Goodfellas (1990)

34 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: When Henry is on his way to the hospital and not paying attention to traffic, he spots a gridlock and jams on the brakes. Tire tracks from a previous take are visible on the pavement. (01:55:10)


Correction: Those tire marks could easily belong to the car in front of Henry's which may have had to stop suddenly when the collision occurred, or any other vehicle. It's a public roadway.

Corrected entry: In the first Idlewild scene, when the truck driver goes out the door of the bar and sees the his truck has been "stolen", he comes back inside to use the pay phone. During that scene various modern cars and trucks can be passing by in the background. (00:16:20)

Correction: These cars are all moving in the background at highway speed, far too quickly to be individually identified or to take the viewer out of the scene in 1963. Since this would require slo-mo, it's not a mistake per the site rules.

Corrected entry: When Tommy shoots Stacks, there's already blood spatter on the wall.

Correction: I just watched this scene again multiple times and there is no blood spatter at all until after Tommy shoots.

ctown28 Premium member

Corrected entry: When Henry is being followed by the helicopter, he almost slams into another car. Henry's car has a brake light in the back window, but they didn't start that until the mid 80's at the earliest.

Correction: The Coupe de Ville was made available with a third brake light before the law mandated all vehicles have them in 1986. Much the same as how some cars were equipped with airbags before they were required.

Corrected entry: When Pauly introduces members of his family at Henry's wedding, he introduces one member as his brother's second cousin, but his brother's second cousin is also his second cousin, it would not be necessary to say it was his brother's.


Correction: Not necessarily, it could be a second cousin through marriage.


Corrected entry: When Maury jumps into the pool in his wig commercial, his head presumably goes underwater, but when the next shot shows him standing in the pool, his wig is dry. (00:37:30)


Correction: Of course it is. It's a commercial - he is showing how water resistant his ridiculous wigs are by putting a dry one on for his close up shots. It's called advertising.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the guys go to Florida to "feed the guy to the lions," the lion first shown is a male with a huge mane. When seen upside down the 1st time it's the male, but the second time it's a female, no mane, slightly smaller, lion. They never show more than 1 lion in the pen, either.

Correction: Like they say, they are feeding him to the lions (plural). Just because we never see more than one lion at the time, it does not mean there are not two (or more) of them. We never get to see the entire lion's pen, so the others could have been just off screen.


Corrected entry: Morrie gets whacked by Tommy with an ice pick. After that, Morrie is dead and lifeless. Soon after, Frankie Carbone (post Jimmy leaving) exits the car. When he does,the car light comes on and you can see Morrie blink. (01:45:40)


Correction: Already listed and corrected. Morrie does not blink, but his body moves slightly due to the car rocking.


You can see him blink in the edition I have.


Corrected entry: The scene where Karen pulls a gun on Henry uses two different guns, one blue and one nickel between the various camera shots.

Correction: Already corrected. The light in the different angle shots make it only appear as if the gun changes colour, but it is just a trick of the light, nothing more.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Jimmy and Henry are leaving a diner after Morrie got whacked, Henry asks Jimmy "Well, what the f%&. do you want me to tell Belle?" (referring to Morrie's disappearance). Jimmy says "Who gives a f%&. Tom? Tell her he ran off with some broad. What do you care about her?" Jimmy calls Henry "Tom", then seems to look off screen right. It's as if he realized his mistake and was looking for Marty Scorsese to say "CUT" (01:46:25)

Correction: He does not say, "Tom". When Henry asks, "What do you want me to tell Belle?" Jimmy responds with, "Who gives a f**k? Tell her". The glancing to the right is barely noticeable and doesn't mean anything - he could be looking to see where he's parked.

Corrected entry: When Tommy blows away Stacks, he's got a silencer on the gun. However, when they show the scene in slo-mo, there's a huge bang every time Tommy shoots.

Correction: Despite their name, silencers do not completely and utterly silence the sound of a weapon being discharged. In a confined space such as Stack's apartment, the sound would still be loud though muffled. Also, the scene has been slowed down and the sound increased for dramatic effect.

Corrected entry: When Joe Pesci is getting "made" at the end, as soon as he opens the door he gets shot in the head and blood starts coming out of the hole. When you run it through in slo-mo it is a very cheesy poor special effect of a computer superimposed blood trickle.

Correction: If you need slo-mo, it doesn't count.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Maury is killed by Tommy, after Tommy tells Frank to chop him up, Frank gets out the car, and the light comes on, then we see Maury blink even though he's supposed to be dead.

Correction: Just watched the scene again. Maury does not blink. The car shakes when Carbone gets out of the car and it causes the body to move. When the body moves, the light from the roof of the car simply reflects differently off of the body. Plus, his eyes were closed, so he wouldn't have had to blink.

Corrected entry: Although they are not really mistakes, these glitches were allowed to be put in the film: When Henry takes Karen on their first date to the club, he pays the door man at the side entrance at the club to let him in. If you look closely, the door man has to reach twice to take the cash from Henry. Then, when they are walking through the kitchen, Henry walks into one of the counters and bangs his hip.

Correction: As you mention they are not mistakes. Grabbing for the tip and missing it, plus Henry banging into one of the counters is just human error not a film mistake.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: During the scene where the crew is having a barbeque and Henry is describing how they were like cops for bad guys, the camera keeps going back and forth to Paulie eating a sandwich. The first two times he has no napkin anywhere in sight, the last shot of him one appears neatly tucked into his shirt, like a bib.

Correction: If you look closely you can see he is holding a napkin in his left hand when we first see him. With the napkin appearing, between the time we can actually see what's on his shirt and the napkin being there, about 30-40 seconds of film time passes. In that time he easily could have gotten another napkin given to him or used the one he had to put on.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Jimmy is in the bar with Henry asking to go for a walk, he has a very distinctive tie on. Once outside, Jimmy asks Henry if "Morey tell his wife everything". Although they have just walked outside, Jimmy has a different tie on.

Correction: The shot where they are walking is immediately after the bar scene, but Jimmy never makes any mention of going for a walk, neither is there anything to suggest they have just left the bar. Jimmy's jacket has also changed in this scene, which means it's more likely that the scene does not take place after leaving the bar.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Henry throws Karen off the bed after she has pointed the gun at him and he points the gun at her in one shot she has both shoes on and in the other the foot nearest the camera has no shoe then again in a split second the foot has a shoe.

Correction: I've looked through the scene and she has her shoes on the entire time including when she falls off the bed.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Pauly and Jimmy go to meet Henry at Janice's apartment (his mistress), Henry offers them a drink which they refuse. This is a good thing considering that the Crown Royal bottle that can clearly be seen on a table behind Pauly's head is empty. The glasses around the empty bottle suggest that the table is used as a mini bar.

Correction: How is this a mistake? He only offers them a drink, and is out of one type of drink that we can see. Even if they had wanted that, he might have had more somewhere else in the apartment.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: When Henry picks Karen up for their first date, he is dressed in a grey and black checked jacket and she is wearing a summer dress. When they arrive at the nightclub, she is dressed in a black evening dress and he is in a dark suit.

Correction: While they are in different clothes from when Henry picks up Karen, there is nothing indicating the scene is a continuation from that first date. Most likely the large change would indicate it was taking place at a different time.

Lummie Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where the letter carrier is getting his head put right into the hot oven, notice that he grabs the inside of the oven door with his left hand. The oven must have been off, or it would have burned his left hand.

Joe Campbell

Correction: There is nothing to indicate that the oven was on to begin with (i.e. There are no elements seen in the oven that are on) or any evidence that it had been on beforehand.

Lummie Premium member

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Lorraine Bracco points a revolver at Ray Liotta's head, after Ray Liotta turns the tables and now points the gun at Lorraine Bracco as he gets up and walks away you can see Ray Liotta steps on Lorraine Bracco's hand and she opens her mouth wide like shes screaming but it must have been cut from the audio, as Ray walks off camera his expression changes to show that he knew he had accidentally stepped on his co-workers hand.

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