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Private Parts (1997) Poster

(1997)

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Anachronisms 

Howard is seen watching Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in 1982. The show premiered in 1984.
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Anachronisms 

As Howard's car is seen driving over a bridge, on his way to New York for his new job at WNBC, David Bowie's "Let's Dance" is playing. Howard's first official day at WNBC was September 6, 1982, so obviously he had to arrive in New York around that date. However, "Let's Dance" was not released until March 17, 1983.
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The bass player in AC/DC is playing an Ernie Ball Music Man Sting Ray 20th Anniversary Special Edition Bass. The scene is set in the mid-'80s, but the bass he is playing wasn't introduced until the late 1990s.
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Although the AC/DC concert was set in 1985, Phil Rudd was not yet a member of the band at that time, although he is shown in the scene. IN addition, he can be seen playing using Ahead-brand aluminum drumsticks. These sticks were not introduced until the mid-'90s.
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During AC/DC's final performance, there is a sign for a "Staples" store in the background. Staples was not a chain store in 1985.
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The police cars in the Washington D.C. scene are 1992 (or later) Ford Crown Victorias, while the setting is 1981 or 1982.
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When Howard is taking Brittany Fairchild to the movie premiere in 1979 you can see a poster for Friday the 13th Part 2 at the theater, which was not released until 1981.
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The WTBU scene is set in the 1970s but there are two records standing up with the white A&M label that was not introduced until the late 1980s.
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When Howard and Robin walk out of NBC headquarters in New York after she was fired, you can see the current NBC peacock logo in the entry way to NBC's headquarters in the background. The scene takes place in 1981-82, when NBC's "Proud N" logo would have been in use. The current peacock was introduced in the spring of 1986.
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When Alison confronts Howard about his cheating, there's a 1987 (or later) Plymouth Sundance outside the restaurant. The scene is set around 1980.
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A Discover Card is advertised in a store window during a scene set in the late-'70s/early-'80s. The Discover Card was not introduced until the late-'80s.
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The taxis in NYC scenes are 1987 Chevrolet Caprices. The time setting is 1985.
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When Howard and Allison are driving from Detroit to Washington, D.C., Howard gets out of the car to fill the gas tank. The delivery hose on the gasoline dispenser had been modernized with a "Stage II Vapor Recovery" system, which was not introduced until the late-'80s.
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As Howard talks to people at a food stand (after Howard signs a woman's chest) a 1996 Dodge Caravan can be seen in the background.
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There is an AC/DC album, "Powerage", poster in a studio that is set before the actual album was released. "Powerage" was released in 1978.
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When Howard is backstage at the 1992 MTV Music Awards, John Popper of Blues Traveler is seen playing his harmonica in the background. Although the band formed in 1987, Blues Traveler was virtually unknown until their breakout album "Four", which was released in 1994. Popper would certainly not have been backstage at the 1992 MTV Music Awards.
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Continuity 

David Letterman's CBS set is used when he is supposedly at NBC (because NBC refused permission to use that set).
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When Mandy is handing her panties over to Jackie, he is shown taking them from her hand and putting them on a hanger. In the next shot Jackie picks them up off the table and puts them on the hanger.
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Howard's headphones reappear on his head as he tries to restart the turntable after knocking the cartridges onto it.
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The reflection of Howard talking to Kenny on a lamp when no sound is heard.
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When Howard arrives at WCCC, he is standing at the studio door as Fred finishes his program. To the left of the door, there is an "on air" light that is initially off, even though Fred is broadcasting. In the next shot, when Howard enters the studio, the "on air" light is on, and is then turned off.
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The position of Moti's newspaper on the desk at Howard's WRNW interview.
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When Kenny "hits himself" with the phone during the fight scene with Howard, he gets a bloody nose. When the camera cuts and shows him yelling at Howard, the blood disappears.
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When Howard's chicken is run over, the bucket cap is placed differently when the camera switches.
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Factual errors 

Howard Stern did not have long hair when arriving at WNBC, and in fact did not grow it long until approximately the time he was hired by WXRK.
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The day Robin was fired from NBC was a warm sunny day, the next day Ross, Robin's replacement announced the anniversary of John Lennon's death. Lennon died on 8 December 1980.
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Howard is attempting to give a woman an orgasm over the phone. He is speaking to her on the phone and at the same time she is listening to the show on the radio. There is a time delay of several seconds before the show is broadcast over the air. Being on the phone and listening at the same time would create feedback and would not allow the conversation to continue as portrayed.
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Robin makes the statement that Howard, "...wasn't old enough to be in Vietnam" and Howard replies, "no duh". The Vietnam War started in 1965 and ended in 1975. Howard was 18 years of age in 1972 which does make him old enough to be in the war.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Howard and Allison pull into the gas station and he discusses the fact that he often holds back what he is really thinking while on the air, you can clearly see the car's rear-view mirror folded upwards and out of the way in order to avoid blocking the faces during the conversation.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Errors in geography 

During Pig Vomit's rant at the end of the film, he says he manages a mall in Florence, Alabama, claiming it's the "number one mall in Colbert County". The town of Florence is located in adjacent Lauderdale County.
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