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Lolita (1997) Poster

(1997)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

A suspiciously modern water-tower is briefly visible behind Humbert during the car accident.
The film set around 1947 features a 'Magic Fingers' (brand) vibrating bed. However, this was a 1958 invention by former salesman John Houghtaling.
Charlotte threatens to "ground" Lolita. Though the term was known to airmen it would not assume its current familiar meaning for many years.
Lolita and a schoolmate leave each other with "See you later, alligator / In a while, crocodile," an exchange about a decade too early.
When Lolita looks through the stacks of $100 bills Humbert has just given her, they are clearly modern notes with design elements and signatures of the 1990s, not the earlier versions that would have been in circulation circa 1950.

Continuity 

Lolita speaks to man in all white car while at gas station, but both before and after this scene, that car is black and white.
After Humbert slips on the bananas in the hotel room and tackles Lolita on the bed, her lipstick changes three or four times
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The blood disappears from Clare Quilty's face when he falls to the floor.
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During the murder itself, at no point is blood splattered on his face, yet all the flashbacks and endings show his face splattered.
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During Humbert's second meeting with Miss Pratt and Reverend Rigger, he puts down the cake he is eating twice without picking it up in between.
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Lolita and Hum arrive in gas station with license plates which are black with white numbers. When the tire blows on the road, the car is shown with different plates beginning with the letters "AC".
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in the car window as the car rolls away.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Quilty plays the concerto's opening theme on the piano, his hands are ascending, but the music is descending. However, the piano continues to play when he leaves it, indicating that it is in fact a player piano, and he was not playing the piece at all.
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In the jawbreaker scene, the jawbreaker is at first bright yellow, then in the next shot, is white. However, jawbreakers often change color as they are sucked, so it is conceivable that the yellow layer had melted off, revealing the white underneath.
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Spoilers 

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Anachronisms 

Lolita has a poster for A Place In The Sun on her kitchen wall when Humbert visits her to give her the money she's asked for. We later learn that Humbert died in prison in November of 1950, and that Lolita died in childbirth on Christmas of 1950. A Place In The Sun was not released until 1951.
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