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Anachronisms 

When Andy takes Lynne to the movies, he goes to the snack bar to get some popcorn. The Coca-Cola cups are of the 1990s, not like those of the time setting. In the late 1970s, Coca-Cola was simply called "Coca-Cola" or "Coke". The word 'classic' was not introduced until 1985, after the failure of New Coke.
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Andy is playing a Ms. Pac-Man arcade machine, when George tells him that the producers of Taxi agreed to his terms. That's three years before the game came out.
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Well before his Saturday Night Live begins, Andy is seen doing his classic impression of "Mr. Carter, the president." Jimmy Carter was not yet even running for president at the time, and didn't get the office until halfway through the program's second season.
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The scene in which Andy and Jerry appear on Late Night with David Letterman was filmed on the similar, but not identical set of Late Show with David Letterman. Also, David Letterman is shown wearing glasses, which he did not do in the early 1980s (see trivia).
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When Andy is on Saturday Night Live: George Carlin/Billy Preston/Janis Ian, the announcer says Saturday Night Live. However, the show was originally known as "NBC's Saturday Night."
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There is an African American Rockette at Carnegie Hall. The Radio City Rockettes never had an African American member until 1988.
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At the college theatre, several theatrical lighting fixtures can be seen from the back stage view. These are known as Electronic Theatre Control's "Source 4" fixtures and were not produced until 1995.
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Lorne Michaels plays the executive producer of Saturday Night Live in 1982, when the infamous vote to ban Andy Kaufman took place. In reality, Dick Ebersol was executive producer of the show; Michaels left the show in 1980 and did not return until 1985. The vote was presented by then cast member Gary Kroeger.
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The model of Sony broadcast monitor used in the "vertical hold" scene dates from the 1990s, not the 1970s.
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In the "Mighty Mouse" scene, supposed to take place in 1975, the "Proud N" NBC logo, depicting a peacock inside the letter N, is seen on the studio camera. The Proud N logo wasn't introduced until 1979 (the logo used in 1975 was simply an N divided into red and blue trapezoids).
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A banner says that the Andy Kaufman-Jerry Lawler match is taking place at a Global Wrestling Federation event. The match was held in 1982 at a Continental Wrestling Association event in Memphis, TN. The Global Wrestling Federation was a Dallas, TX promotion that existed from 1991-1994.
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When Andy comes to George's office to discuss the offer for the 'Taxi' TV series, there's a picture of Bob Newhart and Mary Frann from 'Newhart' on George's office wall. 'Taxi' debuted in 1978; but Newhart and Frann did not debut on 'Newhart' until 1982.
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Character error 

During his 1979 Carnegie Hall show ("Milk and cookies for everyone!") Andy presents an old movie clip and says, "We have with us the last surviving cowgirl from that 1931 film." However, the clip shown is from a 1942 movie, The Forest Rangers.
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Continuity 

When Andy is getting his Elvis Presley impersonation together he puts on a guitar, but in the next cut when he's facing the audience the guitar is gone.
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When Tony Clifton walks onto the set of Taxi with 2 prostitutes, the blonde is wearing a light purple top but later when sitting on top of the prop cab she is wearing an orange top.
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After Andy gives his Elvis Presley impersonation, the same guy (long hair in a pony-tail) can be seen rising from his seat several different times to give a standing ovation.
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Factual errors 

Certain individuals depicted at Andy Kaufman's funeral were not there in real life.
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At the end, the MPAA certificate number is listed as 369,916, which has one digit too many. At the time it should have been near 37,000.
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Jim Ross was not the ringside announcer during the Jerry Lawler vs Andy Kaufman match in Memphis. Lance Russell was the ring announcer and ringside announcer.
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Miscellaneous 

During the scene where Tony Clifton is performing and Andy Kaufman walks out, making people believe that Kaufman and Clifton are two separate people, Clifton is played by Jim Carrey up to the point when Kaufman emerges from behind the curtain. Clifton is then portrayed by Paul Giamatti until Kaufman goes backstage, where Clifton is then played by Carrey again for the remainder of the scene.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Numerous anachronisms can be chalked up to artistic decisions; the film intentionally plays fast and loose with the timeline. For example, the Carnegie Hall performance was years before Andy Kaufman's cancer diagnosis; the title song wasn't written until after Andy's death; Andy didn't meet Lynne Margulies at a wrestling match; Stacy Carter hadn't met Jerry Lawler before Andy died (and certainly hadn't married him). Andy performs his imitation of President Jimmy Carter (elected 1976) before Saturday Night Live begins.
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Plot holes 

George presents an offer to star in Taxi, and Andy replies that "ABC will just have to accept" his conditions. George hadn't mentioned ABC, so how did Andy know which network was involved?
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