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Across the Universe (2007) Poster

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Anachronisms 

In the scene in New York's Port you can see a modern day ferry in the background.
When Jude is seen packing his stuff in his Liverppol bedroom just after finishing on the docks we can see a Liverpool FC poster on the wall mimicking the famous "This is Anfield" sign. The LFC crest design shown on that poster hadn't come into being in the 60's - in fact it's probably more at home in the late 80's.
When Jude is on the beach in the "Blackbird" sequence, the wind turbines in The Mersey Estuary can be seen.
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A modern Merseyrail train can be seen crossing a bridge in the background of one of the Liverpool shots.
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In the scenes taking place on the high school basketball court, there are floor markings for a three point arc. High schools did not adopt the three point shot until the 1980s.
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"Crash" bumpers (able to withstand a 5 mph impact) are seen on the Checker cab. "Crash" bumpers weren't used on cars until the 1973 model year. The cab seen is at the earliest a 1974 model.
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Just prior to the song "Dear Prudence", Max is holding a box of "Cap'n Crunch" cereal with a modern design.
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The bus Dr. Robert is on has a more modern day "Chevrolet" and "V-8" insignia near the hood and front door.
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When the two girls are riding bicycles toward the home where they see their mother get bad news, there are modern fiber optic TV cables on the poles around the street. The strain relief loop is highly visible.
In the scene where Sadie is in the dressing room, she takes a drink from a bottle of Jack Daniels. The neck of the bottle has black plastic on it. In the late 60's, Jack Daniels was sealed with paper tape across the top of the bottle.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Jo-Jo is playing guitar solo in "Come Together", it sounds like his Telecaster has a whammy bar, which it has not. He even mimes using it with his right hand. But with his left hand he doesn't even bend the strings.
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Character error 

During the "I Am The Walrus" scene, the man sings "coo coo cachoo" when the real lyrics to the original song was "goo goo gachoob".
When Lucy quotes the opening lyrics to "I Am the Walrus", she says "I am me, as you are he, as you are me". The correct opening (as sung by Dr. Robert) is "I am HE, as you are he, as you are me".
Prudence bumps her head as she "comes in through the bathroom window".
After Jude gets off the boat and is speaking with his former girlfriend, her husband comes over and escorts her away. His wedding ring is on his right hand and not his left.
At the military funeral, the soldiers fold the flag wrong, as the stars should never face down. Soldiers would definitely know this.
When Jude and Max run into each other at Princeton and the books fly everywhere, they leave some papers on the ground.
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Continuity 

In the first scene where Jude is at home with his mother, he barely spreads butter over a piece of bread and puts it in his mouth. When he turns around, the butter is spread across the entire piece.
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When Lucy is trying to make it to the roof at the end of the movie the police officers go from having night sticks in their hands to having their hands facing palms out to stop the crowds.
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When Max is playing golf on the roof the beer bottle used for as a tee disappears and reappears between shots.
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Mr. Kite's yellow gloves vanish when he's ushering the group into the tent, then reappear when he's in the tent.
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While the characters are outside Mr. Kite's tent, the lighting and shadows keep changing from a mid-day light to a sunset-like light.
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During the "Strawberry Fields Forever" sequence a shot shows Jude's foot splattered with bright red paint. Once the shot cuts away and back, the paint disappears. When the shot then cuts away and back a second time the splattered paint is on his foot again.
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During the "It Won't Be Long" sequence in Lucy's bedroom with her sister and her sister's friend, the young girls are laying on the bed holding a bowl of popcorn and singing backup to Lucy, in the next shot, when Lucy joins them on the bed, the popcorn has dissolved into thin air.
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During the "Strawberry Fields Forever" sequence, when Jude first starts to paint the big strawberry, his right arm is behind his head before he starts to paint. His arm crosses his body to the left and when the camera shot is zoomed out, his right arm is behind his head again.
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Towards the end where the police are blocking off the Strawberry Jams building, in one scene as Lucy just got back they don't have the batons, but the shot right after they are all holding batons.
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During the school dance the one of the musicians switches from playing the keyboard to playing the drums in the same song.
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Dr. Robert's bus, when it's rolling into town and when it's on its way to Dr. Geary's place, has two separate cloth chairs on the back of it, but when it pulls away from there without Jude, Lucy, etc., it has a love-seat.
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Crew or equipment visible 

While Max is fighting in Vietnam during "Helter Skelter" his M16 has a blank firing adapter installed on the end of the barrel, which allows the prop weapon to fire multiple rounds.
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When Jude was in the first car of the subway during "Across the Universe", a crew can be seen in the window reflection on the right side of the screen.
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Errors in geography 

The "Dayton" athletic field scene for "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" is filmed in Brooklyn's Red Hook section, in front of the former Port of New York Authority Grain Terminal. When the camera takes Prudence's point of view, the tops of lower Manhattan and Jersey City skyscrapers can be seen over the trees.
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Factual errors 

The armory which Max enters is actually located on 26th Street and Lexington Avenue in New York City. At the armory there is a gold "69" in the floor when you enter. It represents the Fighting 69th Regiment located in this armory. When Max enters the "69" is not visible.
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Military deaths are reported to family by two officers, one of which is a Chaplain. The personnel that tell Daniel's mother of his death are both Sergeants.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the "With a Little Help From My Friends" scene Jude is "handed" a joint, if you look closely his fingers are touching each other indicating they aren't holding anything. Yet a split second later he coughs out a puff of smoke. This is done because they were filming on Princeton University's campus and they weren't allowed to have actually drugs, so they mimed the joint instead. This is stated in the movie commentary. This was also done to keep the film from receiving an "R" rating.
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Revealing mistakes 

The boy in the coffin during the "Let it Be" sequence is very clearly breathing.
In the scene where the white women dance on top of the water and, subsequently, fall in, one of the platforms that a dancer (on the right side of the "v") is standing on is clearly visible, covered and uncovered by the waves.
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During the "Come Together" dance number in the New York, one of the dancers holding a briefcase trips during the combination.
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As Mr. Kite backs up, he inadvertently bumps into one of the blue people.
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The movie clearly takes place in November (hence Thanksgiving) in and around New York City and progresses from there, but snow is never seen. Also, it would be way too cold to be driving around with the top down in a convertible.
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During the "Happiness Is A Warm Gun" scene, whenever the priest closes the soldier's eyes, meaning that he's died, right before the priests closes the lids, you see the soldier's eyes briefly blink.
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When Jojo is walking down the street after the businessmen "dance" his reflection is missing from the window behind him.
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When Lucy shoots the ball in the basketball scene of "It Won't Be Long", she ends up missing, but in the first shot of the ball hitting the rim, it clearly looks like it's going in.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Max is in the hospital, the bed posts change between the beginning and end of the scene.
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