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Walk the Line (2005) Poster

(2005)

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Anachronisms 

In the variety store in Wheeling, W.V. in 1958, June picks up a fat white candle and sniffs it. Candles of that era were almost always tall tapers, unless they were the school-made variety you created by pouring wax into a waxed-paper milk carton, and gave your mama for Christmas. Either way, they were never scented.
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The copy of Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet that June gives John on one of the first 1950s tours is a 1986 Alfred A. Knopf edition.
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In an early scene, Johnny and Jack Cash walk down the road on their way to the fishing hole. Johnny quotes a line from a Foghorn Leghorn cartoon. The scene takes place in 1944; The Foghorn Leghorn debuted in 1946.
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Sam Phillips's Chesterfield pack has a bar code.
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In one mid-1960s scene, Waylon Jennings has long hair and a beard. At the time, Waylon was clean-shaven, with short, slicked back hair. He adopted the beard and long hair in the mid-1970s "outlaw" era.
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Johnny is shown touring with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and June Carter for Sun Records early in the movie. In fact this could not have happened. By the time Jerry Lee Lewis was signed to Sun Records. Elvis was already recording for RCA, and touring on his own.
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Heavenly Highway Hymns, which Johnny's mother gives him early in the movie, was published in 1956.
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When Johnny Cash first looks into Sun Studios, and sees Elvis Presley recording Milk Cow Boogie, Elvis is playing with a guitarist, bass player, and drummer. While with Sun records, Elvis's band consisted of Bill Black on bass and Scotty Moore on lead guitar, with Elvis himself playing rhythm. Drummer D.J. Fontana didn't join them until Elvis signed with RCA Victor and went north.
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When in Germany Johnny Cash is shopping for a guitar. In the music store you can see a Fender Telecaster. These guitars were not for sale in Europe in the early 50s.
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Jerry Lee Lewis, who sings right before Johnny Cash in the first show, wasn't famous at the time. When Cash plays in Walk the Line for the first time, he'd only had one hit, and was clearly not used to the stage.
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One scene in the 1950s shows Johnny with a "Memphis Business Journal" sign in the background. The Memphis Business Journal was founded in 1979, and the sign appeared on the Memphis skyline much later.
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When Sam Phillips tells Johnny about singing "the one song you would sing if it were your last", a shelf in the background to the right of Sam (slightly out of focus) has vacuum tubes sitting on it. A large box with the 'National' (Richardson) logo is in the middle of the stack. That logo wasn't used until the 1970's.
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Some of the plastic tape reels (the clear ones) in Sam's studio did not exist in that design until the late 70's/early 80's.
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When Vivian shows John the eviction notice, the document shows an address with a ZIP code. In the 1950s, a city the size of Memphis would've had zone numbers (ex. "Memphis 11, Tenn."). ZIP codes started in 1963, and they weren't routinely used in places with one ZIP code for several years after that.
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When Johnny is fighting with Vivian while he is trying to hang up pictures, he is wearing a Hanes tagless white t-shirt from the late-1990s.
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The Radio Flyer Tiny Trike on the top shelf in the toy section of the 1958 WV Variety store did not appear until 1981.
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Early in the movie, Johnny Cash walks out onto the street in Memphis and you see old cars and an old mechanical parking meter. As he walks along, you soon see a modern 4-space parking meter.
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When Johnny Cash reads fan mail from prisoners (late 1967/early 1968), all of the addresses have two-letter state codes. The Postal Service did not formally adopt two-letter state codes until 1970.
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After Johnny watches the shoe shine boy "get rhythm", he turns to walk across the street to Sun Studios. He is standing in front of a 1956 Ford station wagon with American Torque Thrust wheels. The scene takes place in the mid 1950s; the wheels were introduced in the mid 1960's.
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When Johnny is talking with Vivian on the phone from Germany, an apparently US military aircraft is visible through the window. Although most of the markings appear to be correct, the fuselage has an FAA-assigned alpha-numeric N number. US Military aircraft designators are all numeric, and displayed on the vertical stabilizer.
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When Johnny walks back from the Carter house, he is near a railroad crossing. The scene is set in the 1960s, but modern crossing gates are shown. In addition, a signal shanty with a white light on the front is to the right of the crossing. The shanty didn't exist in the 1960s. The white light, a sign that the power is on, was introduced in the 1990s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In Jerry Lee Lewis' performance scene, you see him being backed up by a bass player playing a Fender Precision electric bass, but the bass heard on the soundtrack is an acoustic upright bass.
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Before Johnny passes out on stage from overdosing, if you look closely, his mouth never moves when he says "I'm O.K."; he simply waves his hand.
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The second time that the band is in the Folsom prison, when Johnny is introduced, the guitar player (playing the telecaster) is playing different chords than what is heard.
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In one scene where Jerry Lee Lewis plays the piano, you hear the last note after Lewis walks away from the piano.
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At one point, June asks John where his car is. He answers, "Piss and Makeup." However, the DVD subtitles read "Kiss and make up."
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Character error 

When Johny and June are leaving the store with the fishing poles in Wheeling,WV, June says "I think there's a lake this way". There are no lakes near downtown Wheeling; however, the Ohio River runs along the entire length of the city.
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A 1944 scene shows Johnny listening to June Carter on the radio. The announcer says "10-year-old June Carter". She was 14 or 15 in 1944.
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When Johnny is seen playing with his band for the first time on his porch, Marshall Grant's bass is marked with tape as fret markers with the notes written on them. But you can see there's a whole step between "B" and "C". Any musician would know there is only a half step between "B" and "C" and "E" and "F".
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When Johnny Cash is going through letters from inmates, he picks up one from Folsom inmate Glen Sherley. The letter is signed "Glen Shirley".
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While riding in the tour caravan, Johnny, June, and Jerry Lee hear an ad on the radio for a 1957 Chevrolet. At the next gig, banners in the auditorium read "Class of 1955".
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Continuity 

When June goes to the theater one morning on the tour to meet the boys, she finds they've partied all night and she becomes angry. In the shot of her approaching the stage, only 3 bottles are within reach. When she throws them, she throws 4 bottles.
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When Vivian prepares to smash June's picture, she is holding a hammer, which disappears when the picture is smashed.
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At the Texarkana show, John's guitar gets caught on June's dress. When they separate, John has a piece of the dress in his hand. When June is on stage later there is no damage to her dress.
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When June is throwing the beer bottles at the guys, in the long shot, Johnny jumps behind the fallen table, and there is nothing in front of it. In the close-up there is a chair in front of the table. When June leaves, the chair is gone again.
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When Johnny falls out of his chair at the concert hall, his beer is in his hand. When he sits up, his beer is to the side of him, as if he set it there.
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When Johnny is in the recording studio for the first time, his guitar strap goes from over his collar to under it, and back, in almost every shot.
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In the hotel room when June answers the phone in bed, Johnny's hands caress her lower back. When cut to the reaction shot of June, Johnny's hands are not yet on her back.
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Jerry Lee Lewis wears a white scarf during most of the "Lewis Boogie." It's gone by the end of the song.
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During the scene inside Johnny's car in the tour caravan, the position of June's feet changes several times.
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When the tractor hits the water, it has no engine or smoke stack. The tractor reappears later in the scene.
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Before singing at Folsom, Johnny is touching the blade of a table saw with a glass of relatively clear water next to it. Later when he holds the glass for the crowd, the water has turned dirty and yellow.
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While Johnny and June sing the duet "Jackson" onstage, June's hairdo changes during the scene. In the beginning June's hair is parted down the middle with long bangs tucked behind her ears. When June sashays to the side to allow Johnny a solo moment to sing his part, just a few moments later she sashays back with an elegant upswept hairdo which remains through the end of the song and scene.
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When Johnny is hanging pictures, he begins to put a nail in the wall just above a line in the wood. In the very next shot, he bangs a nail several inches higher.
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Johnny and June are lying in bed in the hotel room when the phone rings. June picks up the phone with her right hand, and starts to put to her right ear. In the next shot, the phone is in her left hand and at her left ear.
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At the show in Texarkana, there is a Purina advertising sign on the backdrop of the stage. In some scenes, it says "Purina Chows for Poultry and Livestock", but in other scenes the words Purina Chows has been removed.
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When Johnny is hanging pictures of his band, Vivian appears in the doorway with her arms by her side. When she walks across the room, the back shot shows her arms folded.
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Errors in geography 

When Johnny Cash is reading letters he received (mostly from inmates), the movie shows one from the Texas State Penitentiary in Austin. The Texas State Penitentiary is in Huntsville, TX.
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Factual errors 

"I Still Miss Someone" was about June, not Jack. "Walk the Line" was about Johnny's first wife, Vivian.
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In the movie, Johnny smashes the footlights in Las Vegas. In real life, he smashed the footlights at the Grand Ole Oprey.
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The real Johnny Cash had a scar on the side of his chin. In the film, Johnny has no chin scar.
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The "US" collar brass (in-the-circle) seen properly on the collar of the long-sleeve khaki shirt, was not worn on the left side of the overseas cap. Anyone doing so would have been out-of-uniform and subject to disciplinary measures.
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When Johnny Cash is playing at the prison, a pair of large speaker cabinets are visible on the stage. These speaker cabinets are model Yamaha 4115 which were not produced until the mid-70s / early 80s.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Johnny is in the bed eating strawberries with June, he is not wearing his brown contact lenses.
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After Johnny leaves June's house after walking from Nashville, it rains later in the scene. Johnny passes out and falls on wet grass and mud. The next morning, when he wakes up near the house he eventually buys, his face and white shirt are clean. They should have been dirty from wet grass, if not muddy.
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When Johnny goes to the Carter family's home to visit June, it's supposed to be fall (pumpkins on the porch), but crepe myrtle trees are blooming along the driveway. Those are usually done by August.
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