Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Corrected entry: Just as the alarm goes off at the bomb test site, you can see a man walking reflected in the window behind Indy. There is not supposed to be anybody else there.

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Correction: About 20 seconds later, 3 army dudes jump in a car and speed right past Indiana Jones. So yes, there were other people there.


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.


Correction: Submitted and corrected. it is not an RPG 7, but an RPG 2.


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.

Correction: Indy would have known that when caught in quicksand, you should stay still and not make any sudden movements. Reaching down for his whip, then reaching up and throwing an end of the whip would increase his rate of sinking.


Corrected entry: Indy tells Mutt at the diner that Mutt "brought a knife to a gun fight." This is almost a verbatim quote from Sean Connery's character in "The Untouchables."

Correction: True, but the only connection between these movies is one actor. who is only seen in a picture in Crystal Skull. This is not trivia regarding anything Indiana Jones related.

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.


Correction: Or he could be amazed that they "know" that they are father and son. He (Ox) has just come out of a semi-comatose state. Besides: presuming a person's state of mind isn't a mistake. It has to be conclusive what Ox is thinking (like verbal confirmation) to be a mistake.


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. (00:36:25)

Correction: He could have just slid backwards himself. Seeing Indy and Mutt sliding toward him, he may have just scooted backwards a bit to avoid a collision with them.

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.

Correction: The small block Chevy debuted in 1955, with a displacement of 265c.i., and by '57 the were many hop up goodies available for them. While the particular parts in question may not be period correct, there were indeed aftermarket parts available in 1957. If you want to get technical, the engine seen in this '31 A is a 327, which wasn't produced until '62, the Holly carb is a later model, and the front tires are radials, but to say that no speed equipment was available for small blocks in '57 is just plain incorrect.

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.

Correction: ALL metals react to magnetism, if the field is strong enough. The skull is sentient. It can control the degree to which specific metals react to it, as has been noted many times in the corrections.

Phixius Premium member

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.

Correction: The Young Indiana Jones series isn't necessarily canon. In this version, Indy COULD have rode with Pancho Villa in 1915 in the fight against 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.

Correction: The bar is raised to allow the guards to come through and speak to the people in the car. As they walk under it the bar can be seen lowering to the left of the frame.

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.

Correction: He gets the whip off of one of the guards at the beginning of the gun fight.

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.


Correction: Already listed and corrected. The RPG-7 was not invented until 1961, but the similar-looking RPG-2 was around at the time of the movie.


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.

Correction: In a shotgun shell (it is an old fashioned compressed cardboard cased one in the movie), when you cut the end off a cartridge like Indy did, only the pellets will indeed fall out, as the wad between the powder and the pellets is pressed into place, and does not come out easily. In modern shells it is a plastic wad, in older type shells it was a type of compressed felt.

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.

Correction: Yes, this is called a cut between shots, and is quite common in every movie being made. He was of course allowed to towel off after the decontamination, before the questioning started.


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. (01:25:00 - 01:28:00)

Correction: It's a different amphibious Jeep vehicle. The one they go over the cliff in is the one that Marion was driving, not the one Indy crashed into the ant bed.

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.

Correction: You're confusing two different things: The crystal skull was said to have disappeared from Akatur in the 15th or 16th century. But Indy is very specific in the diner scene that Orellana disappeared in 1547 looking for the city of gold.

JC Fernandez

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.

Correction: I've been replaying this moment over and over and see no editing pause or "film realignment" (whatever that even means).

JC Fernandez

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?"

Correction: You've missed the point. Mutt later exclaims "You're a professor?" because Indy is fighting off so many bad guys. This is not the image of a Professor that Mutt had in mind.


Corrected entry: During the classroom scene, Indy assigns homework from a textbook by someone named "Michaelson". He mentions this same textbook in the classroom scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Correction: Too obvious to be trivia. It's understandable that a teacher assigns homework from a specific author in different groups and years.

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.

Correction: A fridge that's just been within a short distance of a nuclear blast powerful enough to send it hurtling through the air is likely to acquire some considerable damage in the process. The latch broke.

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Continuity mistake: At the beginning when Indy is talking to Spalko, his hands keep alternating from being in his pockets to just resting at his sides between shots.

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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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