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

PG-13  |   |  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' 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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Release Date:

22 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures  »

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$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£12,227,799 (UK) (23 May 2008)


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

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2.35 : 1
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First Indiana Jones film to show the Lucasfilm logo. See more »


During the sequence showing Mutt and Indy flying to Peru, one shot of a Pan Am aircraft is shown reversed (the decals and registration on the aircraft are mirror image). See more »


Mutt Williams: Mom!
Indiana Jones: Honey!
Mac: Slow down!
Indiana Jones: Honey! Stop, we're gonna go the cliff!
Marion Ravenwood: That's the idea!
Indiana Jones: Bad idea; give me the wheel!
Marion Ravenwood: Trust me!
[Steps on gas]
Marion Ravenwood: [Mutt screems]
[Car lands in tree, and Marion smiles and steps on gas, drives down into the river, and tree flys up and hits Russian soldiers, and some of them fall]
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Crazy Credits

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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Little Bitty Pretty One
Written by Bobby Day (as Robert Byrd)
Performed by Bobby Day
Courtesy of Lynn Adajian
By Arrangement with Nola Leone/Ace Music Services, LLC
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It's fun for some, disappointing for others.
29 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a long nineteen year wait, Indiana Jones is back on the big screen hamming it up and continuing his search for rare and wild artifacts that could seriously take someone's life away. This film has Jones in the late 1950s fighting against the Soviets in order to obtain a crystal skull found in Peru which they believe will give them absolute knowledge over all other countries. Without telling the spoilers, it is important to state right here and now that this is definitely the weakest written of the four films. It simply doesn't give the magic and suspense that Raiders was able to throughout the entire running time. Of course the acting is good with Harrison Ford looking as good as ever and Karen Allen and Shia Labeouf supporting him well. The directing by Steven Spielberg is solid as we get some nice chase scenes and the pace is just fine. Still, it's that script that is giving me winces of pain as I watch this film. Of course, you shouldn't go into this thinking it was going to be as good or better than Raiders or the Last Crusade. I didn't expect too much and that is exactly what I got; not too much but enough to recommend for all fans of the original three to see. Are the first three the best? Of course. Should they have made this fourth one? Probably not. Still, if you are a fan, it doesn't hurt too much to see Indy crack the whip one more time.

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