Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Import]
The third episode in Steven Spielberg's rousing Indiana Jones saga, this film recaptures the best elements of Raiders of the Lost Ark while exploring new territory with wonderfully satisfying results. Indy is back battling the Nazis, who have launched an expedition to uncover the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. And it's not just Indy this time--his father (played with great acerbic wit by Sean Connery, the perfect choice) is also involved in the hunt. Spielberg excels at the kind of extended action sequences that top themselves with virtually every frame; the best one here involves Indy trying to stop a Nazi tank from the outside while his father is being held within. For good measure, Spielberg reveals (among other things) how Indy got his hat, the scar on his chin, and his nickname (in a prologue that features River Phoenix as the young Indiana). --Marshall Fine
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"The search for the cup of Christ is the search for the divine in all of us."
The above line comes from this fantasy-adventure film that was directed by Steven Spielberg from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. This is the third installment in the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
The "cup of Christ" in the above quotation refers to the Holy Grail, the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper, and used to collect drops of Jesus' blood at the Crucifixion.
Harrison Ford, Denholm Elliott (1922 to 1992), and John Rhys-Davis reprise their roles as Indiana Jones, Marcus Brody, and Sallah respectively.
Sean Connery (who played the first 007)gives an outstanding performance as Indy's father, Professor Henry Jones, Sr. (Recall that Indiana Jones hates snakes. Can you guess what his father hates?)
In this film, set largely in 1938, Indy searches for his father, a Holy Grail scholar, who has been kidnapped by the Germans (because they want his knowledge to find the Grail).
River Phoenix (1970 to 1993) appears in the opening sequence of this movie as Young Indiana Jones. He gives an exceptional performance. This sequence shows the origins of Indiana Jones' hat (a fedora), bullwhip, chin scar, and phobia to snakes.
Also, look for the mature Indiana Jones' face to face encounter with Adolf Hitler (1889 to 1945) and the three booby traps he must overcome to obtain the Grail.
Spielberg wanted to make this film because he wanted "to apologize for the second one." (The second film was "Temple of Doom" .)
You'll find that this movie has the spirit and tone of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1981).Read more ›
Even though this film can stand on its own, it can be more fully understood if you watch "Raiders of the lost Ark" first.
Once again we start out with a young Jones trying to save an artifact from pillagers. This lets us know of his heroic energy and introduces his father Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery) and his obsession with the Holy Grail, even to the exclusion of his relationship with Junior.
Now grown Dr. Indiana Jones gives a class and explains that Archeology is a pretty strait forward science and not some search for legends. He receives a mysterious piece of post.
He is then approached by group of rich people that are in search of the Grail. It turns out that their top researcher has disappeared. Yep it is Professor Henry Jones. What can Indiana do but go looking for his father. He is accounted by his best friend who runs a museum Dr. Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliottt) as they team up with the last person to see his father Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody.) He gets a final warning "Do not trust anybody."
Will he find his father?
If he dies what will they have to talk about?
Does the Grail really exist?
Who are the mysterious people following him?
One of my favorite scenes is where Dr. Jones disguised in a German uniform bumps into Hitler (Michael Sheard of Star Wars fame).
Have fun watching this great film with the banter between Hennery and Junior. And remember "do not trust anybody."
- Henry Jones Sr. reminds his whip wielding son how important the last crusade for the Cup of Christ is in "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade".
The third entry in the adventures of Indiana Jones, aptly titled "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade", is a lot light hearted than "The Temple of Doom" and its dark heart, and is more in the spirit of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" but can't outmatch it.
Three years after the events in "Raiders", Indiana Jones is on a quest to find his missing father after finding out he's been abducted by sinister forces. For most of his life, Indiana's father, has been researching and trying to locate The Holy Grail. If Indiana finds his dad he also may have found The Holy Grail.
After Seventeen summers, since its 5/24/89 release, the film is still fun to watch. The cast is great, especially Sean Connery as Henry Jones Sr. I can't imagine anyone else for the role. The chemistry between Connery and Harrison Ford is what makes the "Last Crusade" a stand-out crowd pleaser. Denholm Elliot expands on his role from "Raiders" as Marcus Brody, adding some goofy comic relief as the bookish curator out of his element. Of course it isn't an "Indiana Jones" film without Harrison Ford as the title role. This a classic example of a film character that is so legendary, that it would be fruitlessly idiotic to have the character be recast with another actor. In other words I really can't see Tom Selleck as Dr. Jones, and if there isn't a fourth adventure with Indiana Jones it would suck big time, but I could live with it.
"Last Crusade" does have some really great action sequences.Read more ›
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Didn't like the other 2 sequels but this was a nice end to the series for me.Published 9 months ago by Kalynnyk
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