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A Place in the Sun (1951) Poster

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Earl mentions "Something more intimate maybe". Upon Angela's entrance, she replies, "Did I hear you were getting intimate, Earl darling?" Her lips are not saying this line.
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Character error 

On entering the office, Charles Eastman's secretary tells George that Mr. Eastman is on line-2, whereupon George proceeds to pick up line-1 and begins talking.
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Continuity 

Alice Tripp is wearing different shoes when she starts walking home from the movie with George Eastman than she is when they are close to where she lives. When Winters pointed out to director Stevens that the brown and white shoes she was wearing turned to black when she walked around the corner, the director refused to reshoot the scene. According to Winters he said, "If they're looking at her feet I can go home."
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During a one-on-one conversation between George and Mr. Vickers, George explains his family background and why he wishes to take care of Angela. He is clearly seated to the left of Mr. Vickers. Several close-up reactions reveal Mr. Vickers speaking towards his right side.
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George Eastman walks out of Loon Lake with his clothes and hair soaking wet and minutes later when he stumbles upon the boy scout camp he is all dry.
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In the boat scene, the collar of Alice's dress keeps popping in and out of her coat lapel. In the close-ups it's on top of the coat, when shot from George's side of the boat it's under the coat.
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At the party at the Eastman house, George is shown talking to Angela right next to the billiard table. George holds a billiard stick in his hand. Then Mr. Eastman comes into the billiard room, and simultaneously George turns to greet him, but suddenly the billiard stick is not in his hand at all, but is now lying on the billiard table.
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Shelley Winters said that the walking scene had been filmed from twilight to midnight, and her feet hurt, so she changed shoes during a break. When they saw the rushes the next day, everyone noticed the change, but the director said, "If they're watching her feet, I might as well go home. We are not redoing the scene."
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In the billiard room scene with George and Angela, she pops the cork on a champagne bottle while he is on the phone with his mother. In the next shot another, darker cork is back in its place.
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George is at the billiard table when miss Vickers enters the room. She wants to watch him play. George then aims at a colored ball close to the right cushion, when in a previous shot he cleared the table, leaving only the white ball at the top left corner.
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In the billiard room George plays the ball close to the corner pocket. In the next camera shot the ball is halfway the short side, whee it could never have stopped.
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After hearing about the murder case miss Vickers is brought to her room. The door is closed and after looking at the mirrored wall she very dramatically faints on the soft carpet. Immediately, without opening any doors, mother and the help are back to attend to her.
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Factual errors 

A condemned's head is shaved before execution via the electric chair. As George is being led to the chair, his head is unshaven.
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At Loon Lake, when George and Angela5 hear a loon, they look up into some trees to see the bird. Loons are never found in trees. They nest on the ground near lakes and live on the water. They are solely aquatic birds, waterfowl.
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Plot holes 

Once Montgomery Clift is convicted, it seems like no time at all before he is led to the electric chair. His attorney should have appealed the conviction.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene in prison when George is supposed to walk the last mile, the warden asks him to come out, and there is a long pause. There is someone walking by in the background who clearly begins walking in slow motion for the duration of the pause, then resumes normal speed. Clearly, the shot of the warden standing there was extended by putting the film in slow motion.
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At the Vicker mansion, after learning that George is suspected of murdering Alice, Angela is escorted to her room by her mother and Lulu the maid. Angela collapses on a large oval hooked rug. Just as the camera pans to her mother you can see the open space in the mirror to the left where the camera is filming from outside the room "through the wall" and into Angela's room.
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The convertible that George and Alice leave open all night in the pouring rain would be swamped with water the next morning when George leaves Alice's apartment.
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When Angela faints, she falls too slowly, thus making no sound hitting the floor. Clearly the actress Taylor is trying to break her fall, because she is not using a stunt double. A true faint would be a hard fast thudding fall.
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