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We Are Marshall (2006) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Nate places the football on the tee at the ceremony, a voice on the microphone can be heard through the speakers. When the camera angle rises above Nate, no one is at the microphone.
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Anachronisms 

When the tall player is recruited off the basketball court, the basketball hoop is portable, with a breakaway rim. Marshall's basketball gym has the same rims. Breakaway rims were invented after 1981, when Darryl Dawkins of the Philadelphia 76ers broke two backboards in two nights.
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Coach Lengyel and President Dedmon talk in a basketball gym about getting the NCAA to let them play football. The court has a three-point line, which the NCAA adopted in 1983, and the National Federation of High School Rules adopted in 1984.
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One scene includes a train in the background. One freight car has a Conrail logo, founded in 1976. Another freight car has a CSX logo, founded in 1980. The lead locomotive is a modern 'comfort cab' (also called Canadian Cab or Safety Cab) with a current Union Pacific paint scheme. Union Pacific had no trackage east of Kansas City in 1971, and run-through locomotives from other railroads were not common in the early 1970s.
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The goal posts on the field are 18 feet, 6 inches across. In the 1970's, the goal posts were 23 feet, 4 inches across; they were narrowed in 1991.
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During the first half of the Xavier game, a defender recovers a fumble and returns it for a long gain. Until 1990, a defensive player could not advance a recovered fumble.
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When Nate Ruffin and a varsity player talk on the roof of a campus building, the new Library and Football Stadium, built in the 1990s, can be seen in the background. The stadium appears only once, and is edited out of subsequent shots. It doesn't appear in the DVD version.
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When the President of Marshall calls potential coaches, he crosses out a 910 area code, established in 1993, and a 336 area code, established in 1997.
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When Jack Lengyel and Paul Griffen are seated at Boone's, and Lengyel eats a piece of pie, a minivan passes on the street behind them. Minivans did not exist in 1971.
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You can clearly hear tight Kevlar snare heads in the soundtrack. Kevlar drum heads weren't in use till the late-'80s.
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In the locker room soon after the crash, during the discussion about continuing the football program, a new 1971 football helmet is hanging on the wall.
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When a crowd of people walk past a residence to the first football game of the 1971 season, one woman has a tattoo on her left ankle. A woman with visible tattoos was very rare during that era, especially in an ultra-conservative town like Huntington, WV.
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When Jack Lengyel and Red Dawson review the black-and-white 16mm footage of the "Veer" plays, the footage includes large square pixels, indicating that it was blown-up from a lower-resolution digital source. That particular optical flaw is specific to the Internet, and is most commonly seen in low-resolution user uploaded videos. In 1971, blowing up low-resolution film would result in grainy footage.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Jack says "darn" to Red in church, but his lips clearly say "damn".
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Character error 

All the characters, including Coach Lengyel, consistently pronounce Wooster College's name as though it rhymes with "rooster" - whereas the college's (and the town's) name is actually pronounced by residents and students, like "Worcester" as in Worcester, Massachusetts (or England), i.e. "wuss-ter."
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Continuity 

After recruiting the new players, the coaches talk about having a quarterback named John Cady. When they go to the field to practice, Lengyel asks about his options for quarterback, and no one mentions John Cady.
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When the Morehead player scores a touchdown, the camera zooms in to the scoreboard, which says 28. In the next shot, of a player in the end zone, the scoreboard says 22.
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Coach Lengyel talks out of the right side of his mouth. In one scene, while visiting West Virginia University, the camera shows his reflection in a trophy. He starts talking out of the left side of his mouth, then switches, as if he realized his mistake. When Coach Lengyel first looks at the trophy, he talks out of the side of his face. In the next shot, Lengyel's mouth is flat.
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At the end of the first home game, the team celebrates in front of completely empty grandstands. They couldn't have emptied that quickly, before the on-field celebrations ended.
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Factual errors 

In spring 1971, Jack Lengyel and Red Dawson approach WVU football coach Bobby Bowden for use of his "veer" formation. Dawson says the two schools "are rivals." Bowden agrees to help, saying "We don't play y'all this year." WVU and Marshall are basketball rivals; they hadn't played each other in football since 1923, and didn't again until 1997.
Nate and his teammate ride to the plane crash in a 1972 GMC truck.
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The closing narration states that Jack Lengyel "is now in the College Football Hall of Fame." He was never inducted into the Hall of Fame, though he received an award.
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At halftime of the Xavier vs. Marshall game, the radio announcer refers to the Xavier Pirates. They're actually the Xavier Musketeers.
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When Coach Lengyel and President Dedmon talk about getting the NCAA to let them play football, Dedmon mentions that he will be married 25 years in May. Dedmon was 39 in April 1971, which would mean he got married at 14. Even in West Virginia, that's not likely.
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In 1971, the logo on WVU's football helmets was a small w with a large looping v and a small u, not a basic black WVU.
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Miscellaneous 

As Red Dawson reads the newspaper after the crash, the camera pans over the list of deceased players. The same players' names are repeated several times next to the photos of the coaching staff.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Lengyel runs out of the house chasing his son and sees Marshall fans walking to the first 1971 home game against Xavier, pink and white blooms are visible on the dogwood trees in the background. The game was played September 25, 1971, when the dogwoods would not be in bloom.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Anne gives Paul's engagement ring back, shots from Paul's point of view show her hand shaking very hard when she reaches out to him. From Anne's point of view, her hand is very still.
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