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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, 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 1974 book "Season with Solti."
  • 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.
  • When Ben Bagdikian goes outside to use the bank of pay phones in June 1971, a blue 1972 Cadillac sedan drives past. The 1972 models would not have been available until August 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.
  • When the Post's team is sorting out the McNamara papers at Ben's house, one of them has a cigarette in his mouth and when cut, it suddenly moves to his hand. (1:05:06)
  • When the Post intern is seen crossing the street after he arrived in New York City, the street he is crossing in front of the New York Times building has a painted bike lane, something that was not in place in NYC (or really any US city) in 1971.
  • In 1971, the median income in the USA was $9,030. Katherine Graham, near the start of the film, states that $3,000,000 is equivalent to the salary of 25 good reporters. That means that they would each be making roughly $120,000 a year--in 1971.
  • When Katherine Graham visits Robert McNamara at his house and as McNamara is angrily warning Graham about what Nixon could do to her and her newspaper, with the camera at his back facing her, finger is pointing at her but when the scene switches to her perspective, he clearly has his hands at his sides.
  • Film opens with caption that it's 1966 yet "Green River" by Credence Clearwater Revival is playing on the soundtrack. The song was issued in August 1969.
  • When Post staffer goes to a pay phone to call Ellsberg, he apparently direct dials a long distance number, something you couldn't do from a pay phone in 1971.
  • When Post reporters watch Walter Cronkite report on the federal injunction filed against the Times, the television is tuned to Channel 4. The CBS affiliate in Washington D.C. (owned by the Post!) was on Channel 9.
  • At the beginning of the movie, when Ellsberg takes that first briefcase full of papers out for photocopying, the sign on the wall by the guards says "Rand Corporation". Ignoring how unlikely it is that such a sign would have been there at all, if it were it would certainly read "RAND Corporation". That's because "RAND" is an acronym/contraction for "R and D". For that reason it's ALWAYS expressed in uppercase.
  • Ben Bradlee's family television is a late 1950s black and white model with an overly rounded bezel. Color TV was popular by the late sixties (with most of the shows displaying an "up next" image bearing the words "in color"). By 1971, with virtually every program being in color, Bradlee would certainly have had a contemporary color television.
  • Toward the end of the film when the presses are shown running its clearly an offset press (with blankets) and not a letter press which would use Linotype.
  • An anti-war demonstration depicted in the film shows a speaker with a bullhorn reciting the exact words of Mario Savio's 1964 speech at UC Berkeley about stopping the gears of the machine. The scene is supposed to be in 1971. Also, the demonstrators are chanting "we don't want your stinking war." This must have been self-censorship to maintain a PG-13 rating.
  • Ellsberg's bushy hair and longish sideburns weren't out of place in 1971, but in 1966 very few men outside of rock musicians had hair that covered their ears and if one looks at pictures of Ellsberg while he was in Vietnam, he had close cropped hair.
  • In the McNamara's press conference right out of the plate, situated in 1966, one of the cameras that is clearly seen in the hands of a photojournalist is a Pentax ME, this model was release to the market in the year 1976.
  • When Post staffer goes to a pay phone to call Ellsberg, he apparently direct dials a long distance number, something you couldn't do from a pay phone in 1971.
  • The informational card under the dial of the payphone used by Ben Bagdikian to call Ellsberg includes instructions on using a calling card to make a phone call. Calling card technology did not exist until the mid-1970s, and did not gain widespread use until years later.
  • When Ellsberg first opens the cover of the Pentagon Papers binder, the three Accopress type binding pins are then shown being immediately pulled out. This type of binding pin would have to be first straightened at the opposite end before it could be removed.
  • Kay and her maid are standing at the left side of the long table being prepared for her birthday party. The door bell rings and the shot changes to Kay walking to answer the door and her maid is now standing at the right side of the table.
  • When Ben Bradlee is slamming down newspapers on the coffee table in front of Kay Graham, a scene shows a Detroit Free Press. He continues to slam two more down, but in the final close-up of the coffee table, there is only one additional newspaper after the Free Press.
  • Movie starts out in Vietnam 1966 - The song playing in the background is "Green River" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. "Green River" was originally recorded at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco, California during the summer of 1969
  • The film's last scene implies that the Watergate break-in occurred after the Pentagon Papers were published and the Supreme Court decision upheld the right of the press to do so. However security guard Frank Wills discovered a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex on June 17, 1972. The Washington Post began publishing its own series of articles based upon the Pentagon Papers, June 18, 1971. One day after the break-in.
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