Factual error: There's a scene with a house in the background that has the electric wires from the power pole going to a connection above the roof. In 1959, the connection would have been made under the eaves or on the outer wall.
Continuity mistake: When Gordie shoots the garbage cans and runs off, he's still running when they get around the corner and he's not holding the gun anymore. He wouldn't have dropped it because it's in later scenes, and he didn't have enough time to put it in his backpack or give it to Chris because they were trying to get far away from the back of the diner.
Visible crew/equipment: Part of a fluffy boom mike is visible at the top of the screen when they are arguing about crossing the bridge. [Edited in DVD]
Factual error: When the two drivers of the teenage gang are playing "Chicken" on a straight section of a two-lane highway, the center lines of the road consist of yellow hashmarks. Though the picture was set in 1959, center lines for passing zones on two-lane highways were painted white until 1971.
Factual error: There are aluminium cans in the general store. The first all-aluminium cans of this style weren't used in 1959, when the film is set. (00:24:05)
Continuity mistake: In the opening scene there is a shot of a person sitting behind the wheel of the jeep. This is supposed to be Richard Dreyfuss, however it is not. The hairline is different both over the forehead and over the ear.In the very next shot you actually see Dreyfuss sitting behind the wheel of the vehicle and you can see his hairlines are much different.His hairline is receeding and there is no hair over his ears where in the opening scene the person has hair over his ear and on his forehead.
Factual error: Near the end of the movie, when the boys return to town, a garage door in the background is a modern metal roll-up type that was not available in 1959.
Revealing mistake: When Lardass pukes on the guy to the left of him, he moves his head prematurely, and you can see that the vomit is coming out of a jet (hose) positioned behind his head. (00:46:30)
Continuity mistake: The train on the bridge is producing black smoke from its funnel, but in one shot it is producing white smoke.