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King Solomon's Mines (1985) Poster

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Revealing mistakes 

Obviously fake railroad ties when Quatermain is dragged behind the train.
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Jump to: Anachronisms (1)  | Character error (2)  | Continuity (8)  | Crew or equipment visible (1)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (7)

Anachronisms 

The German troops are largely using the Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I rifle, a British weapon not developed until the late 1930's and never adopted by the German armed forces.
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Character error 

Virtually all the other characters mispronounce "Quatermain" as "Quartermain".
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At 18:13, Dugati (Rhys-Davis) greets Quartermain (Chamberlin) as"Ingles" just as Rodreges greeted Blackthorn, in Shogun.
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Continuity 

When Allan bursts through the door of the train car carrying all the Germans, Jessie is nowhere to be seen even though both of them would be standing in the spot at the time.
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Just before Dogati fires at Quatermain and Umbopo using Quatermain's own shotgun, the strap on Umbopo's leopardskin is clearly broken. In the next shot it is repaired.
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Inside the mines, Jessie wears trousers that are much shorter than earlier in the movie, even right before entering the mines.
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The cauldron changes shape when it starts rolling and again when it comes to a standstill.
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While escaping Tongola in the truck, the close up shots show Umbopo cowering and covering his face with his hands, while the long shots show him sitting upright and holding onto the dashboard.
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The big "stewpot" keeps slopping over with just minor rocking, even though a lot of the water had already been lost from the pot's already having been tipped that far (and farther) by the heroes' previous rocking efforts.
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After Jesse and Quartermain steal the biplane the location based wide shots of the plane in the air show they are clearly under the cloud cover but when the film cuts to (obviously studio shot) close ups of both characters, and the intercepting German pilot, the background footage shows they are suddenly now much higher above the ground and well above the cloud cover.
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The amount of lions seen outside the cauldron differs than the ones seen from the inside.
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Crew or equipment visible 

Just before Quatermain and Jesse crash the plane, in the view from behind the plane, the blades from the helicopter carrying the camera can be seen at the top of the screen.
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Plot holes 

None of the Germans on the sandbag car of the train react to Allan when he bursts through the door of the next car.
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Revealing mistakes 

The final explosion is clearly superimposed over the actors even though the blast is some distance behind them.
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The pistol that the holy man in the shop first uses fires far too many rounds at once - it's obviously just a small revolver, so there couldn't be more than about six or eight shots in it; no way to shoot that many times in rapid succession.
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When followers are crossing the quicksand, it is obvious that what they are stepping on are dummies.
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That is an obvious black-haired stuntman when Allan Quatermain jumps out of the mine near the end.
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The "Lewis gun" used by the Germans is quite obviously an FN FAL battle rifle (first fielded in the 1950s) mocked up with a non-functional drum magazine and barrel shroud to resemble the more period-correct Lewis, though the German army never used the type.
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The long heavy-barreled machine-gun that one of the villains is using against the natives keeps firing for a long time, even though there is clearly just a tiny (six inches long or less) ammo magazine fitted to it. There is no way that this small ammo clip could hold the hundreds of rounds that it shoots, and the gunner fires the weapon almost continuously, so he doesn't usually have time to reload at all, let alone reload that many times.
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When Quatermain takes out his shotgun before poking it up through the floor of the train carriage, you can see that the barrels of the gun have been blocked up, revealing it to be a prop gun.
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