Alien

Corrected entry: The alien face hugger sacs were apparently suspended and filmed from below, then the film inverted to give the appearance that the sacs were rising up from the floor. When the crew discovers the sacs in the alien ship, a closeup shot reveals liquid running up the side of the sac and then "dripping" up into the air.

Correction: This is intentional. The field in which the eggs are kept is supposed to protect the eggs, therefore not a typical gravity field (or else they would not have survived the crash of the derelict ship) and no other gases, other than what would be needed to keep the eggs in stasis.

Corrected entry: Several scenes on the story boards and in the script did not make the final cut of the film. Some weren't even filmed at all. Some of these scenes included a sexual encounter between Dallas and Ripley, who have their moment spoiled in horror when Kane's corpse, which they ejected hours before, drifts in front of their view and bangs into the window. The other more controversial scene that was not even filmed, but only hinted at, was a 'rape' scene involving Lambert and the Alien. The Alien sliding its tail between Lambert's legs was originally intended to be the start of a bizarre sodomy/rape sequence, but director Ridley Scott thought better of it and decided not to film that scene. The only inclination of the alien sodomizing or raping Lambert left in the film is the fact that her corpse, which we only get a brief glimpse of hanging from the ceiling, is stark naked.

Correction: The Alien slides its tail between Brett's legs (as can be seen in the extended sequence, or one can notice by the different footwear that Brett and Lambert wear), and that shot was not intended to be part of Lambert's death "originally," but rather as part of Brett's demise.

Correction: When Lambert was killed by the Alien you heard her on the intercom and the sounds she was making certainly sounded like she was being raped.

Perhaps, but the notion that an explicit rape scene was planned and then discarded is false. Lambert's fate was always off-screen, and Ridley Scott added some details to suggest the horrifying possibility she may have been raped.

TonyPH Premium member

Corrected entry: When talking to 'Mother' the characters never seem to type enough keystrokes to account for the wording of their questions on the computer screen.

Correction: Who's to say in the future they don't have "short hand" software for quick typing?

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.

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

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

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.

It's more than a tug boat. It's a refinery that processes ore.

No, Nostromo is a tug towing the refinery, which is not part of the ship. The vessel detaches from the latter when they touch down on LV-426.

Jukka Nurmi

Corrected entry: The scene where the facehugger's acid blood eats through the medical bay's floor was done with actual sulphuric acid stained yellow.

Correction: It actually wasn't. A polystyrene mock up of a floor panel was made and doused with petrol, which dissolved it. Nothing as dangerous and unpredictable as real acids were used.

Corrected entry: In the scene were the Alien attacks the man with the flamethrower in the vents, You can slightly see the clothes of the person who plays the Alien. (01:15:30)

Correction: I have watched this scene over and over again. At no point can you see his clothes.

Corrected entry: When the ship explodes, you "hear" the explosion. Space is a vacuum therefore you would not hear the explosion.

Craz

Correction: This is a commonly accepted mistake. Almost all sci-fi movies add the sounds of explosions and lasers to enhance the movie, to make it more exciting. If you have space battles without the sounds, it would be boring, even though it would be accurate.

Bruce Minnick

Corrected entry: On DVD version: In the part where the chestburster has bursted and is looking up at the crew you see a drop of blood fall onto it's head. This is after all the blood has finished being sprayed everywhere.

Correction: Have you ever sprayed water on a ceiling. It will eventually drip off. The same thing happened with the blood. It dripped off the roof above the table.

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.

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

Corrected entry: On the special edition: go to the main menu, highlight special features, press right, and you will get the dossiers for the crew.

Correction: This description vaguely resembles an easter egg from the "Alien Legacy" collection or "20th Anniversary Edition" but the wording for just about everything is a bit off.

TonyPH Premium member

Corrected entry: The newborn alien that bursts from John Hurt's chest is next seen full-grown, munching on a crew member who is searching for Jones the cat. Assuming that it needs to kill to eat, how did the alien suddenly appear full-size without any nourishment?

Correction: In the script, the Alien was caught eating all the crew's food that it could find in one of the food lockers, so it does indeed eat. One of the crew shot their flamethrower into the locker and the Alien then broke through a vent and into the air ducts. Also, the time between Kane dying and Brett dying was at least several hours. In the cuts scenes you see them first searching for the small Alien directly after it emerged from Kane. They then had to put Kane's body in it's shroud; clean up the awful mess in the dining room' perform the funeral ceremony and finally make the cattle prods and motion-detector. All of that would take a fair amount of time. It's not like the Alien grew to full size in only 20 minutes.

Correction: There's one big false assumption there - that the creature kills to eat. The extended cut of the film shows that in at least two cases, members of the crew were taken alive to create new eggs, and in other cases, the bodies are left apparently uneaten. The aliens in the film series have always shown the ability to grow to full size extremely quickly; the mechanism is unknown but it doesn't involve eating other lifeforms as no alien has ever been shown to attack before reaching full growth. The most likely explanation is that the additional mass required is simply taken from whatever the alien finds around it (metal, rock, whatever) and is incorporated into the body structure in some unexplained manner (possibly involving the breakdown of such matter via the acidic blood and its reconstitution in a form that the alien can make use of by some organ within the alien body).

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: Haven't people in the future learned from the Titanic disaster? Every ship nowadays has enough lifeboat capacity for everyone. Why doesn't the Nostromo?

Correction: There are numerous reasons why. The Nostromo is not a passenger ship but a deep space cargo ship. The Company cares more about cargo than employees and every lifeboat takes room and resources away from cargo. Having no escape route would be good incentive for the crew to fix a problem rather than abandon ship. And as seen in the second movie Ripley's Shuttle takes 57 years and blind luck to be discovered.

Corrected entry: When Ash tries to kill the semi-conscious Ripley by choking her with the rolled-up magazine, she begins to gag before the magazine even touches her lips, even though there is nothing in her mouth or throat yet.

wizard_of_gore

Correction: Ripley had the paper to her lips and was about to scream, but the paper was already in her mouth just when she made the attempt.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bret is confronted by the alien in the landing gear bay, we see the alien 'unfolding' from a vent using backward folding bird-like legs. In every other scene the alien has forward bending, human-like legs. (01:07:30)

Correction: You're misidentifying one of two shots. The Alien begins above Bret inside the vent. The tail lowers to the floor first, to act as support for it's bodyweight. The tops of its feet are on the vent's floor at the entrance. Without the tail, it could not hold this position- it would just fall to the floor. It then lowers itself (using the tail), feet remaining on the edge of the vent entrance. When we see the side view of its head slowly lifting, we see its arms lower to reach for Bret. It kills him, then drags him into the vent (his body isn't found when Parker arrives). What you believe are backward knees are either the alien's ankles on the vent edge, or the lowering arms soon after.

johnrosa

Corrected entry: When Ripley is setting the ship's self-destruct mechanism she goes to a panel in the floor. In this panel there are four holes with four screws next to them. When she inserts the first screw she has to manually lift up the cylinder to activate it. It also makes a sound as it is lifted. After she inserts the screw into the second cylinder it cuts to a view in front of her. The cylinder makes the same sound as it raises, but Ripley is not lifting this one. Her arms are doing nothing. When she activates the last cylinder she once again has to lift it up manually by the inserted screw. Based on the design of the mechanism it is apparent that all four cylinders have to be manually lifted, but Ripley does not lift the second cylinder. It lifts itself. (01:35:30)

luchador

Correction: She tugs at the first, but this doesn't mean it needs her to. The second rises on it's own, making the same sound. The third is shown having risen without making the sound like the first two as she screws the last one in. She's never shown pulling the third or fourth, and the fourth is never shown rising. There's no consistency between any two of the four, so we don't know if it isn't shown exactly as it's supposed to work.

johnrosa

Corrected entry: Just before landing, Dallas orders the Navigation lights turned on and we see rows of lights lighting up on Nostromo's belly. After landing, Dallas orders the flood lights turned on and we switch again to Nostromo's unlit belly (that should already be lit up with the nav lights) and we see the same rows of lights turned on again.

Correction: The rows of belly lights are seen lit before Dallas requests "navigation lights". Immediately after the order, the four large lamps at the rear of the ship are on (making those the "navigation lights"). The ship then has a very rough landing, taking significant damage (alarms, gas leaks, failing lights), and the next exterior shot shows all outside lights have gone off. After quite a bit of time (and repairs), Dallas requests the flood lights, and the rows of small lights turn on, which makes those the "flood lights".

johnrosa

Corrected entry: When Ripley is in Mother there is a moving shadow of a crew member over her right shoulder in the doorway. This occurs after Mother responds "unable to clarify". (01:19:15)

luchador

Correction: No error here. Once Mother tells Ripley the true nature of the mission, we see Ash is now seated next to Ripley. The previous shadow movement was Ash sneaking into the room.

Corrected entry: When Brett is about to be killed by the alien, a close up shot of just his hat is shown when the alien's teeth impale his skull and his brains come pouring out. In slo-mo you can see that an alien hand is holding his head in place as it strikes. A split second later we see Brett's face, but there is no hand anywhere near him nor is the alien reaching out towards him. (01:07:50)

luchador

Correction: No, the alien DOES have its hands on his head. It is on the very left of his hat, and is very hard to see, but it is there.

Character mistake: When Ripley interfaces with Mother for the first time and sees the special order, an instruction reads as "Insure return of organism" rather than "Ensure return."

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Trivia: There is no dialogue in the first six minutes of the movie.

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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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