Men in Black

Men in Black (1997)

66 mistakes

Audio problem: 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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Revealing mistake: When Will Smith throws a rock at the escaping Edgar alien, if you watch the rock after it hits the alien, it disappears after hitting the ground.

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Continuity mistake: Just before the diner scene, where the two aliens are discussing the galaxy, we see the outside of the Russian restaurant. The neon sign says "haroshaya" meaning "good" all the way across the window, in the next shot inside the restaurant, the "ha", which looks like the English letters "xo", is gone and the sign is centered.

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Continuity mistake: When the truck gets smashed at the start, the tree beside the truck is well alight, but when the man comes out of the house, it is only a little alight.

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: When the Bug's spaceship floats over Shea Stadium and the NY Mets outfielder sees it and gets conked on the head by the fly ball, he is wearing number 23. In a later scene, when J picks up the tabloid newspapers, the photo of the ballplayer has number 20.

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Continuity mistake: When the jeweller leaves his shop, the shop window clearly shows the reflection of the parked exterminator's van. Then you see the van being driven up the cross-street as the jeweller leaves in the taxi. Then Edgar/bug parks the van, goes to the shop, and you can see the same reflection in the jewellery shop window.

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Visible crew/equipment: When Tommy Lee Jones shakes the dog asking him about the galaxy, right before they exit the car, you can see the cameraman's reflection in the shiny black door frame.

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Visible crew/equipment: In the scene in the beginning where Will Smith chases the alien who jumps off the bridge onto the street. Will Smith jumps from the bridge onto a tour bus, then jumps on the back of a newspaper delivery van. In the passenger side of the van is a cameraman with his back towards the windshield in order to film down the side of the van as Will Smith jumps off the van.

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Continuity mistake: When Will Smith is holding the squid, watch the reflection on the alien's black eyes. Although Will Smith is standing alone, the reflection on the eyes shows two people, or - depending on the shot - one with a big hat.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the countdown timer for the destruction of Earth appears on the viewscreen, you see it count down to 59:56. There is a cut to three cast members including Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones for a brief dialogue scene. When it cuts to Will Smith walking away you can see the clock still counting down on the screen in the background. Now it is showing the time of 59:54. The aforementioned dialogue section took noticeably longer than two seconds.

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Continuity mistake: After Will Smith holds the squid, the amount of slime on his jacket differs between the right and left shots.

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Revealing mistake: There is a scene where Agent J is standing on a car and shoots the "Noisy Cricket" at the fleeing Edgar. The camera shot is from inside the car and just before Agent J crashes through the windshield, you see a precut area in the glass.

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Continuity mistake: In the restaurant scene, the jewel case containing the diamonds is to Mr. Rosenberg's right, but when the Arquillian asks what it is, the jewel case is to Mr. Rosenberg's left.

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Factual error: When Tommy Lee Jones is looking at his wife on the computer, he had typed in Truro (in Cape Cod, Mass.), but when he zoomed in, it was on the lower cape; Truro is located on the upper cape near the tip.

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Continuity mistake: When J and K first get in the car (the Ford POS),the windows keep switching from up to down. Interior shots Will Smith's window is up, exterior shots his window is down.

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Continuity mistake: At the diner, after the Edgar/Bug leaves the restaurant, you can see him push one guy down outside, and pass another guy wearing a tan overcoat. When the camera cuts to outside, the guy with the tan overcoat has disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: When J is changing in to his suit, he reaches in to the locker with his right hand and pulls out a hanger with a pair of trousers and a jacket on it. His forearm is bare and he isn't wearing a watch. Seconds later when he takes the shoes out of the locker with his left hand, his forearm is now covered by the long sleeve of a white shirt and he has a silver watch on. A few seconds later when he lays the jacket over the bench, both his forearms are bare and again he isn't wearing a watch.

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Continuity mistake: When the UFO crashes against the ground, K's hair moves wildly in the front shot, but remains still in the angle shot from behind.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: When J and K get into the car (a POS if memory serves) K makes a comment about J fastening his seatbelt, if you watch in the background out of J's window as they pull away there are a few people walking at an incredible rate showing that they filmed the scene at a normal speed then sped it up when put into the final cut.

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Other mistake: In the final scene outside the MIB headquarters, Kay opens the neuralizer and we see it open, but there is no sound. Later when Kay tells Jay that he hasn't been training a partner but a replacement, we hear the sound of the neuralizer opening and Kay tells Jay how to operate it.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the whole movie it is summer. Green trees with leaves, green grass, etc. After the scene where Will Smith is deciding to become a Man in Black (summer), there is a shot of the Bug Mobile driven by Edgar where it is obviously winter. A wide shot of Manhattan with steam coming out of the tops of some of the buildings, and some trees without leaves in the background (winter). Then in the next scene and those following it is back to summer.

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Revealing mistake: When the alien takes off Edgar's skin, when he throws it to the top of the hole in the ground then drags it back, you can see its rubber skin. I read the correction too. And no. Human skin doesn't look like rubber glove material.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning of the film when "Edgar" kills the exterminator, the exterminator's truck has a small almost unnoticeable plastic roach decoration on top. Yet during the rest of the movie the roach is huge and it sticks up away from the vehicle.

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Continuity mistake: When the cat in on the table in the diner, the word "ORION" on the cat's collar is in normal capitalized block lettering. But when the cat is on the table in the morgue, the word "ORION" is in calligraphy. Also, the colour of the cat's collar seems to change between these two points.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when K shoots the Mexican-Alien, one of the cops gets covered with blue slime all over his face and hat. Watch the right side of the hat: The length of the slime differs between the front and back shots. It's more seen when the scene is about to end and the slime starts to fall down in the front shot, but stays still in the back one.

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Continuity mistake: When Will Smith and the other recruits are taking their written tests, the white table first appears to be situated between the second and third men from the left. When Smith goes to the table to pull it across the room, it is much further to the right of the scene.

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Revealing mistake: When K and J buy the "hotsheets" (newspapers) to look for information, the clerk who K gives the money to briefly looks at the camera.

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Other mistake: There is a mistake in the French subtitle translation. In the diner when the cook asks Edgar the Bug, "where's Ivan?" Edgar responds, "[I] gave him a break". The translator writing the subtitles must have thought he was saying "GIVE him a break" because the subtitle reads, "laisse-le tranquille" which means, "leave him alone".

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Other mistake: When K is searching for his wife on the computer, the zoom in highlight boxes don't match the videos.

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Continuity mistake: After Kay neuralizes Jay the first time, Jay 'wakes' up in a restaurant and Kay hands Jay a card. He tells him to report to that location. The address can be seen written on the back on the bottom edge of the card. Jay flips the card over to read the address and it's still on the bottom edge of the card. When flipped, the address should now be on the top edge of the card.

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ChiChi

Other mistake: When the two men are in the diner before they get killed by Edgar the bug, the subtitle reads, "Sure. I ordered you some Pirogi". The correct spelling is Pierogi.

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Revealing mistake: 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.

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Factual error: When showing Orion's Belt on the screen the stars Alnitak and Mintaka are the wrong way round.

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Continuity mistake: When Zed sends Kay and Jay out on Kay's first mission, Reggie's unauthorised departure from Manhattan, Tommy Lee Jones legs cross and uncross from shot to shot.

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Continuity mistake: When the Mexican alien is running away, the whole scene is all wrong: He runs for a long time and passes by many bushes and cacti, but when K takes out his gun, the alien is just 10 meters away. Plus, from the POV angle, he passes by the cactus to the left of the guard twice.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: The MIB applicants are all sitting in the testing room and Zed talks about how they are all the best of the best of the best like, "Rangers, Navy SEALs, NYPD". The only sailor sitting in the room is not a SEAL, he's EOD. You can tell because he is not wearing the Special Warfare badge on his uniform, he's wearing the badge for Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

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Continuity mistake: When J and K are shooting their guns at the space ship toward the end, if you look carefully, you can see the spark that ignites their guns to have the fire come out of the barrel.

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Continuity mistake: During the written test, Hudson accidentally pierces the page with his pencil. He then reverses the pencil so the eraser is towards the paper. After the cut to Jensen trying to work on his, Hudson's pencil is suddenly corrected with the point towards the paper.

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Continuity mistake: The Bug pulls his new "Edgar Suit" skin back tight over his face and the wife faints. In the wide shot, he is still holding it back, but the head is completely normal.

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Other mistake: After Mikey is gone, the guard comes down the embankment. As he does, the background "sky" now seems to have a long multi-story building outlined in it.

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Continuity mistake: After D is knocked down, K draws his weapon. In one shot of Mikey running, K has his gun aimed directly at Mikey. A moment later, K is shown aiming at Mikey again.

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Visible crew/equipment: As K goes to tell Mikey to be quiet, the corner of the sound stage can be seen over his left shoulder.

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Revealing mistake: As K walks out from the car, saying "INS, Division Six", look at the road they just drove up. It runs a short distance, and ends at a hill of dirt. Presumably, the pile and the end of the road are at the sound stage wall.

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Continuity mistake: When Jay touches the ball that goes flying around, the ball goes past the Immigration Stats board where the time reads 33:01:42 pm. Then when we see the alien surveillance map, the time is 30:21:40 CTN. Then the second shot of the map, the time reads 32:01:42 CTN.

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Bishop73

Continuity mistake: In the opening scene, when the van is approaching the road block, you can see the 4 sets of headlights. However, when we see the road block from behind, we see one cop car parked at an angle, in front of another cop car's headlight, which would obstruct the view of the light which we saw before.

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Bishop73

Revealing mistake: When James Edwards (later, J) catches the alien in the beginning and has him next to a wall, the alien pulls out a "reverberating carbonizer with mutate capacity" to shoot J. A quick tussle, and the alien drops the gun. When the camera goes to a close up on the gun, watch carefully. You see it quickly fade out of view after it comes to rest, and replaced with a few burning sparkle effects to simulate disintegration.

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Continuity mistake: After Laurel is abducted and Jay tries to find her in one of the cabs, Kay brings the LTD around to pick Jay up. The LTD stops beside Jay in a position parallel to the white lines in the road. Jay gets into the LTD and when Kay drives off the LTD has noticeably changed its angle to the white lines even before it begins to move.

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Continuity mistake: When K and D are talking to Mikey, they are standing in a clearing with no grass on the ground. When Mikey spots the trooper behind him, he turns and starts running towards the trooper, and he is running down a pathway in the grass.When K shoots Mikey and he is blown apart, there is a shot from the trooper's point of view towards K and D, and the pathway that Mikey just ran down is no longer visible and K is no longer standing in a clearing.

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Continuity mistake: When K shows the neutralizer at the border patrol guys, he holds it parallel to his face, but in the close-up it's next to where his shoulder meets the arm.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When J holds the baby squid, his fingers protrude more or less depending on the angle.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Arquillian's stretcher is about to pass through the doors, the cat is raised and nervous, when the angle changes he is resting relaxed.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: When the jeweler's ear pops-open, the angle changes and it gets replaced for a prop that looks nothing like the real ear.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When J is searching for the cab, K arrives to pick him up and says "He won't be leaving in a cab". Right then a bus suddenly appears on the right lane, only to disappear in the next angle.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: At the morgue, K walks towards the Arquillian's head while Weaver and J walk to see the Jeweler. When the angle changes, a frame later, K is meters away, close to the racks.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: When Arquillian is laying flat dead in the morgue, his pulse on his throat is very visible.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When J exits the jewelry, he falls on a some trash with a pizza box next to his armpit. A frame later, the box is laying by his hip.

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Sacha

Visible crew/equipment: When J puts the glasses on for the first time, a lighting screen is reflected on the right lens.

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Continuity mistake: In the jewelry store, when J chases the farmer, the boots behind him swap from standing to fallen between frames.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: After Dr Weaver unveils Arquillian's body, the way the blanket is folded changes between shots.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When Arquillian's body is brought to the morgue, the strap around his legs disappears in the first shot.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: Towards the end, when J is fending off the Edgar Bug with the flaming branch, Edgar's mandibles are outside his mouth. Cut to a shot of J and the mandibles are inside his mouth.

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Continuity mistake: After doing his recruitment test, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are sitting down on a bench and talking. The distance between them decreases between the first and second shot.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the farmer kills the two men at the diner he exits the place and encounters a passer-by. When the angle changes the man has vanished.

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Sacha

Continuity mistake: When the two men with the cat are eating at the diner, the table behind the old man is either empty or has an old woman sitting by it, depending on the angle.

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Sacha

Revealing mistake: When J and K are knocked over by the roach near the end, when they land you can see a square of grass move. Shows that a crash mat is covered with a bit of grass to make the landing easier.

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A Demon

Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones blast the Bug, getting covered with entrails, intestinal contents, etc. Then in the next scene, when Jones is passing the neurolizer to Smith, they are both clean, while Linda Fiorentino is still covered all over. Absolutely nothing is mentioned in the film that indicates their clothing to have any sort of extraordinary qualities, which would make their garments unique.

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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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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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