Continuity mistake: When the brother and sister are arguing, it is supposedly 6:30. because that is when the marathon starts. But watch when he flips past the preview channel - it is showing shows for the 1 to 2:30 slot. (00:00:35 - 00:12:40)

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the angry people throw rocks through a painting of a naked woman on a store window, the first rock smashes right through the womans face. In the next two scenes, more rocks are thrown, but the womans face is again visible, and the first hole is above where it should be. (01:26:30)

Continuity mistake: Near the end of the film when Toby is wiping tears from Joan Allen's face, the tissues loom large between them and then disappear in the next shot.

Continuity mistake: Just before the scene where the mob smashes the window we see a shot of the sky, which is in colour, the clouds are pink with blue sky, yet every other shot with the sky in the background in the following scene the sky is once again black and white.

Continuity mistake: On the first day in Pleasantville, David and Jennifer walk past Mr Simpson's house and it is opposite an open area. After getting a date with Margaret, David runs across Mr Simpson's lawn and it is directly opposite David's house. (00:14:15 - 01:03:15)


Continuity mistake: When David looks through the window down at his mother loading her car there is one shutter half down. Seen from outside all shutters are up. (00:08:10)


Continuity mistake: After arriving in Pleasantville, Jennifer looks over at a calendar on a desk. When they are called to breakfast there is a wide shot of the room and the desk does not have the calendar on it. (00:16:10)


Continuity mistake: In the scene in the gym where Skip misses the basket, you see a close shot of the coach standing still and putting his arm in front of one of the players to stop the kid from touching the rolling ball. It then cuts to a far shot, and you can see the coach walking, not near any of the players. (00:24:20)

Continuity mistake: When Bud and Bill talk in the restaurant kitchen the way their caps are squeezed and dented change several times during the scene. (00:40:00)


Continuity mistake: When Mary-Sue and Skip sit in the car at Lovers' Lane her hand is rested on her knee. When the camera angle changes it's in her lap. (00:31:00)


Continuity mistake: After getting the remote control with oomph, David and Jennifer stand in front of the TV to run it on - they can be seen reflected in the screen. There is then a closeup of the TV but David and Jennifer are no longer reflected in it. (00:12:25)


Continuity mistake: In the first basketball scene, the coach says "Big game tomorrow." In the second basketball scene the next day, he says the game is next week.

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Continuity mistake: Bud goes into the kitchen, and sees Betty when she has turned color. When she is seen from the back, her hair is still in black and white. When you see her colored face, her hair is brown. Once she is made up to be black and white again, her hair is once again without color.

Continuity mistake: When the mayor makes a strike while bowling, he raises one arm in celebration. In the second shot of the mayor after this moment, he is seen lowering both arms instead of one when he sees the rain-soaked George. (01:14:10)

Continuity mistake: In the scene with the TV repair man there are two shots taken from vertically above in which the pillows on the sofa are arranged differently than in all other shots. (00:11:15)


Factual error: When Reese Witherspoon's character is sitting at the desk reading, there is a cheerleading trophy and the cheerleader on it is wearing a mini skirt, - they didn't have mini skirts on the cheerleading outfits then. (01:08:20)

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Trivia: In the courtroom scene, all the people that have turned to color have to sit on the upper level. This is reminiscent of "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1963) where, in a similarly-built southern courthouse in the 1930's, all the "colored people" (African Americans) were relegated to the upper level.


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Question: What is the purpose of the initial TV montage?

Answer: To me it never looked like a montage. It was just someone flipping through the channels (channel surfing) until they got to "TV Time" where they stayed to watch the commercial for the PleasanTVille marathon. People (especially before DVRs) sometimes just flip through the channels looking for something to watch, especially if you don't know what's playing on each channel.


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