#2 - 1989 Box Office: Gross $197,171,806
|Have the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joneses|
Trivia (mostly courtesy of the IMDb)
- The film's opening day gross of $11,181,429 was the first time a film had made over $10 million on its first day
- Sean Connery and Harrison Ford wore no trousers during the shooting of the entire zeppelin sequence (mainly because it was filmed in a very hot studio and Connery didn't want to sweat too much)
- Harrison Ford cut his chin in a car accident in Northern California when he was about 20 leaving a permanent scar. In the movie, this scar is explained by young Indiana cutting his chin with a whip
- Watching Indiana wrestle with a Nazi, the soldier at the periscope tells his tankmates, in German, "The Americans! They fight like girls!"
- Two thousand rats were bred for the production (they had to be bred specially as ordinary rats would have been riddled with disease)
- Spielberg used doves for the seagulls that Henry scares into striking the German plane because the real gulls used in the first take did not fly
- For the scene at the Nazi rally in Berlin, Steven Spielberg had all the extras who did the Sieg Heil salute also put their other arms behind their backs and cross their fingers
- Due to his commitment to Last Crusade, Spielberg had to drop out of directing Big and Rain Man
- Indiana taking his nickname from his pet Alaskan Malamute is a reference to the character being named after George Lucas's dog
This is probably the IJ film I've seen the most—my mom loved both Ford and Connery so there were plenty of times we watched it while I was younger. And so, it has a nostalgic feeling that is hard to shake. Is Raiders a better film? Maybe... but that doesn't mean I love this film any less. It has a ton of great moments, from simply explaining how Indy got his fear of snakes & his trademark fedora to Elsa and Indy finding a drawing of the Ark of the Covenant on the Venetian catacombs walls (complete with John Willaims' theme from Raiders); from "X" marking the spot to Henry accidentally shooting his own plane down! I seriously think I've seen this movie 20 or 30 times and could watch it 20 or 30 more (if I didn't have all these other MLiF films to watch that is).