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Jump to: Anachronisms (12) | Character error (1) | Continuity (16) | Crew or equipment visible (2) | Factual errors (1) | Plot holes (1) | Revealing mistakes (3)

Anachronisms 

When Jack is at the bar, turning around to eye Lureen, just before she approaches him for the first time, soft contact lens are visible in his eyes.
The type of fireworks display in the 4th of July scene was unheard of in the United States during the 1960s. At that time, almost all fireworks used in the U.S. were made in the U.S., and were generally fired one at a time. Chinese-made fireworks did not become prevalent in the United States until after trade relations were opened up with China in 1972. The low-level Chinese-style fireworks shown in the film were not imported into the United States during the 1960s and did not become popular in fireworks displays in the U.S. until the 1990s at the earliest.
Early in the film (1963, Wyoming) a train is seen crossing the screen without a caboose. Cabooses were required by law on all trains into the 1980s.
When Cassie dances with Ennis the first time (in the late 1970s), the jukebox is playing Steve Earle's revamped version of "The Devil's Right Hand," which first came out in 1987-8.
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When Ennis was driving Alma Jr. home from the bar where Alma and his waitress girlfriend have met, along the path in the background, next to the Dodge Neon, is a RV or trailer car. These had not been introduced yet.
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When Ennis gets into a fight in front of the bar after leaving Alma's house on Thanksgiving, the bar's "Budweiser" neon light is an italic logo from the late 1990s.
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Leading up to the argument that sparks the Del Mar divorce (finalized on 6 November 1975), Ennis is on the couch watching Kojak (1973) on a Saturday night. Kojak didn't air on Saturday nights until its 5th season, 1977-8.
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Ennis gets a postcard from Jack which reads, "Ennis, see you in a couple weeks, fish should be jumping. Jack." The postmark is Childress, Texas, July 1972. A couple of weeks later, Jack is driving a blue Ford truck with a 1976-7 grill.
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The tractor trailer rigs are too modern for the time period. At the beginning of the movie the tractor used in the film wasn't the kind rolling along the highways in the 1960s.
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On the mountain in 1963, Jack is looking at the moon and smoking a cigarette with the American Spirit logo printed on it. This company was founded in 1982.
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During the scene in the supermarket where Alma works in the 1960s, plastic cranberry juice bottles with yellow, plastic twist lids on a shelf are visible behind Ennis' head. These bottles would have been glass until the early 1990's.
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The first reunion of Jack and Ennis is on 24th September 1967. On the next day 25th, they went onto the mountains and at that night there was a full moon. However, the full moon of September 1967 should be at 18th day, not 24th or 25th.

Character error 

When Jack rides the bull (at the same rodeo where he meets Lureen), he is thrown to the ground before the eight-second buzzer sounds. This should have counted as a no-score.

Continuity 

When imitating a rodeo ride at the camp, Jack is holding a bottle in his left hand and has his hat on. In the next shot he is holding the hat in his left hand.
Jack is chopping wood when Aguirre approaches to give news of his sick uncle. Jack places the next log on the chopping block as he turns to speak to Aguirre. After the conversation is over and Jack turns back to chopping, the log is gone and he replaces the log that was never chopped.
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During Jack's first and second bull rides, his free hand alternates several times from being his left or right hand. Since he's obviously not letting go to switch hands, either some shots are flipped or the sequence is edited from several takes.
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When Ennis and Alma are playing in the snow after sledding down the mountain, Ennis's hat is covering/not covering his ears between shots.
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When Jack is in Mexico, the same boy (in a blue striped shirt) runs behind him twice.
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Supermarket scene. An end row of bottles is hit/broken. When the camera moves back, the bottles are again upright and intact.
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Ennis, standing in the river washing a coffee pot with a rag, pauses to look up and spots Jack on horseback in the distance on a mountainside. Ennis then slings the washrag over his right shoulder and starts to exit the river. In the next scene, as he exits the river onto the riverbank, the washrag is gone from his shoulder and back to being held in his right hand.
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When Jack rides into camp complaining that he is "commutin' four hours a day" he takes off one glove, the one on his left hand, to feel the coffee pot. It then shows him drinking coffee with his left hand and the right hand glove is still on and he is holding the glove from the left hand with his right hand. When Ennis says (the second time) "I wouldn't mind being out there" it shows Jack with the coffee cup still in his left hand but the glove from his right hand is now off.
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At the beginning of the movie where we first see Jack Twist driving up in his truck, the window on the passenger side is up as evidenced by the reflections off the glass. Then as the truck turns into the parking lot, the same window is now down.
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Towards the end of the movie when Alma Jr. visits her dad in his trailer, he goes to the cupboard to get them a drink and cups. The cupboard door at Ennis' head is seen alternately opened and closed without him touching it.
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Alma Jr., age 4, has blue eyes, at age 19 they are brown.
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In the scene when Jack tells Ennis "you have no idea how bad it gets", Jack's gloves switch from his right hand to his left hand.
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When Aguirre comes to tell Jack about his sick uncle, Jack has the ax in his right hand. When the conversation is over and Aguirre rides away, the ax is in Jack's left hand.
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In the scene where Jack Twist is first introduced to Alma by Ennis, her purse is on her left shoulder and her arms are down - immediately in the next scene when she is shown, her arms are folded across her chest in a "defensive" stance.
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When Jack arrives at Aguirre's trailer his pickup is parked nose in, but when he and Ennis are back from the mountain and Ennis is helping him get his truck started, it is facing nose out.
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Enis is helping Jack start his truck after they get back from Brokeback Mt. As soon as the truck starts Enis slams the hood down, but it is not all the way closed. Enis then leans on the truck and he and Jack have a conversation. In the next scene you see Jack driving the truck away and the hood is completely closed.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Ennis tells Alma that he and Jack are going fishing, he hands Alma Jr. to her. While in her mother's arms, Junior's pajama top hikes up and you can see her microphone cord.
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When they are being viewed from a far as they play with their shirts off, on the far left there is filming equipment visible within the trees.
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Factual errors 

The two teams playing football on TV during the Thanksgiving Day dinner are the NY Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Only the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys hosted Thanksgiving Day games at the time.

Plot holes 

When Ennis receives Jack's first postcard it's sent general delivery because Jack didn't know Ennis's address. When Ennis writes back all he says is, "You bet," and leaves no return address, thus Jack still doesn't know where he lives (just the town). In the next scene Jack arrives at Ennis's apartment without this vital information.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the rather important kitchen sink conversations after the family holiday dinner, a props tag is plainly visible on a dish's underside. As the dish is conspicuously hand-washed under running water, the underside faces the camera and the large masking tape tag with marker lettering goes unacknowledged by the cast.
During the hail storm scene on Brokeback Mountain, although one can hear the wind blowing very hard, the trees in the distance remain still.
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When Ennis comes back to camp late at night after he encounters the bear, Jack asks him where he's been. It's supposed to be cold but when Jack talks you can't see his breath. When Ennis tells his story about the bear, you can see his breath, but when they continue talking, neither one's breath can be seen in the cold night air.

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