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Anachronisms 

High school football rules in 1971 did not allow a recovered fumble to be advance by the recovering team. This happens several times in crucial situations.
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In the early 1970s, Igloo coolers were galvanized steel, not plastic as shown.
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In the championship game, the team opposing the Titans starts using the shotgun offense. The Titans' assistant coach recognizes the play immediately and clearly knows it's a pro-type offense, saying, "Who do these guys think they are, the New York Jets?" However, in 1971, the shotgun formation had not been used in the NFL for over a decade (and then only by one team, the San Francisco 49ers) and was not a part of the pro playbook until Tom Landry reintroduced it with the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. If the coach had recognized the formation at all he would never have associated it with the Jets or the pros.
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During the first game against Hatfield, we hear a pep band play the "Let's Go Blue" rhythmic piece (known as "Lets Go Purdue", or "Let's Go ___ {name your color}, in other venues). This piece was not written until the mid-1970s by a University of Michigan tuba player, and would not have been played at a high school game until the 1980s at least.
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The players High-Five in the gym. In 1971, they would have given "skin": palm up to palm down.
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The helmets are of a late 1990s design, which are much more strongly designed and made than those actually worn in the early 1970s when this movie takes place.
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During the montage of games the song "Long Cool Woman" is dedicated to the Titans as if it were being played on the radio. The song was released February 1972 which is after football season ends.
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A "CSX" railroad car appears in the background. This movie takes place in 1971 and the CSX railroad corporation was not formed until November, 1980.
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In the opening scene the train going by has sunken well double stack trailer cars. These were not in common use until the 80's.
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Character error 

While at Gettysburg, Coach Boone says 50,000 men died there during the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. There were approximately 50,000 casualties (killed/wounded/missing), but the actual number killed was much lower.
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In the locker room when the players are singing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". The actor who plays Blue can be heard singing "No, No, darlin'" when the lyric is "Don't worry, baby".
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In reality Boone had three daughters, not two.
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When the Titans win their 2nd game 17-10, the scoreboard shows it as a road game. At the end of the game the PA Announcer very enthusiastically boasts "touchdown Titans, game Titans" - the home team PA man would not announce in that boastful manner for a win by the visitors.
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At halftime of the championship game, Boone lists players that are going to play both ways. He includes Alan, who was already playing defense and was never part of the offense and should not have been named by Boone as a defensive change (when he immediately then benches himself in favor of Petey)
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Continuity 

In stadium, the people are dressed for cold weather. Afterwards in the downtown scene they are dressed like it is a warm summer night.
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During a game sequence, an opposing running back runs a sweep. He fumbles the ball which is picked up by a Titan player, who runs it in for a touchdown, the wrong way.
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When Sunshine first comes to the practice and throws the football at Gerry you can see Alan and Blue standing behind Gerry watching the football fly through the air. But when the football hits Gerry you see Alan and Blue in front of him turning to laugh.
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During an early Titan touchdown sequence. It appears that the Titan player gets an interception and then runs the wrong way for a touchdown. This may be due to camera angle.
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When Sunshine first comes to the team during training and throws the ball at Gary, it appears to be dropping to the right of his back and missing. But hits him in the middle of his back in the final close range shot.
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Facemasks on helmets change from shot to shot in games.
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In one of the games, Sunshine's first pass of the game is thrown with his right hand, even though he is shown to be left-handed
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When the players are at camp eating lunch after the first practice, Blue starts humming and Rev says, "Lord, we come before you today and ask you to soften big Julius Campbell's heart." "Lord, we come before you today" is clearly repeated when the camera switches to Ray talking with Gerry.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Coach Boone goes to Coach Yost's house to apologize for accepting the head coaching job, the cameraman is reflected in the window just before Boone knocks on the door.
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Factual errors 

T.C. Williams High School had actually been integrated since 1963. The successful 1971 football season was not credited to integration but to consolidation of two other high schools; the tripling of the class sizes gave them a larger talent pool to choose from. There was racial violence at that time in Alexandria but not over the football team; instead it was over an unrelated incident where a white convenience store clerk killed a black student in a struggle.
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Gerry Bertier's funeral is depicted as taking place in the autumn, with changing leaves falling from the trees. In reality, he was killed in an accident on March 20th, 1981 at the age of 27.
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The movie shows the Titans playing several night games at home. In the late 1960's, night sports were banned in the city of Alexandria and the Titans football team has consequently spent every year since then playing their home games on Saturday afternoon, not Friday night.
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After football camp the players return. The subtitle states the first day of school as September 4th (1971). This was a Saturday and would not be the first day of school.
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In the movie, when Gerry Bertier is involved in the automobile accident, he is driving a 1967 Chevrolet (1st Generation) Camaro. In fact Bertier was driving his mother's new 1971 (2nd Generation) Camaro on that fateful night December 11, 1971.
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In the movie, Gerry is shown having the accident that paralyzed him before the state championship game. He actually played in the championship and was injured afterward.
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In the pre-game talk before the first game, Coach Boone says, "In Greek mythology, the Titans were greater even than the gods. They ruled their universe with absolute power." However, the titans ruled the *Earth*, and were overthrown by the Olympians.
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The correct name of the Groveton team that they played in game three was the Tigers, not the Lions.
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As with most "based on a true story" stories, there are several discrepancies between the real events and the way they are portrayed in the film.
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There were over 50,000 casualties at the Battle of Gettysburg, but fewer than 10,000 died.
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Revealing mistakes 

A helmet can be seen on the driver of the car when it spins after being hit.
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All "road" games for T.C. Williams obviously filmed on the same field, including the State Championship game.
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During the locker room scene, a tattoo on the right shoulder of the actor who plays Petey can be seen, though it has been covered with make-up to make it less visible.
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In the locker room scene where the players are talking about Gerry Bertier's mom, you can see a covered up Superman tattoo on the arm of the actor who plays Gerry.
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Player uniforms throughout the film look unrealistically grass stained, as if they've been intentionally distressed.
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