The Departed

Factual error: In one of the opening scenes, when Queenan and Dignam are first interviewing Billy Costigan and Colin individually, Dignam refers to himself as a "staff sergeant." However, the Massachusetts State Police has not had staff sergeants since 1992.

Factual error: In the 'She fell funny' scene, where Costello shoots the young couple, the aircraft that flies by is a 747-400, which first flew in 1988. The scene is set in 1986.

Factual error: When Costigan is riding the "T" (Boston subway), he is talking to Queenan on a cell phone. However, they are on the "Red" line, which is obvious because of the red walls in the tunnel. Cell phones don't work on the Red line because it is underground and there are no cell phone routers in those tunnels.

Factual error: When Queenan and Costigan are riding the Red Line, Queenan gets on at Park Street station. Costigan tells him, "Get off at the next stop, South Station." South Station is two stops away; the next stop after Park Street is Downtown Crossing. However, Queenan does get off at the next stop, and it is magically South Station.

Factual error: When Costello throws the cocaine powder and says "Want some coke? Don't stop till you're numb" the pupils in his eyes are constricted. Cocaine, being a stimulant, dilates your pupils. Constricted pupils occurs with opiates - narcotic analgesic.

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Suggested correction: It isn't Costello taking the coke. He throws it on the ladies.

Factual error: When the MSP close in on Costello in Sheffield, they come in silently but still have their parking lights on. Pretty useless if you're "sneaking up" to a drug bust. Secondly, patrol officers don't have automatic weapons, as shown in the shootout.

Factual error: When Costigan takes the Dr. Smith-prescribed Oxycontin tablets, the tablets are incorrectly shown as large, white oblong pills with the prescription bottle just labeled 'Oxycontin'. In reality oxycontin tablets are small, round, various colored pills (dependent on mg dose) with the dosage number (in mg) imprinted on one side of the tablet as 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 60, 80, and 160 (I believe 160 mg tabs are discontinued) and the opposite side imprinted as OC or OP. Also, the dose (in mg) would have been printed on the front bottle label.

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Suggested correction: She doesn't give him oxytocin. She gives him antidepressants. Also, medication is not uniform, different companies make medicine in different forms.

Other mistake: When Costigan drags a handcuffed Sullivan into the elevator, Costigan slams Sullivan against the wall and his left arm is visible and not in handcuffs. (02:13:05)

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Surveillance Guy: Who the fuck are you?
Dignam: I'm the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.

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Trivia: This was Martin Scorsese's first film to win Best Picture. And his first Oscar for best Director. Martin also said that this was the first movie he ever made with a plot.

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Question: There was one thing I wasn't really sure on, and I don't even know if there is a definitive answer. Did Mark Wahlberg kill Matt Damon because he figured out that Matt Damon's charecter was working with Frank and he had killed all those cops, or did he just kill him for revenge over the way Matt Damon treated Wahlberg when he took over his job?

Answer: The assumption is that Wahlberg learned of Damon's betrayal from the envelope given to Vera Farmiga, Damon's therapist girlfriend. It could also have been for revenge, but Wahlberg did know that Damon was the rat when he killed him.

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Answer: I would argue that Dignam (Whalberg) kills Colin (Damon) out of loyalty to Queenan (Sheen) and Billy (DiCaprio). Although we are shown that Dignam has a general dislike for Billy (in the way that he speaks to him), he is a loyal person who believes in honourable justice. Colin was a rat that not only deceived the very institution that Dignam believes in, but his deception also cost the lives of his dear colleague Queenan and Billy, both of whom were unjustly murdered. Despite Dignam's general apathy or arguable dislike for Billy, he understands that he deserved better (since he knows that he was a good man). Killing Colin ensures that restitutions are paid to all those who were affected by his deceit and illegal affairs.

Dignam didn't dislike Billy, he was just rude to everyone. There are hints throughout the film that Dignam liked Billy including the interview scene where they first meet where Dignam drops his facade to say "We need you pal" softly in an attempt to get Billy to go alone with the undercover plan.

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