Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Corrected entry: Lao Che knocks some money off a big stack of bills at the nightclub table. In the next shot, the bills are once again neatly stacked.

Lynette Carrington

New this week Correction: This does not occur "in the next shot" it actually occurs four shots later, and in that time offscreen the bills can simply be placed back on top of the stack of money.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When Willie and Shorty step on mola Ram's hands to make him fall off the bridge, a modern plane is seen on the right side.

Sacha Premium member

Correction: Specifically, was the "modern" plane a propellor-driven craft or a jet airplane?


Corrected entry: In the mine scene, Willie and Short Round are in the mine car. In order for Indy to get himself in the mine, he swings his whip and attaches it to the roof of the tunnel, then uses it to swing himself into the mine car, you can then see him release it as he lands in the mine car, the whip then swings away to the left of screen, and the mine car roars off in the opposite direction. However Indy uses the whip twice later after losing it in the mine tunnel, once on the bridge to whip a sword from a bad guy's hand and again later, he pulls out his whip, swings it and wraps it around Willie's waist to stop her from leaving, just before the end of the movie after returning the sacred stone.

John D 619

Correction: Indy uses the zip wire that the bucket was attached to earlier to get into the mine car, not his whip - he used it earlier to swing from one gantry to the other.

Corrected entry: From the hill next to it, the village is totally empty, with merely a dozen adobe houses in ruins barely standing. Yet the close shots of the place show hundreds of people who've appeared out of nowhere.

Sacha Premium member

Correction: First off, the village was never empty. The people were inside or scattered in places you couldn't see. Second, there are never "hundreds" of people; the submitter is just exaggerating. There might be a couple dozen, but in a poor village like this in an over populated county, that's not unreasonable. There is no mistake.


Corrected entry: Short Round's age has been given as somewhere between nine and twelve. But in the campfire scene, Indy says that Short Round was orphaned at the age of four when the Japanese bombed Shanghai, which happened in 1932. The movie is set in 1935, making Short Round seven. But this seems highly unlikely, as the character seems to be at least nine or ten.

Correction: The movies explicitly states his age. If the film says he was four in '32, then he's seven in the movie, regardless of what any other source says. Outside sources making claims do not count as movie mistakes.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the pilots are jumping out of the plane, snow from a blizzard is seen entering the door. Yet several minutes later when Indiana Jones, Willie and Short Round exit the plane, the clouds from the storm aren't anywhere around, there is only clear, beautiful sky.


Correction: I'm afraid it's not a blizzard, but feathers from chickens (which are cargo). You can see feathers in the shots showing pilots arguing before jump, and in the shot showing Willie waking up.


Corrected entry: The bats flying above Indiana and his party on the way to Pankot Palace aren't giant vampire bats, but fruitbats (which don't even eat meat, they are vegetarian and mostly eat fruits and vegetables).



Correction: Indy was having fun at Willie's expense.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Indy, Willie and Shorty are in the palace having the banquet, one of the waiters bring in the "Snake Surprise". After he cuts open the boa and the smaller snakes come out, the British Captain, who is seated quite close to Indy, brushes away a snake in disgust, while Indy does nothing despite his great fear of snakes.

Correction: He is not afraid of baby snakes, just as many arachnophobes are not afraid of spiders with thin legs for example. Phobias are irrational, that is their meaning. Also, Indy does not want to offend his host, or lose face with the people at the table.


That dish was not served in front of Indy. He is in a conversation with the evil host and doesn't notice it.

Corrected entry: When Indy and Willie are behind the gong and the insane guy is shooting at them, the bullets spark off of the gong. The only way the bullets would spark would be if he was firing tracer rounds. However, even if he was firing tracer rounds, they burn and spark orange, not blue, as seen in the movie.

Correction: Bullets hitting metal cannot make sparks unless they are tracers? Without knowing the composition of both the gong and the bullets it's impossible to make this assumption.

Corrected entry: The description of the ritual as voodoo (by past submitters) as well as the use of a voodoo doll during the ritual (at the point where Indy drinks the blood) is totally incorrect. By this point, it is established that the Thuggee cult is a sub-sect of Hinduism. Besides, the Voodoo religion is indigenous to West Africa, with a small diaspora in the southern U.S., the Caribbean, and the U.K. Unlikely it could make its way to the north India of 1935.

Correction: This is a possible mistake made by submitters to this site, not within the movie, as such, it can not be classified as a movie mistake. Additionally, Nobody in the film mentions using the doll as voodoo. Fetish puppets such as this has appeared in multiple animistic religions throughout history, who's to say this particular Thuggee cult did not find a way to use them? Particularly since most of their rituals and magic are made up for the film, and as such, artistic license is permitted.


Corrected entry: Indiana explains to Willie that Shorty is his adopted son, orphaned by the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1932. "The Temple of Doom" takes place in 1935, three years afterwards, yet in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Last Crusade, both of which take place after Temple of Doom, Shorty makes no appearance whatsoever. It makes sense that maybe Indy decided to call a sitter for his latter two adventures, he doesn't even agnowledge his existence once in that entire time.

Correction: Character decision, not a mistake. For all we now, Shorty could be dead or reunited with his family in the years between Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In either case, it would not be something Indy would want to talk about.


Corrected entry: After the mine cart chase, the three heroes see the water quickly approaching. They run further down the tunnel and make a right. The next shot, they come out of a passageway and look right, only to see the water coming from their left. Now, since two rights is essentially a U-turn, the three are looking back in the direction they came from; the water should be coming from the right as opposed to their respective left.


Correction: You're assuming that the tunnel they look into when they look right is the same space they just left, but these are tunnels. This tunnel may go off in a completely different direction which may not even connect to the flooded tunnels form this direction.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the camp scene, in the shot of Indy and Shorty playing a game of cards, right after Willie drops the bat and runs off screaming, Shorty drops one of the cards from his hand but never bother to pick it up.


Correction: So? This is neither a movie mistake nor a character mistake. It's just a decision Short Round made; or rather, didn't make.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: During the life raft plunge out of the plane, Willie is the only one who screams. Indy and Shorty are courageously (curiously?) silent. During the next drop off the snowy cliff, it's Indy and Shorty's turn to scream, and Willie remains silent for the entire fall.

00:17:40 - 00:18:25

Correction: While you make a reasonable point, there is no way of knowing where and why a character would chose to scream. Perhaps Willie passed out briefly, and that's why she stops screaming. Also, Indiana could have started screaming because he thought he had it under control then they fall off the cliff.


Corrected entry: After Mola Rom tears a man's heart out, the man is lowered in the molten pit. The man's chest is visible and has no hole or mark where his heart was taken.

Correction: True, but the man also is still alive after getting his heart ripped out of his chest and the heart is beating. Obviously something "supernatural" is going on.

shortdanzr Premium member

Corrected entry: On the trip to Pankot, they each start out on their own elephant, but during the trip, as the scenes change back and forth between shots, "Shorty" alternates between riding his own elephant and riding with Indiana Jones.

00:29:00 - 00:31:45

Scott Howard

Correction: Not necessarily a mistake. Shorty may have just wanted to ride with Indiana occasionally. His elephant is still there.


Corrected entry: When the credits roll at the end, check out a Thuggee Guard named Pat Roach. He also played a Mechanic in 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' and the character 'Gestapo' in The Last Crusade. Shouldn't they get different actors/extras to play these parts in case someone notices? I sure did.

Correction: If you watch the DVD extras, Spielberg mentions that it was a running joke throughout the three films to have Pat Roach playing a baddie. As well as playing the mechanic in Raiders, he also played one of the Sherpas in Marions bar.

Dr Muppet

Corrected entry: When Indy is being forced to drink the blood, the maharaja uses a voodoo doll. Indy spits out the blood and punches someone while Shorty knocks the voodoo doll out of the guy's hand. Indy then punches the priest. When you get an overhead view of the fight, one of the Thuggee guards crushes the doll with his foot. Surely Indy must have felt something?.

Correction: There is nothing in the movie to suggest that anybody other than the maharaja can make use of the voodoo doll. Since the maharaja isn't the one who stepped on the doll, one would not reasonably expect Indy to feel anything.

Corrected entry: When Short Round is forced into breaking rocks, he starts hitting the chain of his leg shackles. After Indy puts Willy in the cage to be dropped, Shorty is seen dropping his shackles to the ground, chain intact but anklets opened.

Correction: True, Shorty was hitting the chains, but he hadn't yet worked through them before the shot cut. He went for the anklets instead, hacking them open instead of the middle of the chain.

Corrected entry: The depiction of the Thugs is not historically accurate. The Thugs were not members of a cult or ever organised in the way shown in the film. Thugs spent most of the year in their villages and then banded together for strangling and robbing expeditions during "the season". A thug viewed himself as a member of a trade much like a plumber or electrician would do today.

Correction: Well considering a few characters got "brainwashed" by drinking that blood, who's to say all the thugs didn't go through that as well? But most importantly, this wasn't a historical drama but an action/adventure movie. Expecting realism is kinda pointless.

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Indiana Jones: Are you trying to develop a sense of humor or am I going deaf?



Indy's bridge breaks and he is hanging by it with the natives shooting arrows at him. If you look closely you can see two arrows bounce off his back. All the other clatter noisily onto the cliff-face or stick in the bridge, so it's not like they've lost much force due to the range.



The movie opens with a scene in a night club. After the fight is over, and Indy and Willie make their escape, the name of the club is seen as they drive away - Club Obi Wan - a reference to Star Wars, also by George Lucas.