Originally Posted by WilliamR
Why does she die, the Nazis come in, want it, she has to give it to them because there is no Indy there to save her, they leave with it.
Oh the Nazis wouldn't have thought twice about killing her. They already had her detained when they were about to burn her with the hot poker. If Indy weren't there they, at the very least, would have tortured her (until she told them where the medallion was or they found it)...because they're Nazis.
But Indy was totally relevant because if Indy hadn't shown up first (to talk to Marion) then she likely would have never taken the medallion from around her neck. Had the fight and fire had not started, one COULD question whether the Nazis would have found where she hung the medallion. I would think they would think it was in a more secure or hidden type location. Of course, this factors out any torture to get her to talk. But, call it fate if you like, but Indy DID show up first and his conversation with Marion effectively caused her to take the medallion from around her neck to reflect and ponder. Indy was further relevant because he showed up again while the Nazis were there, started the fight and the resulting fire. Medallion gets hot, Nazi tries to grab it...we all know the story. Because of that, the Nazis would never have found the Ark or at least it would have taken a whole lot longer because they had the wrong measurements.
Beyond that, you could argue that it was Indy's fault that the Bellocque (sp) and the Nazis found the Ark because had he never pursued it they (the Nazis) would never have seen where he was digging. But being an archeologist, that in and of itself wouldn't make sense. Of course he's going to go after it. The fact that the Nazis were also looking for it in close proximity created the sense of urgency. Not to mention he "had" to go there to save Marion.
Sorry if you all already understood all of that
Now, my "issue' with Amy's issue with ROLA is that she made it sound as if the movie was about the Ark. It was about Indy and his adventures, which in this case was pursuit of the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark wasn't as relevant as Indy's adventure along the way. I was disappointed that the braniac BBT crew missed that.