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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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In 1938, after his father Professor Henry Jones, Sr. goes missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones finds himself up against Adolf Hitler's Nazis again to stop them obtaining its powers.

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Steven Spielberg

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Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), George Lucas (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones
Sean Connery ... Professor Henry Jones
Denholm Elliott ... Marcus Brody
Alison Doody ... Elsa
John Rhys-Davies ... Sallah
Julian Glover ... Walter Donovan
River Phoenix ... Young Indy
Michael Byrne ... Vogel
Kevork Malikyan ... Kazim
Robert Eddison ... Grail Knight
Richard Young ... Fedora
Alexei Sayle ... Sultan
Alex Hyde-White ... Young Henry
Paul Maxwell ... Panama Hat
Isla Blair ... Mrs. Donovan (as Mrs. Glover)
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Storyline

An art collector appeals to Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones. The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart. Written by Jwelch5742

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He's back in an all new adventure. Memorial Day 1989. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Greek | Arabic

Release Date:

24 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiana Jones 3 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$197,171,806

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$474,171,806, 16 June 2012
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70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Boam wrote a draft set in 1939. The prologue has adult Indiana retrieving an Aztec relic for a museum curator in Mexico and features the circus train. Henry and Elsa (who is described as having dark hair) were searching for the Grail on behalf of the Chandler Foundation before Henry went missing. The character of Kazim is here named Kemal, and is an Agent of the Republic of Hatay, which seeks the grail for its own. Kemal shoots Henry and dies drinking from the wrong chalice. The Grail Knight battles Indiana on horseback and Vogel is crushed by a Boulder while stealing the Grail. In his second draft, Indiana's mother, named Margaret in this version, dismisses Indiana when he returns home with the Cross of Coronado, while his father is on a long distance call. Walter Chandler of the Chandler Foundation features, but is not the main villain. He plunges to his death in the tank. Elsa introduces Indiana and Brody to a large Venetian family that knows Henry. Leni Riefenstahl appears at the Nazi rally in Berlin. Vogel is beheaded by the traps guarding the Grail. Kemal tries to blow up the Grail Temple during a comic fight, in which gunpowder is repeatedly lit and extinguished. Elsa shoots Henry, then dies drinking from the wrong Grail, and Indiana rescues his father from falling into the chasm, while grasping for the Grail. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene in what is now Arches National Park, Balanced Rock is seen - but the smaller balanced rock ("The Chip off the Old Block") that stood beside it until 1975 is gone. See more »

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Alternate Versions

In the German dubbed version the line "This is how we say 'good-bye' in Germany, Mr. Jones!" was changed to "...how we say 'good-bye' at the SS!" See more »

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Probably The Best Movie Of The Trilogy.
18 April 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was, in my opinion, the best movie of the Indiana Jones trilogy. This movie featured the same type of humor we have become accustomed to from Jones, as well as another beautiful woman (also probably the best Indy girl) and lots of great action scenes! This movie starts off with a teenage Indy (River Phoenix) which gives us a look at an event that molds his life and character as well as his relationship with his father, Henry (Sean Connery). We also learn he is a "Junior" and that he hates to be called that.

Back as an adult, Indy's father is kidnapped and he must set out to find him. His only clues are his father's diary notes, which were mysteriously sent to him earlier that day. They lead him to Italy, where he meets the gorgeous blonde, Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody), who becomes an integral part of this story.

Once again, the grown up Indy (Harrison Ford) does battle with the Nazis. Apparently, Adolf Hitler is after the Holy Grail, which contains the blood of Christ. So Indiana and his father team up to get there first. Along the way, there is a great action scene where Jones fights a few Nazis on board a moving tank.

Overall, as I mentioned earlier, I believe this to be the best Indiana Jones movie of the three. This action movie was good long before movie studios learned to make the great CGI and special effects. It's effects were pretty good anyways but back in 1989, things just did not look as good as they can make them today. Still, highly recommended and worth your time. 9.5/10


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