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Factual errors 

In reality Bobby Darin was with Robert F. Kennedy during the campaign when Kennedy was shot, and in fact in the same hotel where/when it happened. "Beyond the Sea" had him in his trailer at Big Sur when he gets the news on the radio.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (7) | Character error (1) | Continuity (3) | Crew or equipment visible (1) | Factual errors (4) | Spoilers (1)

Anachronisms 

When Bobby Darin is campaigning with Robert F. Kennedy, Kennedy has a Secret Service detail. Presidential hopefuls were not entitled to a Secret Service detail. That was changed after RFK's murder.
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(at around 1h 27 mins) When Bobby Darin is in the hospital the first time, the heart monitor is a modern type with a flat panel addressable display. Monitors of this era used monochrome oscilloscope type CRT displays.
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During the 1963 touring montage, leading up to his Oscar nomination, Bobby Darin sings the song "Fabulous Places." This song was written for Doctor Dolittle four years later.
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The Revox B77 reel to reel recorder wasn't available until 1978.
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(at around 1h 7 mins) Sandra Dee tries to console Bobby Darin after losing the Oscar by telling him that Melvyn Douglas' win was "a sympathy vote" as he is dying, and his wife is a Congresswoman. Douglas died in 1981, and his wife Helen Gahagan served in Congress from 1945-1951.
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The stereo equipment (Pioneer Receiver) shown in Darins house was not available until 1977.
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The song "Once Upon a Time" was published in 1962. In the movie, you can hear Bobby sing it on his wedding night to Sandra Dee in 1960.
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Character error 

(at around 5 mins) At the beginning, a reporter wanted to ask Bobby Darin a few questions for portraying himself in a biography film, by saying "No one hasn't done anything like this before.", yet celebrities like Jackie Robinson (The Jackie Robinson Story), Audie Murphy (To Hell and Back) had done it before.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 10 mins) When Bobby Darin can't start his car after the fight with Sandra Dee the car has only one headlight on. When he takes a golf club right after that and starts smashing the car, both sets of headlights are on, including the brights.
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(at around 32 mins) When Bobby Darin starts singing "Beyond the Sea" to Sandra Dee the ground is wet. In the next shot it's dry again.
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When Bobby Darin is singing his first song at the Copa, his hair changes throughout the song. First it's all combed back then there is a strand that is on his forehead, then it keeps flipping back and forth.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 33 mins) Camera shadow appears briefly twice during "Beyond The Sea" song and dance; on the back of a waiter as Bobby Darin approaches Sandra Dee at a table, and later on Sandra herself.
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Factual errors 

(at around 2 mins) In the opening scene of the movie in which Bobby Darin sings 'Mack the Knife' he tosses in an ad-lib by throwing a karate kick and shouting 'ah-so, Madame Myook.' This is based on an actual ad-lib which can be heard on a Nov. 10 1963 recording of 'Mack the Knife' at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. However, the real Bobby Darin says 'Madame NHU' and not 'Madame Myook.' Madame Nhu was considered the first lady of South Vietnam from 1955-1963. And, she was well known to the American public in the early 1960s because of her notorious political comments, staunch conservatism, and high sense of fashion.
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Sandra Dee did not stay with Bobby Darin in the hospital as he was dying. She was in an alcohol induced denial at home. She was passed out on the floor from drinking and the family had to break into the house to find her and notify her. In fact, Bobby's second wife was banished from his room because she could not hold her tears.
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The film omits several key people (including Bobby Darin's second wife), and some key events (including how he learned the truth about his background) did not take place as shown.
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Ahmet Ertegun's Turkish accent is much too thick. The real Ertegun spoke with hardly any accent.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

Bobby Darin never, ever acknowledged Nina as his mother in public, and barely tolerated that knowledge in private. He also never believed Charlie was his father, nor did he appreciate anything Charlie did for him. This was a total fantasy "make-up" that Kevin Spacey did because he felt Bobby would have "done it eventually".
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