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Goofs

Anachronisms 

The Long Island strip mall features a Radio Shack with its 1995-2013 logo.
In the Belfort offices there is an electronic stock ticker. It showed twice during the movie a stock symbol called HPQ which is Hewlett-Packard's symbol since they purchased Compaq Computer, sometime after this film's time period.
The scene in Geneva shows a modern tram built after 2000.
London's tallest building, The Shard, can be seen in the background of the scene between Jordan and Aunt Emma in Kensington Gardens, despite the scene being set a couple of decades before it was built.
(at around 2 hrs 3 mins) Jordan's daughter is seen playing with a Gloworm which is the current model.
When Jordan receives a duffel bag of cash on the golf course, his clubs are not only too new for the period but are also mismatched with some being left hands clubs and some being right handed.
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Belfast claims to use Adderall as one of his many drugs of choice, however the drug was not on the market until 1996, four years after Belfort was indicted by the SEC.
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When the marching band comes into the office, the harnesses that the percussionists wear to carry their drums are visible. These are modern harnesses, designed with a strap going around the players' backs to offer additional stability to the instrument. This style of harness did not exist during the time frame of this scene.
When Jordan tells the agent that he "got the real stuff, Lehman brothers, collateralized debts obligations etc" he could not have known this info at this time because at the time frame of the movie CDOs were extremely obscure and not very widely known or traded on a wide scale by major firms like later on in the late 2000s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When we first meet Donny in the diner, and he asks how much he makes Leo says "$72,000" but his lips don't move when it says "something like that".
When Jordan is "tortured" by Venice, she screams out, "Shut up, you little bitch!," but her lips don't move when she screams this out.

Character error 

When Jordan and Donny talk about how Donny married his first cousin, Donny claims that there is a 60-65% chance of birth defects stemming from his first-cousin marriage. In fact, even with first cousins, the chance of birth defects occurring from an isolated cousin marriage is not significantly higher than average - an estimated 3.5-4% as opposed to 3%. Inbreeding can be a bigger problem if close relatives continue to marry each other over several generations (which is why the Spanish Habsburgs went extinct, but only after several generations of serious inbreeding, or why Pakistan - where cousin marriages are very prevalent - has a particularly serious inbreeding problem), but even in these cases the chance varies wildly from 10-40% depending on other factors.
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Continuity 

When Teresa catches Jordan in his affair, the limo disappears, then reappears, driving away, as she beats on him outside the hotel.
When Jordan is explaining the origin of Quaaludes around the pool table, Donnie knocks a beer off a ledge. In the next shot the beer has returned, only to disappear in the third shot.
When Teresa discovers Jordan's affair with Naomi, after he gets out of the limousine, she slams the car's door twice.
When Jordan asks Brad to sell him the pen at the diner, in one shot Brad grabs the pen, but in the next shot he grabs the pen again.
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In the opening narration when Jordan points out that his Ferrari was white, not red, the car he is driving is a Ferrari 512TR, the refreshed version of the Testarossa introduced in 1992. Later on when he and Naomi pull up to Naomi's apartment, they are in a white ~1986 original Ferrari Testarossa.
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When Jordan Belfort is addressing the office and has his arm around Steve Madden, the position of Belfort's arm changes as the camera goes from the front to behind.
When Jordan is telling a client about Aerotyne International on phone, Dwayne turns back on his chair to see him and two men are standing by him. In the very next shot Dwayne can be seen in background sitting while facing his table and those two men disappear.
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When they accuse the Butler of stealing from them they claim $20,000 was taken. After the interrogation, Belfort says, "Who cares about losing 50 grand?"
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When Donnie and Jordan are fighting each other under the influence of Lemmon 714, Jordan gets tangled up by a telephone cable. One cut later, the cable disappears and Jordan is able to move freely again.
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Jordan and Donny are sitting in a bar and talking. At the moment Donny says: "I'm not gonna let someone else F**k my cousin", the cigarette he is holding is almost burned up, one shot later it's only half smoked up.
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After he has lost his first job on Wall St, Belfort arrives at a dinky plaza in Long Island. He parks his car at the closest parking spot, right in front of a "brokerage" to apply for a job. In the next two shots you can not see the car anywhere in the parking lot, as he passes through the door, and then we look out the window of the brokerage. In both shots we see the parking lot clearly but his car is not in the lot. The car was parked no more than four, or five feet away from the entrance.
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After Jordan gives Naomi a yacht as a wedding gift, the one shown in the following scene is clearly a different model. It's missing two distinct windows near the front of the hull.
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The candles that Jordan sets up on top of the chimney "to help with the fire" were already there in the previous shot.
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Shortly before Naomi pours a glass of water into Jordan's face for the second time we see him kneeling in bed reaching out for her with both hands (camera behind Naomi). After the cut (camera from the side) he sits on the bed with hands on lap.
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(at around 51 mins) Donnie wakes up on the sofa and knocks a beer glass off the shelf behind him. In the next shot, the beer is still there, next to thew red wine.
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During the introduction of Steve Madden, Jordan is rallying the stock brokers and puts his hand around the neck of one stock broker. Continuing his speech he puts his around the neck of the next stock broker. The camera goes to a front shot of Jordan and he is in the process of putting his hand around the neck of the same stock broker.
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When Jordan asks Chester to sell him the pen, he extends the pen in his left hand. However in the next shot it is in his right. In the next shot it is back in his left before he switches hands to hand the pen to Brad.
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When Jordan Belfort and Donnie Azoff decide to start their own brokerage trading company, there is an exterior shot showing them stopping at a small, abandoned auto garage for sale to see if it might serve as their firm's first location. The next scene is an interior shot of the garage showing them setting up for business. However, the interior size of the building shown is of a much larger building than what was filmed in the exterior shot.
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When the butler reveals that Donny knows "Rudy", Donny passes Jordan's back from right to left. In the next shot he passes from left to right in a completely different position.
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In the flashback scene of Jordan leaving the Country Club while under the influence of Ludes, it's listed that he's driving his Ferrari. He's not in his Ferrari, he's in an early 80s Lambourghini Countach that is totally different than anything made by Enzo and the crew.
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Jordan Belfort throws away his gold watch, gets another gold watch then later in the film, when they are strapping money to the girl, he is wearing the same gold watch he threw away.
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Errors in geography 

The Exit signs in a New Zealand conference room are USA-style red and white, rather than NZ-style green and white because it was filmed in New York.

Factual errors 

At the beginning of the movie, when Jordan Belfort reveals that on a daily basis he takes enough drugs to supply Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens for a month, he says that he takes Adderall to stay focused. Adderall was not released until 1996, and was not released in a generic form to the market until 2002. Given that the film spans from 1987 to sometime in the 1990's, using "prescription Amphetamine pills to focus" would be much more factually accurate and understood than using "Adderall to focus" during the 1987-1990's time span of the film.
Pulling back on the cyclic pitch lever, in front of the pilot, of a helicopter will not arrest a rapid descent. That is the job of the collective lever, which is found near the pilot's thigh.
During the Black Monday crash of 1987 all of the digital tickers in the background are green - which means the market is going up.
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Mad Max mentions waiting to see The Equalizer on Tuesday nights. Seasons 1-3 of the Equalizer aired on Wednesday nights on CBS, and season 4 aired on Thursday nights.
When the group is getting ready to smuggle the money to Switzerland, Jordan claims that Brad's wife has a swiss passport due to having been born in Switzerland. However, birth does not grant a child swiss citizenship, at least one parent has to be of swiss nationality.
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Towards the end of the film, Jordan puts his daughter in a late model R129 Mercedes SL500 to take her away from Naomi (either a 1999 or a 2000). Not only does this car not fit the time-frame of this film, but the way he engages the parking brake in reverse (with his right hand pulling upwards) is incorrect on this type of vehicle. The parking brake is located near the brake pedal and must be pressed down with your left foot.
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At the speaking engagement in New Zealand, the screen on the stage spells Jordan Belfort's surname as "Bellfort".
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Jordan is having a flashback to driving his Ferrari out of the country club while high on Lemmons, we see him yank the steering wheel to the left; but in the following shot, the car moves forward and turns to the right. However, this is not a goof since Martin Scorsese has confirmed that where Jordan has taken drugs the editing becomes odd on purpose, with continuity issues to make events flow oddly.
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Revealing mistakes 

The face of Leonardo DiCaprio's stunt double is visible after Jordan rolls down the stairs.
When Donnie urinates on the subpoena in the trash can, there is a clear line in which the urine stream simply disappears slightly above the can. This reveals that it was an effect added in editing.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Anachronisms 

When Jordan Belfort is arrested, the police vehicles are "current" models. The Old Brookville police interceptors are the new, current color scheme for the department. In addition, they are equipped with LED emergency lights, not yet introduced at the time the of the events.

Continuity 

When Jordan and Naomi have sex for the last time (before she declares she wants a divorce), Jordan is seen with his trousers off in one scene. But in the next scene, when Naomi walks away from the bed, Jordan is seen lying in bed with this trousers on.

Continuity 

Towards the end of the film in the court room scene Agent Denham and his party are all standing at the prosecutor stand. As the shot changes and Jordan is led away Agent Denham and his party are seated.
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Revealing mistakes 

While Jordan is being arrested at his home after recklessly driving his Lamborghini Countach home from the country club pay phone, the officers are driving 1998-2011 model Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, although the scene is set in ~1990.

Revealing mistakes 

When Naomi is taunting Jordan by showing she's not wearing underwear during her Lysistrata-style sex strike, and he tells her she's being filmed, safely modest white panties can be seen just before she holds her legs together.

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