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Frost/Nixon (2008) Poster

(2008)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

In one scene, David Frost tapes a segment with an escape artist in front of the Sydney Opera House, for his Australian talk show. The Quay Grand apartment complex, also known as "The Toaster", is in the background. It was built in 1999.
When David first arrives to meet Nixon, a modern satellite dish is clearly visible on top of La Casa Pacifica.
The Beverly Hilton lobby is clearly modern.
Several modern glass-fronted buildings appear throughout the film.
While Frost and his team are doing research, modern VHS cassettes are visible in one scene. While the VHS format debuted in September 1976, it's extremely unlikely that they would have had VHS tapes of events that happened 2 years earlier.
When Frost and Caroline Cushing sit next to each other in the 747, Cushing's left arm rest has a digital channel display with channel up/down buttons. In 1977, the controls would have been mechanical.
Around the 1973/4 segment of the film, David Frost is filming in Australia. He watches the resignation speech in colour. Australia did not go to colour TV until 1975.

Continuity 

For the final daytime interview with Nixon, the Frost team gets into a red car at the hotel, and out of a black car at the Smith house.
In the scene on the final day where Brennan follows Nixon into the side room, the door is closed, and the Secret Service agent on the right hand side signals two, as in two entered the room. When the camera angle changes to get Frost reaction, the same agent is motioning two again. There would not be a need for the agent to twice motion that two people had entered the room.
When Nixon arrives for the final interview, he arrives in a single car, not a motorcade, as he did for the other interviews. When Nixon leaves, Frost looks out the window, and you can clearly hear the sound of escort motorcycles, which were not there when Nixon arrived.
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At one point, someone mentions that Frost's contract with Australia's Channel 9 has not been renewed. Earlier, during Frost's Sydney TV taping, studio cameras had the ATN Channel 7 logo.

Factual errors 

After the third interview with Nixon, on March 28 1977, Frost mentions that it is his birthday. Frost's birthday is April 7.
Frost and Nixon behave as if they've never met before. In real life, Frost interviewed Nixon when he ran for president in 1968. Nixon enjoyed the interview so much that after he was elected, he met with Frost in the White House to discuss producing a television special.
Upon Frost's first meeting with Nixon at La Casa Pacifica, the former president tells a story about presenting Soviet Premier Brezhnev with a Lincoln Continental. Although Brezhnev was given several American cars as gifts, only one was a Continental. This was given to him in 1973 at Camp David, not La Casa Pacifica.
In the end credits, the last name of George Eliot, author of the novel "Middlemarch", is spelled "Elliot."
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When Frost is flying to LAX on a British Airways 747, the flight crew announcements are in a distinctly American accent. While not impossible for British Airways to have American flight deck crew, it would be extremely unlikely.
In the opening section, when Frank Langella delivers Nixon's resignation speech, he says "To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. I have never been a quitter." Nixon actually said "I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body."
At the beginning of the film Nixon is shown with Presidential cuff links that are cobalt blue with a gold eagle and stars. Nixon wore an older style of cuff links that had the Presidential seal in color with a white border and a dark blue background. He also wore a tie clasp made this way.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The 747 Frost rides to the USA has a BOAC logo on its tail, but the text on the side clearly says British Airways. British Airways had several 747-100 series aircraft with this hybrid livery (tail numbers G-AWNB, D, E, F, H, I, J and M).
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When Frost is reporting on the escape artist, he has a hand mic, but the crew is using a boom mic. Normally, he would have only one mic. However, if Frost needs to move to the shore to talk to the escape artist, the boom might not reach. If he wanted it to look like an "on-the-spot" interview, he would hold a fake hand mic.
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When Frost and Nixon meet for the first time at La Casa Pacifica, Nixon says, "See you in March," referring to the interviews. Later in the scene Frost writes a $200,000 check to Nixon, and dates it 3/17/75. He could have post-dated the check, to make sure he didn't pay for canceled interviews.
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Frost's check for Nixon, drawn on the "First Trust Bank of London", is in dollars, not pounds, as one might expect of a British check. However, London and New York (GBP and USD) banking centres enjoy a unique relationship: a USD cheque can be cashed (in either USD, or converted into GBP) in London, and a GBP cheque can be cashed (in either GBP or converted into USD) in New York. A multi-currency account drawn on a London bank can, therefore, be made out in USD.
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Revealing mistakes 

Flipped shot: When Frost pitches his idea to CBS, a poster promoting Hawaii Five-O is on the wall. The poster shows a wave moving from right to left. The image is reversed; commercials and the program's intro show a wave moving from left to right.
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