Factual error: A copy of Miles Davis' album "Tutu" is sitting on a counter. Odd since the recording wasn't made until 1986.
Continuity mistake: When Tom, as Dickie, rents a place in Rome, and after Tom kills Freddie, the police are all over him. Marge comes calling and Tom, as Dickie, asks the policeman to ask her to come back later, which leaves Tom alone with the detective. But as we see Marge creeping up the stairs, to see Dickie, suddenly, the policeman is with Tom and the detective, even though the policeman had left and Tom had closed the doors, so the policeman should not have been there.
Visible crew/equipment: When Dickie and Ripley are scootering down a little Italian hillside, you can see the shadow of the whole film crew against the hill.
Continuity mistake: When Marge gets out of the water and climbs the stairs on the sailboat her swimsuit is blue. But when she is on board and we get a close up it is red.
Factual error: When Dickie and Ripley go to the first jazzclub together and Dickie and the Italian singer invites Ripley to join them on stage, the microphone they're using is entirely misplaced. That type of microphone wasn't even on the market yet.
Revealing mistake: When Ripley is leaving New York, there is the shot of the ship sailing out of the harbour. Check out the water - one layer has been 'cloned' on top of another.
Factual error: In the scene in Venice where Marge is leaving on the boat with Dickie's father, there is a shot from Tom's point of view looking out onto the water. In the distance a modern crane can be seen on the left - something that the director Mingella himself points out on the DVD commentary. (02:00:00)
Revealing mistake: During the scene on the boat while Ripley is reading the book, Paltrow gets out of the water and walks to where she is leaving a trail of wet footprints. If you notice there is already one set of footprints that have not dried from an earlier take.
Continuity mistake: During the opera intermission scene, when Tom first meets up with Marge and Peter, Peter's hair is neatly slicked back. In the next shot, his hair is hanging in his face a little. The next time he's shown, his hair is neat once more, and a moment later it's messy again.
Continuity mistake: When Tom and Dickie enter the jazz club in Naples, Dickie's hat keeps appearing and disappearing from his head. (Within the film this is a matter of continuity and thus a mistake, regardless if there is an explanation on the music video.)
Factual error: The scene where they are in the cockpit of the sailboat shows StayLock rigging, which was not invented until the 80s.
Visible crew/equipment: When Dickie, Tom and Marge are coming out of the Venice Railway Station via revolving glass doors, the cameraman is visible in its reflection on their left when it closes.
Continuity mistake: A far ways into the film, when Gweneth Paltrow is leaving on the boat, Matt Damon is standing on the dock watching her leave. At one point, it cuts to a far shot showing him pulling his hair back with his hand, but then it shows a shot from behind, and his hands are down at his sides. It's not very likely he could move his hands that fast.
Revealing mistake: The letter which is typed on the Olivetti portable typewriter (certainly an accurate model for this period) is obviously a modern laser-printed letter, not from a manual typewriter.
Factual error: The opening scene is shot on a rooftop on Central Park West in New York City. The movie takes place in the 40s or 50s, but there are several modern buildings in the background.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tom is analysing Dickie's handwriting, Tom is smoking a cigarette and is shown taking a puff. The camera suddenly cuts to behind Tom's head where he has moved his arm & the cigarette - there is not enough time for him to do so. (00:28:24)
Continuity mistake: When Sylvana's body is found during the "Festival of the Madonna," her body floats up on its stomach; there are no waves and she is in fact dead, so how then does her body get from her floating on its stomach to floating on its back in one shot?