Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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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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An art collector appeals to Jones to embark on a search for the Holy Grail. He learns that another archaeologist has disappeared while searching for the precious goblet, and the missing man is his own father, Dr. Henry Jones. The artifact is much harder to find than they expected, and its powers are too much for those impure in heart.

Cast & Crew

Harrison Ford
Dr. Henry 'Indiana' Jones, Jr.
Sean Connery
Professor Henry Jones, Sr.
Denholm Elliott
Marcus Brody
Alison Doody
Dr. Elsa Schneider
Julian Glover
Walter Donovan
River Phoenix
Young Indiana Jones
Michael Byrne
Vogel
Robert Eddison
Grail Knight
George Lucas
Writer (Story)
Menno Meyjes
Writer (Story)
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Frank Marshall
Executive Producer
Arthur F. Repola
Associate Producer
John Williams
Original Music
Douglas Slocombe
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Critic Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (9)

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the most wonderful lark. It is also a class act.

    December 26, 2013 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

  • Oct 18, 2017
    It feels very much a retread of Raiders. But, that was a great movie, so it's not exactly as if that's a bad plan.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    So how do you return a franchise to it's successful past? Apparently bring back most of the cast from the first movie and the Nazis but add Sean Connery. This movie is as good if not even just a little bit better than the original. The interaction between Ford and Connery is amazing and makes for an enjoyable film. The action and story in this is great. This time (back to looking for Christian artifacts) Indy is out to find his father who went missing while looking for the Holy Grail.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2016
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is my favourite sequel of the franchise and is an improvement over its predecessor (Temple of Doom). Harrison Ford is as awesome as ever and Sean Connery is very entertaining!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2015
    Before even the days of "Raiders Of The Ark", Spielberg had expressed an interest in making a James Bond movie but he couldn't get the go-ahead from Bond producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli. Indy was just as good an opportunity for him, though, and who better to cast as Indy's father than (the original) James Bond himself? It's actually through the casting choice of Sean Connery that this third instalment of Indy's adventures really takes flight and silences the critics of "The Temple Of Doom". In his third outing, Dr. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) goes in search of his father, Prof. Henry Jones Sr (Sean Connery) who mysteriously disappeared while searching for the Holy Grail. Once again, though, the Nazi's are also in tow. After losing on the Ark of the Covenant, they too want to get their hands on the Cup of Christ. By the time of this films release everybody was fully aware of Indiana Jones. With only two films under his fedora, every woman wanted him and every man wanted to be him; Indy had already become an icon of American cinema. With a fond familiarity, people welcomed him into their homes and that's the very reason why the opening of this third instalment is such a joy. It's depiction of Indy in his youth is wonderful addition to his backstory and the late great River Phoenix does an excellent job in capturing Ford's mannerisms. We learn of his use of the whip and the resulting scar on his chin. We also get an insight into the procurement of his famous fedora and how his unusual name of "Indiana" originated from the family dog... (It was actually George Lucas' dog that was named Indiana and it also served as the inspiration for Chewbacca in "Star Wars"). After being heavily criticised for his dark tone in "Temple of Doom", Spielberg finds his lighter side again and delivers the funniest and most gleefully entertaining of Indy's adventures. The likes of Denholm Elliott and John Rhys Davies return from Raiders with more fleshed out comical roles but, as mentioned, it's the great interplay between Ford and Connery that's the biggest draw to here. The chemistry between them anchors a poignant family adventure while providing numerous father/son comedic moments. Like the previous two, though, there's no shortest of nail-biting action as World War II is on the brink and the Nazi's are once again Indy's foes and gives Spielberg another chance to put the Third Reich to the test. "Schindler's List" and "Saving Private Ryan" are obviously his more personal films on the subject but with Indy he gets the chance to have fun with them again, leaving this third instalment with more in common with "Raiders" as well as honing in on the biblical aspects of the story. Out goes the Ark and in comes the coveted Holy Grail and while the fourth film in the franchise - "The Kingdom Of The Crystal" - explores a misjudged science-fiction element, it confirms that Indy's adventures are better left in the paths of the religious or the occult. Raiders may still be the absolute classic of them all but it's hard to give a film with as much excitement and entertainment as this, anything less than top marks. Mark Walker
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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