Aliens

Aliens (1986)

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Revealing mistake: When Newt is sliding across the grated floor, Bishop reaches out to save her and you can clearly see he's standing in a hole to make him look cut in half.

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Continuity mistake: When the Marines first enter the reactor room, the "Mission Time" readout on the shoulder mounted cameras jumps backwards and forwards in time with every cut.

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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.

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Other mistake: When the autoguns fire at the aliens for the second time, there is a flashcut of an alien being blasted apart. Watch closely; it's the same clip of the alien that Vasquez shot and subsequently sprayed Drake with acid.

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Continuity mistake: When Ripley and the Queen fall into the airlock, look closely at the Queen's tail. It seems that the sharp end of it is broken off, or missing. Later on in that scene it is back.

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Continuity mistake: There are many holes in the 'squad structure' once the marines arrive at Hadley's Hope. Gorman calls up 1st Squad (comprised of Apone, Vasquez, Crowe and Hudson) to approach the colony first. They do. But, if you look closely, there are other marines present. When they arrive at the door Apone goes straight to the console, Hudson holds back to our left and Crowe rests in the background on the right of the screen. Apone then calls Hudson up to do a bypass. If you look closely as Hudson runs up to the console you will see Frost in the background, he steps up to the left of Crowe (his left) and on the left of the screen, you will see Wierzbowski crouch with his flamethrower, slightly obscured by Vasquez (look between her legs). Then 2nd squad is called up. It is comprised of Hicks, Dietrich, Drake, Frost and Wierzbowski. Watch the shot of Vasquez entering the lock and you will see Frost standing roughly where he was when the 1st Squad ran up. Clearly the original scene had all the marines descend on the North Lock simultaneously. The confusion continues when Gorman, Ripley, Burke and Bishop enter the South Lock. They meet up with Hicks' squad yet Dietrich and Wierzbowski are curiously absent.

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Suggested correction: Actually you are just missing 2 members of first squad corporal Ferro and private Spunkmeyer. There are 11 marines in total.

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Continuity mistake: You may need slo-mo to see this: towards the end of the film, when Ripley is going down in the elevator to save Newt, pay close attention to the indicator screen counting off the floor numbers as they pass by. It goes floor 8, 7, 6 then 7 again and then 5.

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Continuity mistake: During the scene where Ripley is trying to break the window with a chair, there is a scuff mark on it before she hits it. It goes away and comes back.

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Continuity mistake: In the end of the film, when Ripley pulls the Alien queen down in to the hatch we can see that the bulb on top of the machine cracks but when they are lying on the hatch the bulb is whole.

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Continuity mistake: Director's cut: When the autoguns were mowing down the army of Aliens coming through the service tunnels, there should have been enough acid blood being sprayed out to melt a massive hole in the tunnel. But the acid has no effect at all on the tunnel walls.

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Revealing mistake: In the Special Edition of the film, in the scene where the Marines are conducting their initial search of the colony, the shot where Hudson and Vasquez enter the "negative situation" room (where they find the hamster) is obviously sped up. You can tell by how quickly Vasquez seems to move when she comes through the door.

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Continuity mistake: When Ripley and Hicks are discussing their defence plans after the first encounter, they decide to put one of the auto guns in each of three locations, leaving one left over. When we see the guns in place they have actually used two guns in each of two locations, that is, two pairs.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning of Aliens, when the door is cut through, the markings and lettering on the transparent cover of Ripley's suspended animation pod are different from those that were on it when she was asleep at the end of Alien.

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Continuity mistake: When Bishop is impaled by the Queen alien he spews android fluid/juice all over his chin. In a subsequent shot his chin is clean and he is spewing fluid again. The following shot his chin is once again covered.

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Continuity mistake: During the Cargo Loader vs. Queen fight, Ripley grabs the Queen and it closes around her neck. In the next shot it is closed around its head. It changes extremely quickly; therefore it couldn't have changed position.

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Revealing mistake: Right before Ripley discovers all of the eggs that the Alien Queen has laid, look at Newt's fingers as Ripley is carrying her - It's obviously a fake hand. Newt is in fact a dummy in this scene, and others preceding the chase from the Alien Queen. This dummy was created so that Weaver would not get exhausted carrying a real child around for so many scenes/takes.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene at the colony when a large vehicle approaches the camera, the reflection of someone's face can be seen showing the true scale of the miniature.

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AidanN

Continuity mistake: When remote sentries A and B start firing at the aliens in the tunnel, the display on A shows 500 rounds before they start firing. However, both remotes A and B had been previously test-fired by Vasquez and should show lower counts.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the Reactor Room scene, where the Marines first encounter the aliens, there's a part where Dietrich is grabbed from behind and accidentally ignites Frost with her flamethrower, causing him to fall down the stairwell. As he's falling, if you look, you can see part of a leg and a cable belonging to one of the technicians on the set.

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Revealing mistake: When Ripley first burns the egg plants inside the nest, the Queen screams and moves her head. The steel rod used to hold the Queen's head to the rest of her body is easily visible.

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Jack Vaughan

Revealing mistake: When Ripley rescues Newt, an alien comes from a corner and it jumps from side to side. In the second jump, you can see two wires on its back.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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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: 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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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.

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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.

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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.]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jack Vaughan

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.

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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.

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David Mercier

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.

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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.

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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.

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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: 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.

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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.

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Audio problem: In the beginning of the scene where the soldiers are eating in the mess hall, the soundtrack of background noise is played, then repeated.

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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.

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Visible crew/equipment: A wire is visibly attached to the queen's tail as it bursts out from Bishops' chest. (Slow-mo helps but is not necessary.)

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Jack Vaughan

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Newt and Ripley are trapped in a room with two facehuggers, Newt traps one with a table, and you can briefly see the operator's hand manipulating the legs.

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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: 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.

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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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Man Athan

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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GalahadFairlight

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: When Ripley is driving the APC, the passenger side front tire is on fire and engulfed in flames. When she runs over the alien with the same tire, the flames are completely gone. In the next shot and several shots after, the tire is completely engulfed in flames again.

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anthony1579

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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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.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, Ripley wakes up in a sweat, practically crying. She rings Burke on the visual phone and she has a droplet of sweat on her nostril, but it's there, then it isn't, then it, is; it comes and goes.

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kh1616

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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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.

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Jack Vaughan

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.

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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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