Edit
Jersey Boys (2014) Poster

(2014)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When Mike the cop catches Frankie breaking curfew, Frankie is singing "Silhouettes," which was released by The Rays in 1957, a few years after this scene takes place.
28 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
At Bob Crewe's apartment, in the late 1950s, platinum LPs are prominently displayed behind the bar. The RIAA started issuing platinum awards in 1976.
24 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When performing "Walk Like A Man" on American Bandstand, the band is called Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. The name changed in 1970 after Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi left the band.
18 of 19 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When the film begins in 1951, someone mentions Topo Gigio, a puppet that first appeared on Italian television in 1959 and was brought to American audiences in 1962 on The Ed Sullivan Show. This goof may be an allusion to the coincidence that Topo Gigio and The Four Seasons both made their Ed Sullivan debut in the installment The Ed Sullivan Show: The Four Seasons, Peggy Lee, Anthony Newley, Jose Greco, Joey Forman, George Matson, Dominique, Alan Gale, Topo Gigio.
17 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Bob Crewe's 1959 party features Andy Warhol's "Soupcans" (1962) on the walls.
10 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
During the performance at the Roostertail, the bass trombonists in the orchestra are playing instruments with open wrap valve systems, which didn't exist in the 1960s.
14 of 15 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Frankie Valli talks to his runaway daughter Francine on the phone, it has a modern day plug-in jack handset.
14 of 15 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Gyp DeCarlo is shown attending a funeral in 1980. He really died in 1973.
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the 1951 opening scenes, someone sings a line from the 1954 song "Earth Angel".
12 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the hot goods cellar scene, a modern plastic water bottle with a red label is clearly visible on the bottom left of the screen.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Ace in the Hole, which is shown on TV and mentioned by the characters, would've aired under its alternate title, "The Big Carnival". The original title was restored around 2005 for its DVD release and airing on Turner Classic Movies.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Frankie talks to Francine on the phone, the phone has a Lucent label. The company started in 1996, and didn't produce phones until 2000.
7 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Johnny brings Francine into the diner to meet Frankie, there are modern electrical switches to the right of the door.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
(at around 30 mins) After Tommy enters bowling alley, a girl is walking towards the bowling area, and the guy sitting to the left is wearing Nike's which were established till 1964 not 1957.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the beginning, the film shows Stephen Crane Village, in Newark, New Jersey, the housing project where Frankie Valli lived. Window air conditioners are in some windows. In 1951, window air conditioners were not allowed in those buildings due to outdated wiring.
8 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Nike's trademark logo was established in 1971, well after the beginning of the company and even further from 1957 when the guy had them on in the bowling alley.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Valli returns home and sings his youngest daughter to sleep, he sings "My Eyes Adore You", which came out in 1974.
4 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
At the Roostertail, there is an ultra modern yacht tied up along side it, this design wasn't around during this time period.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
At the Roostertail, there are ETC Source Four lighting fixtures hanging above the stage. The Source Four wasn't released until 1992.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
As the Four Lovers are walking out of the bowling alley in 1959, a 1962 Chevrolet Impala can be seen clearly in the background. This car appears in several scenes.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the diner after Francine's burial, Valli is shown in a diner with lettering on the window advertising a plate lunch for 25¢. That would have been half the price of a plain McDonald's hamburger. A more reasonable price for the day would have been $2.75.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
During the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sequence, post-1990 taxis and automobiles are visible on the road.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adding to the Nike mention - their trademark logo was established in 1971, well after the beginning of the company and even further from 1957 when the guy had them on in the bowling alley.
0 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The studio musician starts playing "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" on a Fender-Rhodes electric piano, but it makes the sound of an acoustic piano.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Nick Massi plays a Hammond organ (probably a C-3 or RT-3) in the church, it makes the sound of a pipe or cathedral organ.
8 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
After Nicky goes off about the tiny hotel soaps, Gyp is clearly speaking, but there isn't any sound.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Character error 

Someone mentions the group appearing on Bandstand on Saturday. In the 1960s, American Bandstand aired on weekday afternoons.
9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Continuity 

During the opening barbershop scene, the shaving cream on Christopher Walken's face varies from shot to shot. The soap above his lip appears and disappears and then comes back.
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When they are traveling in the Cadillacs with The Angels, the red Cadillac is in front of the blue one to begin with but the cars change places without being passed as the segment progresses.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
As Bob comes into the diner while it's snowing and takes a seat, the snowflakes in his hair appear, disappear and then reappear throughout the scene.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
At the end when Frankie is performing solo with the single drummer, the drummer's hair is neatly combed. However, during a side view, the drummer has a cowlick over one eye. which is gone when a frontal view is again shown.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Crew or equipment visible 

A camera and operator are reflected in the red Cadillac as the door closes and it drives off.
12 of 16 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Errors in geography 

Since the late 1800s, the Ohio State Fair is held in Columbus, not Cleveland.
26 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
After he group has been thrown out of the Four Seasons bowling alley, a motel is shown next to the bowling alley. In reality, there was never a motel next to the bowling alley, which was on W. Chestnut Street in Union, NJ. Today it is the site of a Costco.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Factual errors 

Frankie Valli's infantile otosclerosis left him partially deaf until 1980 when he had corrective surgery to restore his hearing. Prior to that, he used hearing aids and became proficient at lip reading. The movie ignores this when they're in Ohio jail in the 1960s: Frankie is not wearing hearing aids, but responds to Tommy's comment without ever looking at him.
13 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When the characters are arrested, the sign outside the police station reads "Ohio State Police". Ohio has a Highway Patrol, but no state police.
8 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When the group enters the bowling alley to perform in 1960, behind the bowing alley's owner is a ball return from the '70s. Also this particular ball return is from Brunswick and the real Four Seasons bowling alley was AMF.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
For the appearance on American Bandstand they are shown with a Fender Telecaster guitar and Fender Precision bass, which they had been playing before. In reality, they were playing a Gibson Firebird guitar and a Gibson Thunderbird bass.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The Ohio State Highway Patrol would not be involved in a dispute over unpaid hotel bills. That would be handled by the county sheriff.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Miscellaneous 

When they are stealing a safe they put it in the trunk of their car lifting the front wheels of the car off the road. The car is somehow still able to turn even though the front wheels don't have contact with the road.
3 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Vincent Piazza takes off his guitar, he doesn't hold it by the neck and lift the strap over his head. Rather, he holds it by the body with his right hand and lifts the strap over his head with his left. When he puts it on, he dangles the guitar by the strap and puts the strap over his head. When putting it on or taking it off, a real guitarist always holds the guitar with his left hand by the neck and handles the strap with his right. Clearly, Vincent Piazza had never held a guitar in his hands before this film.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Revealing mistakes 

In the sound studio, looking into the sound booth, a character throws up a stack of papers, and some land inside the performance area. There should have been a window for them to bounce off of.
13 of 16 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Frankie sings "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" for the first time at the Roostertail (1967 real life, 1980 movie), over his left shoulder is a white haired musician. This man is also in the 1990 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band (guitarist wearing hat), but hasn't aged.
3 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Frankie Valli is in the diner after his daughter dies and the snow is falling, the trees along the street still have full green leaves.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

In the movie, Frankie records "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," his first single as a solo artist, months after Francine dies in 1980. This song was recorded in 1967, after Frankie Valli had already established a solo career.
12 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
After Nicky leaves the group (1965ish), Frankie and Bob are talking at the table in the diner. On the window is a sign advertising a plate lunch for 25 cents. In 1980, after Francine dies, Frankie and Bob are again at the diner and the sign and price has not changed despite inflation.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The film skips the order events with the record releases. "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" was a single for Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in 1967 written by Bob Gaudio. In the film, after Francine's death (1980), Bob brings the sheet music of the song for a grief stricken Frankie to go over. Frankie wakes Bob up in the middle of the night to talk about the song. Bob wears no visible wedding ring yet in 1980, Gaudio was married to Judy Parker but not in in 1967 when the song was actually released. Additionally an actress appears asleep in bed with Bob during the 1980 scene implying that in 1980 at least, Gaudio had married Judy Parker with whom he co authored "1963 (Oh What a Night), released in 1975.
2 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Continuity 

After Francine dies, Frankie and Bobby are sitting at a table in the diner. When the camera faces Frankie, the snow blows toward Bobby. When the camera switches to Bobby, the snow blows towards Frankie. The snow stops at one point, then resumes when the camera switches back to Frankie.
13 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Frankie sings in the street in 1951, and Officer Mike chases him off. When Francine dies in 1980, Mike attends the funeral in uniform, and has not aged.
10 of 13 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Revealing mistakes 

When Valli is in the diner after his daughter Francine dies, the snow is falling but the trees along the street have full green leaves.
11 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
When Frankie is talking to Bob in the diner after his daughter died it's snowing outside, but only on one side of the street.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed