Wyoming, 1950. Indiana Jones and his friend Grey Cloud have obtained a sacred ceremonial pipe and end up in a snow-logged cabin. When Jones finds a soprano sax, he is reminded of his ...
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Wyoming, 1950. Indiana Jones and his friend Grey Cloud have obtained a sacred ceremonial pipe and end up in a snow-logged cabin. When Jones finds a soprano sax, he is reminded of his college days in Chicago 1920. Indy was waiting tables at Colosimo's and had become obsessed with Jazz music. He managed to befriend Sidney Bichet who encouraged him to practice the soprano sax. But then Colosimo was murdered on the doorstep of his restaurant and Indy got caught up in the investigation together with his roommate Eliot Ness and young reporter Ernest Hemingway.Written by
The TV Archaeologist
An "Indiana Jones" film with Dixieland, Hemingway, Capone, and Ness? Great entertainment.
The IMDb "ratings" for this movie are obviously bogus. The 11 people (so far) who voted it "1" are obviously idiots. The 9 people (so far) who voted "10" are different kinds of idiots. It is not a great film, but certainly better and more entertaining than many films that get favorable ratings. It deserves somewhere between "6" and "8". I rate it "7".
This film opens and closes with Harrison Ford playing a mature, retired Indiana Jones. He and his buddy, an American Indian, are being chased in the winter, car stalls into a snowbank, they trudge to a cabin where Indy finds his old soprano sax. That starts the storytelling for this film.
The main attraction to me in this film was the Jazz thread running through it, in New Orleans and in Chicago. We see young Sidney Bichet, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, playing before they became the big stars they were destined for. Young Indy back from the war works as a waiter, studies Archeology, and secretly fantasizes being a great Jazz musician. He hangs out with Bichet and other musicians, and gradually he learns the Jazz idioms, well enough to actually jam a bit with them.
The restaurant owner gets murdered right before opening one evening, and Indy gets to practice his detective work. Along with Elliot Ness. Al Capone and Ernest Hemingway are also part of the story. The film ends with a short sequence back in the snow-bound cabin. Their chasers find them, Indy is hit and the Indian taken away. However, as they get to the front door, Indy begins to play his sax "badly", as he sounded before meeting Bichet, the noise makes the snow rumble off the roof, freeing the Indian. Smiles around, this film doesn't take itself too seriously, consistent with the old Indy we know and love.
Not up to the directing, acting, and photography of "Raiders", which in my opionion is the best film of all time, but still a very worthwhile and entertaining film. Especially for anyone who appreciates good music.
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