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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. is called back into action and becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

David Koepp (screenplay), George Lucas (story) | 3 more credits »
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1,297 ( 226)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 10 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

The adventure continues . . . [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Though a thrilling and amusing moment in the film's action, Indy's ride on the rocket sled would've ended much less serenely in real life. While it's possible he and his Russian foe may have indeed suffered G-LOC (G-force-caused Loss of Consciousness), the sudden reduction in speed from hitting the brake water would have created such extreme negative g-forces that their unrestrained bodies, conscious or not, would have been flung hundreds of feet forward in the air, likely ending with fatal results. See more »

Goofs

The machine gun and windscreen on the amphibious vehicle during the jungle chase scene disappear and reappear between shots. See more »

Quotes

Col. Dr. Irina Spalko: Najdite!
Dovchenko: Prinesite mashinu bystra!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in More Extreme Marksmen (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Uri Balki
Traditional
Arranged by Nicolai Malinow & Mischa Taschenkow
Performed by Balalaika-Ensemble Wolga
Courtesy of ARC Music Productions International Limited
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Why all the hate? Is it because we've grown up? This is still a fun movie!
26 May 2008 | by edjavegaSee all my reviews

Reading all the comments here, it looks like this is one of the worst films ever made, and it's absolute rubbish, Shia's character is Jar Jar Binks, etc.

But it's earning a ton of money, and the rankings (7.6) are high, so what does that tell you? That compared to the haters, MOST people came to his movie expecting a fun adventure movie and got it.

Look, the Indiana Jones movies aren't flawless. Even in the previous movies, you had to suspend belief (people melting? someone surviving a fall from a plane just on a craft? a Knight living more than 1,000 years?) and just enjoy the action scenes - and you have them here! Mutt swinging on the vines is real corny but the car chase through the jungle, complete with sword fight, fisticuffs, giant ants, etc. - they are what you can expect from an Indiana Jones movie. And Cate Blanchett is a SUPER villain, Harrison somehow makes it all believable for him to still be an action star at 60 plus, and it's great to see Marion Ravenwood again.

STAR WARS I was a major major disappointment, but this one is NOT. We have wanted to see Harrison Ford suit up as Indy again, and here he has a good cast with him, and yet we bash the movie because it isn't RAIDERS? Nothing can be as much fun as the first Indy Jones movie. But this one is still MUCH MUCH better than any adventure movie out there for the past several years.

Just watch it with an open mind. Don't expect miracles, but fun entertainment for 2 hours and you will get it.


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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:

$100,137,835, 25 May 2008

Gross USA:

$317,101,119

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,653,942
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2.39 : 1
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