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Jump to: Anachronisms (12)  | Audio/visual unsynchronised (2)  | Continuity (7)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Errors in geography (2)  | Factual errors (23)  | Miscellaneous (1)  | Revealing mistakes (2)  | Spoilers (1)

Anachronisms 

Throughout the film, OMP race suits are shown with the new OMP logo, which wasn't designed until 2012.
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When James Hunt is flying and takes notice of the flight attendant, the airline seats shown are Lufthansa First Class seats that were not introduced until 2001.
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When James Hunt is introduced to his new Formula 1 car, he is wearing a Franklin & Marshall tennis shirt. In the early 1970's Franklin & Marshall was only a college in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and not yet an Italian fashion line. This shirt would not have existed until 1999.
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The McLaren team has a Mark 2 Transit van in their pits at the '76 British GP. The Mark 2 was introduced in '78.
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At the airport sequence at the end of the film (1976), James Hunt and his party are seen in a late 1980s-vintage Lincoln limousine.
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In the first birds-eye establishing shot used for Vienna a modern transit van can be seen crossing a bridge in the bottom left corner of the frame.
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The HS 125 aircraft G-IFTE which James Hunt and his friends depart on towards the end of the film was manufactured in 1978, two years after the year in which the film was set.
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Drivers are wearing modern day racing helmets in some racing scenes.
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When Niki Lauda and Marlene Knaus have a breakdown with the Peugeot in their first meeting scene, a Fiat 128 drives past them. This model of the Fiat 128 was first introduced in 1969, the scene takes place in 1975. The model in question is a 128 CL with plastic bumpers, enlarged tail lights and mate black grill. CL's were launched in mid 76.
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At an F3-race in 1970, a yellow Renault 5 is visible in the background. That model was introduced in 1972.
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When Niki Lauda first tests a Ferrari at Fiorano Circuit, he is shown driving the 1974 version of the 312B3 instead of the 1973 one.
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In the background at Watkins Glen, a British-registered Ford Cortina is visible in the background.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

James Hunt receives a telephone call on his "Trimphone" which had an electronic warble to announce incoming calls, not the ringing bell heard on the soundtrack.
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When Lauda is in his car before the start of his first race after his accident, he's seen revving his engine. When the camera looks over his shoulder at the tachometer, as he increases the revs, the needle moves down, instead of up, as it should. This is repeated a couple of times.
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Continuity 

At the press conference before the Japanese Grand Prix, Hunt is smoking with his right hand while simultaneously nervously flicking his lighter with his other right hand.
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(at around 1h 28 mins) Just after Lauda's 4th place finish in his first race after the accident, there is a fan sitting atop the billboard, in a purple shirt and waving a flag. To his right, about 6 to 7 feet away, there is another fan in a green shirt, pumping his fist in the air. In the next shot, these same two fans are sitting immediately beside each other, their legs almost touching.
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When Niki crashes at Nurburgring, his car is hit by another racer and pushed further down the track. When the replay of the accident is shown on TV with James Hunt watching, the first impact shows Niki being pushed to a different part on the track - over the white line and to the side.
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On the morning of the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, Hunt gets out of a bed that shows two other sets of feet. This is the same bed, with the same feet as that shown in a montage of fun-loving Hunt later in the film - where the feet are shown to belong to two air stewardesses.
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James Hunt pits in the Nurburgring behind Team Tyrrell (Patrick Depailler). However, when he looks at his side mirror he clearly see's Niki Lauda, which would be impossible since the Tyrrell is in between Niki and James.
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During the opening scene when Lauda looks at the weather conditions, a close-up shows his eyes to be green. When we later revisit the same point in time and he looks over at Hunt, his eyes are very clearly dark brown.
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During the Nuerburgring race, when Hunt stops at his box for tire change, the dark-blue 6-wheeled Tyrrell is briefly seen behind his car, already standing there. In a following shot, the Tyrrell is seen turning into its box.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the ambulance go through the pit lane, you can see the rig for the camera attached to the side of it (black tubing).
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Errors in geography 

When Niki Lauda and James Hunt are racing at the Nurburgring, both cars go into the pits to change to dry weather tyres. Before Lauda leaves the pits, Hunt is shown driving around the renowned Carousel corner before Lauda had left the pits. This corner is is around 2 thirds of the way through the circuit, and would be approximately 5 minutes away given the conditions.
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When Lauda meets Marlene for the first time, he asks her for a lift to a train station nearby, and she answered that Trento's half an hour's drive. Clearly they are somewhere in central Italy with no mountains in sight, which means hours away from Trento (city in the Alps).
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Factual errors 

Throughout the film Niki Lauda's nationality is shown in the stats abbreviated as AUS - this would be the international code for Australia. Austria's code is AUT.
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The Nürburgring racetrack is referred to as "The Graveyard", while its actual nickname was "The Green Hell".
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During the Japanese Grand Prix, Hunt was first overtaken by Patrick Depailler, not Mario Andretti. Despite the commentator saying Hunt needed to finish at least third to win the championship, fourth would have sufficed. The scoreboard error, putting Hunt in 5th, was corrected before the race was finished.
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In a close-up of James Hunt's McLaren M23 on the grid 'Cosworth' is shown on the valve covers of the DFV engine. The correct valve covers would have displayed 'FORD'.
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At the British Grand Prix Hunt is shown winning the race, in reality this was not true. Hunt was involved in a crash at the first corner, ran back to the pits and jumped in the spare car. It was then decided to continue the the race from where the accident happened (several drivers were involved, it wasn't Hunt's fault), meaning that spare cars weren't allowed. However, by then, Hunt's pit crew had managed to fix the suspension on his original car, and he went on to cross the line first. His win was later disallowed because the pit crew had been seen pushing it down the pit lane, meaning that at that point the car was not driveable.
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In the film, Niki Lauda makes his Formula One debut with BRM in 1973. In reality, Lauda started several races for the March team in 1971 and 1972.
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Driver François Cevert was not decapitated in his fatal accident at Watkins Glen but split in half. The incident depicted in the film is an amalgamation of two fatal crashes at the circuit: Francois Cevert in 1973 and Helmuth Koinigg in 1974. Lauda witnessed the Cevert crash but the Frenchman's car was inverted on top of a guardrail. It was Koinigg's car that went under the guardrail, decapitating him. Also, Cevert was driving the #6 car, but the film depicted him in the #9 car.
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In the final GP in Japan, Lauda is shown campaigning to get the race stopped, whereas Hunt is insisting that the race go ahead. In fact, Lauda and Hunt (who were actually very good friends) discussed the matter and agreed that it was very dangerous; neither wanted to race. It was other drivers, including Clay Regazzoni and Alan Jones, who pushed for the race to go ahead. Hunt fully supported Lauda's early retirement from the race, and always said he wished they could have shared the title.
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The ambulance seen driving by at the Nürburgring has an incorrect alarm siren sound. German ambulances sound like "ta-tü-ta-ta" whereas the one in the movie sounds like "dee-daa dee-daa".
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In the movie, the public scoreboards at the races are depicted as showing abbreviated versions of the drivers' names. This has rarely, if ever been done, in 1976 or even now. The scoreboards at automobile races normally identify the cars by the car number, not the driver's name. Presumably the movie's producers would not expect the audience to remember that Car #1 = Lauda, Car #11 = Hunt, etc.
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The car which picks up Niki and Marlene in Italy has an Italian rectangular license plate on the back, with a style never seen in Italy. Rectangular plates were introduced in 1976 and featured an orange provincial code which preceded the number. But the scene is set in 1975: Italian license plates at that time were square, with the provincial code in the top row with up to two digits, and the last four digits in the bottom row. The front one, however, is accurate both in shape and format (the provincial code followed the number).
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In a scene set during the 1973 season, when Niki Lauda was driving for the Marlboro-sponsored BRM team, he is wearing coveralls with the logos for STP and Levi's. These were actually his sponsors when he drove for March in 1971-72.
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During the free practise before the Nuerburgring race, a car accident is shown. The number of the crashed car, briefly visible, is 32. Neither was there an accident during the '76 Nuerburgring practise, nor was there a number 32 car in the entire field.
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Following James Hunt's wedding ceremony, Bubbles Horsley broke the news to Hunt that Lauda had just signed for Ferrari. The wedding actually took place on October 1974, which Lauda by then, in his first year with Scuderia Ferrari, finished fourth in the season. He signed up at the start of the year.
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Niki Lauda's first Formula One race in the movie is the 1973 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. This was actually the last race of the 1973 season.
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At the beginning of his career in Ferrari, Lauda is shown driving a Ferrari 312 T. In reality the car of the first year was the 312 B4.
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In F1, "rooster tails" are so-called because the water on the track flies straight upwards from the rear of the tyre and then curls over. In the final race in Japan an apparently fast-moving car has the spray coming from the front of the tyres.
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Hunt was shown battling Lauda at the 1970 British Formula Three race at Crystal Palace when in fact he battled Dave Morgan. Lauda had primarily competed in Central Europe.
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After the crash in the movie Niki Lauda was brought to the hospital in Mannheim. In real he was brought to the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Ludwigshafen, a special hospital for accident victims in Ludwigshafen am Rhein.
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During the 1976 Nurburgring race, tobacco advertising is shown on cars. Voluntary covering of this advertising commenced in 1973, and by 1976 tobacco advertising was completely banned.

Although restrictions on tobacco advertising in the UK were restricted in 1976, F1 was not part of it, thus James Hunt won the 1976 world F1 in a Marlboro McLaren, and so did Niki Lauda in 1978, when he won his second title, and again in 1984, when he won his third.
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The South African Grand Prix podium, where Lauda stood at the is a different design to that in reality.

The design of the wreath is different to the one Lauda wore.
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At the Italian Grand Prix, the flag marshal presenting the checkered flag wore a cream shirt when he, in fact, he is shown wearing a navy blue jacket.
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At Hunt's wedding, the wedding dress that of Suzy Miller is very different to that of the real Suzy's whose dress was long sleeved and the neckline was cut to around her neck.
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Miscellaneous 

In the scene in Italy where Niki and Marlene hitch a lift, the subtitles refer to him as 'Lauder' not Lauda.
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Revealing mistakes 

The newspaper that is handed to Hunt has a repeating paragraph in the right column visible, starting with "Only hours earlier...".
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When Niki Lauda and Marlene Knaus have a breakdown, when the first car doesn't stop you can see the skid marks on the road caused by the second car (which did skid to a stop). The car passes were evidently filmed out of sequence.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

During the lung vacuuming sequence, the close-up shots show the vacuum tube in line with Niki Lauda's throat but a distant shot shows the tube almost perpendicular to his throat.
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