The Star Wars logo.

"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]

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

Raiders of the Lost Ark


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

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  • 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

The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles


Song titles

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



Cad Bane considers choosing a fedora.


Arihnda Pryce.



Cast and crew


Space smuggler Han Solo portrayed by Harrison Ford.

Persons who worked in both franchises:

Notes and references

See also

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