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  • About 45 minutes in, a camera operator is visible on the right side of the screen.
  • During Tommy's "Why am I funny" speech, the position of Henry's left hand, as well as the objects he is holding (cigarette, glass) change and move.
  • In 1963, the bass player in the band in the restaurant is playing a Gibson EB-2D, introduced in 1966.
  • When the police car pulls up while Jimmy is handing out cartons of cigarettes from the truck heist, the same two-tone brown 1957 Buick two-door sedan drives by several times, in the same direction, in the background.
  • The phone jumps around on Morrie's shoulder when he's talking to Henry.
  • When Sonny Bunz has his sit-down with Paulie about Tommy, an over-the-shoulder shot from behind Sonny shows Paulie talking with a cigar in his mouth. In the next shot, an over-the-shoulder shot of Sonny, Paulie's cigar is gone. In the following shot, another over-the-shoulder from behind Sonny, Paulie has the cigar in his mouth again.
  • The same truck with the red cab in the front is used in 3 hijacking scenes.
  • When Tommy shoots Spider, he is behind the bar, putting ice in the drinks. In the next shot, he is several feet in front of the bar, and falls back into it.
  • When Jimmy calls about Tommy being made, the front of a camera is reflected in the side of the phone booth.
  • In the 1955 sequences, Tommy DeVito is portrayed as a boy about the same age as Henry Hill, maybe slightly older. Joe Pesci's character was based on real-life mobster who was born in 1950. He would have been 4 or 5 years old when these events took place.
  • When teenage Henry is given the keys to park a "wise-guy's" Cadillac, he gets into a 1952 or 1953 model. After Henry parks it, an overhead long shot shows him getting out of a 1949 Cadillac.
  • When Karen holds a gun in Henry's face, one gun is used in close-ups, and a different gun is used for long shots.
  • When Henry is released from prison, the mic is reflected in the car window when Karen turns to her right to hug Henry.
  • On the morning of May 11, 1980, Henry puts a paper bag into the car trunk with his left hand. In the close-up, a hand with a watch and a bracelet is visible. Henry is wearing them on his right hand.
  • When Billy Batts says, "What?" to Tommy in the bar, Billy's lips don't move.
  • When Karen drives off after Jimmy tells her to go to the dress shop, the car blows a fake license plate off another car.
  • A McDonnell Douglas DC-10, introduced in the early 1970s, appears in one of the 1960s airport shots.
  • When Henry's mistress is having a party to show off her new apartment, the women walk from the living room to the bedroom. Two women change position as they enter the bedroom.
  • When Karen visits Henry in jail the daughter sitting on her lap plays with blocks. These blocks change between shots.
  • The wide shot of Stacks hit has obvious blood spray, and Tommy's gun does not recoil.
  • Near the end, as Henry waits for the helicopter, his 1979 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Paeton has a rear brake light, introduced in 1986.
  • In an early scene, the narrator says, "It was before Apalachin," referring to the upstate New York town where a late-1950s Mafia summit was raided by police, making national headlines. He pronounces it "ap-a-LAY-chin," instead of "ap-a-LAY-kin."
  • When young Henry Hill is arrested for selling black-market cigarettes, the cartons have UPC barcodes. A barcode is also visible on a bottle of dish soap on the window sill as Johnny and the boys are making spaghetti in the late 1950s. Barcodes were introduced in 1966, became an industry standard in 1970, and were first scanned in 1974.
  • The faux ivy backdrop at the hostess party is contemporary silk-floral foliage. It should be plastic.
  • Near the end, when Henry is driving around watching for the helicopter, a package of Winston cigarettes is on the dashboard of his car. The scene is set in 1980, but the package design was introduced in 1987.
  • In the "You're a funny guy" scene, a styrofoam coffee cup disappears and reappears three times.
  • When Henry is almost in an accident, the door of a Nassau County Police patrol car appears for a split second. The emblem on the door is the Nassau Police shoulder patch, which they did not display on their cars until the mid-1980s.
  • In a scene set in the mid to late 1970s, Henry looks into a bag filled with $20 bills. They're signed by James A. Baker, who was Treasury Secretary in 1985.
  • The pay phone in the airport diner was introduced by the Bell System in the late 1960s.
  • When Henry and Karen hide the gun at her mother's house, a camera is visible in the background.
  • On May 11, 1980, when Henry and Karen are at the shopping center, they leave their car by the curb in front of the store. When they leave the store later, after looking out for the helicopters, the car is parked in the parking lot.
  • When Henry says "Air France made me. . .", the aircraft shown is a Convair 240, which Air France has never flown.
  • During the prison dinner scene, Paulie says, "Freddie, Vinnie, come eat." According to the montage 17 minutes into the film, each gangster has at least one nickname. Freddie could be a nickname for Johnnie Dio.
  • When Henry brings in the bag of supplies in jail, he hands the wine bottles to Paulie, then picks up a bottle of scotch and two jars. In the next shot, he is holding bread, a different bottle of scotch, and two jars.
  • In the establishing shots of "Idlewild Airport, 1963," a Swissair jet's livery has black and dark green stripes and "Swissair" in lower-case red letters on the fuselage. That color scheme was introduced in 1981.
  • Karen's sweater has dirt on the shoulder after Henry's fight. At the door, the sweater is clean.
  • Young Henry is right-handed, older Henry is left-handed.
  • The Airline Diner is outside Laguardia Airport, not Idlewild (now J.F.K.).
  • When Henry hands in the gun to Karen, the way she holds it changes between the wide shot and the close-up.
  • At the airport, when Tommy and Henry take the Sargent key and walk over to the locked storeroom, the whole knob turns when the key is turned. That means the lock was already unlocked. If it had been locked, only the key would've turned.
  • Towards the end, when Karen shouts at Jimmy, the street signs should be white on black, not white on green.
  • Shadow in Henry's house when he is talking with Marie about the Lufthansa heist.
  • When Morrie's address is shown in his TV ad, not only is the number not hyphenated (as all Queens addresses are), but address should include the neighborhood's name, not simply "Queens, NY". Except for Manhattan, which is always "New York, NY", the names of the other New York boroughs are used in addresses.
  • In the scene that opens with "Idlewild Airport, 1963", Henry leans on a 1965 Chevy Impala.
  • After Tommy shoots Spider's foot, Henry gets up to help him, but can be seen sitting down in the background.
  • Reflected in the window while Karen tries to find the stolen dresses.
  • During Henry's shower scene, the shampoo in his hair appears and disappears between shots.
  • When Billy Batts mocks Tommy in the bar, he eventually raises his glass and says "Salud, Tommy", without moving his lips.
  • When Henry and Karen go on their first date alone, their clothes are different when they arrive at the club.
  • When Paulie's house is introduced, a cable TV wire is clearly visible on the outside. Cable TV came to New York's outer boroughs in the mid-1980s.
  • When young Henry enters the phone booth as he and Tuddy Cicero are "running around" making Paul's phone calls, a wireless mike pack is in his back pocket.
  • When Karen visits Henry in prison, cheese and salami on the table change position between shots.
  • When the mailman's head is pushed into the pizza oven, his hand is clearly resting on the inside of the oven door before the image is frozen. A cooked pizza is inside the oven as it's opened, so it should be too hot for him to keep his hand there for more than a few seconds.
  • When Henry and others are outside Idlewild Airport in 1963, and overhead a Boeing 747 flies overhead. The first 747 test flights were in 1969, and they entered service in 1970.
  • When Karen throws things on the table while visiting Henry in prison, her youngest daughter cries on Henry's lap. When the girl hugs him, she is suddenly holding a bottle and pacifier.
  • During the long Steadicam shot through the restaurant's kitchen, the camera's shadow is briefly visible on the left as it exits.
  • During the "You're a funny guy" scene, set in 1963, a bottle of Crown Royal whiskey is on the table. Crown Royal wasn't sold in the US until 1965. Tommy smuggled it into the States.
  • While Tommy tells his anecdote at the restaurant, wine glasses on the table fill and empty, and napkins move throughout the scene.
  • In a segment introduced as Brooklyn, 1955, the camera follows Henry running off to his job at the cab stand. Part of the view is a look through the utility poles to show the surrounding neighborhood. The shot includes a modern cable television amplifier.
  • When young Henry breaks the unwanted cars' windows, the glass breaks and falls out easily, as if they were window panes.
  • When Henry, Paulie and the restaurant owner are discussing Paulie taking over part of his restaurant, to make it safe from Tommy, Paulie's cigar moves around, and even disappears between scenes.
  • In May 1980, when Henry and Karen hide guns at Karen's mother's house, a G-Body GM car, introduced in 1982, is parked in the driveway.
  • In an early 1970s scene, Visa and Mastercard logos are on the front door of a restaurant. At the time, Mastercard was Master Charge, and Visa was BankAmericard.
  • When Henry takes Karen to the Copa, they enter through a service door and go through several passageways until they finally emerge in the dining room. The fire extinguisher near the kitchen is a modern pressurized CO2 extinguisher with an OSHA filling inspection tag attached, which wasn't required in the 1960s. At the time, most fire extinguishers were either the dry powder, push-handle type (similar to old insect sprays) or gravity-fed liquid extinguishers that worked by turning the unit upside down and directing the nozzle.
  • When Morrie says "Give them 8 to 5 on Cleveland," the phone is in his right hand and next to his ear. In the next shot, a split second later, the phone is in his left hand and down by his side.
  • When Henry steals the truck at Idlewild Airport, and when the man comes back in and says that two men have stolen his truck, modern-day cars pass by outside the diner.
  • When Henry brings the guns for the silencers that have already been purchased, the silencers are threaded and the barrels are too big. In reality, gun barrels are threaded and the silencers fit over them.
  • Early in the movie, when young Henry's father beats him with a belt, the boy clearly has some sort protective padding under his shirt.
  • In the steadicam scene at the Copa, Henry and Karen's route doubles back on itself in the kitchen. As they turn left to enter the kitchen, a fire hose is behind a waiter in front of them. Thirty seconds later, they emerge from the same door with the fire hose on their left. They could've passed the kitchen door and turned right, into the nightclub.
  • When Karen visits Henry in prison and she has to sign the register, she scans the entries in the book. With the camera looking at the register from Karen's point of view, Karen spots Henry's name, then her eyes look to the right to see who had visited him. The camera pans to the left, not the right.
  • Just before Henry enters the jail cell with a bag of supplies, Paulie sits at the table drinking. A jar containing a bunch of fresh basil is in the middle of the table. Paulie is still drinking in the next shot, but the jar and the basil are gone.
  • When Tommy is beating Billy Batts with the gun in his hand, the cylinder comes out and lands on the floor. That would only happen if there was no retention screw to hold the cylinder.
  • During dinner scene with Tommy's mother, the camera shakes noticeably during a single shot of Henry.
  • When Henry and Karen are on their date at the Copa, they drink champagne from large flute glasses. While a 4 oz. flute was introduced in the 1930s, the large flutes shown became popular in the mid-1970s. Henry and Karen should've been drinking from coupe style glasses.
  • When Karen aims the gun at Henry's face, the chambers alternate between visibly empty and loaded.
  • The end notes state "In 1989, Henry and Karen Hill separated after 25 years of marriage," meaning they were married in 1964. However, in a scene from before their marriage, a 1966 Corvette is parked across from Karen's mother's house.
  • After Tommy kills Morrie, he and Frankie discuss where to dismember the body. Morrie's chest rises and falls, as if he were breathing.
  • When Janice hands her dog to Tommy, Tommy's voice says "I'm gonna eat this fucking dog", but his mouth says something different.
  • In the slow motion shooting of Stacks Edwards, Tommy's semi-automatic doesn't expel any spent casings.
  • When Henry picks up his brother at the hospital after nearly being in an accident, the doctor gives him an orange tablet, which is suppose to be Valium 10mg. Valium 10mg tablets are blue. Valium 5mg tablets are yellow, so it's not two 5mg tablets.
  • When Jimmy, Tommy, Carbone, and Morrie get in the car just before Tommy kills Morrie, 4 car doors shut when Morrie is still standing with the passenger door open.
  • After the first shot of Tommy killing Stacks, the following shot of Tommy shooting him, there is already blood splatter on the wall behind Tommy.
  • When Henry hears about the Lufthansa heist on the radio while taking a shower, the radio is tuned to 710 AM. The station playing, identifiable by its signature "you give us 22 minutes" sounder, is WINS 1010 AM.
  • When Henry and Karen Hill are talking to the Fed about the witness protection program, the dress over Karen's knee changes position between shots.
  • When Henry gets arrested selling cigarettes, one of the arresting officers grabs all of the cash out of Henry's right hand. In the next shot, Henry has some cash in his right hand.
  • When Karen screams, "He pushed me out of the car," her mouth is not moving.
  • While walking through nightclub kitchen, Henry and Karen pass a cook wearing a modern Mets hat.
  • Henry confronts Karen's neighbor Bruce in the early 1960s. Bruce's friend on the left side of the screen is wearing Adidas Superstar (Shell-Toe) sneakers, first manufactured in 1969.
  • After Tommy pummels Billy Batts, he's lying one way. When they pull the table cloths to wrap him up, he's lying the opposite way.
  • When the Morrie's Wig Shop commercial cuts from full screen to the TV screen Jimmy is watching it on, the font changes.
  • In 1963, Henry and Tommy are grown up, and leaning against the trunk of a 1965 Chevy, while waiting to steal a truck.
  • In the "How am I funny?" scene, Nicky Eyes is sitting to Henry's left. In some shots he holds a flute glass, and in others he's holding a paper coffee cup. In other shots, the coffee cup disappears from the scene.
  • The mob men grab Henry's mailman leaving work from a post office named "Pitkin Ave Station, Queens, N.Y.". Henry lives in East New York, Brooklyn, which would be in a different zip code.
  • After Tommy shoots Spider, Jimmy grabs the gun by the barrel but doesn't react to the heat from the shot. He kills Spider with is a pistol with an enclosed barrel, not the revolver he shot Spider in the foot with. The slide around the enclosed barrel would at most feel warm after firing a magazine.
  • At Henry's mistress' apartment, when Paulie and Jimmy are persuading Henry to go back to Karen, Henry's Catholic cross and Star of David switch places after a quick cut-away.
  • Carbone is mentioned by name 5 fives, 4 of those times as Frankie, and once, in Henry's narration, as Tommy. An earlier voiceover states that each gangster has at least 1 nickname.
  • During Ray Liotta's shower scene after the Lufthansa heist, he slaps the wall with his right hand in jubilation. From below, he's slapping the wall with his left hand.
  • Tuddy Cicero wears a toupee in his first scenes, but not in later scenes.
  • Tommy's mother wears 1980s-style eyeglasses in the 1960s.
  • Paulie was sent to prison for fraud, not contempt as Henry states.
  • When Henry smuggles cheeses, wines, and scotch into prison, he says "Vinnie, I got your peppers and onions" when talking to Johnnie Dio. Henry mentioned earlier that every gangster has at least 1 nickname; Vinnie could be Johnnie Dio's nickname.
  • When Henry and Karen are at the Seaside resort, Henry tries to pay the bill with cash but Karen says he must sign for it. All of the $50 bills in Henry's hand have the same serial number.
  • After Morrie is killed in the car, he blinks when Frankie Carbone opens the driver side door.
  • The day Tommy gets whacked, he enters the car through the back passenger door and is followed by another, indicating he is seated between two men. When the car parks in the garage, Tommy gets out, and the person who was seated to his right has disappeared.
  • During the Morrie's Wigs commercial, Morrie jumps into a swimming pool to prove his wig will stay on underwater. When he emerges from the water, his head is bone dry. It's most likely intentional, to hide the fact that the wigs may not behave underwater as advertised.
  • As the car pulls into the garage in western Brooklyn before Tommy is whacked, the sky is clear and sunny. A few miles away, when Henry and Jimmy are at the diner, the sky is gloomy and overcast.
  • Paul Cicero's brother is billed as Tuddy Cicero. His first name should have been Turi, not Tuddy. In Sicilian, the name Salvatore is often abbreviated as "Turridu" or "Turi".
  • When Henry has the phone cord around Morrie's neck, the phone receiver is clearly in his hand. The phone rings, which can't happen when the receiver is off the hook.
  • When Tommy gets whacked, the quick shot of the bullet coming out of the front of his head shows a dummy being shot.
  • When Henry and Karen are parked looking at Bruce, and Henry pistol whips him, Henry's car, and one parked across the street have no front license plates. New York State requires front and rear license plates.
  • When Jimmy Burke's character is introduced, the camera pans around the room. A stage light is visible in the upper right corner of the shot, traveling with the camera as it pans.
  • When Tommy is drinking in the restaurant, he brings the drink to his mouth. In the next shot, drink is not close to his mouth.
  • When Henry talks to Paulie about a man that "disappeared", he ends up with his mouth open. In the next shot, his mouth is closed.
  • When Henry and Morrie start talking at the Christmas party, Morrie has his back to the lady in green, his wife. In the next shot, she is to their right.
  • The guns never leave bullet holes.
  • When Carbone's frozen corpse is found in the truck, he gulps a little.
  • When Henry and Karen hug each other in the corner, Karen's head is on Henry. In the next shot, her head is above him.
  • When Jimmy watches Karen drive off, he turns over to the building. In the next shot he looks to the road, then turns to the building again.
  • At the Parole office, Henry shows Jimmy and Tommy a shoe box filled with money from his Pittsburgh connection. All of the bills have the same serial number.
  • From the back, Henry sits at a table with a little girl on his lap, holding her with his left hand. A woman comes in, takes food out of her coat pockets, and puts it on the table. In a quick shot Henry grabs some food with both hands.
  • At 59:04, Henry mouths along with Tommy when Tommy says "What's the matter, something wrong with you?"
  • When Henry and Karen are on the floor of their bedroom, and Henry points the gun to her face, he accidentally steps on her hand when he gets up.

Spoilers

  • When Tommy takes out Stacks, he says, "You'd be late to your own funeral" as he puts the gun to the back of Stacks' head. When Tommy is shown in slow motion, he doesn't say anything. Tommy shoots Stacks once in the head, then changes positions before shooting him again. Slow-mo doesn't show the first shot, only the latter ones.
  • After Tommy breaks a bottle over the restaurant owner's head, his jacket changes from clean and dry to splashed and back between shots.
  • When Jimmy opens up the trunk of the car and finds Billy Batts still alive, Tommy pulls out a large butcher knife and plunges it into Batts several times, almost to the hilt. He then watches while Jimmy empties his gun into Batts' body. There is no blood on Tommy's hands or the knife.
  • After Tommy De Vito kills Morrie from behind in the car, Morrie clearly breathes on the left edge of the screen.
  • When Tommy pulls out the knife to stab Billy Batts, it's clearly a retractable prop knife when the light hits.
  • A title card dates the Billy Batts murder as June 11, 1970. When they go to dig up the grave, Henry says "it's been six months." It should be winter in New York, but the boys are in short sleeves and Henry's kids are going to the beach the next day.
  • When Tommy kills Stacks, the silencer fires three times after he shoots Stacks in the head. During the slow-motion replay, Tommy shoots Stacks 5 times in the back, 2 times more than in the previous scene.
  • In 1980, When Lois makes the call that dooms Henry, her Trimline phone has the 1984 AT&T logo.
  • Every scene coming to or going from Karen's home, regardless of the season, was shot in the spring, with the trees and shrubs in the same state of bloom. In the latest shot, the hot pink almond or dogwood tree was faded.
  • When Jimmy strangles Morrie with the telephone cord, Morrie's grip on the phone changes between shots.
  • When Jimmy finds out Tommy has been "whacked", he goes to a car in the background, and the window is open. When Jimmy pushes over the phone booth, the window is closed.
  • When Jimmy is crying about Tommy getting whacked, a crew member is reflected in the phone booth.
  • When Tommy kills Stacks, Carbone stands in the doorway and watches Tommy shoot Stacks three more times after shooting him once in the head. In the slow motion alternate view, Carbone is not in the doorway, and Tommy shoots Stacks five more times instead of three.
  • When Tommy shoots Spider in the foot, Tommy fires a total of seven shots from a Smith and Wesson Model 36 5-shot revolver without reloading.
  • Immediately before Tommy shoots Spider, Jimmy's hands are up as he says, "What's the world coming to?" In the next shot, as Tommy whips out his pistol, Jimmy's hands are suddenly back together in front of him counting money.
  • When narrating, Henry says that Tommy was shot in the face "so his mother couldn't give him an open casket at the funeral." Earlier, Tommy was shot in the back of the head. A shot to the face would present the mortician with a small entry wound that could be patched up easily; the back of the head would be blown away, but unseen in a casket. A shot to the back of the head would obliterate the face, necessitating a closed-casket funeral.
  • When Jimmy learns about Tommy being whacked, he kicks the telephone booth and it flips over.
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