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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


Sean Connery teamed-up with Harrison Ford this rip-roaring action adventure, the third and latest in the Indiana Jones film series.

The Indiana Jones series was the brainchild of Star Wars creator George Lucas, who wanted to film a modern version of the Republic adventure serials that thrilled him as a child.

Drafting in fellow zeitgeist-grabbing baby boomer Steven Spielberg to direct, they originally cast Tom Selleck in the lead role for the first film Raiders of the Lost Ark. But Selleck's commitments to Magnum PI prevented him taking the role, so they handed it to Ford.

The first film was release to much success acclaim in 1981, followed by the semi-controversial Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom in 1984. It took Lucas and Spielberg five years to get around to making Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

After the perceived "nastiness" of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg and Lucas went back to the style of the first film for this third outing - a hunt for a religious artefact; Nazis as the baddies; chase scene in a desert and face melting finale. They even bring back first film supporting characters Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliot) and Sallah (John Rhys-Davies, now better known as Gimli the Dwarf in LOTR).

However, the addition of Sean Connery as Indy's father more than makes up for the over familiarity of the rest of the film - the pair have tangible chemistry that takes their onscreen pairing beyond the novelty of the casting. It's kind of ironic that Connery ended up in the film, considering it was Spielberg's desire to make a Bond-style film that lead to his directing Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The late River Phoenix also puts in a fine performance at the start of the film as a young Indy, where we learn the origin of his snake phobia.


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