When you think adventure, you think Indiana Jones. The series completely reinvigorated the adventure movie genre and none have come close to matching the magic of the original Indiana Jones trilogy. Maybe you've watched all the films over and over again, but there's certainly lots of behind the scenes Indiana Jones trivia to learn!
The combination of Steven Spielberg's (quasi-) grounded adventurous approach to family-friendly filmmaking (he'd already done both Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind before Indy and was soon to do E.T., Hook, and Jurassic Park) and George Lucas's eye and mind for the fantastical (Star Wars) made for the perfect pairing.
The franchise, one of the best film franchises in history, is infinitely re-watchable. Full of twists and turns, laughs and shrieks, adventure and romance, it's the ultimate in classic filmmaking and a cultural touchstone that affected pop culture and film for years to come.Let's look back at the films and enjoy some interesting facts you may not know about the Indiana Jones series. Enjoy the journey back through the franchise and all across the world, and be sure to upvote the best Indiana Jones trivia facts!
Another Legendary Movie Was Scripted on the Set of Raiders of the Lost Ark
Steven Spielberg and Melissa Mathison wrote a script during shooting breaks on the location of Raiders. Mathison was there to visit her husband, Harrison Ford, and Spielberg dictated to her a story idea he had. That script was eventually called E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
The Indiana Jones Outfit Is Museum-Worthy
Indiana Jones's kangaroo-hide bull whip was sold in December 1999 at Christie's auction house in London for $43,000. His jacket and hat are on display at the Smithsonian.
The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Almost Had an Even Worse Title
Before The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was chosen as the subtitle for Indiana Jones 4, the original title (a George Lucas choice) on the original script was Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men. He also had several other titles in mind, such as Indiana Jones and the Attack of the Giant Ants.
Spielberg, on the other hand, wanted the movie to be called Indiana Jones and the [Something Something] of the Mysterians, but he quickly gave up on that idea to avoid confusion with The Mysterians.Screenwriter David Koepp thought the movie should have been called Indiana Jones and the Son of Indiana Jones. Eventually all three had settled on the movie's final title, with Lucas himself insisting on using the word "Kingdom" in the title, as opposed to just Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Shooting of the Swordsman Was Not Scripted
The famous scene in which Indy shoots a marauding and flamboyant swordsman was not in the original script. Harrison Ford was supposed to use his whip to get the swords out of his attacker's hands, but the food poisoning he and the rest of the crew had gotten made him too sick to perform the stunt. After several unsuccessful tries, Ford suggested "shooting the sucker." Steven Spielberg immediately took up the idea and the scene was successfully filmed.