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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Special Edition) (1989)

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Not as good as the first one, but better than the second. That’s been the consensus opinion regardingIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the final installment in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ original adventure trilogy, throughout the … see full wiki

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Illumination

  • Sep 28, 2008
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+5
As the title so prominently mentions, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE was originally intended to be the last of the Indiana Jones film series. The movie is an origins story and fills in many of the questions that fans had about the character, e.g. where did Indy get his scar, where did he get his whip, why is he afraid of snakes, etc.

The extended opening of the film begins in Utah where Indy (played by River Phoenix here) and his Boy Scout troop are out for a day of riding and exploring. Indy and a fellow Scout separate from the group and stumble upon a group of men who have just discovered the Cross of Coronado. Indy believes the object belongs in a museum, while the men just want the fortune the find will bring. Indy steals the cross and the diggers chase after him. It's a race through the rough terrain that climaxes aboard a circus train.

After explaining some of Indy's origins, the film fast forwards to 1938. Indy (now once again played by Harrison Ford) is hired by a wealthy "collector of antiquities" to find the missing pieces of a map that reveal the resting place of the Holy Grail. He learns that is father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) has already gone missing in the quest. In order to find his father, Indy takes the quest. The journey takes Indy from Italy, Austria, and the Middle East. The Nazis are once again the villains and are intent on adding another spiritual artifact to their growing collection as preparation for their attempt of world domination.

Out of all the Indiana Jones films, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE is my favorite. The film has some wonderful acting, particularly by River Phoenix in the opening segment and by Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in the rest of the picture. Ford and Connery have a great rapport between each other and their relationship grounds the picture in reality. The movie is chock-full of action. I also like how the film brought back the characters of Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) and Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott). There is some criticism of the character of Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody), but the beautiful and conflicted Schneider makes a perfect female foil for Indy in the movie.

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE is sometimes criticized for being less realistic in its action sequences than the two previous films and having too much physical comedy. The movie is lighter in tone than the previous two films in the franchise, but that doesn't make it any less realistic nor does it overshadow the serious journey that Indy, his father, and their companions are on. Continuing a theme that was hinted at in INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE is a film that despite the action and humor is really about renewal and redemption. It's a movie that when the final credits roll at the end a person can sit back and really feel like they have found "illumination."

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