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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

 -  Action | Adventure  -  22 May 2008 (USA)
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Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

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During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Harold Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley's code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she'll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones's past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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22 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures  »

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$185,000,000 (estimated)

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£12,227,799 (UK) (23 May 2008)

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$317,011,114 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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Trivia

When asked if Harrison Ford was too old to return as Indy, producer Frank Marshall quoted Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981): "It's not the years, it's the mileage." He explained that it would be interesting to see Indy in a different decade, and deal with all kinds of new and interesting things. The age also adds to Indy as a fallible and therefore believable character. Ford spent three hours a day at the gym, and subsisted on a high-protein diet of fish and vegetables, thus building his body into a condition where he could perform his own stunts (he always kept himself fit anyway, as he hoped to complete all the five Indiana Jones films that were originally planned in the 1980s). Steven Spielberg later stated he was so impressed with Ford's form that he could not tell the difference between the shoots for the third and fourth films. See more »

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When Indiana crashes the motorcycle in the Library he tells some students to look up Vere Gordon Childe because he spent most of his life in the field. Childe was not a fieldwork archaeologist, he worked out of museums. He did very little fieldwork in his entire career, he analyzed and catalogued the collections of various museums and was able to generate new revelations and discoveries because of his access to collections from around the globe. See more »

Quotes

Indiana Jones: Compass! I need a compass! You know, north, south, east...
Mac: West.
Indiana Jones: No compass?
Indiana Jones: [to Dovchenko] I need your bullets!
Dovchenko: [to Russians] HaHa! On zhelayet moih patrone!
[Russian laugh]
Indiana Jones: [to Spalko] The contents of that box are highly magnitized. I need gun powder. You want my help or not?
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Karen Allen is credited as Marion Ravenwood. Being a widow, her name is Marion Williams then when she marries Indy she becomes Marion Jones. See more »


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Howdy Doody Theme
Written by Edward Kean and Bob Smith (as Robert Smith)
Courtesy of NBC Studios, Inc.
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It sure was great to be with friends again.
8 June 2008 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

So much has happened since the first three Indiana Jones films. This is true in so many ways. I've drifted apart from friends, seen my sister grow from an uncoordinated High School teen to a Professional mother, jump started a career of my own in IT, and seen horrible things happen to my friends, countrymen, and citizens of the world. The Oklahoma City bombing. Columbine. 9/11. Virginia Tech. I barely recognize myself any longer.

Then comes along Indian Jones IV. I go to the movie with my girlfriend of 4 years, who's 12 years older than I am. Indiana Jones wasn't a part of her childhood or even her early adulthood. She was doing other things, like marrying her first husband and having a baby.

I could barely keep myself from crying. It was like being with old friends again. I found myself smiling and laughing for the first time since I can remember. I almost felt foolish looking around at the end of the movie with this big silly grin on my face, like I should wipe it off my face before anyone saw how touched I was. I saw others smiling too and stupidly met others gazes while they were smiling too and we kindly acknowledged each other. You know who you are. LOL The cynicism and sadness which has so defined these last couple decades was gone, if only for that moment. I sat back in my chair and tried to take it all in. People clapped. I felt like I remembered who I was again. I don't care what anyone says or to hear about the faults the movie has or whatever the detractors are saying about this movie. This movie was a gift to me.

Thanks to all of those who made this film. It sure was great to be with friends again.


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