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4.55

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Worth A Look: 30.95%
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Pretty Bad: 1.59%
Total Crap: 2.38%

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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by Slyder

"A return to form"
5 stars

The only thing that hampered Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was that it was simply recovering lost territory thanks to the competent yet disappointing Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Otherwise on its own itís a damn fine action flick, not as great as the masterful Raiders Of the Lost Ark, but it damn sure comes close, thanks to George Lucas and Steven Spielbergís rehash of the Raiderís formula and adding a more reasonable and more cooler twist in the form of Indyís dad plus several other surprises along the way.

One of the surprises is the always exciting opening act, only that this time it takes us to the beginning of the century where a young Indiana Jones (played perfectly by the late River Phoenix) fights off a band of cave looters whom have discovered a Spanish cross only to loose it in the end, not before gaining a couple of his soon-to-be trademarks while being chased on a circus train: His fear of snakes, his chin scar and his first encounter with a bull-whip, and last but not least (though at Indyís house), his legendary fedora.

Flash forward to the 1930ís one year after the raiding of the lost ark, Indy finally after 26 years, gets the Spanish cross, and now is given a new mission thanks to a wealthy relics collector Walter Donovan (Julian Glover): to find the Holy Grail, and also to find his father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) whom was a Grail fanatic since Indyís early days and mysteriously disappeared off Venice, Italy. Oh, and his mentor and clueless friend Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliot) tags along with him for the ride.

What can be said that it hasnít been said? Just as in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Last Crusade contains your required B-movie homage as well as a bunch of action scenes. The plot once again is a bit iffy (like itís supposed to), but compared to Temple of Doom, itís a hell of a lot better constructed, especially thanks to the opening sequence in which we see the late River Phoenix do battles as Indy. This is one of the two major highlights in the film with the second being of course, Indyís no-nonsense-yet-totally-clueless-when-it-comes-to-adventure dad. Sean Connery in a way represents the glory days of action movies of yesteryear if you remember your James Bond films (until James Bond became a cinematic whoring of itself after that), and is also one of the coolest guys out there (or at least was). Jeffrey Boamís screenplay from Lucasís and Menno Meyjesís original story balances both Indy and his dad allowing them to both have equally memorable moments instead of ripping each others lines out, and their unusual partnership and chemistry with each other also sparks endless amounts of fun and comedic moments (No ticket! Son, Iím sorry, they got us!). Ford himself as Indy will always kick ass, since no one does Indy better than Ford. Another highlight is Alison Doody as Dr. Elsa Schneider, this time another Jonesí babe gone bad, which is quite a twist when it comes to the other babes in the series. The action scenes this time are perfectly executed and while they may not be as instantly striking as they were back in Raiders, theyíre ultimately spectacular and rewarding, and of course, fun.

In the end, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a satisfying return to form for a franchise that got somewhat fucked with Temple of Doom. This film offers a fitting finale to the series, though thereís still the possibility of a fourth Indiana Jones movie (and Iím not holding my breath besides, Ford is like 62 years old for Christ sake), and a truly enjoyable movie on its own. 4.5-5

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User Comments

9/04/16 TonyK Tied with Raiders as the best in the franchise. 5 stars
7/18/15 Cal L Action-packed, clever and witty. Ford and Connery are magic together. 5 stars
12/11/12 Tracey Boring. A step down from the first two. 1 stars
10/16/12 Dr.Lao Not bad for an action movie starring two old geezers 4 stars
3/01/12 jcar my favorite of series with great action and cool visual and makeup effects, better than 2 4 stars
6/11/10 Flathead King An impressive movie although it does look like a remake of Raiders with Connery thrown in. 4 stars
8/31/09 ur 86 Alright 1 stars
5/30/09 Josie Cotton is a goddess Amazing 5 stars
9/11/08 PAUL SHORTT A WARM, ENGAGING ADVENTURE WITH SPLENDID SET-PIECES AND GENIAL INTERPLAY 4 stars
6/10/08 Johnnyfaye Much like the other indy films...this has probably one the best endings I have ever seen... 5 stars
6/04/08 Dana one of my personal favorite enjoy watching it 5 stars
5/25/08 debdahlin Loved this movie - sean connery and harrison ford are great together 5 stars
5/17/08 Jas best Indina Jones ever 5 stars
4/01/08 Doc G I'll be 80 in July, 08. It made me feel like a kid again 5 stars
3/02/08 Pamela White adventure from minute one 5 stars
12/13/07 Megan Best of the series. Gotta love that ol' Sean Connery. 4 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega If you love 'Raiders' and 'The Temple of Doom', you'll love this. 5 stars
1/03/07 EZ Good old Indy 5 stars
11/05/06 cody My favorite one of them all, harrison ford is awesome, it belongs in a musesum dude. 4 stars
2/11/06 Anthony Probably the best one 5 stars
11/23/05 Ed Probably the most fun and enjoyable adventure flick ever made. 5 stars
9/05/05 Ric Harrison Ford and Spielberg at their best, this is my all-time favorite action/adventure. 5 stars
8/28/05 Quigley this one ruled the trilogy. Sean Connery was awesome. this movie is funny, cool, and sweet! 5 stars
8/13/05 ES Mr. Connery the best film out of the best series, nicely done 5 stars
5/27/05 tony exellent film. godd plot, action scenes and all the works a good action movie needs! 4 stars
3/25/05 indrid cold What's up with people who like this one more than the 1st? 4 stars
3/15/05 Ronin best of 3 5 stars
1/04/05 t-1000 more lighthearted fun, but nevertheless a fun ride. 4 stars
10/28/04 Ashley Heitkamp one of the most predictable boring fight'em up movies i've ever been forced to watch 2 stars
10/19/04 Al Guy Better than the 2nd, but not close too the 1st. 4 stars
10/17/04 Elisheva Rison This movie is the next best thing to the first Indiana Jones! It's adventure-packed! 5 stars
10/16/04 Denise Junior is great 5 stars
9/04/04 Valerie This is the best of the Indiana Jones movies. A very fun film! 4 stars
8/19/04 courtney best of 3 indy kicks nazi ass, finds the one thing his father wants, and saves his life 5 stars
8/14/04 N.P.D. Reprieve of the original, but with enough twists to be at least almost as strong. 5 stars
7/26/04 keithers truely the last good adventure film to date 5 stars
6/01/04 James Kustes Not until I saw it recently did I remember what it was about 5 stars
5/31/04 Nobody Best of the three, though Ford's acting is somewhat unconvincing. 4 stars
3/27/04 Littlepurch. By FAR hte best of the 3. Hilarious and thrilling with 2 gr8 performances from Sean & Ford. 5 stars
2/21/04 Joe Ford and Connery make this probably the best Indy flick. 5 stars
1/14/04 Eric Indy's never been better. 5 stars
12/24/03 Snickerdoodle Indy kicks Nazi butt! And Sean Connery was really good too. 5 stars
12/14/03 Joe Funny, thrilling, and touching, it's the best Indy film. 5 stars
12/07/03 john Connery is phenomenal! 5 stars
11/10/03 Skilly Skally Yep cool but Raiders is without doubt the best 4 stars
10/26/03 Erik Van Sant An improvement over the last installment. Too many 'Spielberg' moments. G. Lucas blows ass. 4 stars
9/06/03 Dimitri Aubert Comedy takes over the action, but still a good movie. 4 stars
8/09/03 Will Green This movie deserves your respect, FUCKERS! Bettered by Temple of Doom 4 stars
7/23/03 Spiderfan729 Remains one of my top 5 favorite movies. Packed with fun until the end! Must See! 5 stars
7/17/03 Katie Roberts it was sooooooooooo predictable. 1 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Tired, smug film only has a few bright moments to its credit. 2 stars
3/21/03 defranco73 The second best of the trilogy. 5 stars
2/07/03 Joe Along with The Shawshank Redemption, my favorite movie of all-time 5 stars
1/01/03 John Aster Habig God's name is Jehovah 5 stars
10/29/02 Josť my favourite Indiana Jones 5 stars
10/26/02 YES Best action film ever, period. 5 stars
9/16/02 raymond fogarty one of the best movies ever made 5 stars
7/12/02 Eric The Last Crusade is the best of the trilogy and my favorite action film of all time. 5 stars
7/12/02 KMG I love this candy corn archeology! Fun! 4 stars
7/04/02 gary vidmar In my opinion, the least of the 3. Still a very good movie though 4 stars
6/25/02 Charles Tatum Better than "Temple" 5 stars
5/12/02 Sunny Philip You find more about Indi in this movie than all the others, while seeing him kick Nazi ass 5 stars
4/03/02 Stephanie Throckmorton Barely above average; Connery awkward in role; suffers from lack of heroine like in IJ&TOD. 4 stars
3/16/02 I love movies did anyone notice this is the only movie where Indy wears a tie in his adventures? 5 stars
1/18/02 David A. A good sequel to "Raiders." THIS is the part two, not that miserable Temple of Doom farce. 5 stars
1/17/02 Mad Max Worth a freakin' look? Most beautiful girl? Awesome, but girl sucks 5 stars
12/14/01 I love movies one of his SPielberg's best movies! great scripy and Ford & Connery rock! 5 stars
12/03/01 Reini Urban The reference for all adventures 5 stars
11/28/01 John Glenson Best Movie. Most beautiful girl 5 stars
10/08/01 jawsboy excellent action movie. Possibly the best out of the three. ***1/2 to **** stars 4 stars
9/03/01 Connoisseur certainly good, but why didn't they do something different like the second tried to do? 4 stars
8/10/01 keith langman improvment over temple/ losses effect. ford didn't do his owns stunts ruins it. but fun 4 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa THE BEST OF THE INDIANA JONES FLICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk The third installment is almost on par with 'Raiders'. Great movie! 5 stars
7/27/01 TLsmooth If you didn't like this, stop watching movies cause you don't know what you are doing. 5 stars
4/02/01 Jesse L Connery was miscast but a very good movie and Harrison is great 4 stars
3/15/01 Richard Wright The action is as good as ever, but its the humour that makes this the best of the series. 5 stars
3/12/01 R.W. Welch The Connery presence is enough to save an essentially routine yarn. 4 stars
2/16/01 Joseph Lewis Simply the best adventure film of all time. Sweeping, globetrotting quest with much humor. 5 stars
2/11/01 KyLe*BrOfLoVsKi Cartman, you buttpipe! You wouldn't know a good movie if it slapped you on your fat ass. 5 stars
2/09/01 The Evil Penguin Awesome. HUGE improvement over "Temple of Doom" 5 stars
1/23/01 scorekeeper Great movie- plain and simple 5 stars
12/09/00 fifu a great movie with great music and feel and action 5 stars
11/28/00 Cristopher Revilla At least its better than the second one, my dad loved it 5 stars
11/13/00 The EVIL Penguin Beats the first two Indiana films 5 stars
7/07/00 Henry Jones Jr. WOW! Action and humor mix perfectly! Indy Rules 4 ever! 5 stars
5/31/00 danilo starts boring, but it gets better in the end - complaint: too much like Raiders 4 stars
3/20/00 Deckard A major improvement over the pathetic'Temple',but it still can't touch 'Raiders' 4 stars
3/06/00 Ed more action than the other two, but "Raiders" is still the best 5 stars
2/19/00 Chris Jurewicz One of the best movies I've seen in a long time. With twists and turns Indiana rocks! 5 stars
2/03/00 Richard Wright excellent chemistry between Ford and Connery make this worthwhile.Oh, and great action bits 4 stars
1/20/00 Jedi15 A great movie, but not as good as the first two. Connery is a riot! 4 stars
11/29/99 Mic Ford and Connery make an excellent comic team. 4 stars
11/04/99 Karahde Khan God's name in Judeo-Christian tradition is Yahveh, not Jehovah. Otherwise great movie. 5 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Not the best but it still um...kicks ass (as you americans like to put it). 4 stars
6/03/99 Matthew Bartley Harrison and Sean!!IN THE SAME MOVIE!!! 5 stars
12/08/98 Justin Excellant action/adventure outing. Almost as good as Raiders. 5 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob That one blimp shot keeps it from being 'F.A.' 4 stars
10/09/98 Bluntman "I should have mailed it to the Marx brothers!" 4 stars
9/30/98 bizzy eeeee! wonderful! 5 stars
9/15/98 Negative Creep Raiders maybe a classic but I can see this one over and over again thanks in part to Sean C 5 stars
9/10/98 Bruce Willis' mama. It's Indie. Come on! 4 stars
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