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Jump to: Boom mic visible (3) | Character error (5) | Continuity (26) | Crew or equipment visible (4) | Factual errors (1) | Revealing mistakes (5) | Spoilers (13)

Boom mic visible 

(at around 1h 25 mins) Reflected in car window when Mr. White opens the door after Mr. Brown crashed it into the standing car.
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(at around 1h 21 mins) Shadow visible behind Cabot's head as he gives out names.
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(at around 1h 21 mins) During Mr. Orange's close-up during the naming session, the boom mic casts a shadow on Mr. Blue's face.
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Character error 

(at around 18 mins) When Mr. White and Mr. Pink are talking in the room about what happened, Mr. White gives Mr. Pink a cigarette and takes one for himself. He then lights Mr. Pink's but then he only holds the lighter up to the end of his own cigarette without actually lighting it.
(at around 55 mins) Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" was released and hit the charts in April of 1973, not April of 1974 as the radio DJ says.
When Mr. White and Mr. Pink are talking about Mr. Blonde going "psycho" at the heist, Mr. White says he almost took Mr. Blonde out himself. When the two later confront Mr. Blonde about his antics, Mr. White says to Mr. Pink, "You said yourself you thought about taking him out."
(at around 1h 9 mins) During the "Commode" story, Mr. Orange refers to The Lost Boys as being released in 1986.
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(at around 37 mins) When Mr. Blonde opens the trunk of his car to reveal his "surprise" to Mr. White and Mr. Pink, he puts his hand on the trunk before unlocking it. When he does, the trunk clearly moves, showing he never locked it.
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Continuity 

(at around 59 mins) When Mr. Blonde is pouring gasoline on Marvin Nash, Nash's legs are taped to the chair. When the angle changes you can see his legs kicking up in the air. And then they go back to being taped up.
(at around 55 mins) Mr. Blonde opens his barber blade twice.
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(at around 20 mins) When the police are chasing Mr. Pink in the first flashback, they run by all the same stores twice.
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(at around 21 mins) When Mr. Pink s the woman, the satchel of diamonds is on the street in front of the door. In the next shot when he opens the door, the bag is gone. There is no time for him to have stepped forward, kneeled and grabbed the bag, stood back up and tossed it into the car.
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(at around 41 mins) When Mr. Blonde is talking with Joe Cabot and Nice Guy Eddie, he brings up a cigarette towards his mouth before the shot changes. Then repeats this motion again immediately in the next shot.
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(at around 32 mins) When Mr. Blonde first appears during White and Pink's fight, he raises his soda twice in a row to his mouth without removing it after the first time.
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When Mr. Blonde comes back with the gas can, the floor behind Nash is already wet.
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During the standoff between White and Pink, the gun in Mr. White's hand switches during shots from his left hand to his right.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) During the commode story when Mr. Orange turns on the hand dryer his hand is in a gun shape horizontally. The camera cuts to on Mr. Orange's left, and his hand is now in a gun shape pointed vertically.
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When Mr. Blonde duct tapes Nash's mouth shut, he tapes right over the bottom half of his ear. At the time when he is about to cut it off the tape is below his ear.
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(at around 21 mins) When Mr. Pink is shooting at the cops from behind the car, the fat cop is seen getting shot and falling twice. Once when Mr. Pink first starts shooting and a second time when he is seen shooting at Mr. Pink.
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(at around 41 mins) In Joe's office, when Mr. Blonde stands up for the second time to face Nice Guy Eddie, he stretches his left arm. The next shot shows him with the jacket hanging in his same arm.
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The two ivories behind Joe's desk change repeatedly between shots.
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When Mr. Pink is hit by a car a police officer can be seen standing on the intersection. He is not visible in the shots before and after that.
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In the warehouse when Mr. Blonde jumps off the car and takes off his coat he has a cigarette in his mouth. In the close-up shot to his face, the cigarette is gone.
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(at around 56 mins) The amount of blood on Mr. Blonde's sleeve during the "ear scene".
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(at around 58 mins) When Mr. Blonde walks into the warehouse after getting a tank of petroleum from his car, he doesn't close the door. But later in the same shot, when the camera rotates around the cop, the door is closed.
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Mr White washes the blood of his hands twice both before and after Mr Pink also freshens up.
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(at around 43 mins) When Nice Guy Eddie is talking with Vic Vega about getting him a job at the docks, the position of his watch on Joe's desk changes between shots.
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(at around 1h 17 mins) Background while Mr. White, Nice Guy Eddie, Mr. Pink, and Mr. Orange are driving to the heist.
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In the fight scene between Mr. Pink and Mr. White, the warehouse lighting changes dramatically from shot to shot.
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(at around 46 mins) The kidnapped policeman's cuffs are behind him in trunk of car then in front as he's hung up and beaten then back behind his back as they tape him to the chair.
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(at around 1h 5 mins) When in the restaurant where we get the back story on Mr. Orange, the number of wadded up napkins on the table changes.
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The white chair in the hall to the warehouse bathroom is in the opening shot but disappears after White and Pink go into bathroom to talk.
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(at around 1h 23 mins) When Mr. White and Mr. Orange are discussing their upcoming operation sitting in a car and Mr. Orange's answering a question about "this girl's ass", we can see his right palm with smoking cigarette is inside a car. Right after a cut his hand is hanging out the window, there's no smoke whatsoever.
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In the opening scene in the diner, the size of Mr. Blue's cigar.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1h 25 mins) After leaving Mr. Brown, during the steadicam shot following in front of Mr. White and Mr. Orange, there is clearly a group of crew members in the far background on a smoke break and drinking beverages, watching the scene.
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(at around 1h 11 mins) When the camera circles around Mr. Orange in the bathroom, the shadow of the camera falls on the wall.
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(at around 11 mins) When Mr. White brings Mr. Orange into the warehouse you see a crew member and a trailer. The door swings back at Mr. White, then opens again; the crew member realizes he is in the shot and steps behind the trailer.
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(at around 20 mins) Reflected in a shop window as Mr. Pink runs along the street.
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Factual errors 

(at around 21 mins) Mr. Pink breaks a car window with his elbow and it breaks into several large pieces. Car window glass is tempered and as such would break into thousands of small pieces.
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Revealing mistakes 

All car scenes are obviously filmed with the car on a trailer.
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(at around 21 mins) When firing at the police, the slide on Mr. Pink's pistol locks back, indicating an empty clip, and yet he continues to fire without reloading.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) When Mr. Orange is in his apartment and is on the phone to Nice Guy Eddie, he walks over to his window and says he'll be right down. At that moment you can see the top of the outside set piece.
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(at around 1h 25 mins) Just after Mr. White shoots the cops in the scene "An Orange/White Getaway", there is a close up of Mr. Orange's face. In the reflection of his sunglasses, where there is supposed to be Mr. Brown sitting in a car, instead you see Mr. Brown sitting in a chair.
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(at around 59 mins) The right-hand side of the frame is in close focus, with a blurred background. The left hand side of the frame is focused on the background. Hence there is an obvious focus discontinuity down the center of the screen.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

(at around 1h 27 mins) When Nice Guy Eddie shoots Nash, the muzzle-flashes from the gun and damage to Nash's chest don't appear close enough together.
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Continuity 

After cutting Nash's ear off, Mr. Blonde walks towards the door with the opened barber's blade in his left hand. After he's opened the door he puts the left hand in his pocket and the blade has disappeared.
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Continuity 

When torturing Officer Nash, Mr. Blonde leaves the building to retrieve a gas can from his car. Re-entering the building, he does not close the door behind him. When Mr. Orange kills Mr. Blonde to save Officer Nash from being burned to death, Mr. Blonde falls to the floor at an angle where the door to the building is visibly closed.
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Continuity 

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Joe, Mr White and Nice Guy Eddie shoot each other near the end of the movie, Mr White falls to his knees facing the windows. In the very next shot, he is facing the ramp.
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Factual errors 

After Mr. Orange is shot, he is driven to the crew's hideout by Mr. White. Although Orange has received a serious stomach wound that bleeds profusely, White does nothing to stop the bleeding after laying him down. In real life, the victim would have been dead in minutes due to such heavy blood loss, yet Orange survives until the end of the movie.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Near the end, we learn that the cops are waiting for Joe to arrive at the warehouse before they make the bust. Why, then, do the police (presumably a different team) show themselves at the robbery? Because of the gunplay involving civilians.
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Plot holes 

(at around 58 mins) Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" ends while Mr. Blonde is pouring a trail of gas away from the cop. The song is coming from a radio. Mr. Blonde is shot at that point in the film and never touches the radio. Yet the radio turns off for the rest of the film.

Revealing mistakes 

(at around 59 mins) When Mr. Orange shoots Mr. Blonde, when the camera focuses on Mr. Orange after the shooting, you can see a whole bullet roll from behind Mr. Orange instead of only the shell, which is the only part of the bullet that comes out of the gun after firing.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 30 mins) The squibs on Mr. White do not go off at the right time during the final stand-off. The first time Eddie shoots, the squib doesn't go off and no bullet hole appears on Mr. White. The second time he shoots, the first squib goes off. As Mr. White is falling to the ground, the second squib goes off, even though no one shot at him.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 30 mins) In the final confrontation between three of the crew in the warehouse, a frontal camera shot shows Nice Guy Eddie pointing a revolver at Mr. White, supposedly ready to shoot him. However, from this angle it is clear that the chambers of the revolver are empty.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 30 mins) In the shootout scene at the end of the film, when Mr. White shoots Eddie, the gun is clearly not pointing in his direction, as he barely shifts his aim after he shoots Joe.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 30 mins) Nice Guy Eddie falls before Mr. White's gun swings at him and goes off.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 1h 28 mins) When Eddie argues with Mr. Orange about the killing of Mr. Blonde, the police officer sitting dead on a chair (who was shot by Eddie a few seconds earlier) can be seen breathing.
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