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Revealing mistakes 

During the confrontation between Bick and Jett in the hotel banquet hall stockroom, Bick throws a "basket" knocking over several storage shelves. The shelves start to fall before the basket actually makes contact.
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Jump to: Boom mic visible (1) | Character error (4) | Continuity (5) | Factual errors (2) | Miscellaneous (2) | Revealing mistakes (4)

Boom mic visible 

Shortly after Leslie prepares breakfast for the first time in the ranch, surprising Luz, and as Bick walks down the stairs, a microphone is briefly visible above the shot.
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Character error 

The flags in the Benedict house are displayed backwards. The U.S. flag should be on its own right (the observer's left) when displayed with other flags.
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The U.S. flag on the casket at the train platform is displayed incorrectly, with the field of stars on the right, but then correctly at the burial, with the field of stars on the left.
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At the dinner table in Maryland, Jordan Benedict states that his ranch is 595,000 acres. Later on Leslie refers to Reata as being 500,000 square miles. An acre equals 1/640th of a square mile. The state of Texas is only 267,339 square miles, so Leslie was saying that the ranch was almost twice as big as the entire state.
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A group of Texan landowners talk about Geronimo as the chief of the Comanche. Geronimo was an Apache.
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Continuity 

Near the end, when Jett and Luz are in the bar together, the amount of liquor and ice in Jett's glass changes.
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When Luz II puts in her request for a private phone, the position of her right arm changes between long and close shots.
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When Uncle Bawley makes his "99% beef" joke, he is shown in the long shot holding his drink in one hand, but in the subsequent close shot, he's holding it in both hands.
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When Bick and Leslie first arrive in Texas by train, they disembark into a major dust storm. In the next shot, of Leslie walking toward her horse, the air is suddenly completely clear.
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When Jett is talking to the Oil executives about "cracking Benedict", he is seen from behind with a cigarette in his mouth, but then is seen shortly after from the front with the cigarette in his hand.
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Factual errors 

In the Jett Rink Airport opening day parade, there are riders on horseback carrying an American flag, and a Texas flag. The American flag being carried has 37 stars (should have been 48), and the lone star on the Texas flag is upside down (the stripes are right side up).
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The large display of flags in the lobby of the home has the American flag in the wrong position. It is on the right, as we see it. However, protocol requires Old Glory is to be presented "on the flag's own right," (aka stage right) meaning our left.
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Miscellaneous 

When little Jordan is crying because he is afraid to ride the pony, there is a large Texas flag hanging in front of the mansion. The star on the flag is upside down.
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The newspaper announcing Angel Obregon' homecoming has an article headlined "Full-Paid Taxes Record Broken". The text of the article refers to Los Angeles County and Howard L. Byram. By ram was the County Tax Collector for Los Angeles County in California. Its unlikely a story like this about L.A. Would be in a Texas newspaper. It appears that the production used a real California newspaper and added the picture of Angel.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Leslie faints at the barbecue, long shots show Luz standing at a table with no one behind her. But in the close-up after Leslie faints, when Luz says, "That's what I was afraid of", there is a crowd of people in the background behind her.
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When Jordan forces his son to ride his horse with him at a gallop, the child dummy is clearly slipping down out of the rider's grip as he comes to a stop. The immediate close-up has the child actor sitting perfectly erect.
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When Jordy introduces his new wife Juana at the pool party, the people behind Bick and Leslie are seen applauding, even though Jordan hasn't finished his announcement yet. Also, no sound of clapping is heard.
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The oil wells seen in the backgrounds of live-action shots, such as at the railroad depot, are clearly miniatures erected in the near background in an effort to give the impression of size through forced perspective. Similarly, the wells seen through the windows of indoor sets (the house and the diner, for example) are plainly painted images on false backdrops.
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