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(1983)

Goofs

Revealing mistakes 

When Hector jumps out of the hotel and onto the landing, a bit of the ground moves, revealing it to be a crash mat.
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Anachronisms 

USA Today boxes visible in background of scenes on Miami Beach early in the film, just after Tony leaves the government camp. USA Today did not begin service in Florida until the fall of 1982, while the scene takes place shortly after the April 1980 Mariel Harbor boat lift.
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In the scene where Tony's tiger is first shown, there is a billboard in the background showing the "New Corvette" The first '84 vettes where not released until '83.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After Tony shoots Hector after the chainsaw shootout scene, we hear police sirens but they never become any louder, thus indicating it's just an added sound effect and there aren't any real police cars on the way.
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A bullet squib on one of Hector's goons' chest goes off, without a sound effect, just before a cut to Chi Chi, who shoots him.
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Boom mic visible 

Shadow on the wall on the right as Montana is getting shouted at in his mother's kitchen.
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Continuity 

In the double cross scene when Hector throws the chainsaw out the window we see blood all over it, but in the next shot when Hector jumps out the window and lands on the floor with the chainsaw and when we see him on the floor injured the chainsaw is spotless and all the blood is gone.
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When Tony is running out of the Babylon club having been shot there is a car next to his. When he drives off in the next shot it disappears.
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After Tony and Manny finish talking to Omar for the first time, and about to quit the cafe, a man in a tan shirt and white pants is using the telephone in a booth in front of the cafe. As they walk away the cafe owner asks where they're going, and Tony throws the apron at him and retires. The man is not in the telephone booth in the close up shots of the cafe owner. There is a cut back to a widescreen shot as they continue to walk away and the same man is back in the telephone booth.
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When the phone is ringing, it's 3:00 AM sharp. More than six minutes have past, but when the camera spotted on Ernie, we can see it's 3:03 AM.
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As Tony is watching the Goodyear blimp go by, the reflection on the window shows him with a cigarette already in his mouth. The very next shot shows him placing the cigarette in his mouth.
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When Tony gets shot and falls into the pool during the final shoot-out, another man has been already fallen down to the pool and the blood was everywhere. However, when Tony falls down, the pool was all clean.
The position of the binoculars when Montana chats with Sosa in Bolivia.
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The eponymous scar moves and often seems to disappear altogether throughout the film. As an example, when Tony and Manny are driving back from The Babylon, there are a number of head shots where Tony looks to his right to speak to Manny, when his left cheek can clearly be seen with no trace of a scar. Sometimes it is seen below the outer corner of Tony's eye, sometimes it is below the center of his eye.
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When Tony is leaving his mothers house, he has a long unsmoked cigar. But outside at the car when he gives Gina the money, the cigar is 2/3 smoked and lit.
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In the restaurant, glasses are knocked over and their contents spilled. In one subsequent shot they are shown upright and full again.
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In the Babylon club when the champagne is poured Tony puts a cigar in his mouth and raises the glass, but in the next shot the cigar has disappeared.
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When Manny shoots down the glass of the door in the chainsaw scene, you can clearly see there is no glass on the ground in close-ups.
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Octavio the Clown's hat falls off twice when he is shot.
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When Tony and Gina hug after their first meeting, the positions of their arms change between shots.
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When Tony and Manny are at the beach, talking and having drinks, Tony has perspiration mostly under the right armpit. Several shots when talking to the girl reveal no perspiration under his armpit.
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When Omar and Tony are talking in Bolivia, after Sosa has gone to talk on the phone, some servants bring Omar and Tony dishes. Tony removes the same lemon from the dish twice.
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The amount of bubbles in the bathtub Tony lies in diminishes as he talks to Manny and Elvira. But as soon as Manny leaves the room, the tub is suddenly full of fresh suds.
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When Chi Chi first enters the motel room, Hector throws his briefcase at him. The goon crouched behind the bed starts firing the machine gun and several holes strike the wall near the light switch. In the next shot, the bullet hole closest to the switch is gone.
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When Tony is in the jacuzzi and Elvira leaves the room calling Tony an asshole, the door is closed behind her. But when Manny gets up and announces he's going on a date and walks to the door, it is wide open.
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When speaking with Sosa in Columbia, Tony is seen with a red undershirt and a jacket. Immediately after saying "you want to go on with me? Say it. You don't? Then you make a move". Tony is shown with an open suit jacket, briefly revealing buttons that would have been unseen on his red undershirt. The very next scene shows his outer jack closed again.
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When Manny gets Tony, after basketball, both walk towards the gate, meanwhile a bearded character with a spotted brown shirt is walking behind them in and out of the camera for no apparent reason, when Manny and Tony reach the gate to check the incoming Rebenga, that same bearded brown-shirted man enters through the gate from outside, this time wearing a hat and with a limp leg.
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In the money laundering scene, when the undercover cops are arresting Tony, he is almost smoking his cigar. When he is against the wall there is no cigar in his hands.
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When Tony and the guys are following the white car outside the United Nations building to blow it up remotely, there are two beer cans and two food containers on the dashboard of their car. In the exterior shots of Tony and the guys in the car, the beer can closest to Tony is partially crumbled. But in the interior shots of Tony's point of view, the crumbled beer can is perfectly straight and not crumbed. The beer can is crumbled in the exterior shots and undamaged in the interior shots.
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When Tony's chained up to the rod in the hotel room, how does he get free?
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When Tony and Angel go up to Hector's apartment to make an attempted purchase of drugs, the sun is shining from the west side of the north-south street (an afternoon shot). In the next scene when a girl standing in the street is flirting with Manny in his get-away convertible, the sun is shining from the east (a morning shot). In the next scene when Tony chases Hector down to the street to finish Hector off, the sun is again on the west side of the street (a late afternoon shot).
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When Tony, Manny and Elvira are in the restaurant, Elvira changes position between shots. In one shot she's holding a cigarette in her left hand with her arm above the table. In the next shot her left arm is down and her right is above the table, holding her glass.
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When Tony is getting kicked out from his mothers house, in the first shot he pulls the cigar from his mouth, in the next shot when he rises the cigar is in his mouth.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Director Brian De Palma is visible in the mirror in the last close-up of Tony in the Babylon Club before the shootout begins.
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When Tony goes to see Elvira to talk about having kids, when he sits down on the chair you can see the reflections of stage lights in his sun glasses.
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In the original version, when the "police" were about to arrest Tony, they are helping him count the money (for the second time). The cameraman's thumb can be seen briefly.
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Reflections of the camera crew can be seen on Elvira's sunglasses as she and Tony are walking out of the car dealership.
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When Mel and Tony are talking while sitting in The Babylon Club, the reflection of the camera lens can be seen in the mirror, just above a white drape.
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Errors in geography 

The exterior of Lopez Motors shows California fan palms, which do not grow in South Florida.
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Sosa's helicopter from which Omar is executed shows an American - not Bolivian - aircraft registration number.
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Factual errors 

When making the drug deal with the Colombians, there is a "USA Today" newspaper box on the corner of the street as they are arriving - "USA Today" did not begin circulating until 1983.
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Immediately following the shoot-out in the nightclub, Tony and other customers run out, jump into cars from the valet parking lot and drive off. An impossibility - valet parking keys are always kept in a coded cabinet system that requires patrons to identify themselves; keys are never left in cars.
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When Tony is with Omar and Sosa in Bolivia, Tony gripes about losing one out of nine loads due to drug interdiction in many forms, including what he calls "EC-2"s...he is probably referring to the Navy's E2-C "Hawkeye", a dual-turboprop radar interception aircraft. In addition, those "Hawkeye" flights were authorized to begin in March of 1982, months after the Bolivia meeting.
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At one point when Tony is driving his drunk friend home from a nightclub, the car is shown to have the steering wheel on the wrong side. Tony is driving and sitting on the right-hand side of the car.
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Revealing mistakes 

Extras during the riot stop "rioting" before they are off screen.
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When Tony approaches Elvira at her pool, the sky is cloudy in the reflection on the window behind her, even though it's a clear day in rest of shots.
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During the shower/chainsaw scene, Tony fights with one of Hector's men, takes his pistol away, and shoots him. The pistol is supposed to be a semi-automatic 9mm Beretta 92, but when Tony fires a single shot, the hammer stays down, the slide never recoils, and no casing is ever ejected. The gun is clearly a single-shot prop gun.
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The stuntman playing Hector falling through the window has a watch on his left hand. When the "real" Hector gets off the ground, his watch is back on the right hand.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

In the final scene, after Tony gets shot and loses his gun, and he starts yelling, the enemy shooter in the top left-hand corner is still shooting (you can see the shells flying out), but there is no flash or sound.
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When Tony goes to kill Frank, Frank says, "Look Tony, please don't kill me." The words don't match his mouth.
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Continuity 

When Mel is shot, after the camera cuts to Tony, Mel has blood in the palm of his hand. The next time we see Mel, he holds his hand up; his palm is clean, and there is blood on the fingertips.
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Before Tony shoots Mel, Mel has a snub nose revolver in a holster on his right hip. Mel never puts his hands near his gun. After Tony shoots him the first time the revolver is now gone and Mel has an empty holster. When he is shot the second time and falls to the floor there is still no gun in the holster and the gun is nowhere to be seen.
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When Tony is fighting Sosa's Army in the end, he is shot and falls backwards. His weapon's grenade launcher piece breaks off but is back on while Tony reloads.
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When Tony shoots Hector on the street, the arrangement of the background extras changes, most noticeably an old man standing on the steps.
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Octavio's hat falls off when he first gets shot by the two nightclub hit men. A couple of seconds later, after several cuts, he's shot again, and his hat is not only back on his head but this time it doesn't come off.
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In the Hector scene, after Manny is shot by the goon with the revolver, the goon picks up dead Marta's machine gun. The next shot is an over-head view showing the goon still holding the revolver and the machine gun is on the bed.
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During the ambush in the night club, the stage performer in the comic costume is shown being machine gunned twice.
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After Tony shoots Manny, Gina's robe has a large blood spot on its right side. When they get Gina out of the car at Tony's place, the robe has no blood on it.
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When Tony is shot at the end scene he falls forward into the pool - the railing is pushed outwards. But when the camera looks back up at Tony's killer, it's pointed inwards towards his office. When the killer walks down the stairs, its pointed outwards again.
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When Tony shoots Mel Bernstein, Tony is holding his gun on the table, aimed slightly upward. However, Mel's bullet wound is slightly below the table.
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In the finale, one of Tony's guards, the guy in the tan suit, is shot to death by Sosa's men and he falls face first onto the floor a couple feet from the stairwell. In shots soon after his body has changed positions and he is now lying on his back on the bottom of the stairs.
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Marta switches positions on the bed when she gets shot. First she is lying dead on the bottom side of the bed, then she is on the top side.
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When Tony is getting shot at after Octavio the clown goes down, people are seen running by, yet none of them are getting hit with bullets.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Tony shoots Alberto in the car, blood spatters on the window, indicating an exit wound, however the window does not shatter or break.
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When Tony is returning to his mansion at the end of the movie, an enemy soldier is seen following the car near the gate. The enemy soldier calls to his friends to jump over the wall near the gate. But, if they are jumping over the wall, that means that more than likely they started from within the mansion grounds.
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When Tony gets shot and falls into the pool during the final shoot-out, the red carpet is already soaked with water from previous takes.
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When Tony's bodyguards are trying to convince him to run, Sosa's agents can be seen in the cameras running onto the grounds. A few minutes later the guards are getting killed by the agents and the same footage is playing on Tony's cameras.
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