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Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Connor and Murph are waiting for Rocco to call them, Murph slams his hand down on the phone when he picks it up. The phone has an electric "ring", but when Murph slams his hand down on it, we hear a bell. A phone with an electric ringer would not have any kind of bell inside it.
When David Della Rocco is hit in the bar by Ivan Checkov, his sentence is finished after he's knocked out.
As Agent Smecker walks behind the column in the squad room, his voice continues, but his lips aren't moving.
During that rant given by Agent Smecker at the Boston Police Department about an information leak, his line, "That's just what we need now." is obviously dubbed.
During the bar fight, right before the bottles are broken over the Russian's head, Connor is heard saying "He can take care of himself", but his lips don't match the audio.
At the bar, when Murphy speaks to the Russian mob leader Ivan Checkov, Murph refers to him as 'Vanya'. Although a diminutive of the name Ivan, the subtitles, in which Murphy is speaking in Russian, say 'Ivan' rather than 'Vanya'.

Character error 

The Saints use incorrect Latin at the end of their family prayer. They say "in nomini Patri et Fili et Spiritu Sancti"; this should be "in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti."
Cops wouldn't be smoking at an active crime scene. The ashes and butts would contaminate the scene.
When the Monsignor relates the story of Catherine Genovese, he mentions that the attack took place "almost 30 years ago" and "in broad daylight." The attack occurred in 1964, a full 35 years prior to the movie taking place, and at 3:30 AM (albeit under streetlights). These errors may have been purposeful to demonstrate that people's indifference continues, and is even greater now.
When Paul Smecker is introduced in the alley, he asks for a Detective Duffy to bring him a "café latte, twist of lemon, sweet n' low." The problem with this order is that a latte is made with steamed milk. The acid in lemons causes the proteins in milk to gather together in clumps, curdling the milk and would therefore not be ordered in a latte.
Rosengurtle Baumgartner is wrong about what "rule of thumb" means. In reality "rule of thumb" is a medieval term referring to an ordinary, everyday measurement system. The idea that "rule of thumb" condones spousal abuse is believed by many people, but isn't true. The "wife beater's rule of thumb" was invented in 1782 by a humorist, James Gillray, as a metaphor to satirize incompetent legal systems. Many people mistakenly believed (and still do) that he was referring to an existing law.
The Sicilians (who should know better) state that "duce" translates as duke. It in fact translates as "leader" (see biography for Benito Mussolini), whereas the Italian word for duke is "duca."
Rocco is referred to as "Mushmouth from Fat Albert" when he puts on the hat with holes cut in it. It was "Dumb Donald" in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids who wore a hat with holes over his face.

Continuity 

When the Russians break into the brothers' apartment, Checkov hits Connor in the left temple with his gun. When Connor is handcuffed to the toilet, he is bleeding from the right side of his head.
When the crime scene at the Copley is being investigated, the coins are removed from the dead man's eyes. A second later they are back.
Rocco gets punched by Chekov at the bar and the next day at Papa Joe's he has a black eye. The following day, the black eye is gone.
Throughout the scenes where Connor and Murph have been captured by Yakavetta at his house, the blood on their faces changes between shots.
When Connor calls the number on the Russian's pager we see him write down Copley Plaza a few seconds before we hear the guy on the other end of the phone say it.
During the alley investigation, the sunlight and shadows against the building change dramatically as Smecker looks down the alley. First only a strip of sunlight is on the wall, then a huge triangle a few seconds later.
During Smecker's investigation of the Russian mobster's deaths, he places a bottle of some liquid he uses on the Russian's hand on the ground about a foot and a half in front of the Russian's body. When the close-up of the Russian's hand is shown, however, the bottle is much closer, then it returns to its previous position on the ground when the shot switches again. Then as Smecker stands to investigate the bullet hole farther down the alley, he leaves the bottle on the ground. The bottle disappears in the next shot as the camera zooms out away from the body.
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When Smecker drips the Paraffin on the Russian mobsters hand it turns black. The next shot however, it is red still.
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The Russian mobster with the bandage on his head in the alley's arms change positions throughout the scene.
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During the beginning scene in the church you see the church completely filled from the rear of the church. Later when you see the congregation from the front there are less people then what you saw before.
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When Murph is stripping the Russians of weapons and money, the tie on his bathrobe keeps switching positions in the shots.
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The position of Connor's legs as he is laying on the ground after saving Murphy from being shot changes a few times as Murphy is searching the dead Russian.
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When Il Duce steps forward, he is standing by the middle of the car, looking up with two pistols out. In the next shot with Paul Smecker on his knees, Il Duce is standing at the back of the car, looking down and his guns hidden by his coat.
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When the brothers leave the gun store, they are wearing sunglasses, which disappear for the next few shots; even when they walk down the stairs into the basement. When they step into the elevator, they carefully take their sunglasses off.
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When Conner is ripping the toilet out of the ground, the top gets chipped at the front and at the side. But when you see the top view of him carrying the toilet it's not chipped.
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When Connor is straining to get free from the toilet he's cuffed to, the sash of his robe has fallen out of the left-hand loop of his robe and is only being held by the right-hand loop that is facing the camera. When he walks out onto the rooftop with the toilet a moment later though, the sash is strung neatly through both loops.
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When at the Lake view, Rocco fires the first bullet through the left side of his jacket. For the rest of the movie there is no hole in the coat.
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In the hotel scene with 9 dead Russian mobsters, agent Smecker puts his hands in his hair, with blood on his gloves. (the policemen are seen to wince when he does this). Later on, he is looking up at the hole in the ceiling, and you can clearly see that there is no blood in his hair.
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When Rocco rushes into the room and is packing: he grabs some albums out of the rack and packs them. In the next shot they are back again. Shortly thereafter the albums are again gone. The actual selection of albums remaining on the rack varies also.
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While Smecker is chastising the precinct for leaking the story to the press, right before he says "They're angels!", his hands come out to his sides. From the front, they are shown palms up, but from the back, they are palms down.
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As Connor is carrying the toilet onto the roof, you'll notice that before he drops the toilet, the toilet does not have a seat or lid. After the toilet hits Checkov, it begins to turn towards the camera and a closed toilet lid is fully visible.
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In the alley scene with the Russians, when Connor throws the toilet onto the Russian holding the gun to Murphy's head, he scares and fires a bullet, which presumably drills a hole into the dumpster. However, when you watch closely, you can see the gun being fired while aiming downward at the floor, not at the dumpster.
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The toilet bowl which Connor first pulls out of the floor appears to be a real toilet bowl. When looking directly down at a real toilet bowl, it is impossible to see all the way though it. The next scene with Connor carrying the toilet, the bowl is definitely a prop. This is evidenced in two ways. First you can see through the bottom. Secondly, when it falls on Chekov, the shattered pieces are too thin. The porcelain on a standard toilet bowl are way thicker. Large chunks of porcelain should have still been visible, when Murphy was recovering Connor.
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Before Agent Smecker arrives to the scene, a police squad car is shown parked. Agent Smecker is then shown pulling into the scene and getting out of the same car, but the next shot shows the same scene with the car still parked.
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When Connor is handcuffed to the toilet, the blood on his head is gone when seen from where Murphy is but present when shot from beneath the toilet.
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During the flashback of the Lake View murders, the blackboard to the right of Sal has types of smoothies. When Smecker and the other detectives are reviewing the case, the board has different writing and different drinks.
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When the character Vincenzo Lipazzi is introduced, the graphic showing his name is spelled 'Lapazzi' - different to the name in the credits.
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The angle that Roc/Funny Man is pointing his gun at the priest in the confessional booth.
Smecker's tie during the investigation of the hotel room.

Crew or equipment visible 

When they attack the Russians in the alley, the shadows of a boom mic and of a crewmember's head fall are visible on the right-hand side of the screen.
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When Connor lifts the toilet away from the wall and his wrists start to bleed if you look closely at his right hand you will see him squeezing blood out of what appears to be a sponge making more blood pool on the floor that that which is coming out of his wrists.
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When the brothers fall from the air duct and shoot the members of the Russian mafia, the man running across the sofa has the trigger to the blood pack he is wearing in his left hand.
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Errors in geography 

After the shootings take place in the Lakeview Lunch Café, when the news anchor is reporting on-location, a shot of the establishment's sign is clearly visible in which it states: Lakeview Lunch Café, Est. 1947, L.L.B.O., which stands for 'Liquor Licence Board of Ontario' - giving away that this part of the film was shot in Toronto. There is also a quick shot of a TD (Toronto Dominion) Bank. As a final clue, a 'Lakeview' Café in Boston is highly unlikely, given the lack of lakes in the area.
Rocco's shooting at the diner is said to take place on "Comm Ave", short for Commonwealth Avenue. The news caption says the shooting took place in South Boston. Commonwealth Avenue runs east-west through Beacon Hill, the Back Bay, Fenway, and Allston. It goes nowhere near Southie.
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When in the alley at the first crime scene, the camera points towards the exit, to the main street. We can see, clearly visible, the front sign of a "Henry's" camera store. Henry's only have stores in Canada.
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When Connor is standing above the apartment building getting ready to drop the toilet down on the Russian mobster, there is a second where he looks ahead and Toronto's CN Tower is clearly visible in the top right section of the screen.
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Factual errors 

When the bar fight scene begins the brothers are telling the Russians some phrases in Russian, which are translated in subtitles. Actually the words that they are saying not only don't respond to the translation, they are mostly made up and make no sense at all.
At the beginning of the film, the audience is informed that the day is St. Patrick's Day, and the location is Boston, MA. However, all of the trees in Boston seen in the initial establishing shot and every shot thereafter are in full leaf, indicating that the actual date must be several weeks after March 17th, when all the trees in Boston are still bare from winter.
Il Duce is being held in a "maximum security" prison. When the guards are transporting him they all have shotguns drawn. In real life, maximum security prison correctional officers do not carry guns within such a close range of the inmates, but from a bit of a distance so as to not allow for such easy access of a firearm for the inmates. The officers in close range of the inmate will, however, most likely have a can of pepper spray pointed at said inmate in transfer at all times.
Also in the opening church scene the Protestant, rather than the Roman Catholic, version of the "Our Father" (or "Lord's Prayer") is being used (the Catholic version does not have the "For Thine is the kingdom, the power... etc.", but uses a different doxology slightly later in the liturgy).
When the boss of the Russian crime syndicate is first shown, a sign telling the viewer who he is appears. It says "Yuri Petrova", while Petrova is a female Russian surname. (In Russian male and female surnames differ, for example: Petrov - Petrova)
Subtitles name "Yuri Petrova" as the Crime Syndicate Boss. Only Russian females have family names that end in "va" - his name would be "Yuri Petrov".
During the opening scene the two brothers walk out of a Catholic Church situated at a Back Bay intersection. Problem is, there are no Catholic Churches in the Back Bay. This was intentionally planned when the WASPs designed the Back Bay section of Boston.
The "sermon" delivered during the Catholic mass (actually called the homily) does not occur in the liturgy as depicted in the movie. The Lord's Prayer is actually after the homily.
Agent Smecker's badge (seen at the dumpster investigation) is an eagle top shield. F.B.I badges are shaped differently.
In the credits, the name of the Fairmont Hotel Copley Plaza is misspelled as "Coply".
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The Boston Police Department patches that are seen on uniforms and ballcaps are not the right color or shape of the actual BPD patches. The actual BPD patches are conical and blue with yellow lettering that says "Boston Police, 1630 AD".
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Agent Smecker says the bullet heads found in the alley are .50 caliber, but the Desert Eagles used by the Russians are clearly .44 Magnums, one is noted by its muzzle diameter, the other clearly reads ".44" on the nose of the frame.
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Light bars on Boston Police cruisers don't have red lights; only blue and white.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

Arriving at the crime scene, Smecker asks one cop his name. After he examines the scene with the headset on, he suddenly knows everyone's name. However, given his quirky and arrogant nature, it would be typical of him to intentionally ask someone's name despite already knowing it (intended as disrespect, etc.).
When Agent Smecker is investigating the alleyway crime scene it shows that one Russian has boot prints on his back, but in the flash back to the crime scene when Connor jumps on his back, his feet do not make contact. Also, he steps *over* him and never on him when retrieving the weapons, money and pager. At no point did his boots ever make contact with the Russian's back. However, someone else could very well have gone through the alley and searched the Russians for their personal effects.

Revealing mistakes 

When Smecker is talking to the brothers, Murphy keeps looking up above Smecker's head. When Smecker is getting up to talk to the press you see a piece of white poster board above his head on the wall with the lines written on them.
In the hotel, when Connor and Murph stick coins of the eyes of the first dead Russian, he blinks twice.
During the flashback in which Rocco sits outside the house while assassin eliminates members of the targeted family one can see bright flashes that accompany shot fired inside. However, the assassin is shown using large suppressors that would render the flash almost invisible, especially in broad daylight. Furthermore, discharge of the unsuppressed gun usually produces yellow-red flash, not white, flashbulb-like one.
Sean Patrick Flanery's stunt double is obvious when he is carrying the toilet to the balcony of the apartment.
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When the boys exit the church, it's supposed to be St. Patrick's Day (March 17) in Boston, but the trees are in full bloom.
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When the coins are placed on the bald victim's eyes in the hotel suite, the "corpse"'s eyes twitch.
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Right after the bar fight, there is a shot of the alleyway outside followed by the scene where the Russians barge in on the brothers. In the alleyway on the bottom of the shot you can see a gray tarp flapping around. The gray tarp is actually the top of the cushion used for the roof jump.
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When Connor and Murphy are fighting in the air duct, their weight shifts the duct to the right. On the left the of the screen a brief glimpse of the set can be seen, revealing the duct simply as a prop.
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Norman Reedus has his name "Norman" tattooed over his heart, and in the apartment scene when the Russians come to get our boys, his robe falls open and you can clearly see the tattoo.
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When Smecker smudges his finger across the blood stained wall outside the house, he makes note of the fact that the MacManuses sprayed the wall with an agent that, when hardened, makes it impossible to clean the blood off. However, if you look closely, you'll notice some blood has smeared off onto his fingertips.
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When the money and guns are thrown down on the table, the roll of $100 bills is clearly play money.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Rocco shoots the cat, when they're all standing in the doorway to the living room, Murphy has an unlit cigarette in his left hand. They cut back to the cat on the wall, and when it cuts back to them, when Murphy says, "I can't believe that just fucking happened!", he doesn't have a cigarette any more.
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Continuity 

When Rocco is in the confessional with the priest, Connor enters into the confessional opposite Smecker. Connor then uses his finger to open the divider through the screen. You can clearly see him push the door to his left, the shadow on the wall next to him also moves sideways. Next, you see the priest open the divider to Smecker's confessional by lifting it straight up.
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Continuity 

When Il Duce steps in front of the Taurus to confront the MacManus Brothers and Rocco, the rear wheel is shown without a hubcap. But in the next shot where Il Duce is shown standing in front of the Taurus in full view, both wheels have hubcaps on them.
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Continuity 

When Connor, Murphy and Rocco are cauterizing their wounds with an iron you see Murphy being held down first, the sleeve of his shirt is ripped open and Connor is applying the heated iron. The next person to be held down is Rocco, Murphy is doing the burning and his sleeve is now in tact, with a bloodied bandage around it. When it's Connor's turn, Rocco does the burning and Murphy holds him down, his sleeve is once again ripped.

Revealing mistakes 

David Della Rocco can be seen breathing in several shots whenever Rocco's dead body is shown.
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Revealing mistakes 

The gun that supposedly shoots the cat remains in place on the table, even though no one was holding it - the recoil would obviously have knocked it off the table.
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