These “Last Crusade” Facts Belong in a Museum


Nov 01, 14 These “Last Crusade” Facts Belong in a Museum

The third Indiana Jones film was done both to fulfill a three-picture contract Steven Spielberg had with George Lucas, and to make-up for some of the criticism Temple Of Doom received. In the opinion of both the film’s star and many of the fans, Last Crusade has the most depth of the trilogy. The whip cracking, Nazi fighting, archaeology adventure was still there, but with the third film, audiences were shown how Indiana came to be the college professor with a knack for Nazi fighting. The addition of Sean Connery as Indy’s father gave the movie an extra dose of humor and a connection to Spielberg’s inspiration for the series — James Bond.

Here are 15 facts you might not know about one of the greatest adventure movies ever made.

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Ten Indiana Jones ‘Behind-The-Scenes’ Facts You May Have Not Known


  1. Tom Selleck was George Lucas’s original choice for the role but had to turn it down due to his commitment to the US TV series Magnum PI.
  2. Indiana Jones was actually Indiana Smith until the first day of shooting.
  3. The famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indy shoots the man dramatically wielding a scimitar was improvised by Harrison Ford. He was suffering from piles and didn’t want to do the extended fight scene that was planned.
  4. Sean Connery, who played Indy’s father in The Last Crusade, is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford.
  5. Renowned British wrestler and Auf Wiedersehen Pet star Pat Roach was killed twice in Raiders of the Lost Ark (as a Sherpa in the bar fight and as the Nazi pugilist who meets the wrong end of a propeller) and is pushed into a rock crusher in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  6. Harrison Ford got his distinctive chin scar in a car crash in his 20s.
  7. R2-D2 and C3PO, the robots from Star Wars, can be seen in the hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  8. The “chilled monkey-brains” in Temple of Doom were actually made from custard and raspberry sauce.
  9. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas play missionaries in the airport at the start of Temple of Doom.
  10. Indiana Jones’ horse in The Last Crusade was also John Rambo’s horse in Rambo III.
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Harrison Ford: His Hunky Roles


By Gretchen Hansen

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