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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 8

Lighter and more comedic than its predecessor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade returns the series to the brisk serial adventure of Raiders, while adding a dynamite double act between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.

69

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

Lighter and more comedic than its predecessor, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade returns the series to the brisk serial adventure of Raiders, while adding a dynamite double act between Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.

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The third installment in the widely beloved Spielberg/Lucas Indiana Jones saga begins with an introduction to a younger Indy (played by the late River Phoenix), who, through a fast-paced prologue, gives the audience insight into the roots of his taste for adventure, fear of snakes, and dogged determination to take historical artifacts out of the hands of bad guys and into the museums in which they belong. A grown-up Indy (Harrison Ford) reveals himself shortly afterward in a familiar classroom

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Oct 21, 2003

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Not surprisingly, Ford has most of the action here. But Connery -- in what is often a test of a true actor -- shows how much you can do with an essentially passive part.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Fans of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' Indiana Jones series may rest assured that the latest installment, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is fully up to, as well as virtually indistinguishable from, its predecessors.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Though Last Crusade lacks the novelty of Raiders (and, by the way, the flat-out breathless pacing of Temple of Doom), it's an entertaining capper to the trilogy.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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This is not so much a bad film as a machine-like one lacking the same energy as the original, which it most resembles.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Even if he's considerably more battered than his nearest competitor, Indiana quits at the top of the heap. It's just that the heap isn't what it was eight years ago. It's been almost flattered to death.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Captures some of the sense of fun that infused the first movie while using the addition of Sean Connery to up the comedic ante and provide a father/son dynamic.

June 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the most wonderful lark. It is also a class act.

December 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It has a grand scope and epic scale, still, but we're left with a larger idea of the man wearing the fedora.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Take a good look at this movie. In fact, go back four or five times and take four or five good looks. In this imperfect world, you're not likely to see many manmade objects come this close to perfection.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

What we want from Spielberg and Lucas is plenty of action, and plenty of laughs. And that's just what they deliver.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

As usual, the action is on an epic scale and delivered with breathless enthusiasm and much panache by director Steven Spielberg.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The Last Crusade is a step backward for [Spielberg], but backwardness is an integral part of the Indy series right from its kiddie-matinee origins.

July 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

benign slapstick.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Strange Horizons

Thrilling third Indy actioner focuses on hunt for grail.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Last Crusade is pure kicks, and I would never fault this spunky blast of quips and near-misses for trying to vanilla its way back into the hearts of millions.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

It shows us Indy's origin and even ends with him riding off into the sunset after completing the ultimate quest of finding the Holy Grail. I mean how do you top that?

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

...it's impossible to deny the film's status as the very best of the series' sequels...

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This is reportedly the last time producer/writer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg will treat movie fans to an Indiana Jones adventure, and it's pretty obvious they were determined to send Indy riding off into the sunset in style.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Comment (1)
Kansas City Star

There's considerable pleasure in watching these two lions spar, but sometimes Last Crusade mistakes dotting every I and crossing every T for detailed character development.

May 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

Connery brings out a vastly appealing dorky-kid side of Ford we haven't seen before in the Indy films, and Ford parries with Connery angrily yet lovingly.

May 21, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

The third installment of the Indiana Jones story sees Dr. Jones in search of his father who disappeared while searching for the Holy Grail. Spielberg obviously learned from his mistakes of the previous film, and recaptures the spirit of the original. The film opens with a fun comic strip origin story featuring River Phoenix and once again religious myth, which is so ingrained in the popular consciousness it rarely fails to engage the necessary sense of wonder, forms the premise of the story. He replaces the irritating sidekicks with affable buffoons Marcus Brody and Sallah who return from the first film and Alison Doody spends her 15 minutes of fame as a kind of glamorous 30s Bond girl. But most importantly of all we get to meet Henry Jones Sr. Sean Connery was an inspired casting choice and Ford and Connery's brilliant father-son bickering is hilarious, especially during the best section of the film as Indiana rescues his dad from the clutches of the evil Nazis, the natural enemies of our heroes. The equal of the original film and one of the best sequels ever made, The Last Crusade proves once again that Steven Spielberg is a master when it comes to popular entertainment.
December 28, 2013
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Definitely the best of the Indiana Jones films. An effective use of comedy in an action/adventure film that doesn't take itself too seriously. I recommend this film for a fun, worry-free weekend evening.
June 23, 2013
cchclaw

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The most interesting aspect of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is, surprisingly enough, the relationship between Indiana Jones and his father Henry (played by non-other than Sean Connery). While the two certainly joke and fight evil together, the underlying tension between them is always apparent. Henry was never really there for his son, but, as he puts it, that lack of presence actually made Indy the great man that he has grown up to be.
The rest of the film is great. Steven Spielberg has still managed to find creative ways to test Indy's fear of snakes, and his ability to face impossibly odds to retrieve mystical artifacts that prove to have direly terrifying consequences. This time around, he's on a quest to find the Holy Grail, and no doubt some strangely sinister people are after it as well. As always, Last Crusade continues the franchise's ability to provide unique and incredibly fun adventures.
April 27, 2013
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

More spiritual and emotional than the first to instalments, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" is just as inspirational as is it is an entertaining action/adventure. Personally, this is my favourite film of the franchise, not just because I had the most fun with it, but because the story is realated to many things, including God, and it works beautifully. Everything in this film pays off in the end and the direction is out of this world impressive. There was never a time when I wished it picked up the pace or slowed down. Everything was the right speed, the characters were interesting, we get more backstory of the Jones family, and the last 20 minutes almost had me in tears of the sheer beauty the film presents. This is a fantastic adventure!
April 9, 2013
KJ Proulx

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    1. Dr. Henry Jones: I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers!
    – Submitted by Adam O (10 months ago)
    1. Dr. Henry Jones: Archaeology is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall.
    – Submitted by Adam O (10 months ago)
    1. Walter Donovan: He sticks out like a sore thumb! We'll find him.
    2. Indiana Jones: The hell you will. He's got a two day head-start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody's got friends in every town and village from here to the Sudan. He speaks a dozen languages and knows every local custom. He'll blend in, disappear and you'll never see him again. With any luck he's got the grail already.
    3. Marcus Brody: Uh, does anybody here speak English?
    – Submitted by Adrian D (16 months ago)
    1. Dr. Henry Jones: The search for the Grail, is not about archaeology. If captured by the Nazis, the armies of evil will march across the face of the earth! Do you understand me?
    2. Indiana Jones: This is an obsession, Dad. I never understood it! Never! Neither did Mom.
    3. Dr. Henry Jones: Oh yes she did! Only too well. Until she kept her illness from me.
    – Submitted by Adrian D (16 months ago)
    1. Dr. Henry Jones: (When he learns Indy brought back his diary) I should've mailed it to the Marx brothers.
    2. Indiana Jones: Would you take it easy?
    3. Dr. Henry Jones: Take it easy? Why do you think I sent it home in the first place? So that it wouldn't fall into their hands!
    4. Indiana Jones: I came here to save you!
    5. Dr. Henry Jones: Oh yeah, and who's gonna come to save you, Junior?!
    6. Indiana Jones: I told you...(grabs machine gun and shoots Nazis) don't call me 'Junior'!
    – Submitted by Cody H (17 months ago)
    1. Dr. Henry Jones: (When he learns Indy brought back his diary) I should've mailed it to the Marx brothers.
    2. Indiana Jones: Would you take it easy?
    3. Dr. Henry Jones: Take it easy? Why do you think I sent it home in the first place? So that it wouldn't fall into their hands!
    4. Indiana Jones: I came here to save you!
    5. Dr. Henry Jones: Oh yeah, and who's gonna come to save you, Junior?!
    6. Indiana Jones: I told you...(grabs machine gun and shoots Nazis) don't call me 'Junior'!
    – Submitted by Cody H (17 months ago)
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