Plan 9 From Outer Space

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

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Revealing mistake: When the UFO makes the huge flash that knocks everyone in the cemetery down, one of the police officers kicks a tombstone as he falls and it wobbles back and forth.

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Revealing mistake: When Bela Lugosi walks off screen, it's obviously a freeze frame. The swaying tree stops moving and even though he was hit by a car, his shadow is still visible.

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Continuity mistake: When the men first enter the spaceship, one of the windows shows an afternoon sky and the one next to it shows a nighttime sky.

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Revealing mistake: When the flying saucers leave the planet, you can see their shadows on the fake planet's surface.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the pilots are driving the plane and a spaceship pass them you can see a shadow of a microphone.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Eros shows the men the monitor, look at the monitor carefully and you can see the reflection of the studio lights.

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Revealing mistake: Jeff Trent, Col. Edwards and Lt. Harper grab some guns and take a walk in the graveyard, and a prop tree almost falls over as Col. Edwards walks by and brushes up against it with his shoulder.

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Revealing mistake: After Tor Johnson drops Paula the police officer comes over to try to wake her. The carpet that's supposed to be the ground crumples under his feet.

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Continuity mistake: During Criswell's opening narration, the time of the story changes from taking place in the future ("Future events such as these will affect you in the future.") to taking place in the past ("what happened on that fateful day...").

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Continuity mistake: A man at the old man's funeral says "It's getting dark out." It's already pitch black out.

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Continuity mistake: When the police are driving to the cemetery, it is daytime and their car is a standard police car with lights and sirens. When they reach the cemetery, it is night and the car is an ordinary car, without lights and sirens, and a different colour.

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Audio problem: After Tor Johnson drops her, Paula says, "Oh, I'll be alright" but her lips don't move.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the funeral scene in the beginning of the movie, the wooden crosses added in the cemetery are obvious props.

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Revealing mistake: The pilots are not sitting on normal seats like in every airplane, but on stools or boxes.

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Audio problem: In the graveyard, as Paula screams when Tor Johnson opens the car door, her mouth is not moving in sync with what we are hearing.

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Deliberate mistake: They keep using the same footage of Bela Lugosi walking in the cemetery, even the cars driving by out on the road are the same.

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Continuity mistake: When the flying saucers are spotted over Wash DC, the scene shows a rotating radar antenna. First it's rotating counter-clockwise, then in a subsequent scene it's rotating clockwise.

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Other mistake: The exhaust of the space ship is so strong that it knocks down Jeff and Paula to the ground, but their hair doesn't get changed at all.

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Revealing mistake: The American pilots fly the plane with no hands.

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Revealing mistake: It's amazing how little equipment is in the plane: a shower curtain, a thermometer, and a cardboard steering wheel.

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Revealing mistake: Vampira flinches when Inspector Clay fires at her even though she's a zombie.

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Deliberate mistake: At Tor Johnson's funeral how on earth could they not see Vampira standing right next to them?

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Audio problem: The stewardess comes into the cockpit and the co-pilot says, "Well, I know a friend that will help us". If you look closely, he was going to say more but it was edited out.

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Revealing mistake: The "Old man-ghoul" changes appearances drastically throughout the entire movie. In some scenes, it is Bela Lugosi in vampire cape, in others it is the famous "double" who is a head taller than Lugosi, a lot thinner and has a different hairstyle. He covers his face with his cape, but this does not help a lot...

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Plot hole: Eros makes it very clear that his race does not 'cling to life.' If this is the case, then why is he so determined to save everybody?

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Continuity mistake: When the flying saucer is seen taking off from the cemetery, it is saucer shaped. However, when it is on the ground the ship appears to be in the shape of a square building.

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Visible crew/equipment: While the spaceship is flying, the string is very visible. Also, you can see on the bottom of the spaceship/plate that there is a flowery design.

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Revealing mistake: After Clay finally has been killed, you can still see him breathing, and even blinking his eyes.

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Continuity mistake: When the stewardess enters the cockpit with her clipboard, she disappears during a closeup on the pilot. It has nothing to do with a different camera angle.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Colonel Edwards enters the General's office, the moving boom mic is visible at the top of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: The co-pilot radios in to Burbank tower in the middle of the night. In the next shot we see the saucer and it's broad daylight.

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Revealing mistake: When the army is firing at the flying saucers, it's obvious that the sky behind the colonel is made of fabric.

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Revealing mistake: During Criswell's opening and closing narrations it is painfully obvious that he is reading from a cue card.

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Deliberate mistake: Whenever we see Vampira, they use the same footage, as she's always in the same place next to or near the wooden mausoleum.

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Deliberate mistake: The saucer flies left to right past a church at the beginning of the movie. Later they just reverse the film as the saucer flies right to left away from the same church.

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Continuity mistake: As she is chased by the ghoul in the cemetery, Paula knocks over one of the wooden tombstones and you can see the stand underneath that holds it up. The next time we see it two shots later it's been set straight again.

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Revealing mistake: As Tor Johnson holds Paula, the police officer comes up from behind and clobbers him on the head with a wooden stick. He falls to the ground and the entire set including all the trees, shake like they were just in a magnitude 7 earthquake.

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Deliberate mistake: After Tor Johnson attacks Paula and the police officer, a second officer shows up at the cemetery with half of the license plate on the patrol car taped over so it can't be read.

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Visible crew/equipment: Col. Tom Edwards makes "The greatest decision of his career" in front of a clear sky, and you can see his shadow fall on the fabric covered wall behind him.

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Continuity mistake: As Eros talks about the solaminite, the blinking light on the table in the alien spacecraft stops blinking between shots without anyone going near it.

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Continuity mistake: As he interviews Col. Edwards, General Roberts' clock moves 20 minutes throughout the scene yet only 2 minuets of movie time elapse.

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Factual error: When the military are going to attack the flying saucers in Washington D.C., there's some shots where you can see trucks and airplanes in a deserted region. Washington is hundreds of kilometers away from the desert.

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Continuity mistake: The Ghoul Man is turned to bones by a ray from the alien spaceship and Col. Edwards throws the cape off of the body revealing the horrible sight. A couple of shots later they wake up Patrolman Kelton who is now lying on the cape.

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Plot hole: When the flying saucer first appears, it is supposed to be 4 AM. But the grave diggers are still there from the burial of Bela Lugosi's wife.

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Revealing mistake: The woman at the graveyard lets out a scream as she sees the dead bodies. It's obvious that the bodies are dressed up store mannequins.

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Visible crew/equipment: As a prop they use a 50' style radio microphone strapped to the co-pilot's chest.

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Revealing mistake: Often during the film, the trees wobbles a lot when somebody touches them, like fake trees.

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Audio problem: Inside the alien spacecraft Jeff Trent shoots at the alien device and they overdub the sound of a bullet ricocheting off of a rock like in an old 50's western.

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Continuity mistake: As Tor Johnson goes into the graveyard with his flashlight we see the same headstones we saw a few moments earlier when the woman screamed, only now they've been rearranged.

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Continuity mistake: When the flying saucers are flying over Hollywood, it's nighttime in some scenes and daylight in others.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the movie the narrator states that the funeral for the old lady is taking place at dusk. The next scene, in the airplane, is supposed to be taking place at the same time yet when the co-pilot calls the control tower he says that it is fifteen minutes to four and he doubts that the controller would be awake at this time of the morning.

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Continuity mistake: When we first see Tor Johnson and the other policemen coming out of the police station it's pitch black out. In the next shot of them driving to the cemetery it's broad daylight.

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Continuity mistake: The soldier talking to Col. Tom Edwards is holding a walkie-talkie in some shots and not in others.

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Continuity mistake: As Tor Johnson rises from the dead his head stone gets larger between shots.

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Visible crew/equipment: A crew member's shadow can be seen moving across the graveyard set as two men carry one of the dead bodies on a stretcher in front of the two policemen.

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Revealing mistake: Jeff's wife is named Paula and is played Mona McKinnon, but when he is talking to her about having to hush up his UFO sighting, he calls her Mona.

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Continuity mistake: The stewardess comes into the cockpit and holds the clipboard between her folded hands. In the next shot she's holding it with her left hand.

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Continuity mistake: As Paula is chased by the ghoul in the cemetery it's obvious that there is no dirt or grass under her feet, only crumpled up pieces of carpet.

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Character mistake: The pilot says to his wife that the flying saucer was cigar-shaped. The actual shape was more like two dishes attached together.

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Factual error: The gunpowder made in the 1950's didn't produce the clouds of smoke we see whenever the police fire their weapons, but those of the 1870's did. Ed must have nicked some ammo from the Lone Ranger's property master, eh?

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Continuity mistake: At the grave yard it's pitch black out but you can see the reflection of a studio light in the police car windshield.

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Other mistake: During the first funeral, the priest only reads the bible for himself and says nothing to the other people.

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Revealing mistake: Why are all of the space ships the same exact size as the planet?

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Jackie Menechino

Continuity mistake: The stewardess says to the pilot, "I'll be right back," as she touches him with her right hand. In the next shot she's nowhere near him.

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Continuity mistake: Tor Johnson walks to his left past the mausoleum as the ghoul comes out and follows him. He never turns around but two shots later if you look at the head stones, he comes up to the same place again.

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Continuity mistake: The grave diggers are covering Bela Lugosi's wife's grave in broad daylight. In the next shot when Vampira comes walking out it's in the middle of the night.

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Deliberate mistake: When the pilots are flying in the airplane there's a strange device above the co-pilots head. Later in the movie we see this same prop used again inside of the spaceship as the alien beauty Tanna opens up the hatch.

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Revealing mistake: When the flying saucers are passing over Hollywood and Washington D.C., there's some shots where you can see their shadows on the fake sky.

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Deliberate mistake: As Paula is chased by the ghoul into the cemetery the shots continuously change between night and day throughout the entire scene.

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Visible crew/equipment: When the officers in Washington are listening to the alien message, there's a shot where you can see the shadow of the crew on the desk, just before the message has finished.

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Revealing mistake: Inside the alien spacecraft a battery operated blinking traffic caution signal is used as a prop from another world.

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Continuity mistake: Bela Lugosi's wife was buried under ground and we see the gravediggers cover the casket. In the next shot we see her above ground near the mausoleum.

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Continuity mistake: As Tor Johnson rises from the dead there's dirt all over his body but none on his face or head.

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Deliberate mistake: In the alien spaceship, Eros speaks of the "Solarminite", Jeff Trent calls it "Solinite" and Col. Edwards calls it "Solar-inite".

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Visible crew/equipment: Inside the alien spacecraft, a compassionate Tanna says to Eros, "Do we have to kill them?" The shadow of the boom mike can be seen moving on the left of the screen above their heads.

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Continuity mistake: As he interviews Col. Edwards, the phone wires hanging off the side of General Roberts' desk move between shots without anyone touching a phone.

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Continuity mistake: As they look into Tor Johnson's empty tomb, one of the police officers says it looks like (the dirt) has fallen into the grave. In the next shot as he goes into the hole there is no dirt in it.

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Revealing mistake: As the saucer flies over the graveyard, Tor Johnson's shadow can be seen on the studio wall behind him.

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Continuity mistake: Tor Johnson sits in the front seat of the squad car at the police station. In the next shot of them arriving at the cemetery he's sitting in the backseat.

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Visible crew/equipment: Someone's hand from behind touches the shower curtain in the cockpit of the plane as the pilot says, "You better radio in for landing instructions, Danny".

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Continuity mistake: In scenes at the general's office, a large wall map of the U.S. is in the background. In some of the closeups you can see that it's a Santa Fe railroad map - and in others the words "Santa Fe" on the logo are taped over.

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Revealing mistake: In the cemetery, you can see the actors' shadows on the fake sky.

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Dr Wilson

Continuity mistake: When Paula escapes from her house, she doesn't have shoes but she jas a pair when the man finds her unconscious besides the road.

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Revealing mistake: When somebody walks in the cemetery, it happens often that the grass slides under their feet, like fake grass.

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Revealing mistake: When the people in the military are firing the rockets at the UFOs, you can see the rockets launching from platform are coming from the outside of the platform.

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Jackie Menechino

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