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For questions about the "Indiana Jones" franchise, based on the historical adventures of fictional archaeologist Dr Henry "Indiana" Jones. Three films were made between 1981 and 1989, with a fourth film in 2008 and a TV series in 1992; the franchise has since extended to include comics, animations, novels and video games.

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On which topic did Indiana Jones write his doctoral thesis?

Henry Walton Jones Jr. (later known as Indiana Jones and Doctor Jones) received an undergraduate degree in archaeology according to this site. But since he is refered to as Dr. Jones he also must ...
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Why did Willie Scott get on the plane with Indiana Jones?

In the beginning of the Temple of Doom, why wouldn't Willie just stay at the airport with Earl Weber? Maybe even go back to work for Lau Che? She didn't steal the diamond, and Indy basically ...
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What material is the Grail made of? [closed]

In the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana chooses the Grail from a selection of cups. He chooses the one that's not made of gold, saying “that's the cup of a carpenter”. But what ...
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Why does Henry Jones Jr. uses the nickname Indiana?

As long as I remember the name is Henry Walton Jones Jr, but I have never read why the Indiana nickname. Is there any background info of this?
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Why was there a 'J' letter on the trap? [duplicate]

In the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) there is a scene with a dreathtrap: The joke is, naturally, that in the classical latin alphabet there was no ...
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Question about submarine scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark

When the German U-boat leaves for the island in the ocean we see Indiana Jones on the outside of the deck. Any information if the U-boat traveled on the surface the entire way? If it submerged I would ...
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In-universe explanation for Walter Donovan's foolish decision?

"I am not a historian," says Donovan, right after he hears the grave consequence of drinking from the wrong cup. Then, he promptly drinks from the cup that Schneider selects. I find this latter action ...
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: deliberate Star Wars connection?

Near the start of the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I've just noticed that the club they leave is called the Obi-Wan Club. Presumably, George Lucas, put this reference in as a joke. Are ...
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What, precisely, were Dr. Jones' degrees?

Clearly it would seem that he has a doctorate in ARCHAEOLOGY - but what else? Not Theology, clearly, but Anthropology? History? Surely there's a novel or television episode or simple screen-cap that ...
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Did Indiana Jones ever get revenge on Lao Che?

Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is famously betrayed by his client Lao Che at the beginning of "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". The conflict ends with Indy boarding a freight plane he believes ...
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When did the name “Well of Souls” become commonly used in SF and fantasy?

The Well of Souls is an underground passage beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But it's also a name that crops up repeatedly in fantasy and science fiction. The best known examples of the name ...
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Was Governor Pryce's character inspired by Colonel Spalko?

Is there any official confirmation that the character of Arihnda Pryce, the governor of Lothal in Star Wars Rebels was inspired by the character of the KGB Colonel Doctor Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones ...
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Why doesn't Toht talk much?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark he seems to be quiet during the majority of the film. This is the character I am referring to:
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In the Indiana Jones and the Last crusade, did Elsa betray Donovan?

It seems that Elsa smiles after Donovan drinks from the false grail implying that she knew it wasn't the right one. Did she betray him?
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How did Willie and Short Round not see Mola Ram standing at the other side of the bridge until the last minute?

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Short Round and Willie try to escape across the wooden bridge, unaware that Mola Ram and his henchmen are standing right in front of them. How could they not ...
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What exactly is the Last Crusade?

Google gives me two definitions for "crusade" The first refers to the actual Crusades. The second refers to a general quest. Is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade meant to refer to either one of ...
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Why did the Americans just lock away the Ark and never study it?

At the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark it is shown that the Ark is in a big army warehouse among thousands of similar looking crates, and it is hinted that this means it will never be opened ever again ...
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Why did they have to take the Ark to the mountain in the island to open it?

In Raiders of the lost Ark Belloq and the German army take the Ark on top of a mountain in an island to perform a ritual to open the Ark and look inside I must have missed something in the movie ...
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Why did the aliens get natives to prevent the return of the Crystal Skull by threatening its carriers?

Aliens (from what I understood of the plot) deeply wanted the 13th Crystal Skull returned back to their circle of skeletons, so they could re-animate, meld/merge, and get the hell out of Dodge this ...
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How did Indy get to the temple with the golden monkey?

So, I was re-watching Raiders of the Lost Ark last night, and something about the beginning bothered me. When Indy gets in the plane, he's beset upon by a giant snake. He flips out about this, yelling ...
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Did Indiana Jones affect the outcome of Raiders of the Lost Ark?

Amy in Big Bang Theory explains to Sheldon that: The Nazis would have followed the same path to their failure with or without Indiana's interference. But is this really the case? It looks as ...
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Ark of the Covenant on Ryloth?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in S1E21 : Liberty on Ryloth, there is a scene where it appears the droids are loading the Ark of the Covenant onto a ship as the pillage the planet while they evacuate. ...
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Why didn’t the Holy Grail give Indiana Jones eternal life?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indy manages to save Dr. Jones Snr. by choosing the correct cup. Obviously Donovan chose poorly and died instantly. The Knight that has been guarding the cup ...
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Was the warehouse at the end of Raiders based on any real-life equivalent?

I'm sure people probably recall the scene I'm talking about, but here's a recap: At the conclusion of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy is assured that the Ark of the Covenant is in a "safe place" where,...
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Why did Indiana Jones want to take the Ark to England?

At one point in the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark", Indiana Jones needs to transport the Ark of the Covenant out of Egypt and explicitly requests that Sallah find him a plane or boat going to England....
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What caused the village drought in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom?

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana ends up in Mayapore, a village in India, where a drought struck after their sacred stone was stolen and their children were stolen. The villagers ...
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indefinite nature of the grail (Indiana Jones)?

Acording to the Indiana-Jones-wiki... Years later [i.e.: after "The last Crusade"], the elder Jones remarked on the elusive, indefinite nature of the Grail, commenting that the cup discovered ...
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In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is Dr Jones Senior dead? If so, how?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I thought it was insinuated that Dr. Jones, Sr., Indiana's father, had died. If so, how is that possible? At the end of Last Crusade, we see Jr....
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Were the traps in the Last Crusade made by the three knights?

Were the traps in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade made by the three knights? In the "Name of God" trap from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade question there is a comment that the "J" ...
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What type of paper is used for the inscription in The Last Crusade?

Near the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, after copying the rest of the missing inscription from the knight's tablet onto what appears to be some kind of rice paper, Indiana Jones and ...
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“Leap of Faith” trap from Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Indiana enters the area and doesn't see a pathway. He takes a step (or a leap of faith) and lands on the "invisible" bridge and we, as viewers, can now see the stone bridge. He throws sand on it to ...
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Why was there an alien/creature being autopsied in Peru?

In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, after Mutt and Indy get caught when they found the crystal skull, Spalko and her men take them to their camp in the jungles of Peru. There, she ...
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Are Star Wars and Indiana Jones the same Universe?

This is a follow-up question to Are Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the same galaxy, far, far away? We already know that E.T. and Star Wars are the same Universe, but that Indiana Jones does not take ...
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Are Star Wars and Indiana Jones in the same galaxy, far, far away?

Despite the fact that Han Solo and Dr. Jones look eerily similar, did the Star Wars saga occur in Jones' galaxy (and thus Jones not being in our own)? The question stems from a few references in Jones'...
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How Close is “Last Crusade” to Actual Grail Lore?

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, almost anything that we see once they enter the temple would have to be made up (the three traps, the very old grail knight, the great seal, and so on), but how ...
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Were the Mystical Events in “Temple of Doom” Based on Any Real Beliefs?

In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indy is told about the legend of the three stones and how one has been stolen from the local village. In tracking down the stone (and the village's children), ...
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How did Indiana Jones get the Ark of the Covenant off the island?

At the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Ark is opened and Belloq and the Nazis are destroyed. Is there any explanation about how Jones and Marion Ravenwood get the Ark off the island? The ...
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How Could Indiana Jones Have Really Survived Nuking the Refrigerator? [closed]

In a recent interview George Lucas responds to the entire "nuke the fridge" issue in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. For those not familiar with the situation: For this to happen,...
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In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, was the Holy Grail lost for good?

At the end of The Last Crusade, the Austrian woman attempted to take the Holy Grail beyond the great seal at the entrance of the temple. In doing so, she caused the temple to quake and the Grail fell ...
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Are there any real-world basis to the traps in the Indiana Jones series?

Lucas was clearly drawing on the earlier era of movie serials for the Indiana Jones movies, in particular, the mechanical wood and stone traps in all of the movies. But these things do not generally ...
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How did Indy know to not look at the Ark?

My grasp of Scripture is poor, but the only thing I can recall in the Bible along these lines is Uzzah being struck down because he TOUCHED the Ark. How did Indy know that they should close their eyes ...
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“Name of God” trap from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Is there a sketch/map of the "name of God" trap from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade somewhere on the Internet? I can't find one.