The Usual Suspects
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Continuity mistake: Right before they rob the police car, a Boeing 747 (four engines) is seen in shots of the plane coming into land. When the plane is shown from behind, it is a Boeing 767, with only two engines and fewer main landing gears. (00:30:10)

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Suggested correction: It's for effect to show they were hanging out around the airport for more than a bit.

There's no evidence this was meant to be a montage scene of various planes. The cuts they did have in the first angle were of the same plane getting closer to build suspense. Same for the other angle. Plus, there's no scenes or shots of "them" waiting.

Bishop73
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Continuity mistake: In the climactic boat scene when Kevin Pollack runs back from the boat to the van full of money he shoots the man standing by the back of the van. Pollack is then shot in the back as he looks at the money in the back of the van. When Kevin Spacey returns to the van later in the boat scene, we see Pollack's dead body lying on the ground behind the van, however the dead body of the man who Pollack killed has disappeared. (01:17:50 - 01:25:35)

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Continuity mistake: When McManus and Keaton are jabbering back and forth with each other in the jail cell in the beginning, the collar of Keaton's shirt changes back and forth from being tucked into his jacket and being outside of the jacket.

Michael Westpy
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Continuity mistake: In the scene after Keaton is released from prison, after the line up scene, he stands outside with his girlfriend and lights a cigarette which swaps from being lit to not being lit, and then it disappears entirely. (00:25:05)

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Continuity mistake: When Kobayashi first meets the Suspects, Fenster is laying on a sofa with his feet up on one of the armrests. Kobayashi says, "Mr. Fenster I recognize from his mug shots," and Fenster swings his feet down and sits upright. Thirty seconds later, Kobayashi says, "I work for Keyser Soze," and then Fenster swings his feet down from the armrest and sits up for a second time. (00:50:50)

Phil C.
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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie, when Jack Baer is in the pier looking at the wreckage his cigar keeps changing size between shots. (00:16:25)

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Continuity mistake: Early on in the movie at the start of the interrogation between the cop and Verbal Kint, Kint asks for some coffee. A bit later on we see the contents of Kint's cup empty, then the camera switches back to the cop then back to Kint, showing that he has a full cup of coffee. (00:24:45)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Stephen Baldwin shoots the two men in the elevator, the two blood stains on the wall get noticeably wider (particularly the one on the right) when they get off the elevator.

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Continuity mistake: When the suspects are put into a jail cell together after their interrogation, Keaton walks into the cell. He is wearing his suit jacket in the shot where he walks through the cell door, but in the next shot, where he walks to a bench to sit down, his jacket is now slung over his shoulders.

Continuity mistake: During the line-up Keaton is holding his jacket folded over his left arm and covering his face with his right hand. When the turn comes to Fenster, from one shot to the next Keaton's jacket is folded over his right arm, and his right hand is covering his face. (00:08:35)

NancyFelix

Continuity mistake: At the end of the first meeting with Redfoot we see Hockney taking a seat on the steps of the Chinese temple. In the next wide shot he is standing again. (00:44:00)

NancyFelix
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Continuity mistake: When the cop car's being hijacked, a sledgehammer's slammed down right in the centre of the windscreen. A second later, a shot from inside the car shows the impact point as down in the bottom left corner. (00:31:40)

Jon Sandys Premium member

Continuity mistake: At the end, when Kevin Spacey is leaving the police headquarters and that cop is sitting on his desk and is looking at the wall.he sees....something [don't want to give it away], he drops his cup and it breaks, but it breaks in different pieces each frame. (01:35:20)

Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Agent Kujan realizes who Soze is, he drops his coffee cup and it breaks in slo-mo. If you look closely, you can see that the bottom of the cup does not have the red writing on it. (I will not give away what the red writing is, as it may be a spoiler).

dbfilms
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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Dean Keaton is outside the police station talking to Edie Finneran, the cigarette that he's smoking is in his mouth, then the shot changes and it's magically sprung from his mouth into his hand. (00:25:15)

alargemango

Continuity mistake: When the suspects are in the garage after Saul, Saul drops a gun and Keaton kicks it over to McManus. However in the next shot McManus picks up a different type of gun.

Continuity mistake: When we first see the Hungarian guy lying in the hospital he is burned over most of his face, however his eyebrow is still there. In a later scene, his eyebrow is gone but his eyelashes are still there.

Continuity mistake: When McManus and Keaton are clearing out the boat, the time of day outside (as shown by the daylight) changes from shot to shot. It should be dark during the entire scene.

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Factual error: A person with 60% burns on his body would not be wearing pyjamas, as the Hungarian guy does. (00:19:45)

NancyFelix
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Verbal Kint: The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.

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Trivia: The way none of the characters can keep a straight face when reading out the card in the line up was not scripted, but resulted because the cast had had a rather good lunch prior to filming, which included some wine, and were unable to get through what was scripted as a serious scene with straight faces, because of the nature of the scene - supposedly very serious, but they were being asked to utter this rather absurd (and obscene) phrase. Benicio Del Toro also frequently broke wind during the scene, hardly helping the serious tone.

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Question: It is clear from the last scene that Kobayashi was not a made up character just his name, but what would have happened if McManus had killed him in the building? Surely that was not part of the plan. Also, was it Verbal at the start that killed Keaton? I saw the killer had a gold lighter, which may or may not be connected to the items Verbal later picked up upon leaving the police station. And if it was Verbal, then why didn't Keaton look for an exclamation because wouldn't Verbal have fooled them also with his "act".Did Verbal kill the other usual suspects?

Eimear

Chosen answer: McManus could have killed "Kobayashi", it's true, but any plan has an element of risk. By bringing in Edie Finneran to consult on the case, they're making it clear to Keaton that any deviation from their wishes will result in her death, relying on his feelings for her to get him to force the others to toe the line. Kobayashi then forces the issue further by revealing what he knows about their families, making it clear that, if they kill him, their loved ones will suffer. While much of the truth behind the film is a little fluid, it does appear that Verbal was indeed Keaton's killer - when he finally sees his attacker's face, Keaton's look of disbelief followed by resigned acceptance would seem to indicate that he's finally figured out what's been happening, that he's been manipulated from the start, but the realisation is too late for him to do anything. As for the other three "suspects", it seems likely from what's shown in the film that Verbal killed Hockney and McManus personally. Who killed Fenster is somewhat less obvious; most likely he was slain by "Kobayashi", or agents working for him, after he tried to run.

Tailkinker Premium member

One little note: close inspection shows Kevin Spacey behind the gun that kills Keaton.

It not, it's Gabriel Byrne. Dean Keaton.

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