Shutter Island

Revealing mistake: When Leo is laying his dead kids on the grass, the little girl keeps moving her eyes and breathing.

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Continuity mistake: When Teddy's kids are lying dead on the grass, the position of the girl's arms keeps changing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: While Teddy Daniels is talking to George Noyce in his cell in ward C, each time the camera angle switches George change between scratching his head and no hand at all.


Character mistake: Ben Kingsley is Dr. John Cawley. But he is called Steven when the doctors are grouped together discussing how to handle the patients due to the hurricane, right after the graveyard scene.

Continuity mistake: When Teddy swims towards the light house and gets out of the sea, his clothes are wet, few seconds later, when he is running up the stairs, his clothes are absolutely dry.


Continuity mistake: During the interrogation scene, a patient asks for a glass of water. When she receives a the glass of water, she lifts her hand to her mouth and makes a drinking motion, but is not holding a glass. A moment later she sets down an empty glass that previously she was not holding. When the camera angle changes, the glass has become half full. She also is "drinking" with her right hand and sets the glass down with her left hand.


Continuity mistake: When Teddy and Chuck are walking through the grave yard they approach a building which they enter to get out of the rain. When they are taking off their rain coats, Teddy throws his, but Chuck's just disappears between shots.


Continuity mistake: When Teddy's in the lake holding his dead kids, the amount of floating leaves increases / decreases randomly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: The first night Chuck and Teddy sleep in the bunk bed, Chuck's head is totally resting on the pillow in the close-up angle, as opposed to the semi-rigid position from the previous wide angle shot.

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Continuity mistake: The morning after Teddy's light-flash migraines, he and Chuck walk out into the center courtyard and look upon the havoc wreaked by the thunderstorm. Teddy glances up at the electric wires around the gated perimeter and sees a branch that had fallen and bent the line. In the first shot, the log is leaning into the courtyard. The shot then cuts closer and the log is leaning outside of the courtyard. When the shot cuts back to Teddy, the log is once again mostly inside the courtyard.


Continuity mistake: When Edward is entering the lighthouse, he grabs the doorknob on the left side of the door. Next scene, when we see him entering, the doorknob is on the right side.


Continuity mistake: When Rachel is covered in blood she places her hand on Teddy's cheek. When the angle changes it's suddenly over his shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: In Cawley's office Teddy takes an aspirin with one hand and a glass of water with the other. Next shot his hands are empty.

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Continuity mistake: Before Teddy finds Chuck dead, Chuck takes his hand to the pocket in his jacket to grab a paper. When the angle changes, his arm is in a different position and he repeats the previous movement.

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Other mistake: During the flashback of the soldiers executing the Dachau guards, the soldiers are in a line opposite the guards who are in a line against a fence. The soldiers all start shooting at the same time, but we are shown the guards being mown down by gunfire in succession, like dominoes, rather than simultaneously.


Continuity mistake: Two cops run away from a wall when a tree falls in front of them. Half a second later they are standing still next to the wall, as if nothing had happened.

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Continuity mistake: Teddy has a freckle or bruise next to the band-aid that appears and disappears all the time.

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Revealing mistake: In the very first scene, when Teddy and Chuck meet, they are standing on the bow of a ship traveling at full speed (as the Captain wants to return to the mainland before the storm hits), yet their lapels don't so much as flutter. Even at a slower speed, there would be some movement from the air as they passed across the water.


Continuity mistake: While talking with Teddy, Noyce's hand is either holding the bar or raised depending on the angle.

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Factual error: In the flashback, when Teddy was among the soldiers liberating Dachau, there is a semi-circular sign above the gate that says "Arbeit Macht Frei". Dachau had a sign with those words on it, but its sign was oblong. The sign at Auschwitz was that shape.

Continuity mistake: When Leo has the doctor against the wall near the end with the syringe in his hand, in the angle looking at the doctor, the needle is closer to his neck, but when it switches sides to Leo, he is holding the syringe farther from his neck, within the space of seconds.

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Continuity mistake: When Teddy interrupts the doctors' meeting, the coffee spoon on Dr. Cawley's saucer changes positions between the first and second angle.

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Continuity mistake: When the German officer is dying, his gun has a paper next to it. When Teddy kicks the gun away the paper is gone.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Teddy is about to blow up the car, at first you see him stuffing the necktie into the gas tank. As he talks to his wife, he remarks to her that he never liked the tie, and he holds the entire tie up to her. In the next shot the tie is once again fully stuffed into the tank.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the movie, Teddy and Chuck are talking by the steps. Teddy's cigarette is in his mouth or away depending on the angle, with no continuity sense whatsoever.

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Continuity mistake: When Teddy grabs his dead daughter in the lake and cries, his fringe is all wet and covering the forehead. When the angle changes, it's combed to the left.

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Continuity mistake: When Teddy arrives home and sees his wife on the swing, the ducks in the lake appear or disappear depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: While Teddy Daniels is talking to George Noyce in his cell in ward C, each time the camera angle switches the way he holds his match changes.

Continuity mistake: During the dying German scene, the needle on the record player moves backwards between the first and second angle, in barely a couple seconds.

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Continuity mistake: On the boat, Teddy lights up a cigarette and holds it in his mouth. A frame later it appears in between his fingers.

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Continuity mistake: During Teddy's interrogation of Bridget Kearns, she takes Teddy's notebook and writes something on the page to the left. Yet, when he shows the notebook to Chuck Aule, all of Bridget's writing is on the page to the right.


Continuity mistake: When Andrew first sees his dead children in the lake they are floating right next to the bricks around the lake but a few seconds later Andrew has to swim to almost the middle of the lake to get them.


Other mistake: When Teddy and Chuck are smoking under the portico roof during a downpour, they are first shown from the back and are completely in shadow, from head to toe. The shot changes to the front and their head and shoulders are lit from above. This would have been seen from the back as well as the front if it were intentional.

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Continuity mistake: After Teddy takes his dead daughter's shoe off, its position changes between angles.

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Continuity mistake: The lighthouse shown at 0:16:29 has more fences around than the same lighthouse shown at 1:20:00.


Continuity mistake: During Teddy and Chuck's interview with Peter Breene, when Teddy scribbles with the pencil in his notebook (which annoys Breene), the force of the rather large slanted scribblings tear the paper. After Teddy says, "Do you know what she was afraid of," in the close-up that tear is gone, the scribbling has changed shape and we can see that some pages have been torn out of the notebook (likely from prior takes). Then in a following shot the scribbling is smaller.

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Factual error: The movie is set in 1954, but the pinball machine named 'Seven Seas' in the staff rec area was not actually released until 1959 - even the metal legs on Gottlieb machines would not be introduced until 1957.

Visible crew/equipment: When DiCaprio is swimming towards his daughter who is floating face down in the lake there is a hand holding her foot to keep her in place, which lets go of her foot once DiCaprio is close enough.


Factual error: Two characters discuss a recording of Mahler's quartet for piano and strings in a minor. The manuscript for this adolescent piece was discovered by his widow, Alma, in the 1960s. Difficult to accept that there was a recording available in 1954 when the movie was set.


Continuity mistake: After Chuck gives Teddy a cigarette at the beginning of the movie, Teddy's left hand is holding the railing and has no wedding band on his ring finger. The ring is present in all other shots.

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Teddy Daniels: Baby, I love this because you gave it to me, but it is one fuckin' ugly tie.



During the ferry approach at the start, we are shown Shutter Island. In actuality this is a combination of Peddocks Island (the decaying brick buildings), Maine's Acadia National Park, Massachusetts' Medfield State Hospital, and Turner Hill Country Club's Rice Estate (located in Ipswich, MA), which were combined via CGI. Additionally, the mountainous region of the island (shown as the ferry approaches) was also CGI, and added in post-production.