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(1980)

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Anachronisms 

When Jake LaMotta follows his brother into the parking garage, hip-hop-style graffiti is visible outside it.
In Jake LaMotta's nightclub in 1956, background music is Frank Sinatra's recording of Come Fly With Me, first recorded in 1957.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Jake is in the phone booth towards the end of the movie saying that he wouldn't be able to raise the $10,000 that he needed, his lips aren't moving.
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When Jake LaMotta and Joey are sitting at the kitchen table, Jake tells Joey to grab a towel to hit him. When Joey picks it up Jake says "Now wrap it around your hand," but the first half of the sentence seen from behind Jake focusing on Joey, Jake's mouth is not moving.
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In the entrance to the last fight as Jake LaMotta makes his way to the ring you can hear the ring announcer but as Jake passes the bottom of the ring the announcer has his hand by his side holding the microphone, therefore not able to be broadcasting.
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Continuity 

When Vicki LaMotta is sitting in the car outside Jake LaMotta's club, telling him she's divorcing him, Jake, standing outside the car, puts a lit cigar in his mouth. The shot immediately switches to a point-of-view from inside the car, and Jake's mouth is empty. He then puts an unlit cigar in his mouth. The POV changes to back outside the car, then back to inside the car. Now Jake's cigar is lit, although he never lit it.
Early on in the movie, Jake LaMotta tells Joey to punch him. Joey does so, repeatedly, and leaves his ring on thereby cutting Jake with each new punch. Yet right before he throws the last punch, all of the puncture wounds in Jake's forehead have been removed.
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Early in the film when Jake LaMotta is leaning out of a back window, shouting, he is leaning right out of the window when viewed from outside, but is hardly leaning out at all when viewed from inside.
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Ring announcer's glasses in opening match.
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When Joey and Salvy are told to shake hands (after the fight), their hands are interlocked in one shot, but in the next, they are back in their respective laps.
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When Jake LaMotta is sitting by the TV arguing with Joey, the bunny ears on the TV change positions between shots.
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When Jake LaMotta is in the bathroom pouring ice water down his pants, the bruise on his eye has disappeared.
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As Joey is punching his brother Jake in Jake's kitchen, blood appears on Jake's face. When Joey stops the punching, the blood disappears.
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Tommy Como's hand position changes between shots when he has his arm around Jake when sitting at Tommy's table at the night club.
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The wetness of Joey's suit jacket after he comes in out of the pouring rain into the building to talk to Jake.
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When Jake and Joey are trying to set the TV antenna towards the end of the film, the screen noise pattern is different in close-ups and wide shots.
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Crew or equipment visible 

As Jake hurries to the bathroom after pouring ice water down his shorts, the top of a crewmember's head appears briefly in the lower left-hand side of the screen. (This may be peculiar to the 1988 MGM/UA videotape version.)
A rubber tube, to carry fake blood, is visible behind Janiro's nose as Jake LaMotta punches it.

Errors in geography 

In a shot that introduces Jake LaMotta's post-boxing life in Florida, the license tags of his two Cadillacs are shown in close-up. One of the Florida plates bears a "5" prefix, which in the 1950s indicated an automobile registered in Polk County (Lakeland). If Jake was living in the Miami area, it's far more likely his automobiles were registered in Dade County (prefix "1") or perhaps Broward ("10"), but not in a county 150 miles away.

Factual errors 

Joey and Jake LaMotta attend a dance that occurs on Saturday, 6 August 1941. In 1941, August 6 was actually a Wednesday.
Jake LaMotta is portrayed deliberately throwing a fight against the "still undefeated" Billy Fox on November 1947. Fox had actually lost one professional match only a few months before: on February 1947 against Gus Lesnevich (by TKO at 10th round).

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