The Bridges of Madison County

Factual error: Not only is the tractor the wrong vintage, it is pulling a round baler that wasn't invented until the 1970's.

Factual error: In one scene they are playing "Almost Like Song." Although it had someone singing it to give it an old timey sound, the song wasn't released until 1977, 12 years after this is set.

Factual error: The red truck is shown to have 1991 license plates, although the film is set in the 1960's. Also near the end, when Meryl Streep is riding in her husband's truck through town, many modern cars are seen in the background through the truck window.

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Suggested correction: There's a clear shot of the plate where you can see "65" in the corner for the year. The left side reads "61", but that's the pattern, not the issue year. The plate looks to be "562S7." 1991 used the ABC-123 pattern. Although I don't think 1965 used letters, but I can't be certain.


Suggested correction: I watched the movie online. As far as the scene where Streep is with her husband in their truck, all the vehicles seen in the background are from the 50's to the mid-60's. I didn't see one modern one.

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Continuity mistake: Driving to the bridge the landscape (a farm with a red and a yellow house) in the background (behind Meryl Streep) is seen twice. And many of the houses seen through Meryl's truck window are modern, not old farm houses. (00:21:35 - 00:22:45)


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Suggested correction: The flashback scenes are set in 1965. The houses seen in the background are either older farm houses or more modern ones consistent with mid-20th century architecture. In the Post WWII era, there was significant economic and population growth, along with increased construction (including in rural areas), with new homes being built in among older houses.

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