Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Continuity mistake: When that guy is lowered into the lava pit, the cage is level horizontally. When the empty cage is raised again, it's slightly at an angle.

Continuity mistake: During the mine cart chase, Indy hits one of the switches, putting it from the forward to the back position. When the guards in the mine cart get close, they shoot it, putting it from the front position to the back position again.

Continuity mistake: As the Thugee ceremony comes to an end, you see the stage hands exit and the spectators get up and start to leave. The next scene shows Short round looking over the edge and the stage hands are still on the stage, just starting to leave and some of the spectators are still in the process of standing up to leave.


Continuity mistake: When Willie walks out of her bedroom while Indy is fighting the assassin, the left sleeve on her pyjamas changes from rolled down to rolled up between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Indy is stopping the mine cart with his foot Willie's hand is on top of Indy's or not depending on the shot. This swaps back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy falls inside the mine cart, the protruding log disappears. A shot later it reappears, but when Indy hits the railroad switch with the shovel it disappears again.

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Continuity mistake: Before the first sacrifice victim is being lowered into the lava pit, Mola Ram is standing on the edge of the pit, but in a few shots later he moves some feet away.


Continuity mistake: On the ladder, when Mola Ram tries to grab Indy's heart, Mola's hands and Indy's chest are very sweaty and dirty in the close-ups, but dry and quite clean in the wide angles.

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Revealing mistake: After Indy escapes from the conveyor belt, he runs on some suspended planks while being shot at. Watch the planks: There's black masking tape where the explosives are (which disappear in later shots). Furthermore, right before he takes out his whip, he grabs a railing where the bullet has just hit, and you can see that the black tape is dangling loose after the spark.

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Continuity mistake: Right when Indy cuts the bridge and it dangles loose towards the rocky wall, notice that Willie is above Shorty, both in an X position (very likely replaced with dolls). In the close-up of the real actors, both are very close parallel to each other.

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Continuity mistake: When the thug jumps on Indy's mine cart, Indy's hat gets loose, but in the following shot it's perfectly tucked in.

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Continuity mistake: After Shorty is saved from the thugs' mine cart, a baddie jumps from an elevated cart situated on the right side, but when the angle changes he is coming from the left side. Also, Indy is looking sideways instead of upwards, as if the bad guy was parallel to him.

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Audio problem: In the mine chase scene, when both carts are parallel to each other, Indy punches a thug. A frame later, from a different POV, two quick punches are heard, but no one is punching anybody.

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Continuity mistake: When the assassin's head is about to hit the fan, in the first shot of him going up, his head is very close to it, but in the next shot, it's further away.


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Trivia: Due to a severe back injury, Harrison Ford was not even present for most of the conveyor belt scene. It was mostly done using his stunt double. Harrison was added in later with close ups and reactionary shots.

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Question: Does anyone have a translation as to what the Mullaram says during the human sacrifice scenes? He chants something like 'Cully-ma, Cully-ma, Cully-ma sha-ti-day.' Also, what does the human sacrifice say? It sounds like 'Oh num-shi-vye.'

Answer: He says "kali ma, shakti day". This is hindi and means (literally) "black mother, give me power/strength". "Ohm nama Shivaya" means "I bow to Shiva." Both are Hindi.

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