Continuity mistake: Near the beginning of the film when we see Max pull up to the first hit location and Vincent is talking to him in the back; watch closely and in one shot we see that Vincent has his hands below (probably on his knees), but in the following shot we can see his left arm is now up and grabbing onto the glass that separates the driver from the passenger inside a taxi. (00:16:25)


Continuity mistake: When Max and Annie are walking away from the train, in a shot from behind Max has his right hand on Annie's back, but in the following shot from the front Max's right arm is all the way around Annie fixing her jacket. (01:47:35)


Continuity mistake: When Vincent is shot in the face, the bullet left a long gash below his cheek across his jaw line. A couple of scenes later, when he's in the train the gash is gone. All we see is make up which is supposed to be blood.

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Continuity mistake: When Vincent faces Annie for the first time in her office, her face and forehead are all sweaty and her hair is a mess and all over her face. In the following scene where Max and Annie are in the elevator, Annie's hair is back to normal and is very well combed. Also, her face is not sweaty anymore.

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Max and Annie get off the train after Vincent dies, it is pitch black. After the train moves away, and Max and Annie walk down the street, dawn has broken.

Continuity mistake: When Foxx and Cruise are in the lift with the cop in the hospital, the door to the lift closes all the way to the right. When they get out, the door closes in such a way that two doors meet in the middle.


Continuity mistake: At the third contract killing, where Max and Vincent are sitting at a table in the jazz club with Daniel (the owner), watch the glass and receipt on the table, in one shot both the glass and receipt are on Daniel's side, then in the following shot both the glass and receipt have moved across the table somewhat to Vincent's side. (00:39:45)


Continuity mistake: When Max and Vincent are in Max's mother's hospital room, Max is at the window and in some shots the window lever is in the open position and sometimes in the closed position. (00:48:40)


Continuity mistake: When Vincent is in Annie's office and looks over the desk, her cellphone is on a file which is also under the office telephone, but in the following shot her cellphone is now on the desk. (01:34:25)


Continuity mistake: As the feds and Max and Vincent arrive at the club, there is a shot from the feds car of the taxi pulling into the side street where the club is, the shot goes back to in front of the cab, and they are just turning in, even though in the previous shot they should already be in the street. (01:14:50)


Continuity mistake: In the club Fever, one of the Korean bodyguards gets up off the ground and runs to restrain Vincent. As he gets up, the people around him are dancing when they're supposed to be running around panicking. When Vincent shoots the bodyguard holding the MAC-10, another bodyguard in a white suit is visible in the background already trying to pull Peter Lim out of the booth. The bodyguard does not run to Peter Lim until a few seconds later in the scene.

Continuity mistake: In the club Fever scene, the detective (Fanning) sees Max and runs to him. In one shot, he has his gun in the air in his right hand. In the following shot, it has vanished. (01:20:25)


Continuity mistake: When the feds are on the way to the club to protect their witness, the lead agent has his walkie talkie by the side of his head. When the shot goes to outside the cab, he's putting the walkie talkie to the side of his head again. (01:11:45)


Continuity mistake: When Max and Vincent pull up to the second contract killing, Vincent gets out of the back of the cab holding two seals in his right hand, but in the following shot the seals are in his left hand. (00:29:10)


Continuity mistake: At the very beginning, just after Max puts the photograph on the visa, the shot cuts to Max's boss holding a Coke with his right hand and the other hand is down by his side, but in the following shot he has his hands crossed in front of him. (00:02:35)


Continuity mistake: In this scene when Max and Vincent are talking about Max's limo service, if you look out of the side window, the scenery changes 3 times in the course of about 3 seconds. (00:55:40)


Continuity mistake: After Max and Vincent leave the first hit, while they're talking about why Max cares about the death of "some fat Angeleno," their cab is being followed in rapidly successive shots by a silver car, then a black SUV, then the silver car again, then the police cruiser.


Continuity mistake: When leaving the club Fever (I think) the taxi driver is so shaken he drives off and hits two cars parked to the left, leaving them badly damaged. Later, just before he flips the taxi, you can see that both sides are unmarked, which seems unlikely.

Audio problem: Just as the two criminals who robbed Max are walking away, Vincent asks them if that is his briefcase. The guy with the long hair replies, "Yeah it is. Why you want it back?" but his mouth doesn't match what he is saying. It appears he is saying something closer to, "Put up your f**king hands." (00:35:15)

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Vincent: Max, I do this for a living.

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Trivia: The film was almost entirely shot in high definition. Director Michael Mann states he did this to capture the night scenes more vividly.

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Suggested correction: The number of movies shot in less-than-HD could be counted on one hand.

I believe it refers to the fact that Collateral is considered to be the first major movie to use a digital camera, not the traditional film support.

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Question: In the beginning of the movie, just prior to Vince's introduction to Max, what was Vincent doing in Annie's office building? He actually passes Annie (his 5th target) on the up/down escalators. Why not just kill her first?

Answer: He was likely scoping out the building and determining where specifically Annie worked. He couldn't just kill her in public with people around. He had a systematic plan on how and when each victim would be killed.

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Answer: Plus it sets up the 5th victim surprise.

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