About Schmidt

About Schmidt (2002)

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Continuity mistake: In the opening scene Warren is sitting at his desk, waiting for the clock to turn 5 pm. Depending on the camera angle the arrangement of items on his desk varies: the telephone, the mail basket, and the rolled-up cable are sometimes right at the edge, sometimes not, and also the way the cable is rolled up changes. (00:01:15)


Continuity mistake: When Warren wakes up on the morning of his first day of retirement there is a close-up of the clock on the bedside table turning 7:00. There are two coins in front and something like a round, green container behind, both of which are gone a moment later when he gets out of bed. (00:09:30)


Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, when Warren is waiting for his last working day to be over, the ticking clock is shown in close-up, and it casts a strange shadow, as if it were lit right from below. In all wide shots there is no shadow at all. (00:01:20)


Continuity mistake: When Warren eats the sandwich made by Jeannie he is taking the glass of milk in his hand. When the camera angle changes he is seen rubbing his thumbs against his index fingers. (00:35:45)


Continuity mistake: When Warren comes to his old office to see his successor, the way his coat is folded over his arm changes between shots when he walks in. (00:13:25)


Continuity mistake: When Warren gives his speech as the father of the bride and just says "...a companion, a partner..." he is taking the microphone in both hands. When the camera angle changes his left arm is hanging down as before. (01:45:10)


Continuity mistake: When Warren walks to the motorhome for the surprise breakfast, the air is almost still. As soon as he steps inside, the bushes outside the window are now seen rocking rapidly in the wind.

Factual error: At Warren's retirement dinner, the sign says 'retirment' instead of retirement.

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Warren Schmidt: You've got to appreciate what you have while you still have it.

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Trivia: In the scene where Warren Schmidt falls asleep in the bath, his posture is exactly like Marat in the painting 'Death of Marat', by J.L. David. You can take a look at the original at http://www.artchive.com/artchive/D/david/marat.jpg.html

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Question: When Randall takes a photo of Warren and Jeannie at the airport after the mother's funeral, what happens to the camera he uses? He seems to put it down on something behind Warren, but then walks past Warren to get his luggage. Warren walks forward toward the gate and isn't seen to pick anything up after saying goodbye. I guess he could have, but wouldn't it have been stolen by then if it was left behind? I didn't see Randall put it in a pocket or bag.

Answer: He could have picked it up. Besides, it may not have been stolen, but picked up by security, or otherwise taken to Lost and Found.

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