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Continuity 

When Cathy and Raymond are talking outside the big gray building, at one stage the wind is blowing fiercely, making Cathy's hair all messed. It then appears to be perfect again, while the sound indicates that the wind is still blowing. Her hair then changes between messed up and perfect a few more times.
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Anachronisms 

The typewriter around the corner from Frank Whitaker's office is a late-model Selectric (circa 1971 at the earliest).
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The Tupperware container Cathy brings to Frank's office is post 1962 color and style.
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A secretary is heard answering the phone with, "How may I direct your call?" According to a viewer who worked as a secretary during the period, this phrase was not used by secretaries in the 1950s.
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When Cathy and Raymond were at an all black eating establishment (in North Arlington, NJ), he opens the car door for her. You can see an modern day airline jet in the reflection of the window mostly likely heading to Newark International Airport.
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When Cathy enters her husband's office suite to surprise him with dinner, the door has an '80s-style push-plate on the other side of the bar-handle Cathy uses.
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At the station there is a yellow line about 18 inches from the edge of the platform. This wasn't introduced until the 1980s.
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The date is established as October, 1957, however, there are an awful lot of 1958 cars around. More than would have been on the road so early in the '58 model year. Also: the shot of the quaint town square shows a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air police car - with all the top trim level chrome clearly evident. Public agencies buy the cheap version, which, in this case, should have been a Del Ray.
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Ramped street curbs (dropped curbs) did not become common until long after the 1950s.
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In the opening scene, the parking meters are modern, digital ones. One of them has expired and is flashing.
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1961 IBM Selectric typewriter seen in the Magnotronics office.
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In early 1958, Frank peruses an issue of TV Guide he picks up from the coffee table - a five-month old copy with Bob Cummings and Ann B. Davis on the cover dating from August 1957.
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In January 1958 (when she could reasonably be expected to be reading the latest January or February issue), Cathy reads an August 1957 issue of Cosmopolitan (Polly Bergen cover) that hit stands a half year earlier.
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Continuity 

When Cathy is shown from behind ascending the stairs into Dr. Bowman's building, she has a hat pin in her hat. When she is shown leaving the building after her husband's appointment, there is no hat pin.
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On the train station, when the train is leaving, a woman in purple walks between Cathy and the train. Next shot, the woman is gone.
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Sitting poolside in Miami, Cathy shoves a copy of Cosmpolitan magazine in her bag; in next shot, magazine has flip-flopped upside down.
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When Cathy and Frank are in the psychiatrist's office, there is a glass or water on the desk. The glass alternates between full and empty several times, depending on the camera angle.
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When Cathy meets Raymond the first time outside her house, she is up on the porch and he is down a few steps below in the yard. He tells her his father has died and she reaches down and puts her hand on his shoulder. The scene cuts to a view from inside the house and through the window you can see that Cathy and Raymond are now at eye level with Cathy's arm stretched straight outward to Raymond's shoulder. Cut back to the scene outside and Cathy is back to being above him with her arm reaching downward.
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When Cathy pulls up in the opening scenes she tells David that Janice is going straight in to a bath. But in the next scene while Cathy is discussing table settings with her friend El, Janice is seen in the background with her ballet costume on practicing her dance moves.
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At the Art Exhibition, the art critic's brochure is alternately in one hand/both hands between shots.
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At the dinner table, young David Whitaker's hand is on the table holding his glass of milk, and in a subsequent shot his arm is by his side.
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Coming out of the theater from watching The Three Faces of Eve, Frank enters the movie theater lobby with his overcoat over his arm. He turns as a man climbs the stairs. Frank turns back and he is wearing the overcoat.
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When Cathy is talking with Eleanor about Cathy's bruise, Cathy changes position between shots.
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The positions of the phone, phone directory and NAACP brochure change positions on the table.
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Errors in geography 

The afternoon/evening scene, supposed to be set in Miami, shows the sun setting (or low in the sky) off the beach. Every beach around/near faces to the east on the Atlantic ocean.
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Hartford, CT does not have a small commuter train station as seen in the movie.
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The New Haven Railroad terminated in New York City, not onto Washington, D.C. as the conductor announces. The train pulls out of the station in the wrong direction. The green and gold NH logo was replaced in 1954 by a black, red and white logo.
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The overhead shot of the front of the train station clearly shows what would be Long Island Sound in the background, but the on the train platform, it is nowhere near the water.
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Factual errors 

During the ending credits, the city of Elizabeth, NJ is misspelled as 'Elizabth'.
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Hartford never had numbered streets.
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Flowers don't bloom outdoors in Connecticut in February, nor do trees flower in early March.
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Revealing mistakes 

Fall scenes (football, fallen leaves on railroad tracks) with flowering vines and newly opened apple blossoms.
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At the end of the movie it is nearly spring, but you can see autumn leaves on the railroad track.
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