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(1969)

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Anachronisms 

A shot during the May Day parade sequence at the beginning of the film clearly reveals the parade to be taking place during the 50th anniversary of the October revolution (around the 1:29 mark), putting it in 1967 as opposed to 1961-63 when the story is supposed to have taken place. Therefore a person watching this parade could not have possibly defected to the USA and warned them of the Soviet missile deployment in Cuba (as is claimed in the beginning of the film).
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The Kusenovs arrive in the US in a USAF C-135 marked "Military Airlift Command". The movie is set in 1962 but that organization did not come into existence until 1966. The aircraft should have been marked "Military Air Transport Service".
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After Andre returns from Cuba, his French supervisor states "I sent Peugeot to Dulles Airport to meet you". The first airline flight from Dulles was on November 19, 1962, 3 weeks after the Cuban Missile crisis (October 14, 1962 - October 28, 1962) ended.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At Jaques Granville's party when Deveraux is setting up the meeting with his colleagues, he says, "So that's five people who can help me." The line is obviously dubbed as he clearly mouths the word "six".
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Continuity 

The position and numbers of the pencils in the mug on Jarré's desk, when Picard interviews him, varies between shots.
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Andre puts the "money" in his left breast pocket, but when he goes to retrieve it at the florist, he retrieves first the drawing (which is still also in his left breast pocket), but then pulls the envelope with the money out of his right breast pocket.
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While talking to the Mendozas before they leave for their picnic, in the first shot Juanita is leaning over a map with both hands on the table. In the very next shot she is standing straight with her hands in her pockets.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the porcelain factory, after breaking the statuette, Tamara Kusenov goes through a door to make a telephone call. The goon following her moves towards the door, now closed, to investigate it, and the shadow of a man appears briefly on the wall to the left of the door before we cut away from the shot... and it is not the shadow of the goon...
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Errors in geography 

In the scene with the Soviet military parade, the archival footage of Lenin's mausoleum is reversed, with his name appearing backwards.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Juanita de Cordoba falls to the ground dead having just been shot with a .45 semi automatic, we see the hammer of the pistol down and not cocked. The slide would re-cock the hammer to be ready for the next shot or stay locked back if there were no more bullets in the clip.
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As the camera, suspended on a ceiling track, follows Rico Parra down the crowded hotel corridor in New York, one of the hanging lights can be seen to suddenly disappear upwards before it has gone out of shot (allowing the camera to continue forward).
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Later in the film, as the camera pushes through the open front door into the house party, the closed door to the left of the screen can be seen to slide out of the way before it has gone out of shot (allowing the camera to continue forward).
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

On the flight back to the US, Devereaux rips off the the cover of the notebook that Juanita gave him. He discovers the filmstrips being pasted inside. Back in the US, when talking to Nordstrom, he remarks they could make great use of the photos "once the film is developed". He should have known better, as the film was already developed and otherwise would have been spoilt on exposure to light.
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Continuity 

When Juanita de Cordoba falls to the ground dead, her legs are bent and her dress covers her legs and feet. In the shot from the side showing Ricca standing over her body, her legs are straight out and her lower legs and feet are visible.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the overhead shot as Juanita de Cordoba sinks down dead, her dress spreads out evenly in all directions, a brilliant metaphor for the spreading blood pool; however, once she has fully collapsed (still in the overhead shot), the positions of the wires inside the dress, which caused it to spread evenly in all directions, are clearly visible.
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