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.


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. (01:49:45)

Other mistake: When Costigan drags a handcuffed Sullivan into the elevator, Costigan slams Sullivan against the wall and his left arm is visible and not in handcuffs. (02:13:05)

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.

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

Revealing mistake: ***SPOILER*** When Costello is killed, a blood-pack is noticeable under his shirt.

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

Revealing mistake: When Costello's men drive off, after throwing Queenan off the top of the building, the state troopers are firing at the van. One back window is shot out, then in the next shot of the van the other window is shot out and then the same one is shot again so the one window is shot out twice in the same scene.

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: 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: 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. (00:59:55)


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.

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.

Audio problem: When Colin answers Costello's phone, we hear the girl ask, "Where the hell are you?" but her mouth actually asks, "Where the f*** are you?"

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".

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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Revealing mistake: In the shootout at the elevator near the end of the movie, when Sullivan shoots the last guy, you can clearly see kneepads under his pants, to soften the fall.

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 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.

Visible crew/equipment: When Costello is looking at the dead corpses on the beach, two beams of light get reflected on his glasses.

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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. (00:04:15)

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Revealing mistake: In the Porn theater after Frank reveals the dildo to Sullivan and they argue about it, when the camera zooms out and the view is behind Sullivan the guy to the far right looks like he was added post production.


Visible crew/equipment: When the song starts, right before the main title, we have a dolly shot of Billy in jail. It starts from a red wall and moves towards him. If you look closely at the wall, you can see the subtle shadow of the camera and the rest of the equipment as it moves.

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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.

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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Revealing mistake: When Mr. French smashes Costigan's arm cast, on the second attempt Costigan seems to be using his own force to smash the cast. As French loses his grip at the top of the motion, Costigan's arm moves downward with all the force it would have had had French not let go.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Costello is smashing Billy's hand with the boot heel, you can tell from the position of Billy's arm that Costello is hitting the pool table rather than Billy's hand. He is actually hitting his own hand more than he could possibly be hitting Billy's. (00:36:00)


Factual error: In one of the opening scenes, when Queenan and Dignam are first interviewing Billy Costigan and Colin individually, Dignam refers to himself as a "staff sergeant." However, the Massachusetts State Police has not had staff sergeants since 1992.

Continuity mistake: After the rugby 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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Other mistake: When Anthony Anderson is shot in the head towards the end of the film, you can see him still breathing as he lays on the ground.

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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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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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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.

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.

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."

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.

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. (00:03:20)

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.

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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Factual error: When Costigan is riding the "T" (Boston subway), he is talking to Queenan on a cell phone. However, they are on the "Red" line, which is obvious because of the red walls in the tunnel. Cell phones don't work on the Red line because it is underground and there are no cell phone routers in those tunnels.

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.

Deliberate mistake: In all the shoot-outs, the bullets that hit the cars spark, which bullets do not do, and leave no hole, dent, or even a small scratch. They do, however, break the glass.


Visible crew/equipment: When Queenan is in the subway and looks to see if he has a tail following him, you can see a boom mic appear and disappear in the top right corner.


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.

Visible crew/equipment: When Ellerby introduces Dignam and he describes his undercover unit, a microphone is seen moving around at the top, center of the screen. (00:23:10)

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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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.

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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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: 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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