The Fly

The Fly (1986)

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Corrected entry: When Jeff Goldblum tries to fix the flaws in his telepods by transporting a steak through them, we see him place the steak on a white platter before placing it in one of the pods. When the steak gets transported it appears in the other pod on a dark blue coloured platter.

Correction: The plate stays the same, white with brown around the edge. When it's in the telepod, the blue lights reflect off the white plate to give it a bluish tint, that is all.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: Brundle's steak experiment has one major flaw in its planning: he takes care to separate the two cuts of meat by placing them on different coloured plates so he knows which is the control cut and which is the teleported cut, however he then proceeds to cook them both at the same time in the same pan. Being a scientist you'd think he'd know this could quite easily ruin the results of the experiment as whatever changes occurred to the teleported steak could leak out with its juices and contaminate the control.

Correction: It seems clear he only has one pan and he wanted to make sure both steaks were served at the same temperature, as well as let Veronica taste them at the same time. The "juices" had nothing to with the taste, it was the muscle structure he was more concerned about.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: Jeff Goldblum's part in this film actually ends in the shot where he starts dragging Veronica over to the telepods and knocks a lamp over. From there till the end the Brundlefly is done entirely with puppets.

Correction: Not really trivia.

William Bergquist

Corrected entry: In the scene where Jeff Goldblum starts transforming into the Brundlefly, there is a long sequence where his skin and body parts keep falling off and making a huge mess on the floor. After John Getz blows the creature's telepod power cord apart with a shotgun, he collapses onto the floor which is now clean.

Correction: As Brundlefly loses body parts, he also keeps moving backwards, leaving the shed skin and parts behind. He later stops, and throws Ronnie some feet, into the telepod. Stathis then comes up alongside the telepod that Ronnie is in and cuts THAT power cable (not "the creature's"), before collapsing. So the part of the floor where he lies, is a few feet away from where the Brundlefly parts fell.

Twotall

Corrected entry: In the scene where Veronica is interviewing Brundle and turns on the tape recorder, it stops the next minute because the tape ends. When her boss is listening to the tape we can see the tape is at the beginning at that time of the conversation.

Correction: It’s common for news reporters to make a copy of something important. With a major, career-defining, news story, trust is a major concern. Especially since the editor is her ex-boyfriend.

Dameon

Plot hole: The whole problem with the teleporter occurs when fly DNA is mixed in with Seth Brundle's DNA, starting his transformation into the Brundlefly. Brundle is on a hiding to nothing from the word go, and the fly is irrelevant. Humans are a walking talking mass of foreign DNA - we are host to one trillion bacteria all of which has a complete compliment of DNA, as do various tiny mites that live in our hair follicles and all sorts of single cell organisms in our gut. If the transporter serves to mix the DNA of all living creatures which are in the transporter pod at the time Brundle would turn into a half-man, half-bacteria. Incidentally, DNA from a bacteria, an amoeba or a hair follicle mite would be just as 'compatible' with human DNA as that from an insect. It's quite a simple chemical, really.

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Suggested correction: Being as how the bacteria and mites and such were IN or ON Seth, the machine was able to organize those symbiotic relationships accordingly as teleporting one would teleport all. The fly was separate, not touching. The machine was not programmed to anticipate two separated entities and so combined them into one on the other side.

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We leave behind a vapour trail of bacteria and viruses (among other things) as we walk, in our breath and emanations from pores in our skin, and Brundle isn't trapping any in his clothes as he isn't wearing any. Brundle has an invisible cloud of DNA floating around him in that teleportation chamber and as far as the machine is concerned their DNA has exactly the same status as that of the fly.

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Seth Brundle: I think you're making a mistake. I think you really want to talk to me.
Ronnie: Sorry, I have three other interviews to do before this party's over.
Seth Brundle: Yeah, but they're not working on something that'll change the world as we know it.
Ronnie: They say they are.
Seth Brundle: Yeah, but they're lying. I'm not.

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Trivia: The film's director, David Cronenberg, has a cameo in this film as the doctor who helps Ronnie deliver her maggot baby.

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