The Sting

Plot hole: A vital plot line, obviously, is that Doyle wants to kill the con men who fleeced his runner of the numbers money. He has Luther killed and turns his best men (and women) onto Johnny Hooker, almost killing him, too. What about the third conman, Kid Erie? He is an essential part of the con, as much a part of it as Luther and Hooker. During the setup - just before they fleece him - the numbers runner watches Kid Erie running away. He looks at him, Hooker and Luther in turn. Even if he couldn't identify him he would still be able to inform Doyle that there were three rather than two con men involved. Even so, Kid Erie comes and goes as he pleases. Doyle doesn't have anyone looking for him; he doesn't even mention him in conversation, and in fact consistently refers to two - not three - con men. He makes it clear that he would have to kill his best friend if he even found out about the con, yet he lets one of the central participants go scot free. It doesn't make any sense at all.

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Suggested correction: This isn't a plot hole or even a mistake. The only information Doyle, or anyone in his organisation, has about the con men comes from the runner himself; who it is said was found in a bar drowning his sorrows later that day. He explained what happened to some of Doyle's men and was killed shortly afterwards. It could simply be that he was too drunk to remember the third man involved, or to realise that the third man was part of the con. This is at best a character being given inaccurate information. As the submitter says, Doyle consistently refers to two con men, not three. So as far as he knows he's looking for 2 con men. The only 'mistake' here is Kid Erie advising Hooker to go on the run, without seemingly considering that he's just as at much at risk.

Continuity mistake: When Lt. Snyder breaks the phone booth window with his gun and points it at Hooker, Hooker's hat falls off. Yet in the next shot over Lt. Snyder's shoulder you can see that Hooker's hat is back on his head.

Continuity mistake: When Hooker is taking Lonnegan to meet his Western Union tipster, he gives Lonnegan's driver an address. When the car pulls up to the destination, the number on the building is different.

Factual error: When Lonnegan brings the briefcase full of money to the cage for his big bet, all of the 100s in the case are 60s federal reserve notes, which obviously did not exist in the 1920s or 30s.

Revealing mistake: After Hooker escapes the attack by Lt. Snyder in the phone booth, he runs down an alley. On a cross street in the distance, a modern sedan and large white truck drive by.

Continuity mistake: When Hooker meets Gondorff for the first time, he puts him in a shower, fully dressed. When the camera cuts to a front view of Gondorff, as the shot goes back and forth between him and Hooker, Gondorff's right pant leg alternates between being soaking wet and completely dry several times.

Continuity mistake: When Lt. Snyder meets with Polk, the FBI agent, they both sit down and Snyder makes a comment about Polk's "nice office," which is really an empty factory. Polk gets offended immediately and from an over-the-shoulder shot you can see him rise from his chair. The camera switches to a shot of his face and he's calmly sitting down again, then rises up in anger. He stands up twice.

Factual error: When Hooker comes out of the diner there is a billboard advertisement to the right. It is for Ezra Brooks bourbon. Ezra Brooks brand wasn't created until 1957.

Continuity mistake: After the scene where Doyle places the bet on Blue Note for Hooker, Hooker gets onto an elevator. After the door closes, there is a visible edit. The operator switches from barely visible to standing where half of his body is visible. (01:18:00)

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Character mistake: At Duke Boudreau's bar, the potential recruits for the sting are told, "Gondorff is setting up a con on the North side". Later in the film, Agent Polk tells Lt. Snyder, "Gondorff is running a con on the South side". The actual address for the betting hall is not given, but it is just down the alley from Klein's, which does have a South side address.

Factual error: The Helvetica typeface, used on the 43rd Street 'L' platform is not correct for the period of the film.

Other mistake: Why is the cashier sitting behind bars in the mock-up bookies when he just steps out of the side to go and fetch Gondorf? If anyone wanted to get at the cashiers they could just walk around the side where there is no door.

Doyle Lonnegan: Not only are you a cheat, you're a gutless cheat, as well.

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Trivia: Doyle Lonnegan's limp was a result of Robert Shaw injuring his ankle. Rather than working around it, Shaw incorporated the limp into his performance.

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