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(2009)

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Character error 

As mentioned in an earlier post, the 3rd Class Petty Officer on the Itasca should not have saluted the 2nd Class Petty Officer, but the mistake that is more unusual is that when the Commander steps into the room later on, no one says, "Attention on deck!" The standard call when an officer is present. Coming to attention is done instead of saluting indoors, and is stood until the officer says, "Carry on".
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Anachronisms 

George Palmer Putnam and Amelia Earhart hear "Moonglow" on the radio in 1928. The song was recorded in 1934.
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Close ups of Amelia Earhart's watch show it's a Quartz movement (second hand increments once each second), a technology not available until around 1970.
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At the airport in Hawaii, a modern plane is far in the background.
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When Amelia Earhart is signing the Lucky Strike endorsement, George Palmer Putnam hands her what appears to be either a ball point pen or a mechanical pencil. Ball point pens were not in common use until the late 1930's. If this were a pencil, one would never sign a contract in pencil.
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In the ticker-tape scene, the cameramen are using blue-tinted flashbulbs, which are more recent and intended for color film.
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(at around 1 min) When Amelia Earhart and George Palmer Putnam are about to enter the railroad station, you can clearly see the "no firearms permitted" sign on the entrance door at the extreme right of the frame, just behind the Asian couple exiting the building - obviously not in keeping with the era.
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The last view of an Electra showed an aircraft with a modern VOR receiver antenna at mid-point just forward of the rear horizontal stabilizer.
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The radio receiver used by the USCG Itasca has a label showing that it is a model CRV-46147. This particular radio receiver was not contracted by the Navy with RCA until 1939.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the scene when the "Friendship" is about to take off for the first time, we hear the sound of an engine firing and running up. At the same time we see the center engine just starting to turn over, and neither of the other two engines are running.
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When Amelia Earhart is flying and thinking about riding the horse, the horse and rider switch from trotting to galloping between shots but the sound is of a horse cantering throughout the entire scene.
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Continuity 

In one of the first scenes in the movie Amelia has a gap between her front teeth (something the real Amelia had); the gap disappears during the rest of the movie.
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The black and white film of the Lockheed Electra taking off the first time shows a window next to the door, and a window in the door. When the scene reverts to color, the window in the door is missing.
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When Amelia Earhart walks into George Palmer Putnam's room during/after the cocktail party, her necklace is underneath the sheer part of her dress as she walks in and sits down. Later in the scene when the shot cuts from Putnam back to Amelia the necklace is on the outside of her dress rather than underneath as it had been seconds before.
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When Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan talk in the Papua New Guinea hut, a woman leaves the bar, then reappears in the same spot a few seconds later.
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When "Bill" Stultz is near the dock where the "Friendship" plane is getting ready to take off, a coffee cup is in his hand. When he decides to get on the plane, he walks down the dock and puts his cup on a barrel. When the plane turns into the harbor a few seconds later, the cup is gone.
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When Amelia Earhart is riding in the car with Gene Vidal, Amelia switches from looking out the window to at Gene and at one point, she is facing him in one shot then looking forwards in the next.
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Factual errors 

When Amelia is approaching Karachi, it is 1935 and the caption on the screen states "Karachi, Pakistan". Pakistan wasn't formed until Partition from India in 1947. So in 1935 Karachi was still part of India.
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The Itasca crew calls the ship "the USS Itasca." USS only refers to Navy vessels. As a Coast Guard Cutter, it would be the CGC (Coast Guard Cutter) or USCGC Itasca.
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The Coast Guard crewmen on the Itasca are wearing their "whites". They were obviously working, so the enlisted men should have been in light blue chambray shirts and denim pants; the officers should have been in khaki.
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The third-class petty officer, who is nodding off, salutes the second-class petty officer when he enters the room. Enlisted men only salute officers, not each other. Additionally, Navy and Coast Guard personnel never salute indoors, and they do not salute while "uncovered" (not wearing headgear.)
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When the PO2 radioman enters the radio room of the Itasca he is saluted by the PO3. Enlisted men do not salute other enlisted men.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Amelia Earhart asks George Palmer Putnam to dance with her, music plays as soon as she turns the radio on. Radios of the era had vacuum tubes, which had to warm up before anything came from the speaker.
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When Amelia Earhart sets her Vega down in Ireland, it's pristine. There isn't a single bug splatter or any other blemish on the finish to indicate that it just flew the Atlantic ocean.
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When Amelia Earhart flies with Eleanor Roosevelt, the altimeter reads 0 feet the entire time.
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In the Papua radio shack and the Naval facility, no one changes the transmitter from Standby to Transmit during the shortwave radio conversation.
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