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

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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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22 May 2008 (USA)  »

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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 movie features the line "You've just brought a knife to a gunfight." Sean Connery, who played Henry Jones, Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), used a similar line in The Untouchables (1987). See more »

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While supposedly in Nazca, Indy tells Mutt that he had learned "quechua" language while allegedly being kidnapped by Pancho Villa, as several of Villa's associates spoke it. Such language corresponds to the ancient Inca culture and is spoken in Peru, Ecuador, part of Bolivia and the Santiago del Estero province in Argentina. It is highly unlikely that any of Pancho Villa associates (Mexican revolution) would have spoken "quechua". See more »

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Col. Dr. Irina Spalko: I want to know!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Indiana Jones Trilogy (2008) See more »

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Hound Dog
Written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
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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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