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Summer of Sam (1999) Poster

(1999)

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Anachronisms 

In shots of CBGBs, many of the punk extras have piercings in their tongues etc. Tongue piercings were first performed by Gauntlet in San Francisco, and not popularized until the '80s. Similar stories are true of eyebrow piercings and many others. During the late 70s and most of the '80s, piercings as featured in the movie had little to do with the punk scene, but were embraced by the gay/S&M scene.
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Many of the punks in the film are sporting early 80s Southern California Hardcore fashion, and are completely out of place in New York in 1977.
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At the beginning of the movie, set in the summer of 1977, characters are seen dancing in a disco to the song "There But For the Grace of God Go I" by Machine. The song wasn't recorded until 1979.
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In one scene of dealing you can see a box of Marlboro lights. Also, the Marlboros include coupons for the "Marlboro Miles" program first introduced in the 1990s.
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The Son of Sam killer is shown wearing a camouflage field jacket which has on the left breast a black Velcro backing designed to hold a removable "Aircrew" style ID patch. This was exclusively issued to US Air Force personnel in the early to mid-'90s.
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The knife Richie uses in the sex show was not invented until the '90s.
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In one scene, we see a person wearing U.S. Army woodland pattern B.D.U. pants, which did not appear until 1981.
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While Vinny and Richie are sitting in a diner and the two guys in pink shirts are hassling them, the song "Psycho Killer" is heard as if on the diner's jukebox. The album (Talking Heads 77) upon which the song is featured wasn't released until Sept of 1977.
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Set in 1977, a 1990-92 Cadillac Brougham stretch limousine is seen outside the disco.
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During certain parts of the movie, Richie is wearing black combat boots that did not become available until the US military adopted the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) in the early to mid 1980s. The boots in questions are officially designated "Boots, Combat; Mildew & Water Resistant, Direct Molded Sole" and were "standardized 30 Oct 1984."
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One of the punks in front of CBGBs is wearing an "Organ Grinder" t-shirt which is a punk rock puzzle magazine that won't exist for more than twenty years after 1977.
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Continuity 

Berkowitz removes the ticket from his car, yet he is caught because he is seen driving away with a ticket on his windshield.
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When Vinny is looking at the bodies in the car, he reaches his arm in and touches one. His arm is subsequently in/out of the car between shots.
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When Detectives Petrocelli and Atwater sit down at the restaurant their veal portions flip around from sauce to no sauce to back again.
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Factual errors 

When Berkowitz is shown shooting the second pair, he fires his weapon eight times. The Charter Arms .44 Special "Bulldog" holds only five rounds.
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When the guys come to get Vinny to help them with Richie, Vinny picks up the phone to call the police. When the phone is ripped off the wall, you can see that there is no phone line or place to plug in the phone on the wall.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the shooting sequence where Phil Rizzuto is doing the play by play for a Yankee game, you can clearly see blood mechanically squirt out after both victims are not moving and no more shots are being fired.
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Phil Rizzuto's name is spelled incorrectly in the end credits. His last name is RIZZUTO. In the end credits, it's spelled RIZUTO.
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