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When Ace and Nicky take a drive around Vegas after Nicky first arrives in town, there are several modern vehicles visible on the streets around them.
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In the first newscast scene, before Ace's license hearing (which takes place around 1980), the Mirage hotel and casino can be seen in the background shot of Las Vegas. The Mirage was not completed until 1989.
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During the scene (in 1980) where Nicky is changing cars multiple times to avoid the feds, a CAT (Citizens Area Transit) bus stop sign is visible. The Las Vegas bus system was not called CAT until 1992.
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The shots of "The Stardust" and the entry to "The Flamingo" show the results of redesigns done in the early 1990s.
When Nicky is seen burglarizing a home he is using a Maglite rechargeable flashlight. The rechargeable version of this flashlight wasn't on the market until 1982. It is before 1980 in this scene.
When Nicky enters Anna Scott's kitchen to shoot her, an oven can be briefly seen to the left. It has digital controls, features not seen on an oven during the time the story takes place.
When Ace and Nicky talk at the diner 60 miles outside of Vegas, the jukebox shows a digital readout that didn't start to be used until the late 80s.
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A close-up shot of silver dollars in the beginning of the film reveals a bicentennial silver dollar, released during the years 1975-1976. The film's beginning takes place in 1973.
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In scenes with TV reporters present, there is often a reporter or two holding a microphone with a "13" logo on it on one side and "Inside Las Vegas" on the other. This was an actual logo used by Las Vegas television station KTNV-TV, but not until the 1990s.
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The sound of shoes walking on floor is heard in the bedroom when Ginger returns to Ace after he throws her out of the house. The bedroom is carpeted, so Ginger's shoes shouldn't have made any sound.
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When Ace and Sherbert are entering the car to chase after Ginger, the car starts up before Ace is even in the driver's seat.
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Nicky squeals the tires of his car in the dust in the desert.
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In the scene when Nicky and Frank collect from the bookie Frank points and says "smarten up," but his lips don't move.
in the scene where Ginger and Sam/Ace are at dinner at a restaurant, the camera keeps switching back and fourth to Ginger and Ace, when the camera is looking at Ginger, Ace is talking to her, but he is not moving his mouth.
When Sam is escorting Ichicawa on the plane that is "on the fritz" the audio indicates that the jet engines are engaged, when the jets are obviously not turning in the shot.
When Nicky and Frank are being photographed by the feds outside the Gold Rush, one of the agents is using a camera with a motor drive sound effect. However, he is shown manually using the camera's film advance lever instead.
Just as the plug is pulled on the scammed slot machines, Sam is explaining to Don Ward that three machines with four reels won with all sevens across them. This audio does not match Sam's lips.
When Ginger enters the bank, the boom mic is visible on the window door right above her head, but only for a brief few seconds.
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When Pat Webb is meeting with Ace to ask for Don Ward to be rehired as the slots manager, Ace responds that Webb's accusation is "libelous." For Webb's comment to have been "libelous," it would have had to appear in print. Ace should have said that Webb's accusation was "slanderous."
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Sam would be able to sue the Business Week Reporter and the publication for intentionally taking his response out of context.
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When Nicky murders Anna Scott, he isn't wearing any gloves, so in addition to placing his hands on her head and doorknob and whatever else, he's leaving fingerprints all over the place.
Before smashing the cheater's hand with the hammer, Ace says "I saw you shuffling your chips with your right hand. Can you do that with your left?" and the cheater responds by saying he'd never tried. Both men are incorrect. The cheater was shuffling the chips with his left hand all along because he was using his right hand to tap out signals to his partner.
When Lester calls Ginger after her wedding, he says he always remembers her as a "long-legged little colt". A colt is a younger-than-4-years MALE horse. He should have called her a "long-legged little filly".
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In voiceover, Ace says that to go anywhere, Nicky had to change cars 6 times in underground parking garages. But in the accompanying visual montage, all of the garages we see are aboveground (evidenced by the bright sunlight on the sides).
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The Business Week Reporter should have known it is highly unethical and unprofessional to intentionally take anybody's response out of context.
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SPOILER. As Nicky and his brother are being buried in the desert grave, Dominick is dumped into the grave first and lands on his right side, facing right. The next time we see him, moments later, he is lying on his left side, and facing left as Nicky is dumped on top of him.
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When Nicky, Frank Marino, Jennifer are in the kitchen after they return home from their flight, Nicky makes Jennifer turn her head upside down to have the diamonds he stole & smuggled through airport security fall out of her hair up-do onto the table. After all they all fall out, her hair "bun" releases and is hanging down in an undone, long ponytail. But immediately after that shot when the camera switches angles, Nicky slaps her on the cheek and her hair is back up in a bun the way it was originally.
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After being chastised by his mother, Piscano backs into a display of olive oil, displacing some bottles. In the next shot of them, they are perfectly arranged.
After Nicky has stabbed the man with the pen in the bar, he puts the hand that was holding the pen up on the bar counter. Although, the pen that was in his hand had been covered in blood, his hand is clean.
The camera used by one of the private investigators alternates between manual film advance and automatic film advance.
When Sam introduces Nicky to the casino manager, he stands up twice.
When Nicky calls Sam after Sam kicked the big cowboy from Nicky's crew out of the casino for cursing him, Nicky apologizes, then hangs up the phone. Nicky then asks the cowboy why he "took off his boots and put his feet on the blackjack table." However, Sam never told Nicky this information.
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Nicky says "...meet me a hundred yards down the road". Ace narrates: "...when I heard him say a couple hundred yards down the road..."
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The pack of cigarettes in Remo's car when he's saying that "Ace" should take a new job at the casino and to make sure that "it's something quiet."
When Nicky and Sam are in the club talking a shot from the back shows Sam putting out his cigarette, in subsequent shots of Sam from the front the cigarette is lit, and when it returns to the back the cigarette is out.
Before the pen-attack in the bar Nicky can be seen drinking his drink. Seen from another angle, the glass is on the bar is untouched.
When Ginger is smashing her car in to the back of Sam's car, she drives up the path towards the house and parks the car diagonally across the path. When we see the car next it is perfectly parked on the path.
When Ace is confronting Ginger and Lester in the diner, he stack of money that Ace puts on the table changes between shots.
While Ginger is arguing with Sam about lending her $25,000, her coffee cup switches hands between shots.
The position of Nicky's left hand alternates between shots while he is talking about Sam with Ginger for the first time.
When Ace is refused a gaming license in court, Phil Green is seen standing in the background. In the next shot, he is seen getting up.
When Piscano is ranting in the Italian Grocery about the trips to Vegas, the money his mother is counting appears and disappears between shots. He also knocks over bottles of olive oil which are reassembled in the next shot.
In the restaurant scene (Nikki's restaurant) where Ace confronts Ginger who is drunk, the wine/martini glass in the middle of the table is knocked over, then is upright again, then is over, then upright again.
After Ginger and the man next to her stop playing (at the 22nd minute of the movie), the man says "This $100 is for you, love. Thanks for your time". Then Ginger says "Come on" with a serious expression in her face. Immediately after, the angle of the camera changes while the man says "What's the matter?" and Ginger is laughing. Immediately after again, the camera returns to the first angle and then Ginger has a serious expression again.
When Sam and Nicky are driving down the strip, and Nicky is having the conversation with Sam about what he thinks of him moving out to Vegas, the lengths that both of their windows are rolled down changes from shot to shot (especially Nicky's), and it's obvious that neither of them actually touch the window control to put it up or down.
When Ginger and the smarmy gambler finish playing the craps table, there are 3 very quick shots of him handing her chips. In the first 2 shots, he is holding 2 chips, but in the third shot, he has 4 chips in his hand.
Disappearing pack of cigarettes in the car when Sam is talking about how he might never get a gaming license because Nicky is bringing everyone down.
The angle of Ginger's head when she goes to dinner with Ace.
When Ginger is accused of stealing, the strap on her bag snaps. In the next shot it's fixed.
When Nicky is playing blackjack in the Tangiers and getting very hostile with the male dealer, Nicky throws a card back at the dealer and it gets stuck on his shirt. The dealer looks over to the pit boss with the card still stuck to his shirt, but in the next shot, the card is gone.
Security guard's arm on cheater's outstretched hand.
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Ace's cigarette during his conversation with Phillip Green about firing Don Ward.
When Nicky and Ace meet up in the middle of the desert, the length of Ace's cigarette changes between shots from long to short
During the opening montage, Piscano's mother is preparing a meal in the back of the grocery store and is wearing a noticeable cast on her left hand. Later in the film, while Piscano is ranting to his brother-in-law about his bosses, she can be seen again, still wearing the same cast but the two scenes take place nearly a decade apart.
When the card cheater gets his hand smashed by the hammer, a screwdriver on the table changes position between shots.
When Sam goes to shake Lester's hand at a diner he uses his left hand as a cigarette is in his right hand. But when he uses his right hand to adjust his jacket the cigarette appears in his left hand and he didn't move it.
Shortly after Sam and Billy witness Ginger stealing chips from the Craps table over CCTV, a wide shot from behind the dealer shows a security guard walking behind her. In the next shot the security guard is replaced by an older man and his wife in almost the exact same spot.
As Ginger and Nicky are talking in the garage, right after Sam's thugs beat up Lester, a set of 4 small television monitors in the background will randomly change state throughout the scene. In some shots, all 4 are on, while in others, one or none of them are on.
Camera crew can be seen reflected in car door as Nicky opens it when driving up to meet Ace in the desert.
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As Ace drags Ginger across the living room floor, a quick reflection of the "steady cam" crew following the actors can be glimpsed in a large mirror off to the viewer's right.
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As Sam walks towards the car that will catch fire, the cameraman is reflected in the driver's side window.
As Sam meets Commissioner Webb in Sam's office, a faint reflection of a crew member can be seen in the window on the left.
Reflected in the passengers side of Sam's Cadillac's door as he pulls up to the new house with Ginger after they get married.
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When Nicky and Ginger are in the motel, a boom lift extended up to the floor they are on is visible outside the window. The shadows outside show the sun could not be shining into the window like it is, meaning the boom is either holding a reflector or lights.
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When Nicky first comes to town, Ace shows him the panoramic daytime view from his corner suite. The only high rise building that can be seen is the Landmark (demolished). Later, in the scene where Ace proposes to Ginger, the same view, at nighttime, is instead filled with high rise buildings as well as nearby Dunes and Frontier marquees. The nighttime view is clearly fabricated; the south-Strip Dunes (demolished) is nowhere near the north-Strip Frontier (demolished). The daytime view implies the corner suite is somewhere inside the Las Vegas Hilton.
During car ride where Nicky is discussing possibility of moving to Las Vegas with Sam, scenery outside window flip flops wildly from shots of downtown Vegas to scenes of miles-away Vegas Strip.
When Ace and Nicky are supposedly driving in Downtown Las Vegas, the view differs from each of their side windows. The Fremont Hotel is visible out of one window, and the Sahara out of the other. The Fremont is on Fremont Street, while the Sahara is on the Las Vegas Strip.
The film takes place in the (fictional) Tangiers casino, but in one of the scenes in Robert De Niro's character's office, you can clearly see a calendar for the Riviera (the movie was primarily filmed in the Riviera.)
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After the failed car bombing, Sam is put into the ambulance feet-first. People are loaded into ambulances head-first, since most of the monitoring equipment is in the front.
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As Philip Green is coming off the plane and is being questioned by the press about Anna Scott's murder, one of the cameramen (the one who walks in front of the movie's camera) is seen carrying a camera not connected to anything. That model of camera (the RCA TK76) required an external tape deck/battery pack, otherwise the camera wouldn't function at all. The other two cameramen in the scene have their cameras tethered to the external equipment.
Although this is refuted, the scene where Nicky murders witness Anna Scott should be considered an error. His arm is on the other side of her skull in the line of fire. How a professional assassin would KNOW that the bullets wouldn't exit into his arm is ludicrous. No experienced killer would take the chance. The writer says they were likely short bullets, but there is no basis for that conclusion.
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During the scene where the cowboy is exited out of the casino headfirst by the security guards, one of the guards hits his head on the door frame.
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As Nicky Santoro (Pesci) was was heading out to the desert to meet Sam with multiple car changes, the unseen FBI agent says "OK, he's out. It's the ant. Brown unit." Nicky Santoro is based on Anthony "the ant" Spilotro in the book, but should never have been called the ant in the movie as his name was changed.
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Don Ward, the fired overseer of the slot machines, is said to be the county commissioner's cousin, but later is said to be a brother-in-law. These terms are not mutually exclusive - his "hillbilly" accent makes it even easier to believe that he can be both.
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When Nicky shoots the lady in the kitchen his arm is placed directly in the gun's aim and is not hit by an exiting slug. However, since the bullets were .22 caliber, and quite likely shorts, they likely never exited the skull.
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Seeking a place where they can converse without being overheard, Ace and Nicky go into Ace's closed up home garage, start the car engine, turn on the radio, and engage in a long conversation. The carbon monoxide fumes from the car engine would have soon knocked them out and killed them.
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Wrist pads visible on Ginger when Nicky throws her out of the restaurant.
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Obvious dummy in the car immediately before the explosion.
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Just before Ace's car explodes, his narration says the dynamite was placed under the passenger's seat. Yet when the explosion occurs, it is the engine compartment that blows up first.
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When Anna Scott is shot, Nicky Santoro tilts her head and the blood begins to dribble out of her mouth. Actor Joe Pesci places his hand near actress Ffolliott Le Coque's throat immediately after this is done, and Le Coque visibly swallows twice, even though her character is supposed to have just been killed.
During kitchen scene in Leaning Tower restaurant near end of film, frosty breaths of Nicky and another character are clearly visible, indicating scene was shot on unheated location set - functioning restaurant kitchens are always hot.
When Nicky goes into Anna Scott's kitchen to murder her, he puts the left side of her head into a headlock and fires the gun into the right side several times. Unless all the bullets lodged in her head, which is highly unlikely at such close range, they should have exited her left-side head and penetrated his left arm or the window curtains on his left, but there is no sign of bullets exiting.
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When Ginger drives into Sam's car to smash into the passenger side, after only having smashed the rear, a piece of the car's side trim can be seen hanging way from the body before she strikes it.
At 2:32:43 in the movie Sharon Stone had palm guards on her hands to protect them from when she is thrown down on the concrete by Joe Pesci. Her right hand is momentarily visible to see the palm guard.
When the card cheater gets his hand smashed with a hammer, at first he doesn't flinch or move his hand in any way and his fingers are widely spread. The camera changes angles and now his fingers are spaced closely together and he's wiggling them. From this angle, the security guard delivers one more hammer blow but it is actually off to the side. For the first cut, they must be hitting a prosthetic hand with spread fingers since it never moves. For the second, they then bring the actor's actual hand in but keep his fingers tight to avoid accidentally hitting them.
Sam tells security to remove the cowboy and open the door with his head. As the guards are removing the cowboy, one of them slams the exit door open using his shoulder to make it sound like it is the sound of the cowboy's head hitting the door, but it is obvious the cowboy's head never even touches it.
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When Nicky shoots Anna Scott he is cradling her head with one arm and shooting with the other hand. The bullets would go through and enter his forearm.
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In the opening scene, Ace leaves the restaurant in broad daylight. After the explosion in the car, as the police and paramedics attend to Ace (presumably within 5 - 20 minutes), it is nighttime.
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Near the end of the movie, Ace is shown getting into his car and the driver side window is down which can be clearly seen as he closes the driver side door. The next time this shot is shown, (presumably the same shot, as he is narrating about the steel plate under the driver's seat) the driver side window is shown rolled up as the door closes.
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The positions of Nicky and Dominick when they are both in the grave.
Before Nicky and Dominick are shot, they have their hands tied behind their backs. When Dominick is shot, his hands suddenly appear in front of him. However, when he falls backward into the grave, his hands are again tied behind his back.
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When Frankie begins to beat Dominick with a baseball bat, the rest of the gang joins in by kicking him. At this point, they are clearly not armed with baseball bats. In the very next shot, they are suddenly wielding baseball bats and are mid-swing in beating Dominick.
When Nicky's gang hits Dominick at the ambush, Nicky is untouched and yet when they strip Dominick's clothes, Nicky can be seen with blood all over his face. However, Nicky was hit in a deleted scene (some versions of the film retain the scene).
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The amount of blood on Nicky's chest changes between shots when he is thrown into the hole.
When the two brothers are shot above their just-dug graves, the one on the right has a rigging attached to the back of his head that squirts out blood.
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When Frank Marino is clobbering Nicky with the bat during the cornfield scene, it is very obvious this is a rubber bat and not aluminum as you can see it swaying during the back-swings.