Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

114 mistakes

New this month Continuity mistake: At sky hook the soldiers pull up in a jeep and jump out carrying M1 carbines. In the next shot when they lay on the ground to fire at the aliens they are armed with M1 Garands.

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Factual error: The aliens request a meeting with Dr. Marvin on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, near Washington DC. However, the shot of him driving along the shore line shows mountains in the background, which don't exist in Eastern Maryland.

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Visible crew/equipment: Dr. Marvin decides to try out his new improved magnetic interference unit on a real alien spaceship that shows up outside the Belmont lab. As the truck with the device on it pulls up you can see the reflection of the crew in its door.

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Visible crew/equipment: The general gets a phone call just as Carol gets ready to leave his office at the Pentagon and he tells her, "You better get down to the shelter". As he says this the camera zooms in and it's shadow can be seen on his desk.

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Continuity mistake: Before Dr. Marvin removes the helmet from the dead alien, Maj. Huglin is holding his rifle in his right hand. In the next shot he's using his right hand to remove the helmet. Then in the shot after that he's not touching the helmet at all.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene in which Hugh Marlowe and his fiancée are on the alien ship, speaking with the aliens, his arm is over her shoulder when shown from the front, but down and he is about a foot away from her when shown from behind. The shots alternate back and forth, front and behind, so that the mistake is fairly obvious.

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Audio problem: Dr. Marvin watches the magnetic interference unit take down an alien spaceship and says, "…saucer hit and down in the Potomac". If you look closely his lips do not match what we hear.

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Continuity mistake: The UFO flies over the Marvin's car as they approach "Operation Sky Hook", and Dr. Marvin tells Carol to pull over. She immediately turns the steering wheel to the left but in the next shot she's steering straight ahead.

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Visible crew/equipment: During the final attack after Carol falls on the floor in a hallway in the Pentagon there's a shot of a crowd running towards the camera. The woman in the front has the shadow of the boom mike right on her forehead as she comes close to the camera screaming bloody murder.

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Deliberate mistake: The aliens fire on a bell tower with a clock on it. In the next shot a different building blows up.

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Deliberate mistake: As the alien spaceship attacks a bomber we see it superimposed through the windshield. The pilots never react because they're not actually seeing it and are poorly directed.

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Deliberate mistake: As the saucer lands on the White House lawn the aliens walk out and fire on some soldiers, killing them. A few shots later we see them walking backwards into their spaceship as the film is obviously run backwards.

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Visible crew/equipment: Watching the alien spaceship that lands outside the Belmont lab they all get out of the car and Carol says, "I'll get them from Russ". If you look closely as she opens her door, the reflection of the crew can be seen in the passenger side vent window.

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Continuity mistake: We see the alien ship before it destroys the Pacific Paint Company with what looks like a beautiful cloud filled sunset behind it. In the next shot as the building blows up the sky is cloudless.

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Deliberate mistake: Two trucks with magnetic interference units on them are shot at by the aliens and the exact same sequence is used again three shots later as they shoot at them again.

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Visible crew/equipment: At "Operation Sky Hook" Dr. Marvin listens back to the tape recording that he was making as the UFO flew over their car and if you look closely the spool of tape on the recorder is at the halfway spot. Earlier as he was making the recording the spool of tape was at the end.

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Continuity mistake: A saucer crashes threw the main window of a train station and the clock reads 11:10. Two shots later we see the clock on the other side of the building and it reads 10:43.

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Deliberate mistake: After the alien ship destroys the bomber, Dr. Marvin picks up the helmet and they all start to run back to the car. In order to save time in repositioning the camera they start out 50 feet behind where they just were in the previous sequence and run back to the exact same spot.

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Visible crew/equipment: As Dr. Marvin tries on the alien helmet, he looks around the room and a non-acting crewmember appears in the back of the room, standing to the far right against a concrete pillar, observing the filming.

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Continuity mistake: Carol and Dr. Marvin walked into The Internal Security Commission meeting together. In the next sequence of shots inside the room she disappears, and when Dr. Marvin and Maj. Huglin leave the meeting together she's nowhere to be seen.

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Continuity mistake: Gen. Hanley drives up to "Operation Sky Hook" and stops in front of the guard post. At first he's in direct sunlight than in the next shot as he hands his ID to the guard, he's in the shade.

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Continuity mistake: During the final attack the cloud cover is continuously changing. One minute it's clear, than over cast, then wispy cirrus clouds, then puffy cumulous clouds all between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the underground bunker Carol and Dr. Marvin listen to the aliens voice from the slowed down tape recorder. At first we see the tape in the middle of the spool than ten seconds later it jumps to the end.

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Visible crew/equipment: When seen up close the aliens helmets have no openings. When the alien spaceship takes off outside the Belmont lab one of them is left inside. As he walks out the reflection of the window on the front of his helmet and the person in side can be seen in the sunlight.

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Audio problem: As the aliens announce their intentions to the people of earth Dr. Marvin walks up to a television set in the back of the lab and turns it on. We hear the over-dub of the aliens speaking through the television set but it's obvious that the unit never comes on.

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Visible crew/equipment: As the alien spaceship rips apart the Washington monument, two shots later it falls to the ground and the bricks are not the right size and the wires holding them can be seen.

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Continuity mistake: Carol and Dr. Marvin stand in the front of the Supreme Court Building as the aliens destroy it. As they cut away to the long shots of the front of the building they're not there but then in the close-ups they are.

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Deliberate mistake: After the aliens announce their intentions Dr. Marvin meets with Carol back at their hotel room. He tells her that she must take a flight alone back to Palm Springs and then leaves the room. In the end of the scene she picks up a copy of The Evening Star, which is an obvious prop as it has no date on it.

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Plot hole: After being denied permission to contact the aliens by himself, Dr. Marvin returns to his hotel and calls them up on the radio anyway and arranges to meet, despite not being allowed to leave the hotel. His wife says she overheard him say he's under orders not to leave and begs him to call someone instead: "Call Huglin". She shouldn't know who Huglin is because Huglin was only assigned to guard them as Marvin was being denied permission to contact the aliens.

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Continuity mistake: After the general says, "I'll show you how it works" they all turn and follow him. In the next shot they're in an entirely different room.

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Visible crew/equipment: As the saucer lands on the White House lawn a truck with the magnetic interference unit on it pulls up and you can see the reflection of the crew in the shiny driver's side door.

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Continuity mistake: After listening to the alien translating device from the helmet the general says, "I'll show you how it works" and Maj. Huglin turns to look at Carol twice between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Prof. Kanter is incinerated by the alien's beam we can see the shadows cast by the leaves of the trees move before our eyes between shots.

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Visible crew/equipment: At "Operation Sky Hook" Dr. Marvin says to Carol, "I want you to transcribe these notes for my report" and you can see the shadow of the camera as it follows them on the left of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: When they remove the helmet from the dead alien the front of Dr. Marvin's hair is combed differently than it was earlier in the scene. Carol's hair changes also throughout this scene.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the final battle an alien spaceship rips apart the Washington Monument and if you look closely you can see cracks in the spot where it eventually breaks apart before we see it happen.

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Visible crew/equipment: A soldier on the truck with a magnetic interference unit on it says, "Dr. Marvin, Dr. Marvin, we've made contact with GHQ". The crew can be seen filming across the street in the reflection in the truck.

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Continuity mistake: At Carol's barbecue a soldier drives up in a jeep with a message for Dr. Marvin stating that they lost contact with rocket No. 11. Dr. Marvin holds the message and an envelope in his hand as they look up and see the rocket burning up in the atmosphere. He never puts the message back into the envelope but when he sits down the envelope is alone and the messages is gone.

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Continuity mistake: In their spaceship the aliens use the infinitely indexed memory bank beam to read Gen. Hanley's mind and his hair is combed and his face is dry. In the next shot his hair is messed up and his face is sweaty.

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Continuity mistake: When the Marvin's start necking as they drive to "Operation Sky Hook", the background we see through the rear window shows a curve, but Carol's hands on the steering wheel never move.

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Deliberate mistake: As the Marvin's approach "Operation Sky Hook" they hear the UFO above. Out the rear view window we can see the same sign and background they passed several minutes ago when the doctor started making his tape recording.

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Continuity mistake: The telegraph report says that the UFO they're following is traveling in excess of 2000 mph but when they show the jets speed gauge it's only going 650 mph.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the final battle we can see the wires holding up the alien spaceships in the close-ups.

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Continuity mistake: As Dr. Marvin tries on the alien helmet the microphone on the table that Carol spoke into when they demonstrated the alien translating device is standing straight up. In the next shot it's moved sideways.

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Continuity mistake: As the aliens announce their intentions to the people of earth Dr. Marvin walks up to a radio in the back of the lab and says, "If I'm right they'll sail into Washington in broad daylight…". If you look closely the radio is pointing to a different station that it was when we saw it previously in the scene even though no one has gone near it.

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Continuity mistake: After the aliens announce their intentions Dr. Marvin and the generals meet together back at the Pentagon office. Dr. Marvin's hanky in his jacket pocket is arranged differently between shots.

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Deliberate mistake: As the alien ship attacks and destroys the bomber with it's ray gun we see stock footage of a different WWII bomber being destroyed by the German Air Force.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Maj. Huglin shoots and kills the alien the shadow of a crew member can be seen moving on the right of the screen.

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Factual error: This mistake involves the scene with the "translating computer". This scene was actually filmed at the University of California's Engineering Lab, and the machine (called a differential analyzer) really was in use at that time. A photo of this exact machine can be seen in the November, 1951 issue of 'Radio and Television News' on page 70. Here's the mistake: In front of Dr. Marvin, is an X-Y plotter, used to plot graphs from the machine. When the camera zooms in on it, the camera now shows a pantograph, which is a mechanical device to duplicate drawings or sketches. Out of camera view, a crew member is writing the message, and the 'output' end of the pantograph is then shown doing the 'writing.' That machine (or any computer in the 50's) would be incapable of translating a foreign language, let alone an alien one.

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Continuity mistake: As they sit enjoying Carol's barbecue the umbrella on the table behind them is tilted in a different direction between shots as a soldier drives up in a jeep with a message for Dr. Marvin.

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Continuity mistake: One of the three trucks used in the movie with the magnetic interference units on them has a distinctive kink in it's dish, and we see this truck destroyed by the aliens. Several shots later when the battle is over this truck is back again.

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Continuity mistake: The alien helmet that we see on the desk as the generals introduce themselves to Carol and Dr. Marvin is not the same one we saw earlier. This one has a large lip on the bottom and the one that he removed from the dead alien did not.

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Continuity mistake: We see the head of the alien up close twice and each time the gravel underneath is raked differently.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Maj. Huglin shoots and kills the alien it's ship attacks a bomber and you can see the wires holding it up as they reflect the stage lighting.

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Continuity mistake: The alien translating device from the helmet that Dr. Marvin places on the table is not the same one he was just holding. The shade, shape and shadow on the table all change between shots.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin and the others stop the car and watch the alien spaceship that shows up landing outside the Belmont lab. At first the car is parked on an angle then in the next close-up shot it's on level ground.

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Visible crew/equipment: After Dr. Marvin drives to his meeting with the aliens by the Chesapeake Bay we see a long shot of him walking on the beach with nothing else in sight. In the next close-up shot he walks through and equipment shadow that shouldn't be there.

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Audio problem: After Prof. Kanter is incinerated by the alien's beam, Maj. Huglin points his shotgun at the alien and fires. If you look closely he pulls the trigger the first time and the gun misfires and you can see the recoil but not hear anything.

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Continuity mistake: Prof. Kanter is incinerated by the alien's beam and his cane falls down next to him. The next time we see his smoldering body the cane has been moved and is now touching a tree to the right of the screen.

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Continuity mistake: As the motorcycle cop gets his brain scanned by the aliens Infinitely Indexed Memory Bank the brain we see is the same one we saw when Gen. Hanley's got his brain scanned earlier in the movie.

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Continuity mistake: As they speak to the aliens inside the spacecraft look closely as the motorcycle cop draws his gun twice before he shoots at the aliens.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin says the batteries are dead on the tape recording that he makes, yet several shots later the lights behind Carol and he are back on.

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Visible crew/equipment: Dr. Marvin tries out his high frequency ultrasonic gun in front of Maj. Huglin and if you look very closely you can see the tip of the flair that they used to blow up the cement block sticking up above it before it explodes.

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Continuity mistake: Maj. Huglin walks in as Dr. Marvin works on the high frequency ultrasonic gun and says, "Hello". Another engineer works to right of them and in the next shot he disappears.

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Audio problem: An alien craft is spotted flying around inside of the Belmont lab above their heads and Maj. Huglin picks up and throws a wrench at it. We see the wrench hit the support girder near the ceiling but the sound is a second late.

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Continuity mistake: Maj. Huglin walks into the lab as Dr. Marvin works on the high frequency ultrasonic gun and all the equipment behind them is lit up. In the next shot it's not.

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Continuity mistake: Several authentic looking prop newspapers have headlines reading that "Operation Sky Hook has been wiped out" and they all have the same mistake, no date on top.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin tries out his high frequency ultrasonic gun in front of Maj. Huglin. Before he fires it the device is moving, than in the next shot it's still.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin tries out his new improved magnetic interference unit and an alien craft is spotted flying around inside of the Belmont lab above their heads. Before the craft takes a dip down at them they're standing on the right of Dr. Marvin's magnetic device, but when we see them again they're standing on the left of his device.

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Continuity mistake: As Dr. Marvin tries out his high frequency ultrasonic gun in front of Maj. Huglin they're all staring at it. In the next shot they're looking at the cement block before it's destroyed.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin walks in as Carol sleeps in their hotel room and then proceeds to call the aliens on his shortwave radio. By the time he walks out of the room to meet with them by the Chesapeake Bay the items on top of his dresser have moved, without anyone going near them.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin tries out the new improved magnetic interference unit and invites Prof. Kanter to be the first one to shoot it. He walks over to Prof. Kanter standing in front of the gun twice between shots.

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Plot hole: Carol and Dr. Marvin walk into The Internal Security Commission at The Pentagon and he's stopped by the guard and made to show his clearance. The guard looks at him intently but lets his wife in without any challenge or ID check.

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Continuity mistake: As Dr. Marvin tries out his high frequency ultrasonic gun in front of Maj. Huglin the engineer to the right of them turns on the generator. In the next shot the lighting has changed and the the shadow of Dr. Marvin's head appears on the pillar behind him.

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Continuity mistake: At the Pentagon Carol and Dr. Marvin speak to the generals and one of them holds a pipe in his right hand. In the next shot he's holding the pipe in both hands.

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Continuity mistake: After they've destroyed the alien craft spotted flying around inside of the Belmont lab, Dr. Marvin and the others decide to pack up and leave. Even though the sound has been edited out, the car and truck are already running with their headlights on before anyone gets into them.

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Continuity mistake: Carol and Dr. Marvin are locked in the underground bunker at "Operation Sky Hook" as the power goes totally dead. Somehow in total darkness without any power we still hear the sound of the aliens speaking which is strange because if you look at the tape recorder it's not running at all.

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Continuity mistake: Carol and Dr. Marvin are locked in an underground bunker at "Operation Sky Hook" and the doctor makes a tape recording of himself as the power goes out and the lights start to flicker. He says, "The batteries are failing, the recorder's not running up to speed" but if you look at the tape recorder it never slows down and keeps running at the same speed.

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Continuity mistake: After leaving The Pentagon, Dr. Marvin and Major Huglin arrive at the doctor's hotel in broad daylight. In the next shot as he walks in on Carol sleeping in their room, it's the middle of the night.

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Continuity mistake: At The Pentagon Internal Security Commission meeting a General asks, "Does anyone one want to have the recording played again?" and the two military officers standing in the back move to the left between shots, only to return several shots later.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin runs out of their hotel room and proceeds to his meeting with the aliens by the Chesapeake Bay. Carol calls Major Huglin in his room and we see that the filmmakers used the same room for both shots with items such as paintings, beds, lamps and water pitchers moved to different spots.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Marvin and Major Huglin leave The Internal Security Commission meeting together and drive from The Pentagon to the doctor's hotel. Even though we just saw Carol and Dr. Marvin fly into Washington in an airplane he's driving the exact same make and model car that they were in at"Operation Sky Hook". Even the California license number AV-35-B7 is the same.

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Other mistake: As they travail to The Pentagon in Washington, Carol and Dr. Marvin sit in the exact same mock-up of an airplane's interior that we saw earlier in the movie when a UFO passes in front of it.

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Continuity mistake: There's no smoke inside of the alien spaceship but if you look closely before the motorcycle cop fires his gun, smoke from a previous take can be seen swirling above their heads.

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Continuity mistake: The alien's show a Navy Destroyer being destroyed by their death rays. Later as it explodes we see the remains of an aircraft carrier.

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Revealing mistake: When Carol, Dr. Marvin and the others enter the alien spaceship it's obvious by the sound that that they are walking on plywood made to look like metal.

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Revealing mistake: As the alien's speak to Carol, Dr. Marvin and the others inside their spaceship, they use the exact same footage again of them looking at the video screen as they leave earth even though one minute of movie time has elapsed.

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Continuity mistake: The alien's speak to Carol, Dr. Marvin and the others and show them a Navy Destroyer on their video screen firing on an alien spaceship. If you look closely the guns on the ship are not aimed at the alien spaceship.

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Continuity mistake: The motorcycle cop looks up at the alien's Infinitely Indexed Memory Bank and the front of his hair is combed up into a pompadour. In the previous shot it was combed down.

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Continuity mistake: The alien spaceship's shadow falls on the sand underneath where Carol, Dr. Marvin and the others are looking at it on the bank of the Chesapeake Bay. In the next shot as they all walk into it they're in sunlight.

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Continuity mistake: Carol's hair is parted in the middle as they stand and look at the alien spaceship as it sits on the bank of the Chesapeake Bay. When we see her inside the spaceship her hair is parted on the right.

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Continuity mistake: The Motorcycle cop that is taken up into the alien spaceship with them asks, "What team has won the most World Series?". When he asks the question he takes his hat off which leaves a dark impression on his forehead, in the next shot it's gone.

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Continuity mistake: As the alien's speak to them inside their spaceship, Dr. Marvin stands next to Carol. In the next shot from behind he has his arm around her waist.

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Continuity mistake: Carol is tending to the barbecue as Gen. Hanley and Dr. Marvin comes out of the house after their discussion. On the table behind her are two coffee pots stacked on top of each other. In the next shot when they all go to sit down the top one is knocked over.

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Continuity mistake: Carol is tending to the barbecue as Gen. Hanley and Dr. Marvin comes out of the house after their discussion. On the table behind her are two coffee pots stacked on top of each other. In the next shot when they all go to sit down the top one is knocked over.

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Continuity mistake: At Operation Sky Hook, Gen. Hanley tries to get Dr. Marvin to stop the launch, but he can't. We see the rocket several times on the doctor's video screen and the rocket that actually blasts of is not the same one we first see, as the tail fans are painted differently.

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Continuity mistake: Gen. Hanley and another soldier on his left are knocked to the ground as the alien blows up a building behind them. One shot later the alien goes out to bring him back to the ship and now the general is on the opposite side of the soldier.

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Continuity mistake: Carol talks on the remote TV set to Gen. Hanley and Dr. Marvin in the bunker and we see the rocket behind her with the No. 10 on its fin. The next time we see the rocket as it's being prepared for launch it has the No. 12 on its fin.

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Continuity mistake: Gen. Hanley is up in the control tower as the UFO flies over the base. In the shots from the control tower there's heavy cloud cover but in the shots outside the control tower it's a clear day.

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Continuity mistake: The UFO lands at "Operation Sky Hook" and three aliens walk out of it. At first the building on the left is in direct sunlight then in the next shot as we see the dead alien lying there, the building is in the shade.

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Continuity mistake: At the barbecue, Carol serves Gen. Hanley and Dr. Marvin two very thick hamburgers. In the next shot when they go to sit down to eat, the hamburgers have gotten thinner.

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Continuity mistake: As Gen. Hanley's car pulls up to "Operation Sky Hook" there are two guards at the post, one is standing by the car and one is moving inside the building. In the next shot as the guard walks into the building to call Dr. Marvin, he's alone.

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Visible crew/equipment: Gen. Hanley drives up to "Operation Sky Hook" and the guard says, "No one allowed in, sir. There's a rocket taking off now". You can see the reflection of the cameraman in the side vent window of the car.

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Continuity mistake: As the Marvin's listen to the tape recording of the UFO, Dr. Marvin stops the recorder and uses his finger to re-wind it. If you look closely he goes way past the spot where the sound started.

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Continuity mistake: After they pull over to the side of the road to look at the UFO, Dr. Marvin gets back into the drivers side of the car as Carol slides unobstructed from the drivers side over to the passenger seat. In the next shot the tape recorder is sitting there between them.

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Continuity mistake: Carol and Dr. Marvin finally get to "Operation Sky Hook" and they're driving the exact same make and model car as they were in the previous shot. The only thing that has changed is the license number, which was AV-27-X3 and is now AV-35-B7.

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Continuity mistake: After they pull over to the side of the road to look at the UFO Dr. Marvin gets back into the drivers side of the car and his jacket is draped over the center of the front seat. In the next shot it disappears.

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Continuity mistake: After they pull over to the side of the road and look at the UFO, Dr. Marvin gets back into the drivers seat and hands Carol a Chesterfield from his shirt pocket. In the previous shot he didn't have anything in his shirt pocket, in fact he didn't even have a pocket on his shirt.

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Continuity mistake: The UFO flies over the Marvin's car as they approach "Operation Sky Hook" and causes them to pull over to the side of the road. When the doctor gets out of the car they're in a different place than they were in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: The Marvin's pull over to the side of the road to look at the UFO and the upholstery of their car changes from black to white between shots.

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Continuity mistake: The aerial shot of Carol and Dr. Marvin driving up to "Operation Sky Hook" shows a flat desert. In the next close-up shot of them inside the car we see a hilly terrain through the rear window.

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Continuity mistake: The UFO flies right over the cockpit of a United Airlines jetliner but does not leave a shadow.

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Visible crew/equipment: Carol and Dr. Marvin drive by the "Operation Sky Hook" sign and you can see the shadow of the camera on it as they pass.

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Continuity mistake: Between the second and third shot of the movie the cockpit of the jet changes in the close-up.

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