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> Aliens (1986)

Directed by:
James Cameron

Sigourney Weaver as Lieutenant Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn as Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Paul Reiser as Carter J. Burke
Lance Henriksen as Science Officer L. Bishop
Bill Paxton as Commun. Techn. Private W. Hudson
William Hope as Squadron Cmndr Lieut. S. Gorman
Jenette Goldstein as Smart Gunner Private J. Vasquez
Al Matthews as Ground Troup Comm. Srg. A. Apone
Mark Rolston as Smart Gunner Private M. Drake

Debated Goofs - Commented Goofs - Corrected Goofs - Explained Goofs


  • (Revealing mistakes) When Bishop is cut in half and lying on the ground, reaching to get Newt, you can see the hole he is standing in to make it look like he is cut in half. - Vic Cherubini
  • (Revealing mistakes) The Marines are able to stand when inside the APC, yet outside they are taller than it. - G_O_Destruction
  • (Crew/equipment visible/revealing mistakes) In a scene at the colony when the large truck thing approaches the camera you can clearly see the reflection of someone's face, showing the true scale of the miniature! Play the DVD in slo-mo for best result. - Sythe
  • (Crew/equipment visible?) When Frost is caught on fire and falls down the shaft, someone's leg pokes out from the side. (Watch it in slo-mo.) - Atrocity
  • (Revealing mistakes) When Ripley is stuck in the medlab and tries to break the window, marks are there before she hits it. - Atrocity
  • The flame-throwers are M-16's with a little tank on the bottom. (Not a goof, but a prop mistake.) - Atrocity
  • (Continuity) In the scene where Ripley, Gorman, and Burke are in the APC watching the tv's. Ripley is not wearing her headgear, the camera's go to Gorman, then back to Ripley who is wearing gear. They discuss pulling everyone out, Ripley is not wearing the gear; she picks it up to talk into it. Then she's not wearing it again. Then she is again as she rips it off her head. - rowdyred
  • (Spoiler) At the end of the film when Ripley flushed the Queen Alien out the air lock, did anyone think: damn she must have a strong elbow & ankle. She took the weight of a loader (until it got sucked into space) the the Queen Alien grabbing hold with the aid of millions of pounds of space pressure!! I don't think so. - WezzyBee

Commented Goofs

  • When the APC crashes, you can clearly see it is a movie projection. - Atrocity
    • Comment: Er obviously, because it's only a movie. How much would it have cost to really crash one? Exactly! - StevieB
      • When you watch a movie you should not be able to spot that something is unreal. Therefore; a goof.

Corrected Goofs

  • When Ripley runs over the alien don't you think her tire would have melted? - Atrocity
    • Correction: The reason the APC didn't melt when it ran over the alien is because it didn't have rubber tires, probably some kind of acid-resistant metal. It isn't completely protected though, as you can see it was eaten away slightly and on fire. - Andus McCrackus
  • When Ripley and Hicks are cutting though the panel to get Newt, Ripley's motion sensor has one blip on it. When she picks it up, there are about 50 blips, and only one alien grabs her. The same 50 blips are on the sensor most of the movie. - Atrocity
    • Correction: The vertical range of the motion trackers was never specified. For instance, when the survivors were using the trackers in Operations. They were staring at a wide arrange of blips, and expected the Aliens in to appear front of them. However the movement was from above them in the ceiling. The blips on the trackers when Newt was abducted could have been from other floors in their general area. - TMPGeorge
  • When the marines go to find the missing colonists, Ripley asks what type of rounds are fired. Gorman says 7mm "caseless." At the end of the movie when Vasquez is firing at aliens in the duct, you clearly see shells pouring out of her gun. - Atrocity
    • Correction: Ripley's line was: Gorman, what kind of rounds do those *Pulse Rifles* (emphasis mine) fire? Ripley was only asking about the rifles, not the pistols. So Vasquez shooting a pistol with cased ammo is not a goof. I recall no scenes with the rifles spitting brass, and they are the only weapons that have their ammo described. Oh, and BTW the rounds were described as 10mm, not 7mm. -

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