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(1984)

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When Madison meets Allen on the beach, after rescuing him, her hair changes from wavy to straight several times before she re-enters the water.
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When Allen and Dr. Kornbluth rescue Madison from the lab, her tank is full of nasty-looking, cloudy water. However, when the scientists enter the lab and find Alan's brother sitting over the tank "fishing", the water is crystal clear.
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After Allen and Kornbluth scuffle in the dentist's office and Kornbluth sits in the chair, the paper bib around his neck has been torn off. The bib is back in the next shot, then gone again as they leave the office.
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When Fat Jack's boat starts spinning around Allen, a cover appears over the motor that wasn't there before. In the next shot, it's missing again.
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The moon is waning when it should be waxing.
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When Kornbluth climbs onto the boat after the hose is pinched off, a regulator is attached to his tank. When the scene cuts to him after he berates the idiot twins, the regulator is missing from the tank. His wetsuit is still wet, indicating that he has just left the water.
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When Allen's wallet drops to the ocean floor, you can see his "Charg-A-Card" with a "Vista" logo. When Madison takes the wallet to the shipwreck to look for a map of New York, the "Vista" logo is gone.
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During the car chase near the end of the film, a flock of pigeons flies up as the car is approaching but immediately before this, there is only one pigeon in the path of the car.
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When Madison eats lobster, the scene starts off with her hands bare, but then a ring with a large black stone appears on Madison's left hand, noticeable when she starts eating the lobster. The ring disappears from her hands when the camera is behind her, point to Allen.
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During the bath scene, when Madison is startled by Allen, her hair is noticeably wet when she splashes her head out of the water, but only seconds later when she leaps out of the tub, her hair is almost dry. Seconds later when she grabs the towel, her hair is completely dry.
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The mango Allen throws into the potato box disappears as he declares his nap break after his first juggling session with no indication of someone putting it back as the boxes of mangoes was behind him.
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During Madison's first swimming scene, after she finds the wallet, the wallet disappears from her hands through some shots and then reappears when she gets close to the ship, only to disappear from her hands again while she swims away from the sunken ship.
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After Kornbluth accidentally stabs his leg with the syringe of painkillers and sits back down in the dentist chair, he suddenly is wearing a dental bib, when he wasn't wearing one before.
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From the wedding scene to the next scene in the bar, Freddie's hair is noticeably shorter.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Madison enters Bloomingdale's, Ron Howard is reflected in one of the mirrors.
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In the final sequence, bubbles from safety diver are visible ahead of Madison and Allen.
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During the final car chase, Allen's BMW weaves around a taxi cab that has stopped in the intersection coming from the side. At the left of the screen you can see that the car also just misses a camera. This is the camera that captures the military truck going around the same cab in the next shot.
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During the final sequence in which Madison rescues Allen from the divers, she uses her tail twice to defend herself. In both instances, a hand is seen positioning a tail prop against the divers.
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Errors in geography 

After Allen and Madison jump into the water at the end of the movie and fend off the frogmen, they immediately come upon a coral reef and other aquatic features that appear tropical and which would not be found in the Hudson River/New York Harbor.
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When Allen falls into the water after Fat Jack's boat hits him, his wallet falls out of his pocket and rests on a coral reef. The ocean off Cape Cod is much too cold for coral reefs.
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Factual errors 

Madison says she has only six days and must return when the moon is full. Twice when the moon is shown, the phase is of about a week after full moon rather than a week before full moon. The dark sliver should be on the left rather than the right.
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Joe Cirillo is credited as playing "Sergeant Munson", but his name badge in the movie reads "Edwards".
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Miscellaneous 

When Madison takes a saltwater bath, the water is steaming. Madison wouldn't live in hot water, so wouldn't she want a cold bath?
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Allen hails a cab without his tuxedo jacket on or in his hands, yet he has it by the time he arrives at Cape Cod. If you look closely, you can see the jacket tied around his waist; a buttonhole rests against his hip.
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Plot holes 

If Allen's wallet, credit cards, and money were in Cape Cod, how did he get back to New York?
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Revealing mistakes 

In the final car chase sequence, 2 men play chess in front of a clear walkway. When Allen and Madison pass them, a flock of pigeons suddenly appears and rises into the air. When Allen drives in reverse to escape, the same pigeons fly backwards.
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While diving, the scuba tank on Kornbluth's back is clearly fake. If it was a backup air source, the pinched-off air hose from the boat wouldn't have mattered.
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When Madison is in front of the televisions at Bloomingdale's, Allen asks what her name is. She replies in loud, screeching tones, shattering the televisions. When one television's screen breaks, it is clearly caused by a remote-controlled explosive, and the screen is clearly made of cardboard, not glass. It also shows the circuitry behind the picture tube, not the tube itself.
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When the TV store is closing at Bloomingdale's, The Richard Simmons Show is shown on the monitors. In 1984, when the film is set, this show was broadcast only in the morning and was not released in syndication. The show would, therefore, not have been playing on a television channel in New York City in the late evening.
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When Madison is exposed as a mermaid and dragged into a car, her legs and knees are visible as shapes in the fishtail.
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Obvious stunt performers in the BMW during the car chase.
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After Madison dives off the pier and into the water when they escape, after a few moments she emerges out of the water briefly to wave to Allen from the water. Clearly this is not Daryl Hannah, but instead a stunt performer.
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