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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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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 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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2.39 : 1
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On the first and last days of shooting, Steven Spielberg held a toast with the crew, thanking them for their hard work in helping to bring Indiana Jones back to the screen after nineteen years. See more »


During the scene where Indy and Mutt drive the motorcycle through the library, it is clearly a stuntman and not Harrison Ford who slides under the tables on the motorcycle, as Indiana's socks go from dark (when it's clearly Ford on the motorcycle) to white (when Indy's under the tables) to dark again when Ford gets up on the motorcycle. See more »


Mutt Williams: [Looking at Indy and Marion] No! No, he was Britsh! My dad was an RAF Pilot; he was a war hero; not some school teacher!
Marion Ravenwood: No, sweetheart! Collin was your step father. We started dating 3 months after you were born! He was a good man!
Indiana Jones: Wait... wait... wait a minute! Collin? As in Collin Williams? Ha! You, you married him? I introduced you!
Marion Ravenwood: I think you gave up your vote on who I married, when you decided to break it off a week before the wedding!
Indiana Jones: You and I both knew Marion, that it wasn't gonna work...
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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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Arranged by Ivan Nesterow, Nicolai Malinow, and Mischa Taschenkow
Performed by Balalaika-Ensemble Wolga
Courtesy of ARC Music Productions International Limited
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almost perfect
22 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I did not think Raider's was the best. But I may have not seen Raider's first. I think I actually saw Last Crusade or Temple of Doom first.. so long ago can't be sure tho. For awhile Temple was my fave. Then Last Crusade. Raiders is a classic, but it was never my fave. Most people's order goes like this: Raiders, Last Crusade, Temple. At least two critics on RT thought Cyrstal Skull was the 2nd best. I would agree, but time will tell if it remains in that spot, drops, or moves up. We forget that all the movies had flaws--weren't perfect. We forget we weren't 100% satisfied with them when we saw them at the time. We forget we poked fun at the films for their "yeah right" escapes and things the characters (mainly Indy) could survive. So since it's been so long and memories grow fonder with age, we want Indy 4 to be better than the previous 3 when there is no reason it should be, especially since Connery didn't stick around.

Indy 4 is a great movie. It does nearly everything right. If Sean Connery hadn't been such a boob, the movie would have been really something--not just a reunion for fans, but a proper family reunion within the film. One of the best things about Indiana Jones was the dynamic between Sr. and Jr. But I think this film will age well. I think it has enough good stuff that people will look back on it and realize it is just as good as the others if not better.

One reviewer did make the observation that the research part of the film was diminished slightly. I sort of agree with this, but it was remarkable to see Indy's old schoolboy enthusiasm as keen as it ever was. I do agree finding the temple was a bit too easy, and the whole research aspect was a bit to convoluted and confusing--which made it feel like it didn't quite have the same spark or excitement--but the mysticism is as strong if not stronger in this one than it was in Raiders and Crusade. One thing that may have made it seem too easy was the fact I wasn't able to follow what was going on. One other critique of the film would be there were some missed opportunities for better lines/more comical--where they chose to use a more generic line. The other critique would be the villains--they were less personal than the villains in Raiders and Crusade. There isn't the same sort of rivalry or personal dynamic that formed in Raiders and Crusade. But this was sort of a subtle thing--you may or may not experience it. Cate Blanchett didn't really do it for me.

I am looking forward to seeing this film again because I really do think it is signature Indy and has its own special place within the canon. There's something special about the film. And while Indy's performance wasn't superlative, it was pure Indy. Harrison Ford has never been a faultless actor. He wasn't then and he isn't now and he as aged quite well. The film has had staying power with me which is a sign of a good film, but has left me with some questions I hope to maybe answer upon my second viewing. I think I may enjoy it more the second time round when things that confused me first time might be clarified. Some of the goofy aspects of the film actually enhanced it for me and didn't really feel goofy but just.. Indy, and felt fitting rather than being too silly or too over the top. CGI didn't really detract, but of course it would have been nice if they hadn't resorted to it quite so much, and we have to remember even Raiders had CGI! Another good thing about the film was that it really incorporated all the things memorable from the previous 3 movies. When I look back on all the movies, they really all have something that makes them great. For Temple, there was Short Round, the ongoing romance, and "Humnumshivah." In Raiders there was great sense of archaeological discovery. In Crusade there was the cool ending, the fun dynamic between Sr. and Jr. and more great archaeological uncoverings--and in Crystal Skull, there was mysticism, mystery and discovery surrounding the archeology, great action sequences, classic Indy charm and humor and a bad ass ending.

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