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Water for Elephants (2011) Poster

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Anachronisms 

The Empire State Building is seen in the distant NYC skyline, complete with its TV tower. The tower wasn't added to the building until 1951.
Double yellow center lines were not used on most roads in the United States until 1971.
When Marlena, Jacob, and August drink Champagne in a New York speakeasy, they drink from fluted glasses, but saucer glasses were used commonly in 1931.
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Several shots prominently display a follow-spot, with the Strong manufacturers name in clear view, which wasn't available until the mid-50s.
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Continuity 

After the altercation at the hotel, the bruises on Jacob's face keep changing between scenes.
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When August hits Marlena, her diamond necklace disappears and reappears throughout the scene.
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The night Jacob and Marlena run away, when Marlena rushes in Jacob's compartment, she wears a black satin robe over her dress which can also be seen when they are standing over the edge of the train ready to jump. However, when they jump and start walking away from the trails, Marlena wears only her dress. The satin robe reappears when they get in the hotel room.
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As Jacob shakes Earl's hand, when he is about to meet August for the first time, the powder on Jacob's shoulders is gone.
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While in the speakeasy August leaves the table that he, Marlena and Jacob are sitting at. Marlena is smoking a fairly short cigarette. In the next scene, the cigarette is noticeably longer.
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After their first dinner together, August is very drunk and Marlena carries him in their bedroom. When she comes out again, where Jacob is sitting, she pulls the drapes together, but doesn't close them completely - there is a significant gap between them. However, when Jacob leaves after Marlena has asked him to, the drapes are completely closed.
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When Marlena first appears with her horses and Silver Star before the performance, the horses wear halters. However, in the circus ring when she is working them at liberty, they don't have halters on. Cut to Marlena as she takes her bow, the line of horses rear behind her and all have on halters again.
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Factual errors 

August incorrectly states that Jacob is an Ivy League grad. The movie which if follows the book takes place during 1931. Although the term "Ivy Colleges" was in use early 1930's, "Ivy League" wasn't first used until the Christian Science Monitor published an article using it on February 7, 1935. The "Ivy League" wasn't officially established until 1954.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Jacob is going to stab August in the bedroom Marlena has a black left eye. The next morning when she comes to visit Jacob the black eye is gone. Actually, it's not a black eye. It's her make-ups that is blurred.

Revealing mistakes 

Rex the lion is supposed to be without teeth, but in many shots can be seen with all of his teeth intact.

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