Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is an American adventure film.  It is the third installment in the Indiana Jones franchise, with this one in particular being praised as one of the greatest films of all-time.  Harrison Ford reprising the title role.  The story is set in 1938, when Dr. Jones learns that his father has gone missing in his life-long search for the Holy Grail.  Determined to find both the Grail and his distant-father, Indiana embarks on a journey that will take him through the deserts of the middle-east, through Italy, and all the way into Nazi-occupied Germany.  Co-stars Sean Connery (as Dr. Henry Jones Sr.), Alison Doody, Denholm Elliot, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, and John Rhys-Davis.  Directed by Steven Spielberg, from the story by George Lucas.  (Running Time: 127 minutes)(Rated PG-13)

Ah, a true classic…

The Indiana Jones series is sometimes underrated and looked-over, but I think it deserves a huge thumbs up.  Originally conceived as a fun adventure/b-movie film, Spielberg and Lucas have turned the man in the brown-faded fedora and leather whip into an American icon.  I mean, really; when has there not been a time you have come across the quote, “Why did it have to be snakes?”?  I would like to dive a little in the making-of this particular installment, however…

…After the mixed reaction to the surprisingly dark Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Spielberg decided to pause on making his trilogy with Lucas and look into doing some other more “focued” projects.  A few years later, the creators decided to complete the trilogy on a much more “lighter” tone.  During the five years between the Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade, he and executive producer George Lucas reviewed several tentative scripts before accepting Jeffery Boam’s.  Filming commenced in Spain, Italy, Turkey, England, and Jordan.

Why do I consider this such a great film, though?  Well, I think it’s easy to answer the part about how it just touches a fun, adventure-seeking side of you!  It opens up in a manner that sucks you right into the history of Indiana, and you are riding an exciting, fast ride till the very end.  (The ending scene is one of the greatest movie endings of all time, I personally think.  Ranks high on my list!)  We all love a story of adventure and suspense (and for some, Harrison Ford on top is another plus), so Indiana Jones is a series that we can all fall in love with for its light-hearted humor, entertainment, story, and the man himself.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is perhaps the best Indiana Jones film out there…!

This particular Indiana Jones film met with critical acclaim and a not-too-shavy box office report, bringing in almost $500 million worldwide on a $48 million dollar budget.  It went on to be nominated for three Academy Awards, winning one for Best Sound Editing.

I would have to rank this one a 6 out of 7 stars.

Highly recommended film!–but I would also recommend–nay, insist on watching the first one, Raiders of the Lost Ark first.  Then you ought to move onto this one, a great movie for a rainy day, a lazy Sunday afternoon, or a family-movie night!

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