Originally Posted by oki9Sedo
Its got absolutely no connection to Raiders of the Lost Ark in any way whatsoever, so they might as well have just made it a sequel and set it in 1937.
Speilberg always resisted the playboy aspect of Indy's character and finally gave in to Georges whims for the opening of temple. Surely a rekindled relationship with Marion would have meant that lifestyle was behind him...(for while at least, a year or so?). The quickest and easiest way to explain it away would be to make it earlier. He still looks young enough to pull it off (not a big stretch in movie time) and it gives some life to the scripts line "fortune and glory", the motivation and arc of the character...something for Harrison to base his performance. Win win.
What else in the movie besides the opening credits place it in 35 and not possibly in 37 or 38? How long did the adventure take a week? 3 weeks? It doesn't seem to me it took more than summer vacation that's for sure!