Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
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Continuity mistake: When Indy and Vogel are fighting atop the tank we see the soles of Vogel's boots and there is a red hexagon dot under each heel, but while Indy is hanging off the tank's side mount gun the soles of Vogel's boots are different.

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Continuity mistake: On the tank a soldier jumps from Indy's right to attack him. The following angle shows the soldier coming from the front.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy and Elsa are wading in the petroleum looking for the knight's tomb, Elsa unbuttons and opens her jacket and starts to take it off. In the next shot she opens her jacket and takes it off again. (00:34:15)

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning where Indy is young, he fights some guys on that zoo train. When he's on the crate with the rhino in it, the background changes in each shot. Once there are trees behind and a split of a second later there are rocks, once there's a cliff and once a plain, and it all changes in splits of seconds as they change shots. (00:07:25)

Continuity mistake: While in the Germans tank, the right side of Marcus's jacket is bent and wrinkled. A Frame later it looks perfect.

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Continuity mistake: Indy and co. leave their horses a way from the steps to the temple, but when we cut to a closer shot they're very close to the entrance.

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Continuity mistake: In the Grail temple, when Salah says "Drop your guns please," he is holding a rifle. When Indy instructs his father a few seconds later to get up, Salah is not holding a rifle but has his hands crossed.

Continuity mistake: In the scene in the temple after the two soldiers attempt to get past the first task, the first soldier is seen on his back holding his head beside him. When Indy attempts the first task, both dead soldiers are on their stomachs with no heads in sight.

Continuity mistake: At the airport, someone is reading a newspaper. Instead of the year 1938, the date of the newspaper is 1918 (a guess: I think this mistake happened because the art director wrote the date in a rush, stretching the "3" in a way it seemed a "1" when the people of "atrezzo" saw it).

Continuity mistake: While Indy and his father are talking in the zeppelin, the amount of flowers in the vase keeps changing between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When the tank is about to go over the cliff you can see that there is no one sticking out of it, but in the next shot, Vogel can be seen sticking out and yelling.

Continuity mistake: While the German tank travels to the temple, it passes a German soldier. Inmediately after, a very wide angle shows the soldier has dissapeared.

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Continuity mistake: Jones Sr. falls on the tank's chain and passes by the turret and by a round rusty thing. When the angle changes, a second before Indy saves him with the whip, you see Sr. has moved half a meter back instead of forward, and is passing by the same elements as before.

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Continuity mistake: When the Nazi Colonel discovers Henry Jones sen. aboard the zeppelin, Indy asks him for his flight ticket. In the first shot, Indy is standing right beside the colonel (the camera is behind the colonel and Indy comes in from the right), in the subsequent shot, Indy is standing behind the colonel.

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Continuity mistake: When Marcus is taken to the temple by the Germans, the knot on his tie differs between a far shot and a close one.

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Continuity mistake: When the Zeppeliner turns back towards Berlin, it is over snow covered mountains. But when the Joneses escape in the biplane there is no sign of snow anywhere.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: Indy throws the German officer out of the zeppelin window and Senior stands up to watch it all better. Then he sits down. Angle changes to a wider view and Senior is back on his feet, head almost out of the window, repeating the previous movements.

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Continuity mistake: Indy and a soldier fall down on the tank, right where some bags are. From the next angle they are half a meter before the place where the bags are.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy is looking up at the front of the Grail temple it is bathed in direct sunlight. Indy dismounts his horse in the shadow. However, in the shot just before dismounting, the cliffs behind Indy are also bathed in direct sunlight. That is impossible.

Jacob La Cour

Continuity mistake: When Young Indy is hoisted from the lion's carriage on the train, one of the baddies is holding a gun at him, in the next shot, the gun is down by his waist.

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Continuity mistake: In the library scene Indy discovers the "X" high up on the balcony. The X is green with a grey background. When he breaks the tile to find the tomb the X has become a faint outline on the floor. (00:27:40 - 00:28:45)

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Suggested correction: You still can see one "leg" of the X on the floor, it's only darker than viewed from above because the camera angle and illumination set used.

I think it is meant to be an optical illusion.

The "X" is first shown as a dark green "X" on a beige background. Next, we are shown the same dark green "X" that is barely visible over a green background. I think we are meant to understand that the beige square tiles were lifted away in a cut scene.

I see no reason why they would replace the floor just for the higher shot, it's the same floor throughout the scene. When they enter it's the same floor we see later as they are going into the hole. It's probably not a real marble floor, so they can use a styrofoam or plywood tile that Harrison can lift, one that matches the surrounding tiles. They don't shine as much as the rest of the floor. In the shot up high there is different lighting, so that could explain it. It just appears to be different. Of course, sudden different light can be seen as a revealing mistake.

lionhead

Suggested correction: Not a mistake, just a different viewing angle.

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Trivia: When Indy asks his father how he knew Elsa was a Nazi, Henry replies, "She talks in her sleep". Sean Connery ad-libbed this line.

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Question: They didn't make it out of the cave with the grail because they dawdled... I wonder, would someone be able to make it out running at a dead sprint once they crossed the seal? And if so, does that mean that they're home free? Or would disaster follow them outside of the cave?

Answer: The implication is that disaster would follow them outside of the cave as well. It wouldn't make much sense if you could simply outrun the disaster.

BaconIsMyBFF

"Followed by disaster" is a kind of curse, a thing not common in Christianity. It doesn't make much sense anyhow. A seal is just a dot - OK, so let's at least grant that the seal represents a circle that the grail has to stay in. Who decided where those borders are? The grail was taken there during the first crusade. That was closer to 1938 than it was to 33 AD. The three knights could move the grail about then. Why not afterwards? The knights could have built the traps. But the borders could only have been set by god, in an unusually late and completely atypical miracle.

Spiny Norman

There are several examples of curses in the Christian Bible: Lot's wife is turned into a pillar of salt for looking back at Sodom, the plagues visited upon Egypt, Adam and Eve are cursed for eating fruit from the tree of knowledge, etc. The knights did not move the grail around after finding it, they stayed in the temple for 150 years and then two left leaving the third behind. The great seal and it's restriction was already in place when the knights got there.

BaconIsMyBFF

Where in the movie is that stated? I interpreted the knight's story as them having made that place. Looks like it isn't actually specified. But if God made it, then I submit that he would have used Greek, not Latin, for the stepping stones. (All of those curses are from the old testament. The book where god kills firstborn children as long as they're Egyptian. Grail is by definition new testament where you turn the other cheek. There simply are no curses in the gospel, that's just not how Jesus rolled).

Spiny Norman

The tests were made by the knights, but the seal had God's power in it. Just like the cup.

lionhead

It's still a bit dodgy. What if you take a shovel and dig yourself a back door? Basically this film really excels at stuff that makes no sense but helps the storytelling, or to be precise, creates dramatic effects.

Spiny Norman

Every fictional story is like that in some way. That's why it's called fictional. It's just a story.

lionhead

Not a particularly convincing argument, "stuff happens for no reason all the time", if I may say so. Why is this website even here then? The fact is that some stories are more coherent than others. (♫ "In olden days, a hole in the plot, would seem to matter, quite a lot. Now heaven knows, anything goes..." ♫);).

Spiny Norman

It's the difference in what story they want told. Is it a fairy tale or based on actual events? A huge difference in plausibility between the two. The site is there to look at mistakes, not how believable the story is.

lionhead

It is not set in another universe so plausibility isn't somehow suspended. Maybe take a look at the categories recognised by this website. Plot holes, factual errors, even stupidity. (They? Who are they?).

Spiny Norman

It is set in a fictional universe because it's not a true story. With "they" I mean the writers/director. Mistakes in a plot (plot holes) have nothing to do with how believable the story is. As long as it's plausible, it's not a mistake.

lionhead

Pretty sure it's the same universe, just with some added characters/events. What about the total lack of spaceships or orcs or talking animals for example? The seal business is not a mistake YET, but it's very dodgy because no-one knows how it works or why. Like all Indys "trapped" secret places, it's (among other things) unclear who resets the traps for the next visitor. We can't brush it ALL off as "the hand of god" every time.

Spiny Norman

Huge amounts of stuff in films isn't exhaustively explained. Doesn't mean there isn't an explanation that's perfectly believable. There's zero evidence either way to say how "followed by disaster" would manifest, and just because there's not a thorough explanation doesn't mean that it's "dodgy", and it's not worth bickering about either, because there's no concrete answer either way.

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