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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. suddenly goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, eminent archaeologist Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. must follow in his father's footsteps to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on the Holy Grail first.

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An art collector appeals to Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones. The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart. Written by Jwelch5742

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$197,171,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$474,171,806, 16 June 2012
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Chris Columbus wrote a couple of drafts. His first draft, dated May 3, 1985, changed the main plot device to a Garden of Immortal Peaches. It begins in 1937, with Indiana battling the murderous ghost of Baron Seamus Seagrove III in Scotland. Indiana travels to Mozambique to aid Dr. Clare Clarke (a Katharine Hepburn type, according to George Lucas), who has found a two hundred-year-old pygmy. The pygmy is kidnapped by the Nazis during a boat chase, and Indiana, Clare, and Scraggy Brier (an old friend of Indiana) travel up the Zambezi river to rescue him. Indiana is killed in the climactic battle, but is resurrected by the Monkey King. Other characters include a cannibalistic African tribe; Nazi Sergeant Gutterbuhg, who has a mechanical arm; Betsy, a stowaway student who is suicidally in love with Indiana; and a pirate leader named Kezure (described as a Toshirô Mifune type), who dies eating a peach, because he is not pure of heart. His second draft, dated August 6, 1985, removed Betsy and featured Dash, an expatriate bar owner, for whom the Nazis work, and the Monkey King as villains. The Monkey King forces Indiana and Dash to play chess with real people, and disintegrates each person who is captured. Indiana subsequently battles the undead, destroys the Monkey King's rod, and marries Clare. Location scouting commenced in Africa, but Steven Spielberg and Lucas abandoned "Monkey King", because of its negative depiction of African natives, and because the script was too unrealistic. Spielberg acknowledged that it made him "...feel very old, too old to direct it." However, the tank chase sequence in the film was taken from one of his drafts. Members of the Chicago-based podcast Alcohollywood began periodically releasing an early draft of the script as an episodic audio play at the beginning of 2017. See more »

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When Indy and his father are escaping from the castle, right before the motorcycle chase, they set off an empty boat to distract the Nazis. Inside the boat there is a blanket and if you look closely you can see an arm that comes out from under the blanket and grabs the boat's rudder. See more »

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Scout Master: Dismount!
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Just A Gigolo
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by Leonello Casucci & Julius Brammer
Courtesy of Chappell & Co.
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A truly great feel good film
28 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

The second sequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark is an awesome, beautifully crafted film, and arguably the best of the Indiana Jones trilogy. The film is funnier, classier and far more laid back than the other two woody story lines, mostly because of the introduction of the excellent Sean Connery as Indy's eccentric father. Spielberg and Lucas get back on track after their off the rails first sequel in which to many peoples' horror had none of the Nazis or characters that made Raiders so unique, however, what Spielberg does to make this film a classic is the use of historical data with the swashbuckling storyline of adventure and action. Not to mention that this may well be the greatest feel good film ever made...


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