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Donnie Brasco (1997) Poster

(1997)

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Anachronisms 

In the garage, when Donnie tells Maggie that his job is eating him alive, 2 Hess trucks (one from 1994, one from 1995) are visible behind Donnie, on the upper left. Krylon paint, which was not available in the 1970s, is also visible.
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Early in the film, Neil Diamond's song 'Love on the Rocks' plays in the background, and a card player sings along. 'Love on the Rocks' was released in 1980.
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When Brasco calls his family from Miami in 1979, the pay phone is clearly labeled "25 cents for local calls". Local pay phone calls in Florida were 10 cents until 1985.
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When the crew are about to board the boat "The Left Hand," a sign with 1990s gas prices is visible.
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The scene at the airport hangar shows a Continental plane and a Northwest Airlink plane with 1990s logos.
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Many 1990s cars and trinkets are visible.
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Set in the 1970s, but the National Debt Clock appears in the background in one scene.
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When Pistone feeds his girls eggs for breakfast, a 1990s Tuscan milk carton is visible in the background.
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In 1970s New York, sawhorse-style traffic safety barricades were pieced together out of wood (like real sawhorses), then painted yellow or orange, sometimes with stripes. One street scene shows a white plastic model with applied reflective orange stripes, first used in the mid-1990s.
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In one scene, the feds use Sennheiser HD25 headphones for phone taps and to listen to Donnie's recordings. These headphones were released by Sennheiser in 1988. These headphones are very popular among sound men in cinema and television hence why they are probably in this scene.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Santo Trafficante is on the boat talking to Sonny Black, and says "You gotta show a little respect, ay?", his mouth does not match the words he says.
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Character error 

When Sonny hits Nicky (after Nicky makes the "parking meters" remark), he clearly punches him in the forehead, but Nicky grabs his nose as if he's been hit there.
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Sonny Black introduces Donnie to Santo Trafficante as "a friend of ours", it should be "a friend of mine", because Donnie wasn't a made guy, only a connected guy as Lefty states earlier in the film.
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Continuity 

The shaving cream on Jilly, who gives Donnie the thumbs up, changes between shots.
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At the beginning, the 'Big Boss' arrives in a black Lincoln. From the front first shot, the Lincoln is much older than the model in the next shot, as the car pulls up to the curb. The front turn signals are from both the older Lincoln and the much newer Lincoln.
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Pistone's hair changes between kissing his wife and going up the stairs.
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When the crew is on the boat in Florida, it's daytime. The women dance on the deck at sunset, then it's daytime again when Donnie and Lefty talk.
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When Donnie is first introduced to the wise guys standing out in the cold, a Lincoln Town Car pulls up. When it stops, it's a Lincoln Mark 6.
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Maggie's cap changes when she enters the house after shoveling snow.
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When Brasco first drives his Cadillac DeVille, it's a 2-door coupe. In later scenes it becomes a 4-door sedan, then back to a 2-door coupe.
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While Donnie and Lefty are feeding the lion, the open car window changes position between shots.
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Early in the movie, when Donnie is called to get out of the car, he turns off the engine, and the windshield wipers are almost vertical. In the next shot, they are halfway down.
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Early in the movie, when Donnie Brasco is fixing the items in his house, the Jif peanut butter moves counter clockwise in the cabinet.
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In the swimming pool, Donnie's golden chain disappears and reappears between shots.
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When Pistone first meets Lefty about diamonds at the bar, Lefty's arm goes from resting on the counter to being by his side between shots.
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When Sonny Black is "sent for", he's smoking a cigarette, then throws it on the floor. As he walks off in the next shot, the cigarette is no longer there.
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Errors in geography 

When Brasco tries to call his wife, and discovers that the number has been disconnected, he dials area code 212, which is Manhattan. Pistone lives in Clifton, New Jersey; at the time, the area code was 201.
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Factual errors 

Maggie shovels snow and complains about the cold at the same time that Lefty and Donnie are in Florida, reading John Wayne's obituary. Wayne died June 11, 1979.
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During one of Pistone's meetings with other FBI agents at Katz's Deli, several Hasidim are at the restaurant. Katz's is not kosher, so Hasidim would never eat there.
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In the car, Lefty shows Donnie a newspaper photo of the Carmine Galante crime scene. In the next scene, they pull up to Sonny's club, and small piles of snow are on the sidewalk. Galante was killed in July 1979, so there should be no snow on the ground.
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When Lefty makes the coq au vin, he dredges the chicken in flour before browning it (highly unusual and not the classic method, as it often results in blackened flour), then sprinkles a few drops of brandy on the chicken immediately after putting it in the pan (in reality, this is done later, after the chicken has browned on all sides), which results in a flame far too big and too yellow to have been caused by a mere splash of brandy.
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At one point, ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" is playing in the background. Later in the movie, while in Florida, Sonny Black reads in the paper that John Wayne died. John Wayne died June 11, 1979, and "Don't Bring Me Down" wasn't released until July 21, 1979.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In one scene Donnie answers a landline telephone, and the caller asks where he is. This would be quite normal if the caller had been given the number without being told where it was the number for.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Donnie first visits Lefty at his apartment, Lefty is watching a 1990s TV surrounded by blank VHS tapes.
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When Lefty confronts Donnie about The Left Hand being a federal boat, the .38 revolver he brandishes points to the camera, and the blocked barrel is clearly visible.
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When Donnie is shooting on the firing range, the second shot ends without the pistol's action returning to firing position because the magazine is empty. The shot cuts to the target, which is immediately struck by more bullets.
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