Alien

Corrected entry: When the film starts you see the bridge and a stack of papers flap in a breeze.The crew are in hyper sleep and don't need oxygen so it's very unlikely they would have their valuable oxygen supply switched on and turned up enough to make a breeze for the 20 months it takes to travel back to earth.

Correction: The oxygen supply had been turned back on because they were about to wake from hypersleep.

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Correction: Who said it's oxygen? It could be any inert gas. Nitrogen doesn't support combustion or corrosion, dissipates heat, and can be easily mixed with stored compressed oxygen in the right proportion immediately to the crew being revived.

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Correction: The company that owned the ship intended for the crew (without their knowledge) to be diverted to that planet solely to collect one of the aliens. The ship was programmed to wake them up at a specific time and location and it would make sure that all life support systems were fully functional before waking them.

raywest Premium member
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Correction: This happened before the ship received the signal and so they wouldn't have been woken otherwise.

A ventilation system operating a fan would not use up the valuable oxygen supply. At most it would be wasting a small amount of energy, however if there was no air in the ship, the heat from the computers would not be able to dissipate.

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Corrected entry: When the crew split into two teams of three, Ash gives Ripley a movement sensor, which he tells her detects movement in the direction its pointing. However, when Ripley points the sensor at Brett and Parker (who are both moving at the time) it doesn't detect their movement. (01:00:35)

Correction: The motion sensor does not work very well. Ripley even comments on this when she says to Parker "Changes in micro air density my ass." Parker also comments "What's the matter with that box?" when Lambert struggles to pinpoint the location of the Alien while Dallas is in the duct. It has been speculated by some that Ash purposefully gave the crew faulty equipment to impede their efforts to kill the alien.

BaconIsMyBFF
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Corrected entry: Ripley has just seen Lambert and Parker dead, she has set the ship to destruct, so why does she go down to the basement? The only reason is to show us, the viewers, Dallas and Brett still alive and cocooned and to show us the sticky secretion on the wall, which we see more of in "Aliens."

kh1616

Correction: After setting the destruct sequence, Ripley realized that Jones, the cat, was being left behind. She went back to find him. That's when she discovered the two other crew members, although that scene had been cut in the original theatrical release.

raywest Premium member
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Corrected entry: When Sigourney Weaver auditioned for the role of Ripley, she had no idea that the part was written for a man.

Correction: None of the roles in Alien were written specifically for a man or a woman. The writers made note that any of the roles could be filled by either sex.

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Corrected entry: When the crew goes into the ship with the eggs in it, you can clearly see that all their gloves are hockey gloves just painted over. Pretty cheap. (00:29:35)

Correction: Just because they look like hockey gloves (and probably were used to make the gloves) doesn't mean they really are in the movie. Maybe in the future, all astronaut gloves look like that.

4

Corrected entry: Take a close look at the masks they are using when they remove the helmet from Kane. The masks they are using to prevent contamination are nothing more than ordinary oxygen masks that one uses at a hospital. This is evident by the hose receptor on the bottom of the masks. In reality these masks would not prevent them from catching any airborne disease that this alien would have. I know they are in a infirmary, but a space ship would/should be better equipped in case it comes in contact with other life forms. (00:36:40)

luchador

Correction: While these look similar to current masks, they are part of the highly advanced and miniturized technology of the time - they can do whatever they say that they do.

Myridon
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Corrected entry: It's difficult to see, but the instructions for self destruct (at least those for cancellation) appear to be in French. (Although fleeting, this is easier to spot in the cinema than on DVD) (01:34:25)

Correction: While the instructions on the right side of the panel are in French, they are simply translated versions of the instructions on the left, which are in English.

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Corrected entry: The director's cut of the movie contains a continuity gap with James Cameron's Aliens. In the sequel, we learn that the eggs containing the facehuggers are laid by an Alien Queen, who is protected by drones and warriors. However, in the director's cut version of Alien, we see that the captured Brett and Dallas being slowly transformed into eggs when Ripley comes upon them as she races for the shuttle. (Even in the theatrical version of Alien, we don't actually see either Brett or Dallas being killed; we just assume they have been when the Alien grabs them.) When asked about this later, James Cameron replied that since the released film version of Alien omitted these scenes, he did not consider them canon and did not feel bound by them.

Correction: This can actually work in either the theatrical version or the director's cut. It's possible that the drones, not being capable of laying eggs themselves, can somehow change a living creature into an egg when faced with a situation where a queen is not around (the first egg created would become a queen, most likely). This would help the propagation of a species with such limited capabilities for growth. Kind of like some frogs have spontaneously changed gender when in a situation where there was a disproportionate number of one gender over the other.

Charles Fraser
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Correction: The single Alien being able to create an egg from a human would also explain how the Queen in Aliens even got there.

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Corrected entry: The 'chestburster' alien that rips open Kane's chest and escapes is about the size of a 500ml beer can, plus the tail and legs, right? Regardless of how inactive it was, there is absolutely nowhere in the human body that such a creature could hide. It is larger than a human heart. It could not hide in Kane's stomach or esophagus without causing a huge, incredibly painful blockage, and there are no other 'spaces' anywhere where it could go. Where was it hiding, then? It could not hide in the abdominal cavity because its phenomenal rate of growth means it must be eating something - and the only thing available is Kane himself. I think he'd notice. (00:56:20)

Correction: The Chestburster could easily fit inside a human torso, tumors larger than the creature are not uncommon in cancer patients without being visible on the outside. As for Kane not feeling any discomfort when it grows, perhaps the creature secretes some sort of painkiller into his system in its growth phase. That would be a key evolutionary adaptation to allow the Aliens to be born in the first place. Furthermore, it could simply be tapping into Kane's energy reserves (fat and some muscle) the same way Kane would if he was burning energy instead of actually eating the host.

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That would explain why Kane was very hungry when he awoke and asked for something to eat before they went into stasis.

Corrected entry: Looking back, it's kind of absurd that the Alien wasn't discovered hosting in Kane's body prior to its bursting out of its chest. The facehugger was enveloping his face for quite some time and the medical equipment aboard the ship determined that it was shoving something down his throat. Once it falls off of him, the rest of the crew didn't conduct a thorough examination of him to make sure he's fine before sitting down with him to dinner?

Correction: Ash knew the alien was there all along. When Ripley gets access to Mother she reads Special Order 937 (I think) which states that Ash's prime directive is to bring back any alien lifeform. That is why the android was put on board at the last minute and why he was so unhelpful.

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Corrected entry: In the scene directly after Brett is killed by the alien, when they cut to the crew discussing it Parker seems to discuss the alien like he has seen it but I am not aware of any scene where Parker sees the alien. He makes numerous comments about how huge the creature is. How did they even know that Brett is dead let alone the size of the creature? (01:08:10)

Correction: In the Director' Cut, Parker & Ripley arrive in the bay just after Brett has been taken and find themselves standing under the chains with blood dripping down on them. So they know he's dead. As to comments about the Alien's size, that's probably assumptions about what could drag a grown man up that shaft and dice him. Plus one of the deleted scenes (included on DVD-version) shows Brett's killing more graphically, and as rushing to the scene Parker sees him being grabbed by the now man-size Alien up somewhere. He even gets his shirt splattered with Brett's blood.

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Corrected entry: The alien is growing much faster than it devours victims, at times even becoming maybe ten times bigger without killing at all.

Correction: Its metabolism is almost certainly massively different from humans', and in the novel they find rations that have been broken open and eaten - probably applies to the film, too.

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Corrected entry: After Kane has volunteered to be in the first group to go out, Dallas says "you too Lambert". After she replies "swell" Dallas says "I'll break out the weapons" - where are the weapons that Dallas is referring to? Why could these not have been used to arm the crew, when the Alien was loose on the ship instead of trying to hunt for it in the air shafts with a solitary flame thrower?

Will

Correction: If they shoot the Alien its blood will leak everywhere, and the blood is highly corrosive so it would go through the floors and potentially breach the hull of the spacecraft. They are trying to herd it with the flamethrower once they realise it is afraid of fire.

Eliza
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They don't actually know that it's afraid of fire, that is just an assumption made by Ash in relation to most creatures retreating from fire.But as Ash is trying to help the Alien that may not be true in this case.

1

The weapons that Dallas is referring to is a space age looking pistol, Kane is holding one when he gets attacked by the facehugger.

Corrected entry: In the rapid closeup sequence in which the alien kills Parker (Yaphet Kotto) by biting him right in the face, a freeze-frame viewing indicates that, at the point of impact, a honeydew melon was used to absorb the bite. Now a honeydew melon has a white external rind, and Kotto is a black actor. Why couldn't the SFX guys, at least, have painted the melon to match Kotto's complexion? This production error is, well, in your face. (01:33:35)

Correction: Parker's false head was not a melon but a plaster-cast head with a wax forehead. Inside was pigs or sheep brains. Here's a picture of the effect after filming Parker's 'Head Bite': http://alienseries.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/9298_472602889446159_1350005568_n.jpg.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Ripley is leaving in the escape ship, she's looking out the front window looking back at the ship as she's leaving. When she was prepping the escape ship moments before, the cockpit window is facing outward. If the ship took off nose-forward, she could not see the mother ship moving away through the front window as then she'd be going backwards. There is a small window in the back of the ship through the rear door, but it's far too small to be the same window she was looking out while leaving. Also, the front window has diagonal support struts to hold the windows in place, providing further evidence that the window she is looking through is actually the front of the ship.

12o

Correction: Ripley boards the Narcissus and starts the launch procedure. We see the shuttle being lowered from the belly of the Nostromo, then we see the forward braking thrusters fire [they visibly light up]. This was the effect of slowing the Narcissus relative to the Nostromo, shedding the velocity inherited from the parent vessel. As the Nostromo, which is still under full power, moves on ahead of the Narcissus, Ripley's able to watch it through the shuttle's forward windows. As you say, she could only watch the Nostromo's progress through the forward windows if she was flying backwards. Compared to the Nostromo, that's exactly what she IS doing.

Tailkinker Premium member
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Corrected entry: When Ripley goes down to check out how Brett and Parker are doing with the repairs, she says: "Don't worry Parker. (pause) You'll get whatever's coming to you." In the short pause between these two sentences, you can hear Ripley say something like "You have". It seems to be a wrong line which has been deleted, but not properly. (00:22:05)

Correction: Her voice simply dropped out on 'Yeah", as in "Don't worry, Parker - yeah, you'll get whatever's coming to you."

johnrosa
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Corrected entry: 1. As captain, why send yourself, the only other pilot (Cain) and the weakest and most timid member of the crew (Lambert) to investigate an unknown and possibly dangerous planet? The better selection would have been Cain, Ripley (whose duties as warrant officer seem to be unclear) and one of the engineers, Bret or Parker. 2. Are we really to believe that the chain smoking and slightly built Lambert could help Dallas carry Cain's limp, space suit laden body thousands of meters, across rugged terrain back to the Nostromo? 3. The Nostromo can navigate itself to Earth through deep space - a navigator is not needed. 4. The Nostromo is just a 'tug' so why does it need a science officer and a lab filled with science equipment? 5. All the elaborate buttons and switches on the bridge and med lab have no labels or designators - how does the crew know what they're turning on or off? 6. Dallas makes two flippant decisions. First, to take off from the planet with needed repairs still underway. And second, to remove the face-hugger from Cain's face even thought it might kill him.

Correction: All character decisions, not movie mistakes. But there are some valid explanations: 1. Lambert's technical abilities were needed to decipher the alien equipment. 2. Lambert carried the lighter end (feet-end of the stretcher), and they likely made several rest stops. 3. Another character decision. 4. A science station doubles as sickbay and is needed in case they run into alien unknowns (like the situation in the movie). 5. Well trained people don't need labels on buttons. For example, expert typists can use a blank keyboard. 6. Not flippant decisions, the ship was able to take off and trying to remove the face-hugger was a calculated risk.

BocaDavie Premium member
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Maybe the normal tugs owned by the company don't have a fully equipped science station, but the company would make sure this one did due to the nature of their mission.

Corrected entry: Ripley was originally supposed to be a male. The decision to cast a woman was done on a lark, and no script changes were made to "feminize" the character.

Correction: Dan O'Bannon's original screenplay never mentioned sexes. All the characters were written to be either sex.

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Corrected entry: Ripley's nosebleed: from 1:17:16 (chapter 14: 'A Confrontation with Ash' on the '99 DVD), Ripley's nose starts bleeding, eventually very noticeably. This is almost a full minute before Ash begins attacking her by throwing her twice, which might actually make it bleed. (01:17:15)

Correction: Actually, Ripley's nosebleed was from when they opened the airlock on the Alien and she and Parker were caught in the decompression. That scene obviously was never filmed but the nosebleed was in reference to it. Also, in a cut scene you see Ripley and Lambert talking with Parker over the intercom where he says the Alien is right next to the airlock, apparently somewhat fascinated with a blinking light on in the door.

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Correction: This would only be an error if a later scene were intended to show the moment the bleeding is caused by some physical strike, but there's no such moment (and there is the chance that her first shoving match with Ash may have had her head striking his, but it's not a certainty). Still, nosebleeds are commonly triggered by stress in people prone to them. Ripley's nosebleed begins after she learns of the special order (crew expendable) and becomes extremely distraught- and after her physically tossing Ash around (causing his head cut that later drips). She marches off, and in the passageways she can then be seen with the nosebleed.

johnrosa
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Corrected entry: When the face sucker jumps at Kane, he only jumps onto Kane's helmet. This is best seen when in slo-mo on the DVD. Having it jump through his helmet, as we are led to believe, would have resulted in some glass breaking and facial lacerations to Kane and injury to the face sucker alien. (00:34:20)

luchador

Correction: The face-hugger emits a quantity of acid and burns its way through the helmet visor. The visor is visibly affected - the sides of the hole appear melted, not broken.

Tailkinker Premium member
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Continuity mistake: When Ripley reconnects the dismembered Ash droid, the switch from dummy to actor is blatantly visible. A few minutes later the android is incinerated, at which point the dummy head has reappeared and the android's left arm has disappeared. (01:24:39)

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Lambert: I can't see a goddamn thing.
Kane: Quit griping.
Lambert: I like griping.

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Trivia: Originally, director Ridley Scott wanted "Alien" to have a much darker ending. His intention was to have the alien get back on board the shuttle, rip Ripley's head off and then calmly sit down in her chair and record the final transmission, speaking in her voice. The producers understandably found this a little too extreme, so Scott tried changing it to having Ripley go to sleep as normal only for the camera to pull back out of the airlock's window and reveal an alien egg, in the process of hatching, attached to the outside of the shuttle (after the "Brett/Dallas egg mutation" scene was deleted, this also had to go).

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Question: Question about the Director's Cut of the film. The scene where Brett is looking for Jones has been altered slightly - when he looks up at where the water is dripping from, you can actually see the Alien hanging motionlessly from one of the chains. Has Ridley Scott given an explanation as to why he added this new dynamic to the scene? It's easy enough to speculate why, but a link to an 'official' explanation would be appreciated.

Answer: According to the commentary on the DVD, Ridley didn't add this scene to the original cinematic release because he thought it revealed the true horror of the Alien too soon in the film. The scene is quite early in the film and he thought revealing the fully matured Alien at that time would reduce the viewer's fear.

I had watched Alien several times before I noticed the Alien hanging there.At this point the Audience have no idea what the Alien looks like, they're looking at pieces of science fiction equipment put in by the production crew that they can't relate to, so for all they know the Alien could just be a piece of kit hanging there.

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