- Actor-Inspired Element: It was Cate Blanchett's idea for Irina Spalko to have a bob cut.
- Awesome, Dear Boy:
- While he would later come to regret it, Shia LaBeouf was so excited to be in a new Indiana Jones movie (to the point of not being able to speak for a solid minute, by his own admission) that he accepted the offer without reading the script or even knowing what character he'd be playing. There's also Cate Blanchett, who accepted the role of Irina Spalko because she wanted to play a villain, and came up with many of Spalko's traits (like the bob haircut) herself.
- Cate Blanchett had wanted to play a villain for a "couple of years" and jumped at the chance to be in an Indiana Jones film.
- Banned in China: Subverted in Russia. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation tried to get it banned, but failed.
- Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A lot of people as of late seem to remember Indy saying "In your dreams, kid" to Mutt when he's about to put on Indys hat at the end, but he never says the line. See Justin Whangs video for more info.
- California Doubling: This is the only Indiana Jones film to be shot entirely in the United States. As in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hawaii doubles for the jungles of South America, although this time they filmed on the Big Island rather than Kauai. Additionally, New Mexico doubles for Nevada.
- The Character Died with Him: Marcus Brody did not appear in the film due to Denholm Elliott's death in 1992. A statue honoring Brody, on the Marshall College's grounds, is shown, and the character's death was written into the movie with the death of the actor. Indy also has a picture of him on his desk, showing Brody during Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (in a moment when he was lost so how the picture was taken is a bit of a mystery).
- Channel Hop: A director example: This was Steven Spielberg's first movie since The Lost World: Jurassic Park not done by DreamWorks SKG. Between 1998-2005, the films he directed were by produced or co-produced by them.
- Creator Backlash: Two years after it came out, Shia LaBeouf opened up about his feelings on the film, expressing disappointment with it, saying he felt like he "dropped the ball on the legacy that people loved and cherished." The statement would later damage his relationship with Spielberg, who told him, "There's a time to be a human being and have an opinion, and there's a time to sell cars."
- Creator-Chosen Casting:
- Creator's Favorite: Steven Spielberg named Irina Spalko as his favourite villain in the series.
- Development Gag: Not for the film itself, so much as one Spielberg produced thirty years earlier. The original time machine in Back to the Future was converted from a used refrigerator, which Doc Brown would take to an A-Bomb test, letting the bomb's effects send Marty back to his rightful time. However, Spielberg was uncomfortable with the idea, concerned that kids might climb into abandoned fridges to play-act the scene, and so asked Robert Zemeckis to find a different approach, which he did once it proved too expensive to pull off. However, no good idea goes unpunished, as guess what iconic scene occurs in this movie?note
- Hide Your Pregnancy: Cate Blanchett was actually three months pregnant by the time she finished filming, which make her fencing on moving vehicle stunts even more impressive.
- McLeaned: Henry Jones is said to have died in-between films due to Sean Connery's retirement.
- Saved from Development Hell: It took 19 years for the film to be released, mainly because it took that long for George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford to find a script they liked.
- Sequel Gap: Came out 19 years after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- Technology Marches On: Somewhat inverted; to better match the previous three movies, this movie was filmed rather that shot digitally.
- What Could Have Been: Shares part of a page.
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