Gangs of New York

Continuity mistake: During the funeral, when they are transporting the coffin in the street, there's a dog besides Bill the Butcher. He keeps changing place.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: The scene where Amsterdam is climbing on the Portuguese ship, we see that there are still four people left in the small boat and we see that Johnny is the first one on the ship, so how did the rest of the gang board the ship before Johnny and Amsterdam? They even know that the ship has been ransacked. (00:39:05)

Continuity mistake: When the four scapegoats are being hung, the man on the extreme left makes a speech. While this goes on, the man on his right has his noose tightly round his neck. When he finishes, the crowd clap and the hangman pull his hood down over his face the noose on the man next to him is still tight. The scene cuts to the front of the gallows, and the hangman now put the noose over the head of the man next to him.

Continuity mistake: After Amsterdam gets almost killed by Bill, Jenny is tending to him in a cave. She leans over him to kiss him, and while she does so a scarf that she had around her shoulders disappears. (01:44:05)


Continuity mistake: When Jenny is picked as the queen at the stepping ken, as the older man walks up to her she is seen putting her hands on her waist. As the camera angle changes she is seen putting her hands on her waist again.


Continuity mistake: In the shot when Amsterdam is lying on the table and Bill's cleaver is rotating in the air you see that he is wearing a checkered black-and-white scarf. This wasn't there before, and it's gone right after, and it would have been visible the way he was manhandled by Bill's men. (01:42:15)


Continuity mistake: When Jenny and Amsterdam are lying in bed Bill suddenly sits in a chair next to the bed. He has an American flag draped over his shoulders. The way the flag is folded on the stars side changes when Amsterdam asks him if his shoulder is keeping him up, without Bill changing position. (01:22:45)


Continuity mistake: In the battle of Five Points a witch-like women with steel claws jumps at a man, already flashing her teeth in anticipation of a good bite. Before she lands on him she lowers her head that it ends up below his shoulder, but when the camera angle changes she's biting off his ear. (00:08:50)


Continuity mistake: Before the big battle of Five Points begins Bill's gang comes out from a decrepit house. In the first wide shot of the place there is no smoke coming out ouf the chimney of the adjacent house to the right, but a moment later when Bill's people start to emerge it's smoking heavily. (00:06:00)


Continuity mistake: When Amsterdam is fighting Bill's henchman, Bill tells his other men to get Amsterdam off the man. You see his other men reaching for Amsterdam and when the camera angle changes, you see them reaching for him again.


Continuity mistake: After saving Bill, Amsterdam makes a toast and puts his hand on his chest. Camera angle changes and his hand is by his side. (01:19:55)


Continuity mistake: After saving Bill, Amsterdam is met by his father's old friend. As Amsterdam goes to walk away, he is grabbed by the friend. Camera angle changes and he is seen being grabbed again.


Continuity mistake: When Amsterdam and Jenny are kissing after the dance, He tells her to wait and she is seen lying on top of him. Camera angle changes and she is now seen lying next to him.


Continuity mistake: When the second battle in Paradise Square is about to begin, Vallon is holding a length of chain in his left hand. Shang, standing beside him, is carrying a pole with dead rabbits hung from it. In a later shot, just before the naval bombardment, Vallon is holding a knife in that hand while Shang is now holding the chain. (02:28:30 - 02:29:55)

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, priest Vallon cuts the right side of his face with the straight razor. Later on, when Bill and Vallon are belittling each other before the brawl, there is a scar on the left side of Vallon's face.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the riot, some rich men are talking while playing snooker. The balls are placed differently depending on the camera angle.

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: In the very beginning of the movie priest Vallon is shaving. The reflection in the mirror shows a wispy, short mustache, but when we see Vallon's face as he speaks to his son his mustache is thick and twisted. (00:01:40)


Continuity mistake: When Bill is talking to the Mayor about politics, he is seen making gestures with his hand as he walks, but when the camera angle changes, his hand is tucked into his jacket.


Continuity mistake: The level in the Butcher's drink changes from shot to shot during the celebration of the defeat of the Dead Rabbits. (01:40:25)

Continuity mistake: When we see young Amsterdam run off with the knife that was used to stab Priest Vallon, he puts the knife into a little cubby hole in the floor. 16 years go by and we see Amsterdam as an adult return to the same cubby hole, but this time when he pulls out the knife it is wrapped in some type of a cloth. (00:20:30)

Factual error: In a scene set in 1862 or 1863 Bill the Butcher says: 'An Irishman will do for a nickel what a ****** will do for a dime or a white man for a quarter'. The first nickel 5 cent piece was coined in 1866. At the time of the scene the 5 cent coin was a small silver coin called a half-dime. (01:10:00)

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Bill: You see this knife? I'm gonna teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!

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Trivia: At the end of the film you see two gravestones, "Priest" Vallon and William Cutting. Behind them is a river, with a view of lower Manhattan after that. You see a bridge being built, and the city growing and changing. The two men had to have been buried in Brooklyn, rather than Manhattan for this view.

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Question: Can someone please explain to me why the audience and Amsterdam are supposed to hate Butcher so much and think he's a loathesome person? He killed Vallon during a fight, fair and square, and was nothing but respectful to his dead enemy. He almost seemed to have regretted killing Vallon. He didn't act like a worse scum than anyone else until quite a while into the film.

Answer: Well, rather obviously, Amsterdam hates him because he killed his father. I mean, wouldn't you? It hardly matters that the fight was fair and that Bill showed respect about it, Amsterdam's not exactly likely to turn round, say "oh, that's alright then" and walk away. William Cutting (or William Poole, as he was in reality) was a ruthless, vicious man, who pretty much stopped at nothing to cement his control of the area. Whether he was actually worse than many of the others is questionable, but the film is based on Amsterdam's view of things - in that view, Bill is the enemy and we're supposed to see him as such.

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