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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Runtime: 127 min.
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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a Lucasfilm LTD. production.

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Story by: George Lucas & Menno Meyjes
Screenplay by: Jeffrey Boam
Executive Producers: George Lucas & Frank Marshall
Produced by: Robert Watts

Harrison Ford .... Indiana Jones
Sean Connery .... Professor Henry Jones
Denholm Elliott .... Dr. Marcus Brody
Alison Doody .... Dr. Elsa Schneider
John Rhys-Davies .... Sallah
Julian Glover .... Walter Donovan

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For this third installment Spielberg, Lucas, and writer Jeffrey Boam decided to punch up the comedy and flesh out the backstory to avoid the danger of serial flameout. An extended prologue tracks young Indiana Jones (played by River Phoenix) through an adventure in which he picks up his trademark fedora, bullwhip, and fear of snakes. But what really sparked the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade story was the casting of none other than James Bond himself in the role of Jones' father.

With a budget of $36 million, the globe-trotting crew started shooting in Spain, London, West Germany, Jordan, Venice, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah over the course of six months. And their greatest technical challenges was to re-create virtually every form of transportation available in 1938, including trains, planes, boats, tanks, and a zeppelin. Their most impressive challenge is the sequence in which Indy pursues a Nazi tank on horseback. That ten-minute scene, much of which was improvised, took two full weeks to film!

The work, once again, produced a major payoff. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade opened on May 24, 1989 and became the first film in history to gross $50 million in a single week, besting the pervious record of nearly $46 million set by it's own Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. By the time the cash registers quieted, the film had pulled in $197 million in domestic grosses alone.

The Indiana Jones series were originally planned as a trilogy, and The Last Crusade's final shot of Indy and his father riding into the sunset had "The End" written all over it. But some rumors claim that Spielberg and Lucas are working on a fourth and final installment.

Production Dates:
Principal photography:
Start: 16 May 1988
End: August 1988
Release date:
24 May 1989 (USA)
$48,000,000 (estimated)
$197,171,806 (USA)
$277,000,000 (Foreign)
= $474,171,806 (Worldwide)


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