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.
Continuity mistake: After entering room 304, Leonard steps on the bed to put the 4 photos back up on his paper on the wall. In the 1st close-up he puts the Discount Inn and the 2nd close-up he puts up Natalie. Then in a wide shot of Leonard looking at the paper, visible at the top of the paper, in the center, is the photo of Natalie and on it's right is the photo of Teddy, already up. In the next shot, the 3rd close-up, he puts up his car. However in the next wide shot ALL three photos that he just put up in the close-ups are GONE. Then in the 4th close-up he puts up Teddy's photo, which was up in the first wide shot.
Deliberate mistake: At Natalie's house, when she is leaving and Lenny is taking a picture of her, the background looks totally different than from what is shown on the picture: the curtains are opened wider, the door is half open, there is a lamp on the left and there is no mirror on the wall.
00:17:10 - 01:20:50
Visible crew/equipment: Teddy, Leonard and Jimmy leave Jimmy's motel room and Leonard tells Teddy, "Take your own car." In the next shot as Teddy reaches for his door, a crew member, plus another one under his arm/elbow, are very clearly visible in the door mirror. Then as Teddy closes the door a crew member's face is seen on the left, in that mirror.
Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, Leonard looks outside his window and sees room 304 (which will be given later to him on top of his current room) - it is on the same floor he is currently on. Still, when he learns from the clerk that he has been ripped off, we see them both coming out of room 21, which probably is room 221 with the first 2 missing, because it's next to the reception, itself located on the second floor (we know that because from room 304, Leonard only needs to go down one flight of stairs to reach it). Both his rooms, 304 and 221, could not possibly have been on the same floor.
00:06:40 - 00:26:25Sereenie
Visible crew/equipment: As Leonard stands in the bathroom looking at Dodd, unconscious on the floor after the two fought, visible in the reflection of the mirror behind him is a dark haired crew member with a blue shirt. It's in the same shot as the housekeeping woman that knocks.
Deliberate mistake: When Natalie writes the 'Dodd' note at her home, it just reads, "Dodd, MonteRest Inn on 5th St., room 6, put him onto Teddy..." However when Leonard reads the note in the car and at the motel, the note now reads, "Dodd, white guy, 6'2", blonde, MonteRest Inn on 5th St..."
00:50:00 - 01:12:15Super Grover
Deliberate mistake: At the start of the film, when it's shown in reverse that Teddy lifts his head off the floor and his glasses rise up towards his face, in this particular shot it is very apparent that it is NOT Joe Pantoliano, who plays Teddy, that lifts his head off the tile.
Continuity mistake: Leonard is twice 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 two shots, particularly the first two letters of 'after' and the middle 'a' in 'Natalie'.
01:20:15 - 01:28:55STP
Continuity mistake: When Leonard is looking at the note that reads, "Dodd white guy...get rid of him for Natalie..." in the wide shots as Leonard holds just the note, many photos are lying on the bed under his hands. Yet in the next close-up, the suit is spread out right under his hands as he holds the note with a single photo, that he soon drops, and no other photos are seen.
Other mistake: In the Sammy/Lenny shot in the Institution, before the switch the orderly on the left heads toward the medical files with his arm outstretched and the nurse walks behind Sammy. Just as the person passes the camera the film jerks and the two men at the table, visible on the left, have a shaking motion. After the switch, the orderly and the nurse are both further back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 00:26:20Super 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 - 00:13:05Super 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 - 01:46:55Sereenie
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 - 00:53:50Super Grover
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 - 01:40:55Super Grover
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.
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 - 00:12:50Super Grover
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.
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
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 - 00:30:35Super Grover
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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