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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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?
Well, I think the answer of this question is in the second clue, which is:
Only in the footsteps of God will he proceed
This clue means that he has to step on the letters that spell out the God's name. When he puts his first step on the wrong letters and falls, he grabs the wrong letters with his hand (not by foot). That is why these letters L and Y do ...
The water, as far as I'm aware, is simply that: water. It may not even be Holy Water, but I don't believe there is ever anything explicitly mentioned about having to drink from that particular font for the grail's powers to work.
The Temple of the Sun does indeed collapse when the grail is removed, but I think this is because the structure draws some sort ...
Previous answers assume that only those letters which were on the path across had supports underneath them. Nonsense. For a floor that large to stay up, lots of letters had to have supports under them. All that is necessary is that those supports which aren't on the true path eventually lead to dead ends, where the next support isn't reachable by stepping....
Look. If you've been a professor, you don't even blink at this scene. It seems, based on the time of year, like this is at the beginning of the semester, although oddly some of the student requests seem like end of term things (like the paper).
However, go to a faculty office, of a professor who has office hours and teaches a class with a lot of students (...
That was a different Michael Moore (Mickey Moore, Michael D. Moore), born Dennis Michael Sheffield (1914 to 2013).
From his wikipedia page:
In the 1980s, Steven Spielberg hired Moore as second unit director on Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
His obituary in the LA Times also ...
The price for immortality was for the cup for the Holy Grail to never cross the Great Seal.
Elsa Schneider and Walter both wanted to take the Holy Grail out of the temple, breaking the only condition for immortality.
In any case, I don't think the old Knight would live forever even if he weren't crushed. The other Knights were mentioned in dialogue from ...
Is this an intentional tactic on her part to get Donovan out of the picture so Indy can select the correct cup without gun-wielding Donovan lurking over his shoulder?
Elsa clearly knows that the bejewelled gold cup is not the Grail.
In fact, she says so
INDY studies the array of chalices.
It would not be made out of gold.
Whose arm is it? Surely not Indy's.
Yes, it surely was.
Aside from the "kneels before God" turning into a roll, that snippet of the scene was completely plausible.
At the end of the [kneel] roll, Indy's directly facing the rope -- which is hanging on the wall right next to the wooden gear, and with a noose already formed ...
It seems to me that you're partially correct but...
I recall somewhere in the film that one of the other 'grail-guarding' brothers had 'stumbled out of the desert and died of extreme old age'.
This would infer that the effects of drinking from the grail would give you:
Immortality within the temple
An extremely long life outside the temple
Healing of ...
I found this interesting site where your question is listed as one of the goofs of the movie. Top 10 mistakes and all the mistakes.
And another interesting fact from the site is this mistake:
Jehovah is spelled Iehovah in Latin. However medieval languages (Latin or vernacular) had neither official rules nor the letter 'J'. It was not until the sixteenth ...