Quatermass and the Pit

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.

Visible crew/equipment: As the drillman was removing his equipment from within the spacecraft, the gravity became nonexistent and all the tools began to float. You can easily see wires on all the tools - especially the flashlight.

Larry Koehn

Visible crew/equipment: From the first shot, the flashing yellow crossing beacons on Hobbs Lane are powered by cables that lie in full view over the set pavements.

Visible crew/equipment: The very last scene, something swings in and out of the frame, on the right, just as Quartermass is rounding the corner.

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Suggested correction: After viewing the scene frame by frame, it is clear that something grey and textured enters the edge of the shot from behind the wall for a few frames, but it is not identifiable. Given the turbulence of the disaster setting it could as easily be identified as a flapping wall poster or a piece of torn curtain as set crew or equipment.

Visible crew/equipment: A gloved arm pulls out of the shot as Quatermass comes around the corner of Hobbs End to find a thoughtful Barbara. It is the very last scene of the film before the titles.


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

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Minister of Defense: You realise what you're implying? That we owe our human condition here to the intervention of insects?

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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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