Ghostbusters

Continuity mistake: When Egon tries to prevent Walter Peck from shutting down the protection grid, he has Janine and Vinz (Louis) behind him. You can see that Vinz is raising his right arm, but in the next shot his right arm is now lowered down. (01:06:15)

Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters are heading for the building, there's a wide view of New York bathed in a sunset light with a red and blue sky. In further close-up shots, there is a clear sunny light everywhere. (01:15:20)

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Suggested correction: Most likely the result of the supernatural clouds forming around the building.

If such were the reason it would be the other way around: it should be dark near the building where the ghost-clouds are, but it's not. Therefore it's a continuity mistake due to the scenes being shot in different days.

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Continuity mistake: Trying to escape the demon dog, Tully trips over a chair and bangs against the windows of the restaurant. You can see in the first shot that the maitre d' (the guy with grey hair and stache, wearing black) is looking at him. But in the reverse shot, he's smiling at the patrons at the table, and only a moment later raises his head to check out what the fuss is about. (00:54:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Vinz Clortho sprints off the building's front doors to chase Tully, the distance between the passers-by changes. (00:54:05)

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Revealing mistake: Tully just ran away from the apartment building screaming. The doorman repeats to an incoming couple "A bear, in his apartment..." The husband pulls his wife back without for a single moment glancing at the direction the beast (or its growl) come from; he stares constantly at the foreground. (00:54:00)

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Continuity mistake: Dealing with Tully, Annie Potts says one rather oddly foreshadowing line to Harold Ramis about his death, and then clings to him. Ramis puts a hand on her shoulder, and the position is different in the next shot. (01:02:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Venkman is in Dana's bedroom the quantity and quality of light coming through the window changes between shots; look at the side of the window when he is counting down, for instance. (00:58:30)

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Continuity mistake: During the scene with the possessed Dana in bed with Peter, the pillows rest at different heights against the bed's headboard. (00:57:30 - 00:58:40)

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Continuity mistake: When Dana struggles with the literal arm-chair, one of the arms pops out of the top of the right armrest and a clawed hand clutches Sigourney Weaver's face. Change of camera angle, and not only she is struggling against the demonic limb in a different position, but the hole is gone from the top of the armrest, the arm is sticking from the side. (00:51:45)

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Continuity mistake: The lighting in the scene with Venkman stalking Dana outside the concert hall is inconsistent. For instance, when he quips "I've got hundreds of people dying to abuse me", Dana's stiff friend leans against a fountain that is bathed in sunlight. Mere moments later the section of the square is in the shade. (00:43:10)

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Continuity mistake: There's a crumpled piece of paper on the shelves behind Peter when he argues with Walter Peck in his office. As you can observe when Peck sits down, the paper is in a different position in the close-up compared to the wider angle. (00:47:40)

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Continuity mistake: The famous Twinkie scene; notice that when Egon utters the line "Let's say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy" etc, there's a cut mid-sentence. Harold Ramis is holding the bar with 3 fingers in the first shots, 4 in the second. (00:48:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Winston gets the job after the very tough and thorough interview process, he walks up to Ray. Between shots, the messy cables of the traps Ray is holding are in a completely different position, and he holds the paper sheet at a different height. (00:42:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Peter gets slimed, the very marketable goo stains his uniform completely messing up the right half of his chest. In the ballroom scene the uniform is practically clean on that side, but got dirtier over the left shoulder.

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Revealing mistake: In the shot that follows the one with the fake cover of The Atlantic, a bespectacled Asian man walks across the street, in front of the Ghostbusters, looking prolongedly straight at the camera. (00:40:20)

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Factual error: The newspapers in the 'rise to success' montage have all the dates wrong; Usa Today says Tuesday October 8, 1984 (it was a Monday), New York Post says Thursday October 22 (it was a Monday). The USA Today also has a headline "Thin Man dies" which refers to William Powell's death, in March, and the Globe cites "Princess Di expecting again!", which was announced in February (but the fake mag is dated October). (Note; the USA Today details are in the left column and need you to pause, but the others don't - you can also find perfect reproductions of the prop online). (00:39:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Venkman radios Ray to tell him about the ghost, look at the cart in the background when Ray answers; the mess does not look the way it looked in the earlier close-up; there's less stuff on the partially knocked down scaffold and the table ricocheted away from the wall but here the flowers are back on it. (00:33:20 - 00:33:45)

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Revealing mistake: During the montage of the Ghostbusters starting the business, there's a shot (the one immediately following the Larry King cameo), where the trio are running down a street. Many people are staring at the camera; it may seem fine since the Ghostbusters are running towards the camera, and they are celebrities so it could be argued that the people are looking at them, not at the camera. Look at the guys to the left though; they are looking past them at the camera and one of them even quickly fixes his hair. (00:40:05)

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Revealing mistake: In the montage showing the Ghostbusters' rise to success, the body of the USA Today article has nothing to do at all with them, and in fact it is a copy/paste real life article that talks about Geoffrey Faux, economist. A faux article, the prop guy must have had a laugh with that. (00:39:30)

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Question: Why does Ray drop his trap on the altar? It can be seen all through the 'choose' conversation and when Staypuft first appears.

Answer: He places it on the altar just after they believe they have vaporized Gozer with the proton packs. At this point, thinking the ghost to have been destroyed, he sets it down as he believes the job is done and he will not need it.

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Answer: Ray realised Gozer was too powerful to be caught in the trap, so why carry the extra weight?

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