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Ghostbusters II (1989) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The "City of Albany" ghost train, which is said to have derailed and wrecked in 1920, consists of a late 19-century locomotive and cars. Railroads still used that equipment in 1920, but a "name train" would have used modern, up-to-date equipment.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Dana gets to Peter's house after the bathtub scene, Oscar is clearly crying. In close-ups, the baby is not crying.
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During the courtroom scene, when one of the ghosts flies through the wall behind Ray, Egon yells "behind you Ray!", but his mouth says something else.
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When Raymond and Egon arrive at Peter's rendezvous with Dana, they tell Peter about their plans to go underground. Ray clearly speaks to Peter, but only Egon's mouth moves.
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Character error 

Ray, Egon, and Winston go down into the sewer to examine the slime. Winston is using a measuring device to see how deep it is when he is pulled towards the slime. Egon and Ray try to hold him back, and one of them calls Winston "Ernie."
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When Louis is being outfitted with a Ghostbusters jumpsuit, the name tag says "Spengler" and it is the correct size, even though Egon is about a foot taller than Louis.
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When Ray counts to 3 and uses the proton packs on Vigo, Winston calls Ray "Dan."
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When Ben Stein informs Hardemeyer that there is a covering on the main Museum, and that they "can't make a dent," the picture is briefly turned towards the camera. It's obviously a picture of the base of the Statue of Liberty.
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When Louis is watching Citizen Kane, he says Rita Hayworth was married to Orson Welles when it was filmed. They married two years after the film came out.
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The dock supervisor reports that the Titanic is arriving at Pier 34. It was scheduled to arrive at Pier 59, one of the few docks at the time large enough to accommodate her.
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When Ray and Egon are testing to see if Oscar is ticklish, they conclude that he is, even though Oscar barely reacted to being tickled.
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In the case against the Ghostbusters breaking their restraining order, the court never bothered to have Dana testify. She asked them to help her and Oscar, making her an accessory to them digging the 1st Avenue hole.
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When Dana takes a cab to the museum, the cab drives up and stops. Dana forgets to pay, and the driver forgets to write the receipt.
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Continuity 

In the close-up of Ecto 1A's license plate near the end of the film, the Statue of Liberty is in the middle of the plate. In all other shots, it's on the left side of the plate.
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When Ray, Egon, and Winston enter the room with the heads on poles, Winston's helmet disappears and reappears between shots.
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Peter and Dana are waiting for a taxi outside Peter's apartment building when the Ectomobile pulls up. The license plate on the front clearly says ECTO-2. The revamped Ectomobile was intended to be called ECTO-2, but was later changed to ECTO-1A. The scene must have been shot before the change was made.
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When the Ghostbusters leave the firehouse to respond to the haunting of the crystal store, Egon and Winston wear tan uniforms while Ray and Peter wear dark gray uniforms. At the store, all four Ghosbusters wear dark gray uniforms.
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At the end of the film, when the Ghostbusters get into the museum, the Statue of Liberty is standing. Once inside, the statue is laid down next the museum, but nothing was seen or heard. Based on her raised arm, the statue alternates between laying facing up and face down between shots.
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After Ray accidentally knocked out the power while exploring under the street, the wench pulling him back up should've stopped working, leaving the others to bring him up manually.
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When Ray and Egon examine Oscar, the tape recorder jumps between Ray's left and right hands between shots.
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Right after the Ghostbusters II logo, Ecto-1 races through New York. It's smoking heavily, except for the second shot, in which the car doesn't smoke at all.
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The carriage with Oscar stops on First Avenue, and shops are in the background. Ten minutes later, when the Ghostbusters are digging in the street, a parking lot is in the background.
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(at around 45 mins) When Egon and Ray discuss Vigo The Carpathian in the lab, the close-up of the monitor shows different data than in the preceding and following shots.
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During the "dancing toaster" sequence, the balls on the table move several inches between shots.
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(at around 1h 23 mins) When Ray and Winston are spraying slime inside the Statue of Liberty, the flood lights on top of Ray's pack continuously change being on and off.
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Oscar's head jumps around as Peter holds him while talking to Dana in her apartment.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Near the end of the movie, when Vigo moves the boxes and other items to reveal where Oscar is hiding, part of someone's arm pops out from behind the pillar at the left side of the screen.
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(at around 1h 16 mins) During the "Flip City" song montage, when the large monster ghost is coming through the arch, the green screen to the right, at the top of the arch, is still visible.
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When the jar of pink slime starts to boil In the courtroom scene, the mechanism and pump making it move are visible.
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Small pegs jut out the bottom of the dancing toaster.
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The camera crew is reflected in the dancing toaster.
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(at around 1 min) In the beginning of the movie the pram has non-steerable wheels. When it is racing around in the street, the front wheels are being steered.
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Air pipes are clearly visible on the flying chairs in the court room scenes.
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When Dana goes out the window after Oscar and Lewis tell Janine to call 911, the studio lights are reflected in the TV screen.
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Errors in geography 

When the mayor is looking out the window from his office, the eclipse appears to be over Central Park as seen from Central Park West. City Hall is downtown, too far to see Central Park.
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When the Ghostbusters are being brought to City Hall, the police car has red and blue emergency lights. New York City police cars have red and white emergency lights.
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When the Con Edison Supervisor and the police arrive at the hole on First Avenue, a subway station exit nearly has red lights on top. The only one subway station on First avenue is the L train, and all of the exits to that station have green lights on top.
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Factual errors 

When the ghost Titanic arrives, a huge hole is on the right side of its hull. The Titanic sank due to dents and severed rivets, not a hole.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

(at around 15 mins) During Oscar's examination, Egon suggests they perform an "Apgar score" test on baby Oscar. However, Apgar score is a test made on newborns only (usually 1 and 5 minutes after birth), so such a test would be entirely irrelevant in Oscar's case. This is a gag to show that the guys don't know what they're talking about.
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Early in the film, Frank tells Dana "I'm not the doorman, Miss Barrett. I'm the building superintendent." At the end, Michael P. Moran is credited as playing "Frank the Doorman." It's a joke, to acknowledge what he said at the beginning.
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When Louis runs to the bus stop, the bus in the background waiting for the cue. He didn't have to run far, and considering the way buses run, it could be slowing down to pull up to the stop.
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When the toast pops out while the toaster is dancing, the toast looks like toast, without any sign of slime. He moved the toaster to another location, so he could've put bread in and pushed it down before playing the song.
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(at around 1h 28 mins) After the Ghostbusters smash the glass and metal dome on the roof of the museum, the entire dome wasn't actually totally destroyed. When the Ghostbusters rappel down, the dome is still halfway intact, and later on, when Vigo looks up at the ceiling, half of the dome is intact.
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(at around 1h 26 mins) When asked if she (Lady Liberty) can go faster, Ray denies it because the vibrations could damage her. Presumably, she got off the pedestal on Liberty Island very slowly and carefully, using all four limbs.
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During the "We're Back" montage, Ecto-1 pulls out of the firehouse with Louis Tully running behind, and piles of wood and metal lean against the back wall. During the rest of the movie, when Ecto-1 is parked in the main level of the firehouse, Janine's desk and Peter Venkman's office are at the back of the building. A huge hole was punched in the floor during Ghostbusters , and they most likely had the materials to repair it.
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When the Ghostbusters drop in to the museum, Ray and Winston both have lights on their "slime throwers". These lights switch from on and off between shots until the end. The proton packs have activator switches on the wands, to conserve power, so the slime throwers could have the same.
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In the statue, Peter stands next to Winston, who stands next to Ray, who stands next to Egon. It the next shot, Winston is next to Peter, who is next to Ray, who is next to Egon. In the following shot, they're back to their first configuration. Considering the space and the amount of time passed, it's entirely possible that they deliberately changed places.
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Plot holes 

It is established that no one believes in the Ghostbusters or the paranormal. However, in the first movie the citizens of New York were terrorized by ghosts, the Staypufft Marshmallow Man, and supernatural forces in the sky above the skyscraper when Gozer came to Earth. Reporters even filmed the events. Five years later, no one believes anymore.
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People still don't believe the Ghostbusters they found slime underground at the trial many days later. In order for the real electricians to get the city lights working again, they would've to go underground to do all the repairs in the location where Ray caused the damage, and they would've discovered the river of slime for themselves.
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When the Ghostbusters arrive at the museum in The Statue Of Liberty, they descend from the crown on ropes. The windows on the crown are not large enough for them to fit through on their own, much less with their equipment.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Egon, Winston, and Ray enter the cavern of slime, they kick down a wall of rocks. While looking around, Ray sits down on one and it squishes.
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The power cord to the computer on Janine Melnitz's desk is not plugged into the computer.
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The movie takes place in New York in December, yet the city has very little snow and few Christmas decorations.
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When Ray and Egon run the photo of Vigo through the spectronalyzer, the analyzed version of the photo is completed when the original photo is halfway in the machine.
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When Venkman steps on the pedal to trap the "jogger ghost" activate the ghost trap, his foot misses the button, but the trap opens anyway.
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When Dana tells Venkman she has the feeling that the Vigo painting is watching her, Janosz is clearly watching for his cue in the background.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Dana is tied up and unable to rescue Oscar at the museum, her hair is considerably curlier and shorter. When she is set free, her hair is back to being wavier and longer.
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In the museum at the end, when Vigo is going for the baby, his hair is neat. In the next shot, his hair is a tangled mess. In the next shot, it's combed and pushed back behind his ears.
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At the end, when the slime evaporates from the museum, Louis is using a proton pack on it. From a wider angle, Louis's proton discharge is nowhere to be seen.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At one point, The Statue of Liberty wades through water up to her chin. The Statue is 111 feet tall from top to toe, and the waters of New York's Upper Bay are a maximum of 45 feet deep. Venkman says "Keep kicking Libby," which means she is swimming, not walking.
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Vigo possesses the Museum curator to capture Oscar for him so he can get out of the painting and into the baby's body. The Ghostbusters retrieving the baby when they arrive at the museum, but Vigo is able to exit the painting and retrieve the baby anyway. Vigo is gaining power as the time approaches midnight, so the time combined with being physically close to the baby could've given him enough power to briefly escape the painting to defeat the Ghostbusters.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Statue of Liberty is making her way through the harbor, the water is incredibly calm. Something that big moving through the water would leave a large wake, or at least some ripples.
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