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Anachronisms 

In the final game, someone in the background behind Coach Brooks has an "Under Armour" performance gear hat from the late 1990s.
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Water bottles were not kept on the nets for the goalies until the late-1980s or early-1990s.
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During the face off of the beginning of the third period of the final game against the Soviets, the players can be seen wearing Bauer Vapors, introduced in 1997.
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Throughout the movie, various goaltenders - especially Craig and Tretiak - are shown wearing Tuuk-style blades on their skates. Tuuks for goalie skates were not developed until the mid- to late-80s. In the era of kick saves, plastic blade holders were thought to be too risky for goalie skates.
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In the shot of the World Trade Center shown before the USA/USSR game at Madison Square Garden, the World Financial Center buildings are surrounding it. These were not built until the mid '80s.
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At the stands selling merchandise to support the participating countries before they start, there's a man selling at a stand wearing a white cowboy hat with three pins of three different countries' flags on it. One of those flags is the Russian flag of the Czars and the Federation, which was not used during the Soviet era.
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Jack O'Callahan wears a t-shirt of Harpoon Brewery founded in 1986.
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Many members of the audience during the USSR game, are wearing modern day clothing.
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When Herb is watching the video of the Soviet team training the players are all wearing CCM helmets. In the 1970s and 1980s that's highly unlikely. Almost all players wore JOFA helmets.
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In a few of the press conference scenes, photographers can be seen using the Nikon 8008 camera. This camera was not available at the time.
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Brooks' Minnesota license plate is of a much later design.
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In the Christmas party scene at Doc's house, one of the players sitting at the dinner table can be clearly seen wearing a contemporary Roots Athletic sweatshirt.
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Character error 

Casey Burnette, the actor playing defenseman Ken Morrow, is clean shaven throughout the entire film. In fact, Morrow reported to camp with a beard and Herb Brooks allowed him to keep it.
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Valeri Kharlamov, one of the best Soviet players, ever, is depicted as being a right-handed shot in the movie. He was a left-handed shot in real life.
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On a power play against the USSR, coach Herb Brooks tells the Smurf Line to get on the ice. The Smurf Line was actually the "Coneheads" Line (Mark Pavelich, John Harrington and Buzz Schneider).
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On the back of his shirt, the player typically called "Kharlamov" in the west, has his name spelled as "Charlamov", which is correct. Sometimes the announcers would pronounce his name "Harlamov". In Russian, when a kh comes at the beginning of a word, it is pronounced like an h. If spelled with "ch" it would be pronounced as "Sharlamov", which almost no one (in the movie or real life) got correct. The "C" in the Russian alphabet is analogous to "S" in the Roman alphabet.
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Continuity 

Shortly after the U.S.A. scores its third goal in the match vs. the U.S.S.R., the scoreboard over the center of the rink shows a score of U.S.A. 4 - U.S.S.R. 3.
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After the U.S. scores its fourth goal over the Soviets, the long shot of the scoreboard shows the score still at 3-3.
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At the end of the 2nd period, the score is 3-2, yet at the start of the 3rd period, the scoreboard reads 2-1.
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After the Soviets score their second goal in the medal round game, the wide shot of the scoreboard shows the score to still be 1-1.
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When cutting players from the team, one shot shows the name Les Auge crossed off while Craig Patrick crosses off the name Jack Hughes. A short time later another shot shows him crossing off Auge with the name Hughes unmarked.
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The net design is not consistent with actual footage of the game.
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Just before the start of the game against the Soviets in Madison Square Garden, goalie Jim Craig is shown lowering his mask onto his face twice after the team huddle in front of the American net.
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After the fight between Jack and Rob, Jack's chin strap alternates between being attached and hanging loose.
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In the bar, O.C. fills his cup with beer and puts down the empty pitcher and in the next shot he is seen picking it up again and filling his beer.
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When Craig Patrick crosses off names, there are 27 names on the list, instead of 26. One of those names was Tim Harrer. He wasn't picked by Brooks earlier in the film.
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When Jack O'Callahan checks Krutov into the boards just before the U.S. scores their first goal against the Soviets, he is shown to come to a stop lying against the board. In the next shot where he is shown lying down watching the goal scoring play develop, he is lying a good ten feet or so from the boards.
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When Walter Bush announces pairings for the medal round at the press conference, he gives the US vs. Soviet game face-off time as 17:00 hours (or 5 pm). Before the Soviet game in his office, after Herb Brooks is finished reviewing his notebook and checks the lineup card, he looks at his watch. The time reads 7:20 p.m., which is 19:20 hours, several hours past the previously announced 17:00 start time.
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The US Flag is shown draped over Jim Craig's shoulders with the star field downward (upside down), then there is a brief cutaway, then when the camera cuts back, the flag is now star-field-up(right side up). There was no time for him to have changed it himself.
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After Jack O'Callahan and Rob McClanahan fight, the blood on McClanahan's face changes inconsistently between shots.
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When Craig Patrick reads out the names of those who have made the team after the first try out, he only reads out 24 names, while there were supposed to have been 26 players at that point.
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Factual errors 

Before the Christmas scene we see a headline from a newspaper that reads: "Soviets Invade Afghanistan". In the next scene it's Christmas. The Russian invasion took place on 29 December 1979.
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The size of the ice during the Soviet/USA game at the end of the movie is normal size ice. The actual game took place on Olympic sized ice.
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When the team skates its "Herbies" after the Norwegian game William "Buzz" Schneider is shown participating in the drill. In real life he was thrown out of the game for fighting and did not dress to skate after the game with the rest of the team.
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In the game against Sweden when goalie Jim Craig is pulled for the sixth attacker, Mark Johnson is shown being sent in as the extra attacker. In the actual game, Dave Silk was the extra attacker sent in.
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The hockey sticks supplied to the 1980 Olympic Hockey team were from Christian Bros. Only 1 or 2 are actually visible during the movie.
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Mark Johnson's third-period goal, which tied the game at 3-3, is depicted as happening at 4:43 of the period. He actually scored at the 8:39 mark.
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Although U of Minnesota did beat Boston U in the 1976 NCAA playoffs, Rob McClanahan was still in high school that year. He played for The U and Coach Herb Brooks 1977-79. In the movie, O'Callahan tells story that he had been "cheap-shotted" by Mac in '76. Couldn't have happened.
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In the 2nd period on the third Soviet goal by Maltsev, the player is scene crashing into Jim Craig. There was no collision on the play, only a clean goal on a break away. There was a collision on an unrelated play during the 2nd period.
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Before the U.S.A. scores its third goal in the match vs. the U.S.S.R., Al Michaels says: "PETROV going off for slashing". And they show us a player with number 16 on the shirt. And the announcer confirms: "Soviet Union penalty to number sixteen, PETROV". Later on the scoreboard indicates, that 17 seconds are left in the penalty for the player number 16 (i.e. PETROV). But when the Americans finally tie the score Al Michaels comments: "So the Americans, just as the penalty to KRUTOV was about to expire, score to tie the game". In the real game that was indeed KRUTOV, who was penalized.
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While the team was waiting out a delay at the airport, the highlights of the Soviets' blowout of the NHL all stars are being shown on a TV. This game was the third game of a series that took place in February, 1979, before the Olympic team was chosen.
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In the real game, the penalty to Petrov was a high sticking call, not a slash.
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The third Soviet goal was actually scored on a USSR powerplay. Harrington was in the box for holding.
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After Mark Johnson scores the third U.S.A. goal Al Michaels says that just 4 seconds remained on the powerplay. In the actual game there were 8 seconds remaining on that powerplay.
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After the Czechoslovakia game Brooks is seen walking with Walter Bush talking about all the media attention the team is getting. He tells him that they have only won two games. This is incorrect. They have played two games, However, at that point in the film they have only won one game, the one against the Czechs. The first game they played against Sweden ended in a 1-1 tie.
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After the USA takes the lead 4-3 with 10 minutes to play, the movie depicts 12 shots on goal against Craig just during those final 10 minutes. In real life, the USSR only had 9 shots on goal for the entire 3rd period.
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Right before the Soviets score the first goal of the game, Schneider is slashed by Krutov, falls down on the ice and loses control of the puck to a Soviet player. In the real game, however, there is no slash on the play, only a simple stick check by Krutov which is permitted in ice hockey, and Schneider doesn't fall either.
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When Vladimir Myshkin replaces Vladislav Tretiak to start the second period, Al Michaels and Ken Dryden discuss the rarity of Tretiak being put on the bench, and that it had not yet happened during the 1980 Olympics. In fact, Myshkin had played the entirety of USSR's group stage games against Netherlands and Poland, and replaced Tretiak after one period in USSR's game against Japan. These appearances by Myshkin, however, were due to USSR's ease in winning against much weaker opponents; it is true this was the first time Tretiak was replaced for poor performance.
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On Mike Eruzione's game-winning goal, the film shows Eruzione taking a pass from the offensive zone while outside of the blue line, then skating inside the blue line and firing the game-winning shot. Had the play actually occurred in this manner, the play would have been whistled dead for an offsides. Eruzione's goal, in actuality, did not occur as depicted and took place with no infraction.
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After the Christmas party Herb Brooks is in his car which is a Dodge Dart or Plymouth Vialant. It shows his car radio which is clearly a DELCO radio which would only been in General Motors cars.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During the match against West Germany, the scoreboard shows that the U.S. is playing the GDR, the English abbreviation for East Germany. The score board in the original game was incorrect - the scoreboard coordinator in the original game made the mistake, not the filmmakers.
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The audio of President Jimmy Carter's (presumably) live address is heard during the Christmas scenes of the movie. This famous "crisis of confidence" speech was actually given on 15 July 1979, nowhere near the Christmas season. However, if you listen to the entire radio commentary, it is a "Year in Review" radio program, which would make the playing at Christmas-time accurate.
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The hockey competition was NOT a single elimination (knockout) tournament. In the first round, twelve teams were divided into two groups. The top two teams from each group advanced to the medal round and were awarded points based on their result against the other medal round-qualifiers from their group. USSR were seeded first with two points, by virtue of their preliminary round victory over Finland. USA and Sweden tied at the beginning of the competition and had one point each in the initial medal round standings. USA beat USSR and Finland to finish first with a total of five points, USSR beat Sweden in the final game of the competition to finish with four points, Sweden finished third by way of their tie against Finland, which finished fourth with one point.
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In the very beginning of the movie, the voice-over newscast is talking about the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18. The commentator remarks that the president indicated that he would sign the amendment into law. While constitutional amendments do not require the president's signature to become law (simply a vote of Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states), presidents can sign amendments after passage by Congress--and Richard Nixon did so for the 26th Amendment, at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 5, 1971.
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Revealing mistakes 

At the end of the second period when Johnson scores the goal it doesn't actually go in the net. It visibly passed behind the net from the left side and the puck can clearly be heard hitting the boards.
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Before Mike Eruzione comes in against the Soviets, John Harrington checks a Russian into the boards. After Eruzione enters, Harrington checks the same guy into the boards in the same spot.
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