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Malcolm X (1992) Poster

(1992)

Goofs

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Anachronisms 

Malcolm watches television news footage of race riots, including the March 1965 attack on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama and the 1967 Newark, New Jersey Riots. Both incidents took place after Malcolm was assassinated in February 1965.
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After his house is firebombed, Malcolm shouts for someone to call 911. The number was not established as an emergency line until 1968, three years after his assassination.
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When West Indian Archie buys Malcolm a double in the bar, a neon sign visible in the mirror behind the bar has a modern Miller beer logo.
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The New York Hilton is shown with its name in red electrically lit letters on the face of the building. In 1965, the year Malcolm X was assassinated, the letters were blue.
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When Malcolm and Sophia are at the jazz club, a vocalist and a trumpet soloist are playing. The trumpeter plays a Monette trumpet, which was first available in 1983.
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Several people have early 1990s hairdos and clothing. It's most notable when Malcolm preaches to the prostitutes.
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The phone Malcolm uses in his hotel room appears to be the correct vintage, except for the modular plug connecting the handset to the base.
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Continuity 

When Malcolm and Betty are in their living room discussing the rumors of Elijah Muhammad's infidelities and the pending lawsuits, the newspaper article quotes Muhammad saying "in denying the charges, Malcolm X instigated the suits in an effort to disgrace him and spoil the Black Muslim Rally". However at this time in the movie, Malcolm still believes all this to still be rumor. Furthermore, the previous scene featured Malcolm at the Black Muslim Rally praising Elijah Muhammad.
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In the "Russian Roulette" sequence, when Malcolm holds the gun to Rudy's face, the bullet is in the chamber to the right, which Malcolm had just "fired" at his own head. Since the gun didn't fire, the chamber should've been empty.
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Scene where Malcolm goes to visit Archie after eight years, goes back and forth showing Malcolm with natural hair and with permed/chemically treated hair.
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Malcolm and Betty's ice cream sodas go from half empty to full again between shots.
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When Benjamin leaves the coffee shop after talking to Malcolm X about joining the Brotherhood of Islam, the bodyguard is on his left. When the camera angle is changed toward the front door, the same bodyguard is on his right.
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Errors in geography 

When Malcolm goes on his hajj, he supposedly lands in Saudi Arabia, which is where Mecca is located. However, he takes a side trip to see the Pyramids and the Sphinx which are in Egypt, with no indication of separate travel back and forth other than camels. The distance between Mecca and Giza is roughly 800 miles.
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The Elevated Train in the opening scene in Boston is made of New York City Transit Authority "D" type Museum cars that were built in 1927 and ran on the New York City BMT Subway Lines.
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Factual errors 

Sarah Vaughan's surname is misspelled as "Vaughn" on the Apollo Theater's marquee.
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Malcolm and the other train porters and servers listen to the Joe Louis vs. Billy Cohn fight. Their first fight was June 18, 1941, when Malcolm was 16 and not working for the New Haven Railroad. Their second fight was in 1946, after Malcolm had left the railroad.
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