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(1992)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

Although pheasants were not introduced to the American west from Asia until the 1890s, they are present along the railroad tracks in 1880.

Anachronisms 

Belt loops are clearly visible throughout the film. They were not invented until the 20th Century.
Set in 1881. When the townspeople are forming a posse, they are discussing who will pay for expenses, and one of them says that the store won't sell them any more 30-30 shells unless they pay cash. The 30-30 was not introduced as a cartridge until late 1893.
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English Bob is in jail and Little Bill is reading from W.W. Beauchamp's novel, but a sheet of script is taped onto the page and clearly visible.
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Several of the characters, including Little Bill and William Munny, are seen sometimes wearing shirts that button all the way up the front. This is incorrect for 1880/81, when men's shirts were still of the pullover variety, with or without a collar, and a small buttoned placket at the top.
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Near the end of the movie, Jaimz Woolvett is talking to Clint Eastwood about how it feel that he just killed a man, Woolvett is drinking a bottle of Southern Comfort. Southern Comfort was not sold in sealed bottles until 1889, the film is set in 1881.
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In the scene where they are going to look for Munny, a cowboy states that they bought all for the 30-30 shells. The 30-30 cartridge did not come out until the mid 1890s.
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When Munny first shows up at Logan's home and Logan's wife can be seen regarding Munny's rifle, the rifle clearly has a molded plastic butt plate.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Munny is swearing at his horse in the rain (right after the "I would've killed you" scene in the jail house with Little Bill, English Bob and Beauchamp), Munny mutters "Sorry, horse," he can clearly be seen speaking emphatically after the line, but no sound is heard.
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When we first see the train the whistle is heard blowing while the locomotive is in the shot, but there is no steam blowing from the whistle, which happens on steam engines whenever the whistle is blown.
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Character error 

On several occasions, English Bob pronounces his erstwhile biographer's name as "Boh'champ". As an Englishman, he would have known that Beauchamp is one the few names that have idiosyncratic pronunciations (such as 'Chumley' for Cholmondley, and 'Urkurt' for Urquhart). He should have pronounced it 'Beecham' (with a silent 'P'), especially as he revelled in illustrating his English superiority over his American colleagues.

Continuity 

As Munny is getting beaten in the bar below, the Kid and Ned begin to flee the room. Ned falls out the window and rolls off of the wet roof and is heard landing in the mud on his back. When he jumps up, he's completely dry and not a bit of wetness, or mud/dirt on his back and arms.
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When William Munny walks in and confronts the posse his hat and clothes appear completely dry, although he has just come in from the pouring rain.
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When given back his Spencer rifle by Bill (around the 95th minute), Ned's grip on the rifle jumps between shots.
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At the first time in the saloon, Munny pushes the glass on the table until it touches the bottle. The next shots show the glass a little distant from the bottle.
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In the shot following W.W. Beauchamp's leak the planks are dry again with no puddle to be seen.
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When the Kid and Munny are discussing the killings after the last one, the Kid is drinking from a bottle that's fluid level keeps changing around however slightly.
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Final shootout@1:54 - Munny walks into the bar, cocks the shotgun. 1:55 - he cocks it again, shoots the bartender, and cocks it again.

Also, the writer says you killed 5 men. One of them was the unarmed bar tender, so if he's counting him I guess the count is correct. The writer also says "When confronted by superior numbers an experienced gunfighter will always fire on the best shot first." but William shot the unarmed bartender first.

And when shooting Little Bill the second time William's rifle makes 4 sounds (back, forth, something, & something else) when being cocked, but when he kills the second guy on the way out there is no cocking, and before he says he's coming out it makes 3 sounds (back, forth, & something)
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When, under the cloak of darkness, Munny and the Kid arrive at the out house to kill the second cowboy, the shot from the rear shows the Kid animated and holding his nose while the ones from the front have them both still and no holding of the nose.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Skinny comes to talk with Bill while he is building his house, you can see a light being reflected from an unknown source to the house.
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Errors in geography 

English Bob takes his beating from Little Bill, on "Independence day" (July 4). A few days later Little Bill dishes out another beating to Will Munny and then days after that, Munny is recovering in a shack/barn where there is snow outside. Since the fictional town of "Big Whiskey" is most likely located in the East high plains section of Wyoming near Laramie, as opposed to the mountain ranges and Indian reservations in the Western part of Wyoming in the 1880s, the average temperature in July is between 85-95 degrees. Even in the highest mountain plains accumulated snowfall would be nearly unheard of in early to mid July. Also there is much rain in the film, and July is the driest month in Wyoming.
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Factual errors 

When English Bob was getting disarmed behind one of the whores you can see the American flag with thirteen stripes and fifty stars this flag was not implemented until July 4th, 1960.
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Similar to flag error noted above, at end as Mummy rides out of Big Whiskey a 50 star flag (only the union/stars are discernible) is shown.
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Several times during the film Ned Logan's Spencer is referred to as a RIFLE, when it is obviously a CARBINE.
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Miscellaneous 

Despite only being 16 years after the Civil War, no one seems to notice that Ned is Black and what's more no one mentions it or describes him in that manner. While there may not have been prejudice to speak of some mining camps, clear delineations of race and class existed in the towns and cities of the Old West.
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Spelling error in the credits - Kelly Zombor is credited as "Boom Opertor", misspelling Operator.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

English Bob says that no assassin would dare hold a gun to a monarch. There were, in fact, six assassination attempts made against Queen Victoria, and they were well known at the time. He certainly would have known about them, though it should be mentioned that he was concerned with successful attempts (looking at a monarch causes the hand "to shake"). However, it should be noted that English Bob was mainly saying this to antagonize people and not necessarily because he truly believed it.

Revealing mistakes 

When Little Bill is reading from the Duke of Death book, you can clearly see that there is a script attached inside the book, with bright white paper and bigger print for him to be able to read the part.
After Will and the Kid shoot the second cowboy and are riding away, the middle cowboy (kneeling) clearly fires shots in a different direction than the other cowboys, even though Will and the Kid are riding off in the same direction.
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When English Bob is shooting the pheasants from the train, strings attached to the pheasants are clearly visible.
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When William Munny wakes up from his fever after being assaulted by sheriff Little Bill he sits outside the shack and talks to Delilah Fitzgerald. You can see the blue sky behind the house through springs in the wood revealing that it's not the same house/shack as in the first shot and the fact that it's a scene-set.
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When William Munny is leaving the saloon after the gunfight, he shoots a wounded deputy on the floor with the Spencer rifle. However, after killing Lil' Bill in the previous scene, Munny hadn't used the lever of the Spencer with its characteristic sound to reload and then cock the hammer, as can be seen after he kneels down at the door of the saloon on his way out.
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When Munny shoots Skinny (1:56:0) the way Skinny flies off his feet and falls makes it obvious he's being yanked backwards by a wire.
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When Will, Ned, and the Kid first ride up to town and see English Bob in the train. Ned offers the Kid a drink. The kid takes the bottle and clearly places his thumb over the top and drinks then his thumb can clearly be seen moving off the top after pretending to drink.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

At the end of the film, when William Munny is on his horse, riding in the rain after killing Little Bill, a 50-star American flag is seen in the background. In 1881 the flag had 38 stars.
Near the end of the movie, Jaimz Woolvett is talking to Clint Eastwood about how it feel that he just killed a man, if you look at his coat, the buttons are Snap Buttons, which didn't exist in 1880/1. They weren't invented till 1885. They were considered specialty buttons and weren't commonly available till mid 1890s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the bar room shootout scene, many pistol shots are fired. The foley sound is correct. When Munny fires the rifle to kill Little Bill, the foley sound adds the classic "rifle shot" sound, with obvious echoes. In the enclosed barroom, there would be no echoes of the shot, just a loud bang.
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Continuity 

During the final shootout in Greeley's, you can see the gun shot wound on Deputy Andy's shirt before Will shoots him.
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When Munny rides to the saloon and sees Ned Logan in his coffin, you can see that his face almost looks unharmed although he died while taking heavy beatings to his face from Little Bill.
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Revealing mistakes 

The Schofield Kid shoots Quick Mike three times in the chest. However, when Fatty runs out to check on him, one shot shows Mike with a bullet wound in his forehead.
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