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High Plains Drifter (1973) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When the stranger rides into town, huge tire tracks like those made by a truck are seen on the road.
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When The Stranger gives the Indian children the jars of candy in the general store, the jars have white plastic seals. Plastic was unknown in the 19th century.
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After the town has been painted red, a shot pans past the bell tower atop the church. The (lack of) application of paint on the bell tower edges shows it was painted with a spray gun. Also, many of the buildings have a very thin and even coating of red paint applied. Again, obviously done with a spray gun. This technology would not have been available at the time.
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When the Stranger buys drinks for everybody in the saloon, the shots of the bar from behind where the glasses are stored clearly show fluorescent lighting underneath the bar.
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All houses in the city (Lago) have modern window glass of the type float glass and not "handmade" as they were until the mid-19th century.
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Mordecai wears crossed bandoliers filled with .45-70 rifle rounds. Close up shots show these to be loaded with Jacketed Soft Point bullets, which were not available until the 20th century.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the scene where the stranger is taking a bath and the woman comes in to shoot him, there is an extra gun shot after the sheriff wraps her up in his arms.
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Continuity 

When the Stranger is first sipping his beer at the saloon, the bottle of whiskey is placed on the bar to the left of his glass of beer. When he reaches for his beer while saying the line "Faster than you'll ever live to be" to the one gunfighter, the bottle of whiskey "jumps" to the right of his glass of beer so he can pretend to draw his gun yet reach for the bottle of whiskey instead.
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The morning after his first night in Lago the stranger steps out of the hotel and the mayor says "good morning." The shadows on the ground clearly show that it is late afternoon as Lago is located on the western shore of Mono Lake.
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At the ambush, the stranger places the stick of dynamite just back from the edge of the slope. When it explodes, the explosion is a couple of feet down the slope from the edge, not where the dynamite was placed.
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As The Stranger arrives in town the Saloon is clearly lit from the front (the word "Saloon" is shadowed on the window shade). After tying up his horse, the stranger walks to the saloon which is now in shadow.
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The level of The Stranger's beer while watching the carriage as the men practice shooting at the dummies.
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As the Stranger rides through the town for the first time, he passes the Lago Miners Hall twice.
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The amount of shaving cream on The Stranger's face during the shooting of the three bad dudes in the barber shop.
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The clouds in the sky appear and disappear between shots in several scenes.
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As the Stranger rides through the town for the first time, Sarah Belding looking down from the second floor balcony is in sunlight when seen from the front, then in shadow when viewed from behind, then back in sunlight again when viewed from the front.
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When The Stranger leaves the saloon, the whiskey bottle is in his right hand. The next shot shows him entering the barber shop with the bottle in his left hand.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The last person is shot at the barber shop, you can see the outline of knee pads on the stuntman.
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Regarding one of the three bad guys who confront the Stranger in the barber shop. The tall guy with the beard who is shot and crashes through the window into the street. As he attempts to support himself against the hitching post one can clearly see the shape of an elbow protector for his left arm under his shirt.
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When the bad guys return to town for the final showdown, one of the bad guys on horseback knocks one of the townspeople over a table in the street. As the table is tipped over you can clearly see a moving blanket under the table cloth there to protect the stuntman.
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Factual errors 

When the town men are in the church debating their predicament, there is a plaque on the wall that quotes a scripture. Isaiah 53:3-4 is the scripture address written at the bottom of the plaque, but the scripture written out on the plaque is only Isaiah 53:3 (kjv); verse 4 is missing.
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Miscellaneous 

On Duncan's gravestone, the word "marshal" is spelled with one L. In the closing credits, it is spelled with two L.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Stacey, Cole and Dan come across three campers in the mountains, they have plenty of ammo despite their guns being given back to them empty when they left prison. However, it can be seen that their gun-belts still had ammunition in them.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the initial ambush practice when they are shooting at the dummies the bullet that breaks the glass in the door as it is opened clearly comes from inside the building.
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When the next to last bad guy is hanged with a bull whip, as he is first hoisted he spins a little and you can clearly see that is is a rope around his neck (not a bull whip), and that it is tied in a knot with some other ropes going down the back of his shirt (obviously attached to a supporting harness).
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