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The Sting (1973) Poster

(1973)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

When the briefcase containing $100 bills is opened in extreme close-up, the bills have "modern, small-size" green Federal Reserve seals that are wrong for the '30s. In that era the green seals would be much larger, and a very light green in color.
The 43rd Street 'L' platform shows "A" and "B" stops, not introduced until WWII, and employs the Helvetica typeface, designed in 1957.
The deck of cards Henry uses when showing Johnny his shuffling ability were the 1970s-style Bicycle brand cards that would not have been available in the 1930s.
In most every scene in the diner, ketchup bottles can be seen with "lug" type caps that were not invented until the late 1960s.
There's a double yellow line in the street outside the merry-go-round, just after Hooker arrives in Chicago.
As Hooker flees Snyder under the El, a modern car and box truck can be seen in the distance ahead.
There is a billboard for Ezra Brooks Liquor. Ezra Brooks was not born until 1958.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the bathroom scene Hooker can be seen saying "He didn't tell me you was a fuck-up either". This has been looped to replace it with the less profane "He didn't tell me you was a screw-up either". (The grammar error is scripted).
In the scene where the banker is ordering props for the betting parlor, the prop salesman's sentence "If you want a counter and bar..." is obviously dubbed over. His mouth is completely off.

Character error 

When the con men are planning the job, J.J. says Lonnegan "doesn't drink, doesn't smoke". But during the card game, Lonnegan has in front of him a small "balloon" glass that clearly contains liquor and an ashtray with a half-smoked cigar.
Hooker tells Lonnegan he's from the East Side of New York. Yet he doesn't even have the slightest trace of an accent.
Hooker says he will pay Lonnegan back after the race out of his own pocket. When Lonnegan takes the money that is owed to him after the race Hooker is acting upset.

Continuity 

Kid Twist tells Boudreau that Gondorff is setting up a wire on the North side. Later in the film, Agent Polk tells Lt. Snyder that, "We got a tip that Gondorff is gonna run a con on the south side here."
The person that manipulates the cards on the train has noticeably longer nails than Henry. (See Trivia)
When Lonnegan receives the first call, the outside shots of the drugstore show radically different sunlight. Hours have passed instead of just one minute in the narrative.
After Synder smashes his gun through the phone booth and hits Hooker on the side of the face, Hooker's hat falls off to the right and Hooker traps the hat between his head and the inside wall of the booth. In the next shot, Hooker is wearing his hat as if it never fell off.
When Lonnegan goes into the drug store, the "penny scale" to the right of the door shifts to the opposite side when Lonnegan leaves to place his wager.
When Snyder is brought to the FBI headquarters, it is raining. But when they walk inside, their raincoats are dry.
When Hooker and Lonnegan are going to the Western union office Hooker tells him that the address is 110 when the numbers on the building are clearly visible as 118.
In the brothel, Snyder starts moving twice after he refuses the drink.
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In the warehouse, Agent Polk leans forward twice to talk to Johnny.
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When Snyder chases Hooker at the 'El' station, the weather changes from bright sunny to overcast in an instant when they reach the platform.
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When getting shot, Salino's right hand changes from being at the side in the long shot and reaching for the gun in the close-up.
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Radically changing shadows throughout the scene where Hooker and Coleman fools the courier.
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When Gondorff is sobered up, his hair, position and the state of his soaked pants change between shots.
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During the scene in the alley where Hooker, Luther and Erie Kid are playing a con on Mottola, Hooker is "fighting" with Erie Kid while Mottola watches. Mottola's hat falls off his head to the ground, but in the next shot, his hat is back on his head.
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During the poker game, the jacket on top of the seat behind Floyd changes between close-ups and long shots.
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When the train arrives in Chicago, the streets are very wet, as after a heavy rain. But after only a few minutes drive in the car, Hooker gets out onto a perfectly dry street.
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When Hooker moves from his booth to join Doyle in an adjacent booth in the café, he leaves his hat at the far end of the bench seat, by the wall. After they end their conversation and Hooker is leaving, he picks up his hat, which is now at the near end of the seat, by the aisle.
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When Johnny meets a passed-out Henry for the first time in Henry's apartment, Johnny is wearing a maroon pinstripe suit with a gray three-button collarless undershirt instead of a dress shirt. He also has a three-day stubble. The very next scene,they are both in the bathroom as Henry sobers up in the shower. This time, Johnny has on the same pants, but his coat is off an he's wearing a blue wide-collared dress shirt and is clean shaven.
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In the alley where Hooker, Luther and Erie Kid are playing a con on Mottola, and Hooker is "fighting" with Erie Kid while Mottola watches, Hooker grabs a wooden crate from a pile of garbage to fight off the Erie Kid. In the next shot, the box has changed significantly from a low, long dark box, to a white, shorter and steeper box.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Just before hooker meets Billie, the camera crew is reflected in a passing vehicle.

Factual errors 

The poker scene takes place aboard the 20th Century Limited, a luxury train that ran between New York and Chicago from 1902 to 1967. Arrival times in Chicago varied over the years, but they usually were between about 7 and 9 a.m. The train would not be arriving in Chicago in what appears to be the middle of the night, as happens in "The Sting."

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the poker game, no one buys any chips. "This is a gentleman's game, we assume you are all good for your debts." But later, the conductor has a great deal of cash, to pay people off who say: "Cash me in." This is when the last player besides Gondorff and Lonnegan is cashing out, and he claims to have broken even, implying the other Gentleman had lost, and their chips were on the table. The remaining cash the conductor has is the lost money from those other players for the excess remaining chips on the table besides those for Gondorff and Lonnegan's personal piles.
Even though Clemens calls the poker game as "table stakes" Lonnegan goes to the bank for more money in the final hand. Clemens is not one to challenge a man such as Lonnegan over a breach of etiquette though.

Revealing mistakes 

Regarding the money that Hooker and Luther switch away from Motola. When Hooker goes to open the envelope in the alley, it is not sealed. It was sealed by Granger in the office before being given to Motola.
When Doyle points out the guy in the red sweater on the golf course too Floyd, you can see his shadow on the fake background behind him.
When Hooker wakes up in Loretta's apartment, the scar on Redford's temple is peeling off.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Cole chases Hooker into the dead-end alley and is subsequently killed by Salino, the trigger for the squib can be seen in the actor's left hand. You can also see how he uses his thumb to operate it.

Crew or equipment visible 

In the scene where Salino is killed, as the gloved man runs toward Hooker, someone appears on a rooftop in the background and witnesses the murder scene.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Salino is killed, the weapon in her hand is a revolver with a silencer. Since the cylinder of a revolver does not seal against the frame of the gun, a large amount of gas escapes and render the silencer mostly useless. Anyone looking to minimize noise would not use a revolver.

Revealing mistakes 

In the scene where Salino is killed, it is very noticeable that the bloody "bullet hole" which appears on her forehead is actually paint being squirted by someone standing beside her.

See also

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

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