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Menno Meyjes submitted a script that depicted Indiana searching for his father in Montségur, where he met a nun named Chantal. Indiana travelled to Venice, took the Orient Express to Istanbul, and continued by train to Petra, Jordan, where he met Salalah and reunited with his father. Together, they found the Grail. At the climax, a Nazi villain touched the Grail and exploded. When Henry touched it, he ascended a stairway to Heaven. Chantal chose to stay on Earth, because of her love for Indiana. In a revised draft dated two months later, Indiana found his father in Krak des Chevaliers, the Nazi leader was a woman named Greta von Grimm, and Indiana battled a demon at the Grail site, which he defeated with a dagger inscribed with "God is King". The prologue in both drafts had Indiana in Mexico battling for possession of Montezuma's death mask, with a man who owned gorillas as pets. See more »
The aircraft that Indiana and his father fly from the airship is a British Tiger Moth. This was an RAF Training aircraft and unlikely to be in the Luftwaffe in 1938 although there were trade agreements with the UK so it is possible to suggest that the Germans purchased a few. However by 1938 they had a fairly decent selection of their own aircraft to choose from. See more »
The Paramount mountain dissolves into a mountain in the American West. See more »
In the initial Theatrical Release of "The Last Crusade", Walter Donovan points to a Chest of Gold Items and says to the Sultan of Hatay "... donated by the finest Jewish families in Germany." In all subsequent releases of the film the word "Jewish" has been edited out of the dialogue. See more »
Indiana Jones teams up with his father to try and locate the Holy Grail. Something that the Nazis are again particularly interested in themselves.
We didn't know it at the time, but every Indiana Jones fan on the planet presumed that The Last Crusade was to be the final film to feature the intrepid archaeologist. As it turned out, another film would surface in 2008, but casting that aside (as many would like to do), Last Crusade should, and is, judged as the trilogy closer it was meant to be.
In 1988 Steven Spielberg was deep into bringing Rain Man to fruition, all thoughts of Indiana Jones had gone by the wayside with the harshly judged part two, Temple Of Doom. In stepped George Lucas to politely remind Spielberg that they had an agreement to make another Indiana Jones picture, Spielberg no doubt obliged and humble, passed on his Rain Man work to Barry Levinson who promptly bagged himself an Oscar for the film. It can be guessed that Spielberg was probably grouchy around this period, but he needn't have worried, because The Last Crusade provided a much needed hit for not only himself (post Empire Of The Sun), but also Lucas (Willow) and Harrison Ford (Frantic).
I mention the run up to this picture because it explains a lot on why the film is pretty much a retread of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, something that some detractors find unforgivable. Yet Last Crusade is still an immensely enjoyable adventure picture, with Spielberg proving that he was still capable of a popcorn bonanza. Using the Raiders formula and moving away from the dark flourishes of Temple Of Doom, Last Crusade is actually the simplest film of the three, but still it manages, courtesy of a sparkling casting decision, to become the most entertaining of the original trilogy. Is it better than Raiders? Of course not, but it positively rips along with sparky dialogue and an agenda of cliffhanging suspense like the adventure films of yore.
In comes Sean Connery as Dr Jones Senior, and its the picture's trump card, because the magnificent interplay and obvious rapport with Ford (cool as a cucumber) is there for all to see. It's this what drives the film on through the more mundane and picture filler sequences, showcasing two top wily professionals with care and consideration to their craft. The casting of Alison Doody as the main female is a poor one, and one only has to look at her subsequent career post Crusade to see she wasn't up to the task here. Bonus comes in the form of the River Phoenix prologue, Phoenix as the young Indiana paves the way for the jaunty path that Crusade takes, whilst simultaneously giving us a nice little back story from which to launch the adventure.
Made for $48 million, the film went on to gross $474,171,806 Worldwide, now that's a lot of people who evidently were happy with Raiders Of The Lost Ark 2! And I gleefully count myself amongst that number. 9/10
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