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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Steve the bartender greets Homer at Butch's, Homer puts out his hand and says, "Go ahead, pal, it won't bite you." However, his lips say, "Go ahead, pal, it won't hurt you."
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At the end of the film, Homer hands Fred the wedding ring and says, "Here's the ring. Don't lose it." However, his lips say, "Here's the ring. Don't drop it."
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Boom mic visible 

Reflected on the car on the left side of the screen, when Fred kisses Peggy.
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Character error 

Although Boone City is obviously some Midwestern city, Homer Parrish, who supposedly lived his entire civilian life there, speaks with a noticeable Boston accent.
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After Fred Derry dresses after staying the night at the Stephensons' home, he emerges in his uniform with his jacket belt-buckle positioned way off to the right, over his right front pant's pocket. Any real serviceman would position his belt buckle (pants or jacket) dead-center, directly over his pant's zipper flap.
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Continuity 

When Peggy makes scrabbled eggs and toast for Fred, she brings the eggs to the table, but not the toast. The next camera shot shows Fred taking toast from the table that was never brought there.
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When Homer is talking to the obnoxious customer at the soda counter, Fred serves water at the customer's right hand, but in another shot, it's at his left hand side.
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There are many scenes in the movie where Al's bangs change as the camera angle changes.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Peggy and Marie are in the ladies room at the restaurant, the cameraman's left arm is visible in one of the mirrors.
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Factual errors 

During Al Stephenson's speech at the bank get-together party, he talks about his division being in Okinawa. The 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning), was part of the Luzon campaign that started January 1945 and ended with the divisions relief at the end of June 1945. At no time was the 25th on Okinawa. The divisions that did participate in the Okinawan campaign (April 1 - June 22, 1945) were the: 7th, 96th, 27th, and 77th Infantry Divisions of the army and the 1st, 2nd, and 6th Marine Divisions.
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Fredric March's name is misspelled as "Frederic" March in the closing credits.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The scene at Butch's, when Al introduces his wife and daughter to Fred and Homer, he refers to Dana Andrews as Homer and Harold Russell as Fred. This was intended as a consequence of Al being drunk.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Fred Derry climbs into the B-17's nose compartment at the salvage field, the nose section noticeably wobbles as he steps into it, indicating the nose is a separate, detached set piece. The nose section on a complete, intact B-17 would not move like that.
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