Almost Famous

Factual error: This is a wardrobe error... in the next morning scene after William has been deflowered, he is still in his Fruit of the Looms, which have the name printed on the elastic waistband. Fruit of the Loom did not print their name on waistbands like this until the 90s, in the 70s they just had single blue and yellow stripes. (01:08:27)

Factual error: The airplane that Penny Lane is on has small vertical stabilizers on the wingtips, which were not designed into commercial jets until the early 90's.

Factual error: It's 1969 at the very start of the movie, and William Miller is looking through a bunch of awesome vinyl records that his sister has given him, including stuff from Cream, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan. In the stash is Joni Mitchell's Blue. Blue did not come out until 1971.

Factual error: In the radio station scene, the closeup of the turntable tonearm shows a P mount head-shell and Stanton 500 cartridge. Neither was available until the mid 1980s.

Factual error: When William runs into the street to look for Penny Lane, he runs between a row of taxi cabs. Across the street is a blue mid 90's model GMC Suburban. Since the scene takes place in 1973, this is obviously a mistake. It may be necessary to use zoom, depending on the size of your screen. (01:28:10)

Factual error: When the band is heading to New York City, there is a scene of them driving over a bridge heading into New York. In the background, you can very clearly see the Citicorp Centre Building. While the movie takes place in 1973, Citicorp Centre was not built until 1978.

Factual error: In a party scene, the song "Burn" by Deep Purple is heard. This tune is sung by David Coverdale on the "Burn" album which was recorded in November 1973 and was published in the beginning of 1974, so it can't have been played in 1973.

Factual error: In the Cleveland scene when the band is playing you can see the drummer is using a quad beater (the thing that strikes the bass drum) on his drum pedal. These were not available until the 1980s. Similarly the rest of the cymbal stands and hardware is far too modern.

Continuity mistake: Toward the end, Russell goes to talk to William at his house. He turns the chair around to sit on it backwards, and throws the shirt down onto the ground. When he sits down the shirt is back on the chair.

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Lester Bangs: The Doors? Jim Morrison? He's a drunken buffoon posing as a poet.
Alice Wisdom: I like The Doors.
Lester Bangs: Give me The Guess Who. They got the courage to be drunken buffoons, which makes them poetic.

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Trivia: Penny Lane picks up William to go see Stillwater at the Riot Club in L.A. In the very beginning of the scene in her car, a reflection passes up the windshield over William's face as they are driving. The Reflection is the prism and spectrum from Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album. There are no other reflections in this scene.

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Question: What was the real rock band Cameron Crowe based the fictional group Stillwater on?

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Chosen answer: The film was loosely based on Cameron Crowe's experiences with The Allman Brothers Band.

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Answer: The film is based on Crowe's experiences touring with rock bands Poco, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd.


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