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Sex & Nudity

  • There is rear nudity of many tribesmen. No females.
  • A scene where Indy and the girl are presumed to have sex, but nothing is shown. The girl wakes us under the sheets, and it looks like she's not wearing anything under the sheet.
  • A silhouette of a woman's body can be seen through a silk dress.
  • The film's villain, watches a woman change into a formal dress. However, he and the audience only see her bare back in the mirror as she takes off her bra.
  • We see the non-sexual, tribal rear nudity of an Indian tribe.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is skewered by a booby trap; we see his bloody remains in a "jump moment". There are spears going through his head, and his body. It is slightly graphic, and fairly bloody, but we see it for about a second.
  • A man's body is revealed to have many poison darts in its back. His shirt has bloodstains around the wounds. Bloody.
  • During a bar fight, a man is shot in the face, with spurting blood pouring down his head. Another man is shot in the back of the head and blood dribbles from his mouth (wound not shown).
  • In a market place fight, a man is run through with a sword and then fruit, we see the fruit falling off the sword as it is pulled back through the man.
  • A man is shot while driving a truck, it shows a close up of his hand covered in blood, but not the wound.
  • A big thug is taken out by a spinning propeller (off-screen), splattering blood all over the plane, but we don't see his body.
  • A car is shown being driven off a very high cliff, and the bodies of the men in it are shown to be flailing along side the car as it falls.
  • A man is shown being run over by a truck, with his arms and legs flailing up when he is run over by the front, and then the rear tires.
  • A thug accidentally stabs one of his allies with a sword.
  • Twice in the movie half-rotted skeletons are shown. They are very frightening and in some cases, very disturbing.


  • The F-word is said once in German.
  • 1 use of Jesus as a swear word. 1 use of Shit. 1 use of son of a Bitch. 2 uses of Bastard. 2 uses of Goddamn. Several uses of Damn and Hell.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Indy is shown drinking in a bar with the monkey. Men in an Egyptian bar are seen smoking hookahs. Karen is shown smoking once and drinking in two other situations. A Nazi is shown smoking, where after he throws the cigarette in a pipe on a ship.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • By today's standards, it would more likely receive an equivalent PG-13.
  • A snake slithers through a skeletons mouth.
  • Reggie can be scary to anyone who has a phobia of snakes.
  • Appropriate rating would be: PG-13 for disturbing images, action violence, language, and a scene of sensuality
  • Indy falls into a pit of snakes. Anyone with a phobia of snakes can find this scary.
  • In the first few minutes two men enter a cave and find some big, tarantula-like spiders on one of their shoulders. In a few seconds it turns out one of them is completely covered in them. They get rid of them easily and no-one is hurt, but this scene can be pretty intense to those with arachnophobia.
  • The first scene is fairly frightening and intense, where Indy finds a man with spears through his body and runs from a moving boulder, among other things.
  • Indy and Marion are shown trying to escape from a room while snakes are threatening their lives.
  • Skeletons are frightening.


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Violence & Gore

  • Some Nazi's skin melt. Can be considered gory.
  • The end scene is frightening and fairly graphic. A man's face melts completely on screen with blood, and weird white stuff melts off of his face; another man's face implodes, its lobes are torn from the ear, its tongue crumbles to blood, and his eyeballs roll back into the skull; and another man's head completely explodes on screen, although somewhat mitigated by fire in the foreground. While these depictions are quite graphic and contain blood and gore, they occur briefly, and the 80s special effects might produce more giggling than screaming among mature viewers. The rest of the Nazis have lightning struck through their bodies (Some of them flashing their bodies). This scene is famous and tolerable for most people, but could easily cause nightmares for children and those who get squeamish around blood.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • We see ghosts flying around in the air. A female ghost with a very pretty face flies up on center screen. Then, on center screen in an instant, she and all of the other beautiful ghosts turn into very scary creatures symbolizing death and brutally kill all of the bad guys. A man's head explodes (blood splatters everywhere). A man's face melts and we see his eyes roll out, his face shrivel up and blood spilling out, and another man's face melts with a lot of blood. The scary creatures then fire lightning bolts that kill all of the other bad guys. They turn into pretty ghosts again and reenter the Ark of the Covenant. The ghosts's origin is left unexplained, but it is implied that they are creatures from the Judeo-Christian belief. This is one of the most famous scenes in the movie, and it's quite disturbing, bloody and violent, almost giving the film an R-rating.

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