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(2001)

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Anachronisms 

When Ali starts to run in the streets of Kinshasa, we see a kid with a modern-style microscooter.
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Some of the Nikon cameras used by the press are modern, not 1970s, models.
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When Ali and Liston are getting weighed, one of the people takes a photo using a Canon EOS, a camera not made in the '70s
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There's a scene where Ali is standing on a city street with a Sears department store in the background. The logo is current as opposed to that used in the '60s and '70s.
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When Belinda is confronting Ali about his relationship with Veronica in Zaire, there are Cell Phone antennas clearly visible on the rooftop of next door building. Commercial Cell Phone Networks were 15 years away from being developed in 1974.
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When Ali is jogging in the very first scene, there's an '87 Taurus in the background, and a '90s vintage car in the carport.
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In scenes from the 1960s, Howard Cosell is depicted wearing a hairpiece. Cosell didn't start wearing a hairpiece until the early '70s, prior to which he slicked back his receding hairline.
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Continuity 

When Cassius Clay is introduced to Nation of Islam founder, Elijah Mohammed, to be given the new name - Mohammed Ali - the Revox tape recorder on the table disappears between shots.
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When the FBI is setting up the wiretaps, the cigarette and ashes jump around in the ashtray between shots.
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In the scene where Ali, Bingham, and Belinda are watch the Frazier-Ellis fight, the fight is in black and white in one shot and color in a later shot when Frazier wins.
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Ali sits down twice when Malcolm visits him in his hotel room.
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Around 25:30 into the movie, Cassius Clay celebrates his victory over Sonny Liston by leaning over the ropes at the side of the ring, arms raised and yelling at the crowd. He has his mouth guard in and clearly visible from the side of his head. The film quickly cuts to a straight on shot, the mouth guard has disappeared and we see his teeth, his arms still raised above his head.
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Factual errors 

In the last fight of the film, Ali always sits down between each round. In reality, he never sat down in this fight.
During the Ali-Quarry fight, Angelo Dundee is seen in Alí's corner. This was the only fight in Ali's career in which Dundee wasn't with him.
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The officer at the induction center wears the belt of an Army officer (black), indicating that he is an Army captain, yet he wears his rank like a Naval or Coast Guard lieutenant (with the bars' center line bisecting the collar angle, and lacking branch insignia on his left collar).
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The argument Ali and his wife Sonji have over Ali's seeing Veronica Porche did not happen before the Ali/Foreman fight, but instead happened before the 3rd Ali/Frazier fight, "The Thrilla in in Manila", in 1975.
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Early reference to Ali's argument and Angelos not being in Ali's corner were errors. It was Belinda who confronted Ali about Veronica Porche.. And it was the Jimmy Ellis fight the Dundee didn't assist Ali. Dundee trained both as Ellis was Ali's sparring partner.
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The movie shows Howard Cosell at ringside doing commentary for Ali's fight with George Foreman known as "The Rumble in the Jungle". Cosell did not do commentary for the fight. In fact, he did not even attend. He was back in the United States when the fight occurred.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the early '60s section of the film Clay refers to a member of the Beatles ('John Lennon' we presume) as "the one with the glasses". Lennon seldom wore his glasses in public (though there are a few studio photos), and was certainly not famous for them, until 1967. It is possible however that Lennon would have been wearing his thick-rimmed black glasses when the Beatles met Clay during their first visit to the U.S. in February 1964, then removed them for the publicity shots taken during that visit.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Malcolm X is killed he is attended to by several men. As they lift up his head the character blinks though he is supposed to be dead.
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When Martin Luther King is shot, while trying to recreate the famous photograph of bystanders pointing in the direction of the shot while crouching over King's body, the sign of the famous "Knickerbocker" building in Hollywood is visible. King was shot in Memphis.
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