The Departed

Visible crew/equipment: When Costello shows Billy the mutilated hand in a bag, filming crew members standing up are reflected on the wine glass.

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Factual error: When Queenan and Costigan are riding the Red Line, Queenan gets on at Park Street station. Costigan tells him, "Get off at the next stop, South Station." South Station is two stops away; the next stop after Park Street is Downtown Crossing. However, Queenan does get off at the next stop, and it is magically South Station.

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.


Continuity mistake: After the rugby game, Sullivan turns to his right to insult the other team. 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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Visible crew/equipment: When Queenan dies after being thrown out of the building and his body is crushed on the ground in front of Costigan, as he looks at his hand covered in blood, in the shot on the top on the left side of the screen the dolly track of the camera is visible for a second.

Continuity mistake: When Frank asks for "numbers", Madolyn is moving into the apartment. In the next scene, when Costigan and Madolyn "get together" she is shown as moving out, but it seems that Costigan was giving his numbers then leaving the hideout to go get with Madolyn.

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.

Factual error: When Costigan takes the Dr. Smith-prescribed Oxycontin tablets, the tablets are incorrectly shown as large, white oblong pills with the prescription bottle just labeled 'Oxycontin'. In reality oxycontin tablets are small, round, various colored pills (dependent on mg dose) with the dosage number (in mg) imprinted on one side of the tablet as 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, and 160 (I believe 160 mg tabs are discontinued) and the opposite side imprinted as OC or OP. Also, the dose (in mg) would have been printed on the front bottle label.


Other mistake: When Jimmy Bags reaches for his cigarettes, Billy's gun hits his forehead. But after the cut to French's face, Jimmy Bags is spitting up teeth. (00:43:00)

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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Factual error: When the MSP close in on Costello in Sheffield, they come in silently but still have their parking lights on. Pretty useless if you're "sneaking up" to a drug bust. Secondly, patrol officers don't have automatic weapons, as shown in the shootout.

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. (01:30:00)

Continuity mistake: Costello throws money down on the pool table and tells Costigan to get his hand fixed. In the next shot he has the money in his hand and throws it down again.

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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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Surveillance Guy: Who the fuck are you?
Dignam: I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.

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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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