Gremlins

Gremlins (1984)

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Visible crew/equipment: When a gremlin attacks the Mum from a Christmas tree, and the tree falls on top of her, you can clearly see a member of the crew with eyeglasses, wearing a red shirt, standing behind the tree pushing it forward on top of her.

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Continuity mistake: When Rand is showing the old man his invention, he pulls the toothbrush up, and it is facing away from him. When the shot changes the toothbrush is now facing him.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Billy's mom takes the picture of Gizmo at the beginning, Gizmo becomes frightened and runs over to Mr. Peltzer. When the scene is slowed, you can see the puppeteer's hand underneath while operating the Gizmo doll. (According to MM's rules, the use of slow motion is permitted when the mistake is something significant.)

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Revealing mistake: When the professor is trying to find the gremlin, he is in the room with the movie playing. The projector that is playing the movie is actually moving backwards.

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Visible crew/equipment: As Mrs. Deagle is walking along the street, carrying the broken snowman head, as she passes one store, clearly reflected, a little ahead of her, is a man carrying the boom mike.

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Hamster

Visible crew/equipment: In the classroom a Gremlin takes an apple, then eats it behind a desk. The Gremlin then throws it from behind the desk. Look closely and you will see the apple is actually thrown by a human hand, not a Gremlin hand.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: Right after the mom sprays the Gremlin in the face with the flea and tick spray, forcing him into the microwave, we see the Gremlin cooking away in the microwave with the spray can in the foreground, its label facing the camera. In the shot where the Gremlin blows up, the can's label is no longer facing the camera, plus immediately after the Gremlin goes ka-blooie, something cracks in front of the spray can, distorting our view of it.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the cop car flips over, if you pay attention, you can see the metal plate that's welded under the car that helps it flip over.

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Continuity mistake: Kate has a bruise on her right cheek near the end. When Billy tells her all the Gremlins are in the theatre and she says "All of them," her bruise is on her left cheek for the one shot.

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Hamster

Revealing mistake: Billy is on the floor about to get attacked by Stripe. You can see the rip in Billy's jumper before Stripe has scratched him.

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Continuity mistake: Watch Billy after he has been first attacked by Stripe by a clawing to Billy's chest. He is wearing a sweater with a white t-shirt underneath. From that moment on the torn area of his sweater and the blood marking on the white t-shirt continuely change shape and size. And if Stripes claws were sharp enough to cut him that bad then how come it didn't cut through his white t-shirt under his sweater. Because Billy showed alot of pain when he was clawed.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the bar, as one Gremlin bangs his beer glass on the table, you can see a wire attached to his arm, leading under the bar.

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Hamster
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Continuity mistake: When Pete is laying on Billy's bed talking to Gizmo, in one shot he's laying on his stomach, then in the next shot he's laying on his side.

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Hamster
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Continuity mistake: When Billy accidently squirts shaving foam onto his father, by use of the bathroom buddy, the foam around Rand's mouth disappears between shots. Foam also appears on his glasses between shots then disappears too.

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Hamster

Visible crew/equipment: When Stripe is attacking Billy with the chainsaw, when the camera pans to the side right before Stripe attacks you can see a crew member's hand place Stripe over Billy. Also you will notice that there is a piece of plywood attached to Stripe's feet.

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Revealing mistake: When the elderly lady with all of the cats is visited by Christmas caroling gremlins and one hot wires her chair, as she shoots up the chair, she passes the same pictures on the wall at least four times.

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Continuity mistake: When the gremlins are attacking Billy's mom in the kitchen, the kitchen is well lit with a window that allows sunlight into the room, but when Billy arrives at the house it's suddenly night time.

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Continuity mistake: The first night in Billy's room, Gizmo is half a meter away from the Santa Claus hat, but when the angle changes he is just a couple centimeters away.

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Sacha

Deliberate mistake: During the scene with the malfunctioning juice maker, when it goes nuts there is no possible way that all that juice and pulp could have come from just one orange.

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Continuity mistake: Soon after the Gremlins hatch from their cocoons, Billy goes to the school to check on the professor. When he walks into the classroom, he leaves the door open. Later, when he leaves the classroom, he has to open the door again.

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Continuity mistake: After Rand squirts the toothpaste all over his jacket, it all completely disappears after he gives the shop owner his card.

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Hamster

Revealing mistake: Not long into the film when Billy wakes up to find the dog tied up in Christmas lights it's obviously a fake dog, when the camera view is onto the front of the house.

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Continuity mistake: When the old man is leaving the family's home, in the indoors shot as he turns to walk out the front door, he is holding Gizmo's box under his right arm, and has the "smokeless ashtray" in his left hand. Cut to the outside shot of him walking through the door, and he is suddenly holding the Mogwai box by it's handle, and has nothing in his left hand.

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Continuity mistake: When Billy puts the santa hat on Gizmo, in the first shot the hat is folded backwards so that the bobbled end is hanging behind the hat. In the next shot it hangs over the front of the hat.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: This is in the scene near the beginning of the movie at the bar where Billy's girlfriend works. Billy is sitting at a table drawing. He is joined by the Vice President of the bank he works at. He sits down and starts talking to Billy. Billy looks up at him while he's talking. Then in the next shot, which shows them both, Billy is looking down at his drawing as if he weren't even paying attention.

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Continuity mistake: A pair of baseballs and several cans appear behind Billy when Stripe attacks him with a chainsaw.

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Sacha

Plot hole: When Billy is talking to the Sheriff and his Deputy, he explains what the creatures are, and shows them Gizmo. The cops don't take Billy's story seriously and even mock him, even after the phone call about the Futterman's Snowplough "accident." Why didn't Billy simply tell the Sheriff about the dead Teacher or get them to call the Dr where Billy left his injured mother? The mere mention of a dead body should have to be investigated by the police, and the word of a local respected Dr should also be enough to back up Billy's story and give him the help he's need to stop the Gremlins.

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Continuity mistake: In the dark classroom, Billy grabs for the phone, but the Gremlin grabs him. Billy then backs away. We then see the Gremlin reach for an apple which is sitting next to the phone. But the apple wasn't there in the previous shot.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Billy turns to Kate, because she says "Now I have another reason to hate Christmas", he is holding a flashlight up by his chest, yet when the shot changes he is holding it down much lower.

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Hamster
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Factual error: For a movie supposedly set in late December in a Northern state, all of the deciduous trees still have leaves on them. The most obvious place to see this is in the opening scene, when Billy is trying to start his car in front of his house.

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Audio problem: When Kate is behind the bar, and the Gremlins are drinking beer and smoking, Kate says "Just don't bite me." Her mouth doesn't move at all when this is heard.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Billy is teaching music to Gizmo and the dog is laying on the bed, the wrinkle on the blanket next to the dog disappears between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: The fan the Gremlin is swinging on changes direction between cuts.

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Movie Nut

Other mistake: In the bar, one Gremlin is changing the music selection on the radio. However, the tuning knob is on the right side, out of his reach, the tuner doesn't move, but the music style changes.

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Factual error: Unless it's a different style, the Gremlin in the mailbox could not have thrown letters back out or pulled a human arm into the box. The front flap pulls up another piece of metal that prevents theft of mail from the box.

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Continuity mistake: When the tractor drives into the house, first it's going slow, then travelling at nearly cruising speed.

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Deliberate mistake: When the Gremlins take the tractor, from inside, the plastic around the cab is clear for visibility, but seen from outside, it's all black or opaque to hide the stunt driver.

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Revealing mistake: As the second Gremlin in the kitchen is flinging dishes, the control rods attached to the puppet's left arm is visible.

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Other mistake: Rand demonstrates the supposedly new razor attachment on the Bathroom Buddy. However, it was already on the device in the beginning.

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Continuity mistake: After Rand tries to wipe his face, there cream on his right cheek. A second later, it's totally clean.

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Continuity mistake: As Stripe bites at Pete, Pete jumps back. A second later, he jumps back again.

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Audio problem: When Billy is playing on the keyboard with Gizmo, the second key we see him hit should have been a higher tone, not lower, as it's toward the right end of the keyboard.

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Continuity mistake: When Gizmo goes to Rand for protection, he's upright as Rand's hand comes around to comfort him. A second later, he's in a reclined position, with Rand scratching his stomach.

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Continuity mistake: As Billy opens the box, Gizmo pops up and goes back down. When the angle changes, Gizmo is starting to go down again.

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Revealing mistake: When Stripe is dying from the sunlight exposure, in some of the shots you can see his puppet strings (especially visible on Blu-Ray).

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Continuity mistake: Billy gets shot with a crossbow bolt by Stripe and you see it in his left arm. Next shot cuts to a silver stereo/boombox, and then the shot cuts back to Billy. The crossbow bolt in his arm is now missing, but returns in subsequent shots.

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Revealing mistake: Just after the mum liquidises a Gremlin, she then has to deal with one throwing plates. If you look carefully, whenever the plates are thrown from the Gremlins perspective, whenever its left arm comes into shot, you can see the puppeteer's rod used to move it.

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Continuity mistake: Both the scene of Billy, Pete, and the science teacher looking at the gremlin cocoon, and later when Pete is in class watching the science film, occur on the same day, yet Pete is wearing different clothes.

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Continuity mistake: Amount of snow on Katie's hair increases / decreases between shots after drunken Murray exits his car.

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Sacha

Deliberate mistake: When in the bar, or playing with the chainsaw, all objects swap from their real size to really tiny and perfect for Gremlins to grab.

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Continuity mistake: When Billy smashes the Candy store window the amount of stuff behind the glass changes between shots.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: When a Gremlin shoots Kate, the glass is already shattered before the bullet hits it.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Dr. Hanson dismisses his students, a box falls, produces smoke, and he moves backwards. From a different angle the smoke is gone and he is repeating all the movements.

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Sacha
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Continuity mistake: Before the old lady is attacked a portrait appears on her table between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the movie ends, the sling around Billy's neck is either over the collar or under, depending on the shot.

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Sacha
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Continuity mistake: When Billy's mom grinds the Gremlin, the fridge to the left swaps from dirty to clean.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: In the kitchen, Billy's mom shields her face with a table. A frame later it's at waist level.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: In Dr. Hanson's lab, the model brain on the table changes positions between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Billy opens the Gremlin's cage and leans forward to look at it. A frame later he is standing away from the box.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: After Pete meets Gizmo, Billy grabs Gizmo by his head. A frame later he grabs him by his tummy.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Bill is in the bar drawing a cartoon of Mrs Deagle, the amount of popcorn on the table increases between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: After Gizmo poops, there's a close-up on Billy's stunned face, perfectly lit. A frame later, from a different angle, the face is in shadows.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Before the Gremlins attack the old lady, Gizmo is in the police office with a green string over his head. The string keeps changing positions between angles.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: While Mrs. Deagle complaints at Billy for the broken snowman, her head is first to the left of the snowman, then to the right, without her having moved.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: While Billy is trying to start his car, the wide shots show the door totally covered in snow, but in the close-ups there are uncovered parts.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: In the scene with the malfunctioning juicer, you can see the actor who plays Billy is about to laugh right before all the juice explodes out of the machine. As that is happening, you can see he has broken out into a full laugh. True, he might be showing some mirth over another one of his father's malfunctioning inventions, but he was about to break out into laughter before anything happens, and his laughter is inconsistent with his frustrated demeanor when Pete walks into the kitchen.

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Randall Peltzer: Well, that's the story. So if your air conditioner goes on the fritz. Or your washing machine blows up. Or your video recorder conks out; before you call the repairman, turn on all the lights, check all the closets and cupboards, look under all the beds. Cause you never can tell. There just might be a gremlin in your house.

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At the beginning of the film, when Billy is late for work, you see two films playing at the movie theater: "A Boy's Life" and "Watch the Skies." The former was the original title for "E.T." and the latter was the original title for a proposed sequel to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Two films directed by executive producer Steven Spielberg.

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