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When Don Corleone is talking to the pastry shop owner during the wedding scene, the man is holding a small shot glass. As he is getting up to grab Don Corleone's hands, the glass is still in his hand but in the next shot it is gone.
Fredo removes his sunglasses twice during Michael's meeting with Moe Green.
When the Godfather is talking to Johnny Fontaine in his office, Sonny Corleone is also present. Then, the scene cuts to the entrance of the wedding cake outside. Sonny can be seen with the white flower in his lapel standing by the cake. Then, the scene goes back to the office where Sonny is still present with the Godfather.
The use of the title 'Don' is incorrect as the proper use of this term of respect is always attached to the individual's first name, not surname. Marlon Brando's character should have been addressed as Don Vito, not Don Corleone. Same rule would apply to the other 'Dons'... Barzini, Fanucci, etc.
The typefaces shown in the headlines of the various New York City newspapers depicted are almost all incorrect for the newspapers shown.
When seen in uniform at the wedding, Michael's shirt collars are missing his captain's bars. Marine Corps officers wear their rank insignia on their shirt collar points as well as on the epaulets of their coats.
Incorrectly regarded as goofs
The punch to Michael's face broke his cheek bone which gave him a permanent black eye (and caused his sinuses to continually run - hence the use of a handkerchief all the time) until he got back to America and had surgery to fix it (Freddie says, "that doctor did a good job.")
The car Michael and Apollonia drive is a right-hand drive, whereas Italy drives on the right and you would expect vehicles to be left-hand drive. However Italian car manufacturers Alfa-Romeo and Lancia continued to produce cars with right hand drive for sale in Italy until the 1950s.
The exterior set-up shot for the summit meeting of all families is of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. While this seems like an unlikely place for a "family" meeting, it's an indication of how high their influence reaches.
During the sequences filmed in Sicily, Michael's broken-jaw make-up does not match the make-up used during the sequences filmed in New York. This is because Paramount Pictures would not pay the costs of sending makeup artist Dick Smith to Italy with the rest of the crew.
Outside the hospital, as Capt. Mark McCluskey prepares to punch Michael Corleone, as the shot changes showing McCluskey (Sterling Hayden) punching Michael, it is clearly not Sterling Hayden throwing the punch as evidenced by the longer, brown hair of the man doing the punching (vs. Hayden's short, grey hair).
Watch closely during the fight between Sonny and Carlo and you can see Carlo slightly jumping as Sonny throws him over the little fence.
When Sonny beats up Carlo, James Caan can be clearly seen in profile faking a punch so badly that he misses Gianni Russo by a foot and a half, with his fist passing within eight inches of his own chest.
When Michael is at his father's funeral he says he will meet with the heads of the 5 families. But since he is the head of one of the families he should have said he would meet with the other 4 heads of the families. Moe Greene was not a family head.
Kay's hair style when she and Mike are having dinner just before he goes to the hospital to see his father is more suitable to the 1970s or later not the 1940s.
When Michael is arriving in Las Vegas, supposedly set in the very early 1950s, when he, Fredo, Tom and others are getting out of the car in the hotel driveway, two long-haired, bearded "hippie types" from the early '70s can be seen through the window in the lobby. (In the DVD commentary, Francis Ford Coppola admits that he is embarrassed by this oversight, but that the shot was done on the cheap by the second unit.)
When Michael finds his father without protection in the hospital, he picks up the phone by the bed to alert the family. The receiver has a curly cord which wasn't available until the mid- to late-1950s.
50 star U.S. flag in 1947 (on the building where the "peace conference" is held).
During Sonny and Carlo's fight, one of Sonny's "movie" punches is shot from the wrong angle and clearly misses, but still produces the sound of an impact.
When Moe Greene says his line "I talked to Barzini", it's obviously dubbed in.
When Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo releases the abducted Tom Hagen, he says to him "... and bad luck for you if you don't make that deal!". His lip-movements, however, show that he only says "... and bad luck for you!"
Crew or equipment visible
After shooting Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo and Capt. Mark McCluskey, Michael Corleone walks into the camera.
When Carlo kicks the bathroom door trying to beat Connie, the camera is visible for a few frames through the mirror on the door.
Errors in geography
When Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo takes Michael Corleone to the restaurant for their conference, his car drives onto a bridge, where Michael sees a sign reading "To New Jersey", and he asks, "We're going to Jersey?", just before the car U-turns in mid-span. In fact, the only bridge between Manhattan (where they picked Michael up) and New Jersey is the George Washington Bridge, and the bridge on which the car is shown is definitely not the GWB. (It may be the Williamsburg or 59th Street bridge.)
Lou would have shot Michael when he left the restaurant on his own.
The Corleones discover where the meeting will take place from an informer at the police station. However, Virgil 'The Turk' Sollozzo would surely have known that the police captain had to remain on call 24 hours a day, and in any case, Capt. Mark McCluskey would have given a false location.
How Salvatore 'Sal' Tessio knew that the Sicilian message meant that Luca Brasi was dead, and not someone else. The bulletproof vest could be anyone's.
Boom mic visible
During the scene of the meeting between Moe Green and Michael, The boom mic can be seen clearly, as Moe sits down for the first time. A shadow also reflects a hurried movement behind the camera.
When Tom Hagen is trying to convince Sonny not to go to war after Vito Corleone was almost murdered, he states that the Corleone family will be outcasts and all the five families will go after the Corleone family. However, the Corleone family is one of the five families, so he should have said that the other four families will go after the Corleone family.
When an old man sings "A Luna Mezzo 'O Mare" during the wedding celebration, his dentures can be seen coming loose. He re-sets his teeth without missing a note.
(at around 2h 30 mins) At the Don's funeral one of the participants makes the sign of the cross incorrectly. He does Top, Right, Bottom, Left. It's Top, Bottom, Left, Right.