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Sex & Nudity


A silhouette of a woman's body can be seen through a silk dress. Very close to nudity.

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.

The two leads have sex (we see them about to in bed, and then the scene ends as they start kissing and writhering). In the morning, after the sex, we can tell the heroine is not wearing any clothing, though she is covered by the blankets.

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 end scene is very frightening and fairly graphic. A man's face melts completely on screen, another man's face shrivels up with blood coming out of the mouth, and another man's head completely explodes on screen. Blood splatters. The rest of the Nazis have lightning struck through their bodies. Very disturbing.



1 use of Jesus as a swear word.

1 use of Shit

2 uses of son of a Bitch

2 uses of Bastard

2 uses of Goddamn

Several uses of Damn and Hell.


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.


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.

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. This scene is quite disturbing, bloody and violent, almost an R.

Indy and Marion are shown trying to escape from a room while snakes are threatening their lives.

Skeletons are very frightening.

Really, the only reason this film is rated PG is because the PG-13 rating did not exist when the film was released (1981). Suggested MPAA rating: PG-13 for sexual content, language, alcohol use, and intense sequences of violence.


By today's standards this is how the four Indy movies would be rated:

- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Hard PG-13(Intense action sequences of graphic violence including gore, scary images, mild language and mild sensuality)

- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - PG-13 (Intense sequences of graphic violence including torture and child abuse, scary images, mild language, mild sensuality)

- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) - Mild PG (action violence and scary scenes)

- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls (2008) - PG-13 (Action Adventure violence and brief strong language)

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Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Australia:M (DVD rating) / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) / Finland:K-11 (2008) / Finland:K-16 (1981) / France:U / Germany:16 / Iceland:12 / India:U (cut) / India:A (uncut) / Ireland:PG / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:G (2013) / Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Norway:15 (re-rating) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:T / Sweden:15 (cut) / UK:A (original rating) / UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) / UK:PG (video rating) (1987) / USA:PG (edited for re-rating) (certificate #26345) / West Germany:16

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