Top 17 The Last Crusade Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Last Crusade facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Last Crusade film message.

Indy tells his students "70% of all Archeology is done in the library. Books, reading." In Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, when him and mutt crash in library on the motorcycle, he tells one his students "If you wanna be a good Archeologist, you gotta get out of the library"

The injuries on the side of Indy's face and his lip disappear after drinking from the Holy Grail
The injuries on the side of Indy's face and his lip disappear after drinking from the Holy Grail

The Last Crusade Trivia

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  1. The gun that Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) shoots Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery) with is a Walther PPK. The same gun used by James Bond (the character Sean Connery is arguably most famous for)

  2. Actor Richard Young's character is credited as "Fedora". An homage to the hat style worn by Indiana Jones and the fact that he was the one to give Indiana Jones his fedora.

The Last Crusade Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • Sallah tries to use the same trick that allowed the Ark of the Covenant to hide, but unfortunately for Mr. Brody it has the opposite effect.

  • The opening sequence shows a man finding an artifact named the Cross of Coronado. Later on, the man in possession of the cross has a ship also named the Coronado.

The Last Crusade Hidden Details

The pianist plays Imperial March as Donovan's wife tells him he's neglecting his guests. This signifies he shouldn't be trusted. Julian Glover, who played Donovan, also played General Veers in The Empire Strikes Back.

1 - Indiana borrows a jacket from a steward. The steward has a smaller frame, and on Indy the buttons on the jacket are nearly popping off.
Indiana borrows a jacket from a steward. The steward has a smaller frame, and on Indy the buttons on the jacket are nearly popping off.
1 - His father is reading the newspaper upside-down.
His father is reading the newspaper upside-down.

Henry Jones watches his son fly off a cliff while wearing a fake beard. 14 seconds later, overwhelmed with grief and stripped of his vanity, we find a changed Henry Jones - mind, spirit, and beard.

1 - During the airship scene, Henry Jones Sr., played by Sean Connery, is seen reading the German newspaper upside down
During the airship scene, Henry Jones Sr., played by Sean Connery, is seen reading the German newspaper upside down

The breath of God has a 2nd blade come out of the ground. This is to stop Muslims who prostrate themselves when kneeling before god.

There is a bit of dialogue early on between Indy and Walter Donovan that foreshadows the final task.

After Elsa hands Donovan the false Grail, she very subtly shakes her head "no" toward Indy. She also turns toward him twice, an apparent editing error.

1 - Indiana's real name is Henry Jones Junior... they named the dog Indiana.
Indiana's real name is Henry Jones Junior... they named the dog Indiana.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Last Crusade. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Short, Drama, History
Director George Ridgwell
Stars Malvina Longfellow, Reginald Fox, Cynthia Murtagh, Charles Ashton