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Franchise films featuring the character Indiana Jones in a series of adventure films, starting in 1981 with Raiders of the Lost Ark. The character is an archeologist and archeology professor. The first 5 films star Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

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Cliff drop in Raiders of the Lost Ark

There is a chase scene (at roughly 4:00 into the YouTube clip) as Indiana Jones seeks to retrieve the ark from a truck departing from the Egyptian dig site. Indiana gains control of the truck and ...
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The wrong year in Dial of Destiny?

Jürgen Voller uses the Antikythera in the Heinkel 111, but before going through the time fissure Indiana Jones spouts off that Archimedes did not take into account continental drift. If the continents ...
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Why was there a second saw blade in the first grail challenge?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in order to reach the Holy Grail room, three challenges must be passed. In the first challenge, only the penitent man will pass, which involves kneeling before ...
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Foreign language scenes in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny

I am currently abroad and wondering if there are foreign language scenes in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, which I will not be able to understand due to subtitles being in a language I don't ...
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What happened to the murder charges in 'Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny'?

In one of the early scenes in "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny", Dr Voller's Nazi thugs kill two teachers in Hunter College, after which they chase Indiana Jones across New York City. ...
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Why did Indiana Jones contradict himself?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones is doing a lecture in his classroom, explaining to his students that X never marks the spot: Archeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it'...
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Why did the guide pull his gun on Indy?

At the beginning of Raiders on the Lost Ark, when Indy and several hired guides are making their way to the South American temple, one of the guides tries to shoot Indy, who takes the gun out of the ...
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How is the "light" trap at the beginning supposed to work?

In the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones encounters a trap where blocking a shaft of light with his hand causes spikes to shoot out of the wall next to him: ...
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Who poisoned the date?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy goes to eat a date but is stopped by Sallah who catches it and points to the dead monkey, saying: "Bad dates" My assumption has always been that they were ...
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How does the car still work if the mummy in "The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" is so magnetic?

If the mummy case was magnetic enough to pull around all the wrenches and metal parts and lamps and guns etc., then why is the car that they put it on still able to drive? The metal parts in the ...
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What happened to the Grail Knight?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, we see the Knight wave goodbye to group as the cave itself is collapsing, but the structure is still standing in the end. Did the Knight get crushed, or does he ...
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Did "Raiders of the Lost Ark" have a deleted scene with a Nazi soldier killing an hostage?

I have a faint recollection of reading that a scene was filmed for Raiders of the Lost Ark where a sympathetically portrayed German soldier was ordered to kill a hostage by his Nazi superior. This ...
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Why does Mola Ram only use the village kids for slave labor?

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, why does Mola Ram only use the village kids for slave labor and not the adults too? Using the adults as well would benefit them much more. Does he just ...
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What is Mola Ram looking at in this shot?

In "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", what is Mola Ram looking at in this shot below? Is he looking at the Maharajah or is he looking at Willie, Short Round and Indy? I just wonder because I ...
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What are Elsa's reasons for selecting the Holy Grail on behalf of Donovan?

At then end of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", Donovan agrees to let Elsa choose which cup might be the true Holy Grail. As we find out, she (and by extension, Donovan) chooses "poorly." Is this ...
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Was Michael Moore a second unit director on "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"?

I notice that the name of one of the second unit directors on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is "Michael Moore". Is this the same Michael Moore who became the famous documentary director?
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What goes into Belloq's mouth exactly? Is this a mistake, a joke on purpose, or something more?

In Raiders Of The Lost Ark, when Jones has the bazooka pointed to the Ark and shouts something, Belloq turns around and there's a moment in which you can see an ant or something going into Belloq's ...
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How did Elsa ransack the rooms and provide a credible story in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

Indy says at the castle, "... (Elsa) Ransacked her own room and I fell for it." From this we're supposed to accept that Elsa ransacked the rooms (including her own) to try and find the Grail ...
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Is there a connection between the movies Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and All Through the Night?

Does anyone know if there was a conscious borrowing of content or scenes from the Humphrey Bogart movie All Through the Night in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade? For example: In All ...
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Why is Henry Jones Jr. named Indiana?

In the movie series Indiana Jones, the title character is often called by Indiana Jones or just Indy. According to wikipedia, Dr. Jones' full name is Henry Walton Jones Jr.. I understand that ...
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The path-on-the-map scenes in Casablanca and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Early in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, we watch a path appear on a map to represent the movement of characters across the earth. This scene reminded me of the animation at the beginning of ...
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In "Raiders of the Lost Ark", what script appears on the headpiece of the staff of Ra?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy has "the headpiece of the staff of Ra," which features writing in some language that he cannot read. He takes it to an interpreter with a big beard, who ...
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Whose arm is shown stopping the blade trap in The Last Crusade?

When Indy kneels and rolls forward to avoid the blade trap, there is a very quick shot an instant later of a forearm putting a piece of rope around a gear and stopping the trap. Whose arm is it? ...
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Is there any connection between Indiana Jones's whip and his fear of snakes?

Indiana Jones is famous for using a whip as his primary weapon and tool of choice for most situations. Equally well known about him, and a major part of his character, is his fear of snakes. Given ...
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Has the authenticity of the Raiders story conference transcript ever been determined?

Many years ago I stumbled across the Raiders Of The Lost Ark story conference transcript on a film review website. Supposedly this is a typed transcript of several audio-taped story conferences ...
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Did Spielberg plan on having Lao Che return in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?

Lao Che is a Chinese gangster in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, played by Roy Chiao. The Wikipedia section on the character has the following unsourced section: Before the death of Roy Chiao,...
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Why does the Ark burn the markings off its crate?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, while the Ark is sitting inside a crate in the ship's hold we are shown that the crate mysteriously starts to burn, obscuring the swastika and other markings stenciled on ...
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Does lead lining really work against a nuclear explosion?

In Indiana Jones: Kingdom of Crystal Skull, Jones is able to escape a nuclear explosion by using a lead lined fridge. I read here What Makes Lead Good for Radiation ...
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Was there any need for Indiana Jones' actions concerning the grail?

Thanks to a slightly related comment elsewhere I was recently reminded of the third (and final) Indiana Jones movie. At the end of the movie it turns out that while the Grail does grant eternal life, ...
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How does Indiana Jones take so much time off to treasure hunt?

Indiana Jones seemingly is able to ditch class at will and travel around the world for weeks at a time without risking losing his official job as a professor. How is he able to do this? It isn't like ...
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Why does Indy pause while writing "neolithic" in the campus scene?

In the university campus scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy is writing "NEOLITHIC" on a blackboard. He reaches 'H', but pauses after putting down the two vertical strokes, seemingly ...
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When did Indiana Jones learn to fly a plane?

Consider the following sets of dialogue. The first is from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and the second from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). From Temple of Doom: Willie: No ...
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Last Crusade motorcycle [closed]

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, what motorcycle did he drive around with his father (Sean Connery) in the sidecar? Was that model of motorcycle period-appropriate for the movie? If not, what ...
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Why didn't he take the kids?

So why did our heroes take the crazy roller coaster mine cart ride to escape instead of just leaving with the liberated children in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?
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Why is Temple of Doom a prequel?

Temple of Doom was the second Indiana Jones movie, but it was set before Raiders of the Lost Ark. Why was the decision made to set the second movie before the first? I didn't notice any story points ...
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What exactly is inside the Ark?

I have seen the film many times, but so far I do not understand what it is supposed to be that kills the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Are they ghosts? Or maybe angels or demons? Is what happened ...
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What are Marion and Belloq drinking in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark?

What is the drink in the scene between Marion and Belloq in the Raiders of the Lost Ark? It seems to be kind of clear liqueur and bottle contains some Arabic or possible Hebrew writing. I am ...
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Why does Indiana Jones not fall when he grabs the wrong letters in The Last Crusade?

In Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, when Indiana Jones steps on the letters to spell out the God's name and he accidentally steps on J, which was the wrong letter, he falls and grabs onto other ...
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Is Indy's line about Pancho Villa a reference to The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indy tells Mutt that he learned to speak Quechua from Pancho Villa's forces. I remember that he had an adventure with Pancho Villa in The Young ...
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English translation of the temple chants in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?

Does anyone know the English translation of the temple chants in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom? Like what they're singing and what Mola Ram is saying? Been wondering this for a long long time.
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Why the large gap in Indiana Jones movies?

The first movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, came out in 1981. The second movie, Temple of Doom, came out in 1984, and the Last Crusade came out in 1989. These are all reasonably spaced out. However, ...
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What does Indy say to the villagers in "Temple of Doom"?

There's a scene in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" where Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw receive food from an impoverished group of Indians. (This is after Kate and Harrison fall out of a plane ...
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How did Mola "betray Shiva" in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?

In the ending of Indiana Jones 2, Indy accuses Mola Ram, the priest, of "betraying Shiva" or something like that, causing the Sankara stones to ignite and eventually to kill Mola. How had Mola ...
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What trope would Indiana never leaving his hat behind fall under?

In the Indiana Jones movies whenever his hat is lost he'll always at least try to get it back. He's risked limbs amongst other things in order to make sure he always has it with him. This isn't ...
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Is Amy right about Indiana Jones being irrelevant to the outcome?

In the episode The Raiders Minimization of The Big Bang Theory Amy ruins Raiders of the Lost Ark for Sheldon by making the following claim: Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If ...
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In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, why do the students want his attention?

Early on in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy is seen leaving his class at Barnett College to go to his office. When he gets there, his outer office is filled with student's clamoring for Dr. ...
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How did Marion know there's a tree on the cliff?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in the Amazon chasing scene, Marion was in a boat-shaped car. At the end of the chasing scene, she drives the boat-shaped car onto a tree that ...
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Did Indiana Jones kill anyone besides the sword-swinger?

In the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene in which he calmly shoots a sword-swinging assassin, Indiana Jones reveals that he -- unlike a more-moral Batman-type character -- is not averse to killing. ...
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What does 'space between spaces' mean?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a short while before the ending of the movie, there was a long trail in the temple and eventually Mac and Spalko died inside the temple. Then, ...
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How did Indy know not to look into the Ark?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, at the Ark opening ceremony the Nazi troops brings the Ark of the Covenant to the top of the mountain as Belloq said something before opening the Ark. Then they took the ...
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