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(1956)

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Continuity 

At the picnic: When Hal puts his arm on Millie's shoulder, her hands change position on the railing from the close shot to the wide shot.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kim Novak is in the swan boat she says "Hi" to William Holden but her lips do not move.
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Character error 

When Hal arrives at Howard's house after running from the police, Howard greets him as "Allen" instead of Hal as he runs up the stairs.
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Continuity 

On the pier, when Rosemary Sidney forces Hal to dance with her, the flowery white earrings she's been wearing suddenly disappear. In the next shot, when she presses her head against Hal's cheek, Rosemary's earrings just as suddenly reappear, one of which scratches his face. She then apologizes and removes both earrings.
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Toward the end of the film when Hal hops a freight train to Tulsa, he jumps onto a boxcar that has its door shut. He climbs the ladder and stands on top to wave to Madge. In this long shot the boxcar door is now open.
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When William Holden first visits Cliff Robertson while practicing golf on the front lawn - Holden's front left breast pocket rotates several times between being buttoned and unbuttoned.
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Holden's hairstyle changes during the pondside confession scene with Novak.
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When Neewollah Queen Madge goes to return the royal robe, she's still wearing the sash as she stands on the footbridge and watches Hal and Millie dancing. When she joins the group seconds later, in that famous clapping scene, the sash is gone.
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During the picnic while Hal is carrying Millie above his head with one arm, Millie knees are exposed. The next angle scene shows Millie holding her dress below her knees covering her knees.
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When the newspaper is delivered at the end of the movie it lands in front of the steps just inside the trellis; in the next shot it's picked up from where the bike was parked.
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During the picnic and up through her arriving home late that night, Madge's hair length is considerably shorter than in the rest of the film.
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After the sunset scene, Madge and Hal are down by the river and there is direct sunlight sparkling on the water.
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When drying off after swimming, a bad edit cut makes Hal's position lose continuity.
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Millie's hair is wet and braided after swimming, but later in the same scene her hair is dry and braided.
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Millie sits on the couch and throws an apple core, but in the next cut she is lounging back on the couch.
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At the picnic, as Hal takes the bottle from Howard, the neck is visible, but when the bottle is in Hal's hand, the neck is not visible.
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The Neewollah president takes his hand off Alan's shoulder twice as he claims the first dance with Madge.
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It is implied that the train seen when Kim Novak is on the bus to Tulsa is the same one that William Holden boarded. The train he boarded was pulled by a diesel locomotive. The train seen in the same frame with the bus is being pulled by a steam locomotive.
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In the beginning when Mr. Benson is leaving the house he is w/ the guys on the lawn and trying to button his jacket, but it swings open. Then when he's alone in the next shot, the jacket is fully buttoned.
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Factual errors 

Millie is reading Carson McCullers' "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe," a very thick book she carries around during the early scenes of the movie. In reality, that literary work is a very slim novella that is considerably less than 100 pages long
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This is not really a goof. At the time of the film (1955) in the fictitious town of Salinson (a mix of the city names of Salina and Hutchinson, both filming locales), both the Salina Journal and the Hutchinson News were afternoon papers, producing a first edition shortly after noon and a home delivery edition after 3 pm. The Salina Journal did not become a morning paper until the 1970s (I was a Journal staffer 1969-1995).
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Judging from the position of the sun and the bustle of activity in the neighborhood, Boomer is delivering the morning paper (an edition which typically arrives around dawn) shortly before noon.
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