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The Squid and the Whale (2005) Poster

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Anachronisms 

When the Berkmans are speaking to Walt's teacher about his plagiarism of the song "Hey You" by Pink Floyd during his performance during the talent show, there is a poster behind the teacher promoting reading featuring the WWE wrestler Hurricane (Shane Helms) who made his WWE debut in 2001. He was only 12 in 1986.
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At the end of the movie, Walt enters the newly renovated marine exhibit of the Museum of Natural History through the Hall of Biodiversity, built in 2000-2001.
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In the middle of the movie, Walt is waiting on a subway platform. A train goes by, and you can glimpse an American flag on the side of the train. Flags decals weren't put on New York subway trains until after 9/11/2001.
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When Walt visits his father in the hospital, there is a Purell Anti-Bacterial Hand Dispenser on the wall in the background.
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The NYC subway cars shown throughout the film were introduced in the late '90s. The NYC subway cars of 1986 would be coated with graffiti both inside and out.
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When Walt is learning 'Hey You' from the record and from the book, the book has the song in standard music notation and in tablature, but tablature was just starting in the guitar magazines of the mid-1980s and the style of the book is also from a much later date.
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Bernie's car has a Statue of Liberty license plate, which didn't start appearing until 1986. But his car's registration says 1986 on it, which means it was issued in 1984, so it should have the older blue-on-yellow license plate.
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Post-1986 model cars are seen during most exterior shots.
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The shelves of the school library include the 1997 Encyclopedia of Africa South of the Sahara and the "Millennium 2000" World Book encyclopedia.
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The ambulance that takes Bernard away is painted FDNY red. EMS was not merged into the fire department until the '90s, and prior to that ambulances were painted in the EMS colors: orange, blue and white.
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The fence seen around the reservoir in Central Park was built in 2003. The Whale Room in the Museum of Natural History was renovated to look as in the movie in around 2004.
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The ambulance that takes Bernard to the hospital after his heart attack has the 9/11 memorial logo (Twin Towers) on the back.
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The police officer who issues Bernard a ticket for double parking is wearing a post-1994 Navy blue uniform. The uniforms in 1986 were sky blue.
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Boom mic visible 

When Bernard is in Walt's room, telling Walt he should see a psychologist, a boom microphone arm is visible in the reflective surface of Walt's guitar.
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Character error 

Frank complains that the writing desk Bernard got for him is for a lefty. Frank is clearly a lefty, as evidenced in his eating, drinking, tennis and ping-pong play.
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Bernard misrepresents the end of Breathless: he says that Michel says "You're a bitch!" to Patricia at the end; actually, Michel says "It's disgusting," then Patricia asks Detective Vital what Michel said, and Vital misreports it as "You're disgusting." It's unlikely that someone with such a deep interest in art house film would get it so wrong.
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The close-up of the letter Frank receives says "Mr Beckman" twice not "Mr Berkman".
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Continuity 

When ambulance arrives for Bernard, it is clearly daytime. When he is placed inside and it departs, it is night.
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Factual errors 

The Squid and the Whale display in the museum is in reality not brightly lit. It is a very dark display meant to simulate the inky depths of the ocean. (It probably would not show up on film as it really exists.)
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Revealing mistakes 

Tennis pro Ilie Nastase's first name is misspelled as "Ille" on the poster in Frank's new room.
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