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Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) Poster

Goofs

Anachronisms 

While Llewyn is making a payphone call on the elevated subway platform (Woodside/61st Street), a modern 7 train pulls into the station on the opposite track.
Despite being set in 1961, Llewyn passes a poster for Disney's "The Incredible Journey" which was released in 1963.
There is a Lava Lamp shown in one scene. The Lava Lamp wasn't invented until 1963 and wasn't available for purchase until 1965.
The Bodoni-style logotype for Columbia Records, on the wall of the office foyer right before the "Dear Mr. Kennedy" recording session, wasn't used until 1970.
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Ewan MacColl's The Shoals of Herring was composed for and first broadcasted in a BBC 'Radio Ballad' in August 1960. Since the film is set in 1961, Llewyn Davis could not have recorded this as an eight year old.
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While driving to Chicago, the "valet" Johnny Five opens a conversation by muttering "Orlovsky" and "Clean Asshole Poems." That would be Peter Orlovsky, who was Allen Ginsburg's long-time partner. But "Clean Asshole Poems" wasn't published until 1978, and the movie is set in 1961.
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Llewyn Davis uses two different capos. In the clubs it appears to be a Hamilton capo which was around in the 1960s (although possibly not as early as 1961) but in other scenes he is clearly using a Shubb capo which was not available until 1980.
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Near the end of the movie, Llweyn walks past a movie theater and the billboard shows a poster of The Incredible Journey. The movie wasn't released until 1963.
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Despite being set in 1961, all of the Checker Cabs visible in the film are actually post-1973 models, identifiable by the large "guardrail"-style bumpers.
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The police car that pulls them over on the Chicago trip is a 1963 Plymouth.
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"The Last Thing on My Mind" performed by Troy Nelson (Stark Sands) at the Gaslight was not recorded by its author, Tom Paxton, until 1964.
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In one Greenwich Village street scene, the back end of a 1962 Cadillac is clearly visible in several shots, even though the film takes place in early 1961.
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The drum kit seen in the background of the studio recording scene is from a much later period.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the final scene, Bob Dylan doesn't strum his guitar to the audio of "Farewell".
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Continuity 

When LLewyn and Jean are talking on the couch in Jean's apartment, Jean's hair repeatedly changes position between shots.

Errors in geography 

US 80 does NOT go through Akron. That's I-80 (not built in 1961). US 80 goes from San Diego to Savannah.
Early in the film, Llewyn takes the subway downtown to Greenwich Village, and when he arrives at Sheridan Square, we see him coming up from the uptown platform, as if he had been traveling from the other direction. (He should have come up from the staircase across the street visible in the same shot.)
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Factual errors 

During the scene in Washington Square park, the new stone benches that were added to the park in the recent renovation are clearly visible in the background.
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The soldier was wearing the correct 1961 fatigues/work clothes. However, soldiers were not permitted to travel in them until recent years and had to be in actual uniform or civilian clothes.
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Miscellaneous 

Not only does the cover of the "Timlin and Davis" album shown near the beginning of the film recall the cover of "Inside Dave Van Ronk"; we can see that the liner notes are about Van Ronk.
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Plot holes 

When the driver is arrested, the camera zooms to the ignition switch of the 1961 Buick. the keys are gone, but on that model the car would still start and run by turning the switch without a key. in the run position the key can be removed. in the lock position-full left-it cannot be restarted.
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Revealing mistakes 

After Llewyn returns from his Chicago trip and is staying at his sister's house, the Etch-A-Sketch by the bed reads "Welcome Uncle Llewyn," written in capital block letters (except for the "U" which connects to the "N"). However, it is not possible to create unconnected patterns on an Etch A Sketch screen, as the stylus only moves in a connected line, so only cursive(script) style of writing is possible.
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