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(1996)

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Anachronisms 

In the scenes where the adult Shakes and Mike meet in Queens, a train of "Redbird" subway cars is shown passing above them on the "7" line. In 1981, these cars were not yet painted red; they were still painted in their original "World's Fair" colors (turquoise and white) or else were painted all-white.
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When the boys are being driven to the detention center, the road is shown painted with double yellow road stripes and yellow 'dashed' center stripes. Dashed center markings were still white until the early 1970s. While many roads still used white solid center markings, double yellow lines had been introduced in the 1950s so they 'may' have been on that road in the mid 1960s.
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The bulbs in the streetlights in NYC would have been mercury, not yellow sodium in the mid 1960s, and many NYC streets would have still had original cast iron lamps.
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After the trial, Mike enters the subway at the BMT Chambers Street station (under the Municipal Building). The station signs are of 1990s type, not from the early 1980s.
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In a scene set in fall 1981, a theater marquee for "Dreamgirls" is visible. This production did not open until December 20 of that year, after the fall.
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A train of R40M/R42 subway cars is seen on Williamsburg Bridge. However they are in their rebuilt configuration being rebuilt in 1988. In 1981 they still were in original blue and silver exteriors.
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The R33/R36 cars on the IRT #7 line seen approaching 45 Road station in Long Island City, Queens were not painted red until 1985/1988. Most were in their original turquoise colors in 1981. The MTA "M" logos at the end of each car were not installed on these cars until the late 1980s (1986-88).
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In the scene where the boys are lying on the roof right before they steal the hot dog cart, the One Penn Plaza skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan is seen behind Michael. This building was not built until 1972, five years after the scene takes place.
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Boom mic visible 

Visible when Father Bobby visits young Shakes at Wilkinson.
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Character error 

The priest says that it took Michelangelo nine years to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It took 4 years to paint the ceiling. (It took an additional four years or so to paint 'The Last Judgement' on the wall behind the altar.) It took nine years to complete the recent restoration and cleaning of the Michelangelo frescoes in the chapel. The stuff about Michelangelo's father and the loan sharks is obvious embellishment for the kids' sake, but the amount of time it took to paint the ceiling is simply wrong.

Continuity 

Michael's cigarette swaps sides when hugging at the end.
In the subway train scene, when Michael is talking with Carol, Michael is alternately stroking/not stroking Carol's hair between shots.
Pen disappears from someone's pocket during the courtroom scene.
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During the lunchroom scene at the Home for Boys, Nokes breaks up the fight, and the boys stand in front of him waiting for orders. During this scene, Michael's hand repeatedly jumps from his nose to his hip.
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At the end of the movie we see the outside of the courthouse which says "United States Courthouse" which is a Federal Court. The trial took place in a State court not a Federal Court.
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When the hot dog wagon starts to fall down the subway, the umbrella stays on the stairs. Then we see it being crushed by the wagon. Then it's back on the stairs again.
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John offers Tommy a cigarette from a Marlboro pack in the bar. When Tommy is shown putting the cigarette in his mouth it is clearly a Camel brand cigarette.
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When the young lads are looking into the Ice Capades' dressing room, the windows are covered by a wire mesh, but looking back at the peeping eye from the inside there is no mesh.
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Near the end of the film, when DeNiro's character hands the basketball tickets to Pitt's character in court, Pitt reaches for the ticket twice.
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The amount of blood on Michael's face during the scene in the Wilkinson lunchroom.

Crew or equipment visible 

When the boys sit around a table and decide to keep quiet after Wilkinson, the camera's shadow can be seen on Tommy's face and John's back. It moves as the shot tracks around the table.
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Errors in geography 

During the trial, the outside scenes are shot at the Manhattan Municipal Building which house city offices, not the courts. The courthouses (federal and state) and the district attorneys office are located a few block north of the municipal building at Foley Square.
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Shakes mentioned he will meet Mike at 45 Street in Queens. He gets off the IRT subway at this stop, which is actually 45 Road in Long Island City. The real 45 Street is several miles further east in the Astoria/Sunnyside section of Queens.
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Factual errors 

Defense Attorney Danny Snyder (Dustin Hoffman) should have moved for a "motion for judgment of acquittal," after the state/prosecution rested their case. No lawyer would fail to make this motion because if it is granted the defense does not have to put on a case since the State failed to meet it's burden of proof during their case in chief. Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure Rule 29 (a) states "after the government closes its evidence or after the close of all the evidence, the court on the defendant's motion must enter a judgment of acquittal of any offense for which the evidence is insufficient to sustain a conviction." New York follows this Federal Rule as discussed in U.S. v. Irving, 682 F.Supp.2d 243 E.D.N.Y.(2010).

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