Memento

Memento (2000)

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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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Deliberate mistake: When Leonard takes the photo of his newly acquired Jaguar, the car's hood is parked right up in front of the shrubbery and its shadow is in front, at the hood, seen when Teddy arrived. The actual photo of Leonard's 'new' Jaguar shows it to be nowhere near any shrubs and its large shadow is cast on its right side. (00:03:25 - 01:40:55)

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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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Deliberate mistake: On the back of Natalie's photo the words, "She has also lost someone she will help you out of pity" differ. First, going into the restaurant, second, while in Natalie's bedroom and third, when he writes it at her house. (00:29:50 - 00:38:50)

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Deliberate mistake: In room 304 Leonard takes the papers that Natalie gave him out of the paper bag, he turns the bag over and written on the bag is "For Leonard from Natalie" with a line drawn underneath the words, It is written completely differently than when it was seen earlier as the waiter at the diner gives the bag to him when he came out of the restroom. (00:11:45 - 00:12:50)

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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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Deliberate mistake: The reminder note that said, "City Grill Main St. today 1:00pm meet Natalie for info.," which Natalie wrote on a pharmacy bag, is seen in Leonard's hand at the Discount Inn just before he goes to meet her at the City Grill and in her bedroom when she writes and hands it to Leonard. The words on the bag are written differently, particularly the words "1:00pm meet Natalie for info." (00:26:15 - 00:30:35)

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Other mistake: In the scene where Leonard finds Dodd, he calls Teddy. When Teddy knocks at the door, Leonard goes to answer it. Just as he's about to open the door, there's a dodgy edit and you see Leonard jump to the left a little. (00:41:20)

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: 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.

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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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Factual error: On the upper right corner of the notes Leonard took about the police report, he wrote down the phone number of a detective (Brian Mezear?). It has 8 digits, intead of the 7 or 10 it should have. (00:57:10)

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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.

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