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The spiders on Indy's back appear and disappear.

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When Indy is being chased by the Hovitos you see him first run up the hill and the Hovitos are only a few feet away from him, but when they cut to a top view he has almost outrun them.

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In the establishing shot of Indy teaching the class there is a boy with a blue shirt and a sweater vest sitting on the front row. Later, the girl with "love you" on her eyelids is sitting in the front row. When the class dismisses the boy comes from the back of the classroom and gives Indy the apple.

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

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

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The staff is supposed to be 60 inches tall (=5 kadams). The pole that Indy inserts into the hole in the map room towers over his head, indicating that Indy must be less than five feet tall.

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The amount of hair in Marion's gag in the tent.

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The Mechanic, on the Flying Wing, holds up his hand to catch Indy's punch a few seconds before Indy even prepares to punch.

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On the truck scene, Indy is holding the truck logo with his left hand. But on the back view he is holding it with his right hand.

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When Indy is going under the truck, the bag disappears and reappears when he is being dragged along the road.

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

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Luggage rack detaches itself from the truck when Indy collides with the water trough, but it's fixed in subsequent shots.

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During the basket chase, the sweat marks on Indy's back shrink and grow from shot to shot.

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

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The blood on the truck window disappears.

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You can see the trench dug under the truck that Indy slides under.

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As Indy is working his way to the back of the truck (while sliding under it) there is a quick shot of him wedging the whip handle just before he lets go of the truck and gets dragged by the whip. There is clearly a reddish mark indicating where the whip handle should go.

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In the Cairo marketplace, when the crowd breaks up to give room for the swordsman, the camera switches views a couple times. During these switches, you can see that Indy's bag is always in view of the camera, shifting from his front to his back.

 
Crew or equipment visible
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The exploding truck has a telephone pole launched out of the bottom of it to make it flip over.

 
Errors in geography
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When Indy flies out of San Francisco, the arrangement of the plane, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Fort Point indicates that the plane is flying towards San Francisco, not away from it.

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

 
Plot hole
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Indiana manages to cling to a submarine which is diving for a trip of several hundred miles. One of the last shots of the sub shows the captain giving the order to dive in German.

 

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