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Boogie Nights (1997) Poster

(1997)

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Anachronisms 

In 1978, Dirk Diggler buys a brand-new Corvette with Goodyear Eagle ST tires. Goodyear introduced the Eagle line of tires in the early 1980s. The ST was never an original equipment tire, it was available only as an after-market purchase.
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In 1977, when Eddie, Reed, and Scotty buy outfits in a clothing store, the bay window behind Scotty shows 1990s minivans and SUVs driving by.
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In a scene from 1983, a can of Coca-Cola says "Coca-Cola Classic". The "Classic" wasn't added until 1985, after the New Coke backlash.
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When the three guys discuss a drug deal with Rahad (set in at least 1984, based on the songs "Sister Christian" and "99 Luftballons" from that year), the audio mix tape runs out the moment the song currently playing reaches its climax, before reverse-side playback. A close-up shows a Maxell 'clear style' tape, not an early-80's style.
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When Amber and her ex-husband met with a judge about custody in September of 1983, portraits of President Ronald Reagan and Governor Jerry Brown are on the wall. Brown was governor from January 1975 to January 1983; George Deukmejian had been governor for several months by September 1983.
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When Dirk and the others go to rob the drug dealer, a 1990s Neighborhood Watch sign is visible on a pole across from the front door.
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A late 1970s scene shows a poster of Madonna, who was not publicly known until the mid 1980s.
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Dirk Diggler performs a studio recording of Stan Bush's song "The Touch" in March 1983. The song was written for The Transformers: The Movie, which was released in 1986.
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In 1983, characters shoot a scene in a 1985 (or newer) limousine.
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While filming in the limo in 1983,they pass a shopping plaza that includes a Rent-A-Center, which first opened in 1986.
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When Jack Horner walks through the kitchen, a 5-gallon white bucket has a warning label on the side that first appeared in the early 1990s.
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In Eddie's room at his parent's house, one poster on the bedroom wall shows Richard Petty's STP-sponsored 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix.
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Near the end, when Dirk, Reed, and Todd are in the motel, Dirk's Corvette appears to be a 1977 model. The 1978 Corvette introduced the "fastback" rear window, which is not present on that car.
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Character error 

When Rahad is explaining that he likes to make mix tapes, he asks Cosmo which one they're listening to right now. They both agree that it's #11. The tape runs out, and when the camera shows a closeup of the tape auto-reversing, it's clearly labeled #6.
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Continuity 

(around 1:09:45) During the New Years Eve scene, Todd Parker can be clearly scene walking directly in front of the couple having a discussion at the table, holding a beer and without his jacket socializing like he's been there awhile. Fast forward to 1:12:00, Todd enters the scene and recognizes Reed and they start talking, and it's obvious that he had just arrived, wearing a different shirt and a jacket.
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Before entering Rahad's house, Todd places a large handgun in his front waistband. It is clearly visible later as he first approaches Rahad to give him a hug. The gun disappears until he finally brandishes it.
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When Maggie asks Eddie if he's all right before his first shoot, she puts her hand on his face in the close up, and then takes her hand away. In the next shot, she begins to pull her hand away again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Scotty cries in his Datsun, the shadow of first camera assistant Michael G. Riba falls on the car's side mirror.
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When the stereo store customer exits the scene, he takes an unusually large step forward because he is stepping over the dolly track.
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When Dirk is recording vocals in the studio, the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall behind him when the camera pans to the left.
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During the pool party scene, the underwater swimming girl gets up. The camera pans as she passes, and the dark reflection of the cameraman holding the underwater camera is visible in the sliding glass door.
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Factual errors 

At the New Year's Eve party, Todd tells Reed that he made the party because he doesn't work on Sundays. New Year's Eve 1979 fell on a Monday.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Little Bill complains to the cinematographer about his wife having sex with other men, he says, "My fucking wife's on the driveway with a fucking ass in her cock." Little Bill was supposed to say "My fucking wife's on the driveway with a fucking COCK in her ASS", but the director loved the way the incorrect line showed how angry and flustered Bill was, and left the scene intact.
At least once at Rahad's house, Cosmo tosses a firecracker that results in an explosion with no sound. It's actually a dud, and it fizzes.
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