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Raiders of the Lost Ark

GOOFS


Continuity


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

Position of medallion's chain when Marion pulls it out of her blouse.

Scene: The Raven Bar


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

Blood on the plane window suddenly disappears.

Scene: Airplane Fight


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

After a German soldier shoots Indiana in the arm, another punches him several times, Indy's blood appears and then disappears from the German soldier's knuckles.

Scene: Truck Chase


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

The sweat marks on Indy's back shrink and grow from shot to shot.

Scene: Cairo - The Baskets


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

After trapping Indy in the Well of Souls, Belloq's hat jumps from his hand to the ground.

Scene: The Well of Souls


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Indiana Jones is shot in the arm whilst taking over the truck that is carrying the ark. In the next scene, however, before he gets on the boat, Sallah grips Indiana firmly on the arm exactly where he'd just been shot, but Indy doesn't appear to feel any pain whatsoever.

Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

The clasp on the Bible that Indy throws down on the table.

Scene: Ravenwood and the Ark


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs

Amount of hair in Marion's gag in the tent.

Scene: Indy finds Marion, she isn't dead


Revealing Mistakes


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The staff is supposed to be 60 inches tall (6 kadams = 72 inches, minus 1 kadam). The pole that Indy inserts into the hole in the map room towers over his head, indicating (incorrectly) that Indy is less than five feet tall. The DVD edition disproves any claim that he's standing on a lower step.

Scene: The Map Room


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The driver of Belloq's car winces before Belloq hits him.

Scene: The Truck Chase


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

When Indy pushes a stone block out of a wall to escape from the crypt, it bounces as it hits the ground. You can't see it on the picture. You have to watch the movie for it.

Scene: Before the Airplane Fight


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The exploding truck has a pole launched out of the bottom of it to make it flip over.

Scene: Cairo - The Baskets


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The plane that is circling on the ground is driven by a chain around its wheels.

Scene: The Airplane Fight


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

Trench dug under the truck that Indy slides under. Without that there wouldn't be enough space between the truck and the stuntman.

Scene: The Truck Chase


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
  In the scene just after the Nazi truck explodes where Marion was presumably killed, Indy is at a bar in Cairo. Just before he is approached by the two Nazis look to the left of Indy, you can see a guy in blue jeans, a white t-shirt smoking a cigarette. Now, is it just me, or does he seem just a tad bit out of place? You may need the Widescreen version of the film to view this blooper.

Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

Can you see the guy on the left? Who is he and where did he come from? And why is he unconsious? Because Indiana hit him. It is one of several deleted scence from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but during that shot you can still see the poor guy. For more deleted scence click here.

Scene: Out of the Well od Souls


Crew or equipment visible


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

Cobra's reflection in glass between it and Indy. Fixed on DVD!!!

Scene: The Well of Souls


Factual Errors


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The issue of Life magazine that we see Toht reading has the front cover of the magazine's second issue (November 30, 1936), showing a West Point cadet, but the back cover of the following issue (December 7), advertising Stetson hats. The actual November 30 back cover advertised Lucky Strike cigarettes.

Scene: Flight to Nepal


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The snakes in the Well of the Souls come from all over the world.

Scene: The Well of Souls


Anachronisms


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

Map showing the path of Indy's flight includes Thailand, which was called Siam at the time.

Scene: Flight to Nepal


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

When Indy flies from Asia to Cairo the map shows Iran, Iraq, and Israel. These countries did not exist in 1936.

Scene: Flight to Cairo


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

Set in 1936, the submachine guns used are German MP-38s (a.k.a. "Schmissers"), not adopted by the German Army until 1938.

Scene: The submarine


Plot Holes


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

Egypt was British-controlled in 1936 and the Germans would not have been able to mount a large military operation there as shown.

Scene: The Digging


Incorrectly regarded as goofs


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
 

The Golden Gate Bridge was not opened until 1937, but the main structure was finished in November 1936. Evidently the movie takes place later in 1936 than that. This is confirmed by the fact that in the same scene with the bridge, Toht is reading Life magazine, whose first issue was dated November 23, 1936; see also above.

Scene: Flight to Nepal


Raiders of the Lost Ark - Goofs
  Indiana seems to have clung to a submarine which was diving (we hear the klaxon and the order "Dive! Dive!" in German) for a trip of several hundred miles. However, it is possible that the dive was only to periscope depth, and the sub may have surfaced once offshore. Footage was actually shot, but cut before release, showing Indy lashed to the periscope with his whip, and he might similarly have hidden near the waterline during surface running.

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