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

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Famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. 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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Storyline

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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22 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$126,917,373, 25 May 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$317,101,119, 16 June 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$786,636,033, 25 November 2011
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Trivia

FRANCHISE TRADEMARK: Begins with a shot of a mountain-shaped dirt, which is reminiscent of the Paramount Pictures logo. See also Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). See more »

Goofs

In the alien room, Spalko walks to Ox to take the skull away from him. In the first angle Marion is standing to the left of Ox, but in the immediate close-up she is behind him. See more »

Quotes

Dovchenko: You can get us into that building, yes?
Indiana Jones: Drop dead.
[Dovchenko slaps Indy across his face]
Indiana Jones: I'm sorry. I meant drop dead, comrade.
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Crazy Credits

The movie begins with the Lucasfilm logo, followed by the 1954 Paramount "VistaVision" logo (with the text "PARAMOUNT" instead of "A PARAMOUNT PICTURE" and "A Viacom Company" instead of "A Gulf+Western Company" below "PARAMOUNT"). Gulf+Western became Paramount Communications in 1989, then merged with Viacom in 1994. The Paramount logo then dissolves into a gopher mound. (The static version of the current Paramount logo is seen at the end of the movie.) See more »

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Referenced in South Park: The Fractured but Whole (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Written by Charles F. Calhoun (as Charles Calhoun)
Performed by Bill Haley and the Comets (as Bill Haley and His Comets)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Why would I give this 10?
20 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

I guess being some 19 years odd in the waiting, if not the making, this was a movie bound to be a let down. Yet somehow, despite this - and being a fourth movie(!) in a series - it wasn't. Yes, some of the acting was sketchy... and perhaps (for better or for worse) played with sheer joy of revisiting a role rather than a tight grip on a character (I'm thinking Karen Allen here). But you know what, her performance worked. All the performances worked. Some were better than others... but the characters worked. The adventure and escapism - despite some all-but-lifted ideas now and then - worked. The mere fact someone could make such naive escapism work *at all* for an... ahem... now much older audience, is remarkable in itself.

So yes, the CGI in this movie, and many others, is probably motivated by the industry machine and keeping down of costs... and not look... I'd imagine. And yes, the frequency of use and choices made for CGI bugged me - but you know what, I got over that too. This movie was long overdue, totally ridiculous and thoroughly entertaining. Well worth a watch - for the 'fridge scene' alone! I'll say no more.


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