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Jacob's Ladder (1990) Poster

(I) (1990)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

The blue sedan with US Government plates that chases Jacob is a 1975 Ford LTD. This was the first model year to have the style of tail lights shown in the film. Since the whole movie is Jacob's dying dream in 1971, he his subconscious would have no frame of reference for vehicles newer than that date.
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Boom mic visible 

Numerous times, most noticeable in a mirror.
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Character error 

Louis shouts out for "Jacob Stinger" at one point when he is demanding Jacob's release from hospital.
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Continuity 

Even through Jacob doesn't finish shaving (he towels-off the remaining shaving cream off his face), he appears to be clean and evenly shaven.
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To match the direction of movement, a shot of the Ford LTD racing around a corner has been flopped, but the license plate, which is now in reverse, is visible.
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When Jacob and Geary are walking down the stairs, Geary is holding his briefcase with his left hand. After he says "war games in Thailand" and makes a motion with his right hand, the next shot shows that hand now holding the brief case.
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The fortuneteller scene at the party switches between Jacob's left and right hands.
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Jacob Singer walks from one subway car to another but when he exits the subway, the car is not there.
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The amount of shaving cream on Jacob Singer as he talks on the phone. It appears and disappears during the scene.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Jake puts his son to bed, there is a crew member visible in the mirror behind him when he leans down.
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Revealing mistakes 

A support wire is clearly visible on one of the demon's wings during the party scene.
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Spoilers

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Anachronisms 

The baseball cards that Gabe drops in the flashback of his death were Topps 1973 edition, after his death is supposed to have taken place.
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The World Trade Center Twin Towers are seen in their complete form (achieved in 1973) in one of the first New York scenes. Since Jacob is imagining all this in 1971, when they were nowhere near completed, he could not have their image as a frame of reference for his dream.
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Party dancers listen to Patti LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade", which is fine if it's 1975 as Jacob thinks. But this is all a hallucination that Jacob was having in 1971, so he could not have conceived of a song which came out in 1974.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The B train (that Jacob is riding) does not stop at Bergen Street and never did. However, because this takes place in Jacob's hallucination, this may be a deliberate goof made in the character Jacob's subconscious.
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