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My Cousin Vinny (1992) Poster

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Errors in geography 

When Vinny is bailed out of jail there is a group of protesters outside protesting an upcoming execution. The only prison in Alabama that holds Death Row is Holman Prison in Atmore, Al. Atmore is on the West side of Alabama near Mobile ... nowhere near the Georgia line.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

After examining a witness, Vinny turns around and goes to Mona where they slap hands. They obviously miss but the sound of a slap is heard anyway.
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Boom mic visible 

During the final courtroom scene as Mona Lisa Vito is being dismissed from the stand by the judge, the shadow of a boom mic can be seen moving around on the wall above the judge.
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Character error 

When Sheriff Farley gives his testimony, he says "I asked him if he did it, and he said 'I shot the clerk' I asked him again, and again he said 'I shot the clerk". This is a lie, since the sheriff first asked "When'd you shoot him?" and then, "At what point did you shoot the clerk?"
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The pool hustler "J.T." is called "J.G." by one of his flunkies during the nighttime $200 rolled-up wad of bills scene with Vinny.
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During his objection, Vinny uses the word "verocity", making a phonetic confusion with "ferocity". The correct word is "veracity".
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Continuity 

When Vinny's car is first shown going through town, it says, "Cadillac" on the grill. When the car pulls into the parking space to examine the tires, it doesn't say "Cadillac" on the grill.
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In the scene at the picnic bench, the coke cans move around the table from cut to cut.
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When Vinny and Lisa eat lunch at the picnic bench after Lisa bails Vinny out of jail for the first time, they are shown unwrapping the cutlery. Then, when the shot changes, they are shown unwrapping it again.
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Visibility of blonde streaks on sides of Lisa's hair varies from shot to shot, even within same scene.
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At the end of the trial during Ms. Vito's testimony the knots in both Vinnie's and Trotter's ties change several times in such a way that they had to be re-tied during a continuous scene.
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The position of Vinny's head when he falls in the mud next to his car.
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The judge's robe on his chair when trying to find out Vinny's true identity.
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After requesting a continuance to look over Wilbur's testimony, Judge Haller says the clerk will call back after 3, giving Vinny a "stay of execution...unless he can win the case in the next 90 minutes" (implying that it is currently 1:30). Then immediately after the recess, the time on the digital clock outside the window of Dave's Barbeque reads 12:55. It later reads 4:25 after only a couple of minutes of conversation with Ms. Vito.
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When Stan and Billy are entering their cell for the first time they are carrying their bedding. In one shot Billy's sheets are folded one way and in the next shot the position of the white sheets changes.
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After Vinny's successful court appearance the D.A. calls to congratulate him, and to inform him of new evidence. The tie Vinny is wearing is different than the one he wore to court.
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When Vinny is in Judge's office telling him about his name being Jerry Gallo and he messes up the chess pieces, before that, between shots the pieces are arranged in different order. In the same scene the cane leaning against the wall/fireplace changes positions.
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During the arraignment Judge Haller beckons Vinny to the bench with his left index finger. When the camera changes from in front of to behind the judge he is then instantaneously beckoning with the left index and middle fingers.
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At the end, when they're all walking out, the woman with jeans and a red sweater with a black circle on it walks out twice.
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As Vinny is cross-examining Ernie Crane with the pictures of his view from his house to the SAC-O-SUDS, Vinny begins to lay the photos on the witness stand ledge. In subsequent shots, the photos are alternately on and off the ledge.
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When the public defender is presenting his opening statement to the jury, you can see Stan in the background looking away from him in embarrassment, however, the next shot is a quick cut to Stan and he is looking at him.
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When Vinny and Mona Lisa Vito are having breakfast in the diner the lone customer in the back of the diner behind Vinnie appears and disappears throughout the scene.
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In the opening scenes, the trees in the park across from the courthouse are completely bare, not even a sign of buddings. Even if the trial takes 2 weeks, at the end of the film the trees are completely full of grown green leaves, unlikely for a short period of time.
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Lisa's hand on her mouth when showing new developed photos to Vinny.
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While Vinny is telling Trotter about his old friend Judge Malloy, Trotter's coffee cup jumps from his hand to the desk between cuts without there being time for him to put it down.
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When the courtroom is waiting for Vinny to appear, the jury box is completely empty. Vinny then arrives and explains his awful tux and why he was late. In the following shot, when the judge calls for the prosecutions opening statement, the entire jury is present and seated. The transition between shots may be assumed to represent the passage of time, but the scene seems continuous, and it seems that the jury "magically" appears.
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Sweat on forehead of Public Prosecutor on first day of trial.
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The position of the mud splatters change on Vinny's body when he slips in the mud near the car.
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In the scene where Vinny is holding the tape measurer at the back of the court it is first not taut, then in the scene when he is holding up his fingers for the second time it is very taut, when they cut away to Mrs. Myers and then back to Vinny it is not taut again.
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As Ms. Vito is explaining that she tried hustling some money to avoid cashing more checks Vinny is about to have a bite of baked beans. When he asks "what do you mean you got stiffed?" he is no longer holding the fork.
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When in the diner looking at the pictures of the tire marks, etc. the shots from outside show a man in the chair to the left of the door. When she comes in though, that chair is empty.
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When Tomei is on the stand, the shadows from the blinds in the window-wells are different behind the jury box and the back of the courtroom.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Reflected in Vinny and Mona's sunglasses when they first appear after getting out of the car.
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Errors in geography 

This film was made in Jasper and Putnam Counties in Georgia, nowhere near the Alabama line. On the highway scenes the highway signs have been changed to Alabama signs but for in town scenes, which is actually Monticello, Georgia the signs are still the actual Georgia highway signs.
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Factual errors 

While judges do make errors once in awhile, it is practically impossible that any judge would overrule Vinny's objection to George Wilbur's testimony. To do so would almost certainly cause a conviction to be overturned at the appellate level.
When Bill and Stan get arrested, they're under the impression that they're in jail for shoplifting until Bill figures it out during the confession. Due to the Writ of Habeas Corpus, it's nearly impossible for someone in custody to go that long without being told what he has been arrested for.
The black lady on the jury (seen when Trotter talks of "our ancestors from England") also serves Vinny in the café during the lunch recess before his presentation of evidence. If she's on the jury, she would not have been allowed to leave the court to work, and least of all to serve the defense attorney.
Vinny is a lawyer licensed to practice law in the state of New York and not Alabama. While his lies about his career would give the judge reason to allow him to practice pro hac vice, his defense team would need to include someone who is licensed to practice in Alabama to make a motion in court to allow him to practice for the trial.
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In the exterior courthouse scenes, the US and Alabama flags are seen flying from the balcony. In the first scene, the flags are correct, in that the US flag is on the right and the state flag on the left. In the closing scene, as Vinny leaves the courthouse, the flags are reversed, which is not in keeping with flag flying protocol.
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Actually disclosure would be the correct term in this case, as would discovery. Black's Law Dictionary, 9th Ed., defines discovery and disclosure as the act or process of finding or learning something that was previously unknown. However, if you look up disclosure, it will direct you to discovery as it is a broader definition.
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Although probably staged this way for humorous effect, a real police line-up would not have people with wide discrepancies between height, weight, build and facial features. Real police line-ups are made up of the suspect(s) and people who look similar to the suspect in height, weight, build, skin color, hair color and general facial features so that when an identification is made, if it is the actual suspect, they are chosen because they are truly recognized by the witness(s).
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Near the end of the movie, Judge Haller walks out of his chambers, and the sign on the door says "Probate Court". A Probate Judge would never conduct a criminal trial; murder trials in Alabama (and most states) are always conducted by Circuit Judges.
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"Don't Look at My Shadow" song writer Stephen Stills is credited as Steven Stills.
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Several court procedures have been ignored (most likely for the purposes of flow and dramatic style), such as asking to approach the witnesses.
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When Mona is giving her testimony, there is an assumption that can't be made. She says that there are only 2 cars "that were built in the 60's" that had enough power to make those marks. Problem is, why are they assuming it was a car from the 60's?
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Ms. Vito's analysis of "the only cars that could have made these marks" is incomplete. There were other cars with an independent rear, positraction, and decent power. The later Corvairs could have done it as well.
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Most of the law enforcement in the courtroom have nothing on their belts like handcuffs, keys, firearms, batons, etc.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In the scene where Vinny is telling Billy why he should keep him as his lawyer, he pulls out the deck of cards. At first the card is the ace of spades. He flips it over in his hand and then it is a joker. However, this is a card trick to back up Vinny's words that "Nobody pulls the wool over the eyes of a Gambini."
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It was previously noted that the prosecutor's definition of "verdict" as a term from Old English meaning "truth" is incorrect. While imprecise, the prosecutor is essentially correct. The term comes to English from French voirdit meaning "true saying" (compare the similar legal term voir dir in the film) and ultimately from Latin vera for "truth". Words similarly derived include "verify" and "veritable".
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Plot holes 

At the end of the movie when everyone is leaving the court house, the sheriff and Judge call "Mr. Gambini" by "Mr. Gambini", not "Mr. Callo". The whole point of that scene was to confirm the impressive legal record of a "Mr. Callo".
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FBI Agent George Wilbur acknowledges the fact that the car when it fled the convenience store, left a residue of rubber on the asphalt. Although he took a sample of that rubber & compared it to a sample of rubber from the defendants' car & they both ended up matching and/or being I-DENTICAL, wouldn't it have helped to prove that it wasn't the defendants' car that lost the residue of rubber by bringing it to a car garage, have the car put onto a hydraulic lift, take off all 4 tires & analyze them & notice that neither tire on the defendants' car are missing a single residue of rubber & therefore help prove that it's not the car that is responsible for the assailants' getaway after committing the murder?
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When Lisa is being challenged as a witness by the Prosecutor, he asks her "does ... make you an expert on tyre marks?" At that point the Prosecutor has no idea that the (new) line of defence will be based on the tyre marks.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Vinnie has his final confrontation with J.T. in front of the store, He takes a flying leap through the air as he swings with his fist. As they both come to a landing, we can see them "bounce", indicating that they hit the stunt mattress.
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When Vinny hears the owl screech while he and Lisa are in Trotter's cabin, he grabs a pistol from a gun case, opens the cylinder and snaps it shut with a flick of his wrist, however, it is clear that there are no bullets in the cylinder.
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At Trotter's office, the computer monitor behind him changes from authentic to fake during the initial meeting between Vinny and Trotter.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

Mona Lisa claims that the 1963 Tempest and 1964 Skylark use the same body. In fact the body changed in 1964 and the 1964 car is bigger than the 1963.
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When George Wilbur is testifying, he claims to have performed chemical analyses on the rubber from the tires and tire marks with a Hewlett Packard gas chromatograph with a "flame analyzation detector". The correct technical term is a "flame ionization detector".
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During the climax when Lisa is describing the difference between the two automobiles, she mentions that positraction is a limited slip differential. She explains that a limited slip differential sends equal power to both wheels. This is the description of a closed differential. A limited slip differential ensures that not all power goes to one wheel, but does not create a 50/50 split in power.
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Mona Lisa claims that the 327 engine was not available in the Bel Air with a 4-barrel carburetor until 1964. In fact it was available with a 4-barrel when the engine was introduced in 1962
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Continuity 

During the last scene when Vinny and Mona Lisa are driving away from the courthouse, the position of the sun (key light) switches from left side to right side with each shot change. Apparently, the scene was shot on the same road, but in opposite directions.
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When Vinny is telling Lisa what a lovely witness she has been, Trotter turns around to talk to George Wilbur. In the next shot, Trotter turns around again.
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Plot holes 

Vincent "corrects" the judge to say that his name is Jerry Callo. But Lisa is not there. The next scene is the diner and there's no conversation about the name change. Lisa storms out and they don't talk to each other until back in the courthouse. There is never an opportunity for Vincent to tell her that he changed his name to Callo, yet Lisa was able to call the judge in New York to get the judge's clerk to fax a letter documenting the stellar record of Jerry Callo.

Revealing mistakes 

The photo of the skid marks is an obvious fake - it is virtually impossible to lay a perfectly straight skid mark caused by acceleration (not braking) and there would be discontinuity as the tire bounced up and over the curb. They actually painted skid mark on the vertical surface of the curb, all the way into the corner.
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When Vinny is looking at the pictures of the tire tracks supposedly made by spinning tires you can clearly see the tread pattern. If the tires had been spinning the tracks would have been smeared. The tracks shown with clear tread pattern would only have been made if the car had driven through water or paint.
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