Aliens

Continuity mistake: When Ripley pulls Newt out of the cocoon, she has cocoon stuff all over her back, but a second later it's gone.

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Revealing mistake: When the loader is dragged into the airlock by the Queen, during the shot where you see the orange light get smashed on the floor (seconds before it actually falls in), you can see two wires attached to the loader leading off screen.

Jack Vaughan

Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when they find the colonists, they have IDs under their skins, but on the read-out there's only about 6 of them, when there should be about 100 of them. Later, on the read-out, we see the right amount of IDs.

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Visible crew/equipment: Just after Ripley drops the first flare (on her way back to rescue Newt), the shadow of a crewmember is cast on Ripley's back.

Jack Vaughan

Visible crew/equipment: During the first attack scene in the hive, a marine gets killed and as he falls between the stairwells, his flamethrower goes off. Just as he falls down into the hold, you can see a crew member's foot moving backwards out of the shot.

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Continuity mistake: As the ship carrying the marines to the planet where communication has been down for too long, the pilot of the ship says, "Where's the damn beacon? Oh, I see it." But when she says the last bit, there is no vision of the beacon; it only comes into sight a few seconds later.

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[All ammunition has been confiscated.]
Marine: What are we supposed to use? Harsh language?.

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Trivia: The woman that plays Vasquez is the same woman that plays John Conner's foster mother in Terminator II. James Cameron, like many directors, likes to use the same actors. Michael Beihn (Hicks) is sent back to save Sarah Conner in Terminator. Vasquez is also in Cameron's Titanic. She is the mother of the two kids in the belly of the ship telling them a bedtime story before they die. She did a pretty good Irish accent then as well. She died in the sequels to Lethal Weapon, Terminator, and Aliens. I see a pattern here.

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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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