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Goofs

Factual errors 

When Chuck shoots the man in Helsinki ("sorry 'bout your teeth") he is using an automatic pistol, but no cartridges eject. Only revolvers keep the cartridges inside the gun after the bullet is fired.
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Anachronisms 

When Chuck is pitching tt0133303 in 1977, someone is drinking from a mug with an NBC logo that shows a peacock over a stylized "N". This logo was used only from 1979 until 1986.
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In East Berlin in 1970. the first car we see is Lada Riva which was actually first introduced in 1980.
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When tt0129702 was picked up and everyone was celebrating, there was an episode of the show playing on the TV in the other room. That particular episode was actually from more than 10 years later.
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The application for employment that Chuck fills out to be a page at NBC lists NBC's address with a ZIP code. ZIP codes were not in use until 1963.
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In one scene labeled as taking place in Los Angeles, 1967, on a close up of Chuck's secretary, over her left shoulder, is the sheet music to nm1933401's "Music Box Dancer", not written until 1974, and not a hit single until 1978.
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Penny becomes a hippy in 1964, though the hippy movement doesn't get underway until 1965-66. She also plays "Sunshine Superman" by nm0232942 for Chuck, though the song wasn't released until 1966.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Penny walks in on Chuck bringing another girl home, you can hear the ambiance loop end and restart with a slight cut of silence.
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Character error 

Twice in the film Chuck lights a cigarette backwards (i.e. he lights the filter with the tip in his mouth.) The first time is in Chuck's office with him and his secretary (labeled as taking place in LA, 1967), and the second time is in a car with Chuck, Byrd, and Simon Oliver in Helsinki 1967. Also, in each of these scenes Chuck is smoking a different brand of cigarettes, though this may very well have been on purpose.
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The tour guide says NBC was the first network to air a color TV show - tt0042094. Actually, CBS was the first network to air the first color TV show - tt0382239, on 21 June 1951.
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When Chuck Barris applies to work at NBC, the application says "National Broadcasting Corporation" rather than "National Broadcasting Company".
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Chuck and Penny are driving to California, a piece of equipment can be seen next to his head in the left side mirror.
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Errors in geography 

When Barris and Byrd are in Mexico City (according to a caption), a Saguaro cactus in in the background. This type of cactus can only be found in the Sonoran Desert in the states of Arizona, USA and Sonora, Mexico and is rarely found growing at elevations over 4,000 feet. Mexico City is hundreds of miles southeast of there and at a 7,500 foot elevation.
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Factual errors 

When the new CIA agents are target practicing, they are a shooting range that has a clear flat terrain behind it as far as the eye can see. That would never be the case. There is always a hill or some manmade elevation behind the targets to "catch" the bullets. Otherwise there'd be strays all over the place.
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When Chuck Barris meets Penny Pacino, they drink Rolling Rock from clear bottles. Rolling Rock has always come in green bottles.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The same extras are used for different scenes. When Chuck is in the cinema you can see the same man as later in the audience with one of Chuck's quiz shows. This is likely deliberate, given the odd humor of the movie.
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Many inaccuracies and anachronisms are probably deliberate, in keeping with the absurd, tongue-in-cheek nature of the storyline.
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