Continuity mistake: In the first close-up Teddy's eyeglasses are upside down, lying near the tile wall, the next wide shot it's upright, further away from the wall, next close-up it's near the tile wall again, lying on the grout just as it's moving in reverse, then in the next wide shot it's further away from the wall once again, lying on the tile, just before it reverses to go back up onto his face. (00:02:15)Super Grover
Continuity mistake: The top of the writing desk has different items on it, including a ceramic pot with pens. When Natalie comes home she takes the pens out of the pot and slips them in her handbag. The existence and/or position of the things on the top of the desk change within the previous and following shots of it, including when Leonard searches for a pen. (01:13:25)Super Grover
Continuity mistake: When Dodd's truck drives behind Lenny's Jag, in the long shot that features one car behind the other, it is clear that Lenny's (driver's side) window is down. When Dodd pulls up beside Lenny, the window is up, as it is when Dodd gets into Lenny's car. (00:52:45)
Revealing mistake: At the 'beginning' when Teddy and Leonard drive up to the abandoned building with the old truck out front, inside the truck Leonard handles a number of .357 revolver calibre bullets that have apparently not been fired, but you can clearly see the indented primers in the base of the bullets, indicating that they are just inert movie props. (00:04:40)
Continuity mistake: While driving, after escaping from Dodd, Leonard pulls out the 'Dodd' note from his pocket and holds it at the steering wheel with both hands. In the close-up of his hands he holds the photos, which face the windshield, in his right hand and the note in his left. However in the shot facing Leonard, he holds the photos, which now face HIM, in both hands and the note is GONE. (00:49:55)Super Grover
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)Super Grover
Revealing mistake: At the diner Teddy puts his fingers on Leonard's pulse and Teddy's watch reads 4:45. Teddy jokes that Leonard probably left his key in his room. Leonard goes back to his motel to find his key and asks Burt for the time, to which Burt replies, "A quarter to one," - 12:45. (00:24:25 - 00:26:20)Super Grover
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)Super Grover
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)
Deliberate mistake: The license plate on Teddy's car is constantly changing. When Leonard reads his card of the plate number, it could end either with 7IU or 71U since his I's and his 1's are written in the same way. When Natalie gives him the information, the car's registration ends in 7IU. Even the car's plate is both 7IU and 71U. Leonard's tattoo of the number ends in 71U, but he says 7IU. (00:44:17 - 01:46:55)Sereenie
Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?. Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
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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