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Anachronisms 

Early in the film, a co-worker attempts to discuss the film The Quiet Man. This scene in Brooklyn, NY, takes place in 1951; also in a key scene that takes place much later, a new tombstone on a grave is dated 1st July 1952. "The Quiet Man" was not on general release in USA cinemas until 14 September 1952, with 21 August 1952 American premiere in New York City, New York.
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The American flag is seen flying on Brooklyn Bridge. However, it was not flown there until the 1990s.
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The film takes place in 1951-1952. As Eilis is walking down a street in Brooklyn, there is a 1955 Buick in the background. It is not a 1955 Buick, it is a 1954 Kaiser Manhattan.
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When an Irish singer serenades an audience, at the top of a frame is an air conditioning duct that would not have existed in such a space in 1952.
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In the very early scene in Brooklyn where people are on the street corner waiting for the light to change, the traffic light itself is of a much later design than the early 1950's.
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The registration ZL 4994 on the black saloon car is in an incorrect typeface. That style of font was not used in Ireland until the late 1990s.
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The telephone cord on the Brooklyn phone is a twirly type that was not used until the late 50's.
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A car seen in the movie twice is a 1954 Kaiser Manhattan; the movie is set in 1951-2.
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In the early 1950s, night school students had to pay tuition at all of the NYC public colleges. There was no tuition for full time day students at that time.
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When Eilis walks through the graveyard, some of the stones are of polished black marble; tombstones of this style that did not exist in 1950s Ireland.
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Character error 

Patty and Diana teach Eilis how to eat spaghetti - except Italians never use a spoon to twirl spaghetti onto the fork, that's what the curve of the plate is for.
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Continuity 

In the final shooting script the scene quickly fast forwards during the meal. By this point the main course would be different than the Spaghetti they were eating initially.
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When Eilis first goes through US Customs you see a far shot of her lifting her suitcase onto the counter for inspection. Then in a subsequent shot you see Eilis standing second in line (one person is in front of her), and then it cuts to her standing in front of the Customs agent and getting her passport stamped.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After the scene at Coney Island, Eilis does a voice over of a letter to her mother. During that voice over, in a pan shot inside the department store where she works there is a mirror in the background where you can at one point clearly see the camera that is shooting the scene.
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Errors in geography 

When Eilis is on the deck en route to New York she is facing the sun, which means she is facing south. Yet the ship appears to be moving from right to left in the water. That means it is moving in an easterly direction, in other words, away from the USA.
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When scenes take place in Ireland, cars are driving on the right side of the road. Driving in Ireland is on the left side, the same as England.
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Factual errors 

Eilis is told by her priest that he's paid for her to take a bookkeeping course at Brooklyn College, but in the 1950s, tuition was free at Brooklyn College.
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Miscellaneous 

When people are waiting to cross the street, two cars pass by: a red sedan, and a yellow cab. Unlike the red car, there is no visible evidence of a driver in the cab.
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When you first see Eilis at the stoplight intersection, going to work she is in a crowd of people on the street corner. In a much later, brief shot of her walking to work again you see the very same people in the very same places at that stoplight intersection. They no doubt used the same footage for both scenes.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

As they leave Nancy's wedding, the incidental music coming from the church is Pachelbel's Canon in D. While it was composed in the late 17th century and is frequently played at weddings today, it was an obscure and almost forgotten piece in 1952. It only became famous when a new arrangement, tempo and some additional parts were added to it for a 1968 recording. Even in the unlikely case of someone playing it at a wedding in a small Irish town in 1952, it would have sounded nothing like what we hear in the film which is the modern version we play today.
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When Rose is found dead in her bedroom, one can see in the background what appears to be a modern hair dryer sitting on top of the dresser.
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Factual errors 

Rose's name is carved on the tombstone just a week after her death; this is impossibly quick, it would usually take months for the stone to be carved.
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On her second trip to the U.S., Eilis stands in the returning citizens line, although she could not possibly have been a U.S. citizen at the time. Naturalization requires a minimum of five years, and, since 1922, marrying a U.S. citizen does not automatically confer citizenship on the wife.
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