Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Continuity mistake: When Indie and Willie are about to jump out of the bar's window, there are some cables along the window which disappear when they crash through it.

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Continuity mistake: When the heroes leave the village, the shrine where the Indian is standing swaps from having a blue sky to a dark grey one, and smoke from a campfire all over.

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Continuity mistake: During the hanging bridge scene, the brown mountain has some white rocks on the right side which sometimes disappear, or even appear on the opposite side as when Mula Ram throws the Thuggee down.

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Continuity mistake: A man takes the wooden blocks off of Laoche's plane wheels but disappears in the next angle.

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Continuity mistake: When the Maharajah enters the palace for the first time he is escorted by two guards. A frame later the guards are gone from behind and are already formed along the aisle.

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Continuity mistake: The movie starts with a guy playing a gong, holding its hammer from the lower part. A frame later his upper hand is holding the hammer from a much higher position.

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Continuity mistake: When Short starts to jump on the bridge, the part where he's standing is in the shadows, while the rest is on the sunny side. When he falls through the hole, the whole bridge is shadowy.

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Continuity mistake: Short is in the mine pretending to hammer some rocks and a guard whips at him. Short's fringe style is different depending on which angle focuses.

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Continuity mistake: After the Indians fire arrows at the bridge, Willie and Short step repeatedly on Mula's hands. The position of his hands changes from spread apart to close together from one frame to the other with no movement in between at all.

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Continuity mistake: In the mine, while Short punches the Maharaja, the Thuggee smashes a rock against Indy's head, turning it to the right side. A frame later, from a wider angle, Indy is turning his head to the opposite side.

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Continuity mistake: In the raft, Willie's hair changes from soaking wet to dry and fluffy right after saying, "I hate you!"

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Continuity mistake: During dinner, after the British soldier dips his finger in the cup, Indy's position swaps between frames from looking straight with his right hand raised, to looking to the left side with his hand lowered.

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Continuity mistake: The three arrive at the palace and are greeted by the Prime Minister. Willie raises her right arm to move her coat to her left hand. Before she finishes her movement, the angle cuts and she already has the coat under the left arm.

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Continuity mistake: Indy crashes against the orchestra, musicians, instruments and decoration. Two seconds later everything and everyone manages to be perfectly back in place.

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Continuity mistake: When the baddie hands Indy the diamond, the black napkin in front swaps from wrinkled to straight.

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Continuity mistake: When the three walk towards the palace, they pass by a wall with an elephant painted on. Round the corner, a guard stands 10 meters in the back. A frame later, the guard stands right next to the three. In the following shots he keeps appearing or disappearing randomly.

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Continuity mistake: In the plane, Willie wakes up Indy, who asks if they've arrived, and a feather lands on his head. A frame later the feather is gone.

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Continuity mistake: In the raft, after Willie asks where they are, the coat she holds changes positions between one shot and the other.

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Continuity mistake: Short falls through the hole and there's a POV shot of his legs moving wildly while he cries "Help!" Then he is rescued by Willie and lifted up safely, his legs now still, and his nerves calmed. However, the very same shot of the wild legs and the cries for help from before is suddenly inserted, which makes no sense whatsoever.

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Continuity mistake: During dinner, a man in front of Willie asks her is she isn't hungry. The way he holds the huge beetle swaps from straight to sideways between angles.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy tries to grab the antidote vial from the table, in the closeup just as the vial falls off the table the camera follows the vial as it lands in the empty area to the left of Lao Che's chair where Kao Kan's chair should be, but it's not, and the rug's edge with wood floor beside Lao Che's chair though it shouldn't be. Then Indy hits Kao Kan who is again seated closely to Lao Che's left, as he should be, and when Kao Kan falls backward we see the rug edge is nowhere near Lao Che's chair, also as it should be. (00:08:20)

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Suggested correction: Actually it appears the vial falls to the left of Kao Ken's chair, not Lao Che's. It appears after Indy pierces the other guy with the shishkebab, Kao Ken, off camera, takes the vial and puts on his left side. Indy jumps on the table and after missing the vial he slides further and then elbows Kao Ken who is on the right side now. The vial is still on the left side of Kao Ken's chair when it's kicked onto the wooden floor.

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You're very much mistaken. Lao Che is wearing an embroidered dinner jacket and has a pinky ring on his left pinky, and Kao Ken's left hand is bandaged in gauze. After Indy skewers Chen, in the closeup of Indy's hand just as it knocks the vial off the table, it's Lao Che's hand (note the pinky ring, etc) that we see on the table next to Nurhachi's urn, the stack of money, and the vial. That is not Kao Ken's hand/arm, remember his left hand is bandaged. And as this closeup continues to pan down it follows the vial as it lands on the floor in the empty space where Kao Ken's chair should be, but it isn't.

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Yep, you're right I see it. There are 2 shots of Indy trying to grab the vial off the table and the second one is followed through with the vial falling off it and that one is wrong. Alright.

More mistakes in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Willie: Aren't you gonna introduce us?
Lao Che: This is Willie Scott; this is Indiana Jones, a famous archaeologist.
Willie: Well I always thought that archaeologists were always funny looking men going around looking for their mommies.
Indiana Jones: Mummies.

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Trivia: After the fight in the nightclub, when Indy and Willie make their escape, the name of the club is visible as they drive away - Club Obi Wan - a reference to Star Wars, also by George Lucas.

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