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The film stars a former James Bond (Sean Connery), a former Bond ally (John Rhys-Davies), a former Bond girl (Alison Doody), two former Bond commanding officers (Michael Byrne and Billy J. Mitchell), a former Bond nightclub owner (Vernon Dobtcheff), and three former Bond villains (Julian Glover, Stefan Kalipha and Pat Roach).
Begins with a shot of a rock in Utah which is reminiscent of the Paramount Pictures logo. See also Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
click to enlarge The character named "Fedora" (played by Richard Young) in the credits was, in the script, originally named Abner Ravenwood, Marion Ravenwood's father and Indiana's mentor who was mentioned in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
click to enlarge River Phoenix, who plays Harrison Ford's younger self in this film, played his son in The Mosquito Coast.
click to enlarge Harrison Ford cut his chin in a car accident in Northern California when he was about 20. In the movie, this cut is explained by young Indiana Jones cutting his chin with a whip.
click to enlarge Director Steven Spielberg included the opening scenes as a tribute to his own experiences as a Boy Scout.
click to enlarge The opening scene shows the origin of Indiana Jones' fear of snakes that was also briefly mentioned in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
click to enlarge When describing how he prepared for playing the role of young Indiana Jones, River Phoenix explained that he didn't really base his portrayal on the Indiana Jones character. Instead, he decided to do his rendition of actor Harrison Ford. So he observed Ford out of character before acting his part.
click to enlarge The dog barking when young Indy passes with the cross in his hand is an Alaskan malamute, the same type of dog Lucas owned in the late 1970s. That dog it's name was "Indiana".
Walter Donovan was played by Julian Glover, and Donovan's wife was played by Glover's wife, Isla Blair.
Unable to keep his hat on during the scene where he was chasing the tank on horseback despite trying glue, tape, and newspaper wedges, Harrison Ford pretended (in a "Making Of" special) to staple the hat to his head.
click to enlarge Although Sean Connery is only 12 years older than Harrison Ford, he plays his father.
click to enlarge The deleted scene featuring Suzanne Roquette as the "Film Director" during the Nazi rally was intended as a reference to filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl and her propaganda documentary, Triumph of the Will. Both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas have often quoted her films.

 

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