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The Great Gatsby

Continuity mistake: During the dinner scene at Tom's, a couple of shots before Tom's phone rings and he goes to answer it, Nick's wine glass is about half full. After Daisy leaves to go to Tom and the shot cuts back to Nick, the level of wine in his glass has notably decreased, without him touching it.

Continuity mistake: As Gatsby and Nick overtake a truck on a bend, he swerves in front of the truck to avoid an oncoming car. In the very next shot, he is not in front of the truck, nor is there an oncoming car.

Continuity mistake: When George kills Gatsby, Gatsby falls into the pool with his arms by his side, but from a reverse angle, his arms are raised in the air.

Continuity mistake: When Gatsby points out to Tom that his house is across the bay, there is then a shot of the house from Tom's view. The shot returns to Tom where we can see nothing around the top few inches his abdominal area. In a side angle of him, his cigar has suddenly appeared there.

Continuity mistake: When Nick is telling the doctor about his new cottage near the start, he goes to his porch with a book and stands next to one of the pillars. In a wide angle, he is standing next to a pillar with leaves around the pillar, but in a sudden close-up the leaves around the pillar have vanished.

Revealing mistake: When Nick starts talking about Gatsby to his doctor, a green reflection is visible in the doctor's glasses when the doctor says "Where'd you meet him?" There's no other object in the room that is that style of green (it's most likely a green screen).

Factual error: The movie takes place in the summer of 1922. They played Rhapsody in Blue, which wasn't written till 1924. The bandleader is obviously Cab Calloway. Cab Calloway's first recordings with the Missourians weren't until 1928. "Oh! You Have No Idea" also wasn't recorded until 1928, and it was sung by Sophie Tucker, not Josephine Baker (although they do credit Ms. Tucker in the final credits).

Continuity mistake: Just after Gatsby asks Nick his opinion of him, there is a cut to a low angle of him driving. In the shot from behind the car, the number plate is on the right hand side of the back of the car. This is only visible for a fraction of a second, so you have to be quick when you look at this. 2 shots later, the number plate has moved to the left side of the back of the car.

Continuity mistake: When the doctor says "He was your neighbour", Nick's head looks out the window in a 180 degree direction. In the next shot, his head is suddenly turned 90 degrees to the right.

Continuity mistake: Just after Nick finishes the first part of his story where he says Gatsby was his neighbour, Nick stands in front of the right hand side window. It then cuts to inside the sanitarium and he is suddenly standing in the middle window.

Continuity mistake: After Gatsby tells the story of how he met the sailor there's a blue shirt on the bed which disappears when he exits the library.

Continuity mistake: During the meal where Gatsby is about to say that he and Daisy are in love (before the trip to NY), Daisy's fringe is messed up in the wide angles, but perfectly brushed in the close ups. This changes back and forth.

Continuity mistake: While Gatsby and Nick talk when the party is over, during the "repeat the past" scene, Nick walks down the steps and a piece of fabric behind him swaps from bright red to dark brown randomly.

Continuity mistake: While driving the yellow car, Gatsby flashes his business card at the cop, whose head swaps between looking sideways or straight ahead depending on the angle, no continuity whatsoever.

Audio problem: After the barber shop scene, Jordan tells Nick about the tea date. While she talks, there's a side angle where her lips are totally out of sync with the audio.

Continuity mistake: Meyer meets Nick and places his hand on his shoulder. A frame later Meyer is standing sideways, several meters away from Nick.

Factual error: Trains of various types appear in several shots but the trains shown - likely all CGI - are completely unlike any trains that were in use in New York in the 1920s or in any other era. They appear to be based on Australian prototypes and their design differs significantly from American trains.

Factual error: The "French" phone shown as they talk about the intrusive unwanted guest calling Tom wasn't invented until about the mid-30's. In 1922, you still had to hold the candlestick phone in one hand and talk into the mouthpiece while holding the earpiece up to your ear.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Meyer is having a conversation with Nick in the bar, the dancers on the stage begin to walk off and walk around the bar. One of them walks behind Meyer and places her hands on his shoulder, but in the next shot, the dancer's hands are no longer on his shoulder.

Continuity mistake: While Gatsby drives with Nick he takes his hat off and waves it, then it's back on, and then back to the previous angle of him waving it.

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Quotes

Daisy Buchanan: Gatsby? What Gatsby?

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Trivia

The shot of Gatsby floating on the pool with the cops and journalists sneaking in is an obvious tribute to an exact shot from Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard.

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