The Departed

Continuity mistake: When Ellerby attacks the guy for not installing the cameras in the right place, he knocks off a map from the board. A second later Ellerby is still going after him, and the map is fixed.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene after Queenan dies, when Sullivan picks up his phone to contact Costigan, he presses the "talk" button and a smudge of blood is left. In subsequent shots, there's no trace of blood on the "talk" button.

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Continuity mistake: When Costigan is with Madolyn in her office, the tissues in the tissue box change consistently between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Billy Costigan is at the funeral near the beginning of the movie and reads the card signed "From Frank Costello," it is initially seen as a heavy bold script, but in the closeup, it is a thin script written in different handwriting.

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Continuity mistake: At Billy's mother's funeral, the signature of Frank Costello on the flowers changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: While Costigan is having coffee with Madolyn, a coffee cup suddenly appears in his hands close to his mouth, and the toothpick that was in his mouth a second ago vanishes.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Alec Baldwin is briefing the cops on the micro processor bust, his shirt has distinct sweat patterns. These patterns change between scenes, back to original then finally almost dry.

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Continuity mistake: When young Sullivan is at Mass, a priest is swinging the smoking incense burning. In the next shot the smoke is gone, and he is away, arriving with the burner and repeating the previous movement.

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Continuity mistake: The top layer on their dessert changes when Sullivan and Madolyn are in the restaurant. Between shots, the top piece changes back and forth between flat and curved.

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Continuity mistake: During the final shootout between the baddies and the cops, the pilot window of the grey GM is destroyed but appears perfect a second later.

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Continuity mistake: When Costello and French encounter the cops, the first shot shows the cops' car turning their lights on. In a new shot a second afterwards the lights on the middle and right side cars are out and they are turning them on again. On yet another new angle, the lights on the car on the left turn from off and on again in a split second.

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Continuity mistake: When Billy and Frank are sitting in a bar, Billy is just sitting at the table. In the next shot he's suddenly in the middle of blowing smoke rings into the air.

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Continuity mistake: While Queenan is talking to Costello out on the street, watch the people behind him. First there's no one, then we have a shot of a woman and a huge line of kids passing next to her. Then back to Costello and the woman, who hasn't moved, is now miraculously visible behind him. To add to the mess, the kids have vanished.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene after Queenan dies, when Sullivan picks up his phone, the number Sullivan calls Costigan in isn't the same as the one from which Costigan calls back, even though it's the same mobile (silver and blue vs. Costigan's red phone for Costello's gang). When Sullivan calls, the number begins with something like "617-854" and when he sees Costigan calling back, it's "617-177".

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning when Costello is saying: "You could become cops or criminals", he has a cigarette in his mouth, but when he leans into to say: "whats the difference?", it disappears.

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Continuity mistake: When Frank and Francis executes the couple on the beach, the woman falls almost on top of the man's back. When it cuts her body has almost moved off him. Then in the next shot she is on top of the man again.

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Continuity mistake: When Costello's bad guys are pulling up in the van to the building where Queenan and Costigan are talking, you can see the wet tire marks where the van stops before it gets there.

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Continuity mistake: Before French dies he starts to cough and there's suddenly less bullet holes in the windshield than in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: When Queenan is interviewing Costigan, the metal thing and the papers around it keep changing positions depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: After the football game, when Sullivan turns around to insult the other team, there's a guy with a light blue shirt that steps ahead of another one with a dark blue shirt. A second later their positions swap.

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Continuity mistake: After the beach scene, Costello is preaching young Sullivan on loaded guns. His cigarette disappears from his lips between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Costello is getting his money in the diner, young Sullivan is first sitting next to some packages on the right of the screen , but a shot later, when he stands up holding a brown paper bag, he is seen sitting next to to an empty seat.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Billy and Costello are talking in the bar, after Costello fires the paper cloth, smoke is visible in the shots involving Billy, but not in the ones involving Costello.

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Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Sullivan and his pal are watching the golden dome building from a bench, from a back shot his friend has his head faced straight, but from the front shot it's sideways.

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Continuity mistake: The dead woman on the beach lies with her feet together, but a shot later they are spread apart.

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Continuity mistake: During the opening scene at the diner, Costello places a comic book in the grocery bag, and it is well below the top of the bag. In the next shot of the bag, the comic book is much higher in the bag, and in fact is almost rubbing the boy's cheek.

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Continuity mistake: When Costello is hitting Costigan's broken wrist, as Costello is leaving the room, the shot shows Costigan crumpling to the floor beside the pool table. He is on the floor as Costello is leaving. But, the next shot shows him back on the pool table crumpling to the floor again from a bird's eye view.

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Continuity mistake: When Costello and Sullivan are in the porno theater, Costello's line is "it won't be me who suffers for it."When the tape is played back to Madolyn later, it says "it won't be me who pays for it."

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Continuity mistake: When Costello tells the girl he has a hard-on, the position of her fingers on the blue book keep changing.

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Continuity mistake: While having dinner, from a side shot we see Sullivan's mouth chuckle. Frame later, from the front, he is serious and smiles half a second afterwards.

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Continuity mistake: Just after Billy Costigan is shot, the elevator doors try to close. In the shots where the black guy comes out of the other elevator, the doors aren't moving anymore.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in a bar where Costello talks to the young Colin Sullivan, the time in his watch is evidently very different in two shots (when he takes the money from the bar owner and later when he hands Sullivan a bunch of coins). First it reads 2:50, then 2:58, and only one and a half minute has passed in the movie, as shown by Costello talking. Also, the watch in the second shot has no seconds hand, only hours and minutes.

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Continuity mistake: When Sullivan is analysing the Providence corpses, the close-up shows both of his hands together, but on the wide shot one is near the corpse, and the other one close to his hip.

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Continuity mistake: When Billy is sitting inside Queenan's house, the glass of water is in his hand in one shot, disappears in the next and then returns.

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Continuity mistake: The position of Madolyn's spoon while eating the chocolate cake is not continuous in the front and back shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Sullivan is questioning a bad guy, he sits down with a cell phone right in front of him. But later on, he reaches out to our left to grab it.

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Continuity mistake: After Costigan comes out of jail he visits an old lady. From a front shot she is slightly leaning, her left hand unseen. From a back shot the left hand is standing out over his shoulder with a burning cigarette. It should have been visible from the opposite shot at first.

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Continuity mistake: After Costello smashes Costigan's wrist he hands all of the dollars he has in his right hand. A frame later money reappears in the hand.

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Continuity mistake: When Sullivan crosses the street there's a lot of people going to the right. From the CCTV recording there's just one person.

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Continuity mistake: In the final scene of the movie, when Sullivan is walking down the hallway and into his apartment, his belt is light brown. But when he's dead on the floor, it's a dark brown, almost black.

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Continuity mistake: At the very last shot of the movie, taken from inside Sullivan's apartment, the Massachusetts State House appears to be quite closer than in other shots from the apartment - e.g. when Sullivan first rents it.

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Continuity mistake: While running from the cops, French turns the car 90ยบ to the left, but from a different angle it's still facing in the original direction.

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Continuity mistake: Costello tells Costigan "your dad had his own code". Then Costigan turns his head and exhales some smoke, but the following frame shows his head in the opposite direction and the smoke is gone.

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Continuity mistake: Costigan enters the bar and points at a guy with a leather cap. In the background, a waiter is leaning on the bar, who then stands up and starts to walk. In the following close shot he is back in the previous place, leaning.

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Continuity mistake: After the football game, Sullivan turns to his right to call the other team "faggots". From a different angle he is making a left turn.

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Continuity mistake: While Sullivan is rain drenched in military school, when he says "Sir! Yes sir!" his hair style changes in a nano second.

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Continuity mistake: When Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) reports the processor theft to the SIU detectives, he says 20 chips were stolen. When Fitzy opens the case at the sale, there are 66.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the scene where Costello smashes Billy's hand, he pulls out a wad of cash with his left hand, peels three bills off with his right hand and throws it on the table, saying "Get your hand taken care of," then in the next shot, has the wad in his right hand and throws that down on the table, and the three bills he just dropped are no longer on the table.

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Continuity mistake: When Costigan is with Madolyn in her office. Madolyn doesn't have jacket on but when she runs out after him to give him a prescription she has a jacket.

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Continuity mistake: When Costello lies dead in the shovel of the excavator, his right arm moves between shots. (First it is up - in the far shot, it is down).

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Continuity mistake: When Sullivan is checking the CCTV recording, we can see the "citizens" envelope, lying on his coat, on a desk or a chair. First, the folded part of the envelope with "citizens" written on it is upright, with the word appearing upside-down. Then, as he grabs his stuff to leave, the position of the envelope has changed to horizontal.

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Continuity mistake: In the restaurant, after Costigan says "School is out," he starts to bring the cigarette to his mouth, but before he smokes, while the action, music and dialogue continues, the shot cuts to him already exhaling the smoke.

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Continuity mistake: When French is holding the bag with the hand he places a ring very close to Costello's cheek. A second later, without him having moved, the hand is at jaw level and farther away.

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Colin Sullivan: I'm going to need the identity of your undercovers.
Dignam: Blow me, all right? But not literally, though. Unfortunately, there's no promotion involved for you.

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When Ellerby attacks the guy for not installing the cameras in the right place, he knocks off a map from the board. A second later Ellerby is still going after him, and the map is fixed.

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Trivia

This was Martin Scorsese's first film to win Best Picture. And his first Oscar for best Director. Martin also said that this was the first movie he ever made with a plot.

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