Continuity mistake: The last time Shakes serves as an altar boy for Father Bobby, he puts the white coat on top of the black gown, and it is all straight. Yet, when he turns to Father Bobby, the coat is lopsided and hangs over his left shoulder, and Father Bobby straightens it again. Even if the coat slides a little when Shakes leans towards the mirror right before turning to Father Bobby, it wouldn't pass his shoulder unless he did it on purpose. (00:28:20)

Continuity mistake: When young Shakes is running away from the hot dog vendor, he has the hot dogs in his hand and doesn't toss it away before he meet up with his friends, yet there is a shot in between where we can see him running with empty hands. (00:22:40)

Continuity mistake: When Michael and Carol are talking on the subway, Michael reaches out and begins touching/stroking Carol's hair. But in the reverse shots of her, his arm and hand, which should be visible over her shoulder, are nowhere to be seen.

Continuity mistake: On the subway, the background is shifting as we see through the window when Michael is in focus. Yet, these shots are inter-cut with shots focusing on Carol. In some of these shots, the background is all the same. (01:41:50)

Other mistake: In the scene where John and Tommy are in McHale's Bar in 1981, John offers Tommy a cigarette from a Marlboro cigarette box. However, when Tommy puts it into his mouth to light it, you can see a small camel on top of the cigarette.

Deliberate mistake: In the scene where the boys scratch off the paint on the window so they can look at the ice skaters getting dressed, there's a grille about 6 inches from the window. When viewed from outside their faces are pressed against the grille, but when the shot changes to inside the building looking at their eyes moving, their eyes are much closer to the window than the grille would allow. (00:09:30)

Plot hole: In the scene where Lorenzo gives the evidence to the policeman (in the back of King Benny's policeman-nephew's car), he gives him a gun with shell casings and Adam Styler's prints on the gun. Where exactly did he procure these items?

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the boys are ordered to eat of the floor, before they go down the food is very spread out. But once they are down and picking from the food it is in much bigger piles.

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Other mistake: At the end of the film, the narrated epilogue describes the fates of 4 of the principal characters. The narrator first says, "John Reilly's bloated body was found face-up in a tenement building" (suggesting that he was at least a few days into decomposition) following his death by tainted alcohol. This statement is accompanied by a black and white police photo of John Reilly's body; but the photo shows him quite trim and freshly dead, not bloated or discolored at all. The same mistake is made for the next character, Thomas Marcano (who was shot to death). The narrator says Marcano's body "lay undiscovered for more than a week." Once more, the statement is accompanied by a black and white police photo of Thomas Marcano's blood-stained body, which appears freshly deceased with no signs of decomposition whatsoever.

Shakes: This is a story about friendship which runs deeper than blood.

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Trivia: Michael Sullivan is played by two people both named Brad. Young Michael is played by Brad Renfro, adult Michael by Brad Pitt.

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Question: The boys are playing baseball and young Carol shows up in a wheelchair. Shakes says she is his sister, so why later in the film does she ask him why he never asked her out.

Answer: I believe you are confusing two characters and what person's sister. The girl in the wheelchair (can't remember her name offhand) was Hector Maldonado's sister. Hector was on the opposing stickball team. Carol (who was not in a wheelchair) was Michael's girlfriend, so Shakes saw her as "taken" and "off limits." (Shakes wouldn't steal his friend's girlfriend).


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