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Angel Heart (1987) Poster

(1987)

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Anachronisms 

Supposedly set during 1955, modern day traffic signals can be seen in New Orleans.
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1980s vehicles in 1950s Brooklyn.
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Harry direct dials a seven-digit phone number from a payphone. This wouldn't have been possible in the 1950s.
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The movie is set in January, 1955. When Angel goes to Sarah Dodd's Harvest clinic, he has a pistol in his briefcase, a Smith & Wesson model 38 Bodyguard, which was not manufactured until 1957.
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When Harry leaves Dr Fowler's house after discovering the body, as he retreats down the stairs, wiping his prints, he turns off the hallway light, but the shot shows the light in Dr Fowler's bedroom turning off. It is at the top of the stairs in a room with its own light switch.
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When Harry Angel makes his tape recording, he gives the date as 3 January 1955. Later he quotes from the television program, The Mickey Mouse Club which did not premiere until 3 October 1955.
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In New Orleans, there is a daybill ad for a drive-in movie theater posted on a mailbox, which advertises a showing of Cast a Giant Shadow, released 11 years after the setting.
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Continuity 

When Harry Angel impersonates an official (Harry Conroy) from the National Institute of Health at the private hospital just outside Poughkeepsie, at the end of his conversation with the nurse, his glasses disappear between the penultimate and final shots of the scene.
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When Harry Angel fills Epiphany's glass in the hotel, he puts less than half a glass of whatever is they're drinking. In the next shot, her glass is full.
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When Harry tries to avoid Ethan Krusemark's two goons by buying oysters he ends up on the floor being attacked by their dog. If you look carefully you will see that the oyster sellers hat appears and disappears off his head from one brief shot to another.
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During Angel's first meeting with Cyphre, Cyphre's cane switches from being in his hand to not being in his hand when the camera angles changes.
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After Harry finds Dr. Fowler dead, he lights a cigarette and the camera shows a close up of the gun in Dr. Fowler's hand, not fully grasped, pointing towards the left side of his body. In the next shot Harry goes to grab the Bible with the ammunition inside, and the gun is now pointing up towards Dr. Fowler.
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When Harry mets Margaret she ask him if he would like a tea. He accepts and puts the cup on the edge of the table near him. When he gets up the cup vanishes.
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Factual errors 

The credit for "Extras Casting" is misspelled without the first T as "Exras Casting".
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Revealing mistakes 

When Angel discovers Margaret Krusemark's body, a pulse in her neck is clearly visible.
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In the last scene showing the closeup of Dr. Fowler's body he clearly breathes, causing the photo on his chest to rise.
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During the opening credits, the person portraying the dead transient that is being sniffed by the dog blinks their eyes twice.
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When the two goons and the dog are attacking Harry and have him on his back, the bulge of a knee pad can be seen under his right pants leg.
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After Angel's first meeting with Cyphre, when he's driving the car, he turns the steering to the right, but the car is seen turning to the left
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