Corrected entry: When the twister hits the drive in theater, the sirens are wailing, but nobody reacts. Only when Jo screams at the waitresses they start panicking and run. The movie is set in Oklahoma, smack in the middle of tornado alley. The people there know what the sirens mean, they sure don't need no out-of-town big-shots to tell them to get under cover.

Doc Premium member

Correction: Sirens go off so many times that true Okies tend to ignore them. We might get nervous if the cable goes out.

Do true Okies also run screaming the second an out-of-town big-shot yells at them? Sorry but that argument just doesn't compute. People ignoring fair warning simply isn't a thing in the movie. The main plotline is people not getting warnings soon enough.

Doc Premium member

Corrected entry: At the end when the fuel truck blows up in front of them, they drive right through the flames and hit no debris of the truck. The truck would not just entirely disintegrate and be no debris to hit, especially the steel semi frame.

Brad Hruza

Correction: It's clear that Bill turns right to go around the end of the truck.

Corrected entry: At the end, Bill and Jo decide to strap themselves to a pipe with belts. Any kind of weather expert would know that this is probably the most unsafe thing to do as they would obviously be shredded to pieces by debris. Perhaps the safest thing to do in this case would be to lie flat down under the pipes, arm and legs spread out.

Correction: For a small to mid-sized tornado maybe. But this is a tornado that has picked up semi trucks and sent entire houses rolling. Their only chance at this point is to anchor themselves to the ground so they don't get picked up too.

Greg Dwyer

Corrected entry: If the base of the twister at the end of the movie is a mile wide, and while attached to the pipes they see the center of the tornado, and the wide view of the two of them hanging on to the pipes after the tornado passes show they are about twenty yards from the house, logic would follow that the house would be taken also, wouldn't it?

Correction: The tornado was in a dying phase by the time it reached the shed, and so it may have no longer been a mile wide at that point (tornadoes rarely stay the same width and the damage path can vary greatly). Plus over the credits you can see the damage path and that the tornado was missing the house by a reasonable margin.

Corrected entry: When they all go to Meg's to eat, the gravy is set down in front of Melissa and Dusty. Dusty picks up the bowl, tells her to she has to have it, and spoons gravy on to her potatoes - but you can see that she already has gravy on her potatoes.

Ben's Mom

Correction: When you see the shot of gravy going on her potatoes, Dusty had already scooped some on to her plate before that.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bill, Jo and Melissa are in the Dodge Ram, it shows a shot of the tornado in the lake. For a brief moment before the shot changes, you can see another tornado in the right side of the screen. Seconds later, we see the tornado split into two, and Bill finally mentions "We've got sisters." Isn't it amazing that the tornado on the right goes completely unnoticed? (00:41:35)

Correction: They keep glancing at the one on the right - it is noticed, they just focus on the ones closer to them.

Dakota Wells

Corrected entry: There was thunder being heard as the drive-in movie was playing. The owners may not have known that a tornado was coming, but they surely would have been made aware that there was going to be rain or otherwise bad weather and cancelled the movie. Drive-ins naturally are at the mercy of weather conditions.


Correction: The movement of the storms that day were unpredictable. The storm chaser crew on break next to the theatre had no idea of the impending storm either, and they had sophisticated weather equipment. As for cancelling because of rain, I have a distinct memory from my childhood watching a movie at a Drive-in while raining, we watched with the windows closed and the windscreen wipers on.

Corrected entry: In multiple scenes in the movie, you see objects flying through the air like the cow, yet the tornado itself is a good distance away (at least a half mile). This simply isn't possible, in fact, at that distance from a tornado you normally will either have calm air or strong DOWNDRAFTS, certainly not objects floating around. Only in the tornado itself will objects be flying in the air, and they basically will be lifted up, then dropped, as the tornado passes over.


Correction: It seems you're mistaking the funnel (or condensation) cloud for the tornado itself when really it's a *part* of the tornado. The areas around the condensation cloud (particularly in the inward flow boundary where wind goes from horizontal to vertical) are wracked with violent winds. In images of tornadoes that touch down, the inward flow boundary is often seen as a fountain of dust and debris shooting up in the air near where the funnel touches down. This is where the characters are situated during these scenes. They are not a half-mile away from the tornado... they are *in* the tornado, just not in the core of it.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the scene at the Drive-In movie, when they all get hit by the "F4," you will notice that almost their entire fleet, including the Ford Pickup, and the Ford station wagon, are totally trashed, yet a few scenes later, after they rescue Aunt Meg, on their way to dump the sensors into the remaining Dorothys, the entire fleet is present and accounted for. By the way, where was the Dodge Ram during that entire garage sequence?

Correction: Not quite. Only Beltzer's van, Dusty's Barn Burner and the other camper truck are present, seen most in the sunrise bridge clip. Even when they're stopping on a different bridge to load the Dorothys, there are only the three vehicles

Corrected entry: During the movie the actors use radios all the time. They talk to each other and others talk and everybody hears it over the radio like they are all plugged in to a single radio. If everybody talks at the same time over a radio channel from different transmitters all you would hear would be a lot of garbage from all the mixed signals. Jo and a few others wear radio headsets for 47 MHz radios and we can hear them over the CB radios in the vehicles on 27 MHz. If everyone is supposed to be able to hear each other over the radio, why does Jo always have to change the CB channel, wouldn't they all be on the same channel?

Correction: The one that they were listening to could have been on a "receive only" setting, I have seen these used by flight and sky diving instructors.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bill is loading the newly modified sensors (with the aluminum can "propellers" on them) into Dorothy, Dusty hands him the first box and when Bill dumps them, Dorothy appears to be full - some sensors even pile up and spill out. But subsequent boxes are dumped with no problem; Dorothy is not nearly as full.

Correction: You have to remember that there are 2 Dorothy's on the truck this time and when the first one over flowed, they filled the second one.

Corrected entry: When they are chasing the second tornado, Bill Paxton says something about the tornado being a sidewinder and brakes suddenly, allowing the "bad" corporate team to go past them. However, the six-car "bad" team takes almost thirty seconds to overtake them; indeed, you see the same cars pass Paxton's car two or three times.

Correction: You see the same vehicle pass several times because Jonah's team is a fleet (all identical vans).

Corrected entry: Isn't it oddly convenient that a side road was available whenever they needed one?

Correction: In flat farm country like Kansas, or eastern North Dakota where I grew up, county roads are set up in a fairly regular grid pattern to allow access to fields. This can be easily confirmed on Google Earth.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when they go down in to the cellar, Jo's mother lights a kerosene lantern with no prep work done to the lantern. This would be impossible because the mantles can only be used one time and then they have to be replaced. When you put a new mantle on, it has to be "ashed" or burnt before the lantern can actually be used. Then the lantern she was using had to have the kerosene pumped up or 'vaporized' in the chimney part of the lantern. Only then could Jo's mother put a match to the mantle to light the lantern.

Sheri Hartman

Correction: Or maybe it's an oil lamp, which you just light with a match whenever you want.

Corrected entry: With the last Dorothy, Bill and Jo burst open the door of the Dodge and make a run into the cornfield. This is not possible. Corn stalks are strong and would hold the doors back, no matter how hard they pushed.

Correction: That scene was filmed in the middle of a real corn field, so obviously they pushed hard enough.

Corrected entry: Near the beginning of the movie, Jo mentions how NSSL has not seen a storm like this in years. She would actually be getting real-time forecast data from the Storm Prediction Center, SPC. NSSL deals primarily in research, not daily forecasting.

Correction: Regardless of the source of Jo's information, the fact remains that the NSSL still had not seen a storm like that in years. Her comment was "factual" and relevant, and therefore not a mistake.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: In the scene where Hunt and Paxton's crew drive onto a smaller side road surrounded by cornfields, Rabbit says he can't figure out what road they're on, and depreciatingly calls it "Bob's Road" as he scours his maps. However, in the forward shots, you can see they're actually driving on a paved road, complete with black-and-white highway signs.

Correction: That doesn't mean that he can find the name of the road on the map. There are plenty of roads around me that are paved with signs, but good luck finding a name on a map.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: At the part when they are driving in the car (near the climax scene of the big tornado) the weather radio in the car is issuing alerts about the big "F5" tornado on the ground nearby. That is a huge mistake, because there is no way to know that until a survey is done of the tornado damage afterwards. Only then can a tornado be called an "F5" or "F3".

Correction: More of a character mistake than a movie mistake. The radio anouncer probably knew it was a huge twister and incorrectly pronounced it an "F5" before it could be correctly classified later.

Mad Ade

Corrected entry: When Jo and Bill are running from and going towards the F5 tornado, there are buildings, semi-trucks, and other things being thrown around and sucked up. Living in Oklahoma and being near a tornado, buildings don't get thrown on the road without taking the trees and cars or trucks around them and a truck would certainly be taken with a Semi. Plus, when they are running from the F5 with all the corn, fences, farm equipment, etc. being sucked up and thrown, they would have been tossed around just as violently.


Correction: Not necessarily. Things to this effect have been posted all over the Twister mistakes. But if you have ever seen a tornado and the aftermath of one. They are really extremely unpredictable. They do very strange things. So while it may seem impossible that they could walk around while buildings are being blown about, it's not really. A tornado is not like a steady wind. There are gusts, updrafts, it's really variable. So a gust may come up and knock over a building, but the same gust never comes near the people walking.

Corrected entry: In many scenes, the red dodge truck doesn't have an antenna, but yet they are using the radio.

Correction: The Dodge truck has a number of after market upgrades to make it function better in storms; a smaller and stronger antenna would make sense as it would be less likely to be damaged by the high wind conditions it would be subjected to. These are commonly as small as one inch or can be installed as a wire on the inside of the rear window of a truck, making it essentially invisible to a movie viewer.


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