Other mistake: After the post-bank robbery shootout, a TV reporter is heard describing the shootout as taking place in a "small southland neighborhood." But earlier one of the detectives was heard ordering road blocks at Flower and Figueroa, meaning the gun battle occurred in Downtown Los Angeles. Hardly a small neighborhood.
Neil (Robert DeNiro) was on his way to freedom with his 'girlfriend' Eady (Amy Brenneman) (whom he was really only using for companionship anyway). However, he gets a call on his cell phone from Nate (Jon Voight), who informs him that they've found the location of Waingro (Kevin Gage), the former member of his team that ruined the bank robbery (and escaped at the beginning of the movie) and betrayed them by helping Van Zant (William Fichtner) and killing Trejo (Danny Trejo). At first, Neil doesn't care about this, but after he hangs up and continues on his route to freedom, he can't get Waingro off his mind, so he decides to make a detour to the hotel and take care of him. However, this gives Vincent (Al Pacino) time to track him down, and they meet face-to-face as Neil is about to drive away. In his panic, Neil makes a run for it (leaving Eady abandoned in the car) and the two men have a shoot out near an airport runway. In Neil's haste, when he emerges to shoot Vincent, Vincent manages to spot his moving shadow and quickly turns to shoot him first. Neil then admits that Vincent was the better man and salutes him with a handshake, before slowly passing away.
Neil McCauley: Roger Van Zant?
Roger Van Zant: Yeah, who's this?
Neil McCauley: You know who this is.
Roger Van Zant: Yes I do, yes I do. I sent a guy to deliver the package. He didn't call, is everything all right?
Neil McCauley: Tell you what, forget the money.
Roger Van Zant: What?
Neil McCauley: Forget the money.
Roger Van Zant: Wh...it's a lot of money. What are you doing? What do you mean, forget the money?
Neil McCauley: What am I doing? I'm talking to an empty telephone.
Roger Van Zant: I don't understand.
Neil McCauley: 'Cause there's a dead man on the other end of this fuckin' line.
Trivia: Just after the scene when Waingro escapes being killed, there's a shot of De Niro looking at the sea through the glass with his left arm touching a window frame, and his automatic gun on a little table. This shot is inspired by the picture "Pacific" (1967) made by the Canadian artist Alex Colville.
Question: In the scene right before the big bank heist, a detective comes into the situation room informing the team that a CI Hugh Benny had a tip about Neil McCauley looking at Far East National Bank. How the heck did Waingro (working for Benny and VanZandt) even know about this score? McCauley hadn't even discussed it with Kelso when Waingro took down the armored car.
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