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The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Poster

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Continuity 

During his showdown with the Comancheros, the sun is behind everyone, no matter which way they're facing.
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Anachronisms 

The fiddle that provided the music for dancing at the ranch was fitted with a chin-piece, which was not used until the twentieth century.
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The Gatling guns shown during the massacre of the surrendering confederates are not Civil War period versions of that weapon. The Model 1861 Gatling was a .58 caliber weapon firing from individually loaded brass or steel chambers which were fed into the receiver via a hopper or chute attached to the side of the gun's housing. As a result, the gun's rate of fire was significantly slower than is shown in in the film. The guns shown in the movie were models of 1867 or later, which were chambered for fixed ammunition, usually 45/70 and fed through a stick magazine on the top of the weapon's receiver.
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The hymn "In the Sweet By and By" wasn't published until 1867.
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Laura Lee tells Josey a joke about two men and a mule and quotes the saying "I'm from Missouri, show me". William VanDiver's speech that coined the phrase wasn't given until 1899, over thirty years after the time the film takes place.
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At one point in the movie there is a soldier playing a 5 string open-back banjo claw-hammer style in the back-ground. Shadows through the leather head of the banjo can be seen. Even though the banjo started to evolve in the late 1840s, the open-back banjo was invented by Arthur Windsor in England after 1887 and "frailing" (claw-hammer style picking) did not become popular until the late 1800s'.
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Towards the end of the film, Josey and Laura Lee exchange jokes about their respective home states. Laura Lee tells a gag about Missouri being the "show-me" state, a nickname which most people agree only dates back to the 1890s, whereas this film is set in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, in the 1860s.
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In the scene where the two men with rifles have Jose they are using trapdoor Springfield rifles that weren't even made till 1866 a year after the civil war ended. It is unlikely at that time that anyone but the army had them.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the last gun battle, Wales pulls two (empty) pistols from his belt and points them at Terrill who is retreating on horseback. Wales pulls the trigger on the first pistol and the hammer falls with a loud "click". Wales points the second pistol and there is a loud "click" but the hammer does not fall.
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When Laura Lee plays the concertina, the sound doesn't match what she's playing.
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Continuity 

In the scene where Josie has bought supplies, he is recognized and a gunfight ensues. Josie and Lone Watie kill several Union soldiers. However, a few moments later, as Josie escapes on horseback, the same Union soldiers he just killed are seen rushing into the street to stare after him.
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When the Redleg leader is shooting at the Gatling gun, he fires 4 shots. When he runs over to the Gatling gun tent and points his gun in it, you can see all six lead balls sticking out of the front of the cylinder.
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Near the end of the movie, when the Red Legs are attacking the cabin, approximately 11 men cross the creek but over 21 are shot by Wales and those in the cabin.
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When Josey frees Laura Lee and Granny from Commancheros he cuts the ropes binding their hands and you can see Laura Lee's wrists have rope burns from being pulled along. A short time later at Blood Butte, Laura Lee tells Josey dreams are like clouds across a sky-blue mind, and her wrists show no burns at all.
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When Fletcher tells Terrill to say which way they're going so that the bounty hunters will hear the wrong information, Terrill looks back over his right shoulder to see the bounty hunters. But when the troops ride away, as seen from a different angle, the bounty hunters are more to Terrill's left.
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When Josey Wales is leaving the interior of the store carrying the supplies, he is also carrying the picture postcard of the dead man that the store clerk showed him. When he emerges outside, he is no longer carrying the postcard.
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When Josey spits tobacco on the forehead of one of the hillbillies with rifles (that he and Jamie just shot) the dead man's eyes are closed. But when the camera cuts back briefly to show him laying on the ground the dead man's eyes have re-opened.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the attempted rape scene, crew members can be seen through the legs of a bandit.
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Near the end of the film when Wales is fighting the posse outside the house, you can see the legs of a C-stand when a man from Terrill's gang falls off a horse.
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Camera shadow on Ten Bear's horse as he rides out of the camp to meet Josey.
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Near the end, after the old lady comments about freeloaders from Kansas, a camera shadow is seen when a guy falls off his horse in the last shoot out.
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Errors in geography 

When Josie goes to the cabin of Lone Watie there are black tail deer antlers on the wall. These deer live on the West Coast, not in the area of Missouri or surrounding area.
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Factual errors 

A Gatling gun holds either 20 or 50 rounds, but Josey fires way more, not to mention the soldiers before him.
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When Josey is chasing Redlegs from the final battle the camera is filming from overhead and the two pass two Hereford (or white faced cattle). They must have belonged to a modern local rancher since earlier in the film the settlers brought only longhorn cattle (about half a dozen head) with them.
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Miscellaneous 

The cart has a square hole that the crew uses to drive the cart instead of Granny and the girl. It is obviously driving the cart not the women. It also disappears and reappears.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

After Josey shoots the two men in the cabin/store where he goes to get a horse, he spits tobacco juice on one man's head and the dead man's eyes squint in reaction. However, as Josey steps by the body on the way out, the 'dead body' rotates his head away from camera, indicating that he wasn't quite dead yet.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Josey returns from scouting the Union soldiers camp to discover that Jamie has died, Jamie can be seen still blinking when Josey first enters the lean-to.
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After Josey sees the Union camp in the rain, on the way back into the tent Jamie blinks however a few seconds later he is dead with his eyes wide open.
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