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(2005)

Goofs

Anachronisms 

In the dance sequence with the little old ladies, one sees a yellow-colored traffic signal. New York City traffic signals were dark green/gray in 1959, when the movie was set. New York would not begin using yellow until 1962, when Traffic Commissioner Henry Barnes issued an order on 17 January of that year, and this was not widespread for at least two years after that.
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In the "opening night" number at the start of the film, a newspaper is shown with a date of Thursday, June 14, 1959. June 14, 1959 was a Sunday.
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The story is set in the 1950s, yet all the police uniforms have the current NYPD logo, which was introduced in 1971.
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In the dance number with the old ladies, Bialystock and the ladies cross Fifth Avenue, which is shown as one way. Fifth Avenue did not become one way until January 14, 1966. The film takes place in 1959.
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The primary taxi in the film is the Checker A11 Marathon, which was not introduced until 1961. Further, most of the models are 70s model year Marathons.
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Character error 

During the 'Heil Myself' number, the characters sing the line "If you're looking for a war, here's World War Two!" and make the hand gestures for 'W' 'W' '2'. The lead tenor (John Barrowman) is in a hurry to replace his hat and does the hand gestures incorrectly: 'V' 'W' '2'.
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During the scene entitled "Creative Accounting" when Bialystock and Bloom are first introduced to one another, Max tells Leo to take a deep breath after nearly frightening the man into hysterics. After Leo takes his heavy, drawling breath and looks back to Max, for one split second, you can see Nathan Lane's mouth turn up in a smile, just about to laugh, and then the camera angle changes. If you watch the Outtakes in the special features, you can see the goof of Lane's in full force; unable to stop himself from laughing, which they simply cut short in the feature.
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Continuity 

After Leo has a glass of water thrown in his face, the water on his shirt changes constantly. Then, it disappears.
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When the producers try to convince Roger De Bris to join the show, the trim at the top of Roger's dress becomes tucked into the dress on one side between shots.
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Max opens the safe at one point and then kicks it closed, but it stays open, as he walks away. The next time we see it, it is closed.
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In the courtroom, the patterns on Leo's colorful tie change repeatedly between shots.
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When Max is trying to convince Leo to join him in the park, the couple behind them disappears and reappears in different places between shots.
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When Ulla lifts Leo off the door and sets him on the floor, her right earring is gone, but when we next see her, the earring is suddenly there.
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Adolf Hitler's hair alternates between neatly combed to the side and dropping over his eyes between shots during the "Springtime for Hitler" number.
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When Leo and Max talks to Franz on the roof, a bag of birdseed sitting on a barrel vanishes between shots.
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When Leo and Ulla are dancing in the office, the paintbrush sticking out of the paint bucket comes and goes between shots.
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In "Along Came Bialy", just when Max and the old ladies arrive at the park - there is a sequence of a couple of jump cuts. In the last cut, one of the trees to the right disappears.
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Right after Roger DeBris has his "stroke", the piece of fabric that is on the top left part of his dress flips inside and outside of the dress over the next few shots.
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In the beginning of "We Can Do It" Max Bialystock steps on his desk onto an open accounting book. When he steps down to go towards Leo, the book on the desk is closed.
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When Leo knocks on Max's door at the beginning of the movie, you see him knocking with his right hand. Later the angle changes and you see that Leo is knocking with his left hand and has a bag and coat on his right hand.
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During the scene where Max and Leo are in the park, and Max is begging Leo to do the scheme with him, the shadow of the trees changes. When the camera zooms out, the shadows are all over the ground in front of the fountain. When the camera zooms out again momentarily, the shadow is completely gone.
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In the scene where Leo asks Max, how much money they put in the show, Max seems to have a heart attack, runs into the sofa and then falls to the ground. When he gets up his hair is completely messy. In the next shot when Max is opening the closet to show Leo the little old ladies his hair is suddenly completely in order.
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When Max opens the safe the first time to show that it's empty, it is gray on the inside. After Ulla paints the office and everything in it white, the inside of the safe has been painted white also, even though Ulla did not have the combination.
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After Max buzzes all of the little old ladies out during the "Along Came Bialy" number, the first apartment building shows a little old lady who says "Maxy" coming out second. But in the next shot this little old lady is first leading them out of the building.
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After Ulla has painted the office white, when Max opens the safe, the inside of the safe has also been painted, which means Ulla would need to know the combination.
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Factual errors 

Although Uma Thurman's mother is Swedish, her Swedish in the film is incorrect.
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The "Samba" that Ulla and Leo do in Rio is actually a Salsa. It lacks the syncopated rhythm characteristic to the Samba.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The older male dancer who says "Don't be stupid, be a schmarty..." is speaking with Mel Brooks's voice on his first appearance. The next time he is heard delivering a line, he has a completely different, deep voice. However, this is deliberate: the character also lip syncs to Mel Brooks' recorded voice in the stage production.
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The gun Franz is shooting appears to be a Luger, a very popular German pistol in the first half of the 1900s. The Luger was only originally designed to hold eight rounds, but can hold nine with one in the chamber. The Luger is also emptied, not jammed.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Leo is pouring oil on Ulla's back, the woman playing Ulla is not Uma Thurman, and is obviously wearing a wig.
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During the jail song and dance scene, the prisoner in the white shirt (singlet) standing behind the piano lip syncs almost every word when the statement from the Governor is read out aloud.
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