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Anachronisms 

When the men are unloading the weapons from the US Army truck, two men can be seen carrying a box of rifles labeled "M-16" but the US Army didn't start getting M-16 rifles until 1964 which would have been three years after the Bay of Pigs Invasion that took place in 1961.
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The plane that takes Frank to his hit on Jimmy has a glass cockpit - devices that were not around at that time.
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The chartered Cessna light-twin has modern "computer" instruments not in production for several years to come. Its parked propeller doesn't move, it's parked in the same spot, & the clouds are the same in both the arrival & return scenes. The identification N-number is of a design not available in that much-earlier era. It's a charter-op's turbocharged piston-engine plane, not a private jet.
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The scrap yard that Dorfman takes his car to is run by all modern equipment that didn't exist in the 1960s.
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In the airport scene where Frank is flown off to Detroit (in 1975, according to the hotel registration card), a Cessna 421C is shown bearing tail registration number N212RV, but according to public FAA records that specific Cessna 421C was not certified airworthy until 6/27/1979.
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The Cessna plane that Frank flies in to Detroit in 1975, with a registration number N212RV, was not built or certified to fly until 1979.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At 2:12:20, when Jimmy is taking to Russ, Jimmy's mouth is not moving when he is saying "that's right nobody"
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Continuity 

Towards the end of the movie, when Frank is being checked by the nurse, her stethoscope changes from being in place in her ears, to being around her neck, as the camera angle changes.
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When Tony Pro talks to Jimmy in prison, more ice cream magically appears in Hoffa's dish.
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In the middle of the movie, when the Hoffa character stops Sheenan from storming out of the office in which Hoffa was haranguing his staff, Sheenan puts on his overcoat and the two discuss their differences, the camera switching perspective. When the camera fixes on Sheenan, the lapel of the overcoat is tuned down. When the camera looks at the Hoffa character, the lapel is turned up.
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The special ring that Frank received kept switching back and forth between his left and right hand ring finger.
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Using proper flag etiquette, the flag WOULD BE lowered all the way before being raised to the full staff position. It is never raised without being lowered first.
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On the way to pick up Jimmy Hoffa, Frank's position on the back seat changes from left to middle back to left in between shots.
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When Frank was beating up the shopkeeper, Peggy was standing watching. During the long shots, she wasn't reacting, but in the closeups, her face showed horror.
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When the news is broadcast that JFK is dead in the coffee shop, Ray Romano has on all black frames on his glasses. The next scene, where they are raising the flag on the Teamster's building roof, he is wearing different ones.
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While driving after the meeting with Tony Pro in Florida, Frank and Jimmy pass a teal and white ford truck. In the next shot, a truck with the same colour scheme is in front of them.
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Errors in geography 

In the beginning of the movie, Frank Sheeran talks about taking 476 North. At that time, there was no 476 North, the highway back then was route 9. It didn't change to 476 til 1996.
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When confronting the shop owner who pushed his daughter, a nearby street sign reads Allegheny Avenue. Allegheny Avenue is not in South Philadelphia.
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Factual errors 

The movie says that Dorfman was shot and killed in Chicago in 1979. He was actually shot and killed outside a Lincolnwood, IL hotel in 1983.
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Pennsylvania vehicles do not have license plates on the front of their cars. Some cars are shown with a tag on the front bumper.
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In scenes where the characters are riding in cars, the windows are all open, but no one's hair is moving and no sign of the air coming into the car.
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The movie states that Allen Dorfman was killed in Chicago in 1979, when in fact he was shot and killed in the parking lot of suburban Chicago hotel in 1983.
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In the bowling scene the ball return is under the lanes, that didn't exist in the 60's the balls should have been visible returning between the set of lanes.
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When the taxis are being dumped into the water there are 2 distinct models of Checker cars, some have side maker lights on the front and back fenders, others do not. Side marker lighting was not made mandatory in the USA until 1968, meaning some of the cars in the shot are pre-1968 model Checkers, and others are 1968 or newer.
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During the real-life assassination of Albert Anastasia in the barbershop of the Park Sheraton Hotel, the hitmen covered their faces with scarves before carrying out the hit. But in the film, the hitmen are seen approaching their target with no attempt being made to cover their faces.
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Miscellaneous 

When Frank, who has driven trucks for years, pulls out in a semi headed for Florida, he cuts the left turn way too tight and would not have been able to clear the adjacent building.
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Pennsylvania only had front license plates from 1946 to 1952. Several scenes in the film from the 60's and 70's showed vehicles with front plates.
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In all the scenes outside near the house where Jimmy Hoffa got murdered there are fiber network cables under the power day which didn't exist at that time. Also the slack carriers (visible in one scene filmed on the junction near the house with a view from above are actual models which hasn't existed back then.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Hoffa notices the flag on top of the Teamsters building is at half-mast because of JFK's assassination, he goes to the roof to have it fully raised again. When his men raise it, it's at the bottom of the flagpole instead of half-mast. This is because the proper ritual for restoring a half-mast flag to full-mast is to lower it from half-mast to the bottom, then raise it to full.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the key scene where Frank meets Russel, Russel suggests the issue is the timing chain. He tells Frank how to fix it. A timing chain repair is a major item that cannot be done on the road. Surprising in a Scorsese Film.
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Throughout the film, virtually every automobile is in pristine condition; as if it just rolled out of the factory. Obviously, this is due to movie car rentals specifically for period films. This does not change the fact that all cars (new of old) get dirty, dented, or worn out. However, in a film which is well over 3 hours, no car does so.
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