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The Notebook (2004) Poster

(2004)

Goofs

Continuity 

After their unofficial double date with Fin and Sarah when Noah and Allie are about to walk home, the same blue car passes them going the same direction within a 10 second interval.
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Anachronisms 

Noah and Allie listen to Billie Holiday's 1944 rendition of "I'll Be Seeing You" in 1940.
Some of the carnival rides were not available in the 1940s.
The movie Noah, Allie and their friends watch is in wide-screen format. Movies in the 1940s used the Academy format and wide-screen was not introduced until the 1950s.
When Allie and Noah walking after the movie, parking meters are clearly visible. Parking meters in South Carolina were introduced in 1947.
When Allie is driving to see Noah, there is a plastic lace wrapped steering wheel cover visible. These did not exist in the 1940s.
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When Allie and Lon are going out on a date and getting out from a car, a theatre is visible across the street with On the Town on the marquee.
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On the movie marquee (which is very 50s for a 1940 S.C. neighborhood theater) announcing the picture Li'l Abner one of the stars is identified as Jeff York though he appeared in the film using his original stage name of Granville Owen. He wasn't credited as Jeff York until after WW2 in They Were Expendable.
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Vintage scene with modern wood: during the riverside rope swing scene (circa 1940) there is a momentary glimpse in the foreground of a "telephone pole" style dock piling. Such pilings existed then, but the wood's all-around light green coloration is distinctive of modern "treated" wood soaked in chromated copper arsenate (CCA). A 30's pole should have been brown or weathered-gray (or, if creosote-soaked, black). CCA-treated wood didn't become commercially available until at least 40 years after when the scene was meant to be. In the mid-late 2000's some municipalities began banning the green toxic wood preservative.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Noah and Martha are leaving the house after dinner, Martha says "thanks for dinner" and Allie replies and is clearly seen washing dishes through the window, but her mouth is not moving.
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When Noah and Allie in the Windsor Plantation, after Noah explains about the significance of the stairs, we can hear Allie say, "This place is gigantic," but her mouth doesn't move until a few seconds after it was said.
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When the band is playing on Noah's front porch and his father is playing the spoons with the band, as his father gets up to dance with Allie, he lays them down, but the sound of the spoons playing can still be heard in the music.
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When Noah jumps into the Ferris wheel seat that Allie and a boy are sitting in, we hear Allie's voice yell, "Get off me!", but Allie's lips do not move to say the words. While the words are said, Allie's mouth is simply open, as she is gasping.
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When Allie visits Noah's house for the first time, he is reading poetry to his father. There is an evident mismatch between the sound and his lip movement.
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Character error 

When Noah and Allie are in the middle of the road, Noah states that he and his dad used to watch the light change "from green to red to yellow" when street lights go from green to yellow to red.
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Continuity 

When Allie and Noah are in the boat (just before it starts to rain), Allie's fringe/bangs are curled up tightly. A few moments later (when it begins to rain), Allie's fringe/bangs are perfectly straight. This could not have happened so quickly.
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When Noah and Allie are talking in front of Allie's house (the last time they met before she goes to NY), she's wearing a necklace in some shots and not wearing it in others.
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When Allie and Noah were making out at Noah's newly built house, Noah already dropped his pants on the stairs but when they entered the room, he still had it on his feet and dropped it near the door.
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When Noah and Allie are sitting on his front porch talking, Noah stands up angrily and throws the chair he was sitting in down, with the flowers falling on the ground. In the next shot, the chair is back up and the flowers are on the arm of the chair.
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When Lon gets out of the hospital waiting for Allie by the car to ask her about his date, his hair is clearly brown. In all subsequent shots his hair is black.
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When the family are playing music and dancing outside the front of the house, Allie appears to be sitting on the porch playing a Jew's Harp, when the camera changes angles it vanishes.
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When Allie and Noah were lying in the street, they were in the center. A moment later, without getting up, they were in the right- hand lane. Then, again without getting to their feet, in the next shot, they were back in the center of the street.
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When Allie and her mother are talking in front of Noah's house, their shadow goes from right to left in all shots except when her mother gets up, in which the shadow goes the opposite way.
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In one scene when Allie is talking to Noah, her arm below the sleeve seems to be see through, then after that scene her arm comes back.
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While Noah and Allie are out in the boat and it begins to storm, Allie's eye make-up is smudged and running down her cheeks. As they run into the house, and both during and after their love scene, her make-up is fine. Also, both Noah and Allie have soaking wet hair when they enter the house, but by the time they are undressed a minute or two later, their hair appears to be dry.
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When Duke and Allie are eating lunch after he's read to her some, he is wearing his reading glasses. In the next shot he is wearing his bifocals.
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When the older Allie and Duke are having the candlelit dinner for two, Allie is wearing a plaid shawl over her red jacket as she begins to sit down. In the next shot of her seated, the shawl is off, with no time for her to have removed it. In the next shot, it's back on again.
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When Allie and Noah are breaking up and are having the fight outside, Noah closes the truck door, but in the next shot when Allie pushes him up against the truck, it is open.
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When Allie is trying on her wedding dress among the squealing women, she goes from wearing earrings, to wearing no earrings, back and forth throughout the scene.
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When older Allie and Noah sit down to a candlelit dinner, Allie is wearing her shawl over her jacket when she starts to sit, the shawl gets in the way & the next angle, with no time to remove the shawl, it is gone.
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When Duke was finishing up with the doctor, he puts his shirt on and it is not buttoned up yet. In the next shot the shirt is completely buttoned up with no time to have buttoned it.
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The position of Allie's left earring changes from two pearls on top and on the bottom to one on the top and two on the bottom.
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When Allie talks to her mother on the porch, the way the red blanket is wrapped around her changes a few times.
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When Duke is having an exam by the doctor two chest x-rays are on the light box behind him. The films are both reversed left to right but in a later shot they are correct - right to left.
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When they are lying in the street, their position moves from dead center of the road (they are in line with the center line) to being over in the right-hand lane when the shot moves from tight to wide.
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When Allie is trying on her wedding dress, a lock of her hair on the left side of her face falls down and then returns to its place between angles.
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After Noah and Allie get in the fight by her car at the end, he has his hands on his heart then walks towards the back of the car turns around and puts his hands on his head. About two seconds later she pulls away and he is in front of her car with his hands on his head.
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When Noah takes Allie to the plantation for the first time she is instructed to stay outside. When she looks at the river into the moonlight her silhouette reveals flowing curls, and when she turns around her hair is slightly curled at the ends, but not nearly as much as 2 seconds earlier.
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When returning to Allie's summer home, Allie and Noah walk through the front door which is clearly solid wood. Upon entering the home, the door now has decorative glass.
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When Allie walks into Noah's barn and admires his carpentry, the right side of her blue scarf changes from behind her back to her front to her back again in continuous shots without the film ever showing her physically moving it herself.
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When Allie's mum brings Allie to see her ex love, Allie's mum's ring starts upside down then turns right side up again in the next shot.
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When Allie says "this is 'the' room?" and turns to look at the piano during reunion dinner at Noah's house she is holding a fork and in the next scene she has no fork.
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When Lon proposes to Ali, we see that he has not slid the ring on her finger. It is just resting at the tip of her finger. But when he jumps up a second later to run up to the bandstand, the ring is completely on her finger with not enough time passing for Lon to do so.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Allie and her mum are outside Noah's newly restored house, crew and equipment are reflected in the side mirror of her car.
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When Noah is hanging on the Ferris wheel you can see his microphone clipped to his shirt in middle of his back.
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Errors in geography 

The beach scenes are shot on a rocky beach, however South Carolina does not have a rocky coast.
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Factual errors 

Li'l Abner was not in theaters during the summer of 1940. RKO did not release the picture until 1 November of that year.
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The narrator says, "And after two years of chasing Rommel through the North African desert..."

American forces fought in North Africa from November 1942 to May 1943 - just 6 months.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Allie in her youth has a black mole on her left cheek, but the older Allie doesn't have it. Moles can fall off or be removed.
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Noah says the ducks are supposed to migrate to Wadmalaw Sound. The ducks in the film are of a domesticated breed and wouldn't migrate. But Wadmalaw Sound is located about 10 miles from Seabrook Island. Noah is probably wondering why the ducks were still in the swamp instead of the nearby larger body of water.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the first love scene at the plantation house when Noah begins to get up, if you look quickly, you can see that he is actually wearing boxers.
When Noah goes to mail his final letter to Allie, we can see sunlight shining through the envelope right before he puts it in the mailbox and there is obviously no letter in it.
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In many of the scenes that take place in June and July, the grass is brown. It should be green during the summer in South Carolina.
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In June-July 1940, cold breath is visible and grass is brown rather than green, indicating filming was done in winter.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

Noah has brown eyes (contacts to match Ryan Gosling's eyes with James Garner's) but when Noah is trying to stop Allie from leaving by standing in front of her car his eyes are shining blue in the sunlight.
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