Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

Trivia: Many shots of Connery & Ford are from the waist up, which is probably a good thing, as to cool themselves from the heat while on location in Spain, they shot the scenes wearing no pants.

Trivia: Sean Connery was born in 1930 and Harrison Ford was born in 1942. Sean Connery obviously developed early...

Trivia: Michael Sheard makes an uncredited appearance as Adolf Hitler. Sheard played Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back, which also featured Harrison Ford and Julian Glover. The film also features an uncredited appearance by Nick Gillard, who choreographed the lightsaber duels in the Star Wars prequels. All Lucasarts productions.

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Trivia: During the motorbike chase Harrison Ford's hair is longer and Sean Connery's beard is fuller. This is because this scene was filmed after principal photography had ended, but Spielberg felt a chase scene was needed to explain their escape from the castle. The shot of Connery against a blue sky when the tank goes over the cliff was also filmed later, which again is why his beard is fuller.

Trivia: Before Alison Doody was cast as Elsa, Amanda Redman was offered the role, but declined due to her real-life fear of rats.


Trivia: George Lucas originally wanted to set portions of the film in a haunted mansion where Indy would encounter various ghosts and specters, but director Steven Spielberg protested, as he had made "Poltergeist" a few years earlier and didn't want to repeat the same scares and imagery over again in an Indiana Jones film. Other early ideas had Indy searching for the fountain of youth and encountering the Chinese mythological figure the Monkey King.


Trivia: John Williams, the composer, used pieces of his score from Star Wars in this film. For example when young Indiana is on the roof of the train, you can hear bits of Star Wars.


Trivia: As Jones and his father prepare to escape aboard the zeppelin, they walk past two men who are reading newspapers (one man on either side of the doorway). The two newspaper-reading men are George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

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Trivia: The little girl who approaches Adolf Hitler at the rally is the daughter of stuntman Vic Armstrong and his wife, Wendy Leech.


Trivia: When a Nazi kills a soldier by throwing a grenade at him during the desert scene, a "Wilhelm scream" can be heard.


Trivia: When Walter Donovan shoots Indy's father in the chest, the gun he uses is a Walther PPK, which is the same gun used by Sean Connery in the James Bond films.


Trivia: Michael Byrne had previously portrayed a Nazi opposite Harrison Ford in "Force 10 from Navarone" (1978).


Trivia: Denholm Elliott was extremely ill throughout most of the shoot. He had only recently been diagnosed with AIDS, which he would succumb to in 1992.

Lawrence Watson

Trivia: It's third time lucky for British actor Michael Sheard who pops up as Hitler. He was originally considered for the Gestapo officer Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark but lost to Ronald Lacey. He shot some scenes as the captain of the U-boat which captures the Ark but due to rough seas causing camera stability problems, the shots were never used. He also played Hitler a few years earlier in the Uk sci-fi series The Tomorrow People.

Trivia: There is a reference to George Lucas' THX 1138 in this film - 1138 is in roman numerals MCXXXVIII in Dr. Jones' notebook in the library scene.

Trivia: Having Sean Connery play Indy's father was an inside joke to James Bond being the father of Indiana Jones. Steven Spielberg had always wanted to do a James Bond film but preferred to do Indiana Jones as a James Bond-type character.

Trivia: Ronald Lacey, who played Thot in Raiders of the Lost Ark, cameos as Hitler's top adviser Heinrich Himmler during the book-burning sequence.

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Trivia: The tank chase sequence took ten days to film.

Trivia: Kevork Malikyan (Kazim) had previously auditioned for the role of Sallah in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981).

Trivia: Vogel's name is never spoken in the film. It is only mentioned in the closing credits.

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Plot hole: When Indy is stepping on the letters at the end, trying to spell out God's name, he steps on J, incorrectly, causing it to collapse. When he falls through, however, he grabs onto another letter so as not to fall down. The letters he grabs onto and pulls himself up are an L and a Y, which are not in the word Iehova, so should have collapsed too. (01:46:20)

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Henry: Come on, Junior.
Indiana: Will you please stop calling me Junior?
Sallah: Please, what does this mean? Always with this Junior?
Henry: That's his name: Henry Jones, Junior.
Indiana: I like Indiana.
Henry: We named the dog Indiana.
Sallah: The dog? You are named after the dog.
Marcus: Can we go home please?
Indiana: I have a lot of fond memories of that dog.

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Question: When Indy gets to where the Grail is and meets the Knight, the Knight says that he is one of many brothers chosen to protect the grail, but if being in that cave with the Grail grants him immortality, what happened to his previous brothers?

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Chosen answer: The other two brothers are the ones who left the tomb and traveled back to Europe. One of them is the knight Indy and Elsa find in the catacombs under Venice with the shield that has the second marker. The one left behind is the one the brothers determined to be the most worthy to guard the Grail.

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