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Battle of the Sexes (2017) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Recreated TV coverage of Bobby Riggs's big matches use the Arial typeface, a cheap knockoff of Helvetica (and similar typefaces) introduced in the 1990s.
In two Los Angeles scenes in a glass elevator, a logo for consulting company KPMG is clearly visible on a building in the background, in the center of the frame. KPMG was created in 1987, when KMG merged with Peat Marwick. The building, now called KPMG Tower, was constructed in 1983.
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Despite the 1972-1973 film setting, Margaret Court travels with her husband and child in a white 1976 Ford Pinto wagon. (Billie Jean King's car is a blue 1972 Pontiac LeMans.)
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Character error 

Several times characters say "bicep" instead of the correct (singular) "biceps".
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Factual errors 

While Bobby Riggs is watching television in the Rolls-Royce, he passes channels showing Mary Tyler Moore and Kojak. Both shows were on CBS, but on different days, and neither was in syndication in 1973.
While it is true that Billie Jean King was having an intimate relationship with a woman named Marilyn Barnett during the time of the "Battle of the Sexes", Barnett was not a hairdresser King met by chance. Barnett actually worked for Billie Jean (Barnett was King's secretary.)
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Miscellaneous 

In scene with cheerleaders Bobby is wearing a t-shirt with a CHAUVINIST misspelled as CHAUVENIST.
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Near the end of the match with Billie Jean, Bobby is seen missing a shot from Billie with a racket in one hand and a tennis ball in the other.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Billie Jean is lying in bed, talking about how she couldn't afford a tennis dress as a kid, she's wearing glasses, but close-ups reveal contact lenses in her eyes.
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The images on the monitors in the TV production truck just before and during the final match are clearly simulated. Images shown on professional broadcast monitors of that era either had rounded corners with no gray areas around image, or rectangular corners surrounded by gray areas, but never rounded corners surrounded by gray.
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