Independence Day

Continuity mistake: After the shields of the motherships have been taken out and the fighters fire their missiles, we can see that the inflict a lot of damage to the mothership's front, but when Russell Casse blows the ship up that damage is gone. (02:00:55 - 02:24:45)


Continuity mistake: After President Whitmore comments to General Grey that the pilots look young and nervous, when Major Mitchell speaks into the mic and asks for all flight crews to report to their designated areas, the President climbs up onto the truck behind Mitchell. Next shot though, he is only just now walking toward the truck and then climbs up. (01:55:10)

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Continuity mistake: In the diner, when the alien destroyer is about to pass overhead, things begin to shake as Russell sits at the counter and the three guys are at the table. In the close-up of the table, the salt and pepper shakers appear near the coffee cup, the Diet Coke disappears and everything changes position - having nothing to due with the table shaking.

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Continuity mistake: At SETI, before the signal starts to beep, when the techie putts the golf ball there are many other golf balls lying about, which change position between the wideshot and close-up.

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Continuity mistake: When Julius and David pull up beside the White House gate, David places the device on the Plymouth's hood to triangulate Connie's position inside. The device's position on the car's hood differs between the close-up and wideshot - note the car door.

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Continuity mistake: Just after Steven and Jimmy board the Hornets, aboard Air Force One, General Grey receives a call from Norad and when the crewman hands the General the phone he sits down, but next close-up he is still standing. (00:58:35)

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Continuity mistake: In the motorhome, when Troy bangs on the TV in the close-up his left hand is down as he leans on it, then next shot his left hand is up on the TV with his right, but when it cuts away it's back down again. (00:10:20)

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Continuity mistake: As Smith leaves Jasmin to go to El Tore his uniform jacket's epaulettes are untucked then tucked and finally untucked again.

Audio problem: The same female scream can be heard three times during the first attack by the aliens. It is first heard in the scene when Jeff Goldblum is riding his bike to his father's house. The second time it is heard right as Jeff gets to his father's door. The third time is in Los Angeles when the people are running away. It's a very distinct scream.

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Continuity mistake: When David and Julius are playing chess at the park in Brooklyn, the slow decomposing styrofoam coffee cup, David's beeper, radio, removed chess pieces (not in play), etc., change position between shots, particularly in relation to the chess board.

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Audio problem: Aboard the USS Georgia in the Persian Gulf, when the Captain stands beside the submarine sailor who says, "Sir, we're looking at a total radar block out over a 13 kilometer area," the words we hear are not in sync with the reflection on the screen in front of him.

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Continuity mistake: In the Area 51 lab, after the alien is shot, when Major Mitchell rushes over to Dr. Okun's body, his head moves closer to the monitor between shots, as well as other changes. (01:32:00)

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Continuity mistake: The Commander walks into the Oval Office to tell the President that the object settled into a stationary orbit, and when the silver briefcase is placed and then opened on the table things move and a paper disappears. (More visible in fullscreen)

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Trivia: According to the Director's commentary, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation did not want the film to be released under the title "Independence Day" to avoid legal complications (specifics weren't disclosed as to what the problems might be, but it's also why the abbreviation "ID4" was used). Roland Emmerich (director/writer) and Dean Devlin (writer) needed to justify the title, so they added the rousing bit right at the end of President Whitmore's speech at the hangar when he ends with, "The 4th of July will no longer be known as an American we celebrate our Independence Day!"

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Question: It's been shown in the film the the aliens are technologically more advanced than us. Then, how come, with all their technology, they were unable to defend themselves from something as simple as a computer virus?


Answer: Remember that the aliens had to interface with our satellite computer code first...David simply "reverse engineered" the code to create the virus. When it was uploaded, they didn't have enough time to combat it.

Chosen answer: Its supposed to be an exercise in demonstrating how the aliens underestimated their opponent, but in reality it's merely a convenient plot device.


Answer: It was also a bit of a tribute to "War of the Worlds", in which the alien invaders with much more advanced technology ultimately succumbed to ordinary terrestrial pathogens in the original novel by H. G. Wells as well as its many screen adaptations.


Answer: I was wondering the same thing. Since the Harvesters had our satellites meant they could eavesdrop on every single conversation. David and other people in the facility probably put up a firewall on the computers and cameras, so that the aliens couldn't see or hear what they were planning on doing.

Answer: Maybe there were no viruses in the planet where these aliens came from so they didn't have any countermeasures against them.

Answer: They could defend against it, hence why they bring the nuke. The virus drops the shields, and the nuke destroys The Mother Ship. David even says that the shields will be down for a few minutes.

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