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A college student emits a Wilhelm in the fourth Indiana Jones film.

The Wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect first recorded in 1951 for Raoul Wash's film Distant Drums.

It has been featured in hundreds of movies since including the Indiana Jones movies and television episodes, as well as fellow Lucasfilm Ltd. franchise Star Wars.

On February 21, 2018, Lucasfilm sound editor Matthew Wood revealed that the Wilhelm scream would no longer be used in any of their upcoming Star Wars films following the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, being retired in favor of a new stock sound effect.[1]

Whether or not the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones feature will follow this new tradition has yet to be established.

Indiana Jones scenes employing the Wilhelm scream[]

Raiders of the Lost Ark:

  • A Nazi soldier falls from the back of the truck carrying the Ark of the Covenant.
  • Another Nazi falls off the side of the truck.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom:

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:

Trenches of Hell

  • A Belgian soldier got hit by a German mortar bomb.
  • A German soldier gets stabbed by a charging Belgian soldier in the trench.
  • A Belgian soldier is set on fire by German flamethrowers.

Phantom Train of Doom

  • Abbreviated Wilhelm screams can be heard when several soldiers are killed.

Attack of the Hawkmen

  • A truck and its driver crashes into a pile of hay after the engine got hit by machine gun fire from a German biplane.

Daredevils of the Desert

  • An Australian soldier gets hit by a Turkish mortar bomb.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings

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