Ghostbusters

Continuity mistake: After the library scene, while the three scientists are walking and talking, a woman in a striped blue and yellow sweater passes by Egon, but disappears in the immediate next angle.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: There's a scene where Dana's building is falling apart and stones and stuff are falling to the street below. One of the huge boulders bounces off a wooden police barricade in the bottom left hand corner of the screen.

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Revealing mistake: When Dana is "strapped" to the chair and pulled into the kitchen, you can clearly see the track in the floor upon which the chair is riding.

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Continuity mistake: At about the middle of the film, when the Ghostbusters are rising to fame and are appearing on the front of newspapers and magazines, the photograph on the front of the New York Post is taken from the end of the film, just before the four of them cross the streams from their proton packs.

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Continuity mistake: When the terror dog ruins Louis' house party, a man cowers behind a dining chair. In the shot immediately following his closeup, the chair has magically sprouted armrests.

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timk

Revealing mistake: Towards the end, when the ground is shaking and breaking up, a police car falls halfway into a hole in the road. When the smoke clears a little you can clearly see two white poles, one on either side of the back left wheel, holding the car in place.

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Continuity mistake: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man has a red bow tie on as he walks down the streets of New York, which disappears in one shot as the Ghostbusters fire at him.

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Revealing mistake: In the ballroom scene, when Slimer is flying around the chandelier, he disappears for a few frames when he reaches the far side. [This animation is mentioned in the DVD commentary. The film makers were generally unhappy with the entire animation and the fact that the representation of the apparition did not resemble those previous and that the movement was very unconvincing.]

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Revealing mistake: In the earthquake scene where the road is cracked, you can see the cloth on the side of one of the cracks flapping in the wind.

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Continuity mistake: When the eggs pop out of her bag and start cooking on the counter, they're in different positions depending on whether it's a close up or wide shot.

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Revealing mistake: When the eggs are popping out onto the counter in Dana's apartment, if you look closely you can see the the levers in the egg carton flipping each one out.

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Revealing mistake: In almost all the aerial shots of Dana's apartment block, the traffic on the ground is stationary (NB - this is explained in the SFX documentary on the Special Edition DVD/video - matte paintings were used for those shots)

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Revealing mistake: Near the end of the film when the Ghostbusters take cover in a small corner and come up with the "cross the streams" plan, look closely at Peter's proton pack, you can see that it is a foam "stunt" pack as there is a small sticking out part that keeps squashing against the wall behind him.

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Continuity mistake: When Winston gets hired, Venkman and Stantz have just come back from a job. They're covered in slime and Venkman's smoking. Ray gives Winston an armful of traps. We then cut to Venkman chatting to Dana after a rehearsal, so we assume it's later, maybe even a different day. After that scene though, we then cut back to Stantz showing Winston (wearing the same shirt) what to do with the traps, and Venkman talking to the guy from the EPA. Venkman's got the same slime pattern on his shoulder, and is still smoking. Looks like the Dana/Venkman scene was in the wrong place.

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Jon Sandys

Plot hole: The Ghostbusters cross their proton pack streams which results in a tremendous explosion. The next scene shows the blast pushing Mr. Sta-Puft away from the building. A second later another scene shows the explosion radiating outward from the roof. The only part of him shown over the edge of the building is his head and his right hand. To get all over the Ghostbusters, marshmallow would have to be blown in the opposite direction against the force of the blast. It makes sense that there was marshmallow all over the street, but how did it land on the Ghostbusters?

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Grumpy Scot

Revealing mistake: When the police car falls into the hole, if you watch the ground that's rising up in front of it, when it finally comes to a stop, you can see how light it is because it bounces, and you can tell that the pieces of the pavement are moved by hydraulics.

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Factual error: At the very end of the movie, Ray is telling Louis about the Tunguska Blast of 1909, but the famous blast actually occurred in 1908. Given his oft-demonstrated levels of knowledge, he'd know better.

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Revealing mistake: The first time the heroes use their proton weapons (in the hotel sequence), you can see (using slow-motion) that the rays don't actually come of the weapon, but from their target. The rays were "drawn" during post-production and, apparently, it's easier to start drawing from the target to the weapon. (According to MM rules the use of slow motion IS permitted for viewing something significant, such as a 'revealing' mistake.)

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cinecena

Continuity mistake: In the scene when they are emerging after the Stay-Puft explosion, we see Ray with marshmallow on his face and a small amount on his chest. He wipes his face, but in the shot following his apology for the burnt dog hair comment, his front side is completely covered in the stuff.

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Continuity mistake: When the hotel manager refuses to pay the bill after the Ghostbusters capture the green ghost (Slimer), you can see he is putting his handkerchief into his top pocket with his left hand, but in the very next shot he can be seen putting the handkerchief in the pocket with both hands.

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Continuity mistake: During the flying eggs scene, the lettuce on the right changes shape and position between angles.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Venkman is going into Dana's apartment for the first time, he plays a few notes on the piano. He does not fully open the piano key cover (just enough to play the notes). The next shot (or a few later) you can see the piano key cover completely off.

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Joseph Brinson

Continuity mistake: When the heros arrive at Dana's building, they're saluted by a crowd. If you pay close attention, you'll see the same extra in two different positions (he's the young - and very "happy" - guy wearing a grey suit and a purple tie).

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cinecena

Continuity mistake: As the earthquake happens and the ghostbusters fall in the crack, the close-up shot shows Ray holding his gloves, yet in the immediate cut away he is wearing them.

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Continuity mistake: When Dana returns to her apartment (the first time we see her do so) she is carrying a bag of groceries. The contents at the top of the grocery bag change with each shot: one time celery, then bread, then eggs, etc.

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Continuity mistake: The large blue book that Peter drops on the table to startle Egon disappears off the table in the next shot.

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Revealing mistake: When the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is walking through the city, in several shots you can see outlines of people and buildings through the marshmallow man, who was added in optically.

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Continuity mistake: When the demon breaks out of the statue on Dana's apartment building, it breaks away the right paw. When we see the statue after the demon is out, both paws are intact.

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Continuity mistake: At one point in the movie we see the end of the hallway in Dana's apartment and the end is of a window and the wall around it is red like the end near Dana's door. However, (either when the Ghostbusters arrive at the end or when Louis is being attacked by the terror-hound) the whole hallway (even the other end) is all white.

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Revealing mistake: During the "montage" there is a reversed shot of the guys driving their "ghost-mobile" - you can notice it because the Ghostbusters logo is reversed.

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cinecena

Continuity mistake: When we see Dana for the first time, there is an aerial shot of her taxi pulling over to drop her off. The front end of the taxi drives into the view of a tree, however when Dana gets out of the cab, the tree has vanished and there is a clear view.

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mhcd_2000

Continuity mistake: When the mayor orders Walter Peck out of his office, you can see that he is pointing his finger at Peck, but when the camera angle changes his hand is nowhere to be seen.

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Visible crew/equipment: Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd's stunt doubles are visible in the shot (from behind) that shows the Ghostbusters falling into a hole.

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Casual Person

Continuity mistake: When Stay Puft is walking towards the church, an aerial shot shows the (miniature scale model) streets totally empty; however, a floor-level angle shows hundreds of (green screened) people who have appeared from nowhere.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When they're all fighting in the Mayor's office, the mug on the desk changes its position between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the guys blast the glass lamp in the hotel, it falls on a table and messes up the table and chairs around. In the following angle the chairs are in a different position and the area, which was dark half a second ago is now perfectly lit, without anyone having moved and, most important of all, after the big lamp has been shred to pieces.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: At the hotel, when the Ghostbusters blast the cleaning lady's trolley, the stuff on the floor changes between shots. Watch the toilet paper on the far left, for example.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: At the Lincoln Center (that place Dana's orchestra plays at) the nerd with her has his case and they're leaving when Peter is there. Nerd-boy goes off to the side and waits. When they start off again, his case pops back and forth unhumanly between being carried under his arm and in his hand between long and close shots about 3 times.

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Revealing mistake: When the earthquake scene is occuring, the last piece of the road lifting up stops and shakes up and down with the momentum of the hydraulic machines underneath.

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Continuity mistake: When Ray and Winston are driving back to the Ghostbusters' office, Winston (who is driving) is wearing coveralls; when they arrive and get out of the car, he is wearing just a shirt and trousers.

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Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters arrive at the skyscraper, a guy with a bulky walkie-talkie appears/disappears between shots.

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Sacha

Visible crew/equipment: When Dana arrives at the Ghostbusters' office, a crew member can be seen moving behind the filing cabinets behind where Janine is sitting. It could be Venkman, but even after Venkman walks over to Dana, there's still a rogue hand there, showing us it wasn't Venkman and was a crew member.

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THGhost

Continuity mistake: In the first scene the librarian is pushing a cart of books. In one shot both her hands are gripping the back but in the next shot her left hand is holding the top shelf.

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rabid anarchist

Revealing mistake: When the bookshelf falls behind the guys, the books don't move at all, revealing it to be a prop.

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Sacha
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Suggested correction: I used to work in a library and I can tell you that books on shelves can be packed together so tightly that if the shelf were to fall down in such a way, the books would never move.

Revealing mistake: When the guys are looking down at Stay Puft, as he is about to crush the church, Stay Puft approaches Dana's apartment and you can see a support structure to the right of Stay Puft's right leg.

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Continuity mistake: When Ray first tries the fire pole at the station, he is holding it with his left arm with his right hand on the wrist. When he hits the floor, he is holding the pole with his right arm under his left arm.

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Factual error: When Mr. Peck comes to the Ghostbusters' building with the police and Con Ed, the NYPD captain is wearing a light blue shirt. All NYPD officers Lieutenant and above wear white shirts. Only patrolmen and sergeants wore the light blue shirt.

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Revealing mistake: A shot from above Dana Barret's apartment, from just above a statue looking down on the road below: The statue in the foreground is partially transparent. We can see the double yellow line on the street go straight through one of the statue's upper fangs, and one of the white lane dividers going through the statue's lower jaw. Viewed on Bluray disc.

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Continuity mistake: During the earthquake, after the ground swallows the police car, the crowd to the left disappears, only to appear half a second later.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the 'disgusting blob' goes through the wall above the vase of ferns after being attacked by Ray, you can see two small amounts of slime appear on the wall. In the next scene, when the food trolley crashes into the table, there is more slime on the wall than there was in the previous shot.

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Other mistake: After the guys decide to rent the building, the shot of New York from the park is the very same one, though with different sky colour, to that of the moment when they are about to battle Gozer. Though it's a very wide and common shot of the park, the very same people are laying on the grass in the very same position in both shots (big screen recommended to spot it).

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Venkman meets Dana by a fountain. When he says goodbye to her, first a man with a hat passes behind him and disappears in the next angle; then, in a close-up, Venkman is surrounded by dozens of people who vanish half a second later in the wide angle, where the place appears empty.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Venkman is doing the tests trying to flirt with the blonde student, when she says that the figure on the card is a star, Venkman is first holding the card with his thumb and two fingers. But from the back angle, four fingers are seen extended.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: In the Earthquake scene,when the ground starts to shake and break apart, just right when you see the actual Ghostbusters fall in, they are replaced by easy noticeable fat and bald stunts.

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Darren85

Visible crew/equipment: When Ray pulls up in the Ectomobile (before it has been painted), Peter is walking over to the car and the camera is following him. In the reflection of the window, a piece of equipment can be seen (possibly a boom mic).

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manthabeat

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Venkman investigates Dana's refrigerator, there is a Corning dish and a can of Coke side-by-side on the top shelf. The camera cuts twice, and there is suddenly another item (looks like lunch meat) that appears in front of the Corning dish and the Coke can.

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Charles Austin Miller

Continuity mistake: When the Staypuft marshmallow man is melting, we see lots of melted marshmallow cover the rear left side of ECTO 1. When the Ghostbusters get in and drive off at the end of the film, the vehicle is clean.

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Suggested correction: There are several hours between the time Ecto 1 is covered in marshmallow until the Ghostbusters drive off in it, plenty of time for a good Samaritan in the crowd to clean it off.

Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters capture the green ghost, they emerge from the ballroom. The manager then asks,"Did you see it? What is it?" and you can see he has his hands by his side, but the next shot shows him with his left hand reaching for the handkerchief in his top pocket.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the earthquake begins, the Ghostbusters fall into a hole. They're in two rows - in the first row are Venkman and Ray and in the second row are Egon and Winston. In the following shot, it is now Ray and Winston on the first row and Venkman and Egon on the back row.

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Casual Person

Revealing mistake: After Louis runs out of the building crying "There's a bear in my apartment!", the monster exits the place and knocks down the doorman, but doesn't cast a shadow until it steps on the pavement.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: During the party, when Louis throws the coats on the gargoyle's head, its horns are visible from the front shot, but covered in the immediate angle from behind.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the eggs are flying in Dana's kitchen, she approaches the counter and comes inches away from it, yet from a wider angle she is several meters away.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Peter arrives at the library, the blue book he later slams is on the far left of the table. A frame later it's on the far right.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: While the Ghostbusters ride to the building, there's a view of New York from the park under a red sky. Watch the buildings on the far left: They have a thick white outline around where the real sky was cut-out to allow for the new one to be put in.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the rooftop explodes, freeing the ghosts, an aerial view shows the people running away and a police car on the left of the main entrance. A closer angle shows a second police car on the right and a crowd next to the main entrance.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Stay Puft walks behind a church, which appears or disappears depending on the angle.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the movie is about to end, the Ghostbusters are in front of the building and the pavement starts to crack open. A group of men by the door stumble off-screen to the left. Half a second later, a close-up shows the people repeating all the previous movements.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Venkamn picks up slime from the library's drawer, the wood is first partially dry with chunks of slime, but a frame later appears all wet with no slime.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Venkamn walks down to the library's basement, his tie changes from skewed to straight.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: As Dana's apartment crumbles apart to present the temple of Gozer, there is a tight shot of a gargoyle falling off an exterior corner. Carefully lined up with features on the gargoyle's face - but still readily visible - are the black strings that pull the gargoyle face off its mount.

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Watchful

Continuity mistake: After Louis asks if anybody wants to play Parcheesi at his party, there is a lady sporting a red vest behind him, standing in front of a wall with framed photos. Two shots later, she's standing in front of the kitchen next to a bespectacled man. The very next shot, she's teleported back to where she was initially, in front of the wall.

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timk

Continuity mistake: When Dana opens the door of her refrigerator and sees the temple with a terror dog, the shelf has a bottle with a green cap and a jar with a white lid at the end of it, but when Dana slams the refrigerator after the dog says "Zuul!", both items have disappeared.

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Audio problem: When the Archbishop says "How are you, Lenny?" to the Mayor in his office, his lips don't match what he is saying.

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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.

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Other mistake: Winston Zeddemore's surname is spelled as "Zeddmore" in the closing credits.

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Revealing mistake: When Louis throws the clothes on the gargoyle's head, the gargoyle is not standing on its 4 legs at ground level as it does for the rest of the film, but standing straight very tall, with the lower half of its body hidden inside a box, all intended to hide the obvious puppet mechanism.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Distance between the guys when they find the ghost librarian decreases significantly between shots.

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Sacha

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.

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Sacha
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Suggested correction: There is no way to tell how the paranormal activity will affect the levels of sunlight.

Continuity mistake: When the road cracks and swallows the police car, the distance between the ambulance behind increases and decreases between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the Stay Puft monster appears and all the cars crash, a driver goes out of a grey car through the window. In a closer angle he is back inside and repeating the movement.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: After the pavement cracks and swallows a police car, the chunks of broken pavement next to the car differ between shots. From a back view there are smaller pieces, but from a front view they are a couple of big and long chunks.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Venkman and Stantz arrive at the public library, the group of people on the first wide angle differs from the one on the second. Check out the couple with the flower bouquets, who have suddenly appeared.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the Ghostbusters run out of the library, an old woman in a blue coat is seen on the left side by the bottom of the steps. A second later she is all the way up and coming from the right side instead.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the librarian is pushing the cart with books, their position changes from one shot to another in a second.

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Sacha

Visible crew/equipment: In the library scene, when the ghostbusters are walking towards the old lady to ask her questions, if you look behind Ray's head to the right you can see a set light with a white tarp in front of it on the second floor of the library.

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javier santos

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Venkman is looking in Dana's refrigerator the items on the top shelf shift position, disappear and/or are replaced with other items. The large glass dish that was on the left of the Coke can is replaced by a small plate of food. The Coke can turns. There is also now a large bottle behind the Coke can. Clearly these 2 connected shots were filmed on different days and the items were stocked without regard for the previous shots items and positions.

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robsuttonjr

Continuity mistake: When Winston says "I wanna make a phone call" to the guard in the jail, the guard closes the door of the cell twice.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie when everyone is waving to the Ghostbusters and Ray is backing up the car, on the light bar on Ecto 1, the outer lens is a solid blue light bar. When the car goes to drive away, it's a clear light bar with blue lens covers over each individual rotator.

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