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(1987)

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When Withnail puts his boots in the oven to dry, he opens the iron door with a stick because it will be hot. When he closes it, he uses his hand and doesn't even flinch.
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Anachronisms 

A road sign for the M25 London orbital motorway can be seen at one point as Withnail and Marwood are driving along the motorway on the way to the cottage. This was road was constructed in the 1980s, well after 1969, the year in which the film was set. The folded metal crash barrier is a thing of the late '70s at the earliest. Numerous cars dating from the 1980s are seen on the motorway.
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The word "Provos" can be seen on the wall of the pub as Withnail and Marwood leave, however the Provisional IRA were only formed in December 1969 which is at least a couple of months after the film is set.
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Shows EEC hedge rows planted near the motorway, a policy not introduced until the 80s.
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When Withnail and Marwood run out of the Mother Black Cap pub, Trellick Tower is visible in the background (in the DVD commentary Bruce Robinson talks about he hated this building) but it wasn't completed until 1972, this film is set in 1969.
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Surmonti-50 (which was to be taken with a pork pie so they could "miss out Monday") was not available until 1980 or so.
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Continuity 

The same cluster of vehicles is seen following the titular characters on both the outward and return journeys to Monty's cottage.
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When the girl shouts 'Up yours, granddad!' at Withnail, her mouth does not match the words.
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When Marwood is seen knocking at the Penrith cottage door looking for the farmer, there is a distinctive black coal bucket outside. When the camera pans out before he leaves, the coal bucket is no longer there.
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When the letter is delivered to the cottage, Withnail picks it up from the table to read it. In the following shot, he is holding the envelope at the back of the letter which wasn't in his hands in the previous shot.
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When Monty drives Withnail and "I" into Penrith the radish is on his left lapel. When they arrive in Penrith a few minutes later, the radish has mysteriously moved to his right lapel.
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As the boys are driving OUT of London there is a light blue Ford Transit van. It is also there when they are driving BACK to London at the end of the film. Same number plate as well.
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Revealing mistakes 

Several outdoor shots with rain only falling in the foreground.
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When Withnail and Marwood are driving along the motorway on the way to the cottage, at least one motorway construction vehicle can be seen driving in the same direction, but on the other carriageway. This gives away the fact that the motorway scenes were filmed on a completed but as yet unopened section of the M25 motorway.
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When Marwood is in the bath shaving (just before Withnail arrives with his saveloy and chips), you can clearly see that below the shaving foam he is in fact already clean shaven.
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