Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Paramount Pictures / Lucafilm Released 1989

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Director:
Steven Spielberg
Released:
1989
Rating:
PG-13

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the third installment in the blockbuster adventure franchise, chronicling the further adventures of swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. The film begins by detailing an episode in Young Indiana Jones' life, when he lost an artifact called the Cross of Coronado to a daring treasure seeker, which gave him his legendary fedora. In his adulthood, Jones is drafted by rich businessman Walter Donovan to lead a team on a quest for the Holy Grail - the ultimate archeological artifact. Indy denies the job at first until he is informed that the current team leader, his estranged and fuddy-duddy father Henry, has been abducted by the Nazis, who seek to get their Fascist hands on the object for the purposes of world domination. Joined by his colleague Marcus Brody and beautiful Dr. Elsa Schneider, Jones is off on a race against the clock to rescue his father and obtain the cup that promises eternal life to whoever drinks from it.

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  • 90

    The New York Times

    Though it cannot regain the brash originality of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark,'' in its own way 'The Last Crusade' is nearly as good, matching its audience's wildest hopes.

  • 90

    Variety

    The Harrison Ford-Sean Connery father-and-son team gives Last Crusade unexpected emotional depth, reminding us that real film magic is not in special effects.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is just as well that Last Crusade will indeed be Indy's last film. It would be too sad to see the series grow old and thin, like the James Bond movies.

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    • Production Budget - $48,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $197,171,806 (2nd)
      Worldwide Gross - $474,171,806 (1st)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $405,270,009
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $974,620,135

    • Filming locations:
      Durango, Mexico
      Administration Building, Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay, California
      Alamosa, Colorado
      Amarillo, Texas
      Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
      Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
      Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
      Chiesa di San Barnaba, Campo San Barnaba, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy
      Cannon Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
      Cortez, Colorado, USA
      Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Chama, New Mexico
      Desierto de Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Germany
      Guadix, Granada, Andalucía, Spain
      Moab, Utah
      North Weald, Essex, England
      Pagosa Springs, Colorado
      Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Petra, Jordan
      Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England
      Royal Horticultural Halls & Conference Centre, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, England, UK
      Schloss Bürresheim, Mayen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
      South Park Avenue, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
      Stowe School, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England
      Tabernas, Almería, Andalucía, Spain
      Tilbury Docks, Essex, England
      Tilbury, Essex, England
      Venice, Veneto, Italy
      Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England

    • Taglines:
      1. He's back in an all new adventure. Memorial Day 1989.
      2. Have the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joneses.
      3. The man with the hat is back. And this time, he's bringing his Dad.

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Best Effects
      2. Sound Effects Editing

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Sound
      2. Original Score

      Golden Globes Nominations:
      1. Supporting Actor - Sean Connery  (won by Denzel Washington for Glory)

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Sound
      2. Special Effects
      3. Supporting Actor - Sean Connery (won by Ray McAnally for My Left Foot)

      Grammy Nominations:
      1. Background Score

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