48 Pieces of (Mostly) Movie Trivia: Indiana Jones Edition

The publishing of this list was partly inspired by @kcupcaker's BRILLIANT list about Raiders of the Lost Ark (be sure to check it out here: 20 PIECES OF MOVIE TRIVIA: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK EDITION) & partly bc I've been too sick this week to write a different one. 😣 And as usual, previous trivia installments can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far
  1. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
  2. The original script for Raiders of the Lost Ark was handwritten.
  3. Four illustrators were employed to help storyboard the film.
  4. In addition to Tom Selleck, Sam Neill and Jeff Bridges were both considered for the role of Indiana Jones.
    Bridges turned it down while Neill would later go on to play Dr. Alan Grant in the Spielberg-directed Jurassic Park.
  5. The Well of Souls scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark was shot at The Shining's Overlook Hotel.
  6. One of the pythons died after being bitten by one of the cobras during the filming of the Well of Souls scene.
  7. The brim of Indy's fedora was intentionally shaped so that it would help protect the actor's eyes and also help obscure their face so that the audience wouldn't notice when a stunt double was being used.
  8. Indy's famed leather jacket was in reality brand new and had to be artificially aged by the costume department.
  9. Maureen McCormick auditioned for the role of Marion Ravenwood.
  10. Frank Welker provided the monkey's sounds that were used in the film.
    However, he's best known for voicing Fred Jones in Scooby Doo and Optimis Prime in the animated Transformers series.
  11. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was written during breaks of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
    Melissa Mathison had come to the location where Raiders was being shot in order to visit her then-husband, Harrison Ford. While there, Steven Spielberg dictated his idea for story that eventually became the E.T. script.
  12. Harrison Ford tore ligaments in his knee after accidentally being run over by the out-of-control airplane.
    But instead of being treated for it, Ford had them wrap his knee in ice so shooting could continue.
  13. Most of the sounds of the body blows heard in the film were created from a pile of leather coats being hit with a baseball bat.
  14. To achieve the spirit effects in the film, the crew shot mannequins underwater in slow motion through a fuzzy lens.
  15. George Lucas came up with the idea for Marion to punch Indy in Nepal.
  16. INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984)
  17. D. R. Nanayakkara, who played the Indian village's Shaman, didn't actually speak any English.
    His lines were delivered phonetically by mimicking an off-screen Steven Spielberg. This means that pauses in his dialogue weren't for dramatic effect as much as they were him waiting on his next line.
  18. The "chilled monkey brains" were made out of custard and raspberry sauce.
  19. The sounds of the mine cars running along the tracks during the chase scene were actually recorded on the roller coasters at Disneyland.
    The rides' music and sound effects were turned off.
  20. The huge mineshaft in the film was just a circular set that had been built around the largest soundstage.
    The lighting was altered each time they made a loop around the set in order to make it look different.
  21. The rope bridge was coated in sand so that it would leave a brief after-image after it collapsed.
  22. There were fourteen dummies on the rope bridge when it collapsed. Inside each dummy, there were batteries that powered the arm and leg mechanisms so that it would look like a real person flailing around.
  23. Harrison Ford herniated a disc in his back while shooting the scene where Indy's attacked by the Thuggee assassin.
    Production had to be halted so that he could fly back to Los Angeles to have surgery.
  24. There was originally supposed to be a motorcycle chase across the top of the Great Wall of China, but it had to cut when the Chinese government refused to grant permission to film it.
  25. Temple of Doom is the only film in the Indiana Jones series where Indy doesn't come into physical contact with a snake.
    The closest he comes in this film is when Willie tosses away the snake that she mistook to be an elephant's trunk.
  26. Over 240 70 mm prints of the film were made, which was the largest number ever for a single release at the time.
  27. INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)
  28. Steven Spielberg has said that he made the film for two reasons: 1) to fulfill the three-picture deal he made with George Lucas and 2) to apologize to fans for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
  29. Because of his commitment to this film, Steven Spielberg had to drop out of directing both Big and Rain Man.
  30. This was the first Indiana Jones film to receive a PG-13 rating.
    Although Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was instrumental in the creation of the rating, it still only received one of PG from the MPAA.
  31. Sean Connery was always Spielberg's first choice to play Indy's father because he wanted to be able to say that James Bond was Indiana Jones' father.
    But if Connery had declined, his next choices were Gregory Peck and Jon Pertwee.
  32. When he was about twenty, Harrison Ford was in a car accident that left him with a scar on his chin. In the movie, the scar comes from a young Indy cutting his chin with a whip.
  33. Sean Connery and Harrison Ford didn't wear pants while shooting the Zeppelin scene.
    They were shooting in an extremely hot studio so Connery took his pants off and Ford followed suit.
  34. In order to create Henry's bullet wound, baking soda was applied to Sean Connery while vinegar was used to create the foaming effects of the Grail's water washing the wound away.
  35. The "leap of faith" that Indy makes in the film was done with a model bridge and painted backgrounds because it was cheaper than building an actual set.
    There was even an Indy puppet made to help create the shadow because when Harrison Ford shot the scene against a blue screen, it didn't incorporate the light from the shaft's opening.
  36. This film has the most chase sequences in an Indiana Jones film with six different types of chase (foot, train, boat, motorcycle, plane, and car) being used.
    It's also the only film to feature a train and boat chase.
  37. Because the scene of the Grail falling to the floor and causing the first crack was proving too difficult to film on the full sized set, a smaller floor section was built with a pre-scored crack sealed with plaster already incorporated.
    That said, it still took several attempts to throw the Grail from six feet high so that it would hit the right part of the crack.
  38. THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES (1992-1993)
  39. After playing the young Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, River Phoenix was offered the lead role of the television series.
    He declined it, though, because he didn't want to go back to television.
  40. Harrison Ford was also offered the opportunity to play the older version of Indy for the television series, but declined because he didn't feel like television could add anything to his career.
    He did, however, portray the older Indy in the episode, "The Mystery of the Blues".
  41. Lloyd Owen, who played Indy's father in the series, was in fact one year younger than Sean Patrick Flannery, who played Indiana Jones.
  42. Had the series been renewed for a third season, Indy would have met the younger versions of characters from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  43. INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008)
  44. This was the first Steven Spielberg feature to not be produced, financed, or distributed by Dreamworks Pictures since 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  45. It's also the first Indiana Jones film that failed to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score.
  46. The original title on the original script for this film was "Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men".
    Other possible titles included "Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Giant Ants" and "Indiana Jones and the Mysterians" (The last one was eventually dropped because Spielberg didn't want it to be confused with 1957's The Mysterians.)
  47. M. Night Shyamalan was asked to write a draft of the screenplay.
    Tom Stoppard, who had done uncredited rewrites on The Last Crusade, was also asked to pen a script.
  48. The film was delivered to theatres with a combination lock, the code of which wasn't provided until the first day of showings.
    Code names used for the film were "Band Wagon" and "Turbo".
  49. Several weeks after production had begun, Harrison Ford noticed a blonde woman hanging around on the set. When he finally asked someone who she was, he found out it was Cate Blanchett.
    Because he'd never seen her out of costume, he didn't recognize her without her black wig.
  50. While filming the scene where Indy drives a truck through the wall, one of the timed explosives ended up in the seat next to Harrison Ford.
    Quite luckily, it didn't go off.
  51. Despite the wishes of Paramount executives that the weapon be computer generated due to new safety rules, Harrison Ford was *adamant* that he got to wield Indy's famed bullwhip for this film.
    He even went so far as to call the new rules "ridiculous".
  52. Indy's famous hat, jacket, and whip currently reside at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
    Duplicates were made for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  53. There have been 30 bull whips used throughout the Indiana Jones film series.
    They range in length from six feet to sixteen feet.