Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie when the temple is falling apart and Indy is clinging to the plant, the stone door is slowly coming down. The implication being Indy will be trapped there forever if he doesn't get out in time. However, there is a shot from the bottom of the pit looking straight up. The scene shows trees and sky above Indy. It would be a simple matter of him climbing up the temple walls to escape.mikelynch
Corrected entry: In the chase through Cairo streets - Indy rounds the corner of the plaza in which the truck (supposedly holding Marion in a basket is kept) - as Indy comes around the corner, a baddie shoots at him with a machine gun - watch this closely, the gun moves in the opposite direction as the bullets on the ground.
Corrected entry: During the car chase scene, they drive past several cliffs, and one car goes flying off the cliff. One problem with this, there are no big cliffs that close to Cairo.
Corrected entry: In the 'guns are better than swords' scene when Indy is filmed from behind as he faces the swordsman he is not wearing a holster. But after shooting the swordsman he puts the gun in the visible holster.
Corrected entry: What are all these German soldiers doing in British controlled Egypt prior to World War II. Appeasement aside, I think that the British might be a little worried about a large group of armed Germans being in a League of Nations mandated British Protectorate!
Corrected entry: When Indy meets the government agents who are trying to get him to assist their quest to find Ravenwood, one of the agents is dressed appropriately for the time period; the other one (I think the actor is Bill Hootkins) is dressed in what appears to be a late 1970's style polyester light blue leisure suit. The style of the suit just doesn't fit the 1930's period.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Indy and Sallah are walking to the Well of Souls,in the middle of the desert, they pass a man with a running hose in his hand.
Corrected entry: The Mark VII gas bag that Indy carries was not made until well into the second world war. They were used in the movie because the prop department found that they were cheap and plentiful.
Corrected entry: In the scene at the beginning of the movie where Indy is running from the large boulder, if you look at the left side of the boulder, you can see a stick or post attached to the boulder as it is rolling towards him.
Corrected entry: After Indiana Jones has run the staff car containing Belloq, Toht, et al, off the road to Cairo with the truck, look at the driver of the staff car- he immediately anticipates Paul Freeman (Belloq) striking him two seconds before Freeman actually does by covering his head to protect himself from Freeman's hit.
Corrected entry: At the very beginning of the film, Jones arrives at the temple with two companions. He leaves in a biplane, which is waiting for him on a nearby river. The biplane has only two seats. How were his companions going to get out of the area, which is swarming with hostile natives? Swim?
Corrected entry: The journey to the temple at the film's start has taken some time, as evidenced by the presence of guides and pack animals, and Satipo's fear that the poisoned dart means they are being followed - yet when escaping the natives, Indiana Jones returns to his transport after only a brief run.
Corrected entry: When Indy has the bazooka like weapon pointed at the Arc of the Covenant, Beloq and Indy are talking. At one point when Beloq is talking, a fly enters his mouth and he seems to have absolutely no reaction at all.
Corrected entry: When walking towards the temple in the opening scene, Indy finds an arrow in a tree. His helper tastes the poison and says, 'Poison's still fresh. Three days.' The other guy says, 'They are following us'. Well, if they were following them, how could they be ahead of them? And if Indy arrived by plane - and has a pilot sitting and waiting - how could a three day old arrow be a sign that the Indians were following them?Jacob La Cour
Corrected entry: When Indy leaves the temple with the gold idol, his 'helper' is found killed by spears. But he is on the same side of the room as the spears. How could they have come out of the wall - penetrating him - and still be on that side of the room. He would have had to have been walking very close to the wall - and the spears would have had to come with an immense force to penetrate him while standing.Jacob La Cour
Corrected entry: Marion changes into the red pants and embroidered white shirt once they get to Egypt. This shirt is actually a traditional Ukrainian national costume blouse, not anything likely to be purchased at a market in the Middle East. In fact, this shirt was purchased in the Ukrainian store Arka on the Lower East Side of NYC, where they display a signed picture of Karen Allen wearing it.
Corrected entry: How could Sallah have known that the monkey died from a poisoned date and react quickly enough to stop it happening to Indy.
Corrected entry: In the bar fight scene when the Cossack has the gun pointed at Indy, straight after he gets shot but just before the blood runs out of his mouth you can see him chewing on the blood capsule in his mouth.
Corrected entry: Indy snaps the staff in half to stop the bad guys figuring out how long it has to be to be used in the Map Room. That's not going to work. They could easily put the two pieces together again. He needs to snap it into three segments and take the centre one with him.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Indy is rescued by the children, there are two shots of the monkey in the window of the truck. As the monkey stands up the monkey gets an erection. The erection is not present in the second shot of the monkey.
Corrected entry: When Indy is holding Marion in the Well of Souls (after she had been dropped in by the Nazis), watch carefully as they look up as the Nazis seal the entrance. There is some kind of string, cord, rope, or cable visible on Marion's arm (possibly a safety harness for if Harrison Ford dropped her?). The string/cord/rope/cable disappears in the next shot.redbaron2000
Corrected entry: In the scene where Indy is with Marcus Brody and the two guys from the army intelligence, Indy is talking about what is in the Ark of the Covenant. He says that the Hebrews put the broken pieces of the Ten Commandments in the Ark. That's not correct. Yes, it's true that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments and then Moses broke them, but Moses went back up the mountain, and God gave him a new set of the same Commandments. The Hebrews put the new, complete, whole pieces in the Ark, not the broken ones. In Exodus 34:1, God tells Moses to bring new stone tablets so that God can write the commandments again. Exodus 34:29 states: "...Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands,..."
Corrected entry: The stunt where Indy pushes the statue through the wall in the Well of Souls happened too quickly. If you watch the stunt man, he slips and almost falls off the statue, because it fell before he was ready.
Corrected entry: The Well of Souls is a sealed, airtight chamber - the escape of gas when the concrete slab over the entrance is lifted proves that. Indy and Marion can only escape by smashing through a solid internal wall and then pushing a tightly fitted rock slab out of the outside wall. So, what do those snakes eat? More to the point, what do they breathe?
Corrected entry: Raiders is supposed to take place in 1936, however throughout the film, the German soldiers are using what appear to be MP-38 or MP-40 sub-machine guns (No way to tell which model they were, as they both look identical). These guns weren't put into service with the German Army until 1938 and 1940 respectively.
Corrected entry: Go to the scene where Marion and Indy are in Mr. Katanga's boat, in their room. Marion comes in, and takes off the red blanket, and Indy has on his leather jacket and shirt on. Indy still has his jacket on when Marion goes to look at herself in the mirror. Then the shot goes to Indy, looking at his head on the other side of the mirror, leather jacket off. Marion turns the mirror, Indy screams, and she goes over when she sees that Indy is trying to take his shirt off. If he had so much trouble taking his shirt off, how could he have taken off his jacket within a matter of about 2-4 seconds?
Corrected entry: The character of Indiana Jones is believed to have been based on Roy Chapman Andrews, an American archeologist in the early 20th century. It was Andrews who first discovered the velociraptor, featured in another Spielberg movie, Jurassic Park. Andrews was also a graduate of Beloit College in Wisconsin, which happens to be the arch rival of Harrison Ford's alma mater, Ripon College.
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, the helper that is shot in the back by all the poison darts and dies....he reappears later. Check out the guy with the monkey and the eye-patch in Cairo. Same person. George Lucas had a great way to save money on crew by doing this.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Marcus visits Indiana at his house and Indiana starts packing his suitcase to prepare for his trip to Nepal, Marcus warns Indiana about the dangerous powers of the Ark and Indiana says 'I don't believe in magic or superstitious hocus pocus'. But, since Temple of Doom (1935) was set before Raiders of the lost Ark (1936), he should have remembered all the magic that he encountered in Temple of Doom, like hearts being ripped out with bare hands while the victim is still alive, voodoo magic, and magic rocks. Does Indy have a bad memory or was all that magic not convincing enough?
Corrected entry: How could Indy possibly believe that a double handful of dirt scooped outside the cave could weigh as much as the gold idol (to avoid setting off traps related to lifting the idol)? He even takes some dirt out of the bag to try to match the weight. Indy must have experience with the weight of gold from other artifacts, and he already knows how sophisticated the traps at this site are. From the way Indy tosses it and the sound it makes when his assistant catches it, the idol is definitely solid stone or metal, even if it's only gold plated. If Indy didn't know what the internal material was, there was no way he could possibly judge the weight. In any case, dirt is less dense than any solid rock and wouldn't weigh the same.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Indy is fighting the Nazis who are loading the Ark on an aeroplane to ship it back to Germany, the aeroplane is of a flying-wing design. Flying wings were an American invention (Jack Northrup); the Nazis did not begin trying to build them until very late in World War II.
Corrected entry: As Indiana and Marion escape the Well of Souls (via pushing the large stone block at the end of the mummy tomb adjacent to the Well), there is a person distinctly propped up against the side of the stone walls, apparently napping. Even if this was supposed to be a watchman/worker falling asleep on the job, why didn't he notice the crunch and rumble and resulting loud THUD of a stone block being moved not ten feet away?redbaron2000
Corrected entry: In the big chase scene where Indy is driving the truck a Nazi manning a stationary gun on the back of another truck fires several rounds point blank into the tarp covering the cargo hold of Indy's truck until he rams them off the road. That tarp must be strong since they show no bullet holes for the rest of the scene.
Corrected entry: In the very first scene of the movie when Indiana Jones comes back to Marion to save her from the bad guys, he snaps his whip on one guy, then pulls out a gun. Indiana Jones is invincible, but still it's a little hard to believe that even the great Indiana Jones can make a 6-shooter shoot 10+ times.
Corrected entry: When Indy drops the Staff of Ra in the hole to the map room, you can hear a very distinct "clank" when the rod hits the ground (as if it were made of metal, not wood, since Indy breaks the staff over his knee later in the scene).
Corrected entry: Throughout the entire movie you can see normal German army military, which is nonsense because these historic artifact-projects Hitler pursued were handled by the SS and not by the army.
Corrected entry: U-boats were more than four times as fast on the surface (running on diesel engines) than when submerged (running on batteries). Since Germany was not at war at this time they would have run the boat on the surface almost exclusively. Since the boats were so hard for other surface vessels to see, the Captain would have maintained a constant look out on deck. There is no way Indy could have stayed hidden for the entire voyage.
Corrected entry: When Indy is in the Map Room looking at his book, comparing the map room to what he sees, there is a wedding ring impression - when you take your ring off you have a tan line. Also in that scene there is a suntan line on one of his fingers of a plaster/bandaid.
Corrected entry: Sallah is surprised by the face of the snarling Anubis statue in a flash of lightning. Statues of Anubis were NEVER shown as snarling. They were shown with a closed snout only, whether crouching in their jackal form or standing upright in their head-of-Anubis-with-a-body-of-a-man pose.
Corrected entry: When Indy threatens to blow up the Ark, at moment when Belloq says "okay Jones you win" you can see in the background Toth (dressed in black) sitting on the rocks next to two German soldiers who have Marion as a prisoner in between them. But when Belloq grabs a machine gun from one of the other soldiers and tells Indy to blow up the ark, Toth has disappeared and there is just Marion and the two Germans soldiers (no Toth).Will
Corrected entry: When Indiana and the other guy are removing the stone cover where the Ark is kept, they are struggling, yet they can lift the Ark out with relative ease. The Ark is made of solid gold and the lid itself is said to need two men to lift, plus it should contain the two stone tablets with the ten commandments on. It should have weighed just as much if not more than the stone covering.
Corrected entry: When the Well of Souls is opened it makes a vacuum sound. This would be impossible if the snakes were entering from outside, or if they were to survive.
Corrected entry: During the process of escaping from the Well of Souls after being entombed there by the Nazis, Jones ends up shoving out a large concrete block from the inside of an aboveground concrete structure, through which Jones and Marion crawl to freedom. How is it that the Germans and Belloq wouldn't have thought to investigate this aboveground structure themselves in their search for the Ark?
Corrected entry: Indiana Jones escapes capture on the England-bound cargo ship by swimming to a nearby German U-Boat. After we see Jones climb aboard the deck of the U-Boat and salute the captain of the cargo ship, there is a sequence of scenes showing the German U-Boat crew preparing to submerge the ship. Even if Jones miraculously managed to get inside the ship undetected, he would not have been able to find a hiding space inside the cramped confines of a German U-Boat.
Corrected entry: Why does Indy go all the way to the floor in the Well of Souls and then spray the snakes with petrol to light it. Given his phobia (and general safety precautions - Sallah points out that they are asps and "very dangerous") would he not spray them from above (outside, or hanging from the rope), or even pour some petrol straight down on them, or better still, lower the bucket to the floor and let it tip over. He could easily light it with a dropped torch and never get too near the snakes he hates so much.Eliza
Corrected entry: While they are in the German camp around the well of souls, Sallah is trying to blend in with the other native workers. As he passes a long table of Germans eating, a few call out in German for water (Wasser) yet he replies in English "I'll go and get you some water" a number of times. Not very undercover.Eliza
Corrected entry: In the fight scene at the airplane, Marion is locked in the cockpit with the dead German pilot (located at the front of the plane). In the next shot when a truck of German soldiers approach, she begins shooting them from the plane's gun turret (a separate cabin located in the rear of the plane). In the next shot, when Indy is done fighting the big German, Marion is once again locked in the cockpit (located at the front of the plane).