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(2010)

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Anachronisms 

When the FBI considers past robberies the characters might be linked to, a display board shows "Bank Boston" with a date of 2008. Bank Boston merged with Fleet Bank in 1999 to form Fleet Boston, which merged with Bank of America in 2004.
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When Special Agent Frawley reviews Claire Keesey's case file, the report says the crime occurred in September 2011. It also states that Keesey was born on May 19, 1978, and is 30 years old. If the crime occurred in September 2011, this would make her character 33 years old.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Doug MacRay is talking to his father on the phone across a pane of glass in prison, a camera shot that focuses on Doug shows a reflection of the elder MacRay with his mouth clearly moving, although neither character is speaking at the time.
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When Doug and Claire visit the assistant bank manager in hospital, he says "I just want to get back to work." In the reverse angle shot, his lips don't move.
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Character error 

In the Extended Edition Blu-Ray version, Frawley calls the bank and is told Claire quit her job Friday. In the very next scene, Claire tells Doug "I quit my job today."
In the Extended Cut, Doug and Claire talk about Doug's parents twice; once in a restaurant during the first date, and the second time in a garden. The dialogue is nearly identical both times. The garden scene does not appear in the theatrical cut.
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Claire says "Years ago, he had lymphoma," with a British accent.
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Continuity 

As Doug is beating up the men who vandalized Claire's car, the apartment door goes from closed to open, then back to closed.
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When robbing the Cambridge bank, the video tape at the front door of the bank shows the date 06/16/10. On the FBI report, the date of the bank robbery is 9/2011.
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The robbers' van changes direction during the armored truck robbery. It happens a few seconds after the robbers jump out, not enough time for the van to turn around, especially on a narrow one-way street.
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When the FBI is talking about Doug's crew, Gem's mugshot on his booking form shows his height as 73", or 6'1". Further down on the booking form, Gem's height is listed as 5'9".
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When Doug talks in the garden about his past and answering any question that can be asked, his hair style goes from bed head to perfectly groomed in back to back shots.
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At the flower shop, a bar across the street is called "Fitzgerald's." Later in the movie, a shot of the flower shop at night shows the reflection of the same bar across the street, but the sign says "The Junction", the real name of the Southie bar where the scene was filmed.
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The van smashes into a cop car during the armored car getaway, busting out the left front headlight. After they pull off and before they blow it up, the headlight is intact.
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When Kris and Doug are at the bar talking, Kris' drink goes from being almost empty to half full.
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At the beginning of the Fenway robbery Doug and James are walking into the park dressed as Boston cops. Doug's amount of stubble grows from the time he first enters the part until seconds later when he is opening the security panel. At that point he has much heavier stubble.
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There are scenes with trees in full Autumn colors prior to the Fenway holdup, yet later there are scenes where the trees are green again. The film takes place in fall.
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While the gang prepares to rob Fenway Park after the Red Sox-Yankees series, the TV shows a game between the Red Sox and Toronto.
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While chasing the minivan through winding back streets, a point-of-view shot looking forward during a tight right turn shows headlight beams sweeping across a facing wall, yet no vehicle in the chase has its headlights on.
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When Doug calls Claire before leaving town, and the FBI are in her apartment, the time on her watch first reads 3 p.m., then, as she moves to the window, it reads 2 p.m.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the ambulance hits the FBI Mobile Command Center, cables are visible along the street to pull the truck back.
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During the chase scene after the armored car robbery, two separate sets of ramps, to let the vehicles drive over the cobblestone curbs without blowing out their tires, are visible. It's most obvious right after they enter the Jeep and drive onto the main road.
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Errors in geography 

In the Extended Cut, after the first bank robbery, the assistant manager is said to be recovering at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a large Boston hospital. When Doug and Claire visit him, "City of Angels Medical Center" (a Los Angeles hospital) is clearly written on the side of the building in the establishing shot.
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When Doug flees to the Anderson RTC commuter rail station, the platform sign says "Trains to Florida". Trains that go through that station travel from Boston to Lowell (MBTA) and Boston to Maine (Amtrak).
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Factual errors 

When Krista Coughlin gets into an accident after visiting Doug McCray before the Fenway heist,the cop calls Agent Frawley and tells him she was a "DWI." In Massachusetts, the cop would have referred to it as an OUI, for "operating under the influence."
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When McCray is calling into the Fenway Park cash room, he tells one of the counters his hometown is Quincy, pronounced "Quint-see." A Boston native would pronounce it "Quin-zee."
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In the end credits, Slaine's writing credit for the song "Run It" misspells his real name, George Carroll, as "Carrroll".
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Miscellaneous 

During the armored car robbery getaway in the Dodge Caravan, you can already see burns / bullet holes in the headliner of van before they even shoot at any cops. Burn marks come from the hot bullet casings during practice runs before filming.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

During a night scene towards the beginning of the film, two police cruisers drive by with their headlights off. It's common for police to "roll dark" when going to a domestic disturbance.

Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Gloansy flees in the ambulance, Frawley shoots out the left rear tire. Moments later, when the ambulance collides with the SWAT truck, the tire is intact.
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At the end of the movie, when Coughlin is shooting at the SWAT officers in the garage as they approach from under the stands, he shoots an AK-47 style weapon with a folded stock. Just after Gloansy is shot in the bullet proof vest, Coughlin starts shooting with a AR-15 style weapon (folded stock). The camera pans onto the SWAT officers. When it pans back to Coughlin, he is again shooting the AK-47.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

The bag Doug leaves for Claire in her garden contains money, a note, and a tangerine, hinting that he has gone to Tangerine, Florida, his missing mother's hometown. Doug's last scene of shows him in a stilt house on a coastal waterway. In real life, Tangerine Florida is a rural community in the middle of the state, far from the kind of waterway shown. As a fugitive, Doug is likely to lie about his true whereabouts in case the message was intercepted.

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