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Annie (1982) Poster

(1982)

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Anachronisms 

When Grace tells Mr. Warbucks about his messages, she mentions messages from Mr. Rockefeller and Mr. Carnegie. Although members of the Rockefeller family were still in business in 1933, Andrew Carnegie had been dead for 14 years.
The helicopter flies past the 1982 New York City skyline.
The film features Camille, with a 1982 logo. Shirley Temple, an unknown until 1934, is mentioned in the same scene.
The beginning shows the Manhattan skyline. The Empire State Building has floodlights illuminating the top of the building. The floodlights were added in 1964.
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When Mr. Warbucks dates the check written out to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mudge, it is dated for July 1933; however, Camille, the movie that Annie, Warbucks, and Grace go to see earlier in the movie, was not released until 1936.
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During the musical number "Sign", Miss Hannigan's bathroom contains several large bottles of her bathtub gin, and she even drinks from one. The bottles are 16-oz. Sheaffer Skrip "master" ink bottles. However, they got their distinctive shape (similar to the CN Tower) in the 1950s. In the 1930s, Skrip master ink bottles were cylindrical, with grooves running around the top a bottom quarter.
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A model of a German Stukka dive bomber (Junkers JU87) is in Oliver Warbucks' office. Germany didn't even fly the prototype of that aircraft secretly until 1935.
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During "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile", one orphan uses a liquor bottle as a microphone, then carelessly throws it over her shoulder. It obviously falls to the floor, but doesn't shatter. Polyethylene, which is used to make most plastic bottles, was invented in 1933, and couldn't be produced in mass quantities until 1936.
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Camille wasn't released until 1936 when Annie takes place in 1933.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During "We Got Annie," the maid's overly large, very generalized movements show that she is clearly pretending to play the piano.
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During the last musical number, in a tap dance on the stairs, the tap sounds don't synch with shoes.
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When Miss Hannigan dances toward Rooster, his voice says one thing, but his mouth says something completely different.
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During "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile", when an orphan climbs down the chest of drawers, she sings "and not from head to toe", but her mouth doesn't say "toe".
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When the orphans are locked in the closet and Pepper tries to get out through the ceiling, the girls are still on the floor talking to each other, but when they are visible, none of them are talking.
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Annie escapes, and a police officer brings her back. When the officer rings the doorbell with his nightstick, it slips off the doorbell and hits the wall, but the bell rings anyway.
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Character error 

During "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," two maids set the table, presumably for Mr. Warbucks. One maid knocks over the carefully placed glasses.
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The "Questionaire for Annie's parents" misspells word 'questionnaire.'
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The character of Orphan Annie is supposed to be 11 years old. However, when Daddy Warbucks takes Annie to the movies, the movie they see is "Camille", released in 1936. Later, when he is presented with Annie's forged birth certificate, it is revealed that her birthday is October 18, 1922. That would make Annie 14 years old, not 11.
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It's seems a little off that Miss Hannigan would have a change of heart when her brother vows to kill Annie for ripping up the check when the whole plan was to kill her in the first place.
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Continuity 

Daddy Warbucks writes a check to "Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mudge" in block letters. When the check is shown in Mrs. Mudge's hand, it's written in cursive.
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Grace's shoes are different before "We Got Annie".
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In the run-up to the number "It's a Hard Knock Life" the orphans bother Miss Hannigan by singing in their beds. When Miss Hannigan comes into the dormitory she says if they're singing they must not be sleepy, so she puts them to work in the middle of the night. Within minutes of the them beginning to work we can see it sunny through the window. Within minutes they are scrubbing the steps of the building in broad daylight.
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Molly plays with Annie's locket, and Annie puts her arms around her so that Molly's hand is underneath. In the next shot Molly's arm is over Annie's.
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In distant shots of the bridge chase, Annie is obviously an adult stunt double.
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During the final musical number, Daddy Warbucks and Annie are being circled by two unicycles. When the shot cuts to another angle, a unicycle should be visible at that time but is absent.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During "Let's Go to the Movies" after Annie tap dances behind the curtain, Grace comes out and they continue dancing. As the camera circles around, a crew member is reflected in the vanity mirror behind them.
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During "Little Girls", as Miss Hannigan shoos the orphans out of the room and the camera zooms in on her, the shadow of the boom mic coming closer is visible. In widescreen, a crew member's arm is visible, for a split second, on the right side of the screen.
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When Annie approaches the balcony during "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here", she is reflected in the safety glass across the balcony, and its edge is visible on the left. The glass vanishes in the following shot, when she receives the flowers.
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When Punjab levitates the model airplane, cables are attached to the wingtips.
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Factual errors 

A gyrocopter cannot hover or even slow down below 25 miles per hour. Like a normal airplane, it must maintain forward motion to keep the rotor spinning and keep it flying. It would be impossible to slow it enough for someone could grab a rope ladder.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During "Little Girls," Miss Hannigan can be seen drinking alcohol and drunk. Since the movie is set in the summer of 1933, the 21st Amendment has not been ratified until December 5, 1933 thereby repealing the prohibition of alcohol, however, it was very common for people to make their own alcohol - "moonshine" - most often in a bathtub during the prohibition years. (During the later "Sign" number between Warbucks and Hannigan, Warbucks makes a reference to "bathtub gin" and Hannigan ends the song after being backed into a full bathtub. She splashes Warbucks in the face with the liquid from the tub. Warbucks wipes his hand down his cheek, licks his fingers, and makes a face, indicating that the bathtub is in fact full of homemade alcohol.)
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Despite many viewers' misconception that they are a newer invention, "Keds" shoes have been around since 1916.

Plot holes 

Miss Hannigan falls for Rooster and Lily's ruse(until the reveal it) but then goes on to reveal that Annie's parents died in a fire. She already knew this when Rooster and Lily enter.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Daddy Warbucks removes Annie's head gear after they arrive in the gyrocopter to meet FDR, Annie is wearing a very obvious wig.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Rooster knocks out Miss Hannigan before the bridge climb, the punch connects before he hits her.
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Continuity 

On the B&O Bridge, one of Annie's shoes falls off while she is dangling. In the next shot, she wears two shoes.
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Before Annie and Rooster reach the top of the B&O Bridge, Rooster grabs at one of Annie's legs, but misses. Annie stops climbing for a second, with both of her feet on the top step at the top of the screen. In the wide shot she is climbing again, with her feet on different steps.
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At the end, the orphans' balloons disappear and re-appear between shots.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end, right before Annie, Mr. Warbucks, and Miss Farrell watch the fireworks, Annie tells Sandy to sit.
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