Corrected entry: In the chase, Indy pulls out a rocket launcher at one point. Despite fighting the Russians with their own weapons, it is a Chinese copy of the famous RPG-7, distinguished by the lack of a rear grip. Also, these rocket launchers weren't put into service in the Red Army until 1961.Friso94
Corrected entry: When Mutt is trying to pull Indy out of the sand pit, Indy tells him to get a rope. Indy had his whip, all he had to do was get it off his hip and throw it to Mutt. I know it would've ruined a good joke, but Indy is known for using his whip to get him out of trouble and therefore would've thought of that, even panicked as he was.
Corrected entry: In the truck, after Marion tells Indy he is Mutt's father Indy asks why she never told him. She gives her reasons and then says it was why Ox had stopped talking to him (Indy) - but later in the film, after the alien spaceship has left, Indy and Mutt are talking like father and son on the top of the ruined temple and Ox appears amazed when he realises they are father and son.Noods
Corrected entry: At the end of the motorcycle chase in the library, the bike lays down and Indy and Mutt slide underneath some tables. The last student who is sitting and reading (he asks Indy a question) seems to get pushed back by the bike before it finally stops. But if you look closely, nothing actually touches the student or the chair that makes him move back.
Corrected entry: The hotrod in the opening chase scene has a Chevrolet engine in it, even though it is a Ford car. That was not uncommon to do in the fifties, but the speed equipment on the engine would have not existed in 1957, as it was not until the early to mid-sixties that market speed parts were produced for the small block Chevy engine, something that the car in the shot is equipped with.
Corrected entry: When Indy opens a shotgun shell to extract its shot, these pellets are then magnetically attracted to the case which contains material from the 1947 Roswell UFO incident. Although it was correctly pointed out that the shell's hull was made of paper with a felt wad, until the 1980s, the pellets were formed from lead and thus would not be influenced by magnetism. Due to lead's toxicity, the shot types that are mandated for waterfowl hunting include steel, bismuth, and several combinations of tungsten, iron, nickel, tin, etc. Another issue with that scene is: how did the pliers produce such a precise cut around the hull? The implement itself wasn't a "multitool" with a knife blade incorporated into the handle. All he had to do was squeeze the crimped end of the shell a couple of times to open it.
Corrected entry: Indy mentions to Mutt that his riding with Pancho Villa was "the fight against Victoriano Huerta". However, that referenced episode of "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" took place in 1916; Huerta had already abdicated the presidential office the year before in 1915. During Indy's time with Villa in 1916, Villa was actively engaged *against* the United States due to the US' support of the Carranza regime in Mexico. So by joining Villa at that time, Indy was fighting against his own country, not Huerta.
Corrected entry: In the beginning, when the trucks are being stopped at the Army gate in Nevada, one of the guards raises the bar immediately, but in a new shot, it is down and stopping the cars from continuing.
Corrected entry: In the beginning scene, when Indy is taken out of the car, all he has on is just the one belt, but when he comes out of the refrigerator, he has both belts on with the whip attached.
Corrected entry: In one scene, Indy and the group are being held captive by the Russians and are being taken through a rain forest. After they hijack the truck that is transporting them, Indy destroys a deforesting machine with an RPG. The model of RPG that Indy fires wasn't invented until the 1960s.EpicFishFingers
Corrected entry: In the warehouse scene at the begining of the movie, Indy climbs up some crates clutching a few shotgun shells and pliers. Using the pliers, he rips open the shell, yet no powder comes out, and the wad that is in all non-slug shotgun shells is missing.
Corrected entry: When a very wet Indy is getting decontaminated, you see the camera move back and then it shows Indy siting all dry on the chair, talking.
Corrected entry: During the chase scene, the pursuing car lands on the one Indy is sitting in, right by where the ants come out. When the vehicles collide, Indy loses the gun that is in the front of the car. Later, when the car is in the river, the gun has mysteriously returned.
Corrected entry: Throughout the movie Indy keeps referring to Orellana's quest for the City of Gold taking place in the 15th Century, which can't be, the Spanish didn't venture into the southern continent of America until the 1500's which would make it the 16th Century. An archaeologist would know that.
Corrected entry: In the scene when the skull gets returned to the alien body, you can see an obvious editing pause and film misalignment when the skull flies from her hand to the alien body.
Corrected entry: As Mutt rides his motorcycle alongside the train in his introductory scene, he yells, "Professor!" to get the attention of Indiana. In the diner scene that immediately follows, Mutt is oddly shocked at learning Indiana's profession when he exclaims, "So you're a professor?"
Corrected entry: When the refrigerator comes to a halt with Indy inside, the door suddenly pops open. This is not possible, because once latched shut, the door can only open if the handle is pulled outward. The latch is a secure physical connection no matter how much the refrigerator is banged about.
Corrected entry: When Indy is questioning a local peasant in Cuzco moments after arriving, the music being heard is distinctively Mexican when it should have been Andean.
Corrected entry: After going over the last waterfall, everyone bails out of the boat in mid-air but when we see Marion again she is holding the steering wheel as if she held on the whole time.
Corrected entry: The characters refer to the local natives as Mayan. Incas are native to Peru, Mayans to Central America, and Aztecs to Mexico.
Corrected entry: When the characters are wading out of the river onto the shore (after the waterfall scene), a metal swimming pool ladder can be seen in the lower right corner of the screen.
Corrected entry: In the warehouse, no one thinks to track down the magnetic artifact by using a simple compass.
Corrected entry: When Indy escapes on the rocket powered cart, it is slowed down by a lot of sand on the tracks, but in the next shot, all the sand has disappeared.
Corrected entry: On the scene where they are at the cemetery in Nazca, they show the Nazca lines right off the cemetery. These lines are so big that you need to be in a plane to actually see them. They are about 8 kms long each, and from the top of the hill in the movie they show at least three of them.
Corrected entry: In the chase scene around the campus Mutts' motorcycle has a belt drive. Harley Davidson did not make belt drive bikes until two decades later.
Corrected entry: The Jeeps used during the Russians entry to Nevada was wrong. In 1957 the Army drove the Jeep Willys (early CJ) with wing fenders on front. The ones driven in the movie had round fenders.
Corrected entry: In the opening scene, the soviet throws Indy's hat onto the ground, one can see that the hat is out of shape and smashed in, yet when Indy picks it up to put it on it has the perfect signature shape.
Corrected entry: In the scene Where Indy is being attacked, in the cemetery, the sidekick is about to be shot with a dart, Indy pops up and blows into the other end killing him. That would have only been possible had the dart been pointing towards the original attacker.
Corrected entry: One of the characters says that the Conquistador took the skull in the "Fifteenth Century." The Fifteenth Century ended in 1501, while the first Conquistadors did not come to the Americas until several years later.
Corrected entry: Indy blowing the poison dart back into the mouth of the attacker is almost identical to a scene in a previous Spielberg-produced (but Barry Levinson directed) film. In "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985) Sherlock dispatches Mrs. Dribb by blowing a dart into her mouth in the exact same manner.
Corrected entry: In the scene where they travel to South America, the plane shown is an older Pan Am twin-engine aircraft (a DC-3, I believe), perhaps intended as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the earlier films. In reality, in 1957 Pan Am was flying Douglas DC-6, DC-7 and (possibly) Lockheed Constellation aircraft - all large 4-engine piston aircraft - on its Latin American routes. The Boeing 707 was only two years away.
Corrected entry: In the last scene when Ox is speaking to the inter dimensional being, Indy says he is speaking Mayan, however the language he is speaking sounds nothing like Mayan.
Corrected entry: When Indy and company arrived at the temple containing the Crystal Skulls, they needed the key to access the stairs leading down to the temple (or whatever it was). As they descended the stairs, the steps disappeared into the wall, and they fell into the water but stayed perfectly dry. So, how did the bad guys get down with no stairs or other visible means, and also appear dry in their next scene?
Corrected entry: Professor Ox is talking Mayan in the temple in Peru. In the Peruvian jungle, they speak Aymara. Mayan was spoken in Mexico, Guatemala and all Mayan countries. Also, the stone temple shown in the Amazon was made by Mayans in such countries, not like the ones made by Incas in Peru.
Corrected entry: In the cut scene where Indy and Mutt are captured by the Soviets in South America and flown to Nazca, the plane we see is an Antonov An-12 "Cub" - this only existed in prototype form in 1957, and didn't enter active service in the Soviet Air Force until 1959.
Corrected entry: In the warehouse, Indy is escaping the Russians using his whip around the bars in the ceiling. He does not take it with him, but when the rocket stops it is suddenly next to him ready to use.
Corrected entry: When Indy and the others are in the Lost City they are looking at the murals on the wall, Indy comments that they were sun worshippers 'like the Egyptians'.Not quite true - the Egyptians were a poly-theistic society (they worshipped many gods) apart from one small foray into being sun-worshippers under their leader Akenaten. After his death, the entire society shifted back into being worshippers of many gods again and most of Akenaten's legacy was destroyed.
Corrected entry: In the opening sequence, it's laughably unlikely that a few border guards are the only resistance that Spalko's troops would encounter when intruding such a highly sensitive military facility.
Corrected entry: Throughout the movie 57 Chevrolet cars abound, but since the movie appears to take place in the spring of 57 they would be nowhere to be seen as they would not have been for sale until September of 1957.
Corrected entry: If the crystal skulls are supposed to be the actual skulls of the alien creatures, how were they able to speak or eat with their lower jaws fused to the upper jaw?
Corrected entry: When the two Russians are chasing Indy and Mutt, they crash into Marcus Brody's statue and the head of Marcus crashes through the windshield. Only moments later, when Indy and Mutt escape and the Russians give up the pursuit, you can see that the windshield is intact. It's clear that the glass is still intact because the rearview mirror is firmly attached to the glass and there are no cracks anywhere, or debris for that matter. And to top it off, the windshield before it gets broken is two panes, divided in the middle by a piece of plastic/metal. Afterwards, it's one pane of glass.
Corrected entry: Siafu are a type of African, not South American ant (they are also, of course, much smaller and slower, but oddly that doesn't bother me as much).
Corrected entry: As the Russian guards approach the military base, the caption on the screen reads "Nevada, 1957". As they enter the warehouse, you see a "51" on the door but later in the movie Irana refers back to the incident at the military base as taking place in New Mexico, not Area 51 in Nevada.
Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, Indy is pulled out of a trunk. On a top down shot, we see his hat resting at an arm's length from his body (he's flat on his face). in the next shot, upon getting up, he has to walk 3 steps to reach it.
Corrected entry: In the beginning, where Indy and company are getting onto the Army base, the guards who are killed are wearing Air Force rank in blue on khaki colored uniforms. This wouldn't be done - ever. Khaki gets tan patches, the blue and white rank are worn on the blues. They're also wearing the new style (post 1992) rank.
Corrected entry: In the fight seen between the two jeeps, you can tell when Mutt's stunt man is in the shot because he has curly hair.
Corrected entry: We are told in the film that the Conquistadors stole the skull. However, since Indiana has to use the skull to open the tomb that it came from, it would have been impossible for the Conquistadors to have opened the tomb to steal it in the first place.
Corrected entry: After falling down the waterfall, Indiana and his troupe enter the caves on the cliff face. Spalko's henchman is meanwhile dropping a trail for Spalko to follow. How did he leave a trail across the lake and up a cliff?! Yet, she still manages to figure out where to go. Funny, that.
Corrected entry: With the magnetic crystal skull hidden behind the mummy of the metal armoured Spaniard, there should have been more resistance to Indy when he tossed the body to Mutt saying "Here, hold this". There appears to be no attraction to the skull.
Corrected entry: When Mutt throws the snake to Indiana Jones in the sand pit, it is not a Milk Snake as he says. Instead it's an olive Python. While Mutt may not have known what kind of snake it was and simply picked a name that sounded tame, the problem is that olive pythons are not native to South America - they're Australian.
Corrected entry: When Indy and Mutt arrive in Peru, the music in the background is Mexican music, not Peruvian music.
Corrected entry: Indy says to Mutt that he learned Quechua from Francisco Villa (Pancho Villa), who was a Mexican Revolutionary General who barely spoke this Peruvian language.
Corrected entry: Ox writings on the wall of his cell: the German word "rueckehr" means only "to go/come back", not "to give (something) back" as Indy explains. In this case German uses the word "zurueckgeben" and there is no double meaning.
Corrected entry: When Indy is escaping the warehouse at the beginning of the film, he takes out his whip and uses it to swing across to try to reach the Russian's truck, but releases it and drops into another truck. A couple minutes later, he has the whip secured to his belt again even though he had left it hanging from the ceiling.tev
Corrected entry: When they sail down the river (in northwest Brazil) and fall down the third waterfall, it's footage from the Iguazu waterfalls, which is located on the border of Brazil and Argentina. That part of the waterfall is called the Devil's Throat, which, as I see it, is impossible to survive. But, it's Indy.
Corrected entry: When Indy, Mac and the Russians enter the Area 51 warehouse, it is broad daylight - and the shadows indicate that it must be in the middle of the day. However, when they emerge after about only ten minutes of continuous story, it is pitch black outside.
Corrected entry: The movie occurs in 1957. A 50 star U.S. flag is shown. Alaska and Hawaii became states in 1959; a 48 star flag would have been correct.
Corrected entry: In the scene when Indy is getting decontaminated, a skin-colored piece is visible, which Indy is wearing during the procedure. This occurs during the moment when a helper uses a brush or a broom to decontaminate Indy's front.
Corrected entry: When Indy is tied to the chair and Spolka comes in to talk to him, in some shots of Spolka, to the lower left there is a crew member with headphones that is crouching down. He can only be seen in that shot of Spolka, but disappears in some of those as well.
Corrected entry: During the shootout in the area 51 warehouse scene, there is a point where multiple Russians come around the corner and point their guns at Indiana. They then stop, allow him to finish climbing the boxes he was on, then proceed to fire once he reaches the top of the boxes.
Corrected entry: When Indy and Mutt arrive in Peru, Mutt establishes that he learned Spanish, but a few seconds later Indy must translate the dialogue with the nun.
Corrected entry: During the movie, somebody brings out a gun and points it close to Indy's neck; you can notice it is a Glock pistol. It was first made in 1963.
Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when Mutt is standing in the aisle of the church holding a camera to take a picture of the wedding party, the door blows open, and Indy's hat blows down the aisle. Mutt bends over to pick it up, and the camera is suddenly gone from his hands.
Corrected entry: In the diner scene flexible drinking straws are in the drinks. Flexible drinking straws were patented in 1936 and sold to hospitals starting in 1947. Flexible drinking straws were not common in diners in 1957.
Corrected entry: When the Russians are leaving the warehouse at the start of the movie, you briefly see the Arc (from Raiders of the lost Arc) sticking out from its damaged box. The US coding and stamp can be seen on the side of the crate, however, in ROTLA one of the final scenes is the Arc burning the US code/stamp off the side of the crate.
Corrected entry: In the early scene where Indiana is in front of a classroom, he says Skara Brae is on the west coast of Scotland. Skara Brae is actually on the Scottish island of mainland Orkney, to the north and slightly east of mainland Scotland.
Corrected entry: The movie was supposed to take place in 1957, yet some of the Russian soldiers are armed with AKM assault rifles instead of AK-47s. The AKM was a modernized version of the AK-47 that was introduced in 1959, two years after the movie was supposed to take place.
Corrected entry: In the scene showing the local village you can plainly see a large modern yellow crane above the roof line.
Corrected entry: In the shot of the amazon jungle where they are driving with the enemies, at first they show a truck cutting the way through and forming what would be the road in a forest full of trees and woods. After the chopper truck is blown up, a road still exists, and there's even a double road when Shia and Cate Blanchett are fighting in between cars.
Corrected entry: In the scene in the army warehouse, Indy asks for gunpowder from the Russians because he says the metal in it will help track down the magnetized crate. Gunpowder has nitrate, coal, and sulfur in it, but no metal.
Corrected entry: In the scene in the army warehouse where everything metal was being attracted to the magnetic crate, the Russians' guns should have been pulled away, or at least toward the crate, as well.
Corrected entry: In the hangar at area 51, Jones says something like "drop your guns or Spalko is dead". Later when being interrogated by the FBI/CIA guys, he doesn't know who she is, he only gives a physical description of her.
Corrected entry: After Indiana Jones was fired from the University, he said he would go to Leipzig to teach. In 1957, Leipzig was behind the Iron Curtain and deep within the Soviet Communist Zone of East Germany. This makes no sense since, prior to Indiana Jones saying he was going to Leipzig, the Soviets had kidnapped him and almost killed him before he escaped. Doubtful they would later welcome him with friendly arms or that he would ever entertain the thought of even stepping foot in Leipzig.
Corrected entry: The female Russian spy's uniform looks more like the German WWII era uniforms than USSR ones of the time. Additionally, her holster is on the front on her right hip. Soviet officers wore their holsters behind their right hips.
Corrected entry: Mutt always has a knife with him that he uses to get out of tricky situations. This reflects Indiana's use of his whip. Another hint of their actual relationship.
Corrected entry: After being captured, Indy is shackled to a chair, unable to move his arms. Later, "Ox" staggers into the tent, and we see from behind as Indy reaches up and grabs his arm to steady him. Later still, Indy is again shackled to the chair.
Corrected entry: To keep the plot a secret, this film has had quite a few fake titles, including, but not limited to: Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds, Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods, Indiana Jones and the Four Corners of the Earth, Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Gold, and Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Covenant.
Corrected entry: This film had been in the works for a long time, mostly because of problems with the script and inability to settle on a McGuffin, or plot device. Several screenwriters had been commissioned to write scripts, but none were satisfactory, and in one case, the screenwriter couldn't get Lucas and Spielberg to concentrate. Writers also didn't want to approach the task, because they felt the shoes Lucas and Spielberg wanted them to fill were too big. Eventually, however, Lucas and Spielberg settled on the crystal skull as the McGuffin and also upon a screenplay which they thought was what they wanted.