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)
Revealing mistake: When Indy is breaking through the wall in the catacombs, and he uses his shoulder as a battering ram. You can see his head actually bounce off a piece of the rock real hard as he is going through the wall. If the rock was real, I guess Indy would have a lot to cry about that night. (00:32:00)
Revealing mistake: Just a small detail. Watch the tank roll over the hill with the German officer holding onto the top. When the tank hits the ground, the turret pops off. The German soldier (the prop dummy) maintains its grasp on the turret and is pulled off with it. The sheer force of the crash would have easily blown a human body off the tank. (01:36:30)
Revealing mistake: After Indy jumps onto the tank from the horse there's a shot where he stands up to face the bad guy if you look at the tracks on the sand behind him, they aren't caterpillar tracks but tyre tracks. The reason is that for the close-up shots a fake tank was built on top of a car, a security measure to avoid anyone getting hurt in case they fell off.tattoojunkie
Revealing mistake: When Young Indy is trapped in the train car with the lion, he tosses up the whip to Fedora, and as he's being pulled up in the interior shot, the stunt double is wearing a glove on his right hand holding what looks like skewered meat to presumably draw the trained lion. He's also wearing a stunt apparatus around his waist above his beaded belt. (00:08:35)Super Grover
Revealing mistake: When fire sweeps through the catacombs under the church, you can see that the "rats" are completely fake. At the far left of the screen (widescreen) you can see several fake rats just hanging on the wall and not moving at all. In the "special features" section on the DVD, Steven Spielberg admitted that the rats were fake - he couldn't bring himself to roast live ones so he could not make this scene appear realistic.
Revealing mistake: The biplane sequence is obviously filmed in a studio close up. Despite the fact that they are miles high and swooping around at high speeds, neither Indy's hat, nor his Father's, blow off or even flap in the wind. (01:16:55)
Revealing mistake: Just as Elsa leaps from one side of the precipice to the other as the Temple collapses, a rock rolls from right to left and hits her right in the head before bouncing off. (01:56:35)
Revealing mistake: When Kazim dies, his shirt is all bloody, but there are no holes in it. The bloodstains looks painted on. (01:26:30)
Revealing mistake: During the castle scene, when Indy is swinging outside, the sky is clear and blue and obviously not rainy, yet it is still raining. And yes, sometimes it can rain when it's sunny, but take a look - it is NOT rainy weather.
Revealing mistake: After the Nazi tank drives off of the cliff and hits the bottom, the upper turret breaks off. As the turret rolls over, you can see there is no hole in the bottom, just in the top.