As the excitement builds over the highly anticipated film Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (opening May 22), MovieTickets.com is running a series of online consumer polls based on the first three films. Last week about 2,000 people responded to the question: What is your favorite Indiana Jones moment?
46% – Indy shooting the expert swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Ark
18% – Indy and the boulder in the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark
15% – Indy reaches under a closing door to grab his hat in Raiders of the Lost Ark
11% – The mine cart escape from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
10% – The snake pit in Raiders of the Lost Ark
What I find interesting is that most of these scenes are specifically from one film. I don't know if respondents were free to write their own answers, or if they had to choose from a predetermined list. If the former were the case, this suggests that out of the three films, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the most memorable.
It's too bad no one mentioned the "melting Nazi faces" scene in Raiders or the "heart-ripping sacrifice" scene in Temple of Doom, though I suppose they could be part of a separate poll that asks, "What's the most disturbing Indiana Jones moment?"
By the way, here's a fun fact: the swordsman scene wasn't in the original script. According to the IMDb, actor Harrison Ford was supposed to use his whip to yank the swords from his opponent. However, Ford was suffering from a severe bout of food poisoning the day of the shooting and was too ill to perform the stunt successfully. When someone jokingly suggested that he just shoot the guy, director Steven Spielberg decided to run with that idea. The rest, as they say, is film history.
Now it's my turn to ask: What is your favorite Indiana Jones moment?