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The Good German (2006) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Sikorsky examines some currency, paying close attention to the serial numbers. He's shown examining the bills: their serial numbers are rendered in an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) typeface, which wouldn't be introduced until decades later the period of this film.
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Character error 

Upon Geismer's first visit to her apartment, Lena lights the stove and begins heating a kettle. Shortly, she announces she is going to bed, leaving the kettle over the stove's flame (as well as a lit candle on the table).
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Crew or equipment visible 

Camera shadow on the prosecutors' uniform at 57:59 into the film.
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Factual errors 

Jeeps from WW2 were all manual transmission with a long gearshift lever. Tulley is seen driving a Jeep more than once after he has his right arm broken. That would have been impossible to do.
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The newsreel speaker says the Potsdam conference takes place in "Emperor William's former palace". This is not correct. The Cecilienhof palace was built for the last crown prince of Germany, who lived there from 1917-19 and from 1926-45.
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Colonel Muller says "a year ago I was up to my balls in mud at Anzio" The Anzio operation was over by May 12, 1944. The European part of the war ended May 8, 1945. It would have been a lot more then a year since he was fighting in Anzio.
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In two shots you see a double-deck bus. While these existed in Berlin at the time, this one is a London bus as the entry/exit platform is on the left rather than the right.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Tully is leaving Sikorsky's office, he is supposed to have a broken right arm. Yet, when he rises from the chair, you can see him push off the arm with his right arm (both arms, actually) and then open the door with his right hand.
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Tully wears a hat with a silver border trim. This is an officer's hat, but Tully is clearly enlisted.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

The second time Tully is shown dead, the dirt on his face has a different pattern from the first time.
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Factual errors 

After the slug is removed from Tully, it's said to be a ".32". In fact, the Russian Nagant pistol used to kill him was 7.62 mm, which is much closer to .30 caliber than .32
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