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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)  IMDB   Website
Genre Action/Adventure MPAA PG13
Director Steven Spielberg Rating
Writer Jeffery Boam Runtime 126 minutes
Producer George Lucas Type Movie
Cinematographer Paul Beeson Format DVD
Studio Paramount Pictures Disk No. 1/1
Language English Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Black and White    
Plot Summary

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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. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade earned a then record-breaking $50 million in its first week of release. --- Tracie Cooper
Actor / Character

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Harrison Ford ..... Indiana Jones
Sean Connery ..... Dr. Henry Jones
Denholm Elliott ..... Marcus Brody
Alison Doody ..... Dr. Elsa Schneider
John Rhys-Davies ..... Sallah
River Phoenix ..... Young Indy
Julian Glover ..... Walter Donovan
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
Dave Murray ..... Scout
Jeff O'Haco ..... Half Breed
Peter Pacey ..... Hatay Tank Driver
Marc Miles ..... Sheriff
Billy Mitchell ..... Dr. Mulbray
Will Miles ..... Scout
George Malpas ..... Man on Zeppelin
Michael Sheard ..... Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
Nicolas Scott ..... Female Officer at Castle
Louis Sheldon ..... Young Officer at Castle
Judy Taylor .....
Tom Branch ..... Hatay Soldier in Temple
Nina Almond ..... Flower Girl
Larry Sanders ..... Scout Master
Pat Roach ..... Gestapo
Suzanne Roquette ..... Film Director
Julie Eccles ..... Irene
Martin Gordon ..... Man at Hitler Rally
Mrs. Glover ..... Mrs. Donovan
Bradley Gregg ..... Roscoe
Ted Grossman ..... Deputy Sheriff
Vernon Dobtcheff ..... Butler
Graeme Crowther ..... Zeppelin Crewman
Mike Fenton .....
Vince Deadrick, Jr. ..... Rough Rider
Maggie Cartier .....
Chris Jenkinson ..... Officer at Castle
Frederick Jaeger ..... World War One Ace
Stefan Kalipha ..... Hatay Tank Gunner
Eugene Lipinski ..... G-Man
Luke Hanson ..... Principal SS Officer at Castle
J.J. Hardy ..... Herman
Paul Humpoletz ..... German Officer at Hitler Rally
Jerry Harte ..... Prof. Stanton
Tim Hiser ..... Young Panama Hat
Awards

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(1989) Academy - Best Score (nom) ..... John Williams
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Tony Dawe
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Gary Summers
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Ben Burtt
(1989) Academy - Best Sound (nom) ..... Shawn Murphy
(1989) Academy - Best Sound Effects (win) ..... Richard Hymns
(1989) Academy - Best Sound Effects (win) ..... Ben Burtt
(1989) British Academy Awards - Achievement in Special Effects Award (nom) .....
(1990) Golden Globe - Best Supporting Actor (nom) ..... Sean Connery
Review

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, while perhaps lacking the impact of the original, is an invaluable addition to the acclaimed series. Steven Spielberg, seemingly aware of the mistakes made in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, utilized the formula of the first movie without making a duplicate by providing the audience with a pseudo-historical backdrop, offering a comedic and quite understandable explanation for the elder Indiana's fear of snakes, and the origins of his famous whip and hat. The late River Phoenix, looking every inch the young Indy, provides The Last Crusade with an exciting prologue, showcasing his then unsuccessful attempt across unsafe terrain and reptile-laden circus boxcars to wrestle a precious historical artifact away from those who wanted it for all the wrong reasons. Mixing a return to form with archaeological thrills, outrageous stunts, and deadpan comedy, The Last Crusade has all the charm of the first two films combined. --- Tracie Cooper

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