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There was a deleted scene that explained it: A plot element involving the Ark of the Covenant was cut from the film and is only hinted at during the finale when the Ark is opened. Basically, there were 2 rules about the Ark not mentioned in the final cut of the film: If you touch the Ark, you die If you look at the Ark when it is opened, ...


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Indy doesn't always play nice, as can be seen in the video Indiana Jones Body Count: He shoots people, throws people into lava, throws a skewer of pigeon flambé cuts a bike ride short, (these are just a few examples, watch the video for more) The "shooting" of the Arab Swordsman wasn't actually in the script: Harrison Ford: "I ...


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Irina Spalko was a KGB operative communist working for the Soviet Union. She was attempting to obtain the Crystal Skull in order to give the USSR an advantage over the Americans. Ike was a nickname for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, staunch opponent of communism. "I like Ike" was one of his campaign slogans. From the screenplay: The barrel of Mac’s ...


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I too was asking myself this question, and had to go back and watch the movie over again. Here's how I see the movie turning out without Indiana Jones' presence. Regardless of whether Indiana led the Nazi's to Marion, they would have found her anyways. They already knew that Abner Ravenwood had the amulet, like the U.S. Army Intelligence officers told ...


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The script reveals that Indy attaches himself to the periscope: Indy climbs the ladder to the top of the turret and braces him- self between the two uprights there--the 7 foot radio mast and the 20 foot periscope. Still the ocean comes up to meet him. Soon the top of the turret is under water and the radio mast ...


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Further to my comment - I believe the movie you are thinking of is indeed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, as it fits perfectly into the fantasy/adventure/mystical genre of the Indy films. From the synopsis: The planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ...


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Appropriately, this 'trope' is actually named after Indy himself! The Indy Hat Roll is a recognized trope: wherein a character will, given enough time (and typically the presence of a slow moving threat) cease their flight to retrieve a seemingly insignificant fallen item. It is often found paired with Just in Time and No One Gets Left Behind. Indy's ...


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The three challenges were: The Breath of God - "Only the penitent man will pass" The Word of God - "Only in the footsteps of God will he proceed" The Path of God - "Only in the leap from the lion's head will he prove his worth" Indy used his father's Grail Diary to guide him through the traps: The Grail Diary was a possession of ...


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Elsa is essentially a female Belloq (the main antagonist from Raiders of the Lost Ark): Both have some genuine feeling for someone from the other sex, but neither lets it get in their way of working for the Nazis. Both have genuine interest in archeology Finally, both get done in by their ultimate grab for power, trying to possess a relic which could grant ...


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Ok, so I'm moving my research out of my question and placing it in an answer. The joke here is that, while Indy is an accomplished "adventurer", he's not so good at being a professor -- at with least the clerical aspects of the job. His secretary, Irene, says: IRENE Dr. Jones, I'm SO glad you're back. Your mail is on ...


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Does the film actually show the submarine submerged for its journey? Raiders of the Lost Ark is set in 1936, the pre-World-War-II era. Unlike nuclear submarines today, U-boats of that time weren't capable of long journeys while submerged. U-boats traveled on the surface, propelled by diesel engines. They would dive to periscope depth to follow ships and ...


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That is one of the things wrong about this movie. While that village is supposed to be indian, those were Sri Lankan people and spoke sinhalese; Native language of SL. How do I know? Cuz I'm Sri Lankan as well. And to answer your question Indy says "Thank You, Thank you so much" (Isthoothyi, Bohoma Isthoothyi")


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TL; DR There is strong evidence that he says something along the lines of: "Thank you, thank you very much". Long answer The script (if we assume it is legit) differs from the scene in some significant points, which seems to indicate that part of that scene was either improvised or rewritten on set. Some differences: Script: WILLIE: (quietly) God, I ...


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Short answer: Because of situations. From Wikipedia:- Following the 1989 release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Lucas let the series end as he felt he could not think of a good plot device to drive the next installment, and chose instead to produce The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles for TV, which explored the character in his early years. ...


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I don't believe Amy is correct, and it relates to a scene that isn't in the movie. We know that the nazis had the wrong length staff because they only had one side of the head piece. Other posters have argued whether or not the nazis obtain the head piece from Marion without him...let's assume they do... I don't remember where I heard this but there's a ...


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This does not occur in any Indiana Jones movie. The only movie I can think of off the top of my head in which this does occur is "The Dark Crystal," but I'm sure there must be more.


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The clues came from the the Chronicles of St. Anselm. Professor Jones found them there and wrote them into his Diary Professor Henry Jones: Well, he who finds the Grail must face the final challenge. Indiana Jones: What final challenge? Professor Henry Jones: Three devices of such lethal cunning. Indiana Jones: Booby traps? ...


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Well, I am not quite sure about the background chants (something in Sanskrit language) but Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) prays to Kali Maa[1] (considered as goddess of power) in the "Temple of Doom's heart removal scene" as follows: Boy (to be sacrificed) "Om namah shivay" = "I devote myself to shiv"[1] (Hindu god of destruction) Mola Ram "bali ...


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While Barry is quite spot on with his characterization of her as a female Belloq, I'd say she was a more ambivalent character than him, and not as easily chracterizable as a bad girl. While Belloq had some problems with the Nazis' treatment of Marion, he certainly was quite at terms with his collaboration with them, even if he wasn't sharing their ideals. ...


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That would be MacGyver: Lost Treasure of Atlantis, a very Indiana Jones-esque full length MacGyver movie.


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Aside from the Would the Nazis have found Marion without Indy? issue mentioned in the other answers, there also the matter of getting the Ark to Germany: After the Ark of the Covenant was recovered, Dietrich planned to transport the treasure back to Germany in a plane, ...         [IndyGear.com] Indy's plan was to "hijack" the ...


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The Indy Hat Roll is more of a "last minute grab of something/someone before it is too late" but Indy's Hat itself (and similar objects you mention like it) is probably more an example of a Number One Dime: The Number One Dime is an item that is in and of itself of little to no interest or usefulness (i.e. it is not a usable weapon), but to the ...


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I'm sitting in front of the movie right now. The only foreign words he says to the locals in this scene are "Istuti" and "Bohoma istuti", which mean "Thank you" and "Thank you very much" respectively in Sinhala. Are those the words you meant? Or maybe there's an extended version I'm unaware of? EDIT: And I think atticae's assumption is correct. As his ...


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Marion sees the tree a few moments earlier. From the script (page 102A): Marion ducks as the Russian GUNFIRE SCREECHES off the metal sides of the duck. But it allows Mutt and Mac to jump in from the other side, keeping low. Marion hits the gas and they take off toward the river. But they soon reach a short cliff. Marion stomps on ...


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I interpret Oxley's answer as "the aliens went to another dimension." This makes sense as a follow-up to his earlier dialogue with Mutt Williams: Williams: "What are they? Spacemen?" Oxley: "Interdimensional beings in point of fact."


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It was due to his treatment of the Sankara Stones: From the wiki: According to legend, five stones were given to Sankara by the Hindu god Shiva on Mount Kalisa, along with the message that he should go forth and battle evil with them. Now, Shiva is one of the gods of the Hindi faith (and other faiths, but we focus on Hindi as it is prevalent in ...


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Here's something funny to think about...the very beginning of Raiders. When Indy hunts down the golden Idol within the cave of just about every obstacle imaginable. Belloq is fresh on his heels which leads me to believe that if Indy never got to the Idol first, navigating the treacherous landscape, then Belloq and his spear wielding minions would have tried ...


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An alternative interpretation of your question "Is Amy's assertion correct, did Indiana Jones play no role in the outcome of the story? Answer: It really depends on what you refer to as the "story". If what you call as the story is "the ultimate fate of the ark", then one can make an argument one way or another. However, if the true story of the movie ...


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The main question to answer this question is: Did Indy lead Belloq to Marion? If he did, then Belloq would never have found the headpiece of the staff and thus the rest would not have transpired, thus Indy was quintessential to them finding the Arc. Indy did inadvertently lead Belloq and Dietrich there. Belloq knew Indy would know where to find the headpiece ...


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You may be thinking about Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The ending according to Wikipedia: The skeletons grant her request and psychically transfer their collective knowledge into her mind, activating a portal to another dimension. Indiana, Marion, Mutt and the now-sane Oxley escape the temple, but Mac and the other Soviets are ...



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