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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.
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.
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.
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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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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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.

Continuity 

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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Malcolm and Betty's ice cream sodas go from half empty to full again between shots.
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.

Errors in geography 

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.
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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