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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them obtaining its powers.

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Steven Spielberg

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Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), George Lucas (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones
Sean Connery ... Professor Henry Jones
Denholm Elliott ... Marcus Brody
Alison Doody ... Elsa
John Rhys-Davies ... Sallah
Julian Glover ... Walter Donovan
River Phoenix ... Young Indy
Michael Byrne ... Vogel
Kevork Malikyan ... Kazim
Robert Eddison ... Grail Knight
Richard Young ... Fedora
Alexei Sayle ... Sultan
Alex Hyde-White ... Young Henry
Paul Maxwell ... Panama Hat
Isla Blair ... Mrs. Donovan (as Mrs. Glover)
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Storyline

An art collector appeals to Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones. The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart. Written by Jwelch5742

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He's back in an all new adventure. Memorial Day 1989. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

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English | German | Greek | Arabic

Release Date:

24 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiana Jones 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$197,171,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$474,171,806, 16 June 2012
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The idea of an airplane carried by an airship was taken from the U.S. Navy airships U.S.S. Akron and U.S.S. Macon. Each airship, slightly smaller than the Zeppelin shown in the movie, had a trapeze (also known as a "sky hook") under the belly of the airship and hangar space inside for up to four small planes. The planes were intended as scouts that used the airship as a flying aircraft carrier. The builders of the Hindenburg attempted, with help from the US Navy, to install a similar trapeze on the Hindenburg shortly before her disastrous last flight in 1937. The idea was for the small plane to act as a mail courier. However, the pilot was unable to "hook on" to the trapeze consistently, the experiment was abandoned, and the trapeze was removed from the Hindenburg before she departed for her final flight. In The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), the character of Kessler was based on that pilot, World War I German ace General Ernst Udet. See more »

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As young Indy, played by the late River Phoenix, is trying to evade Fedora and his men, he is not wearing any gloves during the chase. Fedora then calls down to Indy in the lions den boxcar to toss the whip up so he can pull him out and retrieve the cross. As he's pulling him up, Indy is now seen wearing a glove on his right hand and holding some sort of contraption that wasn't there before. The scene then cuts immediately to Indy popping out the top with his hands both bare and no sign of the glove. The glove was probably used in making the film for protection of River's and/or the stuntman's hand, while the contraption he's holding maybe some form of bait to attract the lion. The scene cuts very fast and I'm sure back in 1988, the filmmakers weren't thinking about DVD's and the pause-step feature for movie buffs to capture all the mistakes and goofs that were made. See more »

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Raiders Of The Last Crusade.
6 April 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

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 thru it's 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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