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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.
  • You can see a Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) poster at the cinema. The film would be released only a year later in 1970.
  • Cliff's flat tire at Spahn Ranch, gets changed with a black spare tire. The next scene, driving through Hollywood, the tire has a white rim and metal hubcap on.
  • 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 actor is a male in early scene while the dog character is a female.
  • 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.
  • When Cliff is driving around L.A. in February, the weather forecast on his radio says the temperature is 95 degrees. That seems unlikely, given that the average February temperature in L.A. is 69.
  • 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 a villain on an episode of "Batman". The "Batman" TV series had already been canceled in 1968, before the events of this film.
  • 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 their is a clearly visible numbered exit sign. California was one of the nations 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.


  • 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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