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The Apartment (1960) Poster

(1960)

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Boom mic visible 

(Widescreen version only) The shadow of a boom mic is visible in the upper left portion of the screen as C. C. Baxter is rushing to open his apartment door after being alerted to an odor of gas by his landlady.
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Character error 

Fran buys a record album recorded by the small combo that performs in the Chinese restaurant she patronizes but when the record is played in Baxter's apartment, the tunes are lush orchestral arrangements, nothing like the lounge music heard in the café.
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After her suicide attempt, Fran does not know she is at Baxter's place but his name must have been on the sleeping pills jar she gazed at for more than a minute.
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At the very end as Baxter deals the cards, Fran drops one on the floor but ignores it.
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When telling the story of his attempted suicide, C. C. Baxter pantomimes loading a revolver, even though he has specified (and we later see) that the gun he used was an automatic.
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Continuity 

After Baxter gets home for the first time, he cleans up by placing a large waste bucket of empty liquor bottles outside his apartment door. An hour later when he has to vacate the apartment for one of the other men, the waste bucket full of bottles is gone. There was no-one around to carry his bottles away at that time of night.
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A week-old strand of spaghetti on Baxter's tennis racquet is still soft and pliable.
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Baxter gives Fran coffee to drink. The coffee is freshly made and so it's boiling hot, but she drinks it quickly, as if it had been sitting around for some time.
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When C.C. Baxter gets into Miss Kubelik's elevator to go to the 27th floor, Miss Kubelik pushes a button, presumably 27, which lights up. When they reach their floor, and the elevator doors open, rather than switching off, as an elevator button would normally do when elevator reaches it's destination, the button stays lit, and remains lit through the remainder of the scene.
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Fran's hair keeps shifting and changing during the gin rummy game.
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Baxter's pajamas are inconsistent when he is first kicked out of his apartment.
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The shaving cream on Baxter's faces changes between the bathroom and bedroom.
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The frozen daiquiri in the cocktail lounge melts, reforms, and melts again.
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After Bud finds out that Ms. Kubelik was with Mr. Sheldrake, he leaves wearing his new hat, leaving his old hat behind. Later that night when he arrives home with the woman from the bar, his old hat is on the hat rack on the wall.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the scene in which Fran cries in front of the mantle, you can clearly someone reflected in the TV screen sitting and watching the scene play out.
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Errors in geography 

The layout of Baxter's apartment makes no sense, especially in the context of Dr. Dreyfus's apartment. Dreyfus lives next to Baxter, which means their walls should be adjoining the full length of both flats. But from inside Baxter's living room one can see windows in both his kitchen and bedroom facing directly where the Dreyfus apartment should be (and there would likely be a window in the bathroom between the kitchen and bedroom). Dreyfus's apartment would have to veer immediately off to the extreme right when you enter it and be no more than a couple of inches wide in order to allow the kind of set-up seen in Baxter's apartment - clearly unrealistic, if not downright impossible.
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During the opening pan of the New York skyline with the United Nations Building in the foreground, the shot is actually a "mirror-image" of the actual scene.
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Factual errors 

Fran's brother-in-law comes looking for her at her employer's office building after she hasn't been home for 2 days, beginning Christmas Eve. Christmas 1959 was a Friday, so 2 days after she went missing would have been Saturday or Sunday, when nobody would have been in the office.
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In the opening voice-over, Baxter states the date as November 1, 1959 which was a Sunday. Yet the implication in the narration is that it was Wednesday.
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When Miss Olsen picks up the extension after being fired, we hear Sheldrake completing dialing his call to Baxter. A rotary dialer will not work when the extension is off the hook.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

At the very end of the film, Baxter and Fran sit down to play a game of Gin. This game is played with 10 cards dealt to each player, but Baxter deals at least 13 cards to both Fran and himself before the picture finally fades out.
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