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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) Poster

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When they are all out to sea Marge comes out of the water and walks to Tom who sits alone on the boat. Water marks are visible on the deck showing evidence of a previous take.
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Anachronisms 

The movie is set in the 1950s, but in one scene the cover of Miles Davis' LP "Tutu" can be seen (it's in Dickie's collection), which was only released in 1986.
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Modern construction cranes on the Venice skyline.
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Tom sets his modern blue-covered U.S. passport on a desk. In the 1950s (when the film is set) American passports had green covers.
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When Ripley and MacCarron are on the balcony in Venice, a 1998 Car Ferrying Motorboat can be seen in the canal.
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When Marge arrives in Venice at the Santa Lucia railways station you can spot in the background on the other side of the canal one of the very few modern buildings of Venice. It is obvious that this building was built much later than 1958 when the story is supposed to take place.
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During the opening scene in 1958 New York, the Sony Tower (formerly the AT&T Building), which was built in 1984, can been seen beyond the southern border of Central Park in several shots.
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Ripley's vocal microphone at the jazz club (highly uncharacteristic for the 1950s).
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When Tom makes a martini for Madge and Peter the neck of the vermouth bottle has a plastic flow-constrictor, something which didn't appear for decades after the action.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Tom's first meeting with Marge and Dickie on the beach, Dickie tells Marge he doesn't remember Tom from earlier, and Marge mouths the word "funny", but nothing is heard.
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Character error 

Marge orders oranges at Silvana's street shop, yet we see her admiring ripe oranges in her own orchard.
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Continuity 

In addition to Dickie making the same move twice, other pieces change position in different takes in the chessboard scene.
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Ripley sets the dates at the Café D. at the foot of the Spanish Steps to 10.15 (Meredith) and 10.30 (Marge and Peter). The clock shows 4.50 P.M. and the light is obviously a late afternoon sun.
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When Marge attacks Tom on the pier, his arms go up to fend her off, then he finger-combs his hair, but in the very next shot his arms are straight at his sides.
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When Meredith sees Tom in a store in front of the Spanish Steps, they take a walk, and come down the Spanish Steps, past the store he was just in, and turn left.
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When Ripley and Dickie are playing chess, Dickie moves a pawn. A bit later, we see a close-up of the chess-board, where Dickie makes the same move again. In addition to Dickie making the same move twice, other pieces change position in different takes in the chessboard scene.
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When Freddie takes the tiller from Dickie, the position of his hand jumps between the front shot and the reverse shot.
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When Freddie and Dickie are talking on the boat, Freddie has a drink in his left hand, and stirs it nervously with his right. From the reverse angle, the drink is in his right hand and there is no stirring.
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During the boat scene between Ripley and Dickie, Dickie is wearing white shoes. However, when the pair begin their fight, Dickie is in bare feet.
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In the Hot Jazz Vesuvio club when Dickie invites Tom onto the stage, Dickie moves to one side. He then licks his lips and moves his sax up to his mouth to play but in the next shot the sax is away from his mouth.
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When Tom Ripley is trying to learn to identify jazz musicians from recordings, he's listening to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's "Ko Ko", and he "recognizes" Parker's playing during Gillespie's break.
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Tom supposedly only has the green corduroy jacket in Italy, but we see him wearing a black sport coat upon his arrival.
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In the last scene, Tom is wearing a scarf in one shot and it's completely off in the next after showing that he just put it on.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Dicky and Tom are riding down the country road on a scooter, you can see the shadow of the crew and camera on the rock wall.
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When Peter and Tom go to meet Marge (at around 44 mins), on the left of the screen when the glass door closes, you can see the reflection of a microphone and a camera.
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Errors in geography 

When Tom and Dickie are in the boat on the sea of San Remo, the Isle of Capri, 800 kilometers distant, can be clearly seen at the horizon.
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When Tom and Dickie are in the boat on the sea of San Remo, in the background is visible Casinò d'Anzio situated in town of Anzio, some 60 km south of Rome. It's the same building of the previous jazz session scene.
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When the main characters go to the opera in Rome, the theater is the San Carlo in Naples.
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When Ripley and Peter take the ship to Greece, the sun sets to the port side of the ship, indicating that the ship is traveling roughly northwards instead of eastwards as it should be if it's sailing from Italy to Greece.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the "other woman" floats ashore and is lying dead in the old woman's lap you see her spit water out after a wave goes over her face.
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The 'glasses' Ripley wears throughout the film often do not have lenses in, revealing them as a prop. This would be explainable if they were being used as a disguise, but Ripley always puts them on before reading or using his binoculars, meaning he needs them.
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