Continuity mistake: When Indiana and Mutt are in the diner, at the start of the scene there is a pretty blonde girl sitting at the counter just past the corner. A moment later, her seat and the one next to it are occupied by the two Russian guys in suits, and she is talking to a guy with glasses who was earlier by himself. Not enough time had passed for that to change.
Continuity mistake: When Indiana Jones is locked in the chair at the Russian camp, there is a reel-to-reel tape recorder machine running to Indy's left. When you first see it, the amount of tape on the left reel is low. Then, when Irina Spalko walks in, she goes over to it and flicks a switch. As the camera moves out, the tape on the left-hand reel is suddenly nearly equal to the one on the right.
Continuity mistake: In the tent, Indy's wrists are tied and he's facing the crystal skull. From one angle his hands are clenched fists, but from a different one they hang loose. The difference is noticable because the angles keep swapping and the hand positions are not continuous.
Continuity mistake: When Mutt slams his fist on the table in the diner, the ketchup and mustard bottles fall over. When the shot pans to Indiana's back, the bottles are standing up again. He then tells Mutt to sit down and the camera pans back to Mutt. The bottles are lying down again and Indiana picks them both up.
Continuity mistake: When the gang arrive at Akator, and Indy pulls the first rock from the wall and sand starts pouring out, Mutt runs out from that shot to find himself a rock but in the next shot, when Indy says to Mac, "Go get your own!(rock)", Mutt is suddenly back in the shot and runs off to find a rock, again.
Continuity mistake: In the opening scene with the drag race, the lead car in the caravan speeds ahead in response to the challenge. In the next scene, the caravan turns right and the challenger continues straight. At this point, the entire caravan is together despite the fact that the lead car would have been far ahead by that point.
Continuity mistake: When Spalko is talking to Indy at the start, there are four Russian soldiers behind her who have their guns pointed at Indy. When Spalko says, "order of Lenin," and walks a few steps away from Indy, the soldiers raise their guns to let her pass. It then cuts to a shot of Spalko over Indy's shoulder and their guns are pointed at him again. It then cuts back to a profile shot of the pair and the guards once again have their guns raised.
Continuity mistake: After the main characters have been thrown out of the "lost city" by the rapidly rising waters, they are completely soaked (quite natural, as they were submerged in the well). But after everything dies down, all of the characters' hair and clothes are bone dry.
Continuity mistake: Right at the start when the Russians pull Mac out of the car, they throw Indy's hat on the ground and there is a close-up shot of it where you can see Mac's feet right next to it. It then cuts to a relatively wide bird's-eye shot over the car as it is surrounded by Russian soldiers and there is nobody near the hat - Mac isn't even in the shot.
Continuity mistake: Mutt points out at Orellana's mummy, whose shroud is tightened and neatly set. Indy walks towards it and the shot cuts to a closer angle where the shroud is now crappily set. Obviously there were previous shots of Indy opening it, and the shroud was later messily closed to repeat the shots.
Continuity mistake: When Indy is held captive in the Soviet's tent, Mac enters and they have a conversation. Indy then turns his head to his left, looking straight at Mac. Just before Indy makes his threat about what he'll do to Mac when he gets loose, there is an angle change, and Indy is suddenly staring straight ahead, with no time to turn his head in between shots. He then turns his head back to look Mac in the face again.
Continuity mistake: Throughout the whole movie, Irina's hair seems to be kept absolutely pristine, even when she is flung from cars. This is very noticible at the car chase in the military base when she is thrown from the car by Indy. One minute, a few strands of hair are slightly messed, then they are fixed again. It is likely, however, given the many other nods to films of that period, that the "concrete hair" effect is a deliberate decision.
Continuity mistake: During the wedding scene, we see Mutt taking photos with a 1950s Kodak Brownie box camera. When wind blows Indy's fedora off the hat rack and up the aisle, Mutt stoops to pick up the hat, with the camera no longer in his hands. Indy snatches the hat away from Mutt as he passes, and the shot then cuts to a full view of all the wedding guests leaving the church, with Mutt in the center of the shot, still standing in the aisle the whole time. He takes out a comb and passes it through his hair, then picks up his jacket from the pew before he leaves, but the boxy Brownie camera is still nowhere to be seen. It's not in his pockets, and it's not in his jacket (the angular bulge would be more than noticeable).
Add timeCharles Austin Miller
Continuity mistake: Inside the waterfall temple, the group walks by a room (with a passage on each side and a double entrance with steps in the middle) where natives appear and columns and walls fall off. The angle changes to a seemingly new room, but it's obviously the same place, with the camera angle slightly turned to the right. All the previous people are magically gone, the debris has disappeared, and natives are coming out of different places. Really odd editing.
Continuity mistake: When Indy finds out that Mac has betrayed him, Mac is standing half a meter away. Right after, from a different angle, he is 10 centimeters away, with the tip of his rifle touching Indy. And right away, from yet another angle, the gun is on top of Indy's shoulder.
Continuity mistake: When the race begins between the staff car and the hot rod, they immediately pull away from the convoy, as is logical. However, in the next shot the convoy is right behind the staff car again - which is still accelerating racing the hot rod. When the convoy pulls off the main road towards Area 51, the convoy again is right behind the staff car.
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