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Dreamgirls (2006) Poster

(2006)

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Anachronisms 

When Deena and the girls perform the disco version of 'One Night Only', the stage backdrop is made up of computerized moving head lights, a technology that was not invented during the period depicted.
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In a scene set in 1965, the Dreams and Curtis are in the studio during the 12th Street riots in Detroit (according to the archival footage), which began on July 23, 1967.
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During a 1965 press conference, a photographer uses a Nikon camera that was introduced in the late 1980s.
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When the 1962 Cadillac Deville Convertible is on the lift, it has all-weather radial tires, which didn't exist then, with treads that first appeared in the 1990s.
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During the "Steppin' to the Bad Side" montage, the Chicago NBC Tower, first opened in 1989, is seen sometime in the 1960s.
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(at around 52 mins) The magazines shown in the montage following the Dream's first performance are all dated in 1964 and is then followed by a 737 jet taking off. However, the 737 did not enter service until 1968.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The lip-sync is off during some verses of "It's All Over" and "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
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Character error 

When Effie goes to the welfare office, the American flag hanging on the back wall is backwards. The blue field should be in the upper-left corner.
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Continuity 

In the Dreams' version of "One Night Only", the girls' capes fall to the floor during the opening bars. After the next shot, they disappear.
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During the "It's All Over/And I'm Telling You" scene, Effie's wig is wider on the sides. In many close-up insert shots, the sides of her wig are tighter.
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Just before the gospel break of the "Steppin' to the Bad Side" number, a medium shot of the Dreamettes features Deena on the left, Lorrell in the middle, and Effie on the right. The shot immediately following is a long shot showing the full stage, with Effie now on the left, Deena in the middle, and Lorrell on the right.
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While adjusting her outfit backstage during the Detroit Theater Talent show, Effie is shown adjusting her wig. In the very next shot, it is perfectly in place.
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Factual errors 

During the success montage, the Dreams' "Dreamgirls" single is shown climbing up Billboard magazine's "Top LP's" albums chart, not its "Hot 100" singles chart.
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In the montage, the entry in the charts does not make sense. The song is #1 in its first week, but it was also #8 the previous week.
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During scenes where the Dreams are being televised in color the TV cameras have color viewfinders. Studio color TV cameras usually have black/white viewfinders which are actually small monitors.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The Dreams' success montage includes a picture of the trio standing on the Great Wall of China. While the U.S. and China had no diplomatic relations from 1949 to 1971 (Washington had ties with Taiwan instead), there were numerous cultural contacts between the two countries in the late 1960's, not least because China and the USSR were having strained relations and China wanted to improve relations with the U.S., and having a famous group like the Dreams in China would have been very possible.
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During "Steppin' to the Bad Side", tambourines appear just before the gospel break. It's part of the choreography, using an old stage and film musical technique.
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Revealing mistakes 

Fluorescent floor tape for the actors' marks are visible in the tracking shot during the second verse of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
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