Aliens

Continuity mistake: As Ripley tucks Newt into bed for a nap, the angle of the reading lamp over the bed changes about 45 degrees following their close up discussion of the scary dreams of the doll.

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Continuity mistake: When Ripley sees the Queen on the Sulaco, she tells Newt to run. In the next shot of Newt getting up, she has moved further away from the step.

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Continuity mistake: At the very end, when Ripley is closing the lid of Hicks's sleeping capsule, we see a shot of him and the bandage almost covers his left eye. In the close-up shot of the lid closing, the bandage is further up on his forehead.

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Continuity mistake: Hicks has a heart painted on his armor with a latch locked by a padlock. When Hicks and Ripley enter the elevator after losing Newt, the padlock is missing. After the Alien attack, the padlock reappears.

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Continuity mistake: When Bishop is doing his knife trick on Hudson, his hair changes significantly from one shot to another, especially on the top and around the ears. In addition, at the end of the scene, Hudson is given a meal that was taken off a heater nearby on the table. That meal was apparently not placed back for some of the closeup shots, as it is missing from the heater. Finally, the time shown on Bishop's wristwatch seems to change radically about half-way through the scene.

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Continuity mistake: When Ripley and the marines go to where the colonists are, there is a ladder in front of the vehicle that was driven inside; the ladder would be in the way if the vehicle was driven further in. But when all hell breaks loose and Ripley decides to drive the vehicle further in, to rescue the marines, the ladder is gone - in fact, a lot of things look different the second time round.

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Continuity mistake: Just before the marines are extracted, Hicks tries to close the APC door. An alien stops the door and tries to get inside. Hicks picks up his shotgun and jams the muzzle into the alien's mouth and fires, killing the alien. The alien falls away, they immediately close the door and the APC begins to back up. The camera shot changes to an outside view of the APC. If you look at the area as the APC backs up, you'll see falling debris but no dead alien. It's doubtful the marines would've pulled it into the APC as we don't see it again, or that they would've kicked the corpse out really far due to the acid.

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Continuity mistake: In the shot were Ripley is driving the crew away from the aliens, note the big dent in the vehicle. Then in another shot when they finally get outside, there's a shot from the side and the dent is gone. (01:19:15)

Continuity mistake: When the marines first encounter the Alien hive in the reactor, and Ghorman asks Hudson what he's seeing, we're treated to a shot of Vasquez' helmet cam, and her name in the bottom right is missing her first initial. [Timecodes are from the special edition of the movie. The first one is the one for the error, and the second is a different scene with the initial present for comparison.] (01:04:00 - 01:20:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Ripley is giving Newt the cup of hot chocolate the handle is on Newt's right. When it shows the close up shots, the handle is on Newt's left. (00:48:40)

Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the film where Ripley and Bishop are in the dropship flying towards the atmosphere processors, Ripley begins to build a composite weapon from a flamethrower and a pulse rifle. She pulls a flamethrower from a rack on the wall, but lays pulse rifle on the deck of the ship, and then pulls a pulse rifle from the rack and lays a flamethrower on top of the pulse rifle. (01:49:05)

Continuity mistake: In the original "Alien", Ripley dons a space suit in the shuttle, in preparation to decompressing the quarters to the hard vacuum of space. The helmet has no light on its top. Subsequently, in "Aliens", the opening shots pan through the shuttle chamber, and Ripley's helmet sits there...with a light on its top.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the drop ship is about to leave the main ship look at the picture on the side of the ship, just to the left of the pilot's window. There is a symbol of an eagle. Note which way it is facing. Later when the ship is on the planets surface and the marines are leaving it, the eagle is facing the other way.

Continuity mistake: When Newt is caged in the resin, the cloud of steam around the egg completely disappears when Newt is seen from the p.o.v. of the egg.

Continuity mistake: Pulse rifles have 10 mm caseless ammo, but if you watch the scene where Vasquez depletes her rifle and then switches to the pistol, there clearly are shell cases being spat out.

Continuity mistake: Right after Ripley is rescued from the Narcissus, look at her hair in the clinic. At first there is a wide angle shot of the nurse coming over to her with some small talk. Then, when the shot changes to a close up of Ripley and the nurse, her hair has puffed out about 2 inches more. (00:05:40)

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Continuity mistake: After the Alien Queen is sucked out of the airlock, Ripley climbs back onto the platform and closes the doors. In a shot from above, her left leg has not yet crossed the mouth of the opening. Cut to a closer shot and half her body is already on the platform.

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Continuity mistake: When Ripley enters the hive, right before she lights the second flare, she fires a flamethrower burst. When she does, the starter flame goes out, then in the next scene it is on again. (01:53:50)

Continuity mistake: Hicks gives Ripley a wristwatch which is linked to his tracker. If you look at the watch, its face is mostly black with a tiny portion that is clear. However, when Newt has the watch and falls down the tunnel and is wandering around the pool of water before Hicks and Ripley find her, you can see that the watch face has no black - it has a full clear face and appears to be a standard digital watch of the 1980's era.

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Continuity mistake: When the crew is having breakfast the first time, at the end of the table is a non-moving kinetic orbit toy in 2 shots, then in the 3rd shot it's moving with no one touching it.

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Continuity mistake: In the sequence when the APC is fleeing the hive, and the alien punches a hole though the windshield to get to Ripley. The hole disappears in the next shot when the light reflects off of the glass. (01:07:05)

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Trivia: The name 'Sulaco' was taken from a novel by Joseph Conrad. The name of the novel? 'Nostromo' of course.

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Question: I know that the studio chose James Cameron to direct due to the strength of his script, but why wasn't Ridley Scott offered the chance to direct? And was the studio considering a sequel before Cameron joined?

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Chosen answer: The studio was considering a sequel before Cameron was involved, but regarding directing it, Ridley Scott told "The Hollywood" in a 2008 interview, "They didn't ask me! To this day I have no idea why. It hurt my feelings, really, because I thought we did quite a good job on the first one." The studio liked Cameron's script and at that time he had enough clout to be able to insist on directing it.

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It would have been a gamble to choose Ridley Scott as he had no experience with action films, James Cameron had proved himself with films such as Terminator.

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