Continuity mistake: When Leonard wakes up in Dodd's motel room, the positions of the pillow under him and the plastic cup on the nightstand differ in the close-up and following wide shot. Then after discovering Dodd in the closet, he goes back to his bed and the pillow, etc., change position again. (00:40:20)

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Continuity mistake: The words behind Teddy's photograph, "Don't believe his lies" are written differently on the same photo three times. First, when Leonard reads it at the abandoned building, second, when he writes it and third when he looks at the photo after seeing a copy of Teddy's license while in room 304. (00:07:00 - 00:13:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Leonard is running in the trailer park after having realised Dodd is the one who's chasing him, he makes a chair fall while escaping from Dodd shooting him. However, in the next shot, the chair returns to its place.

Continuity mistake: The window in Dodd's motel room is on the right side from the outside. When Leonard enters, it's on the left side. Christopher Nolan acknowledges this mistake on the DVD commentary and even says that no one's noticed it yet.


Continuity mistake: After Lenny woke up on Natalie's bed and was leaving and Natalie kissed him, her lip's deep red injury disappears and reappears randomly.


Continuity mistake: Leonard sits down at the table in room 304 and starts to pull out from the bag the info that Natalie provided. His keys are positioned differently on the table in the wide shot and close-up. (00:12:45)

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Continuity mistake: Since there are overlapping parts to the movie, certain scenes must be repeated. A segment starts with Leonard in bed at night waking up to a doorslam. When that scene is repeated, we see that he is woken up when the woman (escort) closes the bathroom door. The slam the second time (which really is the first) comes later than it did before. (00:57:25 - 01:02:30)

Continuity mistake: Under the photo of Natalie, the name Natalie is written. When the photo is seen in room 304, on the wall, then when he finds it while in her bedroom, and when he writes it at her house, the handwriting differs. (00:12:25 - 00:38:35)

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Continuity mistake: Leonard removes his large 'photo' paper from the wall and places it on the bed to fold. Things are positioned differently in the close-up and wide shots. (01:34:20)

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Continuity mistake: The top of the driver's side window frame is clear of all the pieces of glass when he returns to the car after being chased by Dodd. Yet Leonard's car window, smashed from Dodd's bullet, has jagged large fragments still attached at the top of the frame, when he first leaves to be chased. (00:49:45 - 00:53:50)

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Continuity mistake: As Leonard starts to write "Dodd" on Dodd's photo, in the wide shot that photo is lying with other photos on the bed and the cap of his pen is lying on the bed as well. Yet, in the close-up as he writes, "Dodd," on the front and "Get rid of him," on the back, the cap is on his pen, he writes the 'D' differently, there are no other photos and the suit is spread out under his hands. The next two wide shots differ between themselves too. (00:47:55)

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Continuity mistake: In the first sequence in which Leonard arrives at the Discount Inn for the first time he gets out of his car, which is parked on the street, then goes down a ramp to enter the inn. In the next shot he is suddenly across the street, photographing the inn's sign. Then in the next shot he is getting out of his car, which is now parked somewhere else at the inn, looking at the photo he just took. (01:00:10)

Continuity mistake: In the first scene where Leonard is asleep and the prostitute goes to the bathroom and slams the door, Leonard is facing away from the camera, the door slams then he puts his arm on the other pillow and rolls over. When this scene is repeated a short time later Leonard is facing towards the camera when the door slams. (01:00:10 - 01:02:35)

Continuity mistake: When Leonard and Teddy are in the diner, after Teddy asks, "You think he's still here? Jon G., the guy you're looking for?" the amount of water in Leonard's glass changes in the wide shots and close-up. (00:23:25)

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Continuity mistake: When Leonard is getting the tattoo of the license plate on his leg in the tattoo parlor, we see a closeup of the tattoo artist writing the "n" in "license". Then it cuts to a farther shot of her writing. It buzzes for a little bit, and the sound corresponds to her just finishing the "e" on "license" when Teddy walks in and she stops. After the dialog, when the tattoo artist starts again, she has magically finished the tattoo, finishing the sentence "license plate number: SG13 71U" in the period of about 2 seconds. (01:30:15 - 01:31:00)

Continuity mistake: Leonard is several times shown looking at the back of the Ferdy's Bar coaster, with 'Come by after, Natalie' written on the back. The handwriting is noticeably different in the various shots/scenes, particularly the first two letters of 'after' which are capitals in some shots, and the middle 'a' in 'Natalie'.


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Continuity mistake: In the scene in which Leonard writes on the back of his picture of Teddy, "He is the one. Kill him," we see a shot of Leonard placing the picture on top of his tan jacket on the bed as he goes to write on it. Then, it goes to a close-up of the picture in which the jacket has disappeared and the picture is lying directly on the blue bedspread. It actually happens twice within that same scene. (00:15:15)

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Natalie: Is that what your little note says? It must be hard living your life off a couple of scraps of paper. You mix your laundry list with your grocery list you'll end up eating your underwear for breakfast.

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Trivia: In the scene where Lenny is on the phone describing how Sammy Jenkis ends up in a home due to the death of his wife, it shows Sammy sitting in a chair looking towards the camera. Sammy is temporarily blocked from our view by someone walking in front of him. As the person passes by, it is not Sammy that re-appears, but Lenny. To see it well, you will have to use the frame-by-frame mode. There are about 5 visible frames of Lenny in the home, and then it cuts back to him inside the motel room talking on the phone again. (01:29:55)

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Question: I still don't understand why Leonard switches clothes with Jimmy and steals his car after he kills him. "I'd rather be mistaken for a dead guy than a killer." That makes absolutely no sense. Driving around in Jimmy's car and wearing his suit would make him the prime suspect in the investigation. He was much safer when he was just an anonymous guy driving around in a pickup truck.

Answer: It is never explicitly given. The most Leonard says on the subject is: "I'd rather be mistaken for a dead guy than a killer." Speculations include (you can make up your own motives as well) : (1) The clothes and car are so much nicer than his. If you are willing to kill someone: stealing is not really a "crime." Why not take the nicer objects? (2) It could be part of his "routine": Kill a man, take his clothes and car. The clothes he had on and the truck may be from the man he killed a year ago. (3) It could be that he wants to make the killer of his wife suffer even more, and takes his clothes as a way of humiliating him. Leonard takes the man's life-his clothes and car, which are wrapped up in his identity-just as the man took his. This idea seems to work with a theme in Memento about "Identity" (especially mistaken identity). Natalie thinks Leonard is Jimmy, then thinks he is Teddy, then learns he is Leonard. Teddy is "mistaken" for the second killer, Jimmy is "mistaken" for the 2nd killer. Sammy's story as a part of Leonard's story, etc. (4) It could "simply" be explained as a "plot device": Leonard has to do it, otherwise he won't find the note in "his pocket" and meet Natalie. (5) Leonard doesn't want to admit he's a murderer. He's lying to himself. If he's the victim, then he cannot be the murderer. (6) Leonard takes Jimmy's clothing as part of his routine of killing J.G.'s he becomes another person, he's the victim not the killer, thus "I'd rather be mistaken for a dead guy than a killer." and that's why he also takes his car, so he has to, once again, find his wife's killer and kill him.

Answer: Leonard's only goal in life was to find his wife's killer, and he thought he had just achieved that. With nothing more to live for, the clothes would attract the attention of Jimmy's associates - a method of suicide as indirect as his eventual approach to killing Teddy.

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