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Goofs from Joker

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  • In the scene when multiple TV screens are shown after Arthur kills Murray Franklin, one of the screens plays a TV commercial featuring the Energizer Bunny. The film takes place in 1981, but the Energizer Bunny was not introduced until 1988.
  • When Arthur kills the third man in the metro passage, the body slightly changes position between shots as it lies on the stairs.
  • As the police car pulls out of the studio and makes a turn, an empty NYC Citi bikeshare rack can be seen on the right side.
  • When Arthur gets out of bed and answers the phone call from the TV show, he suddenly has a lit cigarette he had no time to find or light.
  • This film takes place in 1981. The Energizer Bunny is shown in TV advertisements, but in real life, the mascot was not introduced until 1988.
  • In the subway scene, the Joker manages to fire 7 shots from a 6-shot revolver.
  • On the subway and in the station, Arthur fires eight shots from the .38 Special revolver (which only holds six rounds). He isn't shown reloading the weapon.
  • As Arthur is standing on the cop car after the crash with the ambulance, someone in the mob is holding a bat right in front of Arthur. The shot changes and there are no bat's in the air in front of him anywhere.
  • In the beginning Arthur is seen flipping his advertising sign, but this style of use did not come about until the 2000's.
  • The idea that a late night talk show would air a video of a comic from a club just to make fun of his act in 1981 is just absurd. This type of thing did not take place until the modern smart phone age. In 1981 they would have had to have permission from both the comic and the club, and the act of airing it without permission would likely spark a lawsuit. This is not necessarily a plot hole. Since the act was taped in the club it could be reasoned that Arthur had to sign the rights for the publication to the club beforehand. The club could then give permission to the station broadcasting the late night show. This may seem far fetched for the real world, but keep in mind that the movie still takes place in a fictional world, which may have some different laws.
  • Arthur and his mother are dirt poor yet they have a phone answering machine. The average cost was in the $250-$450 range in 1981 and this would have been rare and certainly a luxury. Although Penny used to work for the Waynes, and perhaps could have afforded it then, that was 30 years before the events of the story at a time when answering machines of the type shown had not yet been invented.
  • Set in 1981, there is an Kellogg's ad playing with Keanu Reeves on a TV/digital billboard. This ad did not come out until 1987.
  • Set in 1981, the ambulance that strikes the police car containing the Joker is built using a Ford E-Series 1992 model or later chassis.
  • The ambulance that hits the squad car is a 4th generation Ford Econoline, that came out in 1992.
  • In one scene a BMW 3-series (E30 model) is shown parked along the street. The E30 was first introduced in the U.S. in 1984, three years after the film's 1981 setting.
  • Contemporary era toys and dolls, not introduced well after 1981, can be seen in the Children's Hospital room.
  • Tactile paving slabs can be seen at a pedestrian crossing near the bank that Joker follows Sophie to, but this system wasn't introduced to the US until the 1990s.
  • The car that almost hit the Joker as he was chasing the teenagers was a 1989 Caprice.
  • In the subway Arthur fires 7 shots from a five shot Smith & Wesson Chief Special model 36. Not a Colt detective special that holds 6 rounds. You can tell by the cylinder release and exposed ejector rod under barrel.
  • In the ambulance scene you can hear, very faintly, the chirp associated with a trunked radio system. This kind of dispatch was not in use even in major metropolitan areas until at least the late '80s or early '90s.
  • When Arthur kills the 3 men in the subway, he fires 7 shots without reloading his gun. Inside the car, he shoots the first man in the head, the second man twice in the chest, and the third man in the leg. After they leave the car, then approaches him and shoots him three more times. A .38 revolver holds only 6 bullets.
  • In one of the scenes, Joker is running in his big clown shoes and a second later he's running in his black street shoes.
  • When Joker is dancing on the stairs he throws his cigar. Then when the cops arrive at the top of the stairs we see him blowing smoke from the same cigar. Then the cigar is gone again.
  • The sign with "everything must go" breaks a second before it hits Arthur.
  • Arthurs left eye make up changes shape (blue messy cry smear) and size before going on the show, then is very neat on the show, and then jumps back to being smaller with the left eye crying look in the police car.
  • After Joaquin Phoenix steals his mother's file from the clerk at the mental hospital, he races down the hallway and turns toward the stairs. You can see the stuntman's face for a split second. Clearly not Joaquin.
  • When Joker awakens on the hood of the police car, he's clearly laying on a fake background, as the size, shape and dents are very different than the actually hood shown in the next wider shot.
  • When Arthur gets in his refrigerator in his apartment he pulls the door shut tight. Doing so would lock it with no way to open it from the inside, yet he appears in the next scene with no explanation of how he escaped.
  • A 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible can be seen parked up.
  • When Arthur is taking a smoke break outside the hospital, and the detectives confront him, he gets up and tries to re-enter the hospital but the automatic door doesn't open. Arthur waves frantically at the motion sensor atop the door trying to get it to open. However, motion-sensing automatic doors, now common, were extremely uncommon in 1981; the older bottom mat weight sensor based "supermarket door" style would have been prevalent for automatic doors.
  • When Arthur seems to smother his mother in the hospital, she has a nasal cannula in her nose which would theoretically have the oxygen in it she would need to survive the attack.
  • When Arthur killed his mother, the electrocardiography beep sound remained normal. Dying by suffocation must have caused a tachycardia or at least an increasing heart rate. In that case nurses would be alarmed immediately and Arthur may would have had problems to leave the crime scene.
  • In the Childrens Hospital, there is a medical cart that is color coded behind Arthur. This color coding is aligned with a Broselow Tape which is used in pediatric emergencies. The tape, which was first produced in 1985 for mass use, is placed next to a pediatric patient and the size of the patient from head to toe is in a weight based colored box. This box has written information about medication dosages and equipment sizes. The cart is colored to match this tape.
  • Kenny's music has a window full of 2018 D'Angelico guitars.
  • The blue paint under Jokers left eye, changes length from when he exits the train and enters Murrays studio.
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