"Artoo shaking hands with See-Threepio is going to be one of those little-known facts in the movie you'll be able to see if you know where it is."
Kathleen Kennedy on a Star Wars reference in Raiders of the Lost Ark[src]

The Star Wars logo.

Star Wars is a movie franchise created in 1977 by film director George Lucas comprised of three core episodic trilogies and multiple spinoffs. The original trilogy of films starred Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill.

Both Star Wars and Indiana Jones were inspired by the movie serials of the 1930s and '40s, and it was while working on his script for The Star Wars that a distracted Lucas began making notes for "Indiana Smith", an unrelated archaeologist character who sought out supernatural artifacts.[1]

Although they belong to different franchises and continuities, there have been several connections between the two in the form of in-jokes and references.

References to Star Wars in Indiana Jones[edit | edit source]

Raiders of the Lost Ark[edit | edit source]

Can you find R2-D2 and C-3PO?

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom[edit | edit source]

  • The opening scenes take place in Club Obi Wan, named after the Star Wars character Obi-Wan Kenobi.
  • Indy says during the mine car scene "We got company" - a similar line was spoken by Han Solo in the first Star Wars. Shorty also says this during the car pursuit in Shanghai.
  • The sound of Lao Che's Ford Tri-Motor Airplane failing is the same as the Millennium Falcon's failing hyperdrive.
  • The sound of an igniting lightsaber can be heard during Willie Scott's sacrifice attempt at the Temple of Doom.
  • Jones confronts and defeats two Thuggee swordsmen then begins chasing one of them into the jungle, only to swiftly be chased back by a renewed number of soldiers. The scene closely resembles a scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when Han Solo performs the same action with stormtroopers aboard the orignal Death Star.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull[edit | edit source]

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Henry Jones can request Die Overture von Krieg der Sterne in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure.

References to Indiana Jones in Star Wars[edit | edit source]

Canon[edit | edit source]

Cad Bane considers choosing a fedora.

Arihnda Pryce.

Legends[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

Cast and crew[edit | edit source]

Space smuggler Han Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford.

Persons who worked in both franchises:

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Complete Making of Indiana Jones
  2. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Hunt for Ziro on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  3. @HolocronKeeper Leland Chee on Twitter
  4. StarWars.com Much to Learn You Still Have: 8 Things You Might Not Know About Weequays on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  5. The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Indiana Jones and The Lost Missions at the Star Wars Blog
  6. StarWars.com The Disappeared, Part I on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  7. StarWars.com The Disappeared, Part II on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  8. StarWars.com "Deal No Deal" Episode Guide - Trivia Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org) (Slide 6)
  9. StarWars.com The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  10. StarWars.com Rebels Recon: Inside "Through Imperial Eyes" on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  11. Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 2
  12. @PhilSzostak Phil Szostak on Twitter
  13. StarWars.com Designing Solo: A Star Wars Story, Part 2: The Film That Made the Kessel Run on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  14. @PhilSzostak Phil Szostak on Twitter
  15. First look inside the Star Wars virtual reality experience Vader Immortal at Entertainment Weekly
  16. @PhilSzostak Phil Szostak on Twitter
  17. The Skywalker Legacy
  18. Aliens of the Empire Part 2 at the Jedi Council Forums
  19. Endnotes for Star Wars: Book of Sith (part 1) at Daniel Wallace's Geekosity
  20. StarWars.com The Imperial Warlords: Despoilers of an Empire, Part 2 on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org) (Web archive)

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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