The Goonies
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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene where Data is using his sticky dart on his belt and being dragged towards the full bin, it changes to being empty just before being pulled in! (00:03:50)

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Visible crew/equipment: When Francis Fratelli walks across the beam he slips and does a flip. In the wideshot, we see the sudden appearance of a riveted platform affixed to the beam, extending from its left side, directly in front of Francis. (01:18:00)

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Other mistake: In the pirate ship scene, when the large boulder is falling from the ceiling of the cave into the water, its splash is far too small.

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Continuity mistake: When Brand tells the others that the $50 bills are fake, Stef takes the newspaper with the Fratelli family mugshots off the post, from over the telephone. Then when Chunk gets the ice cream out of the freezer, the newspaper is back up on the post, but when the kids lift the dead body off the floor, the newspaper is missing from the post. Finally, in the shot just before Chunk shouts, "Guys, I'm stuck with the stiff," as the kids run into the fireplace, the tired newspaper is now lying on the printing press. (00:42:45 - 00:45:15)

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Revealing mistake: When Sloth swings from the rope to grab Mouth and Stef, who are tied up on the plank, you can clearly see that the kids are fake dummies before and after Sloth grabs them. (On the DVD Commentary, Director Donner and Corey Feldman (Mouth) explain why 'dummies' were used.)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the Goonies are first climbing the ladder on the pirate ship to find one eyed Willy's gold, the second shot has a crew member waving his arm on the far left of the screen. (This is only visible in the widescreen version). (01:21:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Data's 'bully blinders' are on, just as the bulbs dim, in the close-up Data's cartridge holder hangs over his right shoulder to his left hip instead of the opposite way, as seen in the previous and following shots. Interestingly, this is not due to a flipped shot. (00:48:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Walsh shows Rosalita the house, the attic door is open and we see that it opens at the left, with the wallpapered wall behind it and nothing in front of it except the banister. When Brand opens that door and the boys rush up, we see the wallpapered wall behind it, only this time the attic door opens at the right. (00:11:25 - 00:13:50)

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Continuity mistake: When Data crashes through the screen door, as Chunk begins to fall backward with the statue, the pothos plant that falls off the table is in a black plastic container, but that pothos plant was actually in a large white ceramic pot in previous shots.

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Factual error: Two of the huge rocks which plummet from the roof of the cave hit the water and then bob to the surface again. Pumice is the only rock which floats on water, but this rock is white and pumice is grey, and pumice is too light and porous to form cave walls anyway.

Other mistake: At the end, Mouth goes up to Stef and thanks her for offering to save his life. During the movie, however, Stef never offers to save his life. It is explained somewhere that in one of the deleted scenes, when Stef and Mouth are on the plank she offers to share her breath with him so they can both breathe under water.

Audio problem: Many of the gunshots during the chase scene are off cue with the police officers' shooting. (00:02:40)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in the basement, Chunk is about to drink from the water cooler bottle that is mostly empty. When he stands up and tries to catch it, it's more than half full. (00:40:25)

Continuity mistake: When Sloth pulls the chains out of the wall, he picks up the Baby Ruth and there are no shackles around his wrists. He didn't break them, he only broke the chain at the wall.

Audio problem: When all the kids are in the kitchen Mikey pulls out his map and starts talking. Even though his mouth is hidden the whole time you can still tell, when looking at his face, he isn't really talking.

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Continuity mistake: When Andy begins to lose it in the tunnel, Brand holds one lit lantern at the head of the line and Mouth holds another lit lantern at the back of the line (Mikey holds an unlit lantern). Next shot the lit lanterns have switched, just as they reach Chester Copperpot and Andy screams. Then in the next wideshot before it pans to the skeleton, the lantern Brand holds up switches yet again. (00:53:15)

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Continuity mistake: Whenever Data uses his boxing glove device, it creates a rather large bulge in the side of his jacket. However, this bulge isn't present through most of the movie, it just magically appears whenever Data uses the boxing glove.

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Revealing mistake: In the bone organ scene, right after Andy plays the second correct note, when Data runs to the entrance the entire stone floor is intact, then it disappears again. (01:21:30)

Continuity mistake: When Data explains that the skeleton is Chester Copperpot, Mikey is crouching beside the boulder that fell on Copperpot. In shots facing Mikey, he's holding the book and baseball card, but in shots facing Brand, Data and Mouth he is not. (00:54:25)

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Continuity mistake: When Andy plays the final correct chord on the bone keys, the doorway opens and Brand rushes forward with nothing in his hands, as he grabs hold of the door's chain, but next close-up the lantern suddenly appears in his right hand. (01:22:10)

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Mikey: I swear on my life. They got...an it. A giant it. They got it chained to the wall and when it came into the light it was all gross and distorted and the parts were all mixed around.
Brand: Like your brain right, lame-o? Say good-bye to your little pals.

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Trivia: When Chunk confesses to the Fratellis and starts crying, child actor Jeff Cohen had to think of his mother dying to generate tears.

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