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The Perfect Storm (2000) Poster

Goofs

Factual errors 

When the Hurricane Hunter flies through Hurricane Grace, the man reading the wind speed gauge says "winds over 140 knots, category 5." Grace was never higher than a CAT 2, with maximum winds of 100 mph.

Anachronisms 

A cereal box on the boat has a food pyramid on its spine. The food pyramid was first published in 1992.
Set in 1991, but a newspaper has a Kia advertisement. Kia sold its first U.S. cars in 1994.
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At the beginning of the movie, when the Andrea Gail and the Hannah Bowden enter Gloucester Harbor together, a Leisure Casino Cruises casino boat is tied up at a pier in the background. Leisure Casino Cruises started running out of Gloucester in 1998.
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While the men are in the lower chamber watching movies, a copy of "Blade Runner The Director's Cut" on the table. The movie is set in 1991, the director's cut was released in 1992.
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In the weather forecaster's office, a mid-1990s model Macintosh computer is visible on a desk in the background.
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Continuity 

The story is set in Massachusetts in late October, when leaves would already have turned color. In shots with the hillsides in view, the trees are all green.
Bobby's hair is long throughout the film, except when he talks with about going out again and about his black eye. Then, his hair is short.
When the captain is about to tell the crew about the broken ice machine the camera pans out to the crew who all stop what they're doing. Murph is holding two fins that apparently have just been cut from a fish. When the captain says the ice machine's "had it" the fins are no longer in Murph's hands, nor are they by his feet (in the event that he dropped them).
A fishing hook is caught in Murph's hand. When Billy starts to take it out, Murph puts a big wooden spoon in his mouth, with the scooping part to the right. When Billy jerks the hook out, Murph's reaction shot has the scooping part of the spoon to the left.
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When the Weather Service meteorologist is explaining what will cause the perfect storm, the head of the Count von Count doll from Sesame Street on the computer changes position by itself.
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Just before the Andrea Gail is overturned and sunk, she is shown from above approaching a giant wave, with her stablizing "out-riggers" deployed. The next shot she is shown head-on and they are not in view. Finally, she is shown from above again, climbing the wave, and the stablizers are again deployed.
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During the helicopter crash, the pilot's night vision equipment flies off his crash helmet during impact. In a close-up, as the copter sinks, his night vision equipment is back on.
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When Irene runs to The Crow's Nest's during the storm, she closes her umbrella before she enters. After she gets inside, she closes it again.
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The majority of sailboats have a keel, a lead-filled blade that extends from the bottom of the boat to provide straight line tracking and acts as a counterbalance for the wind blowing against the sails. When the "Mistral" takes a wave and rolls 360-degrees, there is no keel visible.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Billy Tyne talks to Bobby Shatford in the captain's loft of the ship, a crew member is reflected in one of the instruments as the camera pans around.
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When the shark is thrashing around on the deck, the small platform on which it is mounted is visible in the low shot looking head on.
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After the ship has been bashed by the rogue wave, the crew is forced to replace the windows on the starboard side of the bridge with either plywood, or some other form of sheeting. A crew member is picked up by the wind underneath the covering and tossed overboard. Wires are very visible when the man is airborne.
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Factual errors 

After the Andrea Gail returns to Gloucester with its first catch of swordfish, the dock and plant workers pack the fish in cubed ice. In reality, fresh fish is packed in shaved ice.
The Andrea Gail has an all-around (light shows 360 degrees) green masthead light over an all-around white masthead light. According to COLREGS Rule 26 part C: "A vessel engaged in fishing, other than trawling, shall exhibit: I: two all around lights in a vertical line, the upper being red and the lower white." Trawling vessels display green over white. The Andrea Gail was long-line fishing, not trawling, and would require a red over white light.
When the Andrea Gail enters the eye of the storm, the waters become calm. In reality the air would be calm and the skies clearer, but the seas would be just as bad as ever, on account of churning from the surrounding hurricane's eye-wall winds.
The sailboat rescue was performed by the US Coast Guard; not the Air National Guard as shown in the film. Also ANG helicopters don't usually carry the type of rescue basket shown in the rescue since their primary mission is the rescue of military personnel. (Confirmed by citation of the book and USCG reports and news sources.)
The storm's wind velocity would create tremendous spume (milky foam), obscuring all longer range shots of Andrea Gail.
The USCGC Tamaroa, the Coast Guard Cutter depicted in the film, was a Navajo-class fleet tug converted to a Coast Guard Cutter, not a 210-foot Reliance-Class cutter.
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While the ship sails East towards the Flemish Caps, the sun rises behind the ship, from the west.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Although Tyne, Shatford, and Sully were the only fisherman from Gloucester who died at sea, the wall lists the names of all men who lost their lives while working as professional fisherman who sailed out of Gloucester, regardless of where they actually lived.
Early in the movie, the body of a Gloucester fisherman who died at sea is removed from a rival fishing boat. At the end of the film, he is not listed on the wall of lost fishermen for 1991. The wall lists only those lost at sea, not those whose bodies were recovered.
Murph takes four drags from a cigarette as he waits for his son outside the bar. He exhales at least once.
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Seagulls are visible while the Andrea Gail is fishing at the Flemish Caps. Seagulls are found far at sea in the Atlantic; they can live on and between ships in the area.
In the middle of the storm, the TV in the Gail's lower room keeps showing a perfect image because it's playing a video. The TV's anchor bracket could be behind the TV, much like a removable car stereo.
On the USCG Cutter, the officer is referred to as "Captain," but his hat shows the insignia of a Commander in the USN & USCG. Any commanding officer of a seagoing vessel is called "Captain" while on board.

Revealing mistakes 

As the Andrea Gail sails up the wave that will flip the ship over, it is at almost a 90 degree angle, yet the captain and Bobby seem to have no problem keeping their balance.
When the weatherman is reviewing Hurricane Grace and the weather front covering New England, he clicks on the New England area to zoom in. When the new window opens, 447992x.tif is in the top left corner. A .tif is an image file, meaning the weatherman is looking at images, and not a real radar screen.
FLIPPED SHOT: The David Clark "DC" logo is backwards on the jet pilots' headsets, revealing the use of a mirror image.
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During the later storm sequences in the pilot house of the Andrea Gail, after the windows are broken out, the water droplets falling from overhead fall vertically with the pull of gravity. That means the camera was tilted, and the actors were leaning to heighten the appearance of rough seas.

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