Continuity mistake: When Joey Zasa comes to Michael to complain about Vincent, Michael asks Al Neri to get him. Al leaves and we hear the door close behind him. Then Vincent comes, accompanied by his aunt, but Al is nowhere in the picture. But when Vincent does a Mike Tyson on Zasa's ear both Vincent's thug Squigilaro and Al come to separate the two opponents.
00:23:45 - 00:27:30NancyFelix
Continuity mistake: When Michael, Anthony and Mary are walking along a wall, Anthony is holding a sheet of paper which he is studying at the beginning of the first shot in the scene. The paper is the picture of Michael in his limousine that Anthony drew as a child (and is seen in Godfather Part II). However, Anthony isn't given this picture until later in the film. Notice that they're wearing the same clothes in both scenes. Clearly a much longer scene was cut into two parts, and the second half is seen first.
01:31:35 - 01:51:55
Other mistake: The close up of the Wall Street Journal mentioning Immobiliare seems to have operating instructions for a Windows program under the headline. The newspapers previous to this appearance also have a headline pasted onto another news topic altogether. The same happens later with the newspapers covering cleansing actions of the new pope. These papers date from March 27, 1980, although the events are supposed to take place in 1979.
00:41:42 - 02:00:00
Deliberate mistake: When the heads of the families assemble in the Palazzo Azzuro in Atlantic City and get attacked from a helicopter the rotors make the glasses on the table shake and the piles of fruit in the bowls collapse. As the Palazzo looks like quite a solid building this effect is a bit exaggerated.
Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Joey Zaza is murdered, one of his henchmen gets gunned down with a shotgun. Just before the blast hits him, the side of one of the wooden street stalls magically changes to a breakaway so he can crash through it dramatically, instead of just slumping down against it as he would in reality.
Continuity mistake: When Calo assassinates Don Lucchesi, he grabs the Don's glasses and stabs him in the upper chest about three inches below the collar of his shirt, yet later, when Lucchesi is shown slumped in his chair and bleeding, the glasses are seen sticking out of his neck above the collar.
Factual error: In the parade scene with Joey Zasa, they are having a raffle where they can win a Cadillac Eldorado. On the car a sign reads "Win THIS 1979 CADILLAC Diesel." The mistake: This a not a 1979 Cadillac Eldorado, it's a 1980 Cadillac Eldorado. The difference is the grill and a light under the headlights. The grill for the 1979 model has 14 spaces between the vertical metal beams, the 1980 model has 18 spaces between the vertical metal beams. Also the 1980 model has orange lights under the headlights, 1979 model has no such colour. Even though these two models are almost identical, there is a small difference in appearance.
Continuity mistake: When Michael enters the room where he sees Kay looking nostalgically at the old photos, he is carrying and offers to her pieces of cake from a cake that hasn't even been cut yet. They are the exact size and dimension of the cake slices that will betaken from the celebration cake which is not cut until several scenes later.
Continuity mistake: At Michael's celebration there is a scene of a family photograph taken on the stairs of his home. When the photographer is taking the picture of the family, you can see that the camera he is using is a Sinar P1. But when the scene's angle is reversed, you see the front of the camera, and it is a completely different one - a Toyo-View G.
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Continuity mistake: When Mary is hit at the end of the film and Kay screams, Vincent looks up and shouts "No!" and the scene cuts back to Michael holding Mary, as we hear Vincent continue his line ("Mary!") but then Vincent appears behind Michael and Mary, walking slowly up the steps, hair slicked back, gun in hand, mouth closed as his line is still being delivered, with no pause ("Mary! No!"). The next cut shows Vincent back at the bottom of the stairs near the priests, with his hair mussed up. And the poor editing continues - when the camera pans out following Michael's scream, we can see Vincent slowly walking up the steps behind Michael, and this is the same shot as before from a different angle.
Continuity mistake: During the scene that takes place at the party were Connie is singing the song about the instruments, Vincent Mancini and his mother can be seen arriving to find out their names have not been listed to attend. The shot switches back to Connie singing, and Vincent's mother can be seen at a table enjoying the song and festivities. It then cuts back to the entry hall where Vincent begins to shove people around, and his mom is still standing there looking upset that they have not been admitted to the affair.
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