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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Special Edition)
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2000
Raiders of the Lost Ark was a spectacular ride full of eye-popping stunts and breathtaking action sequences. The second Indiana Jones film, The Temple of Doom, was a disappointment. It was a decent movie, not bad by any means whatsoever, but it couldn't hold a candle to its predecessor. It seemed the Indiana Jones chronicles were only going to go downhill from there. Boy, was I wrong. I watched The Last Crusade in theaters back in 1989 and it was every bit as fun and enjoyable as Raiders of the Lost Ark, even an improvement in some ways. There's considerably more character development in this film and the special effects have gotten better with enhanced technology.
The storyline reverts back to the formula that made Indiana Jones so great. This time, Jones (Harrison Ford) has discovered that his father, Henry (Sean Connery), has disappeared on an expedition for the Holy Grail. Indiana takes his place and, with the help of Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliot), Sallah (John Rhys-Davies), searches for his father and the Holy Grail and must battle Nazis on the same quest.
The Last Crusade is action galore as its a non-stop and fun thrill ride. The stunts and action scenes are amazing, as usual.
The performances are as good as ever. Harrison Ford IS Indiana Jones and Denholm Elliot and John Rhys-Davies do good jobs with their role. The real standout in this film, though, is Sean Connery as Jones' father.
The Last Crusade is an excellent crowd pleaser, so watch it with an audience. To sum it up, this and Raiders of the Lost Ark are the best action films of all time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2000
Yup. Even now, after ten years since last crusade I haven't seen a better action-flick than this. This is the ultimate fist-and-weapon-fest of all time.
First I'd like to say I have always been a fan of Indiana Jones -series ( from the age of 5; when I watched Indiana Jones: the last crusade every time my parents were out, and it was my one and only favourite movie back then... ), and this is the first I saw ( and I think the best; Raiders of the lost Ark almost equal, but Temple of Doom quite behind ). When I was little, like I told, I watched this dozens of times; everytime possible, but the action then didn't stop to the movie. Indy was my idol, and ( hehe, at the age of 6 ) I tried to write a letter to Indy; and I played Indiana Jones -adventures with my friends. I remembered this movie from word to word ( that's how this'll influence every action-fan; gotta watch it again and again and again... :), but that's enough of my past. Still, this is one of the best, and definetely the finest action-movie of the 80's. This movie has the magic to not grow old. Youngsters, Teenagers and Adults will love this movie for generations; because this shows how good a movie can be without too big special effects. That's why this'll be never forgotten.
Spielberg has done a quality job with Indiana Jones -trilogy, and I believe there'll be 4th one ( Harrison Ford has said "yes" to another indy role; this time Indy would be little older; but who cares? We want him back to screen! ;). Buy this, even if you're not familiar with the name, but if you are, and you haven't seen this, this is the best of the trilogy.
To write little about the plot ( I won't spoil anything, because it's funny, full of irony, humour, action and excitement; like an action-movie should! ) let me start. Hitler hears a tale of holy grail; the cup of Christ; and that it has been confirmed to exist. He wants it, because the tale tells that whoever drinks from the cup becomes invincible... To stop Hitler Indiana Jones starts a quest to find the holy grail before nazi's do. ( that's it, but there's many twists and "whoa"'s before the end. Watch yourself, and I promise you'll get hooked.
This is one of the best roles of Harrison Ford, because he fits the role like fist in the eye ( really remarkable! ) and John Rhys-Davies has much larger role than in the raiders. Other actors do a fine job too. This movie rulez. Buy it today. A rent will not be enough... You'll see :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It may just be coincidence but this time Harrison Ford that was a carpenter is not Dr. Indiana Jones (Junior) and his last crusade (until the next film) is to obtain a cup of a carpenter.

Even though this film can stand on its own, it can be more fully understood if you watch "Raiders of the lost Ark" first.

Once again we start out with a young Jones trying to save an artifact from pillagers. This lets us know of his heroic energy and introduces his father Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery) and his obsession with the Holy Grail, even to the exclusion of his relationship with Junior.

Now grown Dr. Indiana Jones gives a class and explains that Archeology is a pretty strait forward science and not some search for legends. He receives a mysterious piece of post.

He is then approached by group of rich people that are in search of the Grail. It turns out that their top researcher has disappeared. Yep it is Professor Henry Jones. What can Indiana do but go looking for his father. He is accounted by his best friend who runs a museum Dr. Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliottt) as they team up with the last person to see his father Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody.) He gets a final warning "Do not trust anybody."

Will he find his father?

If he dies what will they have to talk about?

Does the Grail really exist?

Who are the mysterious people following him?

One of my favorite scenes is where Dr. Jones disguised in a German uniform bumps into Hitler (Michael Sheard of Star Wars fame).

Have fun watching this great film with the banter between Hennery and Junior. And remember "do not trust anybody."
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2000
The third installment of the Indiana Jones series,Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,is another fantastic adventure.(it's not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark,but at least as good,if not better than Temple of Doom.)The film starts out in 1912 in Utah,and shows Indy as a teenager,played by River Phoenix.Then it shifts to 1938 and Indy winds up battling Nazis again,this time teaming up with his father Henry Jones(played wonderfully by THE James Bond,Sean Connery)to find the Holy Grail.Of course Harrison Ford is great as Indy,and the rest of the cast is very good,too,including Alison Doody as Dr.Elsa Schneider,John Rhys Davies as Sallah,Denholm Elliot as Marcus Brody,and Julian Glover as Donovan.There's loads of action,and the musical score by John Williams is great.Overall,it's a great movie and a fine collaboration of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2001
In this the 3rd of the Indiana Jones trilogy, we again meet Indy(Ford) back at the university, when he recieves a strange notebook in the mail from his father(Connery), and he is contacted by the dubious buisnessman Walter Donovan(Glover), he decides to go to Venice, Italy to find his disapeared father along with his confused friend Marcus Brody(Elliot). Here he meets his fathers associated Dr. Elsa Schneider(Doody), as they delver further in to the mystery of his fathers disapearance and the Holy Grail, they find that they are opposed by several groups, and once again Indiana Jones finds himself battling nazis as he tries to get to the grail before them, and in the process getting Adolf Hitlers autograph(even though Adolf seem to misspell his name in the movie). The movie reminds alot of the mood that was created in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Connery is perfect in the role as Henry Jones, sr. and the whole movie seems to be in perfect balance keeping you at the edge of your seat all the time, but still giving you time to calm down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2002
After the critical and commercial failure of Color Purple and Empire of the Sun, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas returned to the sure-fire formula of the Indiana Jones franchise. Opting to steer away from the darkness of Temple of Doom and go for a more light-hearted adventure, Last Crusade suceeds wonderfully, with the pairing of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford producing one of the best on-screen pairings since Newman and Redford. John Rhys-Davies makes a welcome return as Sallah, Indy's guide and friend. While not as strong as Karen Allen in Raiders, Alison Doody make a good impression as Elsa, a german women who seduces Indy. The villians are great with Walter Donavan (Julian Glover) as an evil german intent on retrieving the Holy Grail. The action set-pieces are top-notch, with speedboat chases, tank chases, plane chases and all rounded off with an exciting finale, Last Crusade ends the trilogy perfectly. When the film was realesed in 1989, it was greeted with critical praise and box-office triumph.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2000
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" is one of my favourite action films of all time. It has action by the bucketful, plenty of suspense and Harrison Ford is on top form. In this adventure Indy goes out to retrieve the Holy Grail. On the trail he finds his father (played by Sean Connery) and finds out the Nazis are looking for the Grail as well.... Last Crusade is definitely better than IC and the Temple of Doom and holds a candle to the excellent "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Theres also a bit of comedy as well: Indy kills about 6 soldiers with one bullet on top of a tank and constantly argues with his dad! I recommend this to anyone who likes action films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 1, 2000
On this new adventure Indy (Harrison Ford) Jones Henry jr. finds himself in a quest for his father Henry Jones sr (Sean Connery) and the Holy Grail with a little of help from his father, Sallah (John Rhys Davies) and Marcus Brody(Denholm Elliot) begin a packed action-adventure meanwhile Indy figth with Nazis, arabs, the evil Walter Donovan (Julian Glover), the beatiful Elsa Schneider(Alison Dody) and the Nazi coronel Vogel(Michael barne)
thanks to Spielberg and Lucas we know the origin of Indys Hat, Whip, the scar of his chin, his clotes and his Indiana name. higly recomended for part of the family (9 years up)
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2001
"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" is what I think the best of the three Indiana Jones movie. And one of the most important reasons for this conclusion is not just that it has Harrison Ford doing absolutely great, it has legendary actor Sean Connery as Indy's dad.
Harrison Ford is Dr. Henry 'Indiana' Jones, Jr. When he is asked by Walter Donovan (Julian Glover) to help go in search of the mystical Holy Grail since one of his main archaeologist has disappeared, he refuses. But when Indy is told that the missing man is his father, Professor Henry Jones, Sr., (whom he has rarely spoken to in 20 years), Indy, along with the help of friend Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) and Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody), try to rescue his father from... who? Can it be the mysterious men who are trying to stop him from finding the Holy Grail? Or is there more to just finding his father and the Holy Grail than meets the eye? Indiana discovers that you can't trust anybody when dealing with power seeking men who want to use the cup of Jesus for evil.
The best Indiana Jones movie AND action/adventure movie!! And the script and plot is just perfect, with plenty of lines which are just so funny! The first part where they have 'young Indiana Jones' played by River Phoenix was lots of fun, too. I like it where the explained some things like how Indy got his famous hat. "Everyone's lost but me..."
My favorite parts are when Indy 'rescues' his dad but instead has to escape from the bad guys when he is caught himself and whenever Indy and Dr. Jones are arguing. One thing though is that I didn't think much of Alison Doody as Elsa. Yeah, she was real greedy and everything but I still like Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood in the first Indiana Jones movie, "Raiders of the Lost Ark". And of course John Williams score is just terrific. I can probably hum the whole Indiana Jones theme song!
For those of you who haven't seen this movie, well, I'm telling you to put it on you 'must see' list!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2002
Anybody who's seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade knows it's an unsurpassable adventure. It's got all the great action of Raiders of the Lost Ark, twice the humor (in quantity and quality) of Temple of Doom (which was, admittedly, the most action-packed of the series), and more character development than both combined. So that's why I'm getting a little impatient waiting for the DVD of my favorite action film. This was definitely the perfect to a magnificent trilogy.
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