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Anachronisms 

The story is set in 1922, but Gatsby's yellow Rolls Royce Phantom I is a 1928 model.
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In the party scene at the apartment Tom keeps for Myrtle, there is a gramophone playing during a shot of Myrtle's sister Catherine talking to Nick. The gramophone is playing at 33 RPM. The 33 RPM long-playing (LP) record wasn't introduced until 1948. The gramophone should have been playing at 78 RPM.
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Newport Bridge, which appears in the background of some wide shots, was built in the late 1960s.
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A 1934 Packard drives by in one shot.
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One shot includes a cardinal and a house finch at Nick's bird-feeder. House finches were introduced to Long Island in the 1940s; before that, their range was restricted to the western US.
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Character error 

The billboard in the Valley of Ashes misspells the word oculist "occulist".
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When Daisy and Gatsby meet, Daisy says "Mr. Tom Buchanan, son of Mr. Tom Buchanan of Chicago, Illinois, blew into my life with more pomp and circumstance than Louisville ever knew before. He came down with a hundred people in four private railroad cars. He hired a whole floor of the Muhlbach Hotel." The Muhlbach Hotel is in Kansas City. The Seelbach Hotel is in Louisville.
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Continuity 

When Jay shows Daisy his closet, the shirt in Daisy's hands changes from pink in a close-up to yellow in a long shot and back again.
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When Tom smacks Myrtle, her shirt is off her shoulder on one side. In the next shot, when blood is coming from her nose, her shirt is back up where it belongs.
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When Nick meets Gatsby in his private office, the cord to the lamp on the desk changes location between shots. In shots facing Gatsby, the cord goes from the lamp to the end of the desk to his right. In shots facing Nick, the cord goes from the lamp to the side of the desk facing Nick.
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During the second party scene, as the Charleston begins but before the swimmers run in, Nick can be clearly seen on the left hand side of the screen dancing in his outfit from the first party.
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Revealing mistakes 

The puppy that Tom buys Myrtle ages at least 6 months by the time it gets to the apartment.
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When George Wilson removes his gun from the paper bag, his gun is clearly not loaded.
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Spoilers 

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Revealing mistakes 

As Gatsby sinks to the bottom of his pool after being shot, he can be seen releasing fake blood with his left hand.
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