Continuity mistake: During the complete car-bomb chase sequence towards the end of the film, Michael Clayton's car is shown in one shot without its lights on. All the surrounding shots in the scene have both cars with their lights on. This is also a slightly revealing error because it shows that they actually filmed these sequences during the day using neutral density filters. (01:41:15)
Continuity mistake: When Michael is talking to his cop brother at the birthday party, his brother folds his collar up to put his tie on, and the collar's folded over at the back of his neck. The angle changes while he fiddles with his tie using both hands, then when we return to the previous angle his collar's now fixed properly.Jon Sandys
Continuity mistake: Throughout the entire movie there is a pimple on George Clooney's forehead. It changes size, disappears, etc throughout the movie. You will notice on some closeups that the pimple is quite large and when the camera goes away and then comes back to Clooney, the pimple is tiny - very inconsistent with how a pimple would actually develop.
Continuity mistake: After giving Michael the police notice for Arthur's apartment, Gene takes the paper off him and asks him who asked for this. When he asks, he is holding the paper with one thumb on the back, two fingers on the front and two fingers on the back. When the camera changes angles, it is now just his thumb on the back and all fingers across the front. (01:24:20)Casual Person
Continuity mistake: When Michael and Arthur are talking in the street, Arthur has a large bag full of loaves of bread. After Arthur hands Michael a loaf, watch as the arrangement of the loaves change between takes.