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

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In 1957, archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Indiana Jones
... Irina Spalko
... Marion Ravenwood
... Mutt Williams
... 'Mac' George Michale
... Professor Oxley
... Dean Charles Stanforth
... Dovchenko
... Russian Suit
... Russian Suit
... Russian Soldier
... Russian Soldier
... Russian Soldier
Venya Manzyuk ... Russian Soldier (as Veniamin Manzyuk)
... General Ross
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Storyline

During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Harold Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, 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 to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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22 May 2008 (USA)  »

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Fourth Installment of the Indiana Jones Adventures  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

Steven Spielberg came close to working with Cate Blanchett nearly a decade earlier, when she was cast as the pre-cog Agatha in Minority Report (2002). However, the death of Stanley Kubrick prompted him to decide to make A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) first. Blanchett went on to other projects (like The Lord of the Rings trilogy), and was replaced by Samantha Morton. 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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Dean Charles Stanforth: I barely recognize this country anymore. The government's got us seeing Communists in our soup.
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Karen Allen is credited as Marion Ravenwood. Being a widow, her name is Marion Williams then when she marries Indy she becomes Marion Jones. See more »

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Howdy Doody Theme
Written by Edward Kean and Bob Smith (as Robert Smith)
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Implausible action scenes kill this movie

All I can really conclude about this movie is that it was just okay. I can forgive the ludicrous plot, the cheesy "family" dynamic of the film, the fact that Harrison Ford is old (which is really nowhere near the worst part of this). I don't even really mind Shia LaBeouf's presence. But many of the stunts and the action scenes are so implausible that it renders all of the action scenes implausible. For example, Shia LaBoeuf sword-fighting (!) spread-eagled on two moving vehicles; a boat going over not one, not two, but three waterfalls with absolutely no one getting a scratch (I mean, what are we watching here, The A-Team?); and the "if the film hasn't jumped the shark yet it certainly has now" moment--Shia LaBoeuf swinging through the jungle a la Tarzan. It was ridiculous. And because these parts are (forgive my overuse of the word) implausible, it highlights the fact that the rest of it doesn't work, either. After seeing a number of old series trying to come back for another run (Rocky Balboa, Rambo, the Star Wars Prequels) I have concluded that when filmmakers attempt to cash in on a once-popular series, artistically the best they can hope for is to break even. Sometimes there really is nowhere to go but down. I wanted to love this, but the most charitable thing I can say is that it was just okay. Very disappointing.


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