History Trivia / IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade

25th Oct '16 3:57:46 PM nombretomado
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* RealitySubtext: Sallah is quite surprised at Indy's true name and the origin of his nickname, "Dog? You are named after the dog!?". GeorgeLucas indeed named Indy after his pet dog, who was also the inspiration behind [[StarWars Chewbacca]].

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* RealitySubtext: Sallah is quite surprised at Indy's true name and the origin of his nickname, "Dog? You are named after the dog!?". GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas indeed named Indy after his pet dog, who was also the inspiration behind [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Chewbacca]].
14th Oct '16 9:37:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* OffTheShelfFX: Baking soda was applied to Creator/SeanConnery to create Henry's bullet wound. Vinegar was applied to create the foaming effect as the water from the Grail washes it away.
6th Oct '16 6:17:59 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* FakeNationality: Welsh John Rhys-Davies plays Egyptian Sallah, Irish Alison Doody plays Austrian Elsa Schneider, English Alexei Sayle as the Sultan of Hatay and English Creator/JulianGlover plays American Walter Donovan with an impeccable accent (but listen closely to when he talks about Hitler and the Nazis wanting "write themselves into the Grail legend. Take on the world" and you'll hear his accent slip a little).

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* DeletedScene: Scenes cut from the film:
** According to Jeffrey Boam’s script Indy was taken to Donovan’s apartment against his will. In this sequence Indy encounters Walter Donovan's henchmen, they pull a gun on him and Indy agrees to follow them because he doesn’t want to endanger students with a fight on campus. Some more footage of Indy's coerced trip to Donovan's penthouse apartment is also shown. In the finished film the scene was cut considerably and an artful cut between the men approaching Indy and Indy standing in Donovan's apartment leads the story.
** Originally the film was to show more of Indy and Marcus on their flight to Venice. While studying his father's diary, Indy finds a charcoal rubbing of Donovan's grail tablet and sees the stained-glass window sketch above Roman numerals. This foreshadows the discovery of the secret passage in the Venice library and sets up Indy's interest in making a rubbing of the knight's shield. What remains of this footage was incorporated into the montage as the familiar red line traces Indy's route across the globe.
** As Marcus and Sallah tried to run from the Nazis at the Iskenderun train station, there was originally two additional actions, one of Sallah slapping a camel and causing it to spit mucus all over the Nazis nearby and another of Sallah fighting the Nazis.
** When Indy and Elsa arrived at the Brunwald castle to free Henry from the Nazis Indy presents himself as a Scottish lord by imitating a Scottish accent. The suspicious butler who opens the door acknowledges Indy’s skim and answers by saying, "If you are a Scottish lord, then I am Jesse Owens." The reference to the black Olympic runner who defeated Nazi Germany at the Olympic games of 1936 was appropriate for the time and place, but might have gone over the heads of many viewers. Lucas and Spielberg changed the reference to Creator/MaeWest, but decided again that modern movie audiences would miss the joke. So, they settled on WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse, something everyone young and old can relate to, even though it wouldn’t be the first thing to come to the mind of an elderly German butler from the '30s. With his bluff called off Indy knocks the old butler unconscious, takes him on his back and starts looking for a place to hide the body while Elsa congratulates him for his accent. Finally, they hide the butler in a sarcophagus that once closed its lid features a face similar to the butler’s face. In the finished film, we see Indy knocking off the butler and from there we witness Indy and Elsa wandering in the castle with no interest in the butler’s body.
** Originally, the sequence in which Indy recovers the Grail diary and gets it signed by Hitler was longer. Before the book burning rally started, Hitler was seen marching with his lieutenants while a woman was filming the scene. Although her name was not mentioned the woman was assumed to be Creator/LeniRiefenstahl, Hitler’s official biographer.
** Indy is stopped by a Nazi wearing a long black overcoat who reprimands him for intruding on the procession. Much like the scene in 'Raiders', Indy knocks the bossy superior officer out cold and steals his clothing. This brief comedic scene explains where Indy got the disguise he wears at the Berlin airport in the following scene. Possibly it was cut to avoid repeating the same joke too many times.
** More of Indy's unique brand of subterfuge was cut in the airport sequence. As Indy and father prepare to buy a ticket, Indy spots Vogel and other Nazis standing guard at the plane ticket lines. He rushes Henry back through the crowd to hide him, then goes to the only unguarded ticket line. This explains why they ended up using as unorthodox means of travel as a zeppelin. It seems like the scene where Indy tells dad he "got the first available flight out of Germany" was filmed as an efficient substitute for this longer cat-and-mouse sequence.
** There was originally a German World War I flying ace trying to impress fellow zeppelin passengers with his spectacular war stories. This scene would have probably cut back and forth between the flying ace and the conversation between Indy and Dad over on the other side of the passenger lounge. After Indy and Dad head down below to the biplane, everyone in the passenger lounge is alerted to the presence of "spies" onboard. The drunken flying ace jumps up to help in catching these spies, and with several others he heads down below to find that Indy and Dad have already left in the biplane. Fortunately for Indy's pursuers there is another plane attached to the bottom of the zeppelin. Without thinking, the flying ace hurriedly jumps into the plane's cockpit along with a young pilot that tagged along. In his drunken state, the flying ace forgets to start the plane's engine before detaching it from the zeppelin, therefore causing the plane to plummet to the ground. This scene also features the appearance of Indy veteran Pat Roach as the black dressed Gestapo agent who follows the Flying Ace to death.
** A brief scene showing Indy and Henry getting off the train at Iskenderun to meeting Sallah. It would have answered the question of how they got to Iskenderun and meet with Sallah. Again, this is a simple transitional scene without a great deal of importance to the storyline.
** Kazim's death scene was originally much longer. He was to collapse into Elsa’s arms and slide down her body. After grabbing him, she pulls her hands back to find them covered with blood. The shot never managed to achieve the impact Spielberg wanted and he finally dropped it. The scene was actually a recreation of David Gelin’s from ''Film/TheManWhoKnewTooMuch''.
** After surviving the tank battle, Indy and co. witness an explosion in the distance. The Nazis are blasting a wider entrance through the canyon. This scene was part of a larger cut story element, about the Grail Temple being hidden past a narrow chasm. This also explained how it could go undiscovered for so long. Since Henry has a copy of the map to the canyon in his diary, this transitional scene was considered unnecessary.
** The second challenge in the Grail Temple was first planned to have tarantulas hidden under each wrong letter. Indy is shown being menaced by a tarantula crawling up his body, after stepping on the "J." While in post-production Spielberg decided the scene didn’t had the impact he was looking for and he came up with the chasm under the stone tablets
* FakeNationality: Welsh John Rhys-Davies Creator/JohnRhysDavies plays Egyptian Sallah, Irish Alison Doody plays Austrian Elsa Schneider, English Alexei Sayle as the Sultan of Hatay and English Creator/JulianGlover plays American Walter Donovan with an impeccable accent (but listen closely to when he talks about Hitler and the Nazis wanting "write themselves into the Grail legend. Take on the world" and you'll hear his accent slip a little).



* OffTheShelfFX: Baking soda was applied to Creator/SeanConnery to create Henry's bullet wound. Vinegar was applied to create the foaming effect as the water from the Grail washes it away.



** Creator/LaurenceOlivier was offered the role of The Grail Knight.

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** Creator/LaurenceOlivier was offered briefly considered to play the role of The Grail Knight.Knight, but he was too ill to commit to the role.



** In the first draft, dated September 1987, the film is set in 1939. The prologue has adult Indiana retrieving an Aztec relic for a museum curator in Mexico and features the circus train. Henry and Elsa (who is described as having dark hair) were searching for the Grail on behalf of the Chandler Foundation, before Henry went missing. The character of Kazim is here named Kemal, and is an agent of the Republic of Hatay, which seeks the grail for its own. Kemal shoots Henry and dies drinking from the wrong chalice. The Grail Knight battles Indiana on horseback, while Vogel is crushed by a boulder when stealing the Grail.

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** In the first draft, dated September 1987, the film is Jeffrey Boam wrote a draft set in 1939. The prologue has adult Indiana retrieving an Aztec relic for a museum curator in Mexico and features the circus train. Henry and Elsa (who is described as having dark hair) were searching for the Grail on behalf of the Chandler Foundation, before Henry went missing. The character of Kazim is here named Kemal, and is an agent of the Republic of Hatay, which seeks the grail for its own. Kemal shoots Henry and dies drinking from the wrong chalice. The Grail Knight battles Indiana on horseback, while Vogel is crushed by a boulder when stealing the Grail. In his second draft, Indiana's mother, named Margaret in this version, dismisses Indiana when he returns home with the Cross of Coronado, while his father is on a long distance call. Walter Chandler of the Chandler Foundation features, but is not the main villain; he plunges to his death in the tank. Elsa introduces Indiana and Brody to a large Venetian family that knows Henry. Leni Riefenstahl appears at the Nazi rally in Berlin. Vogel is beheaded by the traps guarding the Grail. Kemal tries to blow up the Grail Temple during a comic fight in which gunpowder is repeatedly lit and extinguished. Elsa shoots Henry, then dies drinking from the wrong Grail, and Indiana rescues his father from falling into the chasm while grasping for the Grail.
** Menno Meyjes submitted a script that depicted Indiana searching for his father in Montségur, where he meets a nun named Chantal. Indiana travels to Venice, takes the Orient Express to Istanbul, and continues by train to Petra, where he meets Sallah and reunites with his father. Together they find the grail. At the climax, a Nazi villain touches the Grail and explodes; when Henry touches it, he ascends a stairway to Heaven. Chantal chooses to stay on Earth because of her love for Indiana. In a revised draft dated two months later, Indiana finds his father in Krak des Chevaliers, the Nazi leader is a woman named Greta von Grimm, and Indiana battles a demon at the Grail site, which he defeats with a dagger inscribed with "God is King". The prologu. in both drafts has Indiana in Mexico battling for possession of Montezuma's death mask with a man who owns gorillas as pets.



* YouLookFamiliar: Ronald Lacey, who played Toht in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', appears uncredited as Heinrich Himmler at the book burning. Incidentally, Michael Sheard, who plays Hitler, was the runner-up to play Toht.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Ronald Lacey, who played Toht in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'', appears uncredited as Heinrich Himmler at the book burning. Incidentally, Michael Sheard, Creator/MichaelSheard, who plays Hitler, was the runner-up to play Toht.
9th Sep '16 8:01:28 AM dangerdan97
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** In the opening sequence, Indy is a Life Scout. Harrison Ford was a Boy Scout in his youth, and attained the level of Life Scout.

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** In the opening sequence, Indy is a Life Scout.Scout, the rank right below Eagle. Harrison Ford was a Boy Scout in his youth, and attained the level of Life Scout.
9th Sep '16 7:59:32 AM dangerdan97
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** Indy telling his father that he can fly a plane but can't land one is hilarious knowing that Harrison Ford is an accomplished private pilot in real life.

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** Indy telling his father that he can fly a plane but can't land one is hilarious knowing that Harrison Ford is an accomplished private pilot in real life. Well, for the most part (see FunnyAneurysmMoment).
7th Sep '16 8:29:18 AM KTera
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** Creator/GeorgeLucas initially suggested making the film "a haunted mansion movie", for which ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' writer Diane Thomas wrote a script. Spielberg rejected the idea because of the similarity to ''Film/Poltergeist'', which he had co-written and produced.

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas initially suggested making the film "a haunted mansion movie", for which ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' writer Diane Thomas wrote a script. Spielberg rejected the idea because of the similarity to ''Film/Poltergeist'', ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', which he had co-written and produced.
14th Aug '16 8:34:24 PM harryhenry
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** Creator/GeorgeLucas initially suggested making the film "a haunted mansion movie", for which ''Film/RomancingtheStone writer Diane Thomas wrote a script. Spielberg rejected the idea because of the similarity to ''Film/Poltergeist'', which he had co-written and produced.

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas initially suggested making the film "a haunted mansion movie", for which ''Film/RomancingtheStone ''Film/RomancingTheStone'' writer Diane Thomas wrote a script. Spielberg rejected the idea because of the similarity to ''Film/Poltergeist'', which he had co-written and produced.
5th Jul '16 6:09:15 PM TheBuddy26
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** Creator/ChrisColumbus—who had written the Spielberg-produced ''Film/Gremlins'', ''Film/The Goonies'', and Film/YoungSherlockHolmes—was hired to write the script. His first draft, dated May 3, 1985, changed the main plot device to a Garden of Immortal Peaches. It begins in 1937, with Indiana battling the murderous ghost of Baron Seamus Seagrove III in Scotland. Indiana travels to Mozambique to aid Dr. Clare Clarke (a Creator/KatharineHepburn type according to Lucas), who has found a 200-year-old pygmy. The pygmy is kidnapped by the Nazis during a boat chase, and Indiana, Clare and Scraggy Brier—an old friend of Indiana—travel up the Zambezi river to rescue him. Indiana is killed in the climactic battle but is resurrected by the Monkey King. Other characters include a cannibalistic African tribe; Nazi Sergeant Gutterbuhg, who has a mechanical arm; Betsy, a stowaway student who is suicidally in love with Indiana; and a pirate leader named Kezure (described as a Creator/ToshiroMifune type), who dies eating a peach because he is not pure of heart.

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** Creator/ChrisColumbus—who had written the Spielberg-produced ''Film/Gremlins'', ''Film/The Goonies'', ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'', ''Film/TheGoonies'', and Film/YoungSherlockHolmes—was hired to write the script. His first draft, dated May 3, 1985, changed the main plot device to a Garden of Immortal Peaches. It begins in 1937, with Indiana battling the murderous ghost of Baron Seamus Seagrove III in Scotland. Indiana travels to Mozambique to aid Dr. Clare Clarke (a Creator/KatharineHepburn type according to Lucas), who has found a 200-year-old pygmy. The pygmy is kidnapped by the Nazis during a boat chase, and Indiana, Clare and Scraggy Brier—an old friend of Indiana—travel up the Zambezi river to rescue him. Indiana is killed in the climactic battle but is resurrected by the Monkey King. Other characters include a cannibalistic African tribe; Nazi Sergeant Gutterbuhg, who has a mechanical arm; Betsy, a stowaway student who is suicidally in love with Indiana; and a pirate leader named Kezure (described as a Creator/ToshiroMifune type), who dies eating a peach because he is not pure of heart.
4th Jul '16 8:14:47 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Seemingly averted, for once, with SeanConnery, famous for not even bothering with the accent; as near as anyone can tell it is apparently canon that Indy's dad really is a Scotsman.

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** Seemingly averted, for once, with SeanConnery, Creator/SeanConnery, famous for not even bothering with the accent; as near as anyone can tell it is apparently canon that Indy's dad really is a Scotsman.


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** Creator/LaurenceOlivier was offered the role of The Grail Knight.
** Creator/GeorgeLucas initially suggested making the film "a haunted mansion movie", for which ''Film/RomancingtheStone writer Diane Thomas wrote a script. Spielberg rejected the idea because of the similarity to ''Film/Poltergeist'', which he had co-written and produced.
** Creator/ChrisColumbus—who had written the Spielberg-produced ''Film/Gremlins'', ''Film/The Goonies'', and Film/YoungSherlockHolmes—was hired to write the script. His first draft, dated May 3, 1985, changed the main plot device to a Garden of Immortal Peaches. It begins in 1937, with Indiana battling the murderous ghost of Baron Seamus Seagrove III in Scotland. Indiana travels to Mozambique to aid Dr. Clare Clarke (a Creator/KatharineHepburn type according to Lucas), who has found a 200-year-old pygmy. The pygmy is kidnapped by the Nazis during a boat chase, and Indiana, Clare and Scraggy Brier—an old friend of Indiana—travel up the Zambezi river to rescue him. Indiana is killed in the climactic battle but is resurrected by the Monkey King. Other characters include a cannibalistic African tribe; Nazi Sergeant Gutterbuhg, who has a mechanical arm; Betsy, a stowaway student who is suicidally in love with Indiana; and a pirate leader named Kezure (described as a Creator/ToshiroMifune type), who dies eating a peach because he is not pure of heart.
** In the first draft, dated September 1987, the film is set in 1939. The prologue has adult Indiana retrieving an Aztec relic for a museum curator in Mexico and features the circus train. Henry and Elsa (who is described as having dark hair) were searching for the Grail on behalf of the Chandler Foundation, before Henry went missing. The character of Kazim is here named Kemal, and is an agent of the Republic of Hatay, which seeks the grail for its own. Kemal shoots Henry and dies drinking from the wrong chalice. The Grail Knight battles Indiana on horseback, while Vogel is crushed by a boulder when stealing the Grail.
5th Jun '16 3:20:52 PM eroock
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* ActorAllusion: Well, to Creator/HarrisonFord, anyway:
** In Indy's office there is a [[StarWars thousand-year-old falcon]], it means a lot to him.
** In one line of dialogue, Indy introduces himself as "[=Robert McFalfa=]", a nod to the Bob Falfa character played by Ford in ''AmericanGraffiti''.
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