Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Continuity mistake: When young Indy discovers the thieves in the caves, the pot on the right swaps from laying horizontal on the ground to slanted and back to horizontal, depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: Young Indy grabs the Coronado cross, but from the next angle his hand is away about to grab it, and also its position has changed.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy escapes out of his office through the window, there are no shadows around. Half a second later, from a different angle, two long shadows have appeared underneath the window.

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Continuity mistake: At the very end of the movie, when they all ride off through a tunnel, you can see all sorts of tassels hanging off each of the horses. When they reach the end of the tunnel and are riding off into the sun, there are no tassels at all apparent.

Continuity mistake: When Indy kisses Elsa in her room in Venice, you can see there is nothing on Elsa's left shoulder, but when the camera angle changes in the next shot, Indy now has his hand on her shoulder.

Continuity mistake: Indy slams a pole against the big X on the floor and produces a hole. When the angle changes the shape of the hole is completely different.

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Continuity mistake: While in the zeppelin, the German officer extends his baton and lowers Dr. Jones's newspaper, wrinkling it. From the opposite angle, the newspaper is still raised and the officer repeats the previous movements, though this time he doesn't wrinkle the newspaper.

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Continuity mistake: Hitler walks surrounded by a huge crowd ahead holding Nazi pennants. When Indy bumps into Hitler, half a second later, the pennants on the left have disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: Dr. Jones hugs his son and walks 20 meters away. When he turns around to address him, he is barely 5 meters away.

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Continuity mistake: When a jeep gets stuck to the tank's cannon, the type of jeep, its position and the damage done changes between the first and second shot (watch how the smashed windows fix themselves, for example).

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Continuity mistake: When Dr. Jones, Sallah and Marcus walk away from the cliff, from a back angle Indy has his jacket on except for the left shoulder uncovered. A frame later, from a front angle, the jacket is covering his shoulder.

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Continuity mistake: In front of the main tribune there's a pile of burning books. First the fire is just atop, a frame later the whole pile is burning.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy jumps on Kazim's boat, Elsa's boat is inches away from Kazim's, but a shot later she has managed to appear somewhere else with no boats around.

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Continuity mistake: When about to walk on air in the temple, Indy says, "No one could jump this". In the close-ups his hands are spread apart, but in the wide angle they are grabbing the diary.

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Continuity mistake: The German Nazi suddenly disappears from the tank when it crashes on the ground (as is replaced by an obvious scale model).

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Continuity mistake: When Donovan drinks from the grail his left hand holds the base with extended fingers. A frame later they are bent.

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Continuity mistake: When Indiana's dad blows up the truck beside them during the chase, there's a big explosion. However, in the next shot showing Indiana and Ernst Vogel, the same explosion behind them is smaller.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy and Kazim are about to jump off from the chopped boat, the boat swaps from sinking to floating between frames.

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Revealing mistake: In the catacombs of the library, Indy and Elsa are waist deep in petroleum. Indy has a torch, and if you look carefully, you will see burning pieces of the torch fall and hit the petroleum. Wouldn't this start a fire as Kazim later on sets the cavern alight with a single match? (00:34:05)

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Henry: Come on, Junior.
Indiana: Will you please stop calling me Junior?
Sallah: Please, what does this mean? Always with this Junior?
Henry: That's his name: Henry Jones, Junior.
Indiana: I like Indiana.
Henry: We named the dog Indiana.
Sallah: The dog? You are named after the dog.
Marcus: Can we go home please?
Indiana: I have a lot of fond memories of that dog.

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Trivia: Harrison Ford was a Boy Scout in his youth, reaching the level of Life Scout. Steven Spielberg paid homage to this by making young Indy a Life Scout.

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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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OK but I would like to note that not everyone who offers creative explanations has recently seen the movie; some people just invent their own. E.g. "followed by disaster" is not an actual explanation from the movie, it was just one of the suggestions made here and only here. Or the ones on my own question below. All I'm saying is, it's very hard to tell what the "rules" / "logic" of this place are supposed to be, so I understand what the OP was driving at.

Spiny Norman

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