Reservoir Dogs

Corrected entry: Throughout the movie, each time someone in the crew fires their weapon, there's a different gunshot sound even though it appears that everyone is using the exact same type of chrome pistols.

Correction: The crooks are using Smith and Wesson pistols, many of which look very much alike, and can be chambered in different calibers. Also, in real life, when a gun is fired, the noise it makes can change depending on things like wind, angle, being indoors or outdoors, etc.

Corrected entry: Eddie Bunker, who played Mr. Blue, is a career criminal and sometime actor. His autobiography, "Dog Eat Dog", on which Reservoir Dogs is partly based, is one of Quentin Tarantino's favorites, and the namesake for his production company, Dog Eat Dog Productions. This is why QT cast him in the movie, despite his having no dialogue and not contributing to the plot in any way other than being the first to die.

Correction: Mr. Blue does in fact have dialogue in this movie. In the opening scene he is involved in the converation with Mr. Brown. He also asks Mr. Pink what a waitress has to do to get him to tip.

Corrected entry: When Tim Roth is rehearsing his cover story, he relates that the events occurred in 1986, and that he was watching The Lost Boys on video. But The Lost Boys was not released in the cinema until 1987, so he could not possibly have seen it on video a year earlier. Irrelevant that the story's made up anyway - if you're rehearsing a cover story you'd make sure the facts are all accurate.

Correction: The point of rehearsing a story would be to try to get it right, which means that he might not have it right to begin with. The story might have even been written with a few factual errors, to imitate the imperfect way the story would naturally be told. This is a character mistake, if a mistake at all.

Corrected entry: This film is set in LA, but every character has a sharp New York accent.

Correction: This is not a mistake. We already know that Mr. White is not from LA (he is from Milwaukee, WI). Who's to say everyone else is also from somewhere other than LA?

Corrected entry: Mr. Pink runs from the cops in one of the movie's first few scenes. He runs out into an intersection and gets hit by a car. He gets up, smashes the window and pulls the woman out, while firing at the cops a few yards away. Watch Mr. Pink's bag, which he's dumped on the ground beside the car. It disappears and reappears a couple of times.

Correction: It only disappears once - it's by the door, we cut away, then next time we see it it's gone. The time we're away from it is just long enough for him to have grabbed it and slung it in through the window.

Corrected entry: After the opening credits roll, we see Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) consoling Mr. Orange, who has been shot in the gut. Mr. Orange has some dialogue. Later, when we flashback to the scene, his dialogue is different.

Correction: The second bit of dialogue later in the film is just before the first bit of dialogue. After Orange says the new dialogue, he then carries on with the dialogue we hear at the beginning.

Corrected entry: When Mr. White, and Mr. Pink are together in the bathroom Mr. White tries to light his cigarette, doesn't get it lit, but he still pretends to smoke it anyway.

Correction: Mr. White is trying to light his cigarette, out of his frustration for the moment he fails and decides to quit trying. He's never shown "pretending" to smoke his cigarette. Moreover, before washing his face, Mr White can be seen putting the cigarette back in the pack.

Nah, he holds the lit lighter up to the end of the cigarette for about 2 seconds and then extinguishes it himself. He intentionally didn't light it.

Corrected entry: Not long after Mr. White takes the little black book from Joe in the opening diner scene, Mr. White starts mimicking Joe by reading names from the book when a customer in the background walks up to pay his check. It look suspiciously like Steven Seagal. He has the cockiness, swagger and famous pony tail Steven Seagal sported when this film was made.

David Addison

Correction: Just watched the's definitely not Steven Seagal.


Corrected entry: After the group leaves the diner in the opening scene, it fades to black and you hear the "K-Billy" promo. The next scene is the gang walking down an alleyway. As they pass the blue pick-up, you can see Blonde/Madsen is smoking a cigarette. Yet, not 10 seconds later, the shot introducing him as Madsen, he is putting an unlit smoke in his mouth.

Correction: We can't see how finished the earlier cigarette is - no reason he couldn't be immediately lighting up a new one.

Correction: He wouldn't necessarily die instantly by being shot in the chest.

Corrected entry: When Mr White has his guns drawn in the alley and is about to shoot the cops in the car, there are several men standing around in the background, calmly observing as if nothing unusual was happening.

Correction: There is a small boy at the right in the distance as Mr. White exits the car, well before he pulls his guns out. When he pulls the guns, nobody is in view and when he is shooting, we can see the boy is gone. No error here.

Correction: The waitress speaks in the beginning of the film.

Corrected entry: In the torture scene when Mr. Blonde cuts off the cop's ear, pours gasoline over him, and is about to light it you can see that the flame is lit when Mr. Orange shoots him. Wouldn't it fall into the gas and light him?


Correction: If you watch carefully, you'll see that the lighter clicks off as Mr. Blonde drops it.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) is in the bathroom with the cops, he goes to the hand dryer and pushes the button with his hand. When it cuts to a close up of the hand, his first finger is extended.

Correction: Orange presses the dryer button with his first finger both times.

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie when Joe, Nice Eddie and Mr. White have their guns drawn, Joe is pointing at Mr. Orange; Mr. White is pointing at Joe; and nice Eddie is pointing at Mr. White. They all shoot and they all go down, but no one is pointing a gun at Nice Eddie but he still goes down. Director Quentin Tarantino in a Bravo Channel interview was aware of the goof, but left it in.

Correction: Watch in slo-mo, and you'll see it makes perfect sense. Joe shoots Mr. Orange, and Mr. White shoots Joe a few frames later. Eddie then shoots Mr. White - as Mr. White falls he manages to turn his gun slightly and actually gets off TWO shots as Eddie, killing him too.

Jon Sandys

OP is correct. Chris Penn once explained that his blood squib went off earlier than planned, forcing him to fall to the floor before time. Penn said that Keitel was supposed to shoot Tierney and then him, but the squib on Keitel went right off after shooting Tierney, so he went down before he shot Penn, whose squib went off anyway, so he had to fall too. It was bad timing but Tarantino decided to keep the scene in.

Corrected entry: During the opening scene, Mr. Blue's cigar goes from long to short and lit to unlit.

Correction: It went from long to short because he had been smoking it (yes they had been there long enough to smoke an entire cigar.) Also cigars need to be re-lighted often before the person smoking with it is finished.

Corrected entry: In the scene at the diner at the beginning of the film, Chris Penn is getting up to leave. He is wearing a pair of white sneakers. He can be seen wearing them during the opening credits, also. Later in the movie, when he arrives at the warehouse, he is wearing black boots.

Correction: We aren't given a specific time frame, but the time from the gang leaving the diner to Chris Penn's character arriving at the warehouse was, at the least, 1 or 2 hours. During this time, he was probably sitting at home waiting to hear from somebody. He could have changed shoes there, or took them off and grabbed a different pair in his rush to the warehouse.

Corrected entry: In the shot where we have a side view of the dead cop, Marvin Nash, strapped to the chair, with Tim Roth lying bleeding on the ramp in the background, observe the dead cop closely. We can see by the movements of his stomach that he is actually breathing.

Correction: If you're talking about the moments just before White, Pink and Eddie re-enter the warehouse, then the cop (Nash) is breathing because he IS still alive. He is later killed by Eddie.

Correction: "Stuck in the middle with you" is not edited in the film. It's the regular 3:24 song.

Corrected entry: When Steve Buscemi is running away from the cops, he gets hit by a car, gets up, pulls the woman out from the car, opens the door, and leaves the diamonds on the floor to shoot the cops, he runs out of bullets, gets in the car and drives away. He never picks the diamonds up and puts them in the car.

Correction: Steve almost forgets the diamonds, but ends up grabbing them and putting them in the car.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Mr. Blonde is pouring gasoline over the cop, the cop's legs are flying around trying to kick him. Later, we see that the cop's legs are still taped to the chair.

More mistakes in Reservoir Dogs

Mr. Pink: Hey, why am I Mr. Pink?
Joe: Because you're a faggot.
Mr. Pink: Why can't we pick our own colors?
Joe: No way, no way. Tried it once, doesn't work. You got four guys all fighting over who's gonna be Mr. Black, but they don't know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way. I pick. You're Mr. Pink. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.
Mr. Brown: Yeah, but Mr. Brown is a little too close to Mr. Shit.
Mr. Pink: Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy. How 'bout if I'm Mr. Purple? That sounds good to me. I'll be Mr. Purple.
Joe: You're not Mr. Purple. Some guy on some other job is Mr. Purple. You're Mr. PINK.
Mr. White: Who cares what your name is?
Mr. Pink: Yeah, that's easy for you to say, you're Mr. White. You have a cool-sounding name. All right look, if it's no big deal to be Mr. Pink, you wanna trade?
Joe: Hey! NOBODY'S trading with ANYBODY. This ain't a goddamn fucking city council meeting, you know. Now listen up, Mr. Pink. There's two ways you can go on this job: my way or the highway. Now what's it gonna be, Mr. Pink?
Mr. Pink: Jesus Christ, Joe, fucking forget about it. It's beneath me. I'm Mr. Pink. Let's move on.
Joe: I'll move on when I feel like it... All you guys got the goddamn message?. I'm so goddamn mad, hollering at you guys I can hardly talk. Pssh. Let's go to work.

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Question: Why does Mr. White snap his fingers when trying to light his cigarette lighter?

Answer: It's a way of lighting a zippo lighter. If you snap your fingers close to it, your middle finger will strike the wheel and light it.

Nick N.

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