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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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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'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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Budget:

$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

In an interview with Empire magazine in October 2011, director Steven Spielberg admitted that he never liked the MacGuffin of this movie. It was George Lucas' idea and Spielberg only put it in the movie because of his friendship with Lucas. He said in that interview: "I am loyal to my best friend," he says. "When he writes a story he believes in - even if I don't believe in it - I'm going to shoot the movie the way George envisaged it." See more »

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The movie places Orellana buried in a somewhat Nazcan fashion and in what supposedly is a Nazcan tomb. The Nazca culture was already extinct (aprox. 800 AD) when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived to Peru (1532 AD). However, Orellana was only looking for the city the Nazcas built, not the Nazcas themselves, and it is stated that he vanished while doing so. The movie is supposing that the Nazcas are not actually extinct, and that Orellana did find them and their city. See more »

Quotes

Indiana Jones: [Studying Oxley's drawings] "The water sleeps until the great snake." These aren't just drawings, they're directions. Get me a map!
Col. Dr. Irina Spalko: Karta!
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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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A Solas
Written by Gonzalo Curiel
Performed by Juan Arvizu
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label; RCA Victor Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.; and Sony BMG Music Entertainment Mexico, S.A. de C.V.
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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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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