Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Other mistake: In the warehouse scene when they're standing around the crate containing the heavily magnetized alien, all metal objects like guns and other items are pulled towards the magnetic force field. But Indy, who is standing next to the crate, has a bag with a metal strap that stays still when it also should've been pulled towards the alien.

Factual error: In the warehouse when Indy and the Soviets open the crate with the alien's body, all the overhead lights are pulled towards it. If the magnetic field was that strong, the lights also would have been pulled towards the box before it was opened. (Put a toy car on top of a table and pull it with a magnet from under the table to see the field in action).

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Visible crew/equipment: In the beginning of the film when Indy uses his whip to disarm one of the Russians, when he "uses" his whip to pull the gun away, a wire can be seen on the end of the barrel to pull it up.

Continuity mistake: In the shot where Mutt is on the front of the car sword fighting Spalko, when the shot changes he switches to the back of the car, still fighting her.

Continuity mistake: The drawing that Ox makes in front of Indy differs between shots: Watch the shape of the sun.

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Continuity mistake: The Russians arrive at the Nevada base and salute the guards. The one on the far right is very close to the barrier, next to where the corner of the house is; half a second later he is several meters behind and walking towards the barrier again.

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Other mistake: When Indy escapes on the rocket powered train, it is slowed down by a pool of water on the tracks. The only problem is that when this happens in real life, it's almost the same as slamming into a wall, and therefore Indy should have been flying several feet away from the rocket powered train. You can actually see the chair that the test persons before him used, and it has double seat belts on it.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning when the Russians are talking to Indy, his shirt is tucked, then in another shot it's untucked, then it's tucked again. This continues for about 3-5 shots.

Revealing mistake: When taking over the Nevada test site, the head Russian drops to tie his shoe as four soldiers pull out machine guns to kill the U.S. guards. Both soldiers on the right run out of ammo, yet keep moving their guns as though they are still shooting. (00:03:10)

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.

Revealing mistake: Right after the nuclear explosion and Indy comes out of the refrigerator, the scene changes to an airfield with two cars driving across the screen. The cars are obviously CGI, as the first one turns despite the wheels still pointing straight.

Factual error: The Russian soldier would not be able to scream with ants running into his mouth - he would be choking.

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.

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Audio problem: When Irina and Mutt are sword fighting in the jungle, the blade strikes all make echoing sounds.


Continuity mistake: When Indiana and Mutt are in the diner, notice the coffee cup Indy has on the table. In one shot, he has it in his hand. In another, his hand is not on it. This happens twice with the different camera angles.

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Continuity mistake: Before Indy finds the crystal skull, the mummy's head has a piece of cloth on its forehead. In a wide shot immediately afterwards, this cloth disappears.

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Continuity mistake: After the nuclear explosion when Indiana Jones is thrown into the air inside the fridge, in one shot the doors are closed, then open, and then closed again.

Factual error: At the beginning of the movie where the convoy stops at the gate to the military base, the fence has "Razor Wire" on the top, not the period-correct barbed wire. Razor wire came into use in the late sixties by some industries, but the military did not use it until the eighties.

Visible crew/equipment: After everyone has fallen into the water beneath the obelisk and the skull has been retrieved, Indiana is leading everyone out of the water and a prop light can be seen on the big rock spike behind Mutt. (01:40:25)

Continuity mistake: During the chase above the waterfall, the assault boat has its machine gun snapped off. When the assault boat goes over the waterfall the gun is visible again for a few seconds. The gun is gone when they get to the bottom.

Dean Charles Stanforth: We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away.

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Trivia: In the Mayan temple, Indy comments "I have a bad feeling about this." This line was a running gag in George Lucas' Star Wars saga, and was used by Harrison Ford at least once. (01:46:10)

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