Noted for both wisecracking and cracking his whip, Indiana Jones is perhaps the most famous role of Harrison Ford along with Han Solo. On a quest for fortune and glory, the whip-wielding, pistol-carrying, slouch-hatted archaeologist is one of film’s most familiar and popular figures.
Using a whip – even a toy whip – requires not only skill, but plenty of room as well. Flicking a whip here and there involves tossing around a slim, flexible length of some substance – whether it is leather or soft cloth – and this can naturally wrap around objects, pull them over, and generally wreak havoc in a house or even a garden. However, out in nature, even if nature is only your backyard, there is plenty of room to swing a whip and lots of space for young adventurers to run and play.
Indiana Jones is a household name nowadays thanks to the success of the three movies – and the vivid image of adventure that he and his world present. Many human beings harbor a secret urge for discovery, for finding out bizarre, ancient, and wondrous secrets, and for – vicariously at least – venturing into colorful and dangerous locations and coming out alive to tell the tale of the strange things seen there.
Indiana Jones, the laconic archaeologist hero of a series of three movies, swaggers onto the stage of Hollywood history with a fedora perched on his head, a gun belt strapped around his hips, a terse but pithy phrase on his lips, and a coiled bullwhip ready to hand, to be used as a weapon, tool, or whatever else is needed at the moment.
Time unfolds slowly around us like an eternally-opening flower, vivid yet unreachable and inexorable in its onward progress. Archaeologists are those who are dedicated to giving us a glimpse of our past – of earlier points in this ever-proceeding story – and the fictional archaeologist Indiana Jones is an adventurer who gives us a look at the stranger things that might have been created in our past if our history had been somewhat different and more eerie.
The lure of both treasure and adventure has captivated the human heart since the earliest times. The urge for excitement, strange new horizons, rich booty, and discover has burned brightly in the minds of human beings since time immemorial. The Vikings were motivated to prowl the cold northern waters in their longships, venturing as far afield as Byzantium and the shores of North America, by this timeless restlessness.
There is something intriguing about the idea of using a whip as a weapon and tool – the skill involved in turning a long, slender length of braided leather into an extension of our hand, snatching distant objects, yanking on levers that are out of our reach, fending off deadly enemies, wrapping the whip around a tree limb, beam, or jutting piece of stone to swing dashingly over a pit or gap, appeals to our imaginations.
In one of the most famous action sequences of the renowned Indiana Jones films, Indiana Jones is set upon by a group of Egyptian killers, and defeats them handily using his fists and whip – and, in one case, a pistol bullet fired at point-blank range into a swordsman (a move used in the film, according to some sources, because Harrison Ford was feeling too sick to carry out the combat sequence that was supposed to occur).
One of the iconic heroes of 20th-century cinema is the whip-wielding archaeologist Indiana Jones. As one of the many famous roles of the actor Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones became as well known as Han Solo, and is popular among both general filmgoers and many children whose imagination has been sparked by the exotic adventures of the cinematic explorer and adventurer.