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->''"The quest for the Grail is not archaeology. It's a race against evil! If it is captured by the Nazis, the armies of darkness will march all over the face of the earth!"''
-->-- '''Professor Henry Jones Sr.'''

''Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'' is the third film in the ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' series, released in 1989.

Indiana always had a troubled history with his father, Henry Jones, also an archaeologist with a life long dream of finding the location of [[Literature/TheBible The Holy Grail]]. This obsession drove a wedge between father and son, and the two have hardly spoken to each other for years. But then, Henry mysteriously disappears while seemingly on the cusp of a major research breakthrough. Now, Indy has to find his father and the Grail, while keeping NaziGermany from once again getting their hands on an artifact that could make them all-powerful.

During the filming of the young Indy scenes, GeorgeLucas saw the potential of a prequel series. He would soon develop and produce ''YoungIndianaJones''.

As for the movie series, though the original intent was five films, Spielberg and Lucas would decide to just end the series here - feeling it was best to go out on a high note and cap off a trilogy. Obviously, [[TrilogyCreep that didn't take]] and [[SequelGap after a lengthy]] DevelopmentHell, ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' was released nineteen years later.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Multiple examples.
* ActionDuo: Indy and Henry Jones Sr. (SeanConnery).
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Indy and his dad's conversation in the zeppelin.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Henry Sr. actually chuckles at his son's quip.
-->'''Henry:''' I'm as human as the next man.
-->'''Indiana:''' Dad, I ''was'' the next man!
* AdolfHitler: Indy meets the Führer. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Am-Q2FYuxc It's anticlimactic and hilarious all at once]].
* AdventureArchaeologist: Jones Sr. is shocked to see his son ruthlessly gun down Nazi soldiers and is bewildered by their constant brushes with death, but eventually gets into the swing of things.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Walter Donovan, until [[KickTheDog he shoots Henry Sr.]], making him FauxAffablyEvil]].
* AgeCut: The transition between young Indy receiving the Fedora to Indy on the boat.
* TheAgeless: Drinking from the Holy Grail grants this - so long as the Grail remain inside the tomb.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Indy tries desperately to save Elsa when she falls into the chasm at the end of the film. And he's genuinely distraught when she falls to her death]].
* AllThereInTheManual: In the {{Novelization}}, it's revealed what Elsa said in her sleep that made Henry realize she was a Nazi - she apparently moaned "Mein Führer."
* AluminiumChristmasTrees:
** Many in power in Nazi Germany ''were'' interested in finding mythical Christian artifacts like the Holy Grail and in archaeology, but only as a means to validate their racial beliefs.
** Hatay was a real country in 1938. It disappeared in 1939 and is now part of Turkey.
* AncientOrderOfProtectors: The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword.
* ArchEnemy: Panama Hat recognises Indiana as an adult, implying they've butted heads a few more times while he was growing up.
* ArtifactOfDeath: Any of the False Grails.
* ArtisticLicenseCars: The King of Hatay's DescriptionPorn of the Rolls Royce he's given (donated by an American traitor).
--> Rolls-Royce Phantom two. 4.3 litre, 30 horsepower, six cylinder engine, with Stromberg downdraft carburetor, can go from zero to 100 kilometres an hour in 12.5 seconds. And I even like the color.
** For one, it's not a Phantom II, it's a smaller, cheaper 20/25 hp, and that description is wrong for either car (the Phantom II had a 7.7 L engine and a twin jet downdraft carb made by Rolls, the 20/25 hp a 3.7 L six cylinder with an SU type carb), the power rating is wrong for both (the 20/25 hp was ''rated'' at 25 for [[LoopholeAbuse taxation purposes]], but actual power output is closer to 70 HP, while the Phantom II was never given a power rating. The 20/25 went from 0-100 in 14.5 seconds. The description ''does'' match the 25/30, which did have a 4.3 L engine with a Stromberg downdraft carb rated at 30 HP.
** The motorcycles used to chase Indy are 1977 Honda XL 500s. Just about nothing was done to make them resemble [=BMWs=].
** [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Though it stretches the definition]] of "car", the tank used by the Germans appears to be a mock-up of a Tank Mark VIII, an Anglo-American design that only saw service with the US Army. There's no clear reason why the Germans or anyone else would have one in the Middle East.
*** The tank is explained as being owned by the King of Hatay, who had it modified with a turret, and given to the Germans in exchange for the Rolls Royce, detailed above.
** There were no Kübelwagens in 1938. Ferdinand Porsche wouldn't develop them unto 1940. Also, the two seen in the film are given to the Nazis by the Hatayan sultan along with the tank and trucks (they have the Hatayan symbol on them). This is likewise impossible, as Germany never exported the Kübelwagen.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Underground catacombs in ''Venice''. Think about that for just a few moments. In case you couldn't figure it out, Venice is built on water.
* AttackAttackAttack: The driver of Kübelwagen that crashes into the tank. He's the only one in it, so how he expected to help is anyone's guess.
* AuthorAppeal: The Joneses having ParentalIssues, a recurring motif for Creator/StevenSpielberg.
* BackForTheFinale: Sallah, who previously aided Indy in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheRaidersOfTheLostArk'', turns up midway through this film and helps the heroes until the climax.
* BalconyEscape: Done by Indy.
* BerserkButton: Do NOT call Indy "Junior".
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Donovan]]
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Donovan and Dr. Schneider]] are working for the German Government. In fact the [[AdolfHitler Bigger Bad]] in person does meet with a stunned Indy. HilarityEnsues.
* BilingualBonus: During the tank fight, one Nazi comments to Indy getting beat up by saying, "The American, he fights like a woman!" Then Indy hits him in the head with the periscope he was looking through.
* BlatantLies: While trying to to shoot the fighter planes, Jones Senior machine-guns the tail off their own aircraft.
-->'''Indiana/Henry Jr.:''' Dad! Are we hit?\\
'''Henry Sr.:''' More or less... (fake gravitas) Son I'm sorry, they got us.
* BookBurning: The scene in Berlin
* BookcasePassage: Fireplace subtype and descending stairs variation.
* BowelBreakingBricks: [[spoiler:Near the end of the climactic tank fight sequence, almost everyone, including Donovan, Elsa, Brody, Henry Jones, Sr., and (probably) a handful of Nazis have abandoned the tank, which is now careening towards the edge of a very, ''very'' steep cliff. The only two people who are still oblivious to this fact are Indy and SS Colonel Vogel, who are locked in a rather vicious, back-and-forth fistfight. When they do manage to realize it (with seconds to spare), Indy's trademark fedora is whipped off the back of his head by a strong and sudden gust of wind as the camera focuses on his OhCrap face]].
* CaliforniaDoubling: So Petra is where the Grail resides?
* CallBack: Henry Sr. muses while perusing his Grail diary, "May he who illuminated this... illuminate me." He later states he was seeking "illumination" at the end.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Indy gives two very hard-hitting examples. First, as he argues with his father about traveling to Berlin to get the Grail diary.
-->'''Indy:''' This is an obsession, Dad. I '''''never''''' understood it. '''''Never'''''. Neither did Mom.
** And later, aboard the zeppelin:
-->'''Henry Sr.:''' Actually, I was a wonderful father.
-->'''Indy:''' (''incredulously'') When?
-->'''Henry Sr.:''' Did I ever tell you to eat up, go to bed, wash your ears, do your homework? No, I respected your privacy and I taught you self reliance.
-->'''Indy:''' What you taught me, was that I was less important to you than people that have been dead for several hundred years and in other countries. And I learned it so well, that we've hardly spoken for twenty years.
* CaptainObvious: Indiana's father.
-->'''Henry:''' I think they're trying to kill us!
-->'''Indy:''' ''I know, Dad!!!''
* CassandraTruth: During a tense confrontation, Indy is told to surrender or else Elsa dies. Henry tells him its a bluff, as Elsa's a Nazi herself.
-->'''Elsa:''' You should have listened to your father.
** Donovan warns Indy to not trust ''anybody''. [[spoiler: Including himself, it seems]].
* CastingGag: Creator/SeanConnery was cast because Steven Spielberg and George Lucas thought the only man who could play Indy's father was Film/JamesBond, and because the whole franchise was born out of Spielberg's desire to direct a [[Film/JamesBond James Bond movie]] -- so in every sense of the word, James Bond ''is'' the father of Indiana Jones.
** Several actors in the film were in Bond films before. Julian Glover (Donovan) was Bond villain Kristatos in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''; John-Rhys Davies (Sallah, who had been in the first film, granted) was [=KGB=] General Pushkin in ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', and Alison Doody (Elsa) was Jenny Flex in ''Film/AViewToAKill''. Michael Byrne was cast much later in a small role in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' (the Navy commander).
** Not a gag, but Julian Glover (Donovan) and Michael Sheard (Hitler) were both in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (also Lucasfilm, of course). Glover was General Veers, commander of the ground forces assigned to Vader's Super Star Destroyer ''Executor'', who led the assault on Hoth. Sheard played Admiral "[[YouHaveFailedMe You Have Failed Me For The Last Time]]" Ozzel. The General tried to talk Vader out of killing him, so this is the second time that Glover had tried to prolong Sheard's life (well, save that Donovan wants the Grail for himself).
*** This isn't the first crusade that Julian Glover's character was involved in. He appeared in the Doctor Who episode aptly titled [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E6TheCrusade "The Crusade"]]
* [[CatchPhrase/{{Film}} Catch Phrase]]:
-->'''Indiana Jones:''' "Don't call me Junior!"
-->'''Henry Jones Sr.:''' This is intolerable!"
* ChairReveal: Donovan in the castle.
* ChekhovsGun: Henry's umbrella he keeps carrying in his suitcase throughout the journey eventually proves to be very useful against incoming Nazi fighter planes.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler: Elsa was after the Grail and the Grail alone]].
* CityOfCanals: Venice itself.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: First Elsa, when driving the boat :
-->'''Indy:''' Are you crazy?! Don't go between them!
-->'''Elsa:''' Go between them?! Are you crazy?!
** and then:
-->'''Indiana:'''Dad! Eleven o'clock!
-->'''Henry:''' ''(checks his watch)'' What happens at eleven o'clock?
* ContinuityNod: In the Venice catacombs, Indy identifies a painting on the wall as a representation of the Ark of the Covenant.
-->'''Elsa:''' Are you sure?
-->'''Indiana:''' [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Pretty sure]].
** During this exchange, the Ark's [[{{Leitmotif}} theme music]] is briefly heard.
* ContrivedCoincidence: As a teenager, Indy used a whip for the first time, giving him his chin scar, gets his fear of snakes, and his signature fedora all in the same day.
* ConvenientEscapeBoat: Subverted and inverted.
* CoolTrain: A young Indy fights mooks aboard a circus train, complete with wild animals.
* CorrelationCausationGag: In the library scene, Indy tries to break into a secret passage, causing [[CacophonyCoverUp loud echoes]]...coincidentally in time with a librarian stamping books. At one point, the librarian sets the stamp down and just looks at it.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Donovan appears to be the savviest person in the series, [[spoiler:right up until he trusts a double-agent -- as though he didn't have a small army of people on hand to test it for him]].
* DeadfootLeadfoot: The tank operator.
* DeadHatShot: In the intro.
* [[DeadpanSnarker/LiveActionFilm Deadpan Snarker]]: Henry Sr. is great at this.
-->'''Henry Jones Sr.:''' Our situation has not improved.
* DescriptionCut: With Brody.
* DescriptionPorn: The sultan wanting the Rolls-Royce.
* DidNotGetTheGirl: The only movie in the series where this happens.
* DisappearedDad: Well, it's the motivation for Indy to chase after the Grail, but even when they were in the same ''house'', they had no relationship. Especially after Indy's mother and Henry's wife passed away.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Averted with SS Colonel Vogel; we see his corpse hitting the ground and the tank rolling on him.
* TheDragon: SS colonel Vogel.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Henry couldn't see that the way he was treating his son would drive a wedge between them.
* DueToTheDead: Indiana treats bones and tombs in the catacombs without any care.
* EarthquakesCauseFissures: After Elsa crosses the seal.
* ElderlyImmortal: The Knight guarding the Grail. He is clearly into old age and admits to being past his prime, but drinking from it has kept him alive for centuries.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Two for Henry. The opening sees him so invested in his Grail diary that he ignores the fact that Indy has the Cross of Coronado. When Indy is rescuing him from Castle Brunwald, he brains Indy over the head with a vase, thinking him to be a Nazi (who came in through the window), and is immediately more concerned about the vase than Indy's head.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler:Elsa]] may be working for the bad guys, but she definitely does not approve of book burning and anti-intellectualism.
** Tellingly, [[ShutUpHannibal Indy doesn't buy it]]:
-->'''Elsa:''' ''"I believe in the Grail, not the Swastika!"''
-->'''Indy:''' ''"You stood up to be counted with the enemy of everything the Grail stands for; who gives a '''damn''' what you think?"''
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Donovan]] only cares about finding the Grail for the promise of immortal life, which is why he deserves his KarmicDeath. [[spoiler:Elsa]] only cares about the Grail as an archaeological find, which is why [[spoiler:she ignores the Knight's warning that the cup cannot leave the temple]].
* EvilCripple: Panama Hat walks with a limp by 1938.
* FakePlatform: Tiles that don't spell out Jehovah (with an I) are fake and will drop you into a deep pit.
* FemmeFatale: Dr. Elsa Schneider, after she stops pretending to be a DistressedDamsel.
* FirstNameBasis: At the end Indiana's father addresses him by name for the first time, having spent the entire movie calling him "Junior".
* {{Flanderization}} / TheFool: Marcus Brody.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Multiple examples.
** When young Indy comes home, there's a shot held on the dog seeing him arrive, which seems to be a pointless reaction shot. [[spoiler: It's later revealed the dog is Indiana, whom Henry nicknamed himself after]].
** There is also a subtle yet noticeable length in which the camera focuses on Donovan pouring a drink toasting to Long-Life for Indy and himself, foreshadowing with cruel irony the nature of [[spoiler: his final demise]].
** When Indy meets Donovan, he's told "We're only one step away" from finding the Grail, to which Indy says "That's usually where the ground falls out underneath you.". Towards the end, when Elsa attempts to take the Grail out of the temple, it makes the whole temple collapse, and ground fell beneath her.
*** There is also the pitfall trap in which stepping on the wrong letter while spelling God's name will cause the ground to fall out from beneath you.
** "Archeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it's Truth you're interested in, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is just down the hall. So forget any ideas you have about lost cities, exotic travel, and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot. Seventy percent of all archeology is done in the library. Research and reading. We cannot afford to take mythology at face value." They spend about five minutes in a library (though Dr. Jones Sr. had spent most of his life researching the Grail) and spend the rest of the film doing the opposite of everything Dr. Jones said not to. [[spoiler:Indy's own argument is subverted in a Venetian library when an X, the Roman numeral "10," does indeed mark "the spot." Then marked on Richard's grave. After a while, Indy gives a silent shrug every time an X appears, achieving BrickJoke status]].
** Ilsa telling Indy he has his father's eyes. Initially, it can be taken as a casual remark on family resemblance, but then it's revealed just ''how'' well she knows Indy's dad's eyes...
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Twice, with Elsa then Indy.
* GenderMisdirection: The first meeting with Elsa.
* GenreBlindness: Indy's a lot less GenreSavvy compared to the other films. Henry Sr. [[WhatTheHellHero called him out]] over his idiocy in bringing the Grail diary to the place where he was being held hostage.
** He does, however, wisely tear a few pages out, making the diary useless without them.
** He also misses a huge red flag when Elsa is taken hostage at gunpoint and urges Indy to surrender to her captor. No DistressedDamsel that's actually on the hero's side ''ever'' does that, and what's worse, his GenreSavvy dad is right there with him, warning Indy that it's a setup.
* GiantMook: Recurring supporting actor Pat "Bomber" Roach as an S.S. officer, though his fight scene was cut.
* GilliganCut: Indy brags that Marcus Brody can blend into any crowd, no matter where he is. Immediately cut to Marcus wandering around the Very Proper British Man asking idiotic questions and standing out like a sore thumb.
* GroupieBrigade: While in Berlin to retrieve the Grail diary, Indy gets tangled up in a mob of Nazis who are members of Hitler's fan club.
* HandSignals: After Colonel Vogel gives a "move forward" signal, a WorldWarI era tank rolls into sight.
* HardHead: Indy knocks out quite a few Nazis with his bare hands, yet in the same movie getting hit with the (fake) PricelessMingVase only stuns him for a moment.
* HealingPotion: Water placed in the Holy Grail will heal the wounds of and even grant immortality to anyone who drinks it.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Elsa. Indy's speech in Berlin seemed to influence her thinking. Unfortunately, she could not get rid of her FatalFlaw, remaining obsessed with the Holy Grail until her demise]].
* HolyIsNotSafe: The Holy Grail is protected by a number of lethal traps, including dozens of Fake Grails. Drinking from a Fake Grail causes a horrible death by RapidAging.
* HollywoodTorches: Indy created one from a bone, rags and petroleum while exploring the catacombs under Venice.
* IndyPloy: Lampshaded by Boy Scout Indiana as he descends to the excavation site.
-->'''Other scout''': What, what are you gonna do?
-->'''Indy''': I don't know. I'll think of something.
** He says it again when he and Elsa are trying to figure out how to get into Brunwald Castle.
* HypocriticalHumor: On a meta-level. Indy is stunned that his father actually slept with Elsa, saying "It's disgraceful. You're old enough to be her father--her ''grandfather''!". HarrisonFord is 24 years older than Alison Doody, and as mentioned in PlayingGertrude, SeanConnery is only 12 years older than Ford, so they're both old enough to be her father.
* ImprovisedWeapon: A flagpole, a fountain pen, and an umbrella are all used for dispatching various mooks.
* IsItAlwaysLikeThis: Indy's father asks him this as they're escaping from Castle Brunwald.
* ItBelongsInAMuseum: TropeNamer. Indy says it to "Panama Hat" regarding the Cross of Coronado. Twice. The second time, he gets it thrown back at him (see SelfDeprecation, below).
* ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure / KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword will do anything to safeguard the Grail's location, including setting fire to and completely destroying the knight's tomb.
* KarmicDeath: Both [[spoiler:Walter Donovan and Dr. Elsa Schneider]] die because of their overwhelming desire for the Grail. [[spoiler: Indy himself almost suffers the same fate for the same reason, but his father's intervention saves him]].
* KickTheDog: The Nazis' attempted bribe to the ruler of Hatay of a large chest of gold and silver objects 'donated' by "some of the most prominent families in Germany". This being the Nazis, it's not hard to guess who they were taken from.
** It was originally explicitly stated. A last-minute {{Bowdlerization}} removed the adjective "Jewish" from the description of said donors.
* [[LampshadeHanging/{{Film}} Lampshade Hanging]]: Henry directly calls out how the film [[AdventureArchaeologist treats his profession]].
-->"You call this archaeology?"
** Also, when Indy and Henry Sr. are being pursued by Nazi airplanes:
--> '''Henry:''' I think they're trying to kill us!
--> '''Indy:''' I KNOW, DAD!
--> '''Henry:''' Well, this is a new experience for me.
--> '''Indy:''' *rolls eyes* It happens to me all the time. Come on!
* LandInTheSaddle: Indy tries this one in the prologue sequence. The [[HorsingAround horse moves]]. The mooks chasing him repeat the process, but with a truck.
* LeapOfFaith: Referred to by name, as Indy has to jump into what looks like a bottomless pit onto a very narrow bit of land painted to identical to the environs.
* LectureAsExposition: Amusingly {{subverted}}. Indiana gives a lecture, but he spends all his time warning his students that the AdventurerArchaeologist trope is ''never'' true to life. Then, of course, he promptly goes on to spend the rest of the film doing exactly that, right down to XMarksTheSpot.
* LighterAndSofter: The film is more adventurous and light-hearted than the previous ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''.
* LiteralMinded: When escaping the fighter planes in a biplane.
-->'''Indiana: '''Dad! Eleven o'clock!
-->'''Henry:''' ''(checks his watch)'' What happens at eleven o'clock?
-->'''Indiana:''' ''(annoyed and points in the directions of his left)'' TWELVE! ELEVEN! TEN! ELEVEN O'CLOCK! FIRE!!!
* TheLoad: Henry Jones, Sr. (originally). He gets better.
* [[spoiler:LoveInterestTraitor: Elsa Schneider. She genuinely loved Indy (and...uh...Indy's ''dad'' too, apparently), but she's single-mindedly obsessed with getting her hands on the Holy Grail to the point of working with Nazis. It ultimately costs Elsa her life]].
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Subverted when Indy literally hands Hitler the book explaining everything about the Holy Grail, its location, and how to retrieve it safely. Hitler has absolutely no idea of the book's significance, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and mistakes Indy for an autograph hunter]].
* MakeThemRot: The BigBad falls victim to this by choosing the wrong Grail to drink from.
* MayDecemberRomance: Indiana calls Henry out when he realizes they both slept with Elsa.
-->'''Indiana''': It's disgraceful, you're old enough to be her... her grandfather.
* MeaningfulName: Colonel Vogel's name is German for bird. Fittingly, he gets thrown out of a zeppelin by Indy, and later [[DisneyVillainDeath goes off a cliff in his tank]].
* AMinorKidroduction: Boy Scout Indiana in Utah, 1912. Then the film {{Age Cut}}s from Creator/RiverPhoenix to [[TimeShiftedActor Harrison Ford]], under the fedora hat.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Dr. Elsa Schneider and Walter Donovan]], who are actually working with the Nazis. WordOfGod is that [[spoiler:Donovan was a double mole and Elsa seems perfectly willing to be one as well once she's actually holding immortality]].
* MotorcycleJousting: Indiana Jones charges a Nazi motorcyclist using a flagpole as an improvised lance.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elsa is crying during the anti-intellectual book burning at the Nazi rally.
* NamelessNarrative: In the flashback opening, the looters who steal the Cross of Coronado are credited simply as "Fedora" and "Panama Hat". (The former is addressed as Garth by one of his cronies.)
* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: The Holy Grail is hidden amongst other grails, and [[SecretTestOfCharacter Indy must figure out which of them is the true Grail]].
* NeverMyFault: Jones Sr. refuses to believe that the almost non-existent relationship between himself and his son is his fault.
* NewspaperThinDisguise: Henry Sr. subverts this at the Berlin airport, then plays it straight aboard the zeppelin during Colonel Vogel's search. Unfortunately, Vogel sees right through this.
** It doesn't help that he's [[RushedInvertedReading holding it upside-down]].
* NotInThisForYourRevolution: Elsa Schneider states explicitly that she does not actually support or care for the Nazis' ideals, but rather only allied with them just to locate the Grail. Ditto with Walter Donovan.
** Indy tells Elsa that she chose her allies willingly, so it doesn't matter what her ideals are - they're already corrupted by the Nazis. Of course, Indy says it more succinctly:
--->'''Elsa:''' Is that what you think of me? I believe in the Grail, not the swastika!
--->'''Indiana:''' Yet you stood up to be counted with the enemy of everything the Grail stands for. Who gives a ''[[PrecisionFStrike damn]]'' what you think?!
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: The film has Indy apparently falling of a cliff with a tank, the group with him leans over to see the tank hit the ground and not notice him crawling up a set of vines a few feet down. Indy notices the group mourning him and leans over himself to see what they're looking at only for the group to notice him soon after.
* NotSoDifferent: While never spoken aloud it's definitely in the subtext that Indy may be closer to his father's mindset and personality than he may be willing to admit. The opening flashback shows a very young Indy chasing after the Cross of Coronado, and he would remain obsessed with finding it for years, and when he wasn't chasing after the Cross he was chasing after other important artifacts. Indy's pursuit of the Cross along with his pursuit of similar artifacts clearly mirrors his father's obsession with finding the Holy Grail, the difference being that Indy chased after multiple artifacts during his life while his father's obsession with the Holy Grail was more singular.
* OffWithHisHead: One of the Grail traps.
* OhCrap: During the tank fight, Indy notices that the tank is about to go over a cliff -- and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere his hat falls off]] for the first time in the series. After he reaches safety, the hat is deposited next to him by the wind. Indy is also stunned when he finds himself face-to-face with ''Adolf Hitler himself''.
** When Henry Jones Sr. attempts to use Indiana's zippo lighter to burn through the ropes tying them up, he accidentally drops it, setting the whole room on fire.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The knight guarding the Grail is more than 700 years old. He gained immortality by regularly drinking water from the Grail.
* {{Omniglot}}: Jones tries to pretend that Marcus is also one of these... it's just that his familiarity is limited to dead languages.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted, as a few jokes come from the fact that both Indy and Henry can be referred to as "(Dr.) Jones".
-->'''Donovan''': Colonel! Jones is getting away!\\
'''Vogel''': (having just captured Henry) I think not, Herr Donovan.\\
'''Donovan''': Not ''that'' Jones, the ''other'' Jones!
* OnlyTheWorthyMayPass: One way of interpreting how to get past the three trials to reach the Grail. It definitely applies to the fourth and final trial of figuring out which cup in the Grail room is the real one. [[spoiler: Donovan, being neither a scholar nor a True Believer, is expecting a gaudy cup fit for a King of Kings, while both Indy and Elsa know the True Grail would be fit for a Carpenter's Son]].
* OrangeBlueContrast: The Grail Knight just happens to always be sitting or standing in a pillar of pale blue light, while most of the environment around him is orangish-brown.
* [[OriginsEpisode Origins Cold Open]]: the opening sequence of young Indiana trying to save the Cross of Coronado from tomb robbers shows us how he developed his IndyPloy skills, picked up the use of the whip, developed his fear of snakes, and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming where he got that cool hat]].
* ParentalNeglect: It's established early in the film that Indy's dad was not exactly a warm, loving parent.
* ThePenIsMightier: Marcus utters the whole phrase after Henry uses the ink of his pen against one Nazi.
* PerspectiveMagic: The "leap of faith" scene.
* PinballProjectile: The tank driver is killed by an errant bullet that ricochets off several surfaces before hitting him in the forehead.
* PistolWhipping: Marcus Brody is knocked out by a pistol wielded by a member of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword.
* PlayingGertrude: SeanConnery, who played Indy's father, is just 12 years older than Harrison Ford.
** This is actually pointed out in a funny moment during Harrison Ford's interview on Inside the Actors Studio.
-->James Lipton: If my math is right, Sean Connery would have been a father when he was twelve.
-->Harrison Ford:(laughing) But you know Sean. He could do it.
* PlotParallel: As Spielberg describes it, [[ParentalIssues the search for the father]] IS the search for the Holy Grail.
* PlummetPerspective: Subverted. The Holy Grail didn't fall far -- but it might as well have.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Indiana and Elsa during the boat chase.
-->'''Indy:''' Are you crazy?! Don't go between them!
-->'''Elsa:''' Go between them?! Are you crazy?!
* PricelessMingVase: It turned out to be fake. But Henry can only tell after he breaks it.
* PublicDomainArtifact: The Holy Grail.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Colonel Vogel does this to Indiana Jones by threatening to shoot Elsa Schneider. [[spoiler: It was a bad move]].
* TheRadioDiesFirst: Indy sabotages the zeppelin's radio to prevent Vogel from ordering it turned around. It's only partly successful, as the zeppelin eventually turns around ''because'' the radio is dead.
* RansackedRoom: Happens twice, one of which was {{Invoked}}.
* RapidAging: The fate of anyone who drinks from the wrong grail.
* RapidHairGrowth: The BigBad drinks from a false Holy Grail and suffers from RapidAging, including having the hair on his head grow very quickly. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DGFuHC75aY here]].
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Colonel Vogel ordering the chest of golden objects to be brought forward.
* RefugeInAudacity: How could Indy get away with punching a Nazi officer on a zeppelin in the middle of Germany? "No ticket."
** Indy gets caught up in a book burning ceremony with the diary the Nazis have been desperate to get their hands on, and then he bumps right into Adolf Hitler himself. What does he do? Hands over the diary so Hitler can autograph it.
* RidingIntoTheSunset: Indy, his father, Sallah, and Marcus at the end of the film.
* RuleOfSymbolism: While Indy reads the grail tablet at Donovan's place, Donovan pours some champagne into champagne glasses.
* RuleOfThree: Subverted. Henry has found clues to three tests guarding the Grail and recorded them in his diary, but when Indy gets past them all, he finds a previously-unmentioned fourth: finding the true Grail among a sea of copies.
* RunningGag: After Indy says, "X never ever marks the spot", '''everything''' has X marking the spot.
** "Ah, Venice!"
* SamusIsAGirl: Indy and Marcus are a little surprised to see that Dr. Schneider is, in fact, Dr. ''Elsa'' Schneider. To their credit, not ''too'' surprised.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl:The SS-Standartenführer utters orders and other screams of horror and rage in a ''very'' high pitch.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Indy has liberated the Cross of Coronado (although not in the most legal way), but is told by the sheriff to ''hand it back'' to Panama Hat.
* SecretLegacy: Indy followed in his father's footsteps without even knowing.
* SelfDeprecation: When grown-up Indy tells Panama Hat that the Cross of Coronado [[ItBelongsInAMuseum "belongs in a museum"]], Panama Hat says "So do you!" Indy is a character in a 1989 movie who's a GenreThrowback to 1930s action heroes.
* SelfDestructingSecurity: The Holy Grail is protected by many layers of secrets, guards and traps. The final resort, however, is that the Grail can never pass beyond "The Great Seal". Doing so results in the entire place self destructing and the Grail being lost forever.
* ShutUpHannibal: Henry Sr. gives a brilliant one to Nazi Colonel Vogel.
-->'''Vogel:''' Tell me about this miserable little diary of yours. We got the map so the book is useless and yet you come all the way back to Berlin to get it. Why? ''(slaps Henry with his glove)'' Why? ''(slap!)'' What are you hiding? ''(slap!)'' What does the diary tell you that it doesn't tell us?
-->''(Henry catches Vogel's hand before he can slap him.)''
-->'''Henry:''' It tells me that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try ''reading'' books instead of ''burning'' them!
* SmugSnake: Donovan.
* StandardHollywoodStrafingProcedure: A Nazi fighter plane does this to Indy and his father as they're escaping by car.
* StealthPun: When Indy and Henry Sr. argue over traveling to Berlin to get the Grail diary or going to Iskenderun to save Marcus, they're at a literal crossroads, with the road sign shaped like a cross.
** Water taken from the Holy Grail grants immortality and can heal wounds. Considering whose cup it used to belong to, it's probably safe to say that [[spoiler:the cup is a way to make ''real'' holy water]].
* StormingTheCastle: Castle Brunwald.
* SwarmOfRats: As seen in the catacombs under Venice.
* TakeMyHand: At the end of the film, Indy says it to Elsa and later Indy's father says it to him.
* TankGoodness: The Germans use a tank to escort their convoy in Hatay. Unusually for this trope, the tank has multiple smaller guns, including a pair of sponson mounts on the sides, rather than a single turreted {{BFG}}. Amusingly, the tank in question appears to be a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tank_Mark_VIII Tank Mark VIII]], which served with the US Army and nobody else.
* TanksButNoTanks: Although a UsefulNotes/WW1 model with the guns in side sponson mounts, the Hataian tank also has a turret because hey, that's what tanks have, right?
* TapOnTheHead: Multiple examples.
* TechnicallyASmile: Elsa's smile after Donovan drinks from the Grail is about as non-smile a smile can get.
* TemptingFate: When observing the Nazis in the Canyon of the Crescent Moon
-->'''Henry:''' What are you doing? Get down!
-->'''Indy:''' Dad, we're well out of range.
-->BANG [Whistle of incoming artillery shell) BOOM! [Sallah's car is hit by the shell and explodes]
** Then :
-->'''Indy:''' Shooting me won't get you anywhere.
-->'''Donovan:''' You know something, Doctor Jones ? You're absolutely right. ''(shoots Henry)''
* TempleOfDoom: The Temple of the Grail is full of traps that take a lot of knowledge to pass, and [[spoiler: has a tricky test at the end]].
* TooDumbToLive:
** In the end, [[spoiler: Elsa ignores the knight's warning about taking the Holy Grail beyond the crossed seal, when Indiana's demands her not to move across seal, she doesn't listen and triggers the collapse of the whole temple. Finally, when she is hanging over the fissure created, she tries to grab the grail, ignores Indiana's pleas to give him her other hand and winds up falling to her death for her greed]]. The trope image of DeathByMaterialism.
* TookALevelInBadass: Henry Jones Sr. (SeanConnery) is initially portrayed as a GrumpyOldMan with discomfort and lack of experience in Indy's adventures (he sets the room on fire, he shoots the tail of his own plane with the machine gun, etc.). But moreover he reveals his hidden skills, becoming more like his son and evolving into a BadassGrandpa -- he manages to crash a Nazi airplane by making a flock of seagulls fly into the air, he blinds a Nazi soldier with ink from his pen and he even blows away a whole truckload of enemies.
* TreacherousAdvisor: Both [[spoiler:Walter Donovan and Dr. Elsa Schneider]] would qualify.
* TreasureMap: The Grail diary.
* {{Understatement}}: "He chose...poorly."
* VagueAge: Alison Doody was 22 when ''Crusade'' was filmed, and while Dr. Elsa Schneider has no onscreen age, she has to be at least thirty.
* VisualPun: While walking through the Venice catacombs, Indy stops to say "Oh, rats" and we pan down to see swarms of rats.
* WeNamedTheMonkeyJack: Indiana turns out to be the dog's name, which was also George Lucas' malmute's name.
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: A major source of friction between the Joneses Sr. and Jr. is that Sr. wasn't around much when Indy was a kid.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: To bring the Grail diary to a castle full of Nazis...
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In addition to learning why Indy is afraid of snakes, we learn that his father is afraid of rats.
* WigDressAccent: Indy swapping hats with Elsa and posing as a Scottish art collector to trick his way into Castle Brunwald.
-->'''Butler:''' If ''you are'' a Scottish lord, then [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba I am Mickey Mouse!]]
* WorthyAdversary: In the Young Indy intro, the bandit Fedora sees this in Indy. At the very end, when [[spoiler: the Sheriff makes Indy hand over the cross back to Panama Hat]], Fedora graduates to StealthMentor. (See the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming page for details.)
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Indy gets suplexed by a Nazi mook during the tank chase scene. Said mook uses a German suplex, which is quite fitting.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Indy believes he can reach the Grail if he just reaches a little further... and then his father, who spent Indy's whole life calling him "Junior", says "Indiana. Indiana. Let it go." And that convinces him.
* YouDirtyRat: Swarms of these fill Venice's catacombs. Henry Jones Sr. fears them, just like his son fears snakes.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: A milder version of the Trope. The Grail Knight assumed Indiana was there to take his place after "vanquishing" him in combat. Mildly [[{{Tearjerker}} tearjerking]] in that the poor Knight was exhausted and ready to die for some well-earned peace of mind.
** [[spoiler:Though considering that the grail ended up in the middle of a chasm, the knight won't be able to drink out of it anymore.]]
* 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.
* YouWereTryingTooHard: While Indy and Henry Sr. are escaping from Castle Brunwald, Indy looks everywhere in a room to find a switch to reveal some sort of exit.
-->'''Henry:''' I find that if I just sit down to think...
-->(''he sits down on a chair, which leans back and opens a stairwell which Indy falls into'')
-->'''Indy:''' (''yelling'') Dad!
-->'''Henry:''' ...the solution presents itself!
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