Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Corrected entry: When Willie and Shortie go to watch Indy and the thuggee fighting on the conveyor belt you see Willie pick up a canteen and lean up as though she is going to give it to Indy but in the next shot the canteen is back on the rock and she has to grab it again.

Correction: This does not occur "in the next shot." In the wideshot, as Shorty's rushing toward the camera while watching the Maharaja, we see Willie in the background lifting up the canister, though she does not "lean up as though she is going to give it to Indy." Then it cuts to two shots of Shorty and the Maharaja, and it's not until the third shot where we see the canister on the ground beside Willie, while she waited for the opportune moment to hand it up to Indy. No continuity issue.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: Indy's waiter friend gets shot and slumps over the table. He curiously disappears and reappears during the remainder of the the nightclub shootout scene. (00:08:00)

Lynette Carrington

Correction: In every shot where we actually see Lao Che's table, the body of Wu Han can indeed be seen.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: In the lava pit fight scene, after Chatter Lal gets pinned under the wheel used to lower and raise victims into the lava pit, subsequent shots show him on the ground by the wheel (first moving, then still). In later shots, he's gone. This can be seen best in the shot where Short Round runs over to the wheel to get the rucksack for Indiana Jones to put the stones in.


Correction: Chattar Lal does not vanish between shots. The mistake notes that "in later shots, he's gone", though that actually makes sense. We see Chattar Lal moving around on the floor and in a couple of following shots he's lying motionless, though that doesn't mean he's dead. So during the time where he's offscreen we can safely presume that Chattar Lal quickly realises he's been defeated, and thinks that since even Mola Ram has escaped, he decides to hurriedly scurry away like the rat that he is. There was a partially filmed deleted scene which had Chattar Lal getting up and attacking Indy, then falling onto the cage and into the lava below. Despite the obvious question viewers have about Chattar Lal's fate in the movie, there really isn't a continuity problem since he doesn't instantly disappear between shots.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When Indy is fighting with the Thuggee guard, the Thuggee picks Indy up and is about to throw him into one of the mining trucks, you see Willie and Short Round hiding behind a pillar. When she says to Short Round "okay save him" you can see she is wearing a piece of jewellery on her forehead. About a minute later as she says her next line "what's the matter with him?" the piece of jewellery has gone. (01:29:15)


Correction: After Willie tells Short Round to save Indy there are eight shots while she's offscreen, which gives Willie plenty of time to remove the head chain and toss it, much the same way Willie removes and tosses her skirt when she climbs into the mine cart.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: Lao Che knocks some money off a big stack of bills at the nightclub table. In the next shot, the bills are once again neatly stacked.

Lynette Carrington

Correction: This does not occur "in the next shot" it actually occurs four shots later, and in that time offscreen the bills can simply be placed back on top of the stack of money.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: During the escape scenes from the mine through to the rope bridge, Willie has bare feet, but when hanging on the broken rope bridge against the cliff face above Mola Ram and Jones she is wearing sandals.


Correction: Have another look at the scenes, because Willie is wearing thong sandals, that have very thin soles and straps, the entire time during those scenes. We can see the sandals in the sacrifice scene, when she tosses herself into the mine cart, when the water rushes out of the cave while she and Shorty are standing on the ledge her shoes are soaked, nearly falling off in the closeup, and when she and Shorty are at the bridge.

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: After the musical number finishes at the start in Club Obi-wan Indy appears to be walking downstairs into maybe a basement cabaret area. At the end of the scene however they appear to jump from a fourth or fifth floor window. Then when they drive off, the club entrance is at street level.

Correction: Just because he walks downstairs doesn't indicate anything, as we do not have a floor plan of the building it is quite feasible for the cabaret to be located on the fourth floor. All this seems trivial due to the fact that the cabaret dance we have just seen in the opening scene could not have taken place in that building or the fourth floor due to the sheer scale of it.

Corrected entry: In the mine scene, Willie and Short Round are in the mine car. In order for Indy to get himself in the mine, he swings his whip and attaches it to the roof of the tunnel, then uses it to swing himself into the mine car, you can then see him release it as he lands in the mine car, the whip then swings away to the left of screen, and the mine car roars off in the opposite direction. However Indy uses the whip twice later after losing it in the mine tunnel, once on the bridge to whip a sword from a bad guy's hand and again later, he pulls out his whip, swings it and wraps it around Willie's waist to stop her from leaving, just before the end of the movie after returning the sacred stone.

John D 619

Correction: Indy uses the zip wire that the bucket was attached to earlier to get into the mine car, not his whip - he used it earlier to swing from one gantry to the other.

Corrected entry: Short Round's age has been given as somewhere between nine and twelve. But in the campfire scene, Indy says that Short Round was orphaned at the age of four when the Japanese bombed Shanghai, which happened in 1932. The movie is set in 1935, making Short Round seven. But this seems highly unlikely, as the character seems to be at least nine or ten.

Correction: The movies explicitly states his age. If the film says he was four in '32, then he's seven in the movie, regardless of what any other source says. Outside sources making claims do not count as movie mistakes.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When the pilots are jumping out of the plane, snow from a blizzard is seen entering the door. Yet several minutes later when Indiana Jones, Willie and Short Round exit the plane, the clouds from the storm aren't anywhere around, there is only clear, beautiful sky.


Correction: I'm afraid it's not a blizzard, but feathers from chickens (which are cargo). You can see feathers in the shots showing pilots arguing before jump, and in the shot showing Willie waking up.


Corrected entry: The bats flying above Indiana and his party on the way to Pankot Palace aren't giant vampire bats, but fruitbats (which don't even eat meat, they are vegetarian and mostly eat fruits and vegetables). (00:29:30)


Correction: Indy was having fun at Willie's expense.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Indy, Willie and Shorty are in the palace having the banquet, one of the waiters bring in the "Snake Surprise". After he cuts open the boa and the smaller snakes come out, the British Captain, who is seated quite close to Indy, brushes away a snake in disgust, while Indy does nothing despite his great fear of snakes.

Correction: He is not afraid of baby snakes, just as many arachnophobes are not afraid of spiders with thin legs for example. Phobias are irrational, that is their meaning. Also, Indy does not want to offend his host, or lose face with the people at the table.


That dish was not served in front of Indy. He is in a conversation with the evil host and doesn't notice it.

Corrected entry: When Indy and Willie are behind the gong and the insane guy is shooting at them, the bullets spark off of the gong. The only way the bullets would spark would be if he was firing tracer rounds. However, even if he was firing tracer rounds, they burn and spark orange, not blue, as seen in the movie.

Correction: Bullets hitting metal cannot make sparks unless they are tracers? Without knowing the composition of both the gong and the bullets it's impossible to make this assumption.

Corrected entry: The description of the ritual as voodoo (by past submitters) as well as the use of a voodoo doll during the ritual (at the point where Indy drinks the blood) is totally incorrect. By this point, it is established that the Thuggee cult is a sub-sect of Hinduism. Besides, the Voodoo religion is indigenous to West Africa, with a small diaspora in the southern U.S., the Caribbean, and the U.K. Unlikely it could make its way to the north India of 1935.

Correction: This is a possible mistake made by submitters to this site, not within the movie, as such, it can not be classified as a movie mistake. Additionally, Nobody in the film mentions using the doll as voodoo. Fetish puppets such as this has appeared in multiple animistic religions throughout history, who's to say this particular Thuggee cult did not find a way to use them? Particularly since most of their rituals and magic are made up for the film, and as such, artistic license is permitted.


Corrected entry: Indiana explains to Willie that Shorty is his adopted son, orphaned by the Japanese bombing of Shanghai in 1932. "The Temple of Doom" takes place in 1935, three years afterwards, yet in Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Last Crusade, both of which take place after Temple of Doom, Shorty makes no appearance whatsoever. It makes sense that maybe Indy decided to call a sitter for his latter two adventures, he doesn't even agnowledge his existence once in that entire time.

Correction: Character decision, not a mistake. For all we now, Shorty could be dead or reunited with his family in the years between Temple of Doom and Raiders of the Lost Ark. In either case, it would not be something Indy would want to talk about.


Corrected entry: After the mine cart chase, the three heroes see the water quickly approaching. They run further down the tunnel and make a right. The next shot, they come out of a passageway and look right, only to see the water coming from their left. Now, since two rights is essentially a U-turn, the three are looking back in the direction they came from; the water should be coming from the right as opposed to their respective left. (01:40:45)

Correction: You're assuming that the tunnel they look into when they look right is the same space they just left, but these are tunnels. This tunnel may go off in a completely different direction which may not even connect to the flooded tunnels form this direction.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the camp scene, in the shot of Indy and Shorty playing a game of cards, right after Willie drops the bat and runs off screaming, Shorty drops one of the cards from his hand but never bother to pick it up. (00:32:35)

Correction: So? This is neither a movie mistake nor a character mistake. It's just a decision Short Round made; or rather, didn't make.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: During the life raft plunge out of the plane, Willie is the only one who screams. Indy and Shorty are courageously (curiously?) silent. During the next drop off the snowy cliff, it's Indy and Shorty's turn to scream, and Willie remains silent for the entire fall. (00:17:40 - 00:18:25)

Correction: While you make a reasonable point, there is no way of knowing where and why a character would chose to scream. Perhaps Willie passed out briefly, and that's why she stops screaming. Also, Indiana could have started screaming because he thought he had it under control then they fall off the cliff.


Corrected entry: After Mola Rom tears a man's heart out, the man is lowered in the molten pit. The man's chest is visible and has no hole or mark where his heart was taken.

Correction: True, but the man also is still alive after getting his heart ripped out of his chest and the heart is beating. Obviously something "supernatural" is going on.

shortdanzr Premium member

Also, we do see the hole close, and somewhat heal itself, on screen.


Corrected entry: On the trip to Pankot, they each start out on their own elephant, but during the trip, as the scenes change back and forth between shots, "Shorty" alternates between riding his own elephant and riding with Indiana Jones. (00:29:00 - 00:31:45)

Scott Howard

Correction: Not necessarily a mistake. Shorty may have just wanted to ride with Indiana occasionally. His elephant is still there.


Continuity mistake: When Indy tries to grab the antidote vial from the table, in the closeup just as the vial falls off the table the camera follows the vial as it lands in the empty area to the left of Lao Che's chair where Kao Kan's chair should be, but it's not, and the rug's edge with wood floor beside Lao Che's chair though it shouldn't be. Then Indy hits Kao Kan who is again seated closely to Lao Che's left, as he should be, and when Kao Kan falls backward we see the rug edge is nowhere near Lao Che's chair, also as it should be. (00:08:20)

Super Grover Premium member
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Suggested correction: Actually it appears the vial falls to the left of Kao Ken's chair, not Lao Che's. It appears after Indy pierces the other guy with the shishkebab, Kao Ken, off camera, takes the vial and puts on his left side. Indy jumps on the table and after missing the vial he slides further and then elbows Kao Ken who is on the right side now. The vial is still on the left side of Kao Ken's chair when it's kicked onto the wooden floor.


You're very much mistaken. Lao Che is wearing an embroidered dinner jacket and has a pinky ring on his left pinky, and Kao Ken's left hand is bandaged in gauze. After Indy skewers Chen, in the closeup of Indy's hand just as it knocks the vial off the table, it's Lao Che's hand (note the pinky ring, etc) that we see on the table next to Nurhachi's urn, the stack of money, and the vial. That is not Kao Ken's hand/arm, remember his left hand is bandaged. And as this closeup continues to pan down it follows the vial as it lands on the floor in the empty space where Kao Ken's chair should be, but it isn't.

Super Grover Premium member

Yep, you're right I see it. There are 2 shots of Indy trying to grab the vial off the table and the second one is followed through with the vial falling off it and that one is wrong. Alright.

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