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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When the volcano eruption alarm goes off in Iceland, the film shows 3 klaxon-style horns, not the sirens heard on the soundtrack.
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When the helicopter pilot gets ready to take off, the Bell 47J Ranger has a Lycoming piston engine, but makes the high-pitched whistle of a gas turbine revving up.
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Character error 

Several characters, including Walter, call the repeated David Bowie song "Major Tom". It's actually called "Space Oddity". (Major Tom is a fictional astronaut referenced in David Bowie's songs "Space Oddity", "Ashes to Ashes", "Hallo Spaceboy", and "Blackstar".)

"Major Tom" is actually an entirely different song by Peter Schilling released in 1983. It tells the ongoing story of the Major Tom character from the Bowie songs.
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"Ragul Kawy" means strong man, without "little."
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When Walter writes his on-line resume, he says he earned his keep as a "boatswain (unpaid deckhand)" on an Icelandic fishing trawler. A boatswain is a senior crew member, not a rookie deckhand. Walter tracked the boat down by flying to Nuuk, its port of registration, so it was a Greenlandic vessel, not Icelandic.
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In a country where two-thirds of Americans do not hold a passport, a man whose core identity involves never having gone anywhere would not be able to produce a passport so readily.
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When Walter and Cheryl are in the park talking about where Sean might be, Cheryl says someone sent "1090s" to New Jersey and Greenland. She probably means 1099s, pay records for non-employee contractors.
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When Walter Mitty crashes his cycle and rolls over the rocks, the actor is clearly a stunt double.
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When Walter performs skateboard tricks in the park, the actor is quite clearly a stunt double.
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Continuity 

When Walter walks with Cheryl to see the final cover of Life magazine, Walter's shoes are black. In the next shot they are brown, and then black again.
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When Walter shows Cheryl's son skateboard tricks in the park, Walter's briefcase moves from the right side of the park bench, where he puts it down initially, to the left side when he and Rich are in the background and Cheryl is on the phone.
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When Walter longboards down the mountain in Iceland, he wears Nike running shoes in the close-ups, and Nike SB (skateboard) shoes in long shots.
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When Walter and Cheryl walk on the sidewalk toward the camera, all of the background extras change position when a car passes. A red-haired woman on the left moves several feet backward, and an Asian woman on the right disappears.
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During the bar scene in Greenland, the level of Walter's beer goes up after he is served.
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When Walter arrives at work, he pours coffee into a paper cup, and is distracted by Cheryl before drinking it. When he sets the cup down a moment later, it makes the hollow sound of an empty cup.
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During a conversation between Cheryl and Walter, the number of Cheryl's white bag straps on her right shoulder change from 1 to 2 in different shots.
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At the airport, when Walter and Todd converse over coffee and Cinnabons, Todd's cup of coffee clearly refills in subsequent shots.
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During Walter and Cheryl's final conversation, Walter's neck chain alternates between visible and hidden.
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Three different skateboards: Board #1 When Walter trades for the skateboard with the Greenville teens, the 'Longboard' he receives is likely a Bustin Boombox (full kick tails front and back). Then the actual board he is seen riding down the hill toward the volcano is the #2 board likely a Bustin EQ (Pintail board no kicks). He finishes the slide on the EQ, but the board changes back to the Boombox next scene as he carries it. (Kick tails again)

In the e-mail sent to Walter from Sheryl's kid, there is #3 and final board, unsure what board this is, but it's definitely far different and shorter, you can tell the different shape (longer kicks) if you look closely.

To attempt to maintain some level of continuity, they all have Paris 180 trucks and Bustin Swift blue wheels, UNITL the e-mail video where Rich (Sheryl's kid) mounts smaller black skateboard wheels on instead of the Blue Bustin Longboard wheels.
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During Cheryl and Walter's conversation in the kitchen, her son eats Fruity Loops with milk in a bowl that alternates between full and almost empty throughout.
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When Walter rides the bike, it has no rear foot pegs. When he crashes the rear wheel, is clearly still attached. After he gets back up, he throws the bike to the side of the road. The rear wheel is gone and foot pegs have been added to the the rear.
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Errors in geography 

Immediately after arriving in Afghanistan, Walter walks in front of mountains, then a waterfall. Both shots are from Iceland. The mountain is Hvannadalshnúkur. The waterfall, Skogafoss, is at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull mountain, where Walter had already been.
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Walter Mitty flies to Greenland in a jet. He lands in Nuuk in an Airbus 332. Air Greenland, the airline pictured, flies its only jet, an Airbus 332, between Copenhagen, Denmark and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland. The Nuuk runway is too short for an Airbus 332 to land.
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The fishing vessel crewmen show Walter a wildly inaccurate map. It shows the Eyjafjallajökull volcano nestled deep in a fjord in what appears to be the Westfjords region in the northwest corner of the island. Eyjafjallajökull is located on the coastline in the Southern Region.
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In his curriculum vitae, Walter states that he has bathed in the North Sea. Actually, he fell down from the helicopter into the Denmark Strait, which is not part of the North Sea.
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Walter flies from New York to Nuuk, Greenland on Air Greenland. Air Greenland is strictly a domestic airline that only operates flights within Greenland. It's single airliner (the Airbus A330-200 shown in the film) only operates transatlantic routes to Copenhagen, Denmark. There are no direct flights to Greenland from the USA or Canada. The only alternative between Greenland and USA/Canada is Air Iceland/Icelandair with a plane change in Iceland.
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Factual errors 

After jumping into the ocean off the coast of Greenland, Walter is attacked by what appears to be a Great White shark. The northern limit of the Great White's natural range is far south of Greenland and Iceland. The Greenland shark, which lives in sub-Arctic waters, is a very different animal, approximately the same size but blue/green in colour and with a tiny dorsal fin.
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When Walter Mitty visits Sean O'Connell in the Himalayas, O'Connell uses an old Nikon F3/T camera with what appears to be a Nikon 400/2.8G lens attached. While it's technically possible to use that combination, the lens has no aperture ring and no way to set the aperture on that body. A professional photographer would not use this combination, especially if they preferred vintage equipment.
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Walter's resume mentions helicopter free diving in the North Sea. Walter's helicopter ride between Greenland and Iceland wouldn't have taken him over the North Sea.
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Before Sean lets Walter take a peek through his camera's viewfinder, he accidentally touches the lens and brings it out of position. Walter wouldn't have seen much without readjusting the lens.
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Arabic is an official language in 26 countries, not 40. "Ragul Kawy" means strong man, not strong little man.
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When Walter Googles the Himalayan location, the webpage gives what it claims is the Persian name for Afghanistan. It has the letters for a direct transliteration, but written left to right. Persian (Farsi) is written from right to left.
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Miscellaneous 

While it is highly unlikely that a man who never travels has an active passport, we later see from his checkbook entries that Walter paid to have a passport expedited for $400. While the fees may be accurate, it can still take up to two weeks for an expedited passport to arrive.
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When Walter jumps into the helicopter, we can see Cheryl on the ground still "playing" the guitar, as Space Oddity is heard on the soundtrack. Cheryl is clearly not playing the guitar, her fingers is not even touching the strings.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The dogs shown outside in Greenland are not authentic Greenlandic sled dogs, the only dogs allowed in Greenland. This is only true north of latitude 66, and Nuuk is well south of this. In fact, Greenland Dogs are likewise not allowed south of the 66th, specifically to avoid interbreeding.
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Walter jumps from a helicopter into the ocean. A person can remain conscious for nearly 15 minutes in water at 2 degrees Celsius, and survive for nearly 45 minutes, if they don't suffer cardiac arrest on immersion.
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In the beginning of the movie, Walter and Cheryl reveal that Sean is an old school person and doesn't have a phone. But when Walter meets the fisherman, one of them tells him that Sean taught him and gave him tips for his Instagram. It's possible that he was just giving him photography tips, as opposed to specific Instagram tips.
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Walter, who had never been to anyplace but Phoenix, would likely not have had a passport, and could not have gotten one quickly enough to leave for Greenland immediately, it's entirely possible that he had previously gotten one with the dream of traveling, but never found the courage to do any.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Walter first calls Todd about his Eharmony profile, Todd says he is "looking at his page now," despite never asking Walter for his name.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

During his first trip, Walter carries the wallet with the negative. When he jumps to the water, the wallet, the negative, and the envelope get wet. When he takes out the envelope later, it looks as if it was always dry.
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When the volcano erupts and one character pulls up next to Walter, the front car windows are down. When Walter gets in the car the windows are all up. The car does not have electric windows; they must be manually rolled up and down.
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When Walter is saved on the boat, he touches a rescuer's face. His hand jumps from the man's face between shots.
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