Corrected entry: In the scene where they are singing "Tiny Dancer" on the bus, the next line is "Count the headlights on the highway", however, when William turns to Penny and says "I have to go home" it looks like she is about to sing "Hold me closer tiny dancer" when in fact she should have been singing "Count the headlights on the highway."
Corrected entry: In the scene when Russell comes to William's house, thinking it is Penny's, confusion ensues as he begins to question where he is. William's sister, Anita, stands there equally confused as she gazes at Russell, looking as if any random person came to the house, showing no signs (neither speechless shock nor excitement) of recognizing the now famous rock star. Her reaction is completely inconsistent with her character given her fervent love for rock 'n roll. Indeed, not only did she serve as the sole catalyst for William's passion for rock 'n roll but she left home earlier in the film because their mother forbade her listening to it. Moreover, she'd just flown home with William following William's long tour with Russell and Stillwater. Thus, there is no credible possibility that she would not recognize Russell, making her reaction wholly inconsistent with her character.
Corrected entry: When William and Lester are talking in the coffee shop, William is taking notes and writes "Dont make friends w/rock stars. Righteously DUMB. Industry of COOL". Lester never mentioned anything about anyone being "righteously dumb". The internet suggests a couple of lines have been cut; "'Cause they are trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously And righteously dumb. Now, you're smart enough to know that. And the day it ceases to be dumb is the day that it ceases to be real, right?" (00:16:10)
Corrected entry: When they are walking through the airport in silence after the scare on the plane the first shot shows William from the front with everyone passing on his right, but in the very next shot showing his back, Leslie walks around the other side of him.
Corrected entry: In the scene when they are on the plane and almost crash and everyone is confessing, Leslie is sitting next to Russell, however, when the camera goes to Jeffrey you can see Leslie's sleeve and wine glass sitting behind Russell and across from Jeffrey. When they show Russell, another band member is sitting in front of Jeffrey. This goes back and forth like this for the whole scene.
Corrected entry: When Russell is about to jump off of the party house's roof into the pool, shots are taken of the crowd cheering at what he says. You may notice that many of them are holding modern bright blue Pepsi cans which were only introduced in the mid 90's. You may remember that Pepsi had a white can with its trademark red and blue logo on the side.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Penny Lane comes in and sits on the toilet while William is in the tub - she does not close the door behind her - and William gets out of the tub you can see the door is open - but the door is closed when the other Bandaids come in to "de-flower" William and they have to open it to interrupt Penny Lane & William.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the plane is going down and everyone is confessing, one guy admits that he is "gay". This is a term that didn't come into regular usage and certainly wasn't known by the straight community until the late 70s at the earliest.
Corrected entry: In the scene where William Miller meets Penny Lane for the first time and they are trying to get backstage, Saphire comes out through the door screaming "Does anybody remember laughter?". However, this line was made famous by Robert Plant in the concert movie released in the late 70's. The line is therefore way ahead of its time since the movie takes place in the early seventies.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Russell comes to the Miller home, there is a picture of 'older William' and Anita on the bookshelf. Since Anita left home when William was still 'young William' and hadn't been back since, how could this picture exist?
Corrected entry: When William tries to interview Ed in front of the Topeka auditorium, we see a few kids hanging around in the background. In the closing sequence of the movie, we see a close-up shot of the very same kids bargaining over concert tickets - however, this scene allegedly occurs one year later, during the 1974 Stillwater tour.
Corrected entry: In one scene, the band is taking the stage and in the audience there are a couple of people waving Cyalume (glowstix) sticks. Now if I'm mistaken, sorry, but those things didn't hit the public market till the 80's. The military had them but no one at the many concerts I attended in the 70's and 80's had them. Not until Ecstasy and raves of the late 80's and early 90's did those become popular.