Aliens

Continuity mistake: From Director's Cut. The scene where Al is being quizzed about the ownership of the discovery of the object discovered by the "Mom and Pop" survey team tells us that a call has been put in by that team to the base. But then when they discover the ship, where is the call? They explicitly do not call it in. Now this is not just a general enquiry because they were sent out there two weeks ago to a specific grid reference. "He says he's onto something." (00:16:34 - 00:18:38)

PeterNZ

Continuity mistake: When Ripley loads the magazine into the gun as she prepares to rescue Newt it says 95 rounds but when she is going down the elevator shaft it says 42 without her firing a shot.

jbrbbt

Revealing mistake: When the swarm of aliens drops through the ceiling panels, you can tell that Ripley and the marines don't have magazines in their rifles. It's especially visible when Ripley looks up before Hicks raises the panel and sees the aliens.

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Suggested correction: What makes you think there is no magazine in those fake rifles? Ripley's gun has a magazine, visible as she is looking up. Her gun is the only one visible too.

lionhead

Visible crew/equipment: When Ripley is first shown in the loader after asking Apone if she can help, after the loaders claws grab the crate and she swings the crate around and asks "where you want it?" you can see tubes trailing off to the left of the loader that don't connect to anything in frame. The tubes are on the right side of the frame just under the crate in the loader's arms.

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.

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.

Bishop73

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.

anthony1579

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.

kh1616

Revealing mistake: The "mission time" clocks on the video screens are very inconsistent most of the time they're seen. At several points they jump back and forth from 00:01:31 to 00:01:32 then back again even though all of them are supposed to be synchronized.

jbrbbt

Continuity mistake: When the team approaches the colony entrance to open the outer door, all the marines are inundated with pouring rain. Yet the moment they enter the compound and start searching, they are all dry.

Other mistake: The POV shot when the alien kills Burke is reused minutes later as the shot of the alien attacking Gorman and Vasquez as the grenade goes off.

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.

kh1616

Other mistake: When Hudson is looking for bios on the screen, it shows them on level 3. But when Frost falls down the hole after being hit with a flamethrower, he falls down a number of levels.

Other mistake: They should have had much more than only twenty-six minutes to save Newt. Bishop said that the reactor would blow in four hours after seeing the emergency venting. He said it would take forty minutes to crawl down that pipe, an hour to patch into and align the antenna, thirty minutes to prep the ship, and fifty minutes flight time. 40+60+30+50=180 minutes, gives them an hour spare.

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Suggested correction: And how are you so sure everything went smoothly without problems? Any of those things could have taken longer, leaving only 26 minutes.

lionhead

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.

thumper

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.

kh1616

[The alien queen advances on Newt.]
Ripley: Get away from her you bitch!

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Trivia: The name 'Sulaco' was taken from a novel by Joseph Conrad. The name of the novel? 'Nostromo' of course.

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Question: I know that the studio chose James Cameron to direct due to the strength of his script, but why wasn't Ridley Scott offered the chance to direct? And was the studio considering a sequel before Cameron joined?

Dra9onBorn117

Answer: It really was all down to James Cameron having already written the script and proving himself capable of directing with 'The Terminator.' It was just a quicker, easier, and almost certainly cheaper decision to let him direct his own script rather than get someone else, even Ridley Scott. While the producers had wanted to make an 'Alien' sequel almost immediately, at the time the head of 20th Century Fox didn't want to pursue it fearing it would be seen as an obvious cash-in and flop. When a new executive at the studio came in a couple years later, the project was put back on track, and I believe Cameron was the first to be approached to write the script.

TonyPH

Chosen answer: The studio was considering a sequel before Cameron was involved, but regarding directing it, Ridley Scott told "The Hollywood" in a 2008 interview, "They didn't ask me! To this day I have no idea why. It hurt my feelings, really, because I thought we did quite a good job on the first one." The studio liked Cameron's script and at that time he had enough clout to be able to insist on directing it.

raywest

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