Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

As with Star Wars, the George Lucas-produced Indiana Jones trilogy was not just a plaything for kids but an act of nostalgic affection toward a lost phenomenon: the cliffhanging movie serials of the past. Episodic in structure and with fate hanging in the balance about every 10 minutes, the Jones features tapped into Lucas's extremely profitable Star Wars formula of modernizing the look and feel of an old, but popular, story model. Steven Spielberg directed all three films, which are set in the late 1930s and early '40s: the comic book-like Raiders of the Lost Ark, the spooky, Gunga Din-inspired Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and the cautious but entertaining Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Fans and critics disagree over the order of preference, some even finding the middle movie nearly repugnant in its violence. (Pro-Temple of Doom people, on the other hand, believe that film to be the most disarmingly creative and emotionally effective of the trio.) One thing's for sure: Harrison Ford's swaggering, two-fisted, self-effacing performance worked like a charm, and the art of cracking bullwhips was probably never quite the iconic activity it soon became after Raiders. Supporting players and costars were very much a part of the series, too--Karen Allen, Sean Connery (as Indy's dad), Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri, Denholm Elliot, River Phoenix, and John Rhys-Davies among them. Years have passed since the last film (another is supposedly in the works), but emerging film buffs can have the same fun their predecessors did picking out numerous references to Hollywood classics and B-movies of the past. --Tom Keogh

Genre: Action, Adventure
Director(s): Steven Spielberg
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 20 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.3
Metacritic:
65
Rotten Tomatoes:
88%
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1989
127
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(Indy and Henry ride to a crossroad on a motorbike and sidecar.)

Henry Jones Sr.:
We're going the wrong way. We have to get to Berlin.

Indiana Jones:
Brody's THIS way.

Henry:
My diary's in Berlin.

Indiana:
We don't NEED the diary, Dad. MARCUS HAS THE MAP!

Henry:
There is more in the diary than JUST the map.

(Indy stops the motorbike's engine.)

Indiana:
Alright, Dad. Tell me.

Henry:
Well, he who finds the Grail, must face the final challenge.

Indiana:
What final challenge?

Henry:
Three devices of such lethal cunning.

Indiana:
Booby traps?

Henry:
Oh yes! But I found the clues that will safely take US through, in the chronicles of Saint Anselm.

Indiana:
Well, what are they? [Henry Sr. tries to recall] Can't you remember?

Henry:
I wrote them down in my diary, so that I wouldn't HAVE to remember them.

Indiana:
Half the German Army's on our tail, and you want me to go to Berlin? Into the lion's den?

Henry:
Yes! The only thing that matters, is the Grail.

Indiana:
What about Marcus?

Henry:
Marcus would AGREE with me.

Indiana:
Two selfless martyrs, Jesus Christ- [Henry Sr. slaps Indy]

Henry:
That's for blasphemy! The quest for the Grail is not archaeology; it's a race against evil! If it is captured by the Nazis, the armies of darkness will march all over the face of the Earth! Do you understand me?

Indiana:
This is an OBSESSION, Dad! I never understood it. NEVER! Neither did Mom.

Henry:
[clearly hurt] Oh yes she did. Only too well. Unfortunately, she kept her illness from me. Until all I could do was mourn her.

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