Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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Archaeologist Jones and his tweedy father race the Nazis to the Holy Grail.
Not as good as the first one, but better than the second. Thats been the consensus opinion regarding Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the final installment in Steven Spielberg and George Lucas original adventure trilogy, throughout the nearly two decades since its 1989 theatrical release. Its a fair assessment. After the relatively dark and disturbing Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989) recalls the sheer fun of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). With its variety of colorful locations, multiple chase scenes (the opening sequence on a circus train, with River Phoenix as the young Indy, is one of the best of the series, as is the boat chase through the canals of Venice), and cloak-and-dagger vibe, its the closest in tone to a James Bond outing, which director Spielberg has noted was the inspiration for the trilogy in the first place; whats more, it harkens back to Raiders in its choice of villains (i.e., the Nazis--Indy even comes face to face with Hitler at a rally in Berlin) and its quest for an antiquity of incalculable value and significance (the Holy Grail, the chalice said to have been the receptacle of Christ's blood as he hung on the cross). Add to that the presence of Sean Connery, playing Indys father and having a field day opposite Harrison Ford, and youve got a most welcome return to form.
Special features include a six-minute introduction by Spielberg and Lucas, who discuss the grail as a metaphor for bringing Indy and his estranged father together and agree that Crusade is the funniest of the three films; "Indys Women," an American Film Institute tribute with leading ladies Karen Allen, Kate Capshaw, and Alison Doody each discussing her character (Capshaw candidly describes Temple of Dooms Willie Scott as "whiny, petulant, and annoying"); "Indys Friends and Enemies," a look at the films various villains and sidekicks; plus storyboards and photo galleries. --Sam Graham
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: An introduction by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
- The Women: The American Film Institute Tribute
- Friends and Enemies
- Storyboard Sequence: The Opening Sequence
- Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game demo and trailer
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