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(1973)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The passenger train that passes Kit and Holly on the trestle is pulling Amtrak cars. Amtrak was not established until 1971, and this film takes place in 1959.
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The soldiers at the end are using M16 rifles, although they were not adopted by the U.S. Military until 1962.
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Although the film takes place in the late 1950s, there is a modern Ford car dealer's sign visible in one shot.
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In the airport scene at the end many of the troops are armed with M-14 and M-16 rifles (as indicated by the flash suppressors.) While these weapons would be contemporary with the filming, they are much later than the film's time frame (late 1950s).
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Car tires screech during the car chase at the end, even though they're on dust roads and sand.
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For the last two lines in the discussion about the fudgecicle, the actors lips do not move.
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Character error 

In a voice over near the Montana - South Dakota border, Holly says "...at the very edge of the horizon we could make out the gas fires of the refinery at Missoula, while to the south we could see the lights of Cheyenne, a city bigger and grander than I'd ever seen." From anywhere along the border, Missoula would be over 600 miles to the west, and Cheyenne would be some 300 miles to the south; nothing short of a satellite view would allow you to see both at the same time.
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In the scene where Kit records his confession on a record, he places coins in the machine and then flips the switch from 78 rpm to 45 rpm. The instructions above the switch clearly says "Before Inserting Coins Select Recording Speed." If he were following directions he would have flipped the switch then inserted the coins.
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Continuity 

At the beginning of the movie, Kit meets Holly after a long day as a garbage man and his white t-shirt is spotless. Kit then asks Holly to take a walk with him, at which point the t-shirt is magically dirty!
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At one point Mr Sargis is painting a sign while talking to Kit. As the scene progresses the area he's working on becomes painted .. then unpainted .. then painted again.
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At the end,when Kit surrenders he raises his hands straight up at first, but three seconds later they are slightly risen and bended over his head. After another two seconds they are back to their initial position. During this sequence the distance between him and the Cadillac changes as well.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A camera shadows falls on Kit's back when father and Holly find Kit in the house.
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Errors in geography 

In one of her voice-overs, Holly refers to the "mountains of Saskatchewan". There are no mountains in Saskatchewan, although there is a Mt. Saskatchewan in the Rockies.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

Duct tape to hold blood pack and charge clearly visible just before Cato falls down after being shot by Kit. Some of the duct tape is attached to the actor's jeans.
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