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Jump to: Anachronisms (3) | Character error (1) | Continuity (6) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (4) | Spoilers (2)

Anachronisms 

In a scene where the police are getting some candy together, some of the candy is in boxes from the 1990s, a design that did not appear until almost 30 years after the time in which the movie is set.
The station wagon Butch steals is a either an Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser or its twin the Buick Skylark Sports Wagon, easily identified by the glass "skylights" around the edge of the roof. However these cars were not introduced until February of 1964. Earlier in the movie a reference is made to an upcoming visit to Dallas by President Kennedy, so the car could not exist during the time frame of the movie.
Based on the references to President John F. Kennedy and the Texas governor's re-election campaign, the events in this movie take place in 1962. The US paper money shown at the end of the movie and in the opening are modern post-1964 Federal Reserve Notes instead of Silver Certificates which were the only currency in circulation in 1962.

Character error 

The child in the film, the son of a devout Jehovah's Witness, says "I'm going to go to hell for this," after stealing a Halloween costume. Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in the concept of hell.

Continuity 

When Butch is at Dotty's restaurant talking to the waitress, his glass suddenly goes from less than half full to three-quarters full between shots.
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When Butch is blocked by the police car in the alley he puts the car in reverse and rams the squad car without any damage to his own. In fact, throughout the whole ordeal with the two squad cars he manages to keep the car from being damaged at all.
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When Phillip's mother is serving the eggs for breakfast, there is a small cut visible above her eyebrow. Later the cut disappears but reappears freshly when she is attacked.
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When Butch is fleeing the police after leaving the store and smashing the police cars, they chase his car into an alley behind some buildings. He cuts the wheel left and gets into a wild skid and you see the hubcap come flying off the passenger side front wheel and roll away. But in the next scene, and the whole rest of the movie, the hubcap is back on the wheel.
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In the standoff scene Laura Dern is shown from the front looking through binoculars. An instant later she is shown from behind and she has her arms at her sides and is not holding any binoculars. Another instant later she is again shown from the front and is once again holding binoculars.
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When Butch and Phillip are standing beside the car talking about going to Alaska, there is an vehicle identification marker (#139) clearly visible on the roof. As the pair walk away, the marker is gone.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Dick Suttle is explaining the features of the trailer, a crew member is reflected in the windshield.
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Factual errors 

It's implied that Jehovah's Witnesses don't watch television; Jehovah's Witnesses do not have any objections towards watching television as long as its non-violent and non-sexual content.

Revealing mistakes 

The film takes place in autumn, as shown by the opening scenes of costumed kids out on Halloween night. Yet throughout the movie, all the grass and trees are bright green, indicating spring or summer.
When Lottie goes to pour Butch's coffee you can see there is no coffee being poured into the cup.
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When Butch is driving the blue Bel Air, the gear-shifter can be seen in P position.
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Terry Pugh fires his revolver two times at the kidnap site, two times at the water tank and shoots two bullets through the car roof. So the revolver is empty when Phillip has to aim it at Pugh. When Pugh recovers the revolver he checks to see whether it is really empty. It is, but not only the bullets but also the empty shells are gone.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

The wad of money Butch tucks into Phillip's Casper costume changes position several times between shots. Also, after Butch is shot and killed and Phillip is led away across the meadow, the money is shown falling out of his costume and being scattered by the breeze. However, when Butch is shown dying in the prelude and in the final scenes, many of the bills have mysteriously returned to the grass around his body.
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Continuity 

: When Philip puts his mask on, as dying Butch tells him to, the mask's rubber band goes under his ear. In the next shot, when we see Philip from a longer distance, the rubber band goes above his ear.
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