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Torn Curtain (1966) Poster

(1966)

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Boom mic visible 

Reflected in the window of the farmhouse as Armstrong enters.
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Character error 

When Professor Michael Armstrong (Paul Newman) is writing the address on a piece of paper in the beginning of the movie he writes: Kobenavn. The actual spelling is: Kobenhavn.
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(at around 31 mins) During a scene in Berlin, a car parks on a zebra crossing.
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Continuity 

When Professor Lindt is erasing the chalkboard of his calculations, two shots show him erasing only the right side. But in a subsequent shot, the entire chalkboard is erased.
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When Paul Newman is riding on the tractor, they are clearly driving down a dirt road. When they stop, he gets off and the tractor turns around. Behind the tractor is a plowed field, not a road.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Or their shadow, anyway. On the road-level shot of Armstrong's taxi leaving the farm (Gromek's motorbike is visible on the left of the screen), just at the very bottom of the image can be seen the shadow of the camera (4:3 television version only).
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Factual errors 

A few snippets of dialogue in the scenes in the East German university clearly show that the extras are Americans.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the farmhouse scene when Professor Armstrong is fighting with Gromek, Gromek is choking Professor Armstrong but Armstrong shows no signs of it, i.e. bruising, in later scenes.
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When Professor Armstrong is on the boat, the heater aboard ship is broken, and the close-up of the thermometer shows it is freezing - yet it spite of the fact that he and all the extras are wearing heavy coats, their breath yields no steam, which would have been profuse at that temperature.
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The handwriting Professor Armstrong gives to the radio operator aboard ship and the note that he later writes to his fiancée is not the same - both handwriting samples clearly do not match.
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The message Professor Armstrong writes out in the bathroom stall, "Contact Pi . . . " does not match up with the letters underlined on p. 107 of the book, the source of the coded message.
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When Gromek's motorbike is unearthed, the chrome is shiny, without any soil on it.
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