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Sex & Nudity

  • During a fight Indy grabs Elsa and kisses her. She cries "how dare you kiss me", despite giving him a passionate kiss in return. She kisses seductively his ears and face, though the dialogue implies they don't like each other. Then the two end up dropping on the floor presumably to have sex.
  • During the underground search, Indy and Elsa find a group of rats. Indy picks her up and flips her over his shoulder.
  • Elsa frequently wears a blouse, tight pencil skirt and heels.
  • It is strongly implied through dialogue that both Indy and his father have had sex with Elsa at different times.

Violence & Gore

  • When young Indy is trying to defend himself from the lion with the bullwhip, he inadvertently lashes a bloody scar on his chin.
  • A man is decapitated, and his head rolls toward the camera (no blood).
  • A man is shot in the head and blood dribbles down his face - we see the bullet stuck in his forehead.
  • Indy shoots through three Nazis with a powerful pistol; bloody bullet holes are seen in each of their backs.
  • A group of men is gunned down by the Nazis; we see one of them laying on the ground with many patches of blood on his clothes.
  • Indy guns down two Nazis with no blood.
  • A man is thrown under a moving tank tread, but his actual death is not shown.
  • Several soldiers in a car get stuck on the turret of a tank, a colonel orders to shoot the car off the tank with living soldiers still inside, and then the tank flattens the remains of the car with the men inside.
  • Much hand-to-hand combat and gun fighting. Some explosions.


  • A few utterances of "Hell" and "Damn". One use of "Jesus Christ".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There is very limited alcoholic or drug use in the film. Elsa lights a cigarette on one scene and champagne or wine is drank in an early scene of the movie.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Recommended Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sensuality and disturbing images, and brief language
  • Those who find rats revolting may find one scene disgusting.
  • This film isn't nearly as intense as the first two.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A man ages rapidly - his skin rots, his eyes shrink into their sockets, and his hair grows long. Then he turns into a skeleton and shatters on the wall.
  • Henry is shot in the stomach and a large amount of blood soaks through his shirt.
  • A man is thrown off a cliff, and we see a close-up of his screaming face as he falls. Then we briefly see him rolling under the tank as it lands.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Indiana is forced to go through a path laid with deadly traps with only his father's research diary to provide him clues of how to overcome them. These include spinning blades that must be dodged being in a supplicant position, a path laden dead drop covered by fragile tiles while the safe tiles are marked by the letters of the name of God in Greek. Finally, the last test is to take a leap of faith over a chasm with seemingly no bridge; Indiana takes an apparently suicidal step, and promptly steps on a stone bridge that visually blends in with the rock face so thoroughly, it is essentially invisible from where Indy was standing.
  • The major and most intense/frightening scene is that of the villain's death where he rapidly ages. This means that his skin rots in seconds, his hair grows and falls off, and his entire body eventually becomes a dying skeleton. His voice also becomes deep and gravelly and his eyes bulge which may frighten some of the younger viewers.

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