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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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Release Date:

22 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures  »

Box Office


$185,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£12,227,799 (UK) (23 May 2008)


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

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The Akator throne room designed by Guy Hendrix Dyas keeps up an Indiana Jones tradition by having C-3PO and R2-D2 etched into one of the yellow titles, and E.T. into another. According to the book "The Complete Making of Indiana Jones", the characters can be found somewhere in all four Indiana Jones pictures. See more »


(at around 16 mins) In the rocket sled control room, the large timer has a display which looks like a modern LED display. No such display type existed in 1957, and did not become practical until the early 1970s. A timer from that era would have been a a mechanical seven-segment display, or possibly a "nixie tube" unit which came into use in 1955. See more »


Mutt Williams: What are they? Spacemen?
Professor 'Ox' Oxley: [completely sanely] Interdimensional beings, in point of fact.
Indiana Jones: [dryly] Welcome back, Ox.
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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 »


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Arranged by Nicolai Malinow and Mischa Taschenkow
Performed by Balalaika-Ensemble Wolga
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Who are all these people giving it 10???
27 May 2008 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I find it very amusing to read all the reviews here. I mostly agree with all the ones who found it disappointing, I can see why the Michael Bay-loving GTA-generation could give this a '10', however: Lots of CGI, fake green-screen action and style over substance.

For me - a die hard Indiana Jones fan, who grown up attending premieres for the first three - this was a big letdown, primarily because of the script, which could have been written by a 11 year-old.

A lot of Indiana Jones fans all over the world are probably scratching their heads these days, wondering why a script (Darabonts) which Spielberg called "the best he has read since Raiders", was scrapped by Lucas. So he could give us this? Tarzan meets X-files?

It just didn't rock my boat, like the first three. I even found 'National Treasure II' more entertaining, than this mess.

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