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
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.
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?
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?
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.jayo
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.logician
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?
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.Packergirl
Corrected entry: In many scenes, the red dodge truck doesn't have an antenna, but yet they are using the radio.
Corrected entry: In the beginning when Jo and her parents are in the storm cellar, Jo's dad is trying to hold the door shut for dear life. Finally he gets sucked away by the tornado, leaving Jo and her mom sad and alone in the cellar, but completely unharmed nonetheless. Why was it such a priority to hold the door shut if nothing gets sucked out of there, and nothing is harmed in any way, when the door is gone?
Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, after the F5 tornado, the horses on the farm seem to be completely unharmed, not to mention well-groomed. Anyone care to explain how they not only survived, but didn't even seem to be affected at all? Even if they were by the house, which the tornado didn't take, the wind would have at least messed up their manes.
Corrected entry: When Bill and Jo are in the truck, Jo looks at the dashboard, which is shown, and then Jo looks away and covers her eyes. Bill then floors the gas, and the dashboard is shown, and this time, the airbag light is on, unlike the previous shot of the dashboard two seconds earlier.
Corrected entry: The first time we see the bad guy, his entourage is overtaking the good guys, yet in every other car scene the good guys have no trouble outrunning them.
Corrected entry: When Bill and Jo are chasing their first tornado in the movie, we see the tornado dismantle a barn into several pieces. Later, it goes through the bridge Bill and Jo are grabbing onto. It dismantled a well constructed barn, but barely pushed the truck into an old and rickety bridge?
Corrected entry: At the end of the film Hunt's and Paxton's characters are lifted and held aloft by the F5 as they hung onto a ground fixture. Wouldn't a force strong enough to lift their body weights be strong enough to rip off their clothes and send them to Oz? Or at least their shoes? Yet after the tornado passes all clothing is present, nothing is missing or even torn.
Corrected entry: When the red truck goes through the house, you can see chairs and other things standing up when the house is on its side.
Corrected entry: Near the end, they tie themselves to the water pipe with leather straps and are lifted upside down by the twister. An F5 tornado would have torn them to pieces no matter what they were tied with, and would have easily broken the leather straps as if they were candyfloss.
Corrected entry: In the scene at Aunt Meg's, when the group is discussing the Fujita scale of tornado intensity, they refer to an F5 as the top strength on the scale. The scale actually includes an F6 level; even though that speed has never been officially measured, tornado experts would know it exists.
Corrected entry: As the two main characters are in the twister near the beginning or middle, and under that small bridge, the twister moves away. Debris falls from the sky, and their truck falls just in front of that guy's new girlfriend. She screams and panics. Then all of the other guys run to see if SHE is OK. Why was everyone more concerned about someone's NEAR injury, as opposed to the two who may very well have died in a tornado?
Corrected entry: The first time they try to get the F5 to suck up Dorothy, they watch it roll across the middle of the road. When the tornado winds move it around the pavement, you can see wheels underneath Dorothy, causing it to roll.
Corrected entry: Why is it so important that Dorothy had to be standing up when the tornado passed over it? Either way those little things would have been sucked away.
Corrected entry: During the first tornado, Bill and Jo hide under a bridge. Any storm chaser will tell you that is one of the worst places to hide.
Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, Hunt's adult father is sucked into the F5, but her TINY dog is safe just a few feet away.
Corrected entry: In the "sisters" scene, when they catch the red truck and spin it, why doesn't the truck either fall off the road, wobble around violently, or at least end up in a different position than still lined up down the road? In a real twister and in footage I have seen, even a strong crosswind would not be nearly as kind to a vehicle placed in its path, let alone 2 tornadoes at once!
Corrected entry: When Jo and her family hear about the twister, they head outside to a cellar. How did the dog also manage to get outside with the door being closed?
Corrected entry: If Bill just bought a new red truck, why does it have a radio to talk to other people in other cars?
Corrected entry: When Bill prepares Dorothy II, it takes him about a minute. When he prepares Dorothy IV, all he has to do is flip a switch and it takes him about 2 seconds.
Corrected entry: The team communicated via CB. How did the team hear Joe & Bill talk about her fathers death when they were standing in the rain, when no one was keying the mike in order to transmit?
Corrected entry: Why did they need to make those fans out of the aluminium cans to make the sensors fly? If things like trucks, cows and tractors can so easily be picked up and thrown around by a tornado then surely a little sensor can too? Maybe they needed the sponsorship from Pepsi?
Corrected entry: Hunt and Paxton are shown running through the corn - wouldn't they have run back in the same direction as they drove their truck when they headed toward the twister? That would have been the easiest path and away from the twister.