Goodfellas

Goodfellas (1990)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Tommy shoots Spider in the foot, we hear 7 gunshots from a S&W Model 36 5-shot .38 revolver. [The first gun, not the Colt 45 he kills Spider with later.]

Continuity mistake: When Tommy kills Stacks he shoots him once in the back of the dome, then cracks Carbone's castanets about the coffee. Then it cuts to a slo-mo reprise of the whacking with a Henry voice over and Tommy shoots 6 times.

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Suggested correction: After Tommy shoots Stacks in the back of the head, you see Carbone come into the room with the coffee pot, a shocked expression on his face. While the camera is focused on Carbone you can hear Tommy continue to shoot Stacks several times off-screen.

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Visible crew/equipment: When James is in the phone booth and he gets the call about Tommy, the camera moves in really quickly. The reflection of the lens is visible for some time as James talks on the phone. Left of screen.

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Continuity mistake: When we see the close-up of Tommy pulling the ice pick out of Morrie's head, there's lots of blood on the ice pick. But in the next shot, there's no blood on the ice pick. The next shot is a little quick and blurry, but we can still easily see the ice pick's silver when it should be red.

MikeH

Continuity mistake: After Henry tells Tuddy that he won't be able to make any more deliveries, he points to his black eye. But when the shot changes his hand is suddenly in a new position, down by his side. (00:06:40)

ryguy_1983

Continuity mistake: After Karen has been with her girlfriends, she is talking to Henry about what is going to happen if he gets killed, at that point Henry is folding his pants by the closet, when the camera angle switches he is suddenly very quick on his knees in front of Karen.

Continuity mistake: When Henry is in the shower listening to the radio news about the Lufthansa robbery, his hair is brushed backwards. Then he starts to shout and it turns to messy and loose, then back to the first angle and it's pressed and brushed backwards as it was the first time.

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Continuity mistake: When Henry and his girlfriend enter the Copacabana avoiding waiting in the line, their way through the catacombs of the nightclub is prolonged artificially because they exit the kitchen by the same door they entered it. The scenery is changed a bit by moving some racks and a curtain but you can tell it's the same because they pass the same firehose on the wall twice.

Other mistake: When we see the shot couple in the pink car, there's blood spatter inside the windows and windshield, so that means the windows were up when they were shot, and they were shot in the car. It makes no sense that neither the windshield nor the windows are broken. If Jimmy shot them from the front, he would've had to have shot them through the windshield. If he shot them from the side, he would've had to have shot them through the window.

MikeH

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Tommy gets fatally shot, his body falls to the ground. As it falls, you see his right hand wobble like rubber, making it clear it is a rubber dummy used for the scene. (01:51:30)

HellZone72

Continuity mistake: When Karen is at the the Hostess party, and Jimmy Conway's wife is talking about Jeanie's family, if you look at the lady she's applying make up to, she crosses begins to herself twice. One when the camera is one her and Jimmy's wife, then again when the camera is just on her.

Factual error: When Henry meets with Jimmy after his arrest, the scene takes place in 1980, yet a 1984 or newer white Corvette is seen parked across the street at the end of the scene. (02:14:50)

Factual error: When Henry and Jimmy go to Morrie's to collect jimmy's money, Morrie's commercial seems to be running on a loop, presumably via VCR. VCR was invented in 76 and available in the US a year later. This scene was before then.

steven_frankel

Continuity mistake: Paul and Jimmy go over to Henry's girlfriend's place with Henry, and she leaves to get cigarettes. Paul is talking to Henry about having to go back to his wife, and when they sit down, the camera goes on Henry and you can see a Jewish necklace. But later when the camera goes back to Henry, it's a necklace of a cross. (01:16:15 - 01:16:50)

Continuity mistake: When Tommy is shot, there's no bullet wound in his head, but in the very next shot, there is. And we don't see the moment of impact, that wound was always there in that entire second shot.

MikeH

Continuity mistake: When Henry beats the neighbor kid and then passes the gun to Karen, her knit sweater is sometimes on one shoulder and sometimes on both arms.

Continuity mistake: When Tommy is shot, Tuddy is holding his shirt, but in the very next shot, he isn't, and he's much further away from him.

MikeH

Continuity mistake: After Tommy shoots and kills Spider, Henry sits back up and puts his hands down from covering his ears twice.

Continuity mistake: After Karen's been harassed by her neighbour, Henry drives her home and tells her to walk home. When Henry steps out, she's nowhere to be seen. She couldn't have walked all the way to the house in that short time. She couldn't have run, either, being as weary as she was.

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Henny Youngman: How are you? Glad to be here! Take my wife, please! I take my wife everywhere, but she finds her way home. I said "Where do you wanna go for your anniversary?" She said "I wanna go somewhere I've never been before." I said "Try the kitchen." Dr. Wellsler is here, a wonderful doctor. Gave a guy 6 months to live. Couldn't pay his bill, gave him another 6 months. (00:34:20 - 00:34:50)

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Suggested correction: False. Joe Pesci told the anecdote to Scorsese in the earliest stages of the movie. Scorsese asked him to add it during previous script readings and further rehearsals while notes were being taken by crew members. Then it was finally shot following those rehearsals and notes.

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Question: In the scene where Tommy believes he is being made, right after he walks into the room you hear him say "Oh no!" right before he is shot. Tommy obviously realizes that he was set up. However, what is it that he sees in the room that tips him off?

Answer: He was expecting a crowded room full of friends congratulating him. Also it was common knowledge among the mafia that being walked into an empty room when you were due to be made meant you were about to be executed, so Tommy likely knew he'd met his end just moments before the shot.

William Bergquist

Answer: Either the fact that the room was empty (being made is a big ceremonial event with many people) or he felt the gun pressed against the back of his head right before they shot him.

Answer: A man being 'made' is an event shrouded in ceremony. The top people in the family are there, among others to congratulate the new soldier. Tommy walked into an empty room.

Answer: There should have been more people waiting for him.

Answer: Wasn't the floor covered with a plastic sheet? That would have given it away.

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