Men in Black

Men in Black (1997)

36 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When J is trapped by a tentacle of the alien woman in the car he casts no shadow on the ground, revealing it's all CGI.

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Sacha

Correction: Look at the angle of the shadow from the car, Agent J does cast a shadow and it is next to the shadow from the car.

Corrected entry: When Jay and the woman in the morgue are feeling around in the body and Jay takes his hand out, there is no blood on his glove. The woman, in another shot has blood on her gloves.

Correction: Actually, if you pause the film at the moment he takes his hand out of the body, you can see blood on a few of his fingers.

Corrected entry: When Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones are going to the jewellery store, the bug/Edgar is pointing the shotgun at the tow truck person. How come K & J don't notice that?

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Correction: The scenes are meant to occur at the same time, so the shotgun is pulled out as J and K are in the store.

Corrected entry: When Edgar stabs the Arquillians in the neck, they appear to die instantly from their wounds. However we see later at the morgue that the bodies are controlled from a control room in their heads. A neck wound to the robot body would not appear to be fatal to the operator in the robot's head.

Correction: The alien's robot was obviously designed to emulate human appearance and function. More than likely, it was designed to emulate bodily functions as well in respect to operations and keeping the inhabitant alive. A breach of the neck would have most likely compromised the life support system of the robot, thus exposing the alien to Earth environment unprotected, and that would have been what caused him to die. It is shown that the alien and robot are indeed connected, as the blue lights and functions turn off as soon as he passes away when talking to J.

Quantom X

Corrected entry: When the Edgar alien first pulls up in front of the jewellery shop before the diner scene, it shows him turning the corner in the pest control truck. The "Zap 'Em" logo on the hood is backwards.

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Sammi

Correction: Logos on the hood are often printed in reverse so that a driver ahead of the vehicle can read the logo in the mirror.

rswarrior

Corrected entry: In the pawnshop right after Jeebs' head grows back, K tells him, "I want you off the next transport off this rock or I'm going to shoot you where it don't grow back". Yet Jeebs appears in the next movie.

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Correction: So Jeebs clearly ignored K's threat. Suits his character-type just fine.

Phixius

Corrected entry: When Dr Laurel Weaver (the coroner) is making a statement on a tape recorder about the oddities of the "body" of Gentle Rosenberg, J and K never bothered to erase the tape, so neuralizing Dr Weaver by itself was not enough to cover the tracks.

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Correction: That's not what they, personally, do. There are teams that come in and take care of that stuff later. Like J's police report being written for him: K certainly didn't do that himself. And the team that came in to burn the remains and surrounding area at the very opening of the film.

Phixius

Corrected entry: When the rear of the truck explodes after Will Smith shoots it, the pipes that feed the scene with smoke can be seen just above the kerbstones.

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Correction: Already submitted and listed as #86084: "In the scene after J shoots the exterminator van off of the tow truck he shoots again. When the camera clips to the tow truck driving away, you can see the smoke generators emitting smoke from the curb."

Sacha

Corrected entry: Steven Spielberg cast Will Smith for the movie after Will was suggested by Steven's wife, she jumped right up and said "Will Smith" after they read the script together.

javier santos

Correction: This is highly suspect. Do you have any source for this information? Unless you were in the room I doubt you can know she "jumped right up and said Will Smith".

Corrected entry: When Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are walking through the hallway, right after they're done with the gun test where Smith shoots the little girl, Tommy Lee Jones says "this way" and they turn into the hallway. If you look closely on the right side of the screen, you can see the door that leads to the shooting test, which shows that it's the same hallway that they passed through before.

Correction: Or there are multiple rooms where the shooting test could take place. Or, even better, it's a door leading to one of the other areas of the complex.

Corrected entry: Soon after Jay pushes the little red button on the Ford POS, Kay inserts an eight track cassette. "Eight Track" and "Elvis 'Promised Land'" are both right-side up, although, since they are driving on the ceiling of the tunnel and Kay is on the right (while upside-down), it should be upside-down.

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Knever

Correction: Although the car is upside-down at that point, the shot of the tape being inserted isn't. It's shown from the normal position. You can see that the vehicle console is shown right-side up.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when Will Smith first meets Rip Torn with all the other recruits, after he hands them the tests, look and listen very carefully. When Will pulls the table the noise for the table actually starts before he even pulls the table.

Correction: It starts at the exact moment that he starts pulling it, just as it should.

Knever

Corrected entry: When K reveals MIB's existence to J, J replies that K has been reading too many supermarket tabloids. K's response to this is to praise such tabloids as great journalism. These publications reveal information that is, in the film's universe, highly classified. Logically, K would see this as a threat and seek to neuralize, not praise, the staff of these tabloids.

Correction: Who ever said the movie was logical? The joke is that no one ever believes the tabloids except for MIB, and that is where they can get additional information. No need for neutralizing.

Zwn Annwn

Corrected entry: The person J thinks is Frank (the alien dog at the news stand) was Richard O'Brien, who wore that exact same makeup and costume as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Correction: No, it isn't. According to both his IMDb page and the 'Men in Black' cast list, Richard O'Brien is not in this movie.

Guy

Corrected entry: When Will Smith is chasing the alien in the beginning, it sounds like he says "LAPD, stop!" The movie takes place in New York City.

Correction: He actually says "NYPD".

Phixius

Corrected entry: In the scene where Edgar's skin gets inhabited by the alien bug, and goes back into the house, he pulls his skin back to make it stop hanging from his bones, in the next shot, he appears to still be holding it back, but when he lets go, it is very apparent that he was only holding his hair.

Correction: Which is attached to the skin. That's not a mistake.

Phixius

Corrected entry: When K and J are leaving the NYPD station, J says he has to write a report. Then his boss walks past and compliments him on a good report. Who wrote the report? J was the only person who witnessed the whole chase.

Correction: Obviously K wrote it (or somebody else at the MIB wrote it for him). Knowing that he was eventually going to have to neuralyse J, K had a report prepared to match the 'memories' that he was going to give J at the end of the evening.

Tailkinker

Corrected entry: When Will Smith accidentally releases the whizzing SpaceBall thing into the MIB work areas, you can see computer monitors exploding and people ducking out of the way before the SpaceBall thing gets anywhere near them.

Correction: The ball may not be near them but they can see and hear its destruction. It's only instinctive to duck and cover. Think about it, if YOU saw in the room next to you something flying around smashing everything, wouldn't you duck and try to protect yourself?

Corrected entry: After they drive through the tunnel, they pass through a tollbooth. The sign on the toll says that it accepts the 1 cent coin, more commonly known as the penny. Illinois is the only state in which pennies can be used in tollbooths.

Correction: Look more closely at what the toll booth sign reads, it is not written that it accepts the 1 cent coin. It states that it accepts the 1 dollar coin.

Corrected entry: When "Edgar" walks into the morgue, he's carrying a shotgun. He sets it down by the side of the window. Later, J walks in and starts ringing the bell. You can clearly see there is no shotgun there. Also, when he has the revolver to the lady's head, he doesn't have the gun. So where did the shotgun go?

Correction: In between the scene of Edgar walking into the morgue and J arriving, Edgar does other things, like "taking care of" the clerk at the morgue, meeting and threatening the doctor, etc. Even if we don't see him putting the shotgun someplace else, he had plenty of time and opportunity to do it.

Twotall

Corrected entry: When Edgar/Alien is pulling the woman scientist out of the car she is wearing boots but when she falls from the tower she is wearing shoes.

Correction: Doctor Weaver wears the same dark brown shoes from when the Bug Alien kidnaps her until the end of the scene when the Bug Alien is killed.

Corrected entry: In the scene when all the top guys are doing the written test, the guy in the navy blue suit with the combover straightens his test out and it flops back down. If you watch carefully, you can see that he waits for it to flop down.

Correction: He doesn't wait for it to flop down, he starts to read the questions and it flops down.

Corrected entry: In the scene when the alien ship crashes into the truck, it hits it from the side, and therefore would not split it perfectly; instead it would probably cut it in half and the 2 halves would both face diagonally.

Correction: Um. That IS what happened.

Corrected entry: When J is chasing the alien at the building he gets to the locked door and shoots out the glass. The gun jams with the slide back but he still fires at least 2 more shots.

Correction: He only fires the gun twice. If it jammed, it doesn't matter, because he never uses it again in the movie.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Will Smith (prior to becoming a MiB) follows the perp/bug into the Guggenheim, Will smashes a glass door. An alarm would have gone off (even a silent one) and guards would have come running. Not to mention the fact that there was no visible security around the museum, inside or out. It was deserted, as were the streets. This is NYC; come on.

Lisa 176

Correction: Have you forgotten about the MIB? They were obviously around since one neuralyzed Jay, and they would definitely have done something about any people in the area (evacuated them or something, then neuralyzed them), including the security.

Corrected entry: When Agent J gets his finger prints removed by a machine, it only removes the prints from the tip of his fingers. You can match prints from the lower parts of the fingers and the palms too, so he is still traceable.

Correction: We see K deleting all of his vital records, including his hand prints and footprints. Any prints left for someone to find wouldn't do them any good, being that they'll still need to have something prior for the computer to trace it to.

BillyBlake

Corrected entry: In the scene where Will Smith and the soldiers are being tested to become Men in Black, they are in the shooting range. All of the people there shoot off almost their entire magazine at the targets. Yet in the next shot one alien only has four neatly spaced holes in him and the others don't appear to have many if not any holes in them. I guess these guys are pretty bad shots.

Correction: Like you said, these guys ARE pretty bad shots. Coupled with the flashing light and startling images being shown while they were frantically firing, they simply missed the targets. This is not a mistake.

Corrected entry: In the beginning the agents wear Immigration and Naturalization Services patches, drive Border Patrol vehicles, and use Customs badges. All three were diffrent agencies at the time the movie was filmed.

Correction: Yes, but the MiB transcends all other agencies, and can comandeer equipment from all of them. While it would be more air-tight if they got all the tools for one job from a single agency, they could (for some reason) have opted to just scramble something together. And they would not be likely to care, since they would have to erase the memory of all witnesses anyway.

Twotall

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie, when the alien kills Edgar, he tosses the man's skin up out of the crater, then drags it back down where he puts it on. When it drags on the ground, it's obvious that Edgar's "skin" is simply a rubber or latex shell.

Correction: What else would an empty skin look like?

Corrected entry: When the "Edgar" alien escapes from the building with the lady, he jumps very high out of window and up onto the street. But when he is trying to leave planet earth, why does he climb up the tower if he can jump that high or scramble up the side of buildings, like the alien at the beginning?

Correction: The alien at the beginning of the movie and Edgar are two different species.

Corrected entry: When the bug takes Edgar's skin, we see the skin flop on the ground. However, there are no eyes, teeth or jaw bones, so why when the bug puts on Edgar's skin would there be human eyes and a set of human teeth and jaw bones?

Correction: You're supposed to give them a break about any time something is wearing something else's skin in MiB. It's been that way since the comics.

Corrected entry: In the beginning of the movie when Tommy Lee Jones is setting up the neurolizer for the first time you can see that the dials are Minutes, Hours and Days. Later when he describes it to Will Smith, he says the dials are Hours Days, Months.

Correction: The agents usually carry neuralyzers with them for taking care of something regular people just briefly saw. They'd never need a 'months' setting. The one K had here was meant for his own retirement, which he'd seen coming, so he had one set for much longer-term memory deletion.

Corrected entry: In the end when the bug leaves with his UFO, the 2 MIB are going to shoot it down. When they fire, Will is on the left side. After the shot he is on the right side.

Correction: After Jay and Kay shoot the UFO, it circles around behind their original spot. The camera follows them as they watch the UFO fall from the sky. Jay moves to the right as Kay stands still. Watch it if you don't believe.

Corrected entry: At the very beginning, when Will Smith is chasing the alien around the building, he is running one direction around the building, and when the shot changes, he is running the other way.

Correction: The start of the ramp in the Guggenheim museum runs in a clockwise direction before changing direction to anti-clockwise. This can be seen in the film in the overhead shot of Will Smith as he starts chasing the alien up the ramp.

Corrected entry: When K and J are driving the car along the roof of the tunnel, Will Smith's ankles are white.

Correction: No, the light from the tunnel shines on him to make it look like they are, but they aren't.

T Poston

Corrected entry: If the noisy cricket can blow Will Smith backwards through a car window, why doesn't the gun he uses to shot down the alien ship near the end knock him anywhere?

Correction: Will Smith probably braced himself before shooting the Cricket. If you are expecting someone to run into you, you will brace for impact. If you don't you get blasted a good 3 yards.

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K: All right, kid. Here's the deal. At any given time, there are around 1500 aliens on the planet. Most of them right here, in Manhattan. And, most of them are decent enough, just trying to make a living.
J: Cab drivers.
K: No, not as many as you think.

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When Will Smith is looking at the two space ships at the MIB headquarters, if you look in the background Zed and K are there typing on the computer. But if you look closer you can tell that they're not even touching the keyboard and the sounds are just added into the movie.

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In many European countries, as in Spain and France, since Dennis Rodman's weirdness isn't that well known, the celebrity mentioned in the last line of the movie as being an alien was changed to Michael Jackson.

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