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The Sapphires (2012) Poster

(2012)

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Anachronisms 

The movie is set in 1968, but The Sapphires sing The Staple Singers' "I'll Take You There" (released in 1972) and Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" (released in 1970). It also features "Run Through the Jungle" (released in 1970) in the opening scene.
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Anachronisms 

The opening scene shows a girl running through a field of canola in 1958. The first canola in Australia was planted in 1968, but was not grown commercially until the 1990s.
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When in Vietnam the girls sing into a Shure Beta 58 microphone, easily spotted by the blue ring around the head of the microphone. The 58a wasn't in use until around 1996.
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At the Tupperware party set in 1968, someone is seen holding a Tupperware product from the 1980s, the Harvest Gold Microwave Steamer.
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Throughout the movie the girls are seen performing on Shure SM58 Microphones which were released in 1966. This is chronologically correct as the movie is set in 1968. However when they are performing to the 19th Infantry Division in Nha Trang, the microphones being used are Shure Beta 58 Mic's which weren't released until 1989.
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The name tags on the U.S. soldiers' uniforms run along the slanted chest pockets. That early, they were sewn on horizontally, parallel to the bottom hem of the shirt.
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The film is set in 1968. During the card game, more modern American currency (from the late 1990s) can be seen.
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The bottle of Ballantyne's that Dave is drinking during the poker game has a plastic cap ring around its neck.
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The "blackened catfish" is both an anachronism and a factual error. "Blackening" is not a traditional Cajun cooking technique. It was invented by Chef Paul Prudhomme in the late 70s and popularized by him in the 1980s.
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All of the Tupperware shown is from the mid-70s and later. The colors are all 70s colors - avocado green, harvest gold, burnt orange - and Tupperware didn't introduce the Instant Seal until that time.
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Although the film is set in 1968, Dave plays a Fender Rhodes Stage electric piano, this particular model wasn't made until 1970.
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Factual errors 

No US Soldier "in country" would have been in possession of US currency - only "scrip" (a form of pseudo money) was used. Scrip could be exchanged for US money only on leaving the country. Possession of US currency was an offense subject to court martial.
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The Sapphires are shown performing for the 19th Infantry Division. However, the 19th Infantry Division was deactivated in 1944 and never served in Vietnam.
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The girls are told on two occasions that they'll be performing for US Marines, but are always shown performing for the US Army.
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The US army give them a 1940's Citroen car with the driver seat on the right side which could be found in Australia but not in Vietnam. France's colonial Indochina, actual Vietnam or the US drive on the right and have the driver seat on the left.
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At the Nha Trang concert, they are shown as being protected by military police from the 716th MP Brigade. That unit operated in Saigon, not Nha Trang.
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When the group first arrived in Vietnam, the M151 they were riding in had raised white letters on the tires. Military vehicles have never had raised white letters on their tires.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When the girls go to visit Dave Lovelace in hospital, a modern wheelchair with "Economy" back wheels is pushed across frame in the background. Standard spoked "bicyle" wheels were the only option until the 1980s.
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