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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 24 May 1989 (USA)
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In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), George Lucas (story) | 3 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #122 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Indiana 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 of 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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Action | Adventure

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Tom Stoppard did uncredited re-writes on the script. See more »

Goofs

At various points during the tank chase, we see Henry Jones from the inside looking out of the small port on the side of the tank. This port, however, does not seem to match the exterior shots of the tank. From the outside, the port is located on the sponson directly beside the side gun. On the inside, however, it is located behind the sponson, further down the wall and therefore closer to Henry Jones to look out of. See more »

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[first lines]
Scout Master: Dismount!
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount mountain dissolves into a mountain in the American West. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.K televised version on the BBC is slightly censored near the films climax. A shot of a mans decapitated head rolling down steps is removed and Donovan's death sequence is shortened as we do not see his face rot away and cuts straight to his skeletal face before he explodes. See more »

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Referenced in Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) See more »

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Just A Gigolo
(1928)
by Leonello Casucci & Julius Brammer
Courtesy of Chappell & Co.
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Raiders Of The Last Crusade.
6 April 2009 | by hitchcockthelegendSee 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 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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24 May 1989 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,355,021, 28 May 1989

Gross USA:

$197,171,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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