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Anachronisms 

There are 50 stars on the US flag in the courtroom (should be 48).
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In the 1920s, the electric chair had replaced hanging as Illinois' method of execution.
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Flynn is heard on Roxie's radio saying "This all took place on Lake Shore Drive?" Lake Shore Drive wasn't built until 1937 and wasn't even called Lake Shore Drive until 1946.
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When Velma Kelly "can't buy that kind of publicity," she pulls out a modern $1 dollar bill, which wasn't used in 1929.
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Depending on whether you go by the timeline of the 1924 Broadway play, the 1927 silent movie, or whatever year the 1975 musical revival represents this film certainly takes place in the 1920s. Early in the film Mama Morton is heard mentioning going to Big Jim Colosimo's, a famous gangster of the era. Big Jim was murdered in 1920 and couldn't have been alive in the mid 1920s. Also 'bobbed hairstyles' were not a norm in the year 1920. Women would have still been wearing long hair as they had before WW1 in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
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Although Amos gives Flynn "large bill" currency notes (25% larger than the "small bills" in use since 1929) when paying Roxie's retainer, Velma and Roxie clearly use anachronistic small bills in the prison scenes.
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At 1:28, Velma and Momma are listening to the trial on a radio. The tubes are visible, glowing white. Real tubes of that era glow with a soft orange light. If they were glowing white, they would last about an hour, if that.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In their final dance, Velma and Roxie are presented by someone who speaks on a microphone next to them. However, when the second part of their act is introduced, you can hear the same voice, but the man who was talking on the microphone has turned around looking at the musicians and the microphone is far away from his mouth.
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Boom mic visible 

In the courtroom scene when Billy Flynn does his "tap dance" a mike is visible on the top center of the screen (usually dismissed as projection error, but multiple reports suggest otherwise).
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Character error 

When Roxie is delivering fresh towels to Mama's bathroom, she listens in on her and Velma's conversation. When she leaves, she takes the clean towels and leaves the dirty ones.
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Assistant District Attorney Harrison is referred to a number of times throughout the film. As charges of murder fall under State jurisdiction instead of Federal, "District Attorney" is inappropriate - rather, it should be "State's Attorney".
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When Hunyak (played by Russian actress) asks Billy for help, she says, "Help me," in Russian ("Pomogite mne") instead of Hungarian.
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Continuity 

During the final scene, when Velma and Roxie are dancing, there is lipstick on Roxie's teeth, which disappears (far too quickly) between shots.
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In Velma and Roxie's final dance number, Roxie changes her shoes. In the beginning, Roxie's shoes have only an ankle strap, and halfway through the number they suddenly develop a T-strap.
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When Roxie and Billy argue over what she is going to wear in court, a few long strands of loose hair appear and disappear from the right side of her head.
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When Velma and Roxie are dancing in the final scene and taking their bows, with their hands raised up they switch places. First it's Velma on the left and when they cut back it's Roxie on the right.
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At the end of the final dance, the position of Roxie's gun switches many times from behind to in front of her roses.
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When Velma and Roxie are dancing in the final scene, they come out with the guns, and start dancing with them. They put the guns down on the stage and walk away to do a cartwheel. In the shot of their actual cartwheels, the guns are suddenly placed in a stand. But when they pick them up, the stands have disappeared.
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The picture's of Fred's kids appear in his wallet between shots when Roxie looks.
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During Roxie Hart's trial, when Velma Kelly is on the stand, her necklace is on both sides of her neck/chest, then in the next shot, only one side, and then the next, both again.
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When Roxie refuses Velma's money for doing her laundry, Velma puts the money down her shirt. The position of the money changes in every shot.
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For the song, "All I Care About Is Love", after the women prisoners take their uniforms off, in one shot they have their headbands on and then in the next they are putting their headbands on again.
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During "Cell Block Tango",as Liz twirls and lands on her partner Bernie's knee, a lock of her long hair lands on top of his head. In alternating medium/closeup shots, the lock of hair disappears/reappears on top of Bernie's head.
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When Roxie is dancing with a group of men in the "Roxie Hart" number she walks forward surrounded by men then the camera switches angles and the man on her right is suddenly on her left.
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During the scene "I can't do it alone" there is one shot where Velma cartwheels over the chair, and we can see Roxie looking straight at her. But in the very next shot, Roxie is looking down at a paper, and just giving Velma a small glance with one eye.
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When Velma is in her dressing room getting ready to go onstage she opens her suitcase with clean hands. She rifles through it to get her gun which is wrapped in a bloody handkerchief, she then turns to a mirror and her hands are bloody as well much too bloody to have picked it up off the handkerchief. Also the blood did not wear off onto the faucet when she was washing her hands.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the Roxie Hart song, right after she sings "who says murders not an art" Roxie walks past a line of mirrors. Halfway through the shot the camera crew is visible in the refection just to the right of Roxie.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the song "Cell Block Tango", you can see tape on Annie's chest above her black outfit.
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Near the beginning of the song 'Razzle Dazzle', when Roxie and Billy walk up to the reporters' seating area, a reporter on the left can be seen reloading the flash bulb on his camera. When he lifts up the camera to take a photo, the bulb falls out, yet the flash still goes off.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Mama Morton tells Roxie that no woman has been hanged in Illinois in years. Later, Mary Sunshine tells her radio audience that Hunyak is the first woman ever executed by Illinois. In actuality, Illinois executed a woman in 1845 (three in total since 1938); Hunyak would have been the second.
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Continuity 

At the end of the movie when Velma approaches Roxie with a job offer after her dismal nightclub audition, Roxie buttons her coat while preparing to leave. In her next speech the coat is swinging open, then is firmly buttoned again after she passes through the doorway.
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