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Almost Famous (2000) Poster

(2000)

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Anachronisms 

When the band leaves Jeff Bebe behind at the gas station, as he runs towards the bus a Discover Card logo is visible on the sign above him. Discover Card was first issued in 1985.
Before the lights come up at Stillwater's Cleveland show, fans are waving Chem-Lite glow sticks. Glow sticks were first patented in October 1973, and weren't widely available for several years after that.
At the Black Sabbath show where William first meets Stillwater, someone backstage wears a 1997 Black Sabbath Reunion "Devil Twins" T-Shirt.
The large speaker in the radio station has a polypropylene woofer. Polypropylene was not used in speakers until the late 1970s. The speaker here appears to be from the 1980s vintage.
When William calls the desk to report Penny's 'accident' with some Quaaludes, a close-up shows the Quaalude Bottle. The label should say Rorer (Pharmaceuticals), not 'Lemmon'. The Lemmon Company didn't make Quaaludes until 1978.
When the streets of New York are shown outside the hotel, the street signs are green and white. In 1973, New York City street signs were still gold and black.
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William Miller appears in underwear with the "Fruit of the Loom" name printed all around the waistband. That style was first produced in the 1990s.
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The trivia book William keeps on the bus (shown in one scene behind the Roget's Thesaurus) is an edition published in 1977.
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In the final concert, as the band walks onto the stage, several modern intelligent lights (MAC600s) are visible. The lights were first released in 1997. In other scenes, the instruments lighting the band are halogen and metal halide lamps, which also didn't exist in the 1970s.
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Penny Lane rides a plane with winglets. The advantages of winglets weren't proven until 1976, and they were first used on commercial planes in 1985.
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In the Untitled version, when William and Lester Bangs are alone on the San Diego corner, just after Lester refers to "his many fans", a 1990s Obey Giant (aka "Andre Has a Posse") poster is on the traffic box on the left.
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In Topeka in 1973, some of the young party-goers by the pool are drinking from late-1990s Pepsi cans.
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As William Miller and Lester Bangs prepare to part ways on a street corner, several modern-day vehicles, including a recent San Diego Transit bus, are visible beyond the trees.
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When the entourage checks into the Gramercy Hotel, the teenage Led Zeppelin fan is holding a Marks-A-Lot marker with a modern logo.
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In 1967, dashed striping on roads was yellow, not white, until 1971. Yellow dashed road center striping was still rare in summer 1973 because it took several years to change the stripes.
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The 1967-1968 scenes include plenty of modern lampposts.
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In the summer of 1973, the World Trade Center wasn't quite finished. The cranes were still on top, and one tower still had about 20 floors to clad.
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After William says goodbye to his Mom and goes to meet Penny Lane for their trip to Los Angeles, he runs across a street. On the right side of the screen, a 1980s-style Honda sedan is parked among the myriad 'period' vehicles.
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A paperback version of "Trinity" by Leon Uris is on William's bed-bookshelf. This book was published in 1976, and the paperback version was printed in 1977.
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When William looks through the albums his sister left in the bag under the bed, one album is Joni Mitchell's "Blue", which was released in 1971.
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When the group comes to New York City, several buildings are visible in the skyline that were not yet built in 1974. The Citigroup Building was built in 1978-1979.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the storm, the plane's engines are not audible, as if they were shut down. When the engines whine up again, the piston engines have acquired turbofans.
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William is standing in the hallway at the live Black Sabbath show, but the song played in the studio version of "Sweet Leaf".
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When William goes up to Russell in the pool and asks him a question with his recorder, his lips aren't moving.
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Character error 

"Act boldly and unseen forces will come to your aid" is actually a quote by Dorothea Brande, not Johann Wolfgang Goethe.
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On the bus when everyone is singing "Tiny Dancer", William says something to Penny. Penny already had her mouth open to sing the next lyrics "Hold me closer." However, the next line is actually "Count the headlights on the highway."
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Elaine, a professor, says she's going to give someone the "Cliff Notes" version, instead of the correct "Cliffs Notes" (or, as originally spelled, "Cliff's Notes").
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Continuity 

On the bus, when all the passengers begin singing "Tiny Dancer", the scenery outside changes significantly between each cut.
When William meets Lester Bangs for the first time and walks with him, the bag over his shoulder changes position often between angles.
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William's picture of Penny jumps from the left side of his typewriter to the right side before he picks it up and sets it aside.
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When William is sitting in the bathtub, Penny Lane comes in to use the bathroom. Startled, William knocks his notes off the edge of the tub. In the next scene, the notes are still lined up on the edge of the tub.
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When Russell is about to be interviewed in William's room, a shirt is on the chair Russell sits on. He turns the chair around and throws the shirt on the floor. In the next shot, the shirt reappears on the chair.
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The backstage pass on William's jacket comes and goes just before the pre-performance huddle scene.
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When Lester Bangs is interviewed at the radio station, he picks the Yes' album "Fragile" from the shelf, says "Yes? No !", and throws the record on the ground. When he then picks another record, "Live American Woman", and "Fragile" is back on the shelf.
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When William drags Penny Lane across the floor as she's ODing, the soles of her bare feet are dirty. When the doctor and nurse pump her stomach in the bathroom, they're clean.
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When William Miller and Russell Hammond are walking outside the concert, a VW bus is driving behind them and passes them on the street. In the next shot, the same VW bus is back 50 yards or so again. It then passes by again less that 10 seconds later and the driver invites Russell and William to a party.
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During the backstage argument in Topeka, Jeff points to Dick sitting on a couch next to Ed. Suddenly, as the argument ends, Dick is standing behind Jeff. The preceding shots would have shown Dick getting up from the couch to break up the fight, but he is never seen in the background.
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When Anita talks their mom into pulling over to tell William how old he really is, Elaine turns the car steering wheel one way, but the car pulls over in the opposite direction.
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When William returns home near the end of the film, he goes into his bedroom and starts to flop down on his bed, with his backpack is on his back. It the next shot, the backpack is gone.
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The position of the Abraham Lincoln poster behind William's bed changes position between cuts whenever a scene is in his room.
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When William Miller is in the Rolling Stone's conference room with Ben Fong Torres waiting for the fact-checker to return, a black telephone is on the corner of the table, to Miller's right. When the fact-checker returns, there are several quick cuts with the phone visible in each. As she leaves, that corner of the table is clearly visible, but the phone is not. In the next cut, the phone is there again.

Factual errors 

One of the stops on the Stillwater tour is Greeneville, Tennessee. The movie spells it "Greenville."

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When William is writing in the tub and Penny Lane walks in, Post-It Notes appear to be all over the tub. Post-it Notes were invented in 1977, and not released to the public until at least 1979. In the DVD commentary for "Untitled", Cameron Crowe says the notes are folded yellow legal paper.
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Throughout the movie, various albums and tracks are mentioned, heard and seen, even though they weren't released at the time the individual scenes are set. However, they are "of the period," and suit the scenes for other reasons.

Revealing mistakes 

When William is typing his first article, the words, "And it's not about popularity" are appearing on the paper, but he is typing T G U G H M R and N.
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When the sister leaves at the beginning, she puts on Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel's "Book Ends" album to play "America." We hear the song begin crisply, but on that album, "America" fades up as the tail end of "Save the Life of My Child" is fading out.
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On the bus, when Sapphire tells William about his mother calling, she braces herself before she hits the wall.
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When "Sparks" plays on the turntable, the camera shows side 4 of the vinyl record turning. "Sparks" is on side 1, on the flip side of the record.
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At least one frame in the "Penny's birthday cake" scene that is a mirror image.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Dick, the band's manager, fights with the owner of the venue after Russell is shocked, his cowboy hat falls off. In the next shot, he boards the bus wearing the hat. It's noticeable in the "Untitled" version, but not in the theatrical release.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Russell is electrocuted as he reaches for the microphone, as though to sing backing vocals. The song, which plays during the radio interview scene and on the "Stillwater" CD included with the Director's Cut, has no backing vocals. However many rock bands alter songs during a live show.
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Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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