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Trading Places (1983) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The train that leaves Washington has an on level platform. Union Station did not have on level platforms until 1988.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Billy Ray is pan handling, the Police officers pick him up and his blanket falls on the sidewalk and appears folded and not folded in following scenes.
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When Louis is walking past the restaurant in the rain, the scene switches to him a number of times and you can hear the hard rain falling. The first time the camera shows a close up of Louis however, the camera is still inside the restaurant yet the sound of rain falling is heard, drowning out the crowd noises in the restaurant that are heard continuously (other than when Valentine is making his prediction about the Russian wheat crop) when the camera is inside.
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Character error 

When Billy Ray is in the limo, Randolph Duke introduces himself and Billy Ray asks if the name Randolph is like Randy Jackson of the Jackson 5. Randy was not a member of the Jackson 5. He did not join the group until they became The Jacksons.
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Continuity 

At the end of the stock trading sequence, Louis and Billy Ray's trader ID badges, which have been a bright green, are suddenly the same gray color as Billy Ray's suit.
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When Mortimer Duke is signing the paychecks, at least one of the shots is flipped horizontally. At first he signs with his left hand, then his right, then his left again. The part in his hair changes sides as well.
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As Billy Ray is walking away from the two policemen his knees are wet. After crossing the street towards the Heritage Club, his knees are suddenly dry.
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In the first scene, Louis is going to work, you can see the streets, no snow at all. Later the same day, the Dukes are going to work and as you can see there is plenty of snow. Even later when Billy appears first in the park, plenty of snow.
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When Valentine is in the Dukes' limo, rain on the rear window disappears and reappears repeatedly between shots.
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When a man begins telling the "escargots" joke, Randolph and Mortimer are eating dessert. When the joke is over, the two are now eating dinner.
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When Ophelia first takes Louis to her apartment, as she enters you can see that she's wearing pantyhose. Later in the scene when she removes her dress she's only wearing panties.
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On Valentine's 'first day on the job,' he enters the Dukes office and the sound of a door closing is heard after he enters, but the chase shot (behind Valentine) reveals the door to still be open, yet in the next shot, from the opposite side of the room, the door is closed.
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The train leaving Washington DC has a different style locomotive than the same train shown later in a pass-by shot.
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When we first see the Dukes going to work, in the car Mortimer is sitting on the left hand side of the car & Randolph on the right, but when they arrive at work Randolph gets out of the car first on the left.
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In the park after the 2 cops expose Billy Ray, the cop on the right is standing with his legs slightly apart facing the camera. The shot from behind shows him standing with his hips to the right, one leg behind the other.
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The Dukes park their limo on Locust Street heading west right before Billy Ray appears. Locust Street is one way heading east and all other times in the movie we see the cars heading east on Locust Street.
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When Billy Ray is giving the briefcase to Louis, the two baggage handlers walk past Billy with a bag of pretzels (the Keebler logo is shown). In the next shot, the baggage handlers are in the bar car.
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After Valentine is challenged by the police officers and finally walks away, the camera cuts several times between him and them. The direction towards which he is walking, as shown by the houses in the background, switches back and forth a couple of times.
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When the Dukes are propositioning Valentine inside the limo, the background scenery changes dramatically between shots.
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Winthorpe's hair during his initial encounter with Ophelia on the steps in front of the courthouse/jail.
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After Coleman dumps the crepes into the garbage and answers the telephone, you can see that the pan looks clean.
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In the interior exchange in the police station between Winthorpe and Penelope - immediately after Winthorpe is released on bail - his blackened left eye is open and blinking; in the scenes that follow, he forces it closed, as if swollen shut.
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Errors in geography 

When the President of the Heritage Club announces that there is a thief among them there is a Baltimore City Flag standing right behind him.
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When Winthorpe is in the cab and Valentine is in the limo and they see each other, the street they are on, outside Independence Hall, is two-way traffic. This was only done for the movie. In real life, this is a one way street heading east. You can see the white lines on the street dividing the travel lanes, rather than a double yellow line which would be needed for it to be denoted as a two-way street.
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On the train from Washington to New York, the sound of the train passing railroad crossings is heard several times. Due to the speed of the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line, there are no railroad crossings like that.
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Factual errors 

At the Christmas party when Winthorpe jumps on the table waving the gun, the clocks show that it is 1905 in Los Angeles, 2205 in Philadelphia and 0205 in London. London should read 0305. London is five hours, not four, ahead of Philadelphia, regardless whether in Daylight Savings Time (British Summer Time) or in Standard Time.
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Winthorpe's car, a Mercedes Benz 600 Grosser - is unique in that it features a complex hydraulic system that runs everything from the windows to the suspension. The car would need time to run and generate enough hydraulic pressure for the suspension to raise the car to proper operating height. It would not be possible for Coleman to just start the car and drive to work as is done in the beginning of the movie.
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In the trading of the FCOJ scene only the prices of the April contract change. In real life the prices of all the future months would move.
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Compartments on American passenger trains are always private. If Beeks had reserved one, no other passengers should have been allowed to enter.
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FCOJ is subject to daily trading price movement limits. The 'swings' shown would trigger 'limit up' and 'limit down', and trading would be suspended for the day by NYMEX.
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When Billy ray is released from jail, Randolph says that they are "the ones that bailed you out." Later, during the conversation in the limo, Billy Ray asks, ""What about the police and the payroll?" The Dukes state that they have had the charges dropped. If the charges were dropped, then there would have been no need for bail. Bail is a conditional release/promise to appear in a future court date; which would not be necessary with dropped criminal charges.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the large room when framing Louis, everyone is instructed to place the contents of the jacket pocket of the person to their right on the table. The people lining the walls have no such tables. The people on the right end have nobody emptying their left pockets.
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The windows on the outside of Winthorpe/Valentine's house do not match the inside, and the foyer appears to be absent from the outside.
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During early scenes in the movie there's a fair amount of snow on the ground, but later scenes show a completely dry and snow-free Philadelphia. In fact, one overhead shot of Constitution Hall and the surrounding park shows green grass and leaves on the trees - highly unlikely in Philadelphia at Christmas time.
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The scene in the corridor of the train shows it to be a flimsy set as it shakes when people move quickly down it.
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The road in which Winthorpe and Valentine meet in the taxi and limousine is delineated by a white line. Yellow lines are always used to delineate opposing lanes, while solid white lines delineate the right edge of a traffic lane, and sometimes lanes going in the same direction.
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When the members of the club are asked to dig inside the pocket of the man to their right and to put the content in front of them, the row of members in the back of the room do not have any table or any support on where to put said content, as they are only sitting on chairs.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

In the final scene, under a bright sun somewhere in the tropics, Billy Ray and Louis are inexplicably wearing sweaters.
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