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The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The barbed wire around Stammheim Prison is of a modern type with blades rather than barbs.
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For a split second during the bombing of an American military HQ in Frankfurt, a soldier is seen bleeding profusely on a poster for The Dictator's album, Manifest Destiny. This bombing took place in 1972, while Manifest Destiny was released in 1977, and The Dictators didn't even form until 1973.
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The FEG P9R pistol used by Petra Schelm wasn't invented until ten years after she was killed.
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The Croatian Mini Ero used in the ambush/kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer did not exist at the time the incident took place.
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The helicopter that police flies near the courtyard of the prison interrupting the prisoners conversation is an Agusta A109 (Hirundo), this helicopter was still in development (early 70's) and first deliveries of it where in 1976 of which none, as far as known, to the German police.
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In several scenes throughout the movie the characters wears Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses. Problem is: The Ray-Ban logo which is visible in the top, right corner of the right glass wasn't introduced until 1987. The movie takes place in the 1970's.
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Continuity 

The German Border Police used in 1972 the helicopter type Bell Uh-1D (as shown in the movie and the documentary footage). But the scene of the explosion shows a Bell 222 (known also from "Air-Wolf). The first flight of a Bell "Tripple Two" was August 13, 1976; the production started in 1978. Further the Bell 222 has a landing gear and two engines, the Bell UH-1D a landing skid and one engine.
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Ulrike Meinhof's twin daughters Bettina and Regine first appear in the opening scene in 1967 when they are 9 years old. Yet 3 years later when living in Sicily and rescued by Stefan Aust, they haven't aged at all.
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Ulrike Meinhof's cuts her hair short earlier in the movie prior to her arrest, presumably trying to disguise herself. However her hairstyle remains unchanged throughout her time spent in prison, even appears to be the same length.
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During the scene at the Palestinian training camp when the Germans were reprimanded for sunbathing on the rooftop, there is a discontinuity regarding the sunglasses worn by actress Nadja Uhl. During the close-ups, the actress who can be seen standing at the right foreground appears to wearing the sunglasses. When the camera zooms out, she is not wearing the sunglasses but holding them at her hips instead. Yet when the camera switches back to the close-up a few seconds later, she is again wearing the sunglasses.
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Factual errors 

While making a telephone call in an adjoining room, Ignes Ponto became an eyewitness of the assassination of her husband Jürgen Ponto in their house. In the movie, she is sitting on patio in the sunshine from where she is not able to see that Jürgen Ponto is shot.
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After Buback's assassination, his car comes to a stop facing a pole which is inconsistent with a historical photograph shown in a subsequent shot.
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Revealing mistakes 

Reuse of a prop: An 8mm movie camera in a scene from 1967 is identical to one used by different characters in a scene from 1977.
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