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(2011)

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Anachronisms 

Skeeter is shown using liquid paper, which in 1963 was still being sold out of its inventor's house and was not yet widely available. People used hard, round "typewriter erasers" and brushes to correct typing errors.
When Minnie is showing how to make fried chicken, the can of Crisco is a modern can with the current color scheme and logo. '60s cans were not as colorful.
The red Corvette roadster driving past the station wagon in the beginning of the film is a 1965. Later in the film Medgar Evers is shot (1963).
Features a Model 1205 Electrolux cannister vacuum cleaner, the first rectangular cannister, which wasn't available until about 1970.
The check received by Hilly in the mail from Celia Foote has an endorsement line on the back of the check. That line didn't exist on checks prior to 1987 when it was required by the federal government.
The phones shown are rotary dial and the correct styles and colors available at the time but many have an RJ modular connector on the hand set that was not available until the 1970s. The handset cords and at least one of the extension cords are also the newer flat style, at the time the movie was set they would be thicker and round with both cords usually the same color as the phone set.
Near the end of the scene with the commodes. The closest toilet has a modern plastic fill valve. In the 1960's all of these valves were brass or copper. The color would have been of that metal or a shade of green from corrosion.
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The gospel "Victory is Mine" used in the movie and on the soundtrack was actually not written in the 1960's. It was composed by Greg Nelson with a copyright date of 1984, Shepherd's Fold Music, River Oaks Music Company. Also, the style the choir used in the movie in singing the song is clearly too contemporary for the 1960's.
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(at around 45 mins) When Skeeter drives into downtown Jackson at the beginning of the film there is a Triumph Motorcycle parked in the background. The color scheme of the motorcycle's tank is the same as the factory color scheme from a 1970 Triumph Tiger 650. The movie takes place around 1962-1963.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the first church scene, during which the preacher speaks of loving one's enemy, the choir and congregation go into a song with rhythmic clapping. The video and audio of this clapping are quite noticeably mismatched.
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Character error 

When Skeeter is writing the newsletter, she types "the Holbrook's house" rather than "the Holbrooks' house."

Continuity 

When Minnie agrees to work for Celia, Celia shakes her Coke and almost all of the Coke comes out. Later, when they walk into the house, her Coke is nearly full again.
When Hilly and Elizabeth are eating at the restaurant/coffee house, Elizabeth's earrings appear and disappear.
At the beginning of the film when Skeeter drives into town for her interview, it shows her driving down a dirt road. Yet when she pulls into town, her car is sparkling clean.
When Aibileen is walking away from Elizabeth's house, her uniform is stained with sweat from under her arms, but as she walks further, you can see her uniform is clean again
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When Skeeter is trying on her mother's dress, the sleeves on the dress go from off her shoulders to on her shoulders in between camera shots.
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When Stuart stands up frustrated that Skeeter won't accept his apology, his tie switches from being centered and off to the side in different shots.
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When Skeeter is arguing with her boyfriend about writing the book, the camera shows her necklace with the clasp in one position and, when the camera quickly returns to her, it is in another position.
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When Yule Mae asks the Holbrooks for the advance in wages, Mr. Holbrook quickly excuses himself claiming he's late. As he bends down to give his wife a peck on the cheek, his tie is not clipped to his shirt. After the kiss, and a director's cut, it is properly fixed.
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At the benefit, Jolene is very heavily pregnant whilst stood at the table with Hilly, but has a significantly flatter stomach and smaller dress front when she goes on stage to announce the raffle.
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After Minnie tells Skeeter and Aibileen about the "Terrible Nasty" she leaves via the back porch. A car drives by without using its headlights even though it is night time.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Johnny and Celia are walking at the fund raiser the microphone boom or camera hit the ceiling fan chain and send it swinging right in front of the couple.
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Factual errors 

When Minnie burns the chicken, the top is shown burnt.
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In a kitchen scene, while Aibileen is mixing tea, a white pyrex bowl with a gold butterfly design is visible in the dish drainer on the counter. This pattern was not available until 1972.
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Miscellaneous 

When Minnie takes her letter from Skeeter outside to show Abilene, Abilene starts jumping up and down on the spot before Minnie does, and before she knows why Minnie is excited.
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At 1.19.38 at the scene with the commodes outside Miss Hilly's house where Aibeleen is comforting May Mobley she bends to talk to the child and a blue commode is appearing behind them which is not there either before or after that moment.
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Hilly's husband jolts awake in bed a second before Hilly starts screaming.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

At the fund raiser, Celia rips some of Miss Hilly's dress off. Later when Miss Hilly is outside with her mother, it appears to be fixed again. However, upon closer inspection, the sleeve is clearly pushed up against the rest of the dress to make the damage less conspicuous - a gap can be seen where her skin is showing through.

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