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  • The Golden Age of Hollywood was actually long over by 1969, since it ended in the 1950 decade, as illustrated by the movie, Singin' in the Rain (1952). The exact year when it ended has been subject of debate, but movie scholars speculate it to be some time in the early 1950s. That is when they started saying "they don't make them like they used to" about grand musicals, which by then were long over, and a new era had dawned over Hollywood cinema.
  • The 1960s to the 1980s are, according to movie historians, considered the era of "post-classical cinema". The Golden Age of Hollywood, which ended in the 1950s (or somewhere in the late 1940s, according to some film scholars) is almost exclusively in black & white. There is always a drastic change which unmistakably marks the end of an era, and the advent of then modern technologies such as color---which had become standard in the 1950s---and Cinemascope, marked the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood, also known as "Classic Cinema".
  • When Cliff is driving the Caddie, just before he sees Pussycat for the third time and picks her up, the speedometer on the car can clearly be seen at zero despite the fact he's driving down the road, revealing the process shot.
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof: You can see a Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) poster in the background at the studio. In fact, filming began in December, 1968 and posters for films currently in production are common on studio lots.
  • Cliff's flat tire at Spahn Ranch, appears to be changed with a black spare tire., but as Cliff removes the tire and rolls it to the front of the car, you can see that the camera is being shown the BACK of the wheel. Whitewall tires only have the white band on one side of the tire, so the back side would always be black.
  • While Sam Wanamaker did, in fact, direct the first episode The High Riders (1968) of Lancer (1968) that episode aired on September 24, 1968--five months ahead of the events depicted in the film.
  • When Dalton first meets the little girl actor and sits on the set porch with her while she's reading a book, he pulls out a pack of Parliament cigarettes and lights one up. The Parliament pack had a much different design in 1969. The one shown came out many years later.
  • The dog is a female throughout until the attack scene at end. When dog jumps up onto Rick's wife's bedroom door, you can clearly see the dog is male.
  • Sharon is shown from behind in the car with Polanski with no scarf, then shown removing the scarf.
  • When Sharon and Jay are listening to a record, the phono cartridge/stylus on the turntable is an Audio Technica AT3600. This particular cartridge was not manufactured until the 1980s.
  • The theater marquee shows Lady in Cement (1968) with a GP rating. The GP rating wasn't introduced till early 1970.
  • Pan Am did not introduce the Boeing 747 until January, 1970, over five months after the Tate murders.
  • C.C. & Company (1970) came out in October 1970. It is unlikely a trailer would be running in theaters early in 1969.
  • During the February 1969 sequences of the film, Brad Pitt drives by a billboard for the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! However, that movie was not released until September 1970.
  • The movie takes place in 1969. Pandora's Box was demolished in 1967, but in one scene, Brad Pitt is driving past it in LA.
  • The film takes place in "1969". Boeing 747s as seen in some shots were not in Pan AM service at that time.
  • Incorrectly regarded as goof. Although the average temperature in L.A. in February is 69°, quite often Southern California experiences February heat waves, even into the 90s.
  • The movie takes place in 1969 and shows the Pussycat Theatre on Hollywood Blvd., but the Pussycat Theatre did not open at that location until late 1974. It was called the New-View Theatre in 1969.
  • During the February 1969 sequence, Sharon Tate goes to the movies. A trailer for the film, "C.C. & Company" is playing. "C.C. & Company" was not released until October 1970.
  • A bus drives past showing an ad for the show Combat! (1962). That show went off the air in 1967. This incident is probably not a goof. The ad also said it was being shown back to back on Channel 11. At that time, Channel 11 was an independent station and their schedule was filled with reruns, of which Combat! (1962) may well have been one.
  • When on the set for Lancer (1968), several modern intermodal containers are in the background being used as offices. These weren't available for decades later.
  • When showing the 747 model in at least one of the flight scenes, the wrong model was shown. A model of a 747-800 series (with some of the windows edited out) was used. The 800 series didn't fly until the 2000's.
  • In the Spahn Ranchhouse, after Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) enters, on a table against the far wall is a famous bronze sculpture (by Remington, I believe). It is facing to the right. A minute or two later it is facing to the left.
  • During lunch with Schwarz, Dalton's drink changes from a mixed drink, to water, to a glass of wine.
  • When Rick, Francesca and Cliff are returning from Rome, they are seen in one of the tunnels that were used to connect the gates at LAX to the curb. (Currently, the tunnels are closed to the public and are located two levels beneath the current-day terminal concourses.) Cliff is seen pushing a cart fully loaded with their luggage. In reality, then, as now, baggage claim was located by the curb so they couldn't have had checked baggage while in the tunnel.
  • When Margot Robbie (Sharon Tate) was talking to the girl at the box office of the movie theater in Westwood, you can see the Starbucks sign for half the scene before it was covered up. Starbucks was founded in 1971.
  • According to Tarantino, 1969 represents the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood, but 1969 couldn't possibly be considered that, since the "Golden Age of Hollywood" had long been over by then, and by practically two decades. Two 1950s movies whose main premise lament the end of the Golden Age of Hollywood unmistakably attest to that iron-clad fact: Singin' in the Rain (1952), and Sunset Blvd. (1950).
  • In a scene set in February 1969, Marvin Schwarz warns Rick Dalton that he might end up playing villains on "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.", and "Batman". All of these TV series had already been canceled before the events of this film. "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Batman" went off the air in 1968, and "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." was canceled in 1967.
  • Way too much swearing for 1969, especially in public. Anyone shouting "fuck" in Musso & Frank's would have been politely asked to tone it down or leave, regardless of how important or famous they may have been.
  • The watch Cliff can be seen wearing throughout the film is a Citizen Challenge Timer, aka Bullhead. Despite the film being set in 1969, the movement found in this watch wasn't released until 1972, with the rounded variant Cliff wears following slightly later.
  • In the movie Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski attend a party at the Playboy Mansion. Although there was a Playboy Club in LA in 1969, Hugh Hefner did not buy the Playboy Mansion until 1971 making Tate's attendance rather difficult.
  • Cliff is given a cigarette said to have been dipped/laced in acid (LSD), but smoking anything dipped in LSD would not work because when lit on fire the fire would destroy the LSD. LSD can not be smoked, it only works when eaten/or when liquid LSD is dropped in the mouth, or very very powerful LSD can sometimes be absorbed through the skin. PCP and embalming fluid are the drugs that work when dipped, dried, and then smoked. People would dip/lace a cigarette in PCP or embalming fluid and then sell them on the street.
  • Incorrectly regarded as a goof. The generally accepted "Golden Years" of Hollywood did end in the 50's as mentioned in several goofs, but this is Quentin Tarantino's vision of Hollywood. As someone born in the early part of the 60's, especially given his known love of 60's and 70's B movies, this would have been his Golden Years.
  • When Cliff drives home on the freeway and just before taking the off-ramp there is a clearly visible numbered exit sign. California was one of the nation's last holdouts and did not use numbered exit ramps until 2002; the movie takes place in 1969.
  • There is a bus poster advertising the Combat! TV series. It was cancelled in 1967, 2 years before the events in the film.
  • Rick Dalton's Cadillac has a black license plate which has a current-day registration number.
  • While Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are driving early in the film, Joe Cocker's version of "The Letter" is heard, presumably coming from the car radio. The record was not released until April 1970, more than one year after the action of the film first takes place.
  • Francesca is supposed to be Italian. Rick met and married her in Italy. Apparently, the actress is of Italian descent but from Chile. Although she has a very good Italian accent.
  • In the beginning of the film (set in February 1968), one of the radio broadcasts references Sirhan Sirhan and the Robert F Kennedy assassination. This event did not take place until June 1968.
  • When Stacy parks his horse across the saloon, the horse is standing in the shadow. Then in the next shot, the horse is standing in the sun.
  • During his fight with Cliff, Bruce Lee is depicted with the longer hairstyle he sported in the early 70's and not the short haircut he had during his time on The Green Hornet (1966).
  • We see the Polanski-character using a French coffee press. The device was invented in 1929 but the design we see here looks like the one of the 80s.
  • When Cliff drives through Hollywood at night, back to his trailer, he passes an illuminated Subway restaurant. The first Subway on the West Coast didn't open until 1978, and that was in Fresno.
  • The city lights seen at night in the background from Rick's house are those of the San Fernando Valley. Such a view would not have been possible from Rick's Cielo Drive residence, next to Sharon Tate's house, up in Beverly Glen. According to IMDB, the site for filming Rick's house was 10969 Alta Vista Drive, Studio City, which overlooks the San Fernando Valley, thus explaining the erroneous (though photogenic) view.
  • When the date shown is a Sunday in February, KHJ is playing on the car radio, with Robert W. Morgan on the air. Morgan didn't work on Sunday (usually), as he was the morning drive jock Monday through Friday.
  • Bruce Lee appears in his Kato costume from the Green Hornet, but the series was cancelled in 1967. Although the movie is set in 1969 after The Green Hornet was cancelled, the scene with Bruce Lee was a flashback to when Cliff was working on the show and got fired, presumably in 1967 or thereabouts.
  • When Charles Manson visits the Polanksi house he is told that Terry no longer lives there. One this didn't actually happen, but had it,why would he send his "family" to kill Terry and everyone in the house when he knew they weren't there.
  • When the family member falls in the pool, towards the end of the home invasion / fight scene, you see blood pour out of her into the pool, but when Rick gets the flame thrower and comes back there is no blood in the pool.
  • Early in the film the characters are in a car and the newsreader on the radio is discussing Sirhan Bishara Sirhan (accused killer of RFK) months before RFK's actual assassination.
  • Tarantino is known for adding deliberate continuity errors into his movies. There are several examples in this one but the most obvious is as James Stacey comes over to talk to Rick on set. Initially he is bare headed and his cowboy hat hangs down his back. There is a sudden edit jump and now the hat is on his head.
  • Incorrectly regarded as Goof: The item on LSD-dipped cigarettes not working to give a high. The LSD-dipped cigarettes were sold on the street (in broad daylight) by hippies looking to make a buck (or in this case, 50 cents). They could care less whether they actually worked. The cigarettes could have been dipped in anything; saying it was LSD as a new way to get high was a sales trick. They just wanted the money. Whilst it is true that a cigarette dipped in LSD would not do anything, the cigarette does seem to get Cliff stoned. It could however have been dipped in PCP or other substances which could be inhaled when smoked, and the hippy girl was just calling it LSD because that was the fashionable drug at that time.
  • Regarding numerous comments listing the film's entire premise as an error: The Golden Age of Hollywood continued after the 1950s. What ended were, first, musicals, then Westerns. After that, many blockbuster productions continued, with legendary stars from 1930s-50s Hollywood, such as The Towering Inferno, Airport, Earthquake! and The Poseidon Adventure. not to mention numerous war-themed films. In addition, the Studio System, where stars were signed under contract to a specific studio, continued until 1984.
  • The rear view mirror of the Cadillac disappears and reappears from shot to shot. (This is common in many productions, for obvious reasons, especially for camera shots from the rear of the car looking forward, as is the case here. Production also often remove headrests, although in this movie most of the cars predate headrests.)
  • The first time we see, and hear, Cliff Booth driving off from Rick Dalton's home, in Cliff's own car, a vintage VW Karmann Ghia, he drives off with the car's engine in high gear. The sound we hear however seems not to be that of a the typical air-cooled engine VW motor, but more of that of a sports care with a conventional engine.
  • The Rod Taylor movie "Hell River" is shown as something Rick Dalton was in during the sixties but it came out in 1974.
  • A couple of times, the new slimmer version of LED street lights are visible in the background. These were introduced around 2010 and were not around in 1969.
  • No cameras are seen in the opening interview, although they're front facing both Rick/Cliff and the interviewer.
  • Rick's hair is mussed up in the makeup trailer and seconds later perfectly combed back in the same shot.
  • As Pitt is driving DiCaprio through the streets of LA, in the background you can see green lights indicating the street was closed for the shot as otherwise, Pitt was just driving through red light after red light after red light.
  • According to the list of The F.B.I. episodes on Wikipedia, while an episode of FBI did indeed air on February 9th, 1969 (the date Rick Dalton & Cliff Booth watch Rick's guest appearance in FBI together) it was the fifth season episode "The Maze", not "All the Streets Are Silent", which was the 11th episode from Season 1 and originally aired November 28th, 1965.
  • On the night of the invasion, Rick Dalton is floating in his pool and using his headphones while listening to music, yet the music is loud and clear. It should have been muted since the headphones are plugged into the player.
  • Sharon Tate drives a Porsche 911 in 1969, but the car shown is a 1973 model. The 73 had black horn grills, All 911's before 73 had chrome horn grills.
  • The rear bumpers on Tate's Porsche 911 are US market-only black rubber that were only used one year ....1973 to conform with New Federal bumper regulations and far different than what came on a '69
  • When the Manson girls were finished scrounging through dumpsters for food, a fourth generation Ford Econoline van can be seen driving through an intersection in the background. That particular generation of Ford Econoline wasn't made until 1992, and the movie takes place in 1969.
  • The 101 (Hollywood) Freeway is shown with concrete K-rails in the center divider. In 1969 the old-style steel barriers were still in use.
  • When Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate arrive at the airport, they collect their baggage from a belt conveyor, which did not exist at that time, it appeared at least in the '70s.
  • When Cliff takes Brandy for a walk on the night of the Manson Family attack, the headlights of the car Tex Watson drives are reflected in another car at the end of the street until Cliff reaches that place, revealing that the car was parked rather than actually driving up the street to make sure the driver hit the right mark.
  • In the flamethrower scene with the Germans, you see Leonardo initially facing the Germans and then you see in the Iron Balcony a structure with a correct Swastika. But when in the shot you see the balcony from the Germans perspective, then the Swastikas are flipped or mirrored. You can check that because there is a banner / flag with the big swastikas hanging to the left and right of the balcony. The swastikas should be 'normal' when facing up to the balcony.
  • When Sharon Tate and her friends go to the El Coyote Restaurant on August 8th, it's night and the sign points that it's 7:00 p.m. Actually, twilight starts at 7:47 p.m. in Hollywood on that date.
  • When Sharon Tate and her friends go to the El Coyote Restaurant on August 8th, it's by night and narrator says that it's 7:00 p.m. Actually, on that date, twilight in Los Angeles starts at 7:47 p.m.
  • When Cliff drives Pussycat to the ranch, a mic hidden under the driver's sun visor of the Cadillac is clearly visible on some shots.
  • The sign at the Van Nuys Drive-In misspells the name of Raquel Welch as Racquel.
  • When the dog attacks Tex it bites him in the right wrist, indicating that it either severely injures it or - at the very least - bites of the shirt around his wrist. When Tex later attacks Cliff with the knife in his right hand we see that his wrist and shirt are perfectly intact.
  • When Rick Dalton forgets his lines in "Lancer" and rants to himself privately in his trailer afterwards, the placement of the cowboy hat on it's mannequin hat stand changes throughout the entire sequence.
  • When Cliff is fighting with Kato, in the third round of the fight the extras have disappeared.

Spoilers

  • Several "goofs" have been submitted thus far, most of which are anachronisms. However, given that the ending is completely different from what happened in reality and that Quentin Tarantino has a penchant for filling his "movie universe" with people, movies, and products that don't exist, I think it is fair to say that these are intentionally placed as artistic statements rather than goofs.
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