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Goofs from The Post

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  • In one scene a man is shown wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo shirt. This shirt was not introduced until 1972 but the film takes place in 1971.
  • The song "Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revival plays in the opening scene set in Vietnam. The scene is meant to take place in 1966 (as captioned at the start of the film). However, "Green River" was not released until 1969.
  • The film shows Washington Post trucks delivering newspapers when the Post's edition of the Pentagon Papers hits the street. The Washington Post did not own delivery trucks. The paper was distributed by independent drivers using their own unmarked trucks, usually white step vans.
  • The composing room of The Washington Post where the type was set with Linotype machines was located on the fourth floor of the building on L Street. The room was brightly lit like the newsroom. It was not the dark basement-like setting depicted in the film.
  • The US Capitol is shown in the distance in an exterior scene of The Washington Post building. At the time of the Pentagon Papers the Washington Post building was located at 1515 L Street, 15 blocks north and west of the Capitol, making such a view impossible.
  • When the movie goes back to the Vietnam War, the caption is 1966. During the scene they are playing the CCR Song "Green River". Green River was not released until 1969.
  • The General Motors delivery trucks carrying the newspapers are of a 1973 and later cab design, and would not have been available in summer of 1971.
  • In the opening scene with the soldiers in in the field in Vietnam one of the soldiers is wearing a wrist watch, by 1944 DOD directives stated that soldiers in any branch of service were not permitted to wear watches and/or jewelry in the field or in any combat operations, soldiers in Vietnam did not wear watches in the field.
  • In several scenes throughout the film, Michael Stuhlbarg's character (NY Times' Abe Rosenthal) has visible lines showing along his forehead and hairline where the wig was glued down causing the skin to ripple and crease around it. The hairlines of the wigs on several other characters are also quite noticeable and distracting at times.
  • When showing the rear section of the secretary of defense's airplane, the seats were of the slimline variety used today rather than the more padded, thicker seats used in the '60s.
  • When Ben goes to Daniel's motel room and the door is opened, the air conditioning window unit is seen in shadow, but we can see the curtains, shades and light coming through as it has no motor or other solid workings. Later, when see it in the window from the interior a complete air conditioning window unit is shown.
  • In one scene, Katharine Graham glances at a photo of her late husband on a bookshelf, and next to the photo is a copy of William Barry Furlong's book "Season with Solti." The book didn't come out until 1974.
  • When Ben Bagdikian goes outside from the Washington Post building to a pay phone, there is a skyscraper in the background that is 20-25 stories tall. But Washington DC has had a building height limit of roughly 130' (13 stories) since about 1900.
  • Robert McNamara is seen wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo golf shirt. The scene takes place in 1971. Ralph Lauren introduced the shirt in 1972. McNamara probably would have been wearing a Lacoste "Alligator" (or more precisely, "Crocodile" - Rene Lacoste's nickname) shirt.
  • While most of the telephones used were the correct vintage and had hard wired handset cords, several, including the phone in Ben Bradlee's kitchen, have a flat cord with a 4P4C jack connection. These were not introduced until the mid 1970's.
  • When Kay is talking to McNamara his watch is at ten to two. In the next scene Bradlee, in the same time zone is speaking to his lawyers and his watch is at two thirty but when we get back to Kay and McNamara his watch is still at ten to two.
  • In one scene in which Bob Odenkirk's character goes outside to use the bank of pay phones, a blue 1972 Cadillac sedan drives past. The 1972 models would not have been available until August 1971. However, the entire film takes place in June 1971.
  • When McNamara's plane lands in Washington towards the beginning of the movie, and he meets reporters to answer questions, there is a sign on the wall behind one of the reporters that says 'United States Air Force - Fort Andrews'. The Air Force doesn't have forts, they have bases - the correct designation would be 'Andrews Air Force Base'
  • In the Vietnam scene set in 1966 at the beginning of the film, "Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revival is playing. This song was not released until 1969.
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