No Country For Old Men

No Country For Old Men (2007)

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Revealing mistake: In the scene at the motel where Chigurh kills three men, he goes to sit on the bed where he removes his socks. In the background one of the 'dead' men opens his eyes and looks around.

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Factual error: When Chigurh is in the gas station talking to the clerk, behind him on the shelf is a pack of Jack Link's beef jerky. The movie is set in 1980, but Jack Link's did not start selling beef jerky until 1986.

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Factual error: At the very end of the movie, right before Javier Bardem is in the car accident, there is a shot out the driver's side window, past his face. In one of the driveways he is passing, a new Subaru Forester sits parked. The film is set in 1980.

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Factual error: At the motel where Brolin's character first hides the money in an air vent, and when the hitman arrives to look for him, a silver 1985-1990 era Dodge Aries is parked prominently in the parking lot, despite the film's events taking place in 1980.

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Continuity mistake: When Chigurh places his handcuffs around the police officer's neck to choke him, the handcuffs are more like manacles and contain 7 or 8 links between the cuffs. When he goes to wash the blood off of his wrists and drops the handcuffs in the sink, they are much smaller, containing only 3 links between the cuffs.

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Factual error: Despite the film's events taking place in 1980, several scenes feature a much newer 1986-1990 series Chevy Caprice (evidenced by the flush-mounted tail lights). The most obvious example is in the very first scene showing the rear of such a police car.

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Revealing mistake: Worst rubber 'dead dog' ever. Shot in mid air, it's stiff as a board as soon as it hits the ground.

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Suggested correction: If you watch closely the dog moves its hind leg ever so slightly, so it had to be a real dog on the ground at some point.

Continuity mistake: Chigurh is cut deeply on his wrists when choking the officer with his handcuffs at the beginning of the movie, but later when he is doctoring the wounds on his leg, his wrists are completely visible and there are no recent injuries.

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Factual error: The glass milk jar in the Moss trailer that various characters drink from is labeled Promised Land Dairy. Although the movie is set in and around 1980, Promised Land Dairy didn't start producing milk products until around 1990 (http://www.promisedlanddairy.com/web-content/Our%20History.html).

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Continuity mistake: When Harrelson visits Brolin in the hospital, the small white flowers to our right are in random conditions of wilting throughout the scene, starting quite down, then way up and everywhere in-between.

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Factual error: When Moss tells the border guard "I've got an overcoat on", a 1982+ Pontiac Grand Prix approaches behind him, though the film is set in June 1980.

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Factual error: When Josh Brolin is leaning against the guard wall outside the motel, there is a Carl's Jr. visible in the background. Carl's Jr. did not open stores in Texas until several years after the movie is set.

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Continuity mistake: When Llewelyn is talking to the woman beside the pool at the Sands Motel, his gun satchel is by his side. During the cutaway shots back and forth between Llewelyn and the woman, the distance between the gun satchel and Moss changes several times.

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Factual error: When Moss is arguing with the border guard at the Eagle Pass international bridge, he claims that he is a veteran of the "12th Infantry Battalion." There has never been such a thing as the 12th Infantry Battalion in either the Army or the Marines. Rather, they are based on a structure of 3-4 battalions per numbered regiment (i.e., 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, etc). The film takes this seriously, as the guard, a veteran himself, buys Moss' story.

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Factual error: In the desert "drug deal gone bad" scene, the red Ford Bronco has a blue oval in the grill. Ford did not start using blue ovals in the F-series until 1981. The movie was set in early 1980, per Agnes' tombstone, and 1981-model production didn't begin until August 1980. Further, the truck shown is modified, battered and rusty - certainly aged and well-used.

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Continuity mistake: In the gas station scene, Chigurh places a crumpled candy wrapper on the counter as he is intimidating the owner, and the camera stays on the wrapper for a few seconds as it unwrinkles itself. Moments later, as Chigurh reveals the coin toss result, it is a completely different, blue and white wrapper.

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Factual error: In the opening monologue, Sheriff Bell remarks that at one point his father was the sheriff in Plano, Texas. However, the seat of Collin County, in which Plano is located, is actually McKinney.

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Other mistake: The case of money is in the complete opposite physical orientation when Moss retrieves it from the air duct in room 38. When Llewelyn Moss hides the money in the air duct from room 138, he pushes it to the end of the ductwork with the closet rod and then pushes it to the left with the top of the case and handle going in first and the bottom slightly sticking out. So the top of the case (with the handle) appears to be pointing left in looking at it from 138. When he pulls off the grill in room 38 the next day we can see the top and handle protruding on the right side of the air duct (handle facing left, as he peers into the ductwork). Since we know from the motel room map, that room 38 is directly behind 138, with common rear wall, the top of the case and handle should be facing the right, (from a visual perspective), as you look into the ductwork from room 38 - and it is not.

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Other mistake: When Chigurh first visits Moss' trailer on the Monday morning after finding his truck, the mail, including phone bill, is already inside the door. Chigurh uses the bill to call Carla Jean's mom, and when stymied, reviews the bill for additional clues as to Llewelyn's whereabouts. He sees a call made on June 2 to Del Rio and uses that to determine his next search location. Problem is, the Monday on which he found the bill is June 2, 1980. As well, the mail is on the floor behind the front door when Chigurh picks it up, however there is no mail slot in the front door.

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Other mistake: After Chigurh kills the deputy at the beginning of the film, the next shot is an overhead, downward view of the sink and the killer's arms only, as he washes the blood from his cut wrists. Your attention is naturally focused on the handcuffs and bloody hands in this brief shot, but watch the extreme right edge of the screen. Chigurh has very dark, almost black hair, however, a small portion of the actor's head is seen twice during the shot, revealing light brown, or blond-like hair. The actor appears to be purposefully leaning away from the scene in the very beginning, but inadvertently leans forward during the washing action and the camera caught the hair. I believe the director used a hand model for this one shot.

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