Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the third installment in the Indiana Jones film series. Harrison Ford returns as Indy, who is unexpectedly reunited with his estranged father and fellow archaeologist Henry Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery) on a quest for what is believed to be the legendary Holy Grail. Indiana Jones would not return to the big screen until 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.



The following weapons were used in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade:

Contents


Handguns

Webley "WG" Army Model

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is seen with a Webley "WG" Army Model revolver that he takes it out of his waistband to shoot at an oncoming German fighter plane, only to find it with no ammo. Indy is later seen firing it when chasing the German tank that holds his father and Marcus Brody.

Webley "WG" Army Model - .455 Webley
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is first seen carrying a Webley while searching for his father in the castle.
Indy with the revolver as he and father attempt to escape.
Indy firing the revolver during the air battle with German fighter planes.
The 'birds head' grips of the Webley WG Army is visible in this shot.
Here, the distinctive rear sight and front sight of the Webley WG Army is visible.
Closeup of the release latch and the hammer of the Webley WG Army.
Indy sees that his revolver is empty. Nice Closeup of the cylinder, exposing the large holes for the massive .455 rounds.
Two shots of Indiana Jones on horseback when he pulls his Webley "WG" Army Model, fires some shots and then realizes his gun is empty.
Indy holds the same (presumably reloaded) Webley WG Army in the caves.

Walther PPK

Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) carries a Walther PPK as his sidearm. He first holds the pistol on Indiana and then on Henry Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery), in order to get Indy to retrieve the Holy Grail for the Germans. It has been said that the use of a PPK to shoot Connery's character was intentional as a nod to the James Bond films (in which he carried a PPK). Another weapon of this model is used by the female German Communications Officer (Nicola Scott) that spots Indy and his father when they are tied up in the room that's set on fire.

Walther PPK - .380 ACP
On the right, the female German Communications Officer (Nicola Scott) with a PPK.
Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) points a Walther PPK at Indiana.

Walther P38

The Walther P38 is a very common weapon in this film, used by a large majority of the German Soldiers and Officers. It is also seen used by Indy during the tank chase, using one to shoot three German Soldiers in a row. Later in the caves, Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) is seen armed with the Walther P38.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War Two dated - 9x19mm
German officers fire their P38s at Indy and Prof. Jones.
Prof. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) wrestles a German soldier holding a Walther P38.
A German soldier (Tip Tipping) holds a P38 on Marcus and Prof. Jones.
The German picks up a Walther P38 that Indy dropped inside the tank.
Indy fires a P38 which penetrates a row of Nazi Soldiers.
Indy amazed at the power of the Walther.
Later in the caves, Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) is seen armed with the Walther P38.
Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) stares down the barrel of a Walther P38.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is the sidearm of Colonel Vogel (Michael Byrne).

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is a 1917 dated handgun, thus it is a World War One firearm.
Colonel Vogel (Michael Byrne) threatens Elsa (Alison Doody) with his Luger P08.
During the tank chase, Colonel Vogel (Michael Byrne) aims his Luger P08 at Indy.

Mauser C96

Kazim and his men in the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword use Mauser C96 pistols in Venice, most notably used to pistol whip Marcus Brody, knocking him out.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Brotherhood member handles a C96 Pistol after knocking out Marcus Brody.
A Brotherhood member grapples with Indiana Jones, almost shooting Elsa Schneider as she tries to pilot the speedboat.

Single Action Army

A 4 3/4 inch Colt Single Action Army revolver is carried by "Rough Rider" (Vince Deadrick) during the circus train chase. He points it at young Indy after he is pulled from the lion's boxcar. It is also known as a Colt 1873 "Peacemaker".

Colt Single Action Army with 4 3/4" barrel - .45 Colt
A 4 3/4 inch Colt Single Action Army revolver is carried by Rough Rider (Vince Deadrick) during the circus train chase.

Submachine Guns

MP40

The German Soldiers in the Castle all use MP40 SMGs as their weapon of choice. Indy takes one from a German Officer and uses it to gun down the German Soldiers that threaten him and his father, he later drops it when Vogel holds Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) at gunpoint. As the film is set in 1938, this would be an anachronism, but artistic license "could" be claimed by saying they are meant to depict the earlier MP38 (which would be less available as a prop). At least the use of MP28 & MP35 SMGs lends more accuracy than the universal use of MP38/40's in Raiders of the Lost Ark, which was set in 1936.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
A Waffen SS officer (Luke Hanson) aims an MP40 at Indy and Prof. Henry Jones.
Indy opens fire with the MP40. Note that Harrison Ford is shooting left handed because he disarmed the SS soldier akwardly.
Vogel with a group of soldiers armed with MP40s, searching for Indy at the Austrian castle.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II

During the Boat Chase scene in Venice, Kazim (Kevork Malikyan) attempts to use a Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II to kill Indy and Schneider. Is is also seen with the receiver catch undone.

Haenel-Schmeisser MP28/II - 9x19mm
Kazim (Kevork Malikyan) prepares to fire the MP28 at Indy and Schneider.
The receiver catch comes undone, and Kazim ditches the gun afterwards rather than try to fix the problem.

Beretta Model 38/42 (mocked up as a Villar-Perosa M1915)

In the scene where Indy and his father escape the Zeppelin, they are attacked by 2 German fighter airplanes. Indy's father uses a Villar-Perosa M1915 SMG mounted on the biplane to try and hold off the fighters, but accidentally shoots the biplane's tail. While the gun is clearly SUPPOSED to be a Villar Perosa Mod 15, the actual prop used was built by mating two upside-down Beretta Model 38/42 submachine guns. This explains the straight magazines (though, to be fair, such were also available for Villar-Perosa) and why it really doesn't look too much like a Villar-Perosa.

Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
Villar-Perosa Mod 15 for reference - 9 mm Glisenti
Indy gives a "thumbs up" to his father, who is sitting in the gunner's seat.
Indy and Prof. Jones looking back to the sight of the two German fighters.
A clear shot of the two Beretta Mod 38/42s as Prof. Jones looks in horror as the fighters prepare to attack.
Prof. Jones fires the twin Mod 38/42s at the Fighters to poor effect.
Prof. Jones unintentionally shoots up the plane's tail, later claiming that the fighters did it.

Bergmann MP35/I

When the Brotherhood members attack the German Convoy looking for the Holy Grail, the German Soldiers are seen using Bergmann MP35/Is.

Bergmann MP35/I - 9x19mm
Two German Soldiers fire their MP35s at the retreating Brotherhood members.

Rifles/Muskets

Karabiner 98K

Another weapon used by the German Soldiers throughout the Film is the Karabiner 98k. K98 rifles are also used by several Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword members that attack the German convoy. Later, at the film's climax, when the Turkish soldiers flee the Grail temple, Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) snatches up one of their dropped rifles and uses it to disarm the few remaining German soldiers.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German Soldier armed with a Karabiner 98k prepares to do battle with the Cultists
Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) snatches up one of their dropped rifles and uses it to disarm the few remaining German soldiers.

M1916 Spanish Mauser

Kazim (Kevork Malikyan) uses an M1916 Spanish Mauser when the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword attack the German convoy. Previously identified incorrectly as a Karabiner 98k, it differs in its handguard (extends behind rear sight), bayonet lug (located below stock), and forward sling mount (flexible). The K98 has a shorter handguard, bayonet lug between the barrel and the cleaning rod, and a fixed sling mount.

M1916 Spanish Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
Kazim looks down at the German Soldiers below with his M1916 rifle at the ready.

Czech vz. 24

A member of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword fires a Czech vz. 24 rifle at the Germans. Sometimes incorrectly identified in this scene as a Karabiner 98k. It has a straight bolt handle, a handguard that extends behind the rear sight, and two different forward sling mounts, one under and one at the side. That fits the profile of the Czech vz. 24. The Kar98k does not have any of these features.

Czech vz. 24 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A member of the Brotherhood fires a vz. 24 rifle at the Germans.

Asiatic Musket

Several soldiers of the Republic of Hatay are armed with what appear to Ottoman muskets.

Ottoman musket
The muskets are seen.
The soldiers about to drop their muskets.

Other

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

German Soldiers use the Model 24 Stielhandgranate (Potato Masher) stick grenades against the members of the Brotherhood.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
A German lobs a Model 24 Stielhandgranate at the members of the Brotherhood.

Fighter Plane Machine Guns

A German fighter plane opens fire on the biplane carrying Indy and his father. In reality, the plane was a Pilatus P-2, a Swiss-manufactured training aircraft flown primarily by the Swiss Air Force, but widely seen used in productions as a substitute for German fighters.

The German fighter plane opens fire with its fuselage-mounted machine guns.

Trivia Special

Republic of Hatay

While the "Republic of Hatay" did exist from 1937 to 1939, the country was wrongly portrayed as an Arab Monarchy with a Sultan rather than Turkish as it was.

Replica WWI Tank

A Mark VIII Liberty Tank was built from a 28 ton excavator chassis and fitted with a top mounted turret containing a "6-pound gun" (57mm) according to Indy.

Mark VIII Liberty Tank of Anglo-American origin.
The Tank about to chase after Indy.
The Liberty tank collides with another vehicle.

Cinematography Goof: Position of the Sun

When Indy is watching the German column in Hatay, they spot him when the sun glints off of his binoculars (an amateur mistake that Dr. Indiana Jones would probably not make), but when the camera goes to closeup of Indiana, his father and Sallah, the sun is to their backs, ergo, light reflecting off of Indy's binoculars would be impossible.

The glint is seen hitting the binoculars, meaning the sun is facing the mountain where Indy is watching the Germans...
Surprise! The sun is now at their backs... (note the shadow off the rocks).

See Also

The Indiana Jones Franchise
Film Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)   •  The Temple of Doom (1984)  •  The Last Crusade (1989)  •  The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Television The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles   •   Volume 1 The Early Years   •   Volume 2: The War Years   •   Volume 3:The Years of Change
Video Games The Infernal Machine (1999)  



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