Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Bilingual Widescreen Edition)
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The third installment in the widely beloved Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga begins with an introduction to a younger Indy (played by the late River Phoenix), who, through a fast-paced prologue, gives the audience insight into the roots of his taste for adventure, fear of snakes, and dogged determination to take historical artifacts out of the hands of bad guys and into the museums in which they belong. A grown-up Indy (Harrison Ford) reveals himself shortly afterward in a familiar classroom scene, teaching archeology to a disproportionate number of starry-eyed female college students in 1938. Once again, however, Mr. Jones is drawn away from his day job after an art collector (Julian Glover) approaches him with a proposition to find the much sought after Holy Grail. Circumstances reveal that there was another avid archeologist in search of the famed cup — Indiana Jones' father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) — who had recently disappeared during his efforts. The junior and senior members of the Jones family find themselves in a series of tough situations in locales ranging from Venice to the most treacherous spots in the Middle East. Complicating the situation further is the presence of Elsa (Alison Doody), a beautiful and intelligent woman with one fatal flaw: she's an undercover Nazi agent. The search for the grail is a dangerous quest, and its discovery may prove fatal to those who seek it for personal gain.
Not as good as the first one, but better than the second. That’s been the consensus opinion regarding Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the final installment in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ original adventure trilogy, throughout the nearly two decades since its 1989 theatrical release. It’s a fair assessment. After the relatively dark and disturbing Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989) recalls the sheer fun of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). With its variety of colorful locations, multiple chase scenes (the opening sequence on a circus train, with River Phoenix as the young Indy, is one of the best of the series, as is the boat chase through the canals of Venice), and cloak-and-dagger vibe, it’s the closest in tone to a James Bond outing, which director Spielberg has noted was the inspiration for the trilogy in the first place; what’s more, it harkens back to Raiders in its choice of villains (i.e., the Nazis--Indy even comes face to face with Hitler at a rally in Berlin) and its quest for an antiquity of incalculable value and significance (the Holy Grail, the chalice said to have been the receptacle of Christ's blood as he hung on the cross). Add to that the presence of Sean Connery, playing Indy’s father and having a field day opposite Harrison Ford, and you’ve got a most welcome return to form.--Sam Graham
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I know, I know - Indiana Jones is a paean to the matinee action-adventure films of Spielberg's youth, and it isn't meant to be clever (just as well, because it sure ain't) but any sense of pacing, storyline or (god forbid) acting is ditched in favour of big set pieces and pedal-to-metal ACTION.
Indy engages - across several continents - in down-to-the-wire fights on trains, planes, airships, motorbikes, speedboats, tanks and horses, shags the obligatory blonde vixen (who - quelle surprise - turns out not to have his best interests at heart), defeats the Nazis (again) and patches up things with his estranged Dad and never once do you get the feeling that anyone was in this for anything other than the money.
It's like about four bad Bond films rolled into one - even to the point of featuring Sean Connery! Indeed, I doubt it was far from the director's mind that Indiana Jones might supplant the long standing (but, by 1990, very tired) 007 franchise as the bankable high thrills, no brains, lotsa-formula blockbuster for the 1990s.
Fortunately, Harrison Ford had better things to do.
"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 ›
Lucas, Menno Meyjes and screenwriter Jeffrey Boam wrote a story that once again sent the archaeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) on the quest for another legendary artifact -- the Holy Grail. And to avoid the inevitable "ho hum, been there, done that" syndrome that sequels often suffer from, they decided to include a father-son dynamic to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade by casting Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones.
Although Last Crusade follows the basic structure -- borrowed from the James Bond series -- of the other movies by starting the film with the end of a previous adventure before introducing the main storyline, the film tweaks the formula by showing us Indy's first big adventure...in 1912 Utah, when the future archaeology professor is a Boy Scout (literally) living with his widowed father, Henry Jones. While on a Boy Scouting sojourn in the mountainous desert, young Indy (River Phoenix) wanders into a cave and sees a group of ruffians pilfering the long-lost Cross of Coronado. "That cross is an important artifact," Indy says to a fellow Boy Scout. "It belongs in a museum." Indy sends his friend for help, steals the Cross of Coronado from the ruffians, but ends up being chased as he attempts to escape on foot, horseback and even a circus train.Read more ›
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I rate this one 2nd after "Raiders"...Sean Connery adds zest and humour.
Didn't like the other 2 sequels but this was a nice end to the series for me.Published 14 months ago by Kalynnyk