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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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skull | soviet | professor | jungle | peru | See more »

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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)

Opening Weekend:

£12,227,799 (UK) (23 May 2008)

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

This was not the first time Harrison Ford played the famous role since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). Ford donned the fedora and jacket for a brief appearance in 1993's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles: Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues (1993), a story set 7 years before this film. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Indy is walking along with Mutt, the position of the bags over his shoulder varies continually - in one shot his trademark gas mask bag will be hanging in front, then in the next shot it's behind his back and then in the next shot it's back in front again. This is made more obvious by the position of the buckle moving up and down as the bag is moved around. See more »

Quotes

Col. Dr. Irina Spalko: Belief, Dr. Jones, is a gift you have yet to receive. My sympathies.
Indiana Jones: Oh, I believe, sister. That's why I'm down here.
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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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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 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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