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Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008) Poster

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Anachronisms 

In the last scene in porte de Clignancourt, one may see behind commissaire Broussard a 'Kentucky Fried Chicken'. Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants did not exist in France in 1979.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (9) | Character error (1) | Continuity (2) | Errors in geography (1) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (3) | Spoilers (1)

Anachronisms 

Where Mesrine's car stops at Porte de Clignancourt is painted on the ground a space for bicycle stop at traffic lights. These spaces have been painted since 2000.
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Mesrine, Bauer and Tillier are near a newsstand. Beside, there is a street plan in which a Ford Ka is reflected. A bit later, the three men get into a car which is parked 20 m in frond of a Renault Express. Both these cars were launched later than 1970s (1986 for Renault, 1996 for Ford).
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When Mesrine and one of his accomplice run away in metro, one can see tagging. Later, when Mesrine and his friend arrive by car in Spain, there is a small tagged wall. Tagging arrived in France and Spain during the 1980s.
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When policemen are looking for Mesrine and Besse, one may see from the air their buses stopped beside a freshly mowed wheat field. Straw is packed in round and wrapped in black plastic (French name for this is "embubanage"). This technique was not invented in the 1970s and straw was squared packed.
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When Mesrine arrives in Montreal, a plane view of the city shows St Helen island on St Laurent river. One can see briefly local theme park which was build in 2006.
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The registration plate of the Peugeot 504 of the Normand family has 3 letters. This was possible only on Paris registration plates at that time.
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When Mesrine makes love for first time with Sylvia, one may see a piercing in her mouth. This did not exist in France at that time.
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There is a tactile paving on Stalingrad metro station : this was not installed at that time. Also, while Mesrine is in the metro, one may see the RATP Green, which is the color of modern Paris metro. At that time, line 2 metro were blue.
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In the closing scenes where Mesrine and Sylvie are walking to their car being tracked by the flic the date is given as 2 November 1979. Yet the trees have full green foliage. By November in Paris the trees are bare.
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Character error 

In the scene where a freshly-escaped Mesrine and Besse get on the train, they are shouting at each other and at the passengers, and brandishing pistols, but the extras playing passengers just look bored rather than terrified.
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Continuity 

When Mesrine daughter was young, she had a dark completion. When older, she has a light completion.
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When Mesrine drinks champagne with the commissar Broussard, he holds the glass in his right hand when filmed from the front, and his left hand when filmed from the back.
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Errors in geography 

When Mesrine arrives in Deauville, there is a sign about Deauville entrance with an N13 cartouche. National road 13 does not go to Deauville.
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Factual errors 

The theme park referred to was built for the 1967 World Exposition of 1967 (Expo 67), well before the year 2006 mentioned here.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the first shot of the sex scene with Sylvia, she can be seen wearing her panties. In the shots that follow she is fully naked.
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When they are in London the apartment is almost certainly French. The style of white beveled tile is never used in British kitchens.
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In the first London scene, the red bus has two posters: one for a non-existent film, "Dawn of Evil", and the other for "Tropical Tours". The film poster states "Now playing in theaters (18);" theaters is an Americanism, and wouldn't have been used in the UK, and the 18 certificate did not exist in the 1970s. The telephone number on the other poster is impossible: (01) 7966 0966 has too many digits; London telephone numbers at the time were in the format (01) xxx xxxx.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

After Mesrine is killed, when they are removing the guns from his body, his eyes are closed. Yet in the next and closing scene the shot of him is with his eyes open.
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