The Langoliers

The Langoliers (1995)

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Continuity mistake: As Brian lands the plane down to Bangor, his headset is on in a frontal shot, but in a reverse shot it isn't.

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Revealing mistake: Near the end, as they approach LAX, the woman says there is nobody on the ground, that it's just the same as Bangor, but actually you can see a few cars moving on the ground.

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Continuity mistake: The position of the plane on the runway and the distance it is from the terminal often changes, when Dinah looks at it through the glass, as Toomey runs around from the Langoliers, etc.

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Continuity mistake: When they take off from Bangor you see the landing gear retract, but in the next shot it's back down again.

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Revealing mistake: Just before they land at Bangor airport we have two or three shots behind the pilot. I am not a hair dresser but I believe that you can see the difference between the real pilot's hair and the actor's.

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Visible crew/equipment: When it shows Toomey's father sitting down with a newspaper, as he gets up to shout at Craig, a boom mike is visible, above him.

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Continuity mistake: When the plane first lands at Bangor airport, the words 'American Pride' on the plane are reversed, like they are reflected in a mirror in one shot as its wheels hits the runway.

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Continuity mistake: After Albert knocks Craig Toomey unconscious with the toaster, as it shows different angles of him laying on the floor, his tie is alternately hanging out/tucked into his suit.

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Continuity mistake: When Nick checks on Albert after he knocks out Craig, during a close-up of Albert you can see that he reaches his hand up to his face. In the very next shot his hand's on his lap again.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where Albert hits mr Toomey, he falls to the ground out cold. If you look at the glass door to the right of Albert as he looks at mr Toomey on the floor you can see the reflection of a baggage car go past the door.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene were the pilot among the survivors start to land for the first time, the plane starts to shake. The teenage girl is comforted by the teenage boy. In one shot the girl wears her black jacket, in the next shot she's only wearing her green sweater, but in later shots she wears her jacket again.

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Factual error: After taking off from Bangor, the pilot pulls back on the flight control bringing the plane up to level flight. However, after taking off, a plane is "nose up" and would require pushing forward on the controls to bring the nose down to level. This is also evident by looking at the attitude indicator (circle with top half blue and bottom half brown). The white line indicates the horizon and you can watch the indicator show the plane's attitude coming from below horizon (nose down) to the horizon (level flight).

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Revealing mistake: When everyone goes up to the second floor on the escalator, behind them outside through the glass doors you can see people walking about.

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Factual error: When the airplane lands at LAX, the pilot indicates being out of fuel and is nearly unable to stop the airplane. However, the particular gate (54) where the airplane ends up at LAX would require a minimum of four stops and turns before getting there. Ending up at that particular point would not have been possible without power to taxi.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene when they all have just arrived at Bangor when Bob Jenkins compares his watch with a clock (he looks if there are batteries inside) I'm not sure, but I guess one battery is reversed so that the clock is stopped.

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Continuity mistake: When the airport manager tells Brian his ex wife died in a fire, they exit terminal 54, yet in the next shot as they continue to walk down the terminal, it shows them exiting from terminal 51.

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Continuity mistake: As they are going down through the clouds to Bangor, in the wide shot before Bethany faints on Albert. Bethany has vanished from the seat beside Albert. This is before she has fainted.

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Other mistake: In the scene where they are 1st landing at Bangor it is known that there is no electricity at the airport. If you look closely during the landing you will see that the runway lights are on.

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Continuity mistake: There is a scene where Laurel, Dinah, and Toomey are in the Cloud 9 restaurant and everyone else is out by the windows looking at the plane. The camera cuts from the group out by the windows - which includes Gaffney - immediately to a shot of the Cloud 9 restaurant sign. You can see Gaffney inside the restaurant through the sign.

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Other mistake: When the plane lands in LAX, as it slows down on the runway, in one shot the lettering (LI011) on the plane is reversed in one shot.

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Factual error: When initially investigating the missing people and the condition of the airplane, Brian looks at a screen that gives the airplane's transponder code (or "squawk") as 7777. An airliner would never be squawking that code, since this particular code is reserved for military interceptor operations.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Craig's father slaps Craig, and Craig then falls down to his knees on the floor, you can see a red tape marker on the floor by Craig's feet.

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Continuity mistake: The holes which the Langoliers make near the aeroplane, when the chase after Criag Toomy, change position, size, shape, move closer to the plane and then finally vanish.

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Audio problem: Another audio problem in the same scene: As Brian Engle is approaching the cockpit, there is some more muttering, presumably in this order (using actors initials: MLC: Right, Good God. PW: Is he (muffled) MLC: I know, I seem real strange. He's outta control.

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Continuity mistake: In most scenes at Bangor airport the plane (L1011/Tristar) can be seen in the middle distance from the terminal window, but in one or two scenes it's right outside blocking the view.

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Visible crew/equipment: At the end of the movie, when the people stand against the wall as they return back to normal time, you can see tape markers on the floor, as they stand by the wall.

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Continuity mistake: Towards the middle/end the mystery writer specifically says that on the airplane in Bangor there is electricity but in the airport there is none. However, when first arriving at the airport you can clearly see there are lights on overhead.

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Continuity mistake: When Craig Toomey jumps out and starts screaming at the blind girl, in the first shot he is holding the knife at shoulder level. In the following shot it is raised to eye level.

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Continuity mistake: Albert knocks Toomey out with a toaster. You can see during several subsequent shots that there is only a small amount of blood on Toomey's forehead and none at all on his face. Toomey lies there unconscious for a while, without changing position, and when he wakes up, suddenly his whole face is cut up and bloody.

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Factual error: Attempting to steer an airplane moving along the ground at more than 100 knots will cause the landing gear to be destroyed.

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Other mistake: When the passengers are frantically trying to refuel the jet at the Bangor airport (and Toomy is having a psychic/psychotic meltdown), everyone's attention is drawn to the collapsing power lines in the distance as the Langoliers head straight for them. Up until this point, we have been abundantly reminded that there are no odors, no sounds, no living things, no nothing except sterile, inanimate objects in the past, so the plane passengers are the only living, animate beings in this dead zone. However, as everyone looks toward the Langoliers in the distance, a flock of very animate white egrets (cowbirds) rise up from the grassy meadow in the foreground and circle once or twice for the camera.

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In the scene near the end of the movie, there is a board meeting on the tarmac. The Chairman of the Board is Stephen King who is the author of The Langoliers.

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