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(1988)

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Jump to: Anachronisms (1) | Character error (1) | Continuity (2) | Errors in geography (2) | Revealing mistakes (2)

Anachronisms 

During the flashback sequence, a Pepsi can with a tapered rim is seen on Jeff Fisher's desk. Dialogue sets the scene during the Carter administration (1977-81), but beverage cans with the tapered design weren't introduced until 1987, around the time the movie was filmed.
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Character error 

When Barry talks about his visit to Germany, he says that he wanted to visit Adolf Hitler's homeland. Hitler was born in Austria.
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Continuity 

When Barry puts his finger on the glass in the studio and Laura stands up to place her finger against his, the placement of Barry's hand changes dramatically between shots.
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Early in the film, Barry expresses anger that his producer isn't putting through more interesting callers. He's supposed to be reading examples from the computer screen that displays a list of callers on hold and the subjects they're calling about, but when we see the screen, some of the callers he says he'd like to talk to aren't listed.
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Errors in geography 

The radio station gives its identification as "KGAB in Dallas". Dallas shares its media market with Fort Worth, so all radio and television stations give their identification as being from "Dallas-Fort Worth".
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KGAB's radio tower is shown to be in Downtown Dallas. Most radio stations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are in Cedar Hill, in between Dallas and Fort Worth. While there are exceptions depending on the power of the radio station, if KGAB were as large a station as depicted, its tower would be in Cedar Hill.
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Revealing mistakes 

After picking up Ellen from the airport the car that Barry is driving is in "Park." This can be seen in the shots through the windshield.
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When Barry Champlain says that he's going to punish his listeners by playing the Bee Gee's song - Saturday Night Fever, ten times in a row. The record they actually play is Disco Inferno by The Tramps. This may be intentional due to copyright issues however the track is on the OST for Saturday Night Fever.
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