Quatermass and the Pit

Continuity mistake: The martians that were pulled out of the spaceship had compound eyes much like a fly. However, the lifeforce of the martian over London, had cross-eyed pupils.

Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: A borazon drill was used to cut a hole into a panel. The hole was rather large, but when the special effects began showing the panel dissolving, the hole was much smaller.

Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: At the beginning of the film when the first skull is found, the black workman is holding a cigarette in his right hand when he tosses the skull to the foreman: The next shot cuts in and the foreman says "It may be worth money" the cigarette is now in the left hand of the black workman.

Will

Continuity mistake: The man who was electrocuted and killed inside the hull of the spaceship is carried on a board and is laid down on the platform, just after Quatermass says "He's dead" he covers the dead man with a sheet that magically appears from nowhere between shots.

Will

Continuity mistake: Quatermass used tweezers to pull away the membrane covering the eye of a dead martian. A scene later, the membrane was intact.

Larry Koehn

Continuity mistake: When Roney and Barbara get out of the taxi, the street is in shadow, but in the next shot the sun is up, as it lights up the buildings in the background:. (00:36:05)

Continuity mistake: Just after the discovery of the insects in the spaceship, Roney runs out to tell Barbara to call the institute. Notice in between shots Barbara is standing on her own, then in the next shot a bemused Captain Potter suddenly appears standing right next to her. (00:38:53)

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Continuity mistake: When the police sergeant, Quatermass and Barbara exit the station entrance to look at he derelict houses, at the moment he says "these are the houses" Barbara is facing directly forwards with her feet together, in the next shot as she replies " they really are derelict" she has turned left towards Quatermass and is standing with her feet together:. (00:16:20)

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Continuity mistake: When the police sergeant, Quatermass and Barbara exit the station entrance, there is sign on the left in white letters on a black background that says London Transport No Admittance that is leaning against the wall, in next shot the position of the notice has changed position and is more forward facing. (00:16:20)

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Continuity mistake: As the journalist in the red coat is walking quickly down the platform to join the press conference, she is seen from behind passing a large man stepping down from the platform and onto the track. In the next shot (in front of her) in the large man has disappeared. There is no way that he could have could have been hidden out of shot because he would have been walking alongside her down the track at the same time. (00:03:20)

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Visible crew/equipment: As Quatermass drives back to the spaceship in a cab, just before it is to be drilled, the film crew can be easily seen in the cab's windows. A woman with a white cap can be seen holding a script. Later when the police use a megaphone on their car to announce the spaceship is a hoax, you can again see the same woman with a white cap in one of the windows of the police car.

Larry Koehn

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Suggested correction: How could you tell if the reflection showed the actual film crew and not just a TV and newsreel crew assembled for the scene? They were also using mounted cameras and carrying papers.

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Trivia: The workman who digs through the wall of clay to reveal the skeletons was played by an uncredited Gareth Thomas, who went onto play the lead of Roj Blake in the BBC Sci-Fi series Blake's Seven. (00:02:00)

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