War of the Worlds
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Continuity mistake: When Ray and Rachel crawl under the kitchen table during the lightning strikes, in the first shot Ray's entire body is behind the leg base, yet in the next shot his arms and upper body are in front of it. (00:16:15)

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Continuity mistake: In one of the earlier scenes where they are in the dad's house, just before Rachel tells Ray that Robbie took the car, Rachel is slouching on the couch with her left leg crossed over her right. In the next shot she is sitting up with her hands on her face, and now her right leg is crossed over her left. (00:12:25)

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Visible crew/equipment: After the plane has crashed Ray walks out of the house and towards the aircraft engine, as he walks behind the engine and before he comes from behind the engine, look at the right and to the rear of the engine, you will see a crew member move out of shot.

Continuity mistake: When Ogilvy shouts, "Ray! Ray! Ray..." in his cellar, Ray runs to him and there's blood splattered all over Ogilvy's face, but in the next shot the amount and pattern of the blood differs. (01:29:30)

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Continuity mistake: In the kids' bedroom, while Mary Ann speaks, Ray sits with the baseball cap in his hand. When the shot faces him he holds the brim with the cap facing out, but when the shot faces Mary Ann he holds the back of the cap with the brim hanging down. (00:07:05)

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Audio problem: After Ray and Robbie's argument, as the soldiers drive by, when Rachel shouts, "Who's gonna take care of me if you go?" Robbie looks at Rachel and says something to her, but nothing is heard as the shot cuts away to Robbie picking her up. (00:50:15)

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Continuity mistake: After losing the van the trio sit in the diner, and things on their table repeatedly change, such as when the gunshot rings out. Robbie first flips the coffee cup upside down, but in the next shot when Robbie turns the cup is upright, only to be upside down again when Rachel runs into his arms. (00:55:20)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray tries to quiet Ogilvy, and then decides to kill him, the pattern and size of the sweat stain on Ray's shirt differs repeatedly in the following shots. (01:30:45)

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Other mistake: During the ferry scene, after Ray watches above at the aliens, there's an aerial view of the harbour and afterwards a shot of a crowd staring at the sky. Watch for a man on the right with a red hat taking a quick peek at the camera in front.

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Revealing mistake: After the ferry scene, CGI clothes fall off from the sky, but manage to go through the branches of the trees, without becoming entangled in them, or without the branches affecting the falling path of the fabric.

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Continuity mistake: When Ray speeds past Manny's there are long shadows cast, but in the next shot when he pulls into the driveway shadows are gone. When he, Mary Ann and Tim speak the shadows are back only to disappear in the next shot, and so on, all depending on camera angle. (00:04:10)

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Continuity mistake: On his way home, when Ray's car turns the corner, in the first shot as he passes the parked cars across from Manny's, the last of which is a red pickup, but in the next shot it's a white pickup. (00:04:05)

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Continuity mistake: While the aliens rummage through Ogilvy's cellar, Ray and Ogilvy have a tense, silent tug-of-war with Ogilvy's gun, and their arm and hand positions differ between consecutive shots. (01:27:15)

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Continuity mistake: Mary Ann pulls the cord out of the iPod and holds it with the screen facing her palm, as she explains about Robbie's Algeria report. However, in the next shot the iPod is held in her hand the opposite way. (00:06:55)

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Continuity mistake: In the first shot as the church sustains damage, a long massive crack rips up the asphalt and concrete sidewalk under the streetlight then makes its way up the building. However, in the next shot, even as the church receives more damage, the previous damage to the asphalt and concrete is gone and there are actually people standing around that streetlight. (00:22:15)

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Continuity mistake: After the ferry disaster, the trio swim to shore and climb up the bank. In the side shot Ray holds Rachel's left arm and Robbie holds her right arm. However, in the next back shot Ray holds Rachel's right arm, and Robbie holds her left. (01:05:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Mary Ann is speaking in the kids' bedroom, her body is facing Robbie, and when she says, "It would be nice if he were doneĀ…" in the close-up of Ray her entire body is turned the opposite way, facing the TV, but in the next shot she's turned toward Robbie again. Additionally, the amount of blue sweater visible under her grey coat changes in consecutive shots, during her visit. (00:07:00)

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Continuity mistake: When Ray steals the van the front windshield is dirty and has water spots all over. Then in the following shots, it alternates between being entirely clean, or clean only in the area that wipers swipe clean. (00:30:10)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene right after Ray kills Ogilvy, Rachel finishes singing her song and as she's taking off her blindfold you can see that her hair is all messy and dry. In the very next shot her hair is all wet and neat. (01:33:00)

Other mistake: In the scene where the aliens appear to throw the Bayonne Bridge off its pylons and the eighteen-wheeler crashes on top of the apartments, look closely on the far right. There is a red car, and right above it is a round black object above the hedge. As the scene continues, it starts to fade away into the red house behind it.

Ray: Can you think of a plan that doesn't involve your 10-year-old sister joining the army?

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Trivia: In an early scene in which Rachel is watching television, she's channel surfing. At one point, she hits briefly upon a shot of a car being demolished by a speeding locomotive. This is, in fact, a scene from "The Greatest Show on Earth," which Steven Spielberg has reported as the first movie he ever saw.

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Question: Several other answers and corrections state that the reddish liquid sprayed by the tripods was what essentially grew the red vines. However I thought I heard someone in the film say something along the lines of "using us (i.e. blood) as fertiliser". Can someone please clarify?

Answer: Since the tripods tended to spray the red fluid shortly after pulling a human into themselves, it seems a good assumption that the red fluid is essentially blood. Given this, it seems likely that the "spore" of the vines is spread in the red fluid.

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