Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Release Year: 1989
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Menno Meyjes (story), George Lucas (story & characters), Philip Kaufman (characters)
Starring: Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Allison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, River Phoenix, Michael Byrne, Kevork Malikyan, Robert Eddison
Rating: Won 1 Oscar: Best Sound Editing. Nominated for 2 Oscars: Best Sound, Best Original Score. Nominated for 1 Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor (Sean Connery).
When Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. (Sean Connery) disappears while hunting for his life’s obsession, the Holy Grail, Indiana Jones must follow in his father’s footsteps to save both him, and the Grail, from the Nazis.
Steven Spielberg has only made one threequel but it is also one of the best ever made. Following the wonderful Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and the highly entertaining if a bit staler Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade does everything absolutely right. Introducing Indiana Jones’s father in a shape of a never better Connery (Dr. No, 1964) was an act of sheer brilliance and the complex relationship between the two gives the film an emotional weight that the first two lacked. It also returns to repeat what the first one did best, bringing the professor side of Indiana Jones back and including the series’ two best side characters: Denholm Elliott’s Marcus Brody and John Rhys-Davies’s Sallah. The opening of the film sees a young River Phoenix (Stand By Me, 1986) giving a great performance as a young Indiana. The film generally gives many more layers to an already great character and the return to the biblical theme seems to suit the fantasy adventure better than the cultish brutality of Temple of Doom, and its always nice to see our hero kick some Nazi behind! But the best thing about Last Crusade is the wonderful interplay between father and son which makes this a film one will happily return to again and again. An unmissable adventure classic.
When George Lucas and Steven Spielberg met to discuss the third Indiana Jones film, Lucas wanted to set the film in a haunted house, but Spielberg had just finished producing Poltergeist and wanted to do something different. Lucas came up with the idea of using the Holy Grail for the story and Spielberg added the father/son storyline.
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