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(1967)

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Anachronisms 

When Dick and Perry are driving through Las Vegas they pass a billboard with Chita Rivera headline. She was not yet "big" in 1959.
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Perry calls his parole officer from the bus station with a late-1960's beige pay phone with armored cable on the handset.
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In Perry's Las Vegas fantasy sequence, he is playing a Saturn '63 guitar, which wasn't produced until 1963.
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Many vehicles present in film are of the 1960s and not 1959.
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Character error 

In the final courtroom scene just before the prosecutor, Will Geer's character, is quoting from the Bible, he grabbed his eyeglasses and quickly put them on his face. They obviously did not cover his eyes. Geer was not looking through his glasses but instead his eyes were looking below the lenses.
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In the court, the man quotes the Bible is from Genesis 9:6 but says it's Genesis 9:12.
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Perry tells phones Reverend Post that he is at the bus station in Kansas City, Missouri. Post replies "You've already broken parole by quitting your job. You'll break it again if you step into Kansas. Whatever you do, don't cross that river into Kansas." However, the state line at Kansas City is a land boundary that is near the Kansas River, but is neither that nor the Missouri River.
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Continuity 

In Perry's flashback of his motorcycle accident, the cycle falls on his right leg. When he's being measured for his "wedding trousseau" in the clothing store, the scar is on his left leg.
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When Alvin Dewey comes into a room full of reporters, Jensen is leaning against a doorway. He pulls a pack of cigarettes pack out of his jacket, takes a cigarette out of the pack and puts it to his lips and lights it. After taking a puff, he puts his lighter and cigarette pack back in his jacket pocket. Then he turns to listen to Dewey. In the next scene Jensen is turned 90 degrees to where he was in the previous scene with the pack of cigarettes in his left hand lighting his cigarette again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Dick is in the interrogation room just before he confesses, you can see the reflection of the camera in the window on the door before and after the detective enters the room.
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Factual errors 

When Perry and the little boy are gathering bottles from alongside the road, a Tab carton falls out of one of the trash cans. The movie took place in 1959; Tab was not introduced until 1962.
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When Mr. Clutter is shaving, the calendar on the wall shows the month of March. The Clutters were murdered in November.
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Miscellaneous 

When Perry and Dick arrive at Clutter's Place, still sitting in the car, Perry says: "Let's pull outta here". Then Dick drinks from his bottle. Later in the movie, when Perry makes his confession, we see the same scene, but now Dick drinks before Perry says: "Let's pull outta here"
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Revealing mistakes 

When Perry Smith is sent through the gallows trap at the end of the film, it is apparent that the rope is connected to the stand-in mannequin's middle back, rather than around its neck.
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At the beginning of the movie, after Dick has picked Perry up from the Kansas City bus depot and both are crossing the river into Kansas, the process is running in reverse, giving the impression the car is suddenly moving in reverse despite the two immediate shots bookending this one clearly shows the car moving forward.
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