The Departed
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Suggested correction: It's unsettling, but sometimes a lethal head wound leaves the base of the brain that controls autonomic functions like heart beat and breathing intact. These victims may wheeze, bleed profusely, or even convulse vigorously for several minutes before expiring.

Character mistake: When Ellerby tells Sullivan "Some people don't trust a guy with an immaculate record. I do. I have an immaculate record." Really? An immaculate record even after you punch they guy's lights out for not installing the cameras right? He's a captain, had a long career, if he punches a guy for that, certainly he's had other complaints before too.

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Suggested correction: This is too presumptuous to be a valid mistake. We know practically nothing of his history, so it can't be definitively said he's had complaints about him before. The assault he committed over the failed sting could very well be his first infraction, and if it is still being investigated, it won't appear on his record yet.

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It's also possible that people simply don't complain about outbursts like that in an environment with inter agency cooperation and high tensions.

Continuity mistake: At the very last shot of the movie, taken from inside Sullivan's apartment, the Massachusetts State House appears to be quite closer than in other shots from the apartment - e.g. when Sullivan first rents it.

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Suggested correction: This isn't a mistake. It is a framing scene using angled lenses to make the dome loom larger in the shot for poignancy. The whole point is to show both the close Rat and the far off dome in shot together in focus. Saying it is a mistake is not a fair judgement of the scene as it's not like they could have moved either of the buildings.

Continuity mistake: When Frank asks for "numbers", Madolyn is moving into the apartment. In the next scene, when Costigan and Madolyn "get together" she is shown as moving out, but it seems that Costigan was giving his numbers then leaving the hideout to go get with Madolyn.

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Suggested correction: I don't understand why this is a mistake. People often take multiple trips when moving. Especially as she says she is keeping stuff at her old apartment due to having three weeks left on the lease. Also, if Costigan is leaving to meet up with her, why is this a mistake. She is his only friend, what is wrong with him wanting to meet with her?

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.

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.

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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Ellerby: I'm gonna go have a smoke right now. You want a smoke? You don't smoke, do ya, right? What are ya, one of those fitness freaks, huh? Go fuck yourself.

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Trivia: The title track to the movie, which plays at the menu and twice in the movie, is "I'm Shipping Up to Boston", a hit song by the Dropkick Murphys. The Dropkicks are a Boston-based Irish band, fitting for a movie about Irish mobsters in Boston. The song is also the entrance music for Red Sox closer Jonathon Papelbon.

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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.


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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