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(2009)

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Anachronisms 

Kenny uses the expressions "cool" and "blows my mind" during the bar conversation. "Cool" was an adjective, not an exclamation, in the early 1960s. It and "mind-blowing" were usages that came in with the Hippy era of the late 1960s.
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The aria "Ebben Ne andro lontana" from Catalani's opera La Wally is used in the film. The recording was released in 1992 by Naxos. The singer Miriam Gauci was born in 1957. That would have made her 5 years old at the time of the movie.
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There are several typographic anachronisms including the use of Hoefler & Frere-Jones' Gotham (2000) for all of the office door signs at the university (also used in the movie's titles), and Trajan (1989) and Gill Sans (not popularized in the US until the 1970s) in the bank's logo.
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The single malt whisky that George is drinking is a 20 year old North Port from the Rare Malts Series that wasn't introduced till 1999.
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In several shots, a pinkish, non-reflective coating can be seen on Falconer's glasses. Such coatings are a relatively modern invention, and not available in 1962.
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Most of the phones shown have modular RJ11 type connectors for the handsets which were not introduced until the mid 1970s. Phones of this era would have had heavier hardwired handset cords.
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The bar at Charly's house prominently displays Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon (the round bottle with the horse and jockey stopper) which has only been around since 1984.
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Jim's rolled car is a 1963 Rambler Classic station wagon. This model is clearly identifiable as a 1963 model as it had a different grille and tail lights than the 1962 model. The 1963 model would not have been available at the time of the crash which would have been in April of 1962.
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The water carafe used in the bedroom is made by Danish Rosendahl, and wasn't introduced until the end of the 1990s.
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When George is leaving for work in his car and he is looking at the girl who lives in the house across the street dancing in slow-motion, the house behind her has dimensional-style shingles which were not available until the 1980s.
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Continuity 

The dancing ashtray: When the main character is in front of his class, the ashtray on the desk keeps moving from back to front depending on the camera angle. Obviously they shot the scene from one angle, went back and did it at another angle and in the meantime the ashtray had been moved. The intercutting of the angles resulted in the "dancing" ashtray.
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At the end of the movie the bandage that Kenny puts on George's forehead originally doesn't entirely cover the cut. Shortly thereafter it does.
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Jullianne Moore's hairdo goes through numerous changes during their evening at her home. Sometimes the curls are tighter and then looser. Once the bang is heavy and then it is lighter.
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The red pencil sharpeners are displayed in neatly arranged, complete rows, and after one is removed, the next shot of the array of pencil sharpeners shows complete, undisturbed rows.
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Although George spends several minutes deciding how best to off himself, the clock on the bedside table remains unchanged.
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When Charley starts dancing the second song, on the table in front of George, there's a green bottle and to the right a black one. In the next scene the black bottle is in front of the green one.
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George (Colin Firth) puts his arm on the right shoulder of Charley (Julianne Moore) while they are sitting on the couch. In the next shot, he puts his arm on her again.
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At the end of the movie, with George on the floor, the position of his legs and feet changes as the camera angles change back and forth.
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When George is peeking at his neighbors from the toilet, his neighbors house is on the right side of his house. But when he's leaving for work, he drives from the right side of his neighbors house, which suggests his neighbors are on left side of his house.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the dance scene with George and Charley, while the song "Green Onions" is playing, you can see a crew member in the mirror.
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Factual errors 

In the scene nearing the end of the movie, where Falcon goes to the open door to view the full moon, there is an owl in the scene. This owl in the movie is a Eurasian Eagle Owl, only found deep in the forests of Europe and Asia. There would never be a wild Eurasian Eagle owl in L.A.
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On November 30, 1962, a full moon is shown. In fact, the moon on that date was a very thin crescent.
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The movie is set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but that ended on October 28, 1962, while the movie clearly states in the opening moments that it takes place on November 30, 1962.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The white Corvette in the parking lot is indeed a 1963 Stingray. The split rear window was only available in 1963. Production started in 1962 for the '63 model year and is possible that it could be an early delivery.
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Revealing mistakes 

When George gets into his car after his lecture, a contemporary Mercedes Benz, the leather inner panel of the car door looks old and wrinkled, revealing it's indeed an old-timer.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

In the final scene of this superb film, while sitting on the bed and beginning to have his heart attack Colin Firth lays his left hand on the right side of his chest then grabs his right arm. While this is far less common than the pain being on the victim's left, it's possible. However, in subsequent shots, when he's fallen to the floor, he's holding his left arm with his right hand.
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