wet cement. When the camera zooms to Otto's feet stuck in the cement you can see pattern in cement where the cement roller has passed previously, stopping a few feet behind Otto. There is a visible line and the cement appears rougher beyond it.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is telling Archie to apologize for calling him stupid, you see Otto pointing his finger at Archie and when the camera angle changes his finger is now pressed up against his chest.

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Continuity mistake: When John Cleese has removed his clothes and the tenants of the flat come into the room, a quick rear view show that he has blue underwear on, when he's supposed to be naked.

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Continuity mistake: Ken is trying to run over the witness as she is walking her dogs at the crosswalk. He swerves the car to avoid hitting her dogs and crashes into a garbage can. As he crashes into the garbage can you can see that the witness is no longer on the crosswalk. The camera angle changes again and she is now back on the crosswalk.

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Continuity mistake: Right after Ken runs over Otto in the steamroller, Archie starts running away and in the background you see the steamroller being put into reverse. The camera angle changes to a closeup of Ken and the steamroller is going forward.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is watching Ken walking away and yelling that he loves watching him walk, there is a blue van parked in the street. The camera angle changes to Otto and then back to Ken and the van is gone.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Otto is leaving the apartment and says goodbye to Wanda, you can see a boom mic in the mirror behind him.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda is at Archie's office she is holding a yellow pencil marker in her right hand while Archie is explaining what a "Committal" is. When it cuts she is holding it with both hands.

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Continuity mistake: Right after the holdup they are seen getting into the second getaway car. You see Wanda getting in the passenger side and closing the door right before the police car passes in front of them. The camera angle changes to the police car passing and then back to the gang getting into the car and you see Wanda getting in the car and closing the door again.

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Continuity mistake: After Ken has killed the last dog the rope is stacked on one side of the box that dropped on the dog. When it cuts from an overhead shot the rope is stacked on the other side of the box.

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Continuity mistake: In the visiting room at jail when Wanda ask George if he thinks Otto sold him out, she says "No" three times. The last time she says "No" her earring is hardly moving. When it cuts to behind her the earring is wobbling.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto wakes up he shoots the alarm clock holding the gun with one hand and turning around. When it cuts you can briefly seem him holding it with both hands.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is splashing with the brush in the fish tank his cap gets wet. A few seconds later his cap is dry.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Ken tells Wanda that Otto tried to kiss him, right before it cuts, you can see the shadow of the boom mike reflected in the mirror right above Ken's ear.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken is writing on the newspaper which hotel Otto and Wanda went to, he places his left hand on the paper. When it cuts to a close-up of him writing his hand is gone.

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Continuity mistake: The 2 bottles and glass in front of Wanda as she's using the calculator change when the camera angle changes to a side view.

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Continuity mistake: During the funeral for the witness' dog, you see her standing there with a friend standing directly behind her with her arm on her for emotional support. The camera angle changes and the friend is now standing along side of her.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Otto tells Ken his stutter doesn't bother him, he says "So, George needs a weapons man?" while Ken reaches into the fish tank. Look to the side of Ken's head, you should briefly see the shadow of the boom mic moving.

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Visible crew/equipment: After the robbery when everyone, except Ken, drives away in the car you can see the entire crew reflected in the car's back window.

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Audio problem: When Wanda asks Ken if he's heard from George Ken stutters "No, he had to go to the b-b-b", as it cuts we can see his mouth is closed. It's impossible to say "b" with your mouth closed.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie gets to the barrel of waste oil he has his right arm up. When it cuts it's down.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie tries to make Ken sing out the information his hand change position between the shots.

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Continuity mistake: At the airport when Otto is pointing the gun at Archie, he is pointing the gun straight at Archie. When it cuts to Otto firing the first shot he is pointing the gun diagonally.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda arrives at Archie's house, Archie is sitting on the couch going through some papers. There is a pink ribbon on the arm rest which changes position between the shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie gets home after ending it with Wanda and Otto awaits him, it's dark outside. As Archie runs away and rounds the corner of the house it's brighter and close to dawn.

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Revealing mistake: When Otto holds Archie upside-down, out the window, the rigid outline of the support is quite visible under Archie's pants' material.

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Continuity mistake: After Otto has shot the hat off the man he pulls his arm inside the car and puts it on the steering wheel. When it cuts he is waving with his arm outside the window.

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Continuity mistake: When they get to the runaway car we see Ken open the car door while George is passing around the hood of the car. When it cuts we see Ken open the door and now suddenly George is by his door opening it.

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Continuity mistake: After Otto has chased Ken down the stairs they are standing against the elevator door. As Otto says, "Look, physical side can wait," he is holding his right hand up. When it cuts it's down.

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Continuity mistake: In court, when George grabs the banister and jumps over it, his hands on the banister change position between the shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Wanda's visit to Archie's office she arrives at Otto's. When Otto stabs the mannequin with his sword, the position/depth of the sword, as well as the position of his undershirt when it lands on the sword, all differ in the following shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto takes the note which has the witness name and address from Ken, Ken tries to grab it from him and Otto holds it up in the air. The camera angle changes and his arm is now at his side. The camera angles changes again and his arm is raised. Happens about 3 times during the scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie goes to talk to George after the melee in court, Archie tells the guards to leave and you see one of the guards crossing his arms. The camera angle changes and the same guard is seen crossing his arms again.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is interrogating Ken he sticks some chips up Ken's nose. At one point, before Otto asks where the diamonds are, there are traces of ketchup on one of the chips that disappear two shots later.

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Continuity mistake: As the plane is taking off, Otto is trying to hang on but the wind pushes him off. The camera angle changes to a wide shot of the plane taking off, and Otto is not seen anywhere but you still hear him screaming.

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Visible crew/equipment: Outside court when Archie is talking to a man, Wanda is standing behind them wearing a fake wig. When the man leaves, if you look in the window behind them to the right, you should be able to see the boom mike operator wearing a red shirt.

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Revealing mistake: When Archie enters the kitchen to talk with his daughter we can see Wendy reflected in the door glass moving in to position waiting to come in to the picture.

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Continuity mistake: Right after George makes the Oscar Wilde quote about work, Wanda leans over to kiss him and then they both lean back in their chairs. The camera angle changes as Otto gets up to talk to Ken and you see Wanda and George doing the same kiss again.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Wendy arrives home, before finding Archie unconscious on the floor, as she gets out of the car, the crew is reflected in the side mirror of the car.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is awakened by the alarm clock, he sits up in bed to shoot it and the book that was lying on his chest falls to his left side. The camera angle changes and the book is now opened and sitting perfectly in his lap.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie is trying to put the locket in his mouth he is seen kneeling about 3 feet from the ground. The camera angle changes and he is now seen at about 6 inches from the ground.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie comes back into the den with the champagne, you see him starting to get startled to see his wife instead of Wanda, and when the camera angle changes you see him getting startled again.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is about to shoot Archie, Archie tells him to turn around and look behind him. When Otto turns around to see Ken on the steam roller, you can see footprints in the cement that were not there in the previous camera angle.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken crashes into the garbage can to avoid hitting the witness' dog, you see garbage being strewn all over the front of his car, but not in it. The camera angle changes and you now see Ken throwing garbage out of the driver's side after opening the door to get out.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto pulls Ken into the hallway to talk to him, he pushes him up against the wall and places his left hand flat on the wall. The camera angle changes and his hand is now wrapped around the edge of the wall. The camera angle changes again and his hand is flat on the wall again. Happens about 3 times during the entire scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is hanging Archie upside down outside the window, as Archie apologises, you can see Otto's thumb visible as he is holding Archie's legs. When it cuts to a close-up of Otto Archie's trousers are now covering Otto's thumb.

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Continuity mistake: When the Doberman grabs the dog there is nobody in the background behind the old lady. When it cuts to the Doberman running away there is suddenly a couple walking in the background.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto and Wanda returns to Ken's apartment and Wanda is changing clothes, as Otto says he might get jealous, Wanda reaches into the closet with one hand. When it cuts she has both her hands in the closet.

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Continuity mistake: When they enter the vault you can see a pencil holder with two pencils in it. A blue and a red one. A few shots later we see the holder again and a green pencil has appeared.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie gets into the barrel, you see a large amount of the waste oil spill out and the top level drops about 2-3 inches below the rim. The camera angle changes and the top level is now all the way up to the rim and overflowing.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken tells Wanda that George moved the diamonds, he starts to stutter and Wanda starts to kiss him to calm him down and you see Wanda putting her left arm around his neck. The camera angle changes and she is now holding his face with both hands.

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Continuity mistake: Right before Wanda sees where Ken puts the key, she and Otto are in the bedroom and Otto starts kissing her after he starts speaking Italian. You see Wanda holding his face in her hands and when the camera angle changes her right hand is now pressed up against the wall behind her and her left hand is now on his shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is about to open the safe he stops the wheel at '20'. When he opens it it's back on '0' without him having touching it.

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Audio problem: When Otto is being run over by the steam roller at the airport, he starts screaming as he is being run over and when the camera angle changes you can still hear him screaming but the stuntman's lips aren't moving as the steam roller goes over him and he's sinking into the wet cement.

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Continuity mistake: Right before the Doberman grabs one of the witness' dogs, all 3 dogs are near each other, but when the angle changes 2 of the dogs are behind the witness and the dog that the Doberman grabs is in front of her. The angle changes again and the other 2 dogs are now in front of the witness again as the Doberman runs off with the other dog.

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Continuity mistake: When the family walks into the flat and Archie is naked, he grabs a picture and puts it in front of him and you see his arms bent. The camera angle changes to a rear shot and his arms are now straight. The camera angle changes again and his arms are bent again. Happens about 3 times throughout the scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie gets the locket in his mouth, he lays his head on the ground and you can see pearls near his head. His wife runs up to him to help him and the pearls have moved and there is now a silver chalis in front of the pearls.

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Continuity mistake: Right before Otto hits Archie during Archie's staged robbery at his house, Archie runs by a door and you can see his shadow on the door moving. You then see the shadow disappear and then a few seconds later you hear Otto talking and another shadow appears on the door. This was defintely where they stopped and then started the camera.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie breaks into his house to stage a robbery, you see him break the window of the door and most of the glass falls onto the ground. When Otto is seen walking into the door a few seconds later, there is more glass left in the door then there was when Archie walked in.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda goes to Archie's office, she sits down to talk to him about procedures and during the scene the books on his desk change position as the camera angle changes.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto throws Wanda onto the bed in Ken's apartment, the sun is shining on the bed on the side of Wanda's head. When it cuts the sun is gone.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken tells Otto they can pick up the loot at Heathrow and get away all thanks to him, he points out his hand to touch Otto's noose. At that time his thumb is in touch with his middle finger. When it cuts his thumb is sticking out.

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Continuity mistake: When Archie "reveals" he is George's lawyer Wanda's yellow pencil marker is lying on her notebook in front of her, and when she says "I can watch you work now" she lifts the marker up. However, when it cuts the marker is back on the notebook in precisely the same position as the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: After discussing the plan about the robbery, Otto gets up while Wanda and George kiss. Wanda removes her hand from George's neck but when it cuts her hand is back on his neck.

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Continuity mistake: After Wanda gets the key, she picks up the phone to pretend she's getting a call and you see her standing there with her right hand at her side. The camera angle changes and her right hand is now grasping her left arm.

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Continuity mistake: As the witness is crossing the street at the crosswalk, you can see that the crosswalk is located at the number 57 house. Ken crashes his car into the garbage can and the crosswalk is now seen at the 61 house.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is trying to drive away in Archie's car he gets into an accident and then he shoots the hat off the owner of the other car. The problem is that he aims and shoots the gun almost 4 feet to the right of where the man is standing and the hat is still shot off his head.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken is telling Otto that everything is going to work out thanks to him, you see him poke Otto's nose with his right hand and then lower his hand to his side. The camera angle changes and Ken's hand is back up again below his face.

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Continuity mistake: Ken goes to feed the fish and say hello to Wanda. The camera angle changes and you now see fish swimming around and a skull on the bottom of the tank that were not seen when he was feeding the fish.

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Continuity mistake: The flight to Rio is leaving at Gate 14, but you see Wanda going in the wrong direction even though there is a sign in front of her that says Gate 14 is in the opposite direction that she is going.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto tells Ken that he's gay and tries to kiss him, Ken runs down the stairs and they both stop in front of the elevator where you see Ken leaning back flat against the metal part on the elevator. The camera angle changes and Ken is now seen standing at an angle against the wooden part of the elevator.

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Audio problem: As Otto throws the knife on to the seal poster you can hear the knife blade vibrating, however the knife isn't moving.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda is yelling at Otto at the docks, you see a barge with blue containers in the background behind Otto. The camera angle changes to Wanda walking over to Otto and the barge is gone.

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Continuity mistake: Ken is trying to kill the witness and crashes his car against a garbage container. The garbage swaps from being on the center of the hood to on the left side depending on the angle.

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Revealing mistake: When Otto is shooting at the security camera we can see on the security screen that he isn't pointing directly at the camera, but to the side of the camera.

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Continuity mistake: When Ken enters his apartment while Wanda and Otto are in the bedroom, she puts a towel around her head. The way the towel is around her head changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: After Archie gets out of the barrel of oil, he is then seen running around on the tarmac under the jet looking for a way to get on, but he's not dripping anywhere and he's leaving no oily footprints.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is holding Archie upside down from the window, you see Archie's right foot pressed up against the back of Otto's ear. The camera angle changes and his foot is now further back from his ear, more towards the back of his head.

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Continuity mistake: As Otto is driving up to Archie's house to apologize, you do not see the lamp post's reflection in the driver's side rear passenger window. When Otto gets out of the car, you see that he is parked along side a lamp post that you would have seen when he was pulling up to the house because it is right in front of that window.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto puts the apple on one of the employees' heads during the robbery, the employee is seen standing right next to the door of the cage. The camera angle changes and he is now seen standing more to the left in front of the next section of cage.

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Continuity mistake: As the gang is robbing the jewelry exchange the clock on the wall never changes from 9:10 even though they were in there for about 10 mins.

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Continuity mistake: When they are sitting around the table planning the robbery, as George says "This is the big one", his hands change position between the shots.

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Revealing mistake: When Otto is firing at Ken, while Ken is driving the steam roller, you can see the explosive pack on the steel post before the bullet hits it.

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Continuity mistake: The scene after Ken has run over the second dog Wanda is yelling at Ken. As she says "You come loping in like Rambo and dangle him out a fifth-floor window," they stop in the shade. When it cuts the sun is shining on them.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda arrives at Archie's office, there are piles of papers/books on the mantel beside the door, stacks of papers/books, a lamp and draperies behind Archie. During Wanda's visit, things behind Archie change, disappear, then reappear, the lamp changes the direction it points, the draperies change, and part of the piles on the mantel change entirely.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto forces Archie into the oil barrel, you see in the distance Ken driving the steam roller. In the next camera angle, you see a closeup of Ken running over a wheelbarrel which is next to a cargo unit. The problem is that the wheelbarrel was nowhere to be seen in the previous scene and neither was the cargo unit.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is leading Archie on the planks to put him in the barrel, you see Otto stepping off the plank onto the wet cement. The camera angle changes and Otto now has both feet on the plank.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto has eaten all the fish and Ken realize Otto wants to eat the fish Wanda, Otto is turning around against Ken. When it cuts Otto is still facing the fish tank.

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Revealing mistake: Towards the end when Archie is driving Wanda to the flat in his car, during the shot when she asks him to "say something in Italian" you can see John Cleese is trying desperately hard to keep a straight face (and not altogether succeeding).

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Continuity mistake: When Ken gets the Doberman to attack the witness, the Doberman jumps out of the back of the van with the witness' undergarment on his back which falls on the ground. The camera angle changes and the undergarment is not on the street anymore.

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Continuity mistake: When Wanda goes to meet Archie at the flat, she takes a few steps back from the doorway when Archie opens the door. The camera angle changes and she is now in the doorway.

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Continuity mistake: When Otto is putting the french fries (chips) in Ken's nose, he puts the second one in his nose and then you see him chewing. The problem is that he didn't have anything in his mouth because he was asking Ken questions right before he put the second one in his nose.

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Continuity mistake: When George notices the glass fragments on his pants, they are on his right pant leg but it was his left leg that went through the glass pane at the diamond exchange.

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