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A Single Man (2009) Poster

(2009)

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Anachronisms 

Kenny uses the expressions "cool" and "blows my mind" during the bar conversation. In the early 1960s, "cool" was an adjective, not an exclamation. "Mind-blowing" came into use in the late 1960s.
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Anachronisms 

The single malt whisky George drinks is a 20-year-old North Port from the Rare Malts Series, introduced in 1999.
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Several fonts used did not exist in the 1960s. The university office door signs and the movie's titles use Gotham, introduced in 2000. The bank logo uses Trajan, created in 1989, and Gill Sans, popularized in the US in the 1970s.
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The aria "Ebben Ne andro lontana" from Catalani's opera La Wally is used in the film. Naxos released the recording in 1992. Singer Miriam Gauci was born in 1957, which would make her 5 years old at the time of the movie.
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The water carafe in the bedroom is made by Danish Rosendahl, and was introduced in the late 1990s.
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In several shots, a pinkish, non-reflective coating appears on Falconer's glasses. Such coatings were not available in 1962.
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The bar at Charly's house prominently displays Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon, which was first sold in 1984.
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Jim crashes a 1963 Rambler Classic station wagon, with a different grille and tail lights than the 1962 model. The 1963 model would not have been available in April 1962.
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When George is leaving for work in his car, and 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 first available in the 1980s.
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Most of the phone handsets have modular RJ11-type connectors, which were introduced in the mid 1970s. In the 1960s, phones had heavier, hardwired handset cords.
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Continuity 

When George is in front of his class, the ashtray on the desk keeps moving from back to front depending on the camera angle.
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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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George spends several minutes deciding how best to kill himself, yet the clock on the bedside table doesn't change.
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The red pencil sharpeners are displayed in neatly arranged, complete rows. After one is removed, the next shot shows complete, undisturbed rows.
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At the end of the movie, when George on the floor, the position of his legs and feet changes as the camera angles change back and forth.
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At the end of the movie, the bandage that Kenny puts on George's forehead doesn't entirely cover the cut. In the next shot, it does.
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When Charley starts dancing to the second song, a green bottle is on the table in front of George, and a black bottle is to the right. In the next scene, the black bottle is in front of the green one.
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George puts his arm on Charley's right shoulder while they sit on the couch. In the next shot, he puts his arm on her again.
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When George peeks at his neighbors from the toilet, his neighbors' house is on the right side of his house. When he leaves 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 

When George and Charley are dancing to "Green Onions," a crew member is reflected in the mirror.
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Errors in geography 

Near the end of the movie, when Falcon opens the door to view the full moon, a Eurasian Eagle Owl is visible. They're found deep in the forests of Europe and Asia.
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Factual errors 

A full moon is shown on November 30, 1962. In real life, the moon was a very thin crescent that night.
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The movie is set during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which ended on October 28, 1962. An early title card gives the date November 30, 1962.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The white Corvette in the parking lot is a 1963 Stingray. The split rear window was only available in 1963. Production started in 1962, and 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 car's leather inner panel looks old and wrinkled.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

In the final scene, when George's heart attack starts, he sits on the bed, lays his left hand on the right side of his chest, then grabs his right arm. While the pain is usually on the victim's left, it can occur on the right. In subsequent shots, when George has fallen to the floor, he holds his left arm with his right hand.
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