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In two bull riding scenes, one at the beginning of the movie and one at the end, the gate handlers and rodeo clowns are wearing exactly the same clothes. This would be unlikely since, in the time line of the movie, these scenes take place years apart. It suggests that the scenes were filmed at the same time with no costume changes between scenes.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (29)  | Character error (2)  | Continuity (5)  | Crew or equipment visible (3)  | Errors in geography (1)  | Factual errors (4)  | Plot holes (1)  | Spoilers (1)

Anachronisms 

In Ron's motel office, he has a poster on the wall behind his chair of a Lamborghini Aventador, which was released in 2011. Roughly 25 years after the scene was supposed to have taken place.
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Ron is told that he has tested positive for HIV in 1985. There was no reliable blood test available until late 1986, and the term HIV was not used by the medical community at that time. People were diagnosed as having AIDS based on their white cell count and other symptoms.
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The television in Dr. Saks' home is an early-2000s model.
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When Ron returns from Mexico the first time, presumably around 1987, the border agent asks for his passport, which Ron hands him. Passports were not a requirement to cross the Mexico-U.S. border until 2008.
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Ron Woodroof wears Ray-Ban polarized sunglasses, first sold in the late-2000s.
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One of the medications Ron takes in his motel bathroom is Bystolic, a medication released into the market in 2008.
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The stack of hundreds in the Japanese hotel were newer hundreds with the enlarged portrait.
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During one scene in Eve's home, there is a bottle of Cupcake wine which has only been in existence since 2008.
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The TV set in the cheap hotel room is an early 1990's model.
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In the beginning, as Ron is gathering the money for the bet, current style 10 and 20 dollar bills are visible, instead of the older versions from 1985.
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Ron's pints of Jack Daniels feature modern twist off plastic caps, instead of the metal caps used in the 80's.
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Several beer ads in the movie are anachronistic. The Bud Light logo in both the rodeo locker room and the gay bar are a design from 2011. In the rodeo arena, however, the appropriate 1970s Budweiser logo appears. Also, when Ron confronts his coworkers in the bar, both the design on the Budweiser bottles and the neon sign on the bar are from the late 2000s.
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When Ron is told that he's HIV positive, an RJ-45 Ethernet jack is seen on the wall behind him. While Ethernet existed in 1985, its use was not yet widespread and hospitals wouldn't have had a network connection in an exam room.
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In the supermarket is shown a soup section with Campbell Soup display racks. These racks were not invented until 2003 yet the scene was supposed to be from 1986.
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There is a tube of Gleem toothpaste in the bathroom. It is the modern, gold-colored logo instead of the red and blue packaging of the 1980s.
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When Ron and Dr. Saks are sharing a Shiner Bock beer on the house stairs, the closeup of the bottle reveals a label of the modern variety - not realistically depicting the packaging of the film's period.
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When Ron returns from Singapore, there is a close-up of the suitcase going into the trunk of the red Cadillac. The license plate is the correct black on white design with an 86 registration sticker in the corner. When the Cadillac drives away, the license is a newer red, white and blue design with the 09D-591 numbering. The numbers should have been either ABC-123 order or 123-ABC (post-July 1986).
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Eve's home features a refrigerator with a stainless steel finish. Stainless was not widely available for major kitchen appliances until the late 1990s.
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Shibuya crossing in Japan is of modern day Japan with the current Tsutaya logo clearly visible.
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When Ron is in Amsterdam there is a tram from 1989. Also the signs standing before central station are much younger than 1985.
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During the drilling incident with the illegal alien, a red Ford F-150 is visible in the background. That particular model with composition headlamps didn't appear until 1986 at least a year before Ron was diagnosed with HIV. A Saab 900 convertible seen in the background during Ron's first visit to Mexico wasn't imported to the United States until 1987 model year.
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When Ron is told that he's HIV positive it is 1985. The name HIV was created by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses in May 1986 and did not exist at the time of Ron's diagnosis.
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An early scene in the film, set in 1980, has a Bud Light advertising banner in the background. Bud Light was first sold in 1982.
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On his arrival to the U.S., Ron hands over his passport to a U.S. Border Agent who opens it. When opened, the first page of the passport showed the U.S. Secretary of State's message which asks nations to allow uninterrupted passage to the passport holder without any hindrance in three languages (English, French, and Spanish). This passport message was introduced by the U.S. State Department sometime circa 1996 until it was discontinued circa 2005 when the U.S. started issuing e-passports.
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Dr. Sevard has a Littmann Master Cardiology stethoscope in 1985. This model was not developed until 1987.
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In 1985 or '6 when Ron sells drugs on the street next to his Dodge, a white Ford LTD Crown Vicoria is is visible in the background. It's a facelift model, which didn't appear until 1988.
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When Ron returns from Japan, he goes into the men's restroom to inject himself. After injecting himself, he falls off the anachronistic automatic flush toilet.
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During the drilling incident with the illegal alien, a red Ford F-150 is visible in the background. That particular model with composition headlamps didn't appear until 1986 at least a year before Ron was diagnosed with HIV.

A Saab 900 convertible seen in the background during Ron's first visit to Mexico wasn't imported to the United States until 1987 model year.
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The Elnett hairspray on Rayon's beauty vanity is in a newer 2000s-style bottle.
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Character error 

Jared Leto's tattoos, particularly the faint outline of the one on his right collar bone area, are visible several times. Another on his forearm is seen very briefly, and one of his red band tattoos is not covered at all.
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One of the card players asks who Rock Hudson is. Clint says "Haven't you ever seen North by Northwest?" Cary Grant starred in the film, not Rock Hudson.
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Continuity 

When Rayon gives Ron the money from his father, Ron's glasses are on while he's speaking on the phone to the doctors, and off when he's speaking to Rayon.
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When Ron puts the sombrero on Dr. Saks's head while he's trying to talk her into writing out prescriptions for the drugs, the door opens and closes behind him.
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When Ron is sitting on the bull, waiting for his turn to ride, his hand jumps from the top bar of the gate to the second bar down.
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When Rayon visits his father, father puts his glasses on when Rayon sits down. When camera is on Rayon, the tops of the arms of his father's glasses are visible. When the camera is on his father, he has his glasses on. When the shot returns to Rayon and glasses arms are visible again.
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During the first Rodeo scene Ron's hands are dirty. After being arrested and dropped off by the police later, his hands are completely clean.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Ron storms back to his car after gathering his stuff upon eviction, the shadow of the camera is visible on his chest.
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When Eve first walks into the hospital room to see Rayon lying on the bed, part of the reflection of the cameraman is visible on the window in front of her.
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When Ron comes back home and is applauded by his friends and patients, the reflection of the cameraman is in the center of his sunglasses right before he takes them off.
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Errors in geography 

The airport terminal that Ron Woodroof walked through after arriving in from Japan does not resemble Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport interior design at all. A large poster, 'Dallas International Airport Welcomes You', omitted 'Fort Worth' in the name.
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Factual errors 

In his bathroom after injecting himself and taking his pills, one of the bottles on the counter is 'Zidovudine' same thing as AZT, which he telling everyone is poison and not to take.
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During the drilling accident on platform five with the trapped illegal alien, Woodruff says "I'm gonna shut her down," and steps to a nearby "Square D" brand combination motor starter. That starter is clearly already off when he reaches it as evidenced by the operating handle in the downward position and his ability to open the cover without using a screwdriver to defeat the cover latch. The only energized parts within the combination starter in that state are the line side terminals at the very top inside the starter, presumably operating at 240 or 480 Volts, any terminals in the middle part where he inserts his screwdriver are lower voltage, most likely 120 VAC, externally sourced control and interlock circuits which are fused at only about 1 amp. The energy available at those 120 VAC/1 amp terminals is enough to give him a serious shock under the wrong circumstances, but cannot generate the energy necessary for the arc blast seen before he falls and needs the ambulance himself.
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Early in the film when the characters discuss Rock Hudson having AIDS, there is a reference to his "appearance" in the film North by Northwest. It was Cary Grant, not Rock Hudson, who appeared in North by Northwest.
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When Ron is stopped by Customs the first time he enters the US from Mexico (presumably in the 80s), the patch on the Customs Inspector's uniform is incorrect. That patch was not worn until some time in the 90s.
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Plot holes 

Zidovudine is among the drugs Ron initially stockpiles in his motel office. We also see Zidovudine among the medications Ron takes in his motel bathroom. Zidovudine is also known as AZT, the very drug Ron warned to the AIDS patient population to not use throughout the movie.
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Spoilers

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Character error 

When Ron returns from Japan and has a heart attack, he grabs the right side of his chest instead of the left.
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