Raiders of the Lost Ark

Continuity mistake: Eaton and Musgrove are sitting, waiting for Indy to open the book. When Indy opens it, suddenly Musgrove is standing. (00:19:43)

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Continuity mistake: When Indy abruptly brakes the truck and the Ark box slides backwards, the poles on either side of the box have disappeared.

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Audio problem: Just before Belloq opens the staff car's door, Paul Freeman's voice can be heard saying "Let's get out of here" but Belloq's lips don't move.

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Continuity mistake: During the procession, there are four soldiers carrying banners. When they arrived at the Altar, one has disappeared.

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Continuity mistake: During the procession, after Indy hides behind the box, Captain Mohler can be seen walking with the soldiers behind the Ark. In the next shot, he's walking in front of the Ark.

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Continuity mistake: In the first scene of the procession, the Nazis are walking in a straight line along a path. In the next shot, they are now going around a curve.

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Continuity mistake: When the Wurffler arrives to Geheimhaven dock, six soldiers and an officer are running towards the submarine. In the next shot, the seven men have disappeared.

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Visible crew/equipment: Just before the shooting starts at The Raven, you can see that Otto's shadow movements do not match the German's movements. Also, when Marion fights with Toht, behind her you can see the shadow of a man with short hair and no hat moving to the left (Indy still has his hat on during this scene).

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Continuity mistake: On the blackboard, between the numbers 4 and 5, the word "and" is written. After the girl shows the "Love you", the word is replaced by a dot. (00:13:49)

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Continuity mistake: Over Belloq's left shoulder and behind Toht, a soldier stands next to a klieg with a rifle. In the next shot, the soldier's rifle has disappeared. (01:44:25)

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Continuity mistake: During the procession scene, in the shot before Toht takes off his hat, about twenty soldiers can be seen walking. After Indy leaves the procession and hides behind a box, in the next shot, there appear to be twice as many soldiers as in the first scene. Just before Indy shouts "Hello!", the quantity has returned to twenty.

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Continuity mistake: After the kliegs behind Dietrich, Belloq, and Toht explode, the Ark energy begins to destroy the soldiers' guns and the kliegs next to them (including Indy and Marion's). In some shots, the kliegs on the altar are still working.

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Continuity mistake: When the two soldiers place the Ark on the altar, they move to the walls of the canyon, and Toht stands next to Belloq. A few shots later, the soldiers are next to the Ark's poles (where they will be in the next shot), and Toht seems to be very huge. (01:44:39)

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Continuity mistake: As the Ark is placed on the altar, Toht moves to the left of Belloq. Behind the German, a soldier without cap can be seen filming with a hand-held camera. In the next shot, that soldier has moved to the opposite side of the canyon and is squatting. (01:44:24)

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Audio problem: After Dietrich says "And Gobler, I want plenty of protection", a German voice can be heard saying "Herr Oberst", just before the tower behind Belloq explodes. This voice sounds extremely close to the three villains, although neither of them have spoken, and there are no more people next to Dietrich.

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Continuity mistake: Just before Belloq says "It's beautiful!", there is a black machine (which is not the German camera or the generator) in the bottom middle of the screen, just below the approaching ghost. It is also visible when the Angel of Death is revealed. This machine disappears when the Ark begins to kill the soldiers.

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Continuity mistake: After the kliegs and generator explode, there is a shot of Belloq and Toht on the altar. Belloq has the ivory rod in a vertical position. In the next shot, the rod is horizontal.

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Continuity mistake: When Indy and his excavation team arrive at the true location of the Well of Souls, we can see that it is on a low hill, just a few meters from the Nazi excavations. However, when it gets dark, we can see that the excavations have disappeared from view and now the Well of Souls appears to be on a considerably high mountain (taking as a reference the illuminated camp on the right of the screen).

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Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move?
Indiana: Give me your torch. [He drops it in and sees why.] Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?
Sallah: Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

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Trivia: There's a Star Wars reference to Obi-Wan and C-3PO on the plane rescuing Indy at the start - it has the registration OB-CPO.

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Question: After the scene where Indy first goes onto the German U-boat, he runs around apparently looking for something, then the scene changes to the inside of the sub where you can hear that the order has been given to dive. Was there an actual scene cut out of the film where Indy lashes himself to the periscope? (When Raiders first came out in Aus, I vividly remember seeing it with this scene.)

Answer: The scene you describe was indeed filmed. It was cut out of the US release of the film although I cannot speak for the Australian version. The scene also appears in the Marvel Comics adaptation. http://www.theraider.net/films/raiders/deleted_scenes.php has a list of this and the other deleted scenes.

Phil C.

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