The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby (2013)

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Continuity mistake: During the dinner scene at Tom's, a couple of shots before Tom's phone rings and he goes to answer it, Nick's wine glass is about half full. After Daisy leaves to go to Tom and the shot cuts back to Nick, the level of wine in his glass has notably decreased, without him touching it.

00:09:50

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Continuity mistake: As Gatsby and Nick overtake a truck on a bend, he swerves in front of the truck to avoid an oncoming car. In the very next shot, he is not in front of the truck, nor is there an oncoming car.

00:36:30

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Continuity mistake: When George kills Gatsby, Gatsby falls into the pool with his arms by his side, but from a reverse angle, his arms are raised in the air.

02:02:35

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Continuity mistake: When Gatsby points out to Tom that his house is across the bay, there is then a shot of the house from Tom's view. The shot returns to Tom where we can see nothing around the top few inches his abdominal area. In a side angle of him, his cigar has suddenly appeared there.

01:28:35

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Continuity mistake: While Gatsby drives with Nick he takes his hat off and waves it, then it's back on, and then back to the previous angle of him waving it.

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Continuity mistake: At Gatsby's second party, a band starts playing. The shot cuts to Gatsby, Nick, Daisy and Tom watching them. In this shot, Gatsby and Tom are a foot or two away from each other, but in a sudden close-up of the two, they are suddenly closer together.

01:12:30

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Continuity mistake: At the Plaza Hotel, Gatsby loses his temper and a strand of hair falls on his forehead. He takes both hands to button his jacket and when the angle changes his hair is brushed. His hands were too busy for him to do it between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Meyer meets Nick and places his hand on his shoulder. A frame later Meyer is standing sideways, several meters away from Nick.

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Factual error: The movie takes place in the summer of 1922. They played Rhapsody in Blue, which wasn't written till 1924. The bandleader is obviously Cab Calloway. Cab Calloway's first recordings with the Missourians weren't until 1928. "Oh! You Have No Idea" also wasn't recorded until 1928, and it was sung by Sophie Tucker, not Josephine Baker (although they do credit Ms. Tucker in the final credits).

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Factual error: Trains of various types appear in several shots but the trains shown - likely all CGI - are completely unlike any trains that were in use in New York in the 1920s or in any other era. They appear to be based on Australian prototypes and their design differs significantly from American trains.

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Continuity mistake: When Nick meets Gatsby at the party, the amount of confetti on his shoulder and hair changes between frames, sometimes appearing or disappearing on the same spot, depending on which angle is shown.

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Continuity mistake: When the doctor tells Nick to write the story, the pen's position differs between the close-up and wide angles from being in a 5 o'clock or 12 o'clock position.

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Continuity mistake: Just after Gatsby asks Nick his opinion of him, there is a cut to a low angle of him driving. In the shot from behind the car, the number plate is on the right hand side of the back of the car. This is only visible for a fraction of a second, so you have to be quick when you look at this. 2 shots later, the number plate has moved to the left side of the back of the car.

00:36:10

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Continuity mistake: During the meal where Gatsby is about to say that he and Daisy are in love (before the trip to NY), Daisy's fringe is messed up in the wide angles, but perfectly brushed in the close ups. This changes back and forth.

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Audio problem: When Gatsby and Nick are in his car driving to meet Wolfshime, in wide shots you can see that what Leonardo DiCaprio is saying does not match his mouth's movements.

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Factual error: The "French" phone shown as they talk about the intrusive unwanted guest calling Tom wasn't invented until about the mid-30's. In 1922, you still had to hold the candlestick phone in one hand and talk into the mouthpiece while holding the earpiece up to your ear.

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Continuity mistake: Right before Myrtle is run over, she runs down the stairs, hair messed up. She stops for a brief second where the angle changes to a close-up, when her hair style changes completely.

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Revealing mistake: When Gatsby and Tom are racing (a CGI achieved scene), note that the passengers' hair barely moves.

01:32:00

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Continuity mistake: After Gatsby tells the story of how he met the sailor there's a blue shirt on the bed which disappears when he exits the library.

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Continuity mistake: While Gatsby and Nick talk when the party is over, during the "repeat the past" scene, Nick walks down the steps and a piece of fabric behind him swaps from bright red to dark brown randomly.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Meyer is having a conversation with Nick in the bar, the dancers on the stage begin to walk off and walk around the bar. One of them walks behind Meyer and places her hands on his shoulder, but in the next shot, the dancer's hands are no longer on his shoulder.

00:42:50

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Continuity mistake: When Tom and Nick get off the train and go to Wilson's shop, in a close up of Tom's face you see him look up toward the window (looking for Myrtle). After that it cuts to a wide shot and you can see Tom in the background repeating what he did in the close up.

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Other mistake: At the very end Nick writes "The Great" in ink above the typed title "Gatsby" on the cover of his manuscript. The E in "The" is a completely different style to the E in "Great."

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Continuity mistake: During the first party scene, when Nick is ascending the stairs having a conversation with an unknown Gatsby, it cuts to a wide shot where Gatsby is standing at the top beginning to turn and give his "I'm Gatsby" line, it then cuts back to Nick and Gatsby continuing their ascent of the stairs. When they reach the top Gatsby is now in the position shown from the wide shot.

00:29:20 - 00:30:15

Continuity mistake: When a band starts playing at Gatsby's party, Gatsby and Tom look and smile to each other. In the next shot, Tom is suddenly not smiling and looking straight forward at the band.

01:12:35

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Continuity mistake: After Gatsby shows Daisy his scrapbook of her, his phone rings. He walks over to it, picks it up and answers it. He has the phone in his right hand and the rest of the phone in his left. In the front shot, his left arm is bent whilst he holds it, but in the reverse angle, his arm is now rested.

01:05:30

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Continuity mistake: When Gatsby, Nick and Daisy have tea together, a shot of all three shows Nick and Daisy to the left of Gatsby. Camera switches angles and Gatsby is now in a different position than the previous shot.

00:56:50

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Continuity mistake: As Nick narrates "The way he spoke" during the driving scene, he is looking forward in one shot, but looking slightly to the right in the next.

00:36:35

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Continuity mistake: When Gatsby says "I was bought up in America" when he is driving with Nick, he is looking straight forward. In an instant close-up of Gatsby, he is suddenly looking at Nick.

00:36:30

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Continuity mistake: When Gatsby and Nick are driving in the car, Gatsby asks Nick "What is your opinion of me anyhow?" After he finishes this line, his mouth is open. But in the next shot, his mouth is suddenly closed with no time to do so.

00:36:05

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Continuity mistake: As Jordan walks to Gatsby's room at his party, she begins to walk and has already walked past a waiter who goes to take a step forward. But in the following wide angle, Jordan is yet to walk past the waiter who is now standing still.

00:31:55

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Revealing mistake: The doctor tells Nick to write his story and Nick says he isn't any good. The next shot shows a blue screen reflected in the doctor's glasses.

00:14:00

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Continuity mistake: After Nick finishes telling the part of the story in which he saw Gatsby on the dock, he has a finger placed on the glass. In the extreme close-up, the other three fingers to the right of him are raised to the same level of the finger on the glass, just a little bit lower. Yet in the next shot, the other three fingers are suddenly lowered notably.

00:13:30

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Continuity mistake: When Jordan goes to listen on Tom and Daisy's conversation after Tom goes to the phone, Nick asks "Something happening?" This shot shows his head half turned to Jordan. In the next shot, his head is even more turned than before.

00:10:15

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Continuity mistake: When Nick says to Daisy she is missed in Chicago, she says "How gorgeous." The shot cuts back to Nick. In this shot, his tie perfectly straight, camera cuts and his tie is slanted a little.

00:07:35

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Continuity mistake: When Nick is telling the doctor about his new cottage near the start, he goes to his porch with a book and stands next to one of the pillars. In a wide angle, he is standing next to a pillar with leaves around the pillar, but in a sudden close-up the leaves around the pillar have vanished.

00:04:40

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Revealing mistake: When Nick starts talking about Gatsby to his doctor, a green reflection is visible in the doctor's glasses when the doctor says "Where'd you meet him?" There's no other object in the room that is that style of green (it's most likely a green screen).

00:03:00

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning scene, Nick has a conversation with his doctor in the Perkins Sanitarium. The shot after Nick says "When I came back from New York I was disgusted" shows the doctor open his file. When he opens up the file, Nick's name is placed next to patient name and below it is "Patient Report (by board of examiners)." In this shot the "N" is directly above the "Y" in "by." But in a quick close-up of the file,"N" is now directly above the "O" in "board."

00:02:00

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Continuity mistake: When the doctor says "He was your neighbour", Nick's head looks out the window in a 180 degree direction. In the next shot, his head is suddenly turned 90 degrees to the right.

00:05:20

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Continuity mistake: While driving the yellow car, Gatsby flashes his business card at the cop, whose head swaps between looking sideways or straight ahead depending on the angle, no continuity whatsoever.

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Audio problem: After the barber shop scene, Jordan tells Nick about the tea date. While she talks, there's a side angle where her lips are totally out of sync with the audio.

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Continuity mistake: When Tom stops at George's gas station, he looks at Myrtle from her window. In a shot of Tom, Jordan is seen in the background looking in the same direction as Tom and places her hand on her glasses. In a close-up, she is looking straight forward and her hand is no longer on her glasses.

01:33:05

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Continuity mistake: Just after Nick finishes the first part of his story where he says Gatsby was his neighbour, Nick stands in front of the right hand side window. It then cuts to inside the sanitarium and he is suddenly standing in the middle window.

00:05:20

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Continuity mistake: When Nick meets Jordan, she is sitting on the sofa holding a magazine with both hands, yet less than a second later she manages to be lying horizontally.

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Continuity mistake: When Gatsby finishes throwing the shirts at Daisy, the type and amount lying on the floor changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: While Gatsby says the "you can repeat the past" speech, Nick is standing against a column. Then the shot changes to a wide angle where he starts to walk away. Then, suddenly, the previous angle is used and Nick is back next to the column for the rest of the scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Tom discovers that he is going to be abandoned by Daisy, he extinguishes his cigar. The grip swaps from holding the tip to being on the middle part of the cigar, between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Early in the film Tom brings Nick to meet with his mistress Myrtle - and set Nick up for some drinking and debauchery. While waiting for Tom to come out of the bedroom Nick is sitting in a small parlor with Myrtle's dog. In the first wide shot we see the dog licking an empty plate. Cut to an expression shot of Nick staring awkwardly, then a close-up of the dog - but now a small pile of dog food has appeared on the right side of the plate. Another reaction shot of Nick, then back to the dog - but the food has moved to the left side of his plate.

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