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Jump to: Anachronisms (11)  | Character error (1)  | Continuity (6)  | Errors in geography (3)  | Factual errors (1)  | Miscellaneous (2)  | Incorrectly regarded as goofs (2)  | Revealing mistakes (2)

Anachronisms 

The film is set in the early 60s. In one scene, Tony and Don eat extra crispy Kentucky Fried Chicken which wasn't introduced until 1972.
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When highway dotted lines are visible, they are yellow (as they are now), but in the 1960s, the dotted line in the middle of the road would have been white, with only the solid "do not pass" lines being yellow.
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The time-line in the early part of the movie reads 1962 as a 1964 Chevrolet drives through.
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When they first set off on the drive, as they cross the George Washington Bridge, NJ is seen on the other side. The filming was clearly done many years after the story takes place, as the NJ skyline is dotted with tall buildings that weren't built until the early to mid 70s.
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There was a 1964 custom painted red and white Ford Falcon in several scenes. The movie took place in 1962.
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Near end of movie, in bar scene where Dr Don Shirley is playing an upright piano that is not a Steinway, on the wall is an LCD digital clock panel, not produced yet in 1960s.
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The movie is set in late 1962 but several 1964 cars feature in various scenes. The opening in front of the Copa already has two '64 Chevrolets passing the club, while a '64 Ford Fairlane is across the street where Tony parks up his Packard when he returns home after learning the club would be closed for renovations. '64 Ford Fairlanes are also seen in some of the street traffic in various scenes, while the final time Tony is pulled over by a police cruiser has the office in a '64 Chevrolet.
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Lawrence of Arabia was released in New York City on 16th December 1962. It would still have been a marquee movie at Christmas time.
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When Tony picks up Dr. Shirley there is a poster visible in the window of Carnegie Hall announced Bob Dylan's show "coming soon". The only appearance of Bob Dylan in Carnegie Hall in 1962 took place on September 22nd. So they've had to leave NYC before this day which made their trip 3 months long till Christmas - not 2 months as it was mentioned.
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The elevated train briefly seen is 21st century contemporary.
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Modern day electrical breaker boxes in the hotel in Birmingham.
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Character error 

When Gio Loscudo tells Tony to call him by his first name "Gio", he pronounces it with the "i" instead of the correct Italian way, where the "i" is silent.
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Continuity 

When they were stopped in the snowstorm, the back window was clean in the long shots, but full of snow when shown from inside the car.
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At the beginning of the movie, the font used on the Copacabana entrance canopy (a variant of Futura) and the font on the poster announcing that the club would be closed for two months (Arial) did not exist in 1962, and would not exist for at least twenty years thereafter.
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Viggo Mortensen's wrist tattoo is visible when Tony salutes Dolores as he's setting off on the trip. It is covered in other scenes where his wrists are exposed.
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The "Betty likes butter" sequence starts with Tony's arm out of the open window, but in the trailing shot of the car, the window is closed.
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On the trip back to NY the windshield wipers are going and the snow isn't on the windshield, it was added after the filming and the wipers actually pass "under" the snow.
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After Doc Shirley was beat up at the bar, his face was full of cuts. The next scene...nothing was visible.
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Errors in geography 

In the year this film takes place, Seventh Ave was one way heading south. The cars are parked facing north. Additionally, background buildings across the street are incorrect; the buildings that were there in that year are still in place.
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When headed into Kentucky from Indiana, they would have had to cross the Ohio River. In the movie, they are driving across a state line on a flat road with no river.
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After Tony picks up Dr. Shirley they are seen crossing the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey. However, later on in the movie the map shows that the trip went south through Staten Island.
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Factual errors 

The movie takes place in 1962; the young sons are clearly elementary school age, at least. The older son, Nick, was born in 1959 and Frank in 1962 so, in reality, were actually three years old and an infant when the story takes place.
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Miscellaneous 

In the scenes in the diner leading up to the hot dog eating contest, the sink in the corner has a hand soap dispenser which appears to be a touchless plastic dispenser which did not exist until somewhere in the late 90's to early 2000.
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I find the issue of Tony's gun a puzzle. It was a surprise that he had a gun towards the end of the film when he used it to scare potential muggers away and it makes a funny scene but the fact that he had a gun would surely have been investigated in the hiring stage at the start as he was responsible for Don's safety and it surely would have been discovered during their arrest and incarceration in the cells. If it had been hidden in the car , why would it have remained a secret from Don over the weeks on the road and why would we the audience be unaware of it and indeed would the car have not have been searched as well?
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Tony criticizes Don for not being familiar with several black musicians whose music they hear on the radio while traveling, one of the artists being Aretha Franklin. The original poster doubted that Tony would know Aretha Franklin because by the fall of 1962 Aretha had had only six chart hits, none of which reached higher than #37. However, although we think of Aretha today as a soul singer, in the early 1960s she was signed with Columbia Records. Her label failed to recognize her gospel roots and didn't know how to market her. Her early songs were pop/jazz and not the soul music she's remembered for today. Even though her early songs weren't big hits on the Billboard Hot 100, her songs were in the Top 10 on the Rhythm and Blues charts. Given Tony's love for black music, it is not implausible that he would have have been familiar with her.
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Tony talks to the stage manager in Indiana and complains about the piano not being a Steinway. Tony mentions Dr. Shirley's name and tells him he is the performer. The stage manager says "who is that?" and then makes a racial slur a few seconds later, but no one told him Dr. Shirley was black.

This does seem to be an error, but it's possible the stage manager didn't know the name of the person performing, but DID know that it was a black man. So, saying, "Who's that?" but using a racial slur moments later is entirely feasible.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene with a wrong piano - not a Steinway - provided for the concert, the piano lid is opened the wrong way. The correct way would be to flip the front part first, and then to raise the lid on the stick. But maybe it was done deliberately to illustrate the stupidity of the stage hand.
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When Tony throws out paper cup from the car, the background is an open farm land and white enclosure goes on forever. In the next scene when Tony pulls back the car to pick it up by the order of Dr. Shirley, the left side is green forest.
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