Matchstick Men

Continuity mistake: As Nicolas Cage is smoking a cigarette in his car when his daughter comes into view for the 1st time. The camera angle flips between him, him with her in the background, to his key, back to him, and back to him with her in the background. Each time the angle changes so does the length of his cigarette. The time span is only a matter of 10-15 secs as she walks up and then starts to walk away, but his cigarette ends up being longer than when she walked up.

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Donald Jenkins

Other mistake: As Roy meets his daughter, he gets out of his car and we see the car door left open as he runs towards her. Near the end of their conversation, the camera focuses on Roy, and through the space between his body and right arm, you can see the side view mirror indicating the door is now shut without anyone touching it.

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Tommy C.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Angela and Roy are bowling, Angela rolls her ball down lane 23. When Roy takes a turn bowling a second later, he throws his ball in the gutter in lane 26.

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Trivia: Alison Lohman, who plays Nicolas Cage's teenage (14) daughter, is actually 24.

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Jon Sandys

Trivia: Frank Mercer is the combination of John Mercer and Frank Sinatra, whose discs are played by Ron Waller throughout the movie.

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Malaver

Trivia: The 4 main characters (Roy, Angela, Frank and Frechette) all smoke at some point in the film. This is a clue added by the filmmakers to indicate that the people who smoke in the film are con men, a teaser if you like to indicate that Angela is also involved in the con (This is revealed in the DVD director's commentary).

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Question: I didn't quite understand the ending. Was Angela fooling Roy the whole time, or did she decide to after she met him? Were Frank and Angela working together?

Chosen answer: Angela was working with Frank the whole time, she wasn't actually his daughter. Roy's shrink (Dr. Klein) & Chuck Frechette (the money laundering guy) were in on the con as well.

kimmyd

Question: Why does Roy say pygmies?

Chosen answer: He likes to blame non-existant pygmies for bad things that happen.

Myridon

Question: Why is there a scene where the fake detectives are trying to listen to Roy's conversation with his doc? They weren't really cops, the fake hospital room didn't need microphones, etc.

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