As Hooker flees Snyder under the El, a modern car and box truck can be seen in the distance ahead.
When the briefcase containing $100 bills is opened in extreme close-up, the bills have "modern, small-size" green Federal Reserve seals that are wrong for the '30s. In that era the green seals would be much larger, and a very light green in color.
The 43rd Street 'L' platform shows "A" and "B" stops, not introduced until WWII, and employs the Helvetica typeface, designed in 1957.
The phone on Polk's desk is appropriate for the time, but it rings like a phone from the 1960s or later.
There is a billboard for Ezra Brooks Liquor. Ezra Brooks was not born until 1958.
In most every scene in the diner, ketchup bottles can be seen with "lug" type caps that were not invented until the late 1960s.
The deck of cards Henry uses when showing Johnny his shuffling ability were the 1970s-style Bicycle brand cards that would not have been available in the 1930s.
1950's era aluminum tube storefront windows are visible when Snyder chases Hooker towards the 'L' station after catching him in the phone booth.
There's a double yellow line in the street outside the merry-go-round, just after Hooker arrives in Chicago.
The scene transition shown when the card games on the train take place shows a Pennsylvania Railroad Q1 Class streamlined locomotive. The movie action is supposed to take place in 1936. The Q1 class locomotives weren't introduced until 1943.
In the bathroom scene Hooker can be seen saying "He didn't tell me you was a fuck-up either". This has been looped to replace it with the less profane "He didn't tell me you was a screw-up either". (The grammar error is scripted).
In the scene where the banker is ordering props for the betting parlor, the prop salesman's sentence "If you want a counter and bar..." is obviously dubbed over. His mouth is completely off.
During "the sting", Swift is supposedly calling Lonnegan like he always has, from the Western Union office. We see earlier in the film that the office is across town. After the call is placed and Lonnegan goes to place his bet, we see Swift walk in and sit down next to him, yet Lonnegan doesn't pick up on the fact that Swift is in the betting parlor less then 5 minutes after getting a call from him from clear across town.
The conductor announces the poker game to be Straight Poker, but what they actually play is Draw Poker. Straight Poker has no draws.
Hooker tells Lonnegan he's from the East Side of New York. Yet he doesn't even have the slightest trace of an accent.
Hooker says he will pay Lonnegan back after the race out of his own pocket. When Lonnegan takes the money that is owed to him after the race Hooker is acting upset.
After Synder smashes his gun through the phone booth and hits Hooker on the side of the face, Hooker's hat falls off to the right and Hooker traps the hat between his head and the inside wall of the booth. In the next shot, Hooker is wearing his hat as if it never fell off.
When Lonnegan goes into the drug store, the "penny scale" to the right of the door shifts to the opposite side when Lonnegan leaves to place his wager.
In the brothel, Snyder starts moving twice after he refuses the drink.
When Gondorff is sobered up, his hair, position and the state of his soaked pants change between shots.
During the scene in the alley where Hooker, Luther and Erie Kid are playing a con on Mottola, Hooker is "fighting" with Erie Kid while Mottola watches. Mottola's hat falls off his head to the ground, but in the next shot, his hat is back on his head.
The person that manipulates the cards on the train has noticeably longer nails than Henry. (See Trivia)
Kid Twist tells Boudreau that Gondorff is setting up a wire on the North side. Later in the film, Agent Polk tells Lt. Snyder that, "We got a tip that Gondorff is gonna run a con on the south side here."
When Lonnegan receives the first call, the outside shots of the drugstore show radically different sunlight. Hours have passed instead of just one minute in the narrative.
When Snyder chases Hooker at the 'El' station, the weather changes from bright sunny to overcast in an instant when they reach the platform.
During the poker game, the jacket on top of the seat behind Floyd changes between close-ups and long shots.
In the alley where Hooker, Luther and Erie Kid are playing a con on Mottola, and Hooker is "fighting" with Erie Kid while Mottola watches, Hooker grabs a wooden crate from a pile of garbage to fight off the Erie Kid. In the next shot, the box has changed significantly from a low, long dark box, to a white, shorter and steeper box.
When Lonnegan raises $10,000 in the poker game, he places his chips next to a stack of white ones. When Henry calls and places his chips next to Lonnegan's, the white chips are gone.
In the warehouse, Agent Polk leans forward twice to talk to Johnny.
Radically changing shadows throughout the scene where Hooker and Coleman fools the courier.
When Hooker moves from his booth to join Doyle in an adjacent booth in the café, he leaves his hat at the far end of the bench seat, by the wall. After they end their conversation and Hooker is leaving, he picks up his hat, which is now at the near end of the seat, by the aisle.
When Johnny meets a passed-out Henry for the first time in Henry's apartment, Johnny is wearing a maroon pinstripe suit with a gray three-button collarless undershirt instead of a dress shirt. He also has a three-day stubble. The very next scene,they are both in the bathroom as Henry sobers up in the shower. This time, Johnny has on the same pants, but his coat is off an he's wearing a blue wide-collared dress shirt and is clean shaven.
When getting shot, Salino's right hand changes from being at the side in the long shot and reaching for the gun in the close-up.
When the train arrives in Chicago, the streets are very wet, as after a heavy rain. But after only a few minutes drive in the car, Hooker gets out onto a perfectly dry street.
After Billie pickpockets Lonegan's wallet on the train, she puts it on the seat next to Hooker. He takes the wallet in his right hand and puts it in his inside left coat pocket. Moments later in Gondorff's cabin he removes the wallet from his right inside coat pocket with his left hand.
Just before hooker meets Billie, the camera crew is reflected in a passing vehicle.
During the draw poker hand that Gondorff wins with three 10s, there are two rules violations. After they draw cards and Lonnegan bets $500, Gondorff says "call and raise". This is not allowed; since the first word Gondorff said was "call", he would only be allowed to match the $500 bet, especially in a high stakes game (unless he was playing with extremely lenient poker players). Furthermore, he would not be allowed to raise a mere $300, or any amount less than $500; all raise amounts must at least match the amount of the prior bet.
The poker scene takes place aboard the 20th Century Limited, a luxury train that ran between New York and Chicago from 1902 to 1967. Arrival times in Chicago varied over the years, but they usually were between about 7 and 9 a.m. The train would not be arriving in Chicago in what appears to be the middle of the night, as happens in "The Sting."
Hooker tells Lonnegan that the address of the Western Union office is 110 South Wabash, but the number on the building is clearly 118.
Even though Clemens calls the poker game as "table stakes" Lonnegan goes to the bank for more money in the final hand. Clemens is not one to challenge a man such as Lonnegan over a breach of etiquette though.
In the poker game, no one buys any chips. "This is a gentleman's game, we assume you are all good for your debts." But later, the conductor has a great deal of cash, to pay people off who say: "Cash me in." This is when the last player besides Gondorff and Lonnegan is cashing out, and he claims to have broken even, implying the other Gentleman had lost, and their chips were on the table. The remaining cash the conductor has is the lost money from those other players for the excess remaining chips on the table besides those for Gondorff and Lonnegan's personal piles.
Lonegan's last bet, $500,000.00 takes up every available inch in his briefcase- if Lonegan had won the bet (4 to 1 odds), he would have needed an additional three briefcases (which he didn't bring- nor did his bodyguards) to haul away his winnings.
When Hooker wakes up in Loretta's apartment, the scar on Redford's temple is peeling off.
When Doyle points out the fellow in the red sweater to Floyd, there are two shadows on the ground behind him.
Regarding the money that Hooker and Luther switch away from Motola. When Hooker goes to open the envelope in the alley, it is not sealed. It was sealed by Granger in the office before being given to Motola.
When Hooker is chased into the ally by Cole he escapes by hiding in a man-hole. However, it would take much longer to remove the heavy cast iron lid, step into it down the ladder and close the lid above him than the 10 seconds or so that Hooker is ahead of Cole.
During the poker game, which is being played on a moving train, the liquid in the glasses on the table remains completely still. The booze would be sloshing around slightly if the game was inside a moving train.
When Cole chases Hooker into the dead-end alley and is subsequently killed by Salino, the trigger for the squib can be seen in the actor's left hand. You can also see how he uses his thumb to operate it.
In the scene where Salino is killed, as the gloved man runs toward Hooker, someone appears on a rooftop in the background and witnesses the murder scene.
When Salino is killed, the weapon in her hand is a revolver with a silencer. Since the cylinder of a revolver does not seal against the frame of the gun, a large amount of gas escapes and render the silencer mostly useless. Anyone looking to minimize noise would not use a revolver.
In the scene where Salino is killed, it is very noticeable that the bloody "bullet hole" which appears on her forehead is actually paint being squirted by someone standing beside her.