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(1981)

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Anachronisms 

The Finnish doctor tells Reed that his blood pressure is too high, but at that time, hypertension was not considered a problem by most doctors, who did not even consider treating it. Not until the mid-'40s did doctors begin to understand the dangers of high blood pressure.
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The pet dog is a Golden Retriever but the first Golden (Champion Speedwell Pluto) wasn't imported into the US from England until 1930
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In the scene of the Booster's dinner in Portland is in 1915 and the announcer says that he's ready to make the world safe for democracy. In 1915 the United States was still neutral and the phrase "make the world safe for democracy," was actually part of Woodrow Wilson's war message to Congress which he gave on April 2, 1917, two years after the Portland event.
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When Louise first comes to New York and finds John's apartment (during the time of WWI), some of the apartment windows behind her have air conditioning units.
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In the background of Reed's New York apartment, a modern streetlight is visible.
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Continuity 

In the scene where Gene and Louise talk in Gene's apartment, the position of Gene's cigarette pack changes radically from shot to shot.
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In the kitchen, after Eddie says that he missed the meeting with Levine because he had to take his wife to the clinic, Jack opens a cabinet door to get a pill bottle. Louise hands him the pill bottle. Jack turns to face her and takes a step away from the cabinets. From Louise's POV, we see Jack with the cabinet door wide open behind him. The shot shifts to Jack's POV of Louise, then back to her POV of Jack. The cabinet door is now closed.
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The dog is put outside shortly before Reed and Bryant go upstairs. Pooch is not let back in. A moment later, when the two characters are upstairs, the dog is waiting at their bedroom window.
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According to the intertitle, Reed and his group are expelled from the National Socialist Convention in Chicago. In the very next scene, Reed and Bryant are back in Croton-on-Hudson, wearing the same clothes, as if on the same day.
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Factual errors 

John Reed is shown dying of progressive kidney failure. In real life he died from typhus.
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The film depicts Bryant first meeting Emma Goldman in Reed's Greenwich Village apartment. In fact, Bryant knew Emma Goldman from Portland, where she (along with her husband, Alexander Berkman) had been hosted by Bryant and her husband, Paul Trullinger.
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During the tram ride in Petrograd there is a modern traffic sign visible (a yellow line on red background: forbidden driving direction).
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