They Live

They Live (1988)

16 mistakes

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Revealing mistake: After Holly tells Nada she works at Cable 54, he springs to his feet, and she cracks a glass over his head which then mysteriously sends him crashing out her bay window, to the bank below, presuming that the windows in the pricey home she resides are constructed of cotton candy glass, which I seriously doubt.

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Revealing mistake: During the big fight scene, you can tell easily that Frank is wearing knee pads (try looking when his pant leg is wet). Construction workers will often wear knee pads for work but most often they wear them on the outside of the pants to save the knees of their pants. (00:58:50)


Visible crew/equipment: When Nada is escaping with Holly, you can see the reflection of the film crew on the car. (00:44:15)

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: In the big fight scene, Roddy Piper and Keith David are wrestling and struggling about and land so the black guy's pants are getting soaking wet. In the very next shot as the fight continues, his pants are dry. (00:58:55)


Continuity mistake: During the big fight scene, Roddy Piper smashes the back window of a car with a piece of wood. In the very next shot, Keith David rushes Piper and continues to fight with him. Right before the shot ends, you can see the same car in the background, smashed window and all, now at least two cars over from where they are fighting. (00:59:30)


Continuity mistake: When Nada reads the magazine at the book stand, he removes the glasses, you can see that there's a graphic on the right page but when he put them back on in the following shot, the page is different. (00:34:20)

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When Roddy Piper first puts on the sunglasses, he stops at a newsstand, where he sees his first alien. Watch as the alien guy pays for the magazine he's buying. The vendor gives him change twice, and even says different things to him each time he hands him the change: 1. "Here's your change sir." 2. "Here you are sir. Thank you." (00:34:55)


Continuity mistake: After Roddy Piper's character spends the night at the homeless camp, he walks towards the church wearing a toolbelt. He stops and watches the Street Preacher recite what is airing on television. As the shot switches back from the Preacher to Piper, his tool belt has vanished.

Continuity mistake: Rowdy Roddy Piper is in Holly's car trying to escape from the aliens after he attacks the bank, he is ducking down by the passenger's side front door lock. In one shot the door lock is up. In the next it is down. Then up, then down... (00:44:40)

Continuity mistake: During the big fight scene between Piper and the black dude, they begin to grapple and roll over. Piper's belt becomes buckled and unbuckled between various shots. (00:58:35)

Continuity mistake: When Nada and Frank are trying to get to the roof of the television building, at some point they shoot at two guards and a worker runs away. In the following shot, that same worker is closer to them. (01:26:25)

Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When Frank and Nada first start fighting in the alley, Frank throws his knapsack in the middle of the alley. During the fight it is moved next to a dumpster (as well as the cardboard box of sunglasses).

Audio problem: When Nada first sees the police helicopter, the only sound is a very muted whooshing of the blades. Any other time, the noises are normal.

Movie Nut

Visible crew/equipment: After Nada opens the box and looks at the shades, if you look carefully, you can see the filming equipment reflected in the lenses.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: After leaving Frank at the construction site, Nada finds the box of shades in a garbage truck. However, there's only a few pairs, compared to when he hid the box, and it was full.

Movie Nut

Continuity mistake: When Nada shoots the cops the pistol is a nickel plated .357. When he's in Holly's car the .357 is black.

Nada: Brother, life's a bitch...and she's back in heat.

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Trivia: Roddy Piper and Keith David decided to fight for real, only faking the punches to the face.

Grumpy Scot
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Question: Why did all the police officers destroy the shantytown? And why did they beat the blind priest to death?

Answer: As part of the alien takeover, they're suppressing any resistance and discussion of the plot. They know there's a group, led by the preacher, who are onto the conspiracy and that they're somewhere in the camp. They destroy the camp to disburse them and prevent word from getting out.

Jason Hoffman
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