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Anachronisms 

Albert calls marijuana "pot". The nickname "pot" comes from the Spanish word "potiguaya", which means "marijuana leaves". It's a Mexican-Spanish word that is a contraction of potación de guaya, which referred to an alcoholic drink made of marijuana leaves soaked in Brandy or Wine. The name became popular in the United States in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
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Electric welds apparent on photographer's flash pan and on windmill vanes. Although electric arc welding had been invented by the early 1880s, it wasn't in common use until well into the 20th century.
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One of the films pistols is a Webley MKIV. The film is set in 1882 these pistols weren't made until 1915.
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The train that Albert escapes on is pulled by a Denver & Rio Grande Western K-27-class steam locomotive. This type of locomotive was first built in 1903, but the film is set in 1882.
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The movie takes place in 1882. During the story, the characters meet and take drugs with the Apache Chief, Cochise, who actually died in 1874.
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Character error 

Men are seen wearing hats indoors. While "rough men" might have done this, dandys like Foy would observe the Victorian social norm and remove their hats when indoors.
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Continuity 

When Clint and his gang are chasing Albert on horses, there are some shots which show Clint's gang with 4 horses and men and some that show 5 horses with riders.
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The shooting gallery at the fair has only 10 targets (2 rows of five). However, Anna shoots 12 of these 10 targets for a perfect score. Even during her shooting, there are short cuts to the gallery which still only has 10 targets but 12 shots are clearly heard and Anna wins the prize for perfect score.
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When Albert is learning how to shoot, he cocks the hammer twice before starting to shoot. After the missed shots, Anna reloads the gun. First she drops two bullets and when the angle changes she drops 6 more.
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Anna knocks out Clinch and then rides off to Albert's house with Plugger by her side. However when she gets to Albert's house - Plugger isn't with her. Nor is he with her when she runs to Edward and Ruth's place to hide from Clnich. He reappears during the final gunfight between Albert and Clinch.
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Albert takes Anna home back to her hotel after the dance. When she turns to kiss Albert for a second time she puts her hands on both sides of his face in the close-up. The picture then jump cuts to a wide shot and she moves her right hand to the back of Albert's shoulder and her left hand to the back of Albert's neck. Then when the camera jump cuts back to a close up of them kissing, Anna's hands are no longer touching/holding the back of Albert's shoulder or neck.
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After escaping from Clinch, Anna runs away to Albert's house/farm to warn him about Clinch looking for him. She gets to Albert's house on a horse. After Albert dismisses her and tells her to leave out by the ridge we never see her leave with her horse. Where did her horse go?
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During the barn dance scene, Giovanni Ribisi's character can both be seen among the dancers and at the counter casually sipping his drink.
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When Anna first meets Foy and Louise at the fair, she moves her hand from Stark's elbow to his shoulder. In the next shot of her, her hand is back where it was before. In the next it's on his shoulder again, where it stays for the rest of the scene.
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When Albert visits Foy in his mustache parlour, the Open/Closed sign on the door has an unexplained black line down its middle in the longer shots, but the line is absent in the nearer shots.

The line is a tassel for the pull cord attached to the door shade. It does disappear when Albert comes into the store. And there are times when you can see it at different positions on the sign.
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When Clinch knocks Anna to the ground, her hat is dislodged. Yet in the next shot, the hat is in place.
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Anna has her cowgirl hat on with her when she leaves Albert's house. Later when she hides with Edward and Ruth at their place and when she's with Clinch in the town square as a hostage she doesn't have her hat at all with her. It magically reappears right at the end when she & Albert embrace at his house surrounded by the millions of flock of sheep.
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When Edward goes to visit Albert after he is injured he states that he hasn't seen Albert in town for a week and a half. The cut Albert had on his right forehead would have still been visible as at least a scar but the area is perfectly smooth.
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Factual errors 

Just as Doc Brown covers the DeLorean, we can see that there is no "Mr. Fusion" unit on the rear of the time machine.
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The photographer would not need to use flash powder on a sunny day.
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Photography is depicted erroneously in the film. Outdoor photography did not require the use of flash powder, thus sun would provide enough light. In average daylight, a photo would not require 30 seconds but only 5-8 seconds.
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When Albert and Charlie are standing in the street for a gunfight several feet apart, it is impossible for their shadows to be close enough to each other to depict the obscene act depicted based upon their heights. One person would have to be very short for the body parts to line up as shown.
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Django of Django Unchained shows up at the end. That film takes place in 1859, while this one takes place in 1882. Despite the passage of time, Django does not appear to have aged.
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After the photo shoot disaster at the Fair, two cowpokes shoot the unfortunates with lever action rifles. These rifles are the Winchester model 94 - not available until 1894.
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At the beginning of the film they show a picture of a women who they say is Miss America 1880. Miss America did not start until 1921.
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Hollow point bullets of the type shown in the film did not exist in the 20th Century.
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Miscellaneous 

The DeLorean time machine in the film is actually the wrong one. The DeLorean that went back to the late 1800's would have had a Mr. Fusion unit on it. Instead, the one in the film is the first generation time machine with a plutonium reactor.
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When Lewis is poured another drink by the pastors son the pastors son puts the bottle down and moves his hand away from the bottle before sliding the drink to Lewis but as he is sliding the drink he puts down the bottle again.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Anna comes to the party in a big dress she reveals there is a large metal frame under it keeping the shape. Shortly after, when she drinks with Foy, she sits down with no trouble at all, and clearly doesn't have the frame anymore.
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When Albert is learning to shoot, we never see any bullets hitting the ground. He misses the target many times but there is no sign of the missing bullet hitting the dirt behind the target.
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Doc Brown went back to 1885 at the end of back to the future 2 This picture was set in 1882.
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