Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989

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Indiana Jones is back in his third adventure, this time on the trail of his missing father, who disappeared while trying to find the Holy Grail. But it is soon apparant that Dr. Henry Jones Sr. isn't the only one after the Grail, as the Nazis are also keen to find it and will stop at nothing to get it before anyone else.

Starring:
Harrison Ford,Sean Connery
Runtime:
2 hours, 6 minutes

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Harrison Ford, Sean Connery
Supporting actors Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, River Phoenix
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Indiana Jones teams up with his father to try and locate the Holy Grail. Something that the Nazis are again particularly interested in themselves.

We didn't know it at the time, but every Indiana Jones fan on the planet presumed that The Last Crusade was to be the final film to feature the intrepid archaeologist. As it turned out, another film would surface in 2008, but casting that aside (as many would like to do), Last Crusade should, and is, judged as the trilogy closer it was meant to be.

In 1988 Steven Spielberg was deep into bringing Rain Man to fruition, all thoughts of Indiana Jones had gone by the wayside with the harshly judged part two, Temple Of Doom. In stepped George Lucas to politely remind Spielberg that they had an agreement to make another Indiana Jones picture, Spielberg no doubt obliged and humble, passed on his Rain Man work to Barry Levinson who promptly bagged himself an Oscar for the film. It can be guessed that Spielberg was probably grouchy around this period, but he needn't have worried, because The Last Crusade provided a much needed hit for not only himself (post Empire Of The Sun), but also Lucas (Willow) and Harrison Ford (Frantic).

I mention the run up to this picture because it explains a lot on why the film is pretty much a retread of Raiders Of The Lost Ark, something that some detractors find unforgivable. Yet Last Crusade is still an immensely enjoyable adventure picture, with Spielberg proving that he was still capable of a popcorn bonanza. Using the Raiders formula and moving away from the dark flourishes of Temple Of Doom, Last Crusade is actually the simplest film of the three, but still it manages, courtesy of a sparkling casting decision, to become the most entertaining of the original trilogy. Is it better than Raiders?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on 21 Nov. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
After having taken a definitively dark turn in 1984’s Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas decided that the third installment of the series should be thrilling, lighter in tone and more upbeat and humorous. In other words, they wanted to recreate the Saturday-matinee serial fun of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
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.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Bissett on 16 July 2010
Format: DVD
Even though it's absolutely true that THE LAST CRUSADE (1989) doesn't quite surpass RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) as the contender for the 'greatest action-adventure film ever made', it still brings the saga back on tracks after the uneven THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984), and it is a far more satisfying conclusion than THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008), which seems to have gone down with many to be one of the worst films of the Noughties.

Set two years after the events of RAIDERS, Indy (Harrison Ford) learns that his father (Sir Sean Connery, in one of his best non-Bond roles) has gone missing while uncovering the whereabouts of the Holy Grail. Indy travels to Europe to look for him, and soon, they find themsleves in a chase against the Nazis for the Grail.

Despite the plot involving the Grail being a bit formulaic, what makes THE LAST CRUSADE more than just 'another RAIDERS' is the memorable and humorous on-screen chemistry between Ford and Connery. In fact, if Spielberg and Lucas had not inserted the father-son relationship and cast Connery in the role of Indy's father, the film wouldn't have worked. The set-pieces are superb and still exciting, there's decent performances from the rest of the cast and another great score.

There's also a memorbale prologue featuring Indy as a teenager, played by the late River Phoenix (shame it became the main inspiration for the poorly-received THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES [1992-1996]). Another thing I like about CRUSADE is that, in Spielberg's words, the film ends in a personal way rather than an action-packed way such as spirits coming out of a box, a chase leading to a collapsible bridge or, shudders, the revealtion of inter-dimensional beings.
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