Best movie factual errors of 1973

American Graffiti picture

Factual error: In one scene a parked car is sitting along the street - it is a '68 Chevy, it has sidelights. Yet the film is set in 1962.

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Live and Let Die picture

Factual error: In the scene where Kananga's henchman Adam is being interrogated by Sheriff Pepper by his car at the riverside, the boat chase arrives and two boats jump clearly over head disillusioning Sheriff Pepper and allowing Adam to make a quick getaway. However, as Adam is getting away in his car, screeches can be heard coming from the tyres, but they are on a dry dirt road.

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Emperor of the North Pole picture

Factual error: On the night of 19 October 1933 the railroad workers begin betting whether A-One will make it to Portland on the 19. A quick closeup of the money changing hands reveals the $1's to have the Great Seal reverse (introduced in 1935) plus the motto IN GOD WE TRUST (introduced in 1957). Also, the green-seal Federal Reserve Notes and the red-seal United States $2 notes are of the types first introduced in 1934.

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The Wicker Man picture

Factual error: While Sgt Howie (dressed as Punch) is being chased by the women, you can see autumn leaves on the grass, though the story is set on the 1st of May.

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That'll Be the Day picture

Factual error: The records played in the fairground sequence "Sealed with a kiss" by Brian Hyland and "Runaway" by Del Shannon date from the early sixties, while this part of the film is set in 1959.

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Chino (1973)

Chino picture

Factual error: The newly born foal is too dry and too steady on its legs.

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Executive Action picture

Factual error: The kid is wearing a Texas Rangers baseball cap. The Rangers didn't come to Texas until 1972.

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The Sting picture

Factual error: When Lonnegan brings the briefcase full of money to the cage for his big bet, all of the 100s in the case are series 1966 federal reserve notes, which obviously did not exist in the 1920s or 30s.

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High Plains Drifter picture

Factual error: At the start, the road the drifter rides on seems to have wide tyre tracks in it.

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Walking Tall picture

Factual error: Buford drives into his yard on Christmas morning and there are green leaves on the trees. Not in Tennessee, in winter!

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The Day of the Jackal picture

Factual error: When the Jackal is driving into France in his 1963-correct Alfa Romeo Giulietta, he passes a red Alfa Duetto. Those were not made until 1966. Likewise the Renault 12 or the electric locomotives.

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Factual error: The skywriting at the end of the film would have long drifted away by the time it is shown. The pilot has since landed on the road, taken off again and Jack & Ruby have made up, yet it is still in perfect formation.

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The Seven-Ups picture

Factual error: Scheider is honking the car's horn during the chase, but a close-up shows him pushing on the top of the outer rim of the steering wheel, while the horn switch is actually part of the center pad.

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Enter the Dragon picture

Factual error: During the flashback explaining what happened to Su Lin she has an ugly bruise on her face less than a minute after being hit. Bruises usually take at least a few hours to develop like that.

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The Train Robbers picture

Factual error: Anne Margaret is seen changing into pants, and as she's shown stepping into the pant leg she is wearing white pantyhose. Pantyhose wasn't invented at this time.

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Cinderella Liberty picture

Factual error: James Caan plays a US Navy Boatswain (Bo'sun) Mate. His rank insignia of BM 1st Class should be worn on the right sleeve, but he has it on the left.

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The Thief Who Came to Dinner picture

Factual error: When Webster is attempting to open his first safe, on the job, so to speak, he only turns the wheel once. Now, I am not an expert on safes, but I do know that the wheel must be turned back and forth, with the correct numbers, a few times, at least.

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