INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (1989)

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Director: Steven Spielberg
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 127 min

This was on T.V. yesterday, and I couldn’t help watching it!  It is one of my favorites.

Indiana Jones, the adventurous archaeologist, learns that his father (played by Sean Connery) has gone missing while searching for the Holy Grail in Venice.  Indiana also receives a package in the mail: his father’s diary with his notes and clues about the Holy Grail.  Knowing his father must be in trouble, Indiana Jones and Marcus Brody, the museum curate, travel to Europe and meet Dr. Elsa Schneider, his father’s colleague.  They begin following a trail of clues in Venice and immediately incite violence and mayhem all around them.  They also swiftly come to the realization that—as is the case in all good Indiana Jones movies—the Nazis are to blame. The mission becomes a race not only to rescue Indy’s father, but to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis get their hands on it.

I really love this movie.  It’s great action with a lot of humor, especially in the banter between Indiana Jones (“Junior”) and his father.  But I do like Raiders of the Lost Ark better, mostly because Karen Allen is by far a superior leading-lady, and Dr. Scheider’s fake Austrian accent is really annoying.  If Karen Allen were in this one, or if Sean Connery were in Raiders I would be a lot happier.  But still a great movie!

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