Matilda

Continuity mistake: When Harry puts Million Dollar Sticky on the TV, between shots Zinnia puts her sunglasses on twice.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, you see that the baby Matilda's eyes are brown, but they change colour to blue when she's in the car.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene halfway through where the FBI agents are searching the garage, the door on the camcorder opens twice. Once before he turns around, then once more as he turns around and the tape comes out.

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Continuity mistake: When Ms. Trunchbull throws Amanda Thrip over the fence, her trousers get all dirty. And then in the next scene where Ms. Honey is doing Amanda's hair, her clothes are clean again.

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Continuity mistake: When Harry puts baby Matilda in the back of the car, in her baby car-seat, in one shot she is wrapped in a pink blanket with blue straps over her, but under the blanket. Yet when the car jerks, the blue strap is suddenly over the blanket.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Matilda is trying to use her powers, she looks back at a thought when her mom said "I think there's something wrong with that child." You can see Matilda in the backround when in reality, when her mother had said that, she was not.

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Continuity mistake: When Matilda makes the chalk write the message on the blackboard, the writing changes. Watch the "Agatha," especially. The handwriting changes and the comma changes length, as well as most of the message changing. Also at the end of the message Matilda "writes" two long lines under it, which cross over. Yet later when Miss Trunchbull flies off the globe you can see there is just one line under the message, not two.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull is in her home searching for the person in her home, she jumps down off the second floor to the first without using the stairs, a chandelier falls to the floor and shatters. Moments later when they show that area again, the chandelier is gone from the floor, in fact it's seen back up on the ceiling.

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Continuity mistake: In some shots of The Trunchbull swinging Amanda Thrip by her pigtails, Amanda's arms are spread out. In others, they are down by her sides.

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THGhost

Continuity mistake: When Bruce Bogtrotter eats the cake and everyone starts to yell out 'Go Bruce,' there are several bits of cake left on the tray. Bruce stands up and moves to the front of the stage yelling. When he gets back, he licks the tray, and all the bits of cake are gone.

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Continuity mistake: After being beaten by the board erasers, Miss Trunchbull falls to the floor and so do the erasers. Between three consecutive shots the erasers move.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull walks out of the school doors, at Matilda's first day of school, she walks down the steps and everyone runs a far distance away and the crowds of children are fairly scattered and distant. Yet in the next shot of the Trunchbull's feet, there's suddenly a large definitive crowd standing much nearer to her. Then as the Trunchbull walks down the stairs, in an overhead shot the crowds of children back far away from her, yet in the following shot the crowd is back to standing right by the stairs.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull notices that the chocolate box lid isn't on, the lid is on a different angle to when Miss Honey put it on the box.

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Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull walks out of the school doors, on Matildas first day, the doors close twice. Once in an overhead shot and then again in a close view of the Trunchbull's feet.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: The cream on top of the cream tart, which lands in front of Matilda in the restaurant moves and becomes more perfected between shots.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film, when Matilda is having tea with Miss Honey, Matilda's mum comes to the table and tells her to come with her, and she grabs a plate of cookies, puts them in a bag, and puts the plate on the table. Yet in the next shot the plate is gone.

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Continuity mistake: When Matilda is talking to her mum about her first day of school, and her mum is on the phone, Matilda holds her books against her chest, and between shots (both of her arms are against the books) her arms go from, the left arm being above the right, to vice versa then to back.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Matilda is on the counter and there's spinach sauce all over it, in a wideshot as Zinnia runs to her, Matilda has the jar of spinach sauce in her hand. Yet in the next shot she suddenly doesn't.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: In the showroom, there is an old car covered in dust with "$100" witten in the dust. Harry then adds two more zeros after this. Through the garage scene, the two zeros noticeably change. They go from drawn far apart and unperfectly round to touching each other and perfectly round.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: At his showroom, when Harry applies glue all over the bumper, the position and amount of glue changes greatly between the wideshot of him, and the closeup of the 'Super Super Glue.'

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Zinnia and Harry are signing the papers for Miss Honey to adopt Matilda. Zinnia signs the paper with one hand in the air in the shots that include Matilda, and Matilda holds down the paper. On a close up shot of the signature Zinnia's finger is holding down the paper, when it should be in the air.

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Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull accuses Matilda of putting the newt in the water, the corner of the clock is visible at the top of the screen. You can see that the big hand is on the 5. At the end of the scene, the big hand is on the 2. Surely it didn't take 45 minutes for her to walk back to the desk, have the newt spilled on her, etc.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning, when Matilda is wiping her face, in the long shot the tap faces the left, but in the closeup it is facing the right way. (This is only noticeable on the 2.35:1 widescreen DVD version.)

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Continuity mistake: At 1:03:33 It seems Matilda's hair is sweaty/wet at first but in the next shot when she and Ms. Honey crawl away from the Trunchbull's house, it's back to normal.

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Matthias1992

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film, where Miss Trunchbull gets beaten with the erasers, she passes out on the floor of the classroom. As she lays there, Matilda causes all of the blinds in the room to rise. The character of Miss Honey can be seen watching them rise, but in the reaction shots she is shown looking down at where Trunchbull should be laying.

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Continuity mistake: Right at the start when Matilda is a baby, when she draws the A at the end of her name, the length of one of the sides of the A shortens straight after she draws it.

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Suggested correction: The line on the 'A' gets shorter immediately because that is how viscous fluids (like spinach paste) behave in physics. The water molecules cling to each other, like when two puddles of water meet, they suddenly cling and become one. It's the same principle.

Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull is chasing Ms. Honey and Matilda, the sweat stains constantly change between shots.

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: When Trunchbull teaches the class for the first time, the clock above the chalkboard reads 10 minutes to the hour. After approx. four minutes of filming, the clock now reads 10 minutes after the hour. There is no chance that the scene, depicting a single continuous event, would have taken 20 minutes.

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Goldie97

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Miss Trunchbull charges Lavender, she has two boots on. She misses Lavender and falls through the door. The next shot of her, she only wears one boot. There was no time between shots that she could have lost the one boot and boots wouldn't just 'slip off' as she went through the door.

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Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull first walks out of the school doors, the children sitting on the steps in front of her and on the concrete sides of the steps get up and run off twice between shots.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull first walks out of the school doors, on Matildas first day, she walks down the stairs slowly, and in an aerial view she holds her riding crop in her right hand, down by her side. It then cuts to a behind shot of her and she is now instantly holding the crop with both hands, behind her back.

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Hamster

Continuity mistake: When Miss Trunchbull is talking to Amanda Thripp in the school yard, watch Amanda's left pigtail. When she says, "You mean my pigtails?" Amanda pulls her left pigtail over her shoulder so it is in front of her shoulder. However, in the next shot the pigtail is behind her shoulder and in the following shot, it is in front again.

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Continuity mistake: At the scene where Ms. Trunchbull is under attack by the children in Matilda's class, she tries to catch Lavender, a brown girl in purple dungarees. At the time Ms. Trunchbull runs into Lavender, both sides of her dungarees are buttoned. Then Lavender is lifted by Mathilda to hold on to a pipe at the ceiling. At the very single shot where she is holding onto that pipe you can see all side buttons of her dungarees are loose.

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