Grumpy Old Men

Continuity mistake: After her wedding to Jack Lemmon, Ann-Margret says goodbye to Walter Matthau by kissing him on the cheek. When the camera shows her, she places her left hand on his face. When the camera shows him, her left hand is on his shoulder. When the camera returns to her, her left hand is back on his face again.

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Continuity mistake: When Max Goldman goes to the bait shop with John Gustofsen and they are talking to the bait shop owner about him going over to Airel's house for Thanksgiving, Max leaves wearing one color hat and then when he gets in his car it is another color.

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Continuity mistake: When Max is pounding the ice with an axe after losing his fishing pole, John and his dad stop to buy cigarettes and beer. Pop has a fresh cigarette in his right hand when he grabs the beer, but when he turns around, it's gone.


Continuity mistake: In the scene when the IRS man attempts to pry open John's door, he gets one board slightly off. In the overhead shot, the board is completely off and on the ground.

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Continuity mistake: When the snow falls from the roof onto the IRS agent, he falls down and rolls forward, and almost all of the snow lands several feet behind him. When the shot changes to a side view, he is now closer to the house again, directly under the snowfall.

Continuity mistake: In the final scene of the movie, Max has left home for the evening, leaving Jacob alone. Jacob spies Melanie next door and is invited to come over. Jacob runs next door through heavy snow. Yet earlier that day, the wedding had occurred in Springlike conditions, snow nearly gone.

Continuity mistake: When John and Max are fighting at the lake and a crowd gathers, at the left of the shot is Ossie Davis, who, as Chuck, is supposed to have passed away prior to this.

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In the VHS edition, one can see a reflection of a boom mic in the painting above the staircase landing as Ann-Margret goes up the stairs to Jack Lemmon's bathroom, and again when she comes down.



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