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, ...
It seems to be a name he gave himself when he was much younger. No date is given but, as I recall, he was nicknamed Indiana in the TV show The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-93)
We find out the origin of the name in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Sallah: Please — what is always with this "Junior"?
Henry Jones Sr.: That's his name: ...
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 ...
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 gun,...
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 ...
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:
"I was in my ...
Well, I am not quite sure about the background chants (something in Sanskrit language) but Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) prays to Kali Maa* (considered as goddess of power) in the "Temple of Doom's heart removal scene" as follows:
Boy (to be sacrificed)
"Agar koi hai toh mujhe bachao" = "If somebody's there, then save me !"
"Koi mujhe, koi mujhe bachao"&...
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 ...
It was a deliberate attempt to take Donovan out of the picture so that she and Indy could take the grail. Elsa states during the movie that she has no particular loyalty to either the Nazis or to Donovan, she is only interested in the Grail itself.
Is that what you think of me? I believe in the Grail, not the Swastika.
She also shows distaste for ...
Ok, I've done some of my own research.
I think the joke is that Indy is an adventurer (albeit, a scholarly one), and that he isn't cut out for the day-to-day bureaucracy and paperwork of academia. They're a necessary evil of his job, but one that he'd rather avoid.
His secretary, Irene, says:
Dr. Jones, I'm SO glad you're ...
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")
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.
According to the wikia page for the dog:
The puppy Indiana was given to young Henry Jones, Jr. by his parents
Anna and Henry Sr. while still in the crib at their home in Princeton,
Jones had such affection for the Alaskan Malamute that he considered
his best friend, he adopted the name as his own growing up, calling
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
Lucas made the film a prequel as he did not want the Nazis to be the villains once more.
From Lucas himself:
Lucas: We made Temple Of Doom a prequel because we didn't want to use the same bad guys. We had ideas about the Monkey King. We had ideas for a haunted-castle movie but then Steve had just done Poltergeist and said, "I don't wanna do that again." ...
Short answer: Because of situations.
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.
The Ark of the Covenant, in biblical lore, is a chest that contains the stone tablets that constitute the Ten Commandments.
The Ark is a sacred object, and those who tried to steal it were often struck with curses (sometimes fatal, but always different.) The face-melting of the Nazis in this movie is an appropriate response to a group of people trying to ...
There is strong evidence that he says something along the lines of: "Thank you, thank you very much".
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.
WILLIE: (quietly) God, ...
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 ...
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?
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."
While Kevin points out that Belloq is providing something from his family vineyard, that doesn't answer the question of what it actually is.
Given that it's clear, and they are getting very drunk, it's more likely a distilled spirit.
Almost all brandy that is made is distilled by vineyards/winemakers. Most people think of it as an amber liquid, but that ...
According to the Lost Journal of Indiana Jones, he learned how to fly a Ford Tri-Motor Airplane following the events of The Temple of Doom.
Determining that killing Jones was worth the cost of the plane, Lao
Che signaled the pilot and co-pilot to ditch the plane. After
refueling in Chungking, the plane traveled west instead of south
towards the ...
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, ...
Indy's plan was to "hijack" the ...
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 Hindu faith (and other faiths, but we focus on Hindu as it is prevalent in the ...
Yes, it most likely is a reference to the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. The specific adventure with Pancho Villa was shown in the first episode, the pilot "Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Jackal". It was also recut as the 6th film, Spring Break Adventure.
Lucasfilms considers most things in canon, with the feature films being the highest canon, ...
Yes, that script absolutely is Paleo-Hebrew. I recognized it instantly when re-watching the movie recently. But what is Hebrew doing on an Egyptian artifact? It’s a goof! There’s no good explanation for it.
In order to identify the letters on the headpiece, you need to find a form of Paleo-Hebrew that matches. The writing system went through many stages. ...
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 character,...