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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure | 22 May 2008 (USA)
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In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford) is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

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Steven Spielberg

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David Koepp (screenplay), George Lucas (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett ... Irina Spalko
Karen Allen ... Marion Ravenwood
Shia LaBeouf ... Mutt Williams
Ray Winstone ... 'Mac' George Michale
John Hurt ... Professor Oxley
Jim Broadbent ... Dean Charles Stanforth
Igor Jijikine ... Dovchenko
Dimitri Diatchenko ... Russian Suit
Ilia Volok ... Russian Suit
Emmanuel Todorov ... Russian Soldier
Pasha D. Lychnikoff ... Russian Soldier
Andrew Divoff ... Russian Soldier
Venya Manzyuk Venya Manzyuk ... Russian Soldier (as Veniamin Manzyuk)
Alan Dale ... General Ross
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Storyline

During the Cold War, Soviet Agents watch Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. (Harrison Ford), when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Professor Harold Oxley (Sir John Hurt). Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt Williams (Shia LeBeouf), 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, Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), 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) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$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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Trivia

This movie has some tributes to Marcus Brody (the late Denholm Elliott): A portrait of him is shown on the wall in the hallway when Dean Charles is having the conversation with Indiana. A picture of him is set on Indiana's desk next to a picture of Henry Jones, Sr. (Sir Sean Connery), and there's a statue of Marcus in the College's court yard when the K.G.B. Agent accidentally drives the car into it. The plaque reads "In proud memory of Marcus Brody, Dean of students 1939-1944 with honor and loyalty." See more »

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When Mutt and Indy enter the library, a chubby man in a suit holding a brown briefcase runs away, yet appears calmly walking half a second later from a different angle. See more »

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Indiana Jones: You're not from around here, are you?
Agent Irina Spalko: [taking off her glasses] Where is it you would imagine I am from, Dr. Jones?
Indiana Jones: Well, the way you're sinking your teeth into those wubble-u's, I should think maybe Eastern Ukraine.
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A 1950s Indy
22 May 2008 | by A4B4See all my reviews

If you're expecting Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to be a fourth in the series, you'll be disappointed. The original three were set in the 1930s, looking for buried treasure in a Treasure of the Sierra Madre style. The new film is set in the 1950s, and that changes everything.

Frankly, it should be viewed as a new series. It certainly overlaps with the previous films, however most of that seems to affect the new film trivially. I actually think it's a little unfair to present this new type of film under the great Indiana Jones reputation, and however smart marketably I believe this, and the lack of understanding and inaccurate expectations on the audience's behalf will ultimately lead to the film's demise.

The film itself is well written, and well made with only a few exceptions. As long as you don't expect another Raiders of the Lost Ark, you'll probably be pleased with the film as it is, with the exception of one sequence which doesn't quite seem to fit. Beyond that, the plot, characters and acting all fit with this new kind of Indy film.

The cinematography is not the 80s style we'd probably all like, but it's not bad. The camera is certainly held much more stable than many of today's films, and the action is very clear and easy to follow, as is the stunt work great. There is a lot of computer animation--most of it looks believable, but some of it does not--but that which was done well fits superbly.

The acting was also very good. I was very impressed by Cate Blanchett, and to my surprise very pleased with Shia LeBeouf's character and acting.

All-in-all, I really appreciated the film as a whole, although some of the animation and action sequences seemed somewhat unfinished, or at least too difficult to believe (even for an Indy film). Still, it is an excellent 1950s serial, and I really hope we'll see at least one other Indy film set in this new era.


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