Spotlight (2015)

6 mistakes

Revealing mistake: In Garabedien's office, supposedly in Boston, the top shelves are full of the Dominion Law Reports, all Canadian legal cases, with the Canadian publisher's name prominently displayed. Below that is long shelf of environmental law reports, an odd thing in a criminal lawyer's office.

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Factual error: At one point in the movie, some characters are gathered in the break room that has bags of chips. One of these chip bags is a Doritos bag which has the modern logo. This logo was not implemented until 2013.

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Kai Hellberg

Continuity mistake: When Rachel McAdams is interviewing Joe in the coffee shop, she starts off with a couple of lines written on her notepad, then half a page, then back to a few lines, then a full page, etc. It changes in almost every shot.

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Jon Sandys

Factual error: Cardinal Law is shown in a business suit with a conspicuous pectoral cross. Catholic bishops wear the cross "out" only for religious ceremonies with full vestments. Day to day the cross is in an inside breast pocket with only the gold chain showing.

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Other mistake: When Rezendes is interviewing abuse victim Patrick in Mitchell Garabedian's office, the books on the lower shelf behind Patrick contain reported court cases from California, New York and the Southern Reporter (covering Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana). But the events are unfolding in Boston, Massachusetts. No small law office in Boston would have these volumes in the library, because the cases in them would have no precedent or relevance for Massachusetts law and cases.

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Factual error: When a priest is speaking from a pulpit in church there is a sign board behind him indicating the hymns to be sung on Pentecost Sunday. The priest is wearing a green chasuble. On Pentecost Sunday he would be wearing a red chasuble.

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