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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) Poster

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Factual errors 

Artist Elliott Puckette's name is badly misspelled in the credits (her paintings appear in the film).
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Character error 

In the chapter 2 introduction, it says on the pages,"Uzi is on the steps with a duffel bag over his shoulders..." when Ari is at the door holding Buckley, without a bag over his shoulders.
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In the beginning of the film, when we are introduced to Margot Tenenbaum, the narrator states that she was 12 years old when she first ran away, and that she ran away a second time 4 years later, when she lost half a finger, making her 16 years old at the time. Later in the film when Margot is telling the story of her lost finger to her nephews, she states that she was only 14 years old when she had run away.
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Continuity 

When Margot and Royal are watching the Peter Bradley Show together in Ritchie's room, the door to the hallway is clearly open. However, when Ritchie enters the room from the hallway, he has to open the (now fully closed) door.
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When Kumar and Royal are in the game closet, there is an shot of one of the Dalmatian mice running across a shelf filled with games. The games in this shot are arranged in a completely different order than in the rest of the scene (and the previous game closet scene).
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When Royal and Pagoda first meet in front of the hot-dog stand, the blind man with a dog sitting on a bench behind them has sunglasses in one shot and no sunglasses in the next.
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Royal's cigarette jumps from his hand to the ashtray repeatedly when he is having a conference with his three children.
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In the tent, Margot places the phonograph needle in the middle of one side of The Rolling Stones album. However, when the song ends, the needle is shown at the end of the first track.
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When Richie is seated and waiting for Margot to pick him up at the passenger ship terminal, the shot shows several sailors wearing dress white uniforms walk by behind him. After a shot of Margot, the next shot of Richie shows a porter behind him pushing a baggage cart. The sailors are nowhere to be seen.
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When Richie is in the bathroom trying to kill himself, we see him cutting his hair and shaving. As he cuts his veins, we see he did not finish cutting his hair fit or shave completely. When he wakes up in the hospital, his head and facial hair are fully shaved.
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The large snowflakes that settle on Royal when he is kicked out of the house disappear and reappear between shots (it is not consistent with their melting and being replaced by fresh ones).
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When Royal takes Ari and Uzi on their adventure and they are riding the garbage truck, the opening shot shows a side view of the trio. In this shot, Royal is not wearing his cap in following shots, Royal is wearing his cap backwards.
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When Etheline visits Margot in the bathroom the cord securing the portable TV at the foot of the bath is sometimes across the front of the screen, sometimes not.
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Factual errors 

During the tent scene, a The Rolling Stones record is playing. The two songs played consecutively are "She Smiled Sweetly" and "Ruby Tuesday". It is clear that no tracks are skipped. Although both songs are on the Rolling Stones' album "Between the Buttons", these songs have never appeared consecutively on any Stones' release.
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It's said that Mordechai's feathers have gone white due to stress. The misconception that stress turns human hair white is because stress can kill off living follicles, so that the darker hair falls out leaving just the white hairs behind. It's probably different for birds.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Royal has Etheline sign papers, the notary is supposed to stamp them, but it is visibly obvious that the notary is just lifting his stamp up to the papers but not actually pressing down or stamping anything.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Pagoda stabs Royal outside the house, we see him holding the knife in his right hand as he opens the door with his left. When it cuts to a wider shot of him stabbing Royal, the knife is in his left hand.
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When Margot gets her finger chopped off, the log she's holding jumps from her left hand to her right immediately before it is chopped.
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During Royal's funeral scene, Henry Sherman's son Walter, a U.S. Navy Lieutenant, has fewer medal ribbons on his uniform than he did during the wedding scenes earlier on in the film. In the earlier scenes he has 6 medal ribbons, in the funeral scene he only has 4.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected on police car at the end of the movie, when Elijah 'Eli' Cash is being interrogated by a policeman.
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A crew member is reflected on a red car as the camera cranes down outside the Tenenbaum household before Etheline and Henry's wedding.
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