Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

14 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: When Joe awakens after his first night at Norma's mansion, his shirt is un-tucked as he puts on his jacket to go outside. When he is running down the stairs in the next shot, his shirt is tucked in. (00:26:35)

Continuity mistake: Gillis is lying on his bed with the script pages all over the bed. Look closely and you'll see that they're all copies of the same page.

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Continuity mistake: When Gillis is seen floating in the pool, a photographer on the left kneels down twice to take the picture: First in the wide shot, and a second later in the closer shot.

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Continuity mistake: Desmond throws a bunch of papers tied up with a string at Gillis. Shot changes to him catching them and the bundle is totally different.

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Factual error: At the end of the movie, Joe Gillis is shot twice in the back and once in the chest before falling dead into a swimming pool. However, no blood from the wounds is ever seen in the pool, even after his body has been floating in it overnight.

Continuity mistake: When Gillis enters Schwab's pharmacy, the wide shot for the exterior shows a man and a woman on the left of the entrance. In inside shots they are gone. When Gillis steps outside, the prior exterior shot is used and the man and woman appear again.

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Continuity mistake: When Norma tells Gillis that "movies got smaller", the angle has changed from a wide to a close-up. After her line it cuts back to the wide angle. The position of her head doesn't match between these two.

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Continuity mistake: Gillis enters Norma's bedroom and she is crying, saying she's got a gun. In the close-up she raises her head but a frame later, from a different angle, it's resting on the pillow.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie as Norma descends the long curved staircase, she is being tracked and lit from below by a man holding a fixture with four flood lights. She is on the stairs - he is not. But when Norma stops at the bottom of the staircase for her close-up, the man with the lights is now suddenly on the staircase with Norma standing behind her.


Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

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