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Anachronisms 

Vogel uses latex gloves when examining Rachel in 1966, but this was not common in medical practice before the 1980s.
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The necklace camera Rachel uses to surreptitiously photograph Vogel is impossibly small for a film camera of that time period.
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Returning from its mission, the Israeli squad is welcomed at Atarot air field in 1966. At that time, Atarot was actually in Jordanian hands.
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One of the cars shown when the Rachel, Stefan and David are getting off the plane in 1966 is a 1981 Oldsmobile Delta 88.
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The junction box where Stephan listens into the emergency call from Dr. Bernhardt's office is marked "DDR Telekommunikation". The term "Telekommunikation" wasn't in use in German speaking countries before the 1990s.
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In the movie poster, young Rachel Singer (circa 1965) is seen holding a Beretta 92 handgun. This model pistol didn't come out until the mid-1970s.
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When Rachel is been driven in the car in Israel, a green Egged bus is reflected in her sun glasses. Until the end of the '90s all of Egged's buses were red or white with faded red stripes and the company did not change the color of its buses to green until after 2000 but the scene takes place in 1997.
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When Rachael is walking through the airport. There is a 2005 Ford Focus in the background. This film is set in 1997.
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When Rachael is walking through the airport, the plane on the Tarmac behind her is either an Embraer E190 or E195 which were launched in 1999 and did not enter service until 2003. This film is set in 1997.
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In the first scene, the aircraft they get off - and the one landing in the background - is an Antonov An-26. This aircraft was not produced until 1969 whilst this scene is set in 1966. Given it is also a Russian produced aircraft there is no chance the Israelis would be operating it.
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Some of the white-and-yellow trams seen in several scenes are Tatra T or KT models that were built only from the 1970s.
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The ambulance in 1967 has a blue lightbar, which was not introduced until the 1990s.
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Continuity 

In the mental hospital Rachel writes a note from right to left (presumably in Hebrew). The journalist reads the note from left to right.
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The actress playing the younger version of Rachel Singer, Jessica Chastain, has a dimpled chin, but the older Singer played by Helen Mirren does not.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Rachel is entering the code to get into the reporter's (Tiov's) office, a man's face is seen reflected in the glass in the upper left-hand side of the screen.
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Errors in geography 

The laundry minivan that services the asylum has the plates belonged to the Kiev region, not the Vinnitsa where the asylum is located.
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Factual errors 

The fleet of Barkas B1000 mail vans parked in their depot bear the markings "DDR Post". This is incorrect; the postal service of the German Democratic Republic was always known as the "Deutsche Post".
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The Barkas B1000 ambulances bear the marking "Krankentransport" as well as a green-on-white cross sign. This is incorrect. Barkas ambulances in the German Democratic Republic were marked with a red-on-white cross and the words "Schnelle Medizinische Hilfe" meaning "Fast Medical Assistance".
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The Ukrainian newspaper page that Helen is looking at has been written with many misspellings.
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It is only on Rachel's third visit to the fertility doctor (and possibly even later) that he finally asks her if her periods are regular. In fact, asking about menstrual regularity would be among the first questions, if not the very first, that any fertility specialist would ask the patient.
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The depiction of the train station Wollankstraße is completely wrong. The train station Wollankstraße was in fact located in the Soviet sector of Berlin but as the main entrance was located in the west sector it was used as a station for West Berlin operated by East Berlin personnel. So trains did not run through like they did at other transit stations but rather stopped there allowing people to embark or disembark. Also, the train station in the movie has overhead lines, while the real Wollankstraße is an S-Bahn station which uses a third rail, meaning that neither the station nor the trains are correct.
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Revealing mistakes 

The newspaper page with Helen's picture contains text absolutely not related to her.
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Spoilers

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Factual errors 

When Rachel is at the mental hospital in the Ukraine and writing a note to reporter Yuri Tov, she is writing on the pad from right to left. If she was writing Hebrew this would be correct. But there is no reason that the reporter would know Hebrew, so she should be writing the note in Ukrainian, Russian, or English, which would be left to right.
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