Aliens

Continuity mistake: In the scene close to the end of the film when Ripley is getting the weapons ready in the 2nd drop ship to rescue Newt, she slams in a new ammo clip into the pulse rifle and the counter reads 95 rounds. Moments later when she is in the elevator descending into the aliens lair the counter is reading 42 rounds, even though she hasn't fired a shot.

ken shabby
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Continuity mistake: When Ripley and the marines arrive on the planet, it is pouring with rain. But a minute after being inside the buildings, they are all dry.

kh1616
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Continuity mistake: Director's Cut: During the briefing scene on board of the Sulaco, Lt. Gorman begins the briefing. He gets interrupted by Hudson. Before the shot changes to Hudson, you can see Gorman standing straight in front of the marines and looking straight ahead. In the shot from Hudson, you can see Gorman looking to the right to face Hudson. He still should be looking straight ahead. (00:32:00)

Christoph Galuschka Premium member

Revealing mistake: When Bishop is doing his knife trick on Hudson it's obviously fast forwarded as you can clearly see the head of Apone in the background move way too fast for real life. No one can move their head that fast without snapping their neck. (00:21:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: A wire can be see on the Alien Queen's left leg as she descends from the ship just after ripping Bishop in half.

THGhost
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Visible crew/equipment: When an alien rises out of the water to kidnap Newt, you can see two wires lifting its tail out of the water.

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Continuity mistake: In the APC, Ripley puts on a headset to talk to Hudson. When the fighting is underway, she turns to Gorman to "get them out of there." Headset's gone. Next cut to, headset's back for Gordan to pull it off of her. (01:15:30)

AfroRican
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Continuity mistake: As the marines first enter the med labs, Drake at the front, there are some neon tubes hanging from the ceiling that slowly rotate to face the camera. As the angle changes and Drake goes round a corner, the neon tubes rotate to face where the camera previously was again in the background.

THGhost
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Continuity mistake: When Gorman and Burke come to see Ripley to persuade her to come to LV-426, Burke hands her a plastic card so she can call him if she changes her mind. At this point Ripley lights a cigarette. The scene then cuts to a view of the whole room, and Ripley can be seen lighting the cigarette again. (00:15:15)

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Revealing mistake: Briefly after landing on the planet, we see the APC trundle across the ground. The way it moves shows it is a model, every little bump makes it jump up and down. This is a shame, considering that when it is inside the facility and in subsequent shots, it looks very good.

David Mercier

Continuity mistake: There are 2 squads of marines in the film, 9 in total. (Not including Gorman or Bishop, and also not including Ferro and Spunkmeyer who stay in the dropship and do not enter the compound.) Squad one is Apone, Vasquez, Hudson, Crowe, Wierzbowski. Squad 2 is Hicks, Frost, Dietrich, Drake. But as the marines enter the compound you clearly see 5 marines running up to the door, and shortly after, Apone shouts for second squad to move up. As they move look closely and you will see 5 more moving up. 5+5=10, who is the mystery marine?

Visible crew/equipment: Throughout the sequence when the female pilot is preparing to drop the ship with Ripley and the marines on down to LV426, you can see a crewmember in her reflective sunglasses.

Jack Vaughan
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Continuity mistake: In the extended edition of the film, Ripley, Gorman, Burke, and Bishop meet up with Hicks at the entranceway. It is raining heavily and Ripley's hair gets soaked. But when she is inside a few minutes later, it looks as if she has had time to dry her hair thoroughly between now and then.

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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.

ployp
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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.

ployp
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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.

JEThree
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Factual error: The marines' rifles are supposed to fire "standard armor-piercing rounds", which should have done way more damage than producing a few sparks on the frail sheet metal table in the med bay when Hudson shot the face-hugger threatening Newt. "Standard AP rounds" would have pulverized the table and created a huge hole in the wall behind it.

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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.

Man Athan
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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.

kh1616
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[The alien queen advances on Newt.]
Ripley: Get away from her you bitch!

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Trivia: To make the Aliens' blood smoke and burn, the SFX department came up with an idea to put two separate chemicals side by side in bags inside the Alien puppets, on top of the explosives. When the two chemicals mixed together, it created a nasty, acidic burning affect.

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Question: If the company knew about the Aliens from the start and coveted them as a bioweapon, why did it take 57 years and the reappearance of Ripley for someone from the company to make another effort to get one? In the intervening 57 years, wouldn't the company have sent someone out to the derelict spaceship wreckage?

Answer: The company doesn't wait 57 years, they built a colony on the planet over 20 years prior to finding Ripley. The company was apparently unaware of the exact location of the derelict spacecraft. After finding Ripley and obtaining information from her, Burke was able to send the Jorden family to the precise location of the derelict spacecraft.

Answer: For me anyway, the company doesn't seem to be as hostile as they do in Alien. Won't surprise me that in 57 years there has been a change in leadership and they are no longer interested in capturing the alien, Burke seems to operating on his own. Minor plot hole ultimately.

Sam Montgomery

I think the original answer is right and they simply didn't know where the crashed ship was located on the planet since the beacon was deactivated and all information was on the Nostromo and with Ripley. They built a colony there to find it eventually, just takes a long time. Until they got lucky and found Ripley. Burke is definitely not working on his own though, they still knew about the aliens and the original idea still remained, capture aliens and bring them back to study.

lionhead

Yes that's right, because when Ripley has a run in with Burke he says that this specimen is worth millions to the bio weapons division and if we bring it back we will be made for life.

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