Plot hole: Where do the flyers come from that are in the bags that are carried out of the vault and into the van? Danny and Linus couldn't have taken them down there and there is no room with the Chinese man. They are carried out to the van before the SWAT team appears, which means they'd have to have been in the vault to start with? In the commentary by Steven Soderbergh he acknowledges that there's no explanation.
Continuity mistake: When Rusty is talking to Linus, giving him instructions, he is constantly eating an ice cream with a spoon. When he sets the ice cream down and leaves the room the entire ice cream is still there, two untouched scoops of ice cream. Obviously the cup was refilled during a cut.
Plot hole: When Bruiser (the man who's supposed to beat up Danny) is faking the noises of punching Danny, the two thugs can hear him through the door. But earlier, he punched Danny by accident, then started to talk to him. The thugs should have been able to hear their talking through the door as well.
Visible crew/equipment: When the Malloy twins are introduced and seen racing each other with the monster trucks, the camera crew is seen several times in the reflection of the trucks. First when the camera pans out to see the large truck and then at the top of the door when the close up of Turk Malloy in the big truck is shown.
Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the Chinese acrobat is climbing out of the movable money safes in the casino vault, when he is actually climbing out you can see someone behind the movable safe helping the acrobat out. And then the camera angle changes, then at the left side, behind the safes, you can see the persons foot or back. It's black in colour.
Continuity mistake: Note the bad cut as the Chinese man is first knelt down looking at the briefcase on top of the mobile safe then a camera angle change shows him stood and looking behind him before positioning himself to jump. Then note how his body angle changes when falling off the top of the cabinet between cuts. Look carefully to the right of the screen and you can see a Perspex sheet wobbling.
Visible crew/equipment: After Rusty makes the proposal to Benedict and Tess finds him on the casino floor, the next shot shows Benedict thinking. When the camera pans across you can see the reflection of the crew in the glass wall behind Benedict. You can see this over his right shoulder for a few seconds. The crew is also seen in the next shot panning back across the room in the same exact place.
Continuity mistake: In the scene in the middle of the film where Livingston is telling Danny that he has been red-flagged, Reuben is sitting on a couch smoking. In one shot we see him from the front taking a puff with his cigarette in his right hand, then in the following shot from behind Reuben the cigarette is now in his left hand.
Continuity mistake: At the start of the film when we first see Rusty at a card table with the actors & actresses, Rusty leans over to give the deck of cards to Josh. In this shot Rusty lays the deck on the table with his left hand, Josh reaches over for them but doesn't pick them up, yet in the following shot the deck of cards are suddenly in Josh's left hand.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Danny is sliding the device to knock out the guards with uzis at the bottom of the elevator, the device slides on an angle to the line on the floor, but in the next shot it is sliding along the line. [On the DVD commentary, Soderbergh said that the filming crew had to slide the device many times, because it wouldn't slide far enough. There's the reason, but still a mistake.]
Continuity mistake: In the scene just after the group have discussed the plan in Reuben's house, it cuts to Frank listening to a conversation about crazy horse. When we see Frank noting information down on a crossword his left hand is writing and his right index finger is pointing out and the other fingers are folded like a fist, but in the following shot all his fingers on his right hand are stretched out.
Continuity mistake: When Basher is first seen, he is blowing up the vault door, and the charges go off. There are 3 charges after the main bar in the middle of the vault door that blow. In the close up its still only on the second one yet in the previous shot we see 3 explode after the bar in the vault door.
Continuity mistake: When the Malloy Twins are racing, the weather alternates from being totally overcast to sunny. When they first start, it is overcast. When the race starts and the camera pans in on the race car before it is flattened, there is sunlight on the side of the car.
Continuity mistake: At the poker game at the beginning, Rusty says, "Guys, whats the first lesson in poker." In this shot, between Danny and the actor with the gold like jacket on, the actor with no cards in his right hand raises his left hand to talk to Rusty. However, in the following shot from Rusty's POV, that actor is now holding the cards in his right hand.
Continuity mistake: When Danny and Linus are at the bottom of the elevator shaft, Danny cuts his wire and lands. When Linus cuts his there is a shot when Danny lands on the shaft floor, and Linus's feet are visible on the ground, yet in the following shot his feet land on the ground again.
Factual error: The EMP wave generated from "The Pinch" would do more than just black out the city. It would also permanently disable any electronic equipment such as cars, mobile phones, TV cameras (like the ones recording the fight), slot machines, computers, in fact any electrical equipment used in the world today, More importantly the entire security system would have been disabled which means that Benedict could not have seen his vault getting robbed from the security room. The only way an electronic device can survive an EMP is if the device is turned off.
Continuity mistake: When Livingstone (pretending to be the Home technician) is trying to find his way out after hooking into the Casinos security systems, he is seen soaked with sweat on his shirt. A second later, when the Casinos security man is approaching him, the sweat stain has almost disappeared.
Continuity mistake: When Rusty and Linus are talking to each other in the hotel room, Linus is all dressed up in a suit rehearsing his part in the scam. When Rusty says "Where are you gonna put your hands," he puts his hands together, yet in the following shot from the front, his hands are back at his side.
Continuity mistake: Near the end, Linus and Danny are waiting at the elevator doors for the gas to take effect on the two guys at the vault door. Danny and Linus open the doors. Danny, in one shot, has his right arm up holding the door open, and in the following shot it is resting on the floor.
Continuity mistake: When some of the group are taking the Pinch from the institute, at the end of the scene Linus is looking up at the two security guards which are almost standing next to each other. In the following shot one of the guards is just slowly walking up to the other one, even though they were almost together in the previous shot.
Factual error: The actual Las Vegas strip has the Bellagio and Mirage on the same side of the street, separated by Caesar's Palace. MGM Grand is very far down the road towards McCarran Airport. In the film, the Bellagio is across the street from the MGM Grand and the Mirage, with Paris in between the two of them. Bellagio is across the street from Bally's, which is next to Paris. I hope this description isn't too confusing. Furthermore, a wide angle shot of the strip shows the Mirage and MGM Grand right next to each other! Obviously this was a work of computer trickery. In a shot of Basher, before he sets off the pinch, in the Bellagio parking lot, the Bellagio is across the street from Paris. However, to the left of Paris is Bally's, and the Flamingo! Shouldn't the Mirage be in the spot that Bally's occupies, if we're going by the map that Danny Ocean gives us in the scene inside the house, where he first describes the security measures in the vault at the Bellagio? So the Ocean's Eleven version of Las Vegas is not even consistent with itself!
Continuity mistake: When Rusty and Danny are trying to convince Gould to bankroll them, Gould, while eating salad, has four objects next to his right hand. The two-cylinder object changes orientation. From behind Gould, it is turned away from him. From in front of the man, it is turned towards him.
Continuity mistake: Early on when Rusty is teaching the actors to play poker, there's a scene when Rusty says "Shane, you've got three pairs...you can't have three pairs. You can't have six cards in a five card game." Look at Topher's (the man who wanted to pay Rusty by check) cards during this scene. At first, he's holding the cards up, then flat on the table, then back up again.
Continuity mistake: Danny's hairstyle changes dramatically in some scenes in the movie. Most notably when he and Rusty are in the office building looking at the blueprints of the hotel vault. It looks like he just got a haircut. In the previous scene and next scene his hair looks longer and styled different.
Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the film, there's a scene where Tess runs into Terry as she's getting off the elevator to go find Danny - Her hair is smooth and styled into a French twist. As she's walking down the steps into the casino, Terry calls after her and she turns to face him - This time, her hair is wavy and in a different style.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tess is stepping out of the elevator and she runs into Terry, her hair is in a sleek, perfectly-styled French twist. Then in the next shot when she turns to him and says, "You of all people should know, Terry, that in your hotels, there's always someone watching." Her hair looks messy and disheveled.
Plot hole: We see the team steal roughly $163,000,000 dollars via a phony SWAT team. Six disguised SWAT members go down and eight SWAT members (now including Yen and Linus) come up with the money hidden in duffel bags and load it into their fake SWAT truck and drive off. The problem? $163 million in hundred dollar bills weighs nearly 3600 pounds. That would require each man to carry 450 pounds of bills up the elevator and across the casino floor at an brisk pace. Just lifting that much weight off the ground would be impossible for all but an advanced power lifter, but we see the eight (which includes a 100 pound gymnast and a geriatric) pick it up and walk out with ease.
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