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Anachronisms 

When the concierges are pulled away from their important duties, one concierge is administering modern CPR, which was invented in the 1960s. Promotion for non-medical professionals started in the 1970s.
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In the beginning of the movie, during the author's conversation with the concierge, Monsieur Jean runs to a guest who is choking and uses the Heimlich maneuver, squeezing the guest's chest from behind. Dr. Henry Heimlich first described the Heimlich Maneuver in Journal of the American Medical Association in 1974.
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The large kitchen in Lady D's castle is lit by fluorescent lamps. Though invented in the early 1930s, fluorescent lamps were not commercially available until after World War 2.
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When Henckels is chasing them in the snow, he uses an electric megaphone. These were not invented until the 1950s.
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The golden crossed keys the concierges wear was not designed until 1953.
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Character error 

Vilmos Kovacs' Hungarian name is pronounced according to English spelling, but in fact it should be pronounced "Vilmosh Kovaach".
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While discussing the obstacles facing the group in breaking out of the prison, Ludwig mentions "a 325 foot drop into a moat full of crocodiles". Crocodiles live in the tropics, and none exist in Europe.
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Continuity 

When Zero sits on top the haystacks waiting for the car from the Hotel Excelsior Palace, his pencil mustache is missing. It returns when he enters the car.
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When Zero and Monsieur Gustave chase Jopling at Gabelmeister's peak, they each wear a priest's cloak over them. After the sledge falls, the cloak is gone.
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When Agatha and Zero are talking, Agatha's straps lie loosely on her arms in one shot, then tight on her shoulders in the next shot.
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When Serge X. is serving the guests at the reading of Madame D.'s will, he is standing still in one shot, serving ice in the next, then again standing still again.
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When Zero and M. Gustave are talking after the prison break, Zero's satchel strap is hanging over his shoulder in some shots and across his chest in other shots.
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When Jopling breaks the ice by stamping, cracks are quite close to M. Gustave's hands. In the next shot, the cracks disappear.
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On the train, Henckles gives M. Gustave a permit with a folded corner. In the close-up, the permit has no folds.
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Zero grabs his hotel trousers and hat as he leaves Agatha while he is still in his underwear. When he's on the roof moments later, he's wearing the trousers and hat. He could not have put on his trousers while on the roof.
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When Agatha is being interviewed the necklace is discolored on one side, then switches sides several times, then when she stands next to Zero the necklace fabric is fixed and without discoloration.
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When Jopling murders Kovacs, Kovacs' fingers drop in front of the door. In the next shot, however, all the fingers are placed slightly forward and facing and pointing different way compared to the previous shot.
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As Jopling stomps on the ice, the fingers of M. Gustave's hands change position between shots.
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Mr. Moustafa and Young Writer sit to dine. Mr. Moustafa orders two ducks roasted with olives, rabbit and salad. Later, after the prison scene with Pinky, Gunther, Wolf & Ludwig, we return to the dining room where the narrator says: "At this point in the story the old man fell silent and pushed away his saddle of lamb."
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Factual errors 

When Jopling is at the gas station, the calendar on the wall says "October 1932", but shows October 5, 12, 19, and 26 as Sundays. In 1932, those dates fell on Wednesdays.
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Every newspaper that features a date has the wrong day of the week.
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Viewed in the direction of the cables with the station in the background, the cable car to Gabelmeister's peak runs in the symmetric midst between the cables when it should be on side of one of the cables. The way it is depicted in the movie, the two cable cars could never pass each other without colliding.
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Revealing mistakes 

In one elevator scene, the operator holds the control handle in the middle, which is "Stop", and the elevator rises. In the next elevator scene the control is all the way forward, which is "Up."
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When deputy Kovacs is trying to escape Jopling, he boards a bus and draws the shade down, revealing the reflection of Jopling on his motorcycle. When Kovacs raises the shade, the bike is still reflected, but when the bus begins to move forward, the reflection of the parked bike moves along at the same speed of the bus. It should remain in one place while the bus moves out of the frame.
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Mr. Moustafa meets Young Author in 1968, and relates to him events which happened in 1932, 36 years ago. Zero is in his late teens or early 20's in 1932; Mr. Moustafa is clearly in his mid-to-late 70's. In real life, Mr. Moustafa would be in his mid-to-late 50's in 1968.
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After the reading of Madame D.'s second will, articles in the Trans-Alpine Yodel newspaper are shown. The second, "Son of Murdered Countess Disappears Without Trace", has two paragraphs - which read the same, word for word.
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M. Gustave calls a colleague from a phone booth, yet there are no wires connecting the phone booth to a telephone pole nor are there any telephone poles within the vicinity of the phone booth.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

All of the events attributed to "October 19" could not have happened on the same day. Madame D was murdered in the early hours of Oct. 19, but M. Gustave arrived "24 hours later". It is still Oct. 19 after quite a bit happens, and he leaves.
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M. Gustave unwraps the painting after it is given to him by Serge X., but when he places it into the Hotel's safe, it is wrapped with no signs that it had ever been unwrapped.
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After Zero flies over the balcony while trying to rescue Agatha, its curtain is draped over the railing. When the camera pans up to the balcony, after showing Zero and Agatha holding onto a line, the curtain is no longer draped over the railing.
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Factual errors 

When Jopling throws Deputy Kovacs' Persian cat from a second floor window, the cat has a very good chance of surviving with, at worst, minor injuries. Cats are now known to orient themselves paws-down within the first meter of falling (using their feline righting reflex), spread out their legs mid-fall to maximize aerodynamic drag minimize falling velocity, and arch their flexible spines just before landing, the better to absorb and dissipate their kinetic energy through muscles and skeletal joints upon landing. Urban veterinarians have called it Feline High-Rise Syndrome.
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By all accounts, the murder of Madame D. occurred on October 19, 1932, and yet the typewritten deposition describing it which Kovacs shows to Zero is dated one week before the event.

An official stamp at the bottom of the page bears the handwritten date "12-10-32," which, when read in European notation as Day-Month-Year, would be 12th October, 1932, a full week before the murder. (No one in Europe would read that in the American manner of Month-Day-Year, or December 10, 1932, and that would not fit the chronology anyway. A screen caption tells us that Zero's visit with M. Gustave in prison is only one week after his arrest, and Zero says that his dinner with Kovacs was the previous evening, which would be on or about October 25.)
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Plot holes 

How did M. Gustave unwrap the painting and NOT see the envelope Serge X. had placed with it?
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Revealing mistakes 

Zero and Agatha fall through the roof of the Mendl truck after the line snaps, even though the truck isn't directly below them.
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