I’ve been laid up all week with the most godawful stomach bug I’ve had in recent memory, so I’ve been confined to bed doing naught but trying to drink Lucozade and watching DVDs.
Tonight’s Feature Presentation was one of my favourite films, Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I’ve seen this film innumerable times, but tonight I started wondering something I’d never even noticed in the film before:
What on earth are the Deutsche Afrika Korps doing in Egypt (which was a British Protectorate) in 1937?
I mean, there are a LOT of them, and they’re heavily armed, and they’re digging holes at a major archaeological site “just outside of Cairo”… don’t you think the British authorities might be wondering what the hell is going on?
Belloq (the French archaeologist) makes mention in one scene that the desert stretches for “three weeks in every direction” if you’re on foot, so I figured OK, they’re in the middle of nowhere and no-one has noticed. But after Indy blows up the Flying Wing, the DAK guys have to transport the Ark by road to Cairo, which eventually turns into a running gun battle through (sparsely) populated areas, and eventually culminates in Cairo itself- yet neither the British nor the Egyptian authorities are anywhere to be seen!
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the film, but this is the first time I’d ever wondered about that in all the times I’ve seen it- even though it’s actually quite an obvious thing, when you think about it.
I figured I can’t be alone in this… so, what other films/TV shows/books have you enjoyed over and over again, before suddenly seeing something that made you say “Hang on… that’s not right at all!”?