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The Brothers Grimm (2005) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The band at the pub includes a tuba, which was invented in the 1830s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Cavaldi tells the two women bringing food that the brothers will thank them for their kindness, both are shown laughing even though the woman on the left is not laughing, or even smiling.
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Character error 

When the Grimm Brothers reach Karlstadt, they tell the guard they came from "Kassel, near Frankfurt." Kassel is about 200 km from Frankfurt, while Karlstadt is about 100 km from Frankfurt.
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Continuity 

The spell book in the castle changes position on the table.
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When the blob of mud chases Sasha, the extras in the background disappear and re-appear several times.
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When Cavaldi is approached the bed where Will and the twins are sleeping, the twin in Will's right arm is sleeping on her left side, almost completely on her stomach. In the next frame, when she reacts to presence by looks up at Cavaldi, she is lying flat on her back.
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At the beginning of the movie, Will rides a gray Andalusian. When he and Jacob ride into the forest with the trapper, Will rides a fat gray mule. Jacob is on the same horse, with no explanation of why Will changed horses.
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In the forest of Marbaden, when Delatombe's valet pours his wine, the wine in the carafe is red, but the wine in Delatombe's glass is white.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Wilhelm falls out of the the tower, a section of the ground bounces when he lands, showing the crash mat hidden under the leaves.
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Factual errors 

The French Calvary are Cuirassier-large men riding large horses wearing breast and sometimes back plates armed with straight sword, pistols and sometimes carbines. Only light Calvary (Uhlans/Lanciers) carried lances during the Napoleonic era.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Cavaldi says the brothers sell "the oil of the snake," a popular metaphor first used in America some decades later. It can be assumed that this is a "modern translation" of an equivalent metaphor in Cavaldi's own language.
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Gioachino Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra/The Thieving Magpie" and Johannes Brahms' Cradle Lullaby are heard in the film, set in 1811. "La Gazza Ladra" was composed in 1817, and Brahms wasn't born until 1833. The songs are for our benefit, and are not heard by the characters.
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Revealing mistakes 

When cranking the brother out of the well, the "ratchet" is reversed. It would never lock to hold its position as it was turned.
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When Jacob flies through the tower window and smashes into the floor, the handle of the "metal" ax in his hand bends.
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When Jake launches himself toward the tower, the stretch on his trousers and shirt as he falls reveal where the wires are attached.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

The drill and blades in the "grape press" torture device used on Angelica spiral in the wrong direction to be mechanically effective. The drill would pull upwards, and the blades would bludgeon on the flat side instead of cut.
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Continuity 

Sasha loses her face to the goop in the well. When Angelika hands Sasha to the captain, Sasha's face reappears for a split second. In the next shot, her face is gone.
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When Will and Jacob escape being burned at the stake, none of the ladders' rungs break. Later on, a few rungs have snapped.
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Plot holes 

When Will cracks the magic mirror, it causes no ill effect on the queen, and apparently repairs itself, since the crack is not visible in later shots. Later, Jakob chops up the mirror, which does not repair itself and causes the queen to crack apart accordingly.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Angelika cuts the ropes from Will and Jacob's feet in the burning forest, the ax never strikes the ropes.
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