War of the Worlds

Continuity mistake: When Ray and Rachel are in the backyard, just before the lightening starts, she says, "I don't wanna go by myself," and there are no leaves on the barbeque. In the next close-up, as they stand near it, there are leaves on it. (Not due to wind.) (00:15:35)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray is in his backyard and says, "That is so weird," he's standing well away from the fence that is near the female neighbor holding the baby, but in the next shot he's right beside the fence talking to her. (00:14:35)

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Continuity mistake: After Rachel tells Ray that Robbie took the car, when Ray runs down the steps long shadows are cast. When Ray turns around to see what everyone is looking at, all shadows are gone, only to reappear in the next shot. Then when Ray runs to his yard, the angle of his shadow is entirely different. (00:13:30)

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Continuity mistake: Just before the news van leaves, in the shot facing the News Producer she asks Ray, "Hey were you on that plane?" then extends her left arm to touch Ray with her left hand. However, in the shot facing Ray, she has her right arm extended to touch Ray. (00:45:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray breaks the window with the baseball, the characteristics of the hole differ between exterior and interior shots. (00:10:10)

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Continuity mistake: While up in the tripod's "holding cell" for humans, Ray spits the circular grenade pins into his hand, and their positions on his palm differ between the two consecutive close-ups. (01:40:15)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray runs out of the house and meets up with Robbie, the cars and pedestrians very noticeably differ between consecutive shots while they talk. (Not due to cars being pushed.) (00:18:15)

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Continuity mistake: Once Ray takes the piece of pita with hummus and eats some of it, the rest of the pita and the way he holds it differs in following shots. (00:12:30)

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Continuity mistake: As the News Producer speaks with Ray amidst the plane wreckage, her black bag, her actions, and how she hold things such as food trays, change abruptly in consecutive shots, while Max searches for food in the locker. (00:43:15)

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Continuity mistake: As the hole begins to crack in the overhead wideshot the crowd moves back, and the florist is at the top center of the screen with hardly anyone near it. Yet, in the next close-up, suddenly there are dozens of people standing in its path, as the crack dramatically approaches the florist. (00:21:15)

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Continuity mistake: When the asphalt quakes in front of the church in the overhead shot, just as the huge gush of water shoots up from the ground, in the foreground a person is leaning way out their window aghast at the goings on. In the next shot that person is gone and the window is shut. (00:22:45)

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Continuity mistake: Whilst Robbie is helping the people onto the ferry in the overhead shot, Ray holds Rachel beside a red car down below as they are both avidly watching Robbie's heroism. However, in the next close-up Ray is just now approaching the car, amongst a greater crowd of people. (01:02:20)

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Continuity mistake: As Ray says, "Next time you take my car with no driver's licenseĀ…" he walks a good distance away from Robbie. Yet in the next close-up of Robbie, Ray's arm is still pointing up near Robbie's face. (00:18:25)

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Other mistake: Mary Ann and Tim's basement, and Ogilvy's cellar are the same set, just dressed differently; note the positioning of the windows, the stairs, even the little room off to the side. Also, some items in both the basement and cellar are the same, for instance the chair. While they are in the basement and the plane is crashing, before they run into the side room, Ray grabs his gun off of that chair and later in the movie when they are in Ogilvy's basement, Rachel is in that chair when the aliens are in the cellar.

Continuity mistake: When Ray heads upstairs from Mary Ann's wrecked basement, there is a mess beside the stairs. However, in the next shot looking down, there's no mess near the stairs, furniture differs, and now there's a wicker hamper that appears out of nowhere. (00:41:35)

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Audio problem: When Ray carries Rachel out of Mary Ann's destroyed house, Ray and Robbie walk past some wreckage and are near the van, yet in the next shot they just start walking past that wreckage again. Additionally, the audio is not in sync with Ray's lips in the first shot. (00:45:40)

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Continuity mistake: As the asphalt begins to burst open, the Portuguese restaurant's windows shatter, and when the camera pans to the church there are very few people on the street in front of it. In the next shot, however, there is a huge crowd in front of it. (00:22:10)

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Continuity mistake: In Boston, when Mary Ann lifts Rachel, she holds her daughter then turns to face Ray and says, "Thank you." Behind them, up the stairs, the left front door is already wide open, yet in the next shot both doors are closed until her parents dramatically open them. (01:47:30)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray is at the News Producer's van, she grips and starts to push the videotape with her palm up, but in the next close-up it's the opposite, she's pushing it with her palm down. (00:44:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray and the kids are driving down the freeway, there are several cars stopped randomly so they have to swerve a lot. But when it shows them inside the car, talking, they are driving perfectly straight. When it shows them from the outside again, the random cars are back and they start swerving again.

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