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(1966)

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Anachronisms 

In 1966, the Tivoli gardens, where the restaurant scene in Copenhagen takes place, were open from May 1st to September 30th. During that period, the temperature would never be at freezing point in Osterfjord, Norway, where the opening scene takes place.
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Boom mic visible 

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

(at around 31 mins) During a scene in Berlin, a car parks on a zebra crossing.
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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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Continuity 

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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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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Gromek has difficulty getting his lighter to work, but after Gromek has been killed, Armstrong picks up the lighter and gets it to work perfectly.
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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 

When Gromek's motorbike is unearthed, the chrome is shiny, without any soil on it.
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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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