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The Last Picture Show (1971) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When Lois Farrow makes a telephone call from her home she dials a seven digit number. In 1951 a telephone number would have been at the most five digits in the small town of Anarene, Texas.
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When the boys are running in the high school gym, the basketball court has a 6 foot lane. In 1951 the lane would have been only 3 feet wide.
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The jukebox shown several times in shots of the diner interior is a Wurlitzer 2000 model, this was not produced until 1956.
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Several scenes show television programming, however TV was not introduced to the Wichita Falls area (and Anarene) until 1953. The movie takes place in 1951-52.
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When the pickup pulls up in front of the house and one of the cast gets out to go into the house you can see houses in the background that are clearly late 1960s style architecturally.
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The movie is set in the early 1950s, but at 50 minutes and 19 seconds in, when Sonny is driving through town at night just after he first has sex with Mrs. Popper, a car from the mid-1960s or later is briefly visible.
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As Sonny drives past all of Sam the Lion's businesses (from which he has been banned), there is a brief shot out the truck's window which takes in a 1960s-vintage car parked at the curb.
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When Sonny and Jacy are driving to Oklahoma to get married, the highway markings are incorrect. In 1952, Texas highways were marked with a solid line down the middle of the highway with no-passing zones marked with dashed lines.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the very beginning of the film Sonny is having trouble starting the old rusty pickup truck. After getting it running he starts to drive off. The soundtrack has him changing gears but we still see him with both hands on the steering wheel.
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Continuity 

Just before Jacy goes off with Lester to the pool party, she and Duane are making out in the car. She moves her legs across the seat of the car and is clearly wearing light colored, flat soled shoes with bows on the top. When she takes her shoes off at the pool party, she is wearing shoes with no bows.
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When Sonny and Jacy are driving to Oklahoma to get married, several things about Sonny (position, hair, etc) change between shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A full-length shadow of the camera and crew is visible when Sonny drives up to Ruth's house for the first time.
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The camera's shadow can be seen at the bottom of the screen as it tracks a car towards the end of the film.
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Obvious lavalier mic on Duane's tie during the graduation scene.
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Factual errors 

When Duane returns to Anarene toward the end of the film, he is on leave from the US Army in the middle of the Korean War, around 1952. His hair is clearly too long to pass Army regulations, which limit the length of a soldier's hair, after he has completed basic training. His hair would be too long even for today's Army. Moreover, Duane has sideburns, which the Army would never have permitted.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The Texaco sign is missing the letter "E" on one side and "A" on the other; as both sides are seen, some people got confused.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the opening scene the "wind" is blowing from the right side of the screen. As the camera pans to the left and Sonny's truck comes into view a tumbleweed starts to roll from the left into the wind.
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