Miscellaneous When Philomena and the journalist are waiting to board a return flight from Washington to London, he calls his office in London where a clock shows it is 8:55. That would make it 3:55 in D.C. It can't be 3:55 pm because it is dark; so it has to be 3:55 am. And no flights leave for London until 3 or 4 hours later.
Miscellaneous Though the film appears to be set in 2004, the red Mazda MX-5 in which Pete Olsen arrives at his house is a third generation model, not launched until 2005.
There are flashbacks which are done with "home movies". Some of these were created for the film but some of them are from actual footage of her real son.
While visiting the convent, Martin Sixsmith sees an autographed photo of an American actress on the wall and asks if it is Jayne Mansfield (it is actually Jane Russell). A character who appears later in the film, Pete Olsson, is played by Peter Hermann. Hermann is married to Jayne Mansfield's daughter, Mariska Hargitay.
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