Raiders of the Lost Ark

Other mistake: After Indy shoots the driver of the truck that Marion is supposedly in, the camera looks at the driver's bloody hand falling limp. In the shot of the truck tipping over, you see the stunt driver working the wheel.

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Continuity mistake: When Indiana is confronted by the Cairo swordsman, he already has his left shoulder pointing towards his opponent in the shot where the crowd scatters. But in the following shot, where the swordsman is first seen, Indiana has his right shoulder pointing forward and is just turning around to his left side. (00:40:14)

Daniel4646

Continuity mistake: While escaping from the boulder, right before the spiderweb scene, Indy runs facing forward and makes a right turn. A shot later from a wide angle he is facing backwards.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy is driving the truck, chasing Belloq and his Nazi cohorts, the last Nazi guarding the Ark of the Covenant climbs to the driver's side of the truck and kicks Indy away from the steering wheel. The first time he punches Indy in the arm, Indy's blood is on his fist. However, the second time he punches Indy in the same spot, there is no blood on his fist.

Visible crew/equipment: When Indiana is thrown through the windshield of the truck during the truck chase scene, there is another man in the driver's seat leaning toward the door, driving the truck with dark hair. This is noticeable just as the glass is broken.

TD9898

Visible crew/equipment: As the bad guys are leaving the dig site for Cairo, there is a shot of the black vehicle (lead car) looking right at the driver. On the bottom of the shot is a shadow of film equipment that shouldn't be there. The shot lingers, so the shadow is very visible. (01:22:50)

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Continuity mistake: Arnold holds a hot stick of metal to Marion's face in her bar, threatening her. In the opposite angle, the metal is nowhere to be seen when it should be right next to her face. Cut back to the other angle and we see it again.

manthabeat Premium member

Factual error: During the fight scene at the German flying wing, the pilot ducks into the plane and pulls out a pistol and cocks it. The pistol is a P38 9mm semi-auto that the Germans did not issue until 1938, two years later.

Earthquake

Other mistake: In the bar shootout, a man is shot in the head. The bullet hits him in his hat right in the middle of his forehead, and then his hat falls off. But we then see a close-up of his face, and there's no bullet wound in his forehead or anywhere else.

MikeH
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Suggested correction: Wound easily could be on a hairy part of the head.

Even in a close up a bullet wound would still be visible due to the size of the wound.

Ssiscool Premium member

Continuity mistake: In the bar shootout, a man is shot in the head, and as Marion screams in shock she's holding onto the table. In the very next shot her hand is much lower.

MikeH

Continuity mistake: When chasing Indy in the truck that he has driven into a fruit market, the Germans in their car are surrounded by fruit sellers. One gives a German soldier a melon, who promptly throws it to the ground on the left side of the car. When the car pulls away, the broken melon lies on the right side.

Movienut1

Revealing mistake: As the truck tips to the left, the stunt driver is seen steering, and appears to be activating the ram to finish the stunt.

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Continuity mistake: Indy swings on the vine, and his bag is on his hip. As he gets up on the plane, it disappears, but the strap is on his shoulder again in the cockpit.

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Revealing mistake: When Belloq's head explodes, the actor has been visibly replaced by a dummy.

Phaneron Premium member

Continuity mistake: While Indy is chased while running towards the plane, he is in an open field where Jack the pilot can perfectly see him, but when the angle changes Indy is suddenly next to a forest.

Sacha Premium member

Continuity mistake: Belloq raises the idol, which has spider web attached to it. When the angle changes the webs are gone.

Sacha Premium member

Continuity mistake: The huge rock rolls down to ground level, but when the angle changes it's back on a levelled position.

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Continuity mistake: The position of the door through which Satipo escapes with the idol is inconsistent in every shot, sometimes it's higher, then almost closed, then back to open.

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Continuity mistake: As Marion initiates the drinking challenge with Belloq, from the front she quickly tosses the drink back, tipping her head back then forward. From behind she repeats the motion.

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Revealing mistake: When the thug with the blade sticking out his back is standing still, there is some kind of squared device on his back under his clothes, presumably to retract the fake blade to end the sequence.

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Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move?
Indiana: Give me your torch. [He drops it in and sees why.] Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?
Sallah: Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

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Trivia: When a Nazi falls from the back of the truck carrying the Ark, a "Wilhelm scream" can be heard.

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