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Panic in Year Zero! (1962) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The sounds coming from the car radio are not synchronized with the turning of the tuning knob.
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The tires on the car squeal as the car speeds away from the hardware store, which would be impossible on a dirt street.
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Character error 

After lighting a cigarette for his father, Rick Baldwin is shooting a "bird" with his hand up on his chest.
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Frankie Avalon refers to the hardware store owner as "Jackson" instead of the "Johnsons"
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At around the 1hr/5min. mark, Rick Baldwin (Frankie Avalon) says to Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland), "Should we go see the Jackson's? We promised mother!" The character is actually named Ed Johnson (Richard Garland)
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Continuity 

The buck didn't stop here: Rick (Frankie Avalon) shoots a buck and carries it on his back up to where his father (Ray Milland) is standing. Rick lets the buck drop off his back, and it hits the ground and rolls behind him, until it disappears off screen. Camera angle switches to a close-up of Rick and his father talking. Then there's a wider camera shot as both father and son turn to look at the buck, but the buck is now lying on the ground almost right next to Rick.
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At the dinner table in the cave: Harry (Ray Milland) says grace, then continues with a discussion on how the family is to maintain some form of normal routine during the aftermath of the nuclear attack. Different camera angles show his hands and arms alternately being on the table, then under the table on his lap, then on the table - without him having moved at all.
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Before he goes to help his father tear down the bridge, Rick (Frankie Avalon) removes his jacket and throws it onto the trunk lid of the car, where it is briefly visible. Rick then goes into the trailer to fetch a rope and a hatchet. Just a few seconds later, from a slightly longer camera shot, we see him exit the trailer, but now the jacket has disappeared.
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After the family sees the flashes of light they stand behind the trailer. Then they go to check the car radio and leave the driver's door open. The driver's door is open in the closer shots but closed in the wide shot.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the Baldwins drive away from Johnson's store after taking the guns, klieg lights are visibly reflected on the windows of their trailer.
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Errors in geography 

Clearly, the family is already several hours (135-150 miles) outside of Los Angeles when they arrive at the grocery store as the terrain is heavily mountainous. The film then has the family drive for hours more even though that would have placed them in SW Nevada or the Fresno/San Joaquin Valley area.

The area shown as being outside their cave hideout however, resembles the areas directly surrounding Los Angeles rather than hills and mountains of Central or Northern California where they would be located after driving all day.
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Factual errors 

When Mr. Baldwin throws a pail of gasoline across the busy highway to make the traffic stop so they could get across, the resultant fire is much larger and more prolonged than the small amount shown could have produced.
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When Mr. Baldwin directs his son not to purchase eggs in the grocery store, the egg cartons that Frankie Avalon was going to take were on a simple shelf, and not refrigerated in a cooler.
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Miscellaneous 

When Frankie Avalon's character drives their car and trailer across the burning road, an older stunt driver is clearly visible behind the steering wheel.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The white car that almost forces the Baldwins' car off the road is a '56 Buick. The one found crashed is a '54 Chevy. However, it may not be intended as the same automobile, as Rick Baldwin asks "Isn't that the car that almost wrecked us?"
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where the bridge is pulled down, to the left you can see bushes and the bridge pilings being pulled quickly in the opposite direction.
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Watch carefully. When Ann Baldwin (Jean Hagan) fires her gun at her Karen's (Mary Mitchel) rapists. No flash of gun fire comes from the weapon, nor does a shell eject either time she fires.
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$190 worth of groceries in the early 1960s would have been far more food than the family was shown purchasing. A loaf of bread was 15 cents and a can of coffee was less than $1. The family would have been able to live for several months on that dollar amount of food.
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