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October 5, 2006

My favorite scene from ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’

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I picked up ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ at the library the other day, and could help but do a scene by scene analysis of one of my favorite scenes from the film. No, not any of the exciting fight scenes or adventures. Rather, the scene of the extremely cheap model tank going over a cliff with the tiny nazi doll. The utter cheapness of this has fascinated and amused me for years. I mean, how could ILM film this scene and not look back at it and think, “Wow, that looked really, really cheap and corny!”
Surely a film with a budget of Indiana Jones magnitude could have afforded a better sequence. Anyhow, for some insane reason, I decided to grab a few screen captures and do a scene-by-scene analysis of the sequence, if for no other reason that it makes me smile thinking about this hilarious moment in the film.

Here is the analysis:

First, the toy tank plunges off the “cliff” (aka a pile of rocks outside of ILM studios) Note nazi doll, fastened to the side of the turrett. The nazi doll must have been glued down, because if you watch the sequence of the fall, the doll stays attached to the turrett the entire time (whereas, in real life, a body would hit rocks and be smashed. It wouldn’t cling to the turrett and fling around… unless the nazi’s foot was stuck or something?)
Next, the turret of the toy tank snaps off, with the nazi doll attached. Wham, he wacks into the rocks. Ouch!!

Next, the nazi doll is tossed through the air, going all floppy, bendy and upside-down…
Now, we can see the nazi doll spinning wildly to the right. It looks undamaged. Just floppy and fake, and attached to the turrett…
Finally, the nazi doll has gone almost completely vertical (still apparently attached to the turrett) and soon after will vanish in a cloud of dust, and toy and doll are consumed in dust.
A remarkable scene, and it makes me chuckle every time I see it.

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