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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Oddly enough Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade are the tougher BTS shots to track down even if it is one of the more recent entries. There was quite a debate going on in the talkbacks to the Temple of Doom picture, but no matter how you organize your favorites I think there’s something to like in every Indy movie.

I felt very let down by Crystal Skull. I recently watched the original three films back to back at the Alamo Drafthouse in glorious 35mm and then I ran home and threw on the Crystal Skull blu-ray to complete the adventure… let's just say that watching the original three films before going into fourth entry doesn’t do it any favors.

But even in that movie there are things I like. The conversation between Indy and Marion in the truck, the warehouse action sequence (despite the clunky nod to the Ark of the Covenant) and Harrison Ford’s performance as Dr. Henry Jones Jr was more invested and alive than anything else he’s been in in the last 10 years.

I know a lot of people don’t like Last Crusade and I have some nitpicks with it, too, but it’s a movie I’ll always be fond of. The father/son relationship between Henry Jones Jr. and Henry Jones Sr is top notch, the old Knight is awesome, the series of tests is awesome, the relic hunting sequence in Venice is great. There’s so much to like about the flick. Oh, and Williams’ score. Holy shit, Williams’ score is amazing… very majestic and melancholy; it gets constant play on my iTunes. Dare I say it’s his last great Indiana Jones score (to date).

So, here’s a shot of Harrison Ford and George Lucas looking over the biplane models used in the flick. I like the little Sean Connery dude standing on the table. Not a bad photo, but I promise to dig up some better ones next time.



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic really nukes the fridge!

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  • March 31, 2011, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Best movie in the series.

    by Mahaloth

    And Spielberg's best movie overall.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    I finally remembered my Charlemagne!

    by vic twenty


  • March 31, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by CT1

    I like father/son movies.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by MotherPussBucket

    Theresh no prishesh for shecond plashe.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Not bad, for a pale imitation of Raiders.

    by vic twenty

  • March 31, 2011, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I still prefer Raiders

    by Aaronthenia

    but Last Crusade is awesome in its own right and Connery was absolute perfect casting.

  • March 31, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    So did Ford

    by Amity75

    Walk around dressed as Indy all the time?

  • March 31, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Nothing wrong with Crusade at all ...


    And thats the fucking truth.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST

    River Phoenix & Heath Ledger

    by Benovite1

    To bad these two never had the chance to get to be in the same movie.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST


    by 5_day_forecast

    How's yours?

  • March 31, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I've always enjoyed

    by Juggernaut125

    The Last Crusade and kind of wish it was still the last of the set to this point.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    The weakest of the three

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Lazily directed by Spielberg, and WAY too much a remake of Raiders, too much comedy, Indy reduced to Sean Connery's stooge. Having said that it's still awesome, especially the opening train sequence and, as Quint rightfully points out, the score. It's Connery's presence that raises Crusade above Skull, imagine Crusade without Connery and it's pretty much on the same level as Skull. <p> I still like Crystal Skull though, despite the weak script by Spielberg's lazy-do-to-guy David Koepp. The points raised against it (CGI monkeys, gophers etc.) last about 1 minute of a 120 minute movie. It was a real childhood throwback for me and I really enjoyed it, flaws and all. The direction of it is brilliant, Spielberg's mastery of form really is breathtaking to behold.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    "Not bad, for a pale imitation of Raiders."


    I've read some shite on here today but this wins hands down .... Fucking internet is filled with clueless cunts.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Let my army be the rocksh and the treesh...

    by Corman

    ...and the birdsh in the shky. Sh.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    All 4 Films are GREAT

    by DavidBanner


  • March 31, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    'Clunky nod to the Ark'??!

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    Clunky? That's the best fucking part! Seriously.

  • I. The Terrible Trio and "The Kobe Project" CHOPPAH has learned, through sources anonymous and hidden, that Mr. Beaks, Nordling and Devin Faraci have been running a long game, using sock puppets to infiltrate and provoke talkbackers into ban-nable offenses to illustrate how Harry has lost control of his site and to purge any malcontents. It's all to usurp Harry, whom they view as a corpulent geek version of King Lear entering his dotage, and assume control of his site, his resources, and connections to turn AICN into perfectly functioning site with police-state-like talkbacks that would increase their personal wealth by whoring itself out to the studios. "It's obvious that Harry uses the site to get 'pweasants' from his studio buddies," one of my sources tells me. "But AICN still has its shaggy-dog, shambling charms. Beaks, Faraci and Nordling have been conspiring to turn the site into a pure revenue-generating machine." Their legion of sock puppets includes: JettL93, lowes forehead girl, chickengeorge, viggeo_morgenstein, william_faulkner and their oldest, most brilliant creation: hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes, a churlish, thuggish reflection of how the trio views talkbackers. "They called it 'The Kobe Project,' or sometimes 'Project: Kobe,'" another one of my well-placed sources told me. "My God, do they laugh and laugh when they use the kobe_ass_tastes handle, or whatever the fuck it's called." All three of the conspirators share a password to use the kobe name, often at the same time, to infiltrate and rupture talkbacker "groups" such as the Baleback and its eventual offshoot, the Pedalback. Looking back now, using state-of-the-art textual analysis, it is obvious to CHOPPAH that kobe had to be the creation of more than one mind: he is often condescending, snobby, grumpy and despicable all within the space of a few minutes or posts. He is the love-child of a troika of pseudo-intellectual bullies, an avatar of their insidious, arrogant hive mind. But his deranged trio's plotting pushed their conspiracy to even darker territories. Desperate to find the ultimate coup de grace, especially as Harry's health problems grew to a near-critical phase while he was distracted by the Famous Monsters of Filmland website they coerced him into taking over, they despicably seized upon the death of beloved film editor and Quentin Tarantino collaborator, Sally Menke. They would make their power play in Menke's AICN obit. ... Tune in tomorrow for Part 2, "Where's Devin?"

  • March 31, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I like all the Indy

    by spidercoz

    Anyone who can't get at least some enjoyment from each of the movies is just a joyless troll.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:08 p.m. CST

    This had the best individual score of the series.


  • March 31, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Put me down as another who enjoys this chapter tremendously.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    More than Temple of Doom. Sure, there are problems with it, but there is plenty to love, too.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Are you trying to say Last Crusade ISN'T a pale imitation of Raiders? Because it is. I like it a lot but Raiders is a flawless masterpiece.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I like the Hoth and Tron posters on the wall..

    by quadrupletree


  • March 31, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I love em all...

    by ComSamVimes

    Crystal Skull to a lesser extent...but I still really enjoy it. I remember seeing Last Crusade in the theaters about a million times. Still a great entry...I don't see how it's a raiders imitation at all. All of them just have such top notch action. No shaky cam. Just great fun all around.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    fucking hate Last Crusade

    by disfigurehead

    Fuck you Lucas.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    River was great in this...

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    an awesome opening to a film. I am always surprised how grown up he looks in this, in comparison to everything he'd done in the recent past. It looks like he aged at least seven years between Running On Empty and this, when there'd only been just over a year and a bit between the filming of both movies

  • March 31, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Deleted scenes hopefully on Blu-Ray. This one has quite a few

    by ndally

    I love how Spielberg looked at a rough cut of The Last Crusade and added the Motorcycle chase just to add some extra balls which gave this film a non stop action feel. Loose that scene and you loose alot of the amazing pacing the film has. But I also think the amount of action in the Last Crusade was Crystal Skulls downfall. I expected them to at least one up Crusade in the action department or stay on par and being as over 20 years had passed it should have been an easy task but it didn't even come close. It's funny how after Skull came out I gained more appreciation for Temple which is now my 2nd favourite. I use to hate it and then one day I just got it. It just clicked and i got what it was trying to be and now I hate how Lucas and Berg say it was shit cause of a divorce. That's such BS. Anyways Last Crusade has a bunch of deleted scenes and for some reason they screwed us on the DVDs by not including them. Anyone know if Crystal Skull has scenes cut? I've looked around by there doesn't seem to be any record or pictures of deleted scenes. I love watching cut scenes to know what could have been or why they deleted any given scene. So if anyone has any links to cut scenes be it picture or video please feel free to share.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST

    weakest of the 4..

    by nolan bautista

    ..the tank chase didn't really have that sense of danger like the truck chase in Raiders or the mine car race in Temple of Doom..its a tank! how fast could it be rumbling along?

  • March 31, 2011, 6:23 p.m. CST

    "Are you trying to say Last Crusade ISN'T a pale imitation of Raiders?"


    Thats exactly what I'm saying ... Did you want Indy doing something else? Maybe he could have been fighting robots or street crime? .... But please explain, I could do with a fucking laugh.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    "The pen.... is mightier...

    by WriteForTheEdit


  • March 31, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    "He chose...

    by WriteForTheEdit


  • He nailed his little part. He makes himself look like Ford, sound like Ford, perfectly imitates his mannerisms and EVEN does his little Indy grin at one point! Absolutely seamless. Should've been a spin off movie about him having an adventure when he was younger, maybe with Ford doing bookends. Not to take anything away from the TV show. I liked that.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    i still love u lucas

    by ORIONgods

    even tho u make it hard at times

  • March 31, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    braindrain : Amen!

    by WriteForTheEdit

    See, that's part of what makes this one a worthy chapter.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Darth Kong presents: "You Can't Chop This"

    by Darth_Kong

    U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this My-my-my-my (U can't CHOP this) TALKBACKs hits me so hard Makes me say,"oh my lord thank you for blessing me With SAUSAGE FINGERS TO TAUNT ASI" It feels good When you know you're sown A superdope homeboy WHO POSTs ON HIS OWN And I'm known as such And this is a POST-uh! U can't CHOP this I told you FANBOY U can't CHOP this Yeah, that's how we POSTin and you know U can't CHOP this Look at my POST, man U can't CHOP this Yo, let me bust the funky POSTs U can't CHOP this Fresh new POSTs and RANTs You got it like that now you know you wanna dance So move out of your seat And get a THAI girl and catch this beat While I'm POSTin Hold on WATCH A LITTLE PORN and let 'em know it's going on CHOP that CHOP that ASI's on a mission so fall on back Let 'em know that JAR JAR ABRAMS is too much And this is a POST They can't CHOP Yo! I told you U can't CHOP this Why you standing there, BRAINDRAIN? U can't CHOP this Yo, sound the bells, COBRA KAI is in the DOJO, sucker U can't CHOP this Give me a STORY or REASON Making 'em sweat That's what I'm giving 'em Now they know You talk about the CHOPPAH, you're MOMMA's A BIG FAT HO That's ON CRACK ALL NIGHT POSTERs are sweating so pass them a wipe Or a REPLY to learn What it is going to take in the THREADs To burn YOUR HEARTs Legit either work hard or you might as well quit That's the word, because you know U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this CHOP it down Stop. . . CHOPPAH time Go find a HO It is said IF THE BITCH can't groove to this Then you're IMPOTENT or dead So wave your FINGERS in the air Bust a few KEY STROKES, LIKE YOU JUST DON'T CARE This is it for a POSTIN Dance to this as HARRY gets thinner Move slide your rump Just for a minute, let's all BERATE a CHUMP CHUMP CHUMP CHUMP Yeah, U can't CHOP this Look man, U can't CHOP this You better get TYPED Boy 'cause you know ya can't U can't CHOP this LOG IN, START POSTin SUCKA CHOP it down Stop. CHOPPAH time U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this CHOP it down Stop. CHOPPAH time Every time you see me The CHOPPAH's just so TYPED I'm dope with the WHOREs And I'm magic on a CRACK PIPE Now why would I ever Stop CHOPPIN this? When others making POSTS That just AREN'T SHIT I've toured around the WEB From CHUD to JOBLO in a DAY It's CHOPPAH, go CHOPPAH, M.C. CHOPPAH, Yo CHOPPAH And the rest can go and PLAY-AYY Can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this U can't CHOP this Yeah,U can't CHOP this I told you, U can't CHOP this Too hype, can't CHOP this Yo, we outta here, can't CHOP this

  • March 31, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    "Giddy ass a squewlboy!"

    by WriteForTheEdit

    That Allison Doody... beautiful, in that icy uber-bitch way, but what a sorry actress.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Memorial Day 1989

    by gksquire9

    I will always remember seeing this movie in the theater. I was just about to finish 6th grade and my state soccer traveling team headed to Lakeland, FL for our big tournament. That Friday night, after our first game, the hotel power went out and it was 9,000 degrees. The parents decided to take all us nut-job adolescents to see Last Crusade. We got a sneak peak of Batman before the movie, and then the famous Paramount logo materialized somewhere in the Utah desert. It was a great night at the movies, and as I said, I'll never forget that experience. It's my second favorite Indy movie.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Kong, man, you makin' me want to get out my parachute pants...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...and file for bankruptcy!

  • March 31, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by Darth_Kong

    Every time I read one of the Choppah's posts I just kept hearing this song in my head. But instead of You Can't Touch This" I kept hearing "You Can't Chop This". I'm not making fun of the Choppah I just want to see him CHOP DOWN THE FOREST OF AINT IT EMBARGO NEWS. Whoever you are keep Choppin CHOPPAH! ;)

  • March 31, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Kong, I'm sure Choppah understands the warm sentiments in your lyrics.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    There's no mistaking that.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Ford and Connery -

    by john

    what a double act they made. Damn shame they never acted together again.

  • Those "Jeopardy" bits were hysterical.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    I like LAST CRUSADE...

    by I am not a number

    ...when I first saw it, but never had any great need to see it again despite some good set pieces and some good music from John Williams (the tank fight being a standout). I couldn't figure out why, especially since I was crazy for RAIDERS - which TLC had a number of similarities to (Nazis looking for biblical artifact with magic powers, Indy reunited with Marcus and Sallah, having to navigate booby trapped building to get to artifact, etc). I concluded it was because of the overly jokey tone of the movie that I wasn't that big a fan. Marcus, Sallah, and Indy are reduced to the level of buffoons, and too much is played for laughs. Look at Marcus from ROTLA and compare - in ROTLA he says that he would have gone after the Ark himself if he were ten years younger (and you believe him). By TLC, he's getting lost in his own library, falling off his horse, and being a goof when he should have been trying to escape from the tank. KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL was just lazy, especially the writing, and direction. Even John Williams was phoning it in (I can't recall any music from the movie, except the bit with the Ark (and that was from another movie!). Unlike many though, I didn't have a problem with the nuked fridge - I thought the beginning was the best part of the movie, and the shot of Indy looking up at the mushroom cloud was the only memorable thing about the entire thing. Compare the mileage they got out of the truck fight in ROTLA (He's jumping on the truck, commandeering it, fighting Nazis, getting thrown out the window, going under it, climbing in again, etc) to KOTCS. I think the Spielberg of old would have made an entire kick-ass sequence out of that jungle clearing machine - instead it gets blown up with a rocket launcher and that is pretty much it. A colossal letdown of a movie.

  • ...can't let "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" be the last one...

  • March 31, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit, darth_kong


    CHOP on yourselves, CHOPlings!

  • March 31, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Last Crusade's timing feels out of whack...

    by Bloodhound

    Compare the pacing and timing of scenes in Last Crusade to those in Raiders and they seem to me to be out of whack. Too much feels rushed just at the wrong moments. Connery and Phoenix are fun to have along for the ride, but the action scenes are often more juvenile and contrived, without any real sense of peril. Even the tank sequence shows itself to be a poor cousin of the truck chase in the original. Lame allies and villains don't add much to the gravitas of a story where our hero is searching for the Holy Grail. "Venice, Italy." Oh, really? I thought you meant Venice, Florida or California. The lacklustre villain has roped Indy into a search for the Grail and he has to specify Venice in Italy? Belloq would be turning in his grave, if he had one. Some shoddy effects work still mars what are meant to be important moments of the story. So, if this was supposed to be Crusaders of the Lost Grail... not quite.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    What they got right in Crystal Skull

    by Jeff

    It's definitely an uneven movie, with a lot of strange choices and too many digital effects, but the motorcycle chase was absolutely perfect. In-camera action and stunts, with the same level of excitement as the original films. I wince every time Indy's feet start scraping the ground. I even thought the fridge thing worked, considering that it was happening to the same guy who survived jumping out of an airplane in a life raft and was almost murdered by a little boy with a voodoo doll dressed up in a tiny leather jacket and fedora. It's not like the Indy movies were known for their realism.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    RAIDERS=perfection TEMPLE=dark perfection CRUSADE=lightweight perfection

    by Stifler's Mom


  • March 31, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    "very majestic and melancholy"

    by bah

    Well put, that's what I love about this soundtrack. It sounds like a great, final struggle. The movie almost doesn't live up to it.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    "I said no camels! That's five camels!"

    by bah

    Can't you count?!

  • March 31, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    "No thank you, fish make love in it"

    by bah

  • March 31, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Thats how I feel about Crystal Skull as well..

    by Rebel Scumb

    its not awful, its the type of movie that could be 50 times better, by just tweaking a few things. I don't even mind Shia Labeouf in it, and I normally can't stand him. They needed fewer sidekicks though. Just have Indy Marion and Mutt. John Hurt is an awesome actor but his character really drags the movie down in Skulls, and its around the point when he shows up that I really feel the movie faultering. There needed to ramp up the villians to, there isn't really any sense of stakes. I don't mind the nuked fridge though, and infact I think the opening sequence is the part of the movie that works the best for me. The violence should of been ramped up a bit to, not that I'm as blood thirsty as most people on AICN, but the previous 3 Indy flicks (crusade included) all had their share of blood and horrible/over the top deaths. The only thing really like that in Skulls is the guy getting eatten by the ants, and I just don't find anything CGI can ever be scary or gross.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Too many sidekicks

    by Nem_Wan

    If Raiders and Temple followed the Last Crusade/Crystal Skull template, Brody and Sallah would have been with Indy and Marion when the Ark was opened and in most of the chase scenes before. The leader of the village in India would have been someone to accompany Indy and Short Round and Willie the whole movie. Why do all these characters have to be with Indy all the time?

  • March 31, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    My rating of the Indy films

    by lv_426

    from best to worst: 1) Raiders 2) Last Crusade 3) Temple of Doom 4) Romancing the Stone 5) The Mummy 6) The Mummy Returns 7) Those Noah Wylie Librarian TV movies on TNT 8) Suckdom of the Crystal Skull

  • March 31, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I like the quicksand scene in Crystal Skull

    by Tacom

    That's probably my favorite scene in the movie. Quicksand is the one old adventure trope that was never done in the previous movies and the fact that that's where Indy finds out he has a son was great.

  • Part II: The "Devin Faraci" Deception Beaks, Nordling and Faraci's plan took an unexpected turn when Devin, who had been appointed to rile up the talkbackers in the Menke obit talkback under the kobe_ass_tastes handle, ended up slipping on a greasy taco wrapper he dropped in haste as he rushed home to infiltrate the talkback. Devin cracked his head open on a rock, and he became comatose almost immediately. "It was nasty, man," said another of CHOPPAH's sources. "But Beaks and Nordling didn't care. They kept on going with their plan." Faraci's been in a coma ever since, and because he has no close friends outside of Nordling and Beaks, nor any family who cares, no one has bothered to notice that the REAL Devin Faraci has been rotting away in an LA hospital while Nordling and Beaks' newest sock puppet, "Devin Faraci," continues to blog, tweet and post on Facebook. "Look, I know Faraci is somewhat of a cunt, and a hairy, priggish cunt, at that," said a talkbacker who wished to remain anonymous. "But what DEƒUCK® are they thinking with this? First they create that tool kobe, and then this? A sock puppet for an actual living, breathing human? Despicable." Meanwhile, Nordling and Beaks went on to carry out their plan to exploit Sally Menke's death to purge the talkbacks of malcontents once and for all. Instead of waiting on hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes, whom Faraci was scheduled to "drive" that day, they decided to make an example out of your faithful narrator, THE_CHOPPAH, and then they made a talkback saint out of D.Vader, dropping the Banhammer on both of us, among others. "In a way, their plan worked," said a former regular talkbacker who did not want to be identified by name. "Although the backlash might have ended up being too harmful int he long run. "Still, remember the wasteland the site became after Vades and others were purged?" he asked. "Or how william_faulkner was seemingly on every thread heckling anyone who dared stick up for Vades or you, CHOPPAH?" Indeed. CHOPPAH reminds you to also recall how "Devin" just happened to be posting on AICN regularly after betraying Nick Nunziata and CHUD while "he" waited to get "his" new blog up and running. This was none other than Beaks and Nordling carrying out their plan. So, all those talkbackers who suspected that Nordling was just a sock puppet for Devin Faraci? Wrong. It turned out to be the other way around. But Harry was powerless to stop their purges, nor did he want to, since he felt so strongly about Menke's death. Besides, Harry was about to enter the most dire stage of his rapidly declining health. And he didn't even -- couldn't even, really -- know what was happening right under his nose. It was uncertain whether he would recover, and Beaks and Nordling seized their opportunity. ... Coming tomorrow (or possibly tonight!), Part 3: The endgame, or a new beginning?

  • March 31, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Crusade is my sentimental favorite.

    by little_lebowski

    Saw it in the theater with my dad when I was 4. It's why I love movies today.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    The Indy films were released in descending order of quality

    by Plathismo

    Raiders = Perfect Adventure Film. Doom = Flawed but admirably dark and intense. Crusade = Light, fluffy, comic...and generally lame. Skull = A bad dream best forgotten.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Last Crusade is how to make a commercial film the right way

    by SifoDyasJr

    It wasn't as groundbreaking as Raiders, and it was made to appeal to a broad audience, but it worked. And it's a real shame we didn't get to see Harrison Ford and Sean Connery team up either as the Jones' or in other films--they had a great chemistry together. Crystal Skull just made me angry. I knew going into it that it didn't look good, but I didn't expect just how bad it ended up being. It's interesting that Spielberg took such a long hiatus after making it. I think even he was rattled by it.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    I kinda prefer Last Crusade to Raiders...

    by Blanket-Man

    Yeah, I know, I may as well put a KICK ME sign on my back. But I just love Connery and Ford together. I love Raiders, but I believe I've revisited Crusade more often since the 1980s.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    "I know a lot of people don’t like Last Crusade ..."

    by BBSloth

    Huh? it's almost as good a Raiders! who doesn't like it..?

  • March 31, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    by BBSloth

    Doom = shite Crusade = return to form

  • March 31, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Ve are here to view ze TAPESTRIES!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • March 31, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Yep, when me and my friends saw Last Crusade...

    by ufoclub1977

    we couldn't believe it was a Spielberg/Lucas film. It seemed so unimaginative, cliche, and the father/son stuff seemed like a sitcom. And the effects seemed REALLY BAD. This was just people running around having a good time, with no one really getting hurt. Compare the dialogue in this one to that with Marion or with Belloq. Or the fight around the flying wing. It's a whole different intensity and ambition. And there doesn't seem to be one action moment that is exciting in Crusade. At least Temple got exciting and truly action packed. This movie didn't seem to have that Lucas/Spielberg edge where the story goes places that are really cool with new modern jumps in genre visualization and concepts. I'd say the knight was a huge step backwards to something you'd see in an old Hollywood film. So was the castle/house set with the revolving fireplace. See, the concept in Star Wars or Raiders seemed to use the serial motif but update and re-imagine all the details to be really modern in a new intense cool way. Crusade had nothing cool in it for my crowd. And how the hell am I going to take Sean Connery to be anything but Sean Connery at that point in time? What happened to the realistic more unknown natural casting that Spielberg/Lucas used to conquer with? To this day when I think of the character of Indiana Jones, I don't think he has a father that was ever shown... I have to remind myself of the existence of this film. But there was one good thing about Crusade... the beginning! With River Phoenix. That had more of the right mood.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    The shearch for the Grail ish not archeology...

    by Denty420

    ... it'sh a raysh againsht evil.

  • March 31, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Re: "I know a lot of people don’t like Last Crusade ..."

    by Acquanetta

    Fans have always been divided over Temple and Crusade. In the case of the latter, it's usually criticized for being too goofy and reducing beloved characters like Sallah and Marcus into bumbling fools. I'm still surprised by how many people didn't seem to know this when Kingdom was subjected to scorn, and just assumed that all the previous films had been deemed instant classics upon arrival. (To this day, I still have trouble getting people to watch Temple.) In terms of concept, Crusade *is* pretty bland and uninteresting. The fact that it does work stems from unexpected sources like a great sidekick, musical score, and the father-son relationship. At any rate, nice to see quint is (apparently) ready to acknowledge Kingdom with a pic of the day. Regardless of what anyone thinks of the film, there's still a lot of great behind-the-scenes pics to choose from.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Saw this the summer I graduated high school.


    Remember walking out of the theater a little dissapointed. Raiders was my favorite movie as a kid and this one just didn't have the same feel or tone. I remember when the Tank scene started and I thought here we go, this should be good. But it was sort of a lame take-off on the truck chase from Raiders. After a few more viewings on video with less expectations, I grew to love the film for what it is, a fun and often funny adventure movie. I would also rank the movies in descending order of quality, Crystal Skull is not as bad as most make it out to be, but still a major let-down. BTW that's a sweet Kennedy tool chest in the background of the picture, I have the same one at work.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Alison Doody in Last Crusade=YUMMY

    by Cureguy

  • March 31, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST


    by Acquanetta

    Kingdom had a few notable scenes cut: -Before Indy helps find the crate at the beginning, Spalko threatens to kill Mac. (The Russians hold his head under the moving tire of a jeep.) -In the cemetery, Indy disarms one of the natives by using his whip. (If you watch the scene in question, you can actually see Indy trailing the uncoiled whip as he chases after one of the natives.) -A brief scene where Mac doubts Spalko's psychic ability, and she responds by reading his mind. (This would've been just before Indy and Marion talk in the back of the truck.)

  • March 31, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Brody's got friends

    by Generalcatburd

    in every town and village from here to the Sudan, he speaks a dozen languages, knows every local custom, he'll blend in, disappear, you'll never see him again. With any luck, he's got the grail already. does anyone here speak English?

  • March 31, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    "I know a lot of people don’t like Last Crusade"

    by matthooper8

    You mean douchbags on this site? Are you fucking serious? Don't believe for a second the trolls and idiots on this site that would bitch about Crusade are actual people.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Dad, how did you know she's a Nazi?

    by Shubniggorath

    She talksh in her shleep...

  • March 31, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Oh it breaksh the heart

    by Shubniggorath

    And the head! You hit me dad! I'll never forgive myshelf... 15th Century Ming Dynasty. No I'm OK, really... Oh thank god. It'sh a fake!

  • March 31, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Don't understand the Crusade hate...

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    But, I know I hate other movies people on here love. We all have different tastes. Indy is a Saturday morning serial. Every film approached that theme differently.

  • But then I loghghsssssht it. Sorry. Wrong flick.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    I really really love Crusade

    by Shubniggorath

    The most quotable of the series, as evidenced by this brilliant Talkback. Bring on the Crusade love! Papers? Yes I have them right here. Egyptian Daily Mail, today's edition (RUN)!

  • Nordling and Beaks had to keep up the illusion that Faraci was still around and writing his particular brand of smarmy, contrarian trollery. So, the two of them, for whom smarmy, contrarian trollery isn't much of a stretch, continued to write under the name of "Devin Faraci" on his blog, Badass Digest, and his Twitter/Facebook accounts. If people knew what the real Devin was up to as he attempted to dash home that fateful day in September, they might begin to ask unfortunate, difficult questions. Still, as time wore on, and the rage over the D.Vader Purges, as they've come to be known in AICN lore, burned, a mysterious talkbacker by the name of Gabriel_Grays_Cumshot_Frenzy began to appear. He began trolling the boards pretty hard, hijacking them with bombastic pronouncements that he had evidence that "Faraci," who had been posting at AICN through the wiles of Nordling and Beaks, indulged in child pornography. Gabriel began to threaten AICN's servers with a massive attack if they did not stop posting "Faraci's" articles and reviews. However, CHOPPAH has now learned, through several deep background sources, that Gabriel Gray was the work of none other than Beaks and Nordling. "It was them all along," one of my sources confided in me. "They wanted to attack the site under Gabriel's name and URL -- and they succeeded for a while, if you remember -- to shake Harry down into streamlining the place, thus making it easier for them to patrol talkbacks and implement their plan to eventually merger with 'Faraci' and his new operation, the laughably, pathetically named Badass Digest." This tactic ended up working, as Harry, whose health continued to deteriorate, had no choice but to "reboot" the site, with a slightly altered design. Unfortunately, and I have yet to confirm whether this is a coincidence or not, many AICN users' handles and passwords were compromised and even stolen. The site was down for about a week while Harry and his crew fought to reforge it. Unfortunately, the damage was done, and Beaks and Nordling's plan crept toward its insidious conclusion. However, a fortuitous thing has happened since then. Beaks and Nordling's plan suffered a blow as Harry, recovering from life-saving surgery, continues to make an unexpectedly strong recovery while assuming more control of his site. Many of the older and better talkbackers have stayed away since late last year, but some have returned to reclaim their old places in the talkback pantheon, including the Legend Who Walks Among Us, D.Vader. Beaks, Nordling and their "Faraci" sock puppet are still plotting, though, waiting in plain sight for their next opportunity. Witness the resurgence of Beaks as a leading voice on AICN and his and Nordling's shameless plugs for "Devin's" blog, particularly on the Batman reboot post or the new Hangover 2 trailer post. "Devin's" post on Batman was infinitely more detailed and compelling than Beaks' AICN post, by the way ... ahem. Witness Nordling's sudden rise to prominence on AICN, as another example. Harry may be getting better, but his power over AICN isn't going to last forever. It's only a matter of time before Beaks and Nordling push him over to the sure-to-fail Famous Monsters for good. And until then, none of us are safe. Not even THE_CHOPPAH. Sweet dreams, my CHOPlings.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Vivid, unpleasant, memory of release night

    by justmyluck

    I arrived early for the evening show in 70mm but LAST CRUSADE was nearly sold out. I ended up in a single available seat in the first row from the huge screen and thought, well, neck-craning is better than nothing. Well, it wasn't, because a gang of kids behind me just did not shut up or stop kicking my seat through the whole running time. I was stuck. Afterward, I didn't feel like seeing it again 'properly' because nothing on the screen really grabbed my attention away from those rotten kids. LAST CRUSADE's production values were high (despite a few dodgy bits from ILM) but it was obvious the IJ series was out of gas. The repartee between Ford and Connery was written and delivered well-enough, but still - no gas in the car. I finally watched LAST CRUSADE again when I picked-up the 4-disc DVD set years ago. Despite being tormented through 1989's opening night experience, I felt (as before) that I didn't really miss anything. I might as well save posting space for tomorrow's BTS and say that my CRYSTAL SKULL experience was indeed worse than LAST CRUSADE's, despite a perfectly comfy screening situation.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    and re: the BTS pic...

    by justmyluck

    ... I do like how Ralph McQuarrie's TESB portfolio prints are elevated in the room.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Why Crusade is the best:

    by BirdMcMonster

    Because Indy plays an active (actually THE active) role in the climax and resolution of the film (as opposed to Raiders where he merely knows to close his eyes), and his resolving actions have an intimate relationship with every part of his character - his intellect, his archaeological knowledge, his physicality, and his capacity for strong relationships. All the reasons why we love him.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Indy's just as much as a badass in this one

    by HornyForHarry

    Once maybe twice Dad makes Jr look foolish and he hates being called thatbut most of the time he's throwing a guy out a window for not having a ticket or crawling into a tomb underneath a library. And the second he meets Elsa he starts laying on the charm. I must say the first two fx pieces of the final tests were pretty lame, like unfinished. But the face melter was a saving grace, and the old knight.

  • March 31, 2011, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Well, I as human as the next man...

    by Con Shonnery

    Dad! I was the NEXT man!

  • April 1, 2011, midnight CST

    Speaking of cunts, ginge_muppet, time to clean yours out.

    by vic twenty

    Calling Crusade a pale imitation of Raiders is the highest fucking compliment that film is likely to get. If you couldn't tell, I liked it, probably 2nd best in the series.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Bottom line -- Last Crusade works.

    by doopey

    Does Last Crusade seem derivative of Raiders? Yes. Are Brody and Sallah silly? Yes. Is the whole tone lighter than in the previous films? Yes. Are some of the effects a little iffy? Yes. But you know what? I rewatched it recently and I completely loved it. I really did. The film works. It plays well. That's my biggest problem with Crystal Skull. There are pieces of it that are great and feel like classic Indy, but taken as a whole I don't think the movie works. Last Crusade works. Does that make any sense?

  • April 1, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Yeah I have to say that Crusade is may favorate also.

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Raiders and Temple are awesome, but I just love Crusade. I remember seeing it in the 7th grade and then afterwards my friends and I were beating the crap out of each other pretending to be Indy while waiting for one of our Mom's to pick us up.

  • April 1, 2011, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Love Crusade so much...

    by Rhuragh

    I was only 6 when Temple came out, so Last Crusade was the first one I got to see when it was new when I could really finally start to understand everything that was happening. For me, Crusade is the absolute perfect blend of action, drama, and comedy and I love every second of it. I still like it even though they didn't do justice to Sallah and Marcus (though I take issue with the comments saying Indy is a clown...Indy has daddy issues, it seems perfectly logical to me that when placed in the middle of an adventure with his father that he'd revert to being a kid around his father again. Never able to measure up, to do things right.). I still love Raiders too, but I think it actually takes a slight back seat to Crusade for me. Raiders is certainly the better film, but Crusade just has so much sentimental value for me. Like another poster above, it's the one I find myself revisiting most often. Oh, and Crusade has what is arguably the single best piece of music John Williams has composed (Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra).

  • April 1, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Everyone's lost but me!

    by BBSloth

    RIP River

  • April 1, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Braindrain - Donovan's ageing is a digital effect?!?

    by irishraidersfan

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! It's one of the most obvious examples of stop motion I've seen! You know - stop motion? A technique almost as old as cinema itself? Digital effect... For fuck's sake!

  • April 1, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST

    vic twenty


    Way' to dodge the question you little cretin .... Now kindly fuck off back to your cave, fucking troll.

  • April 1, 2011, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Don't like / hate Crusade?

    by mossad77

    My guess is anyone who feels that way didn't see the movie in a cinema. And if you did, are you really trying to tell me you felt the same way *then?* I call bullshit. Personally I loved it when I was a kid, still do now, and think it's on the same level as Raiders. Temple is good, but not as good. The last one I talked about in the pub afterwards and had nothing nice to say about it... (Kingdom isn't a bad sequel, it's a bad movie).

  • April 1, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST



    Fucking spot on mate ... This talkback really has exposed how many clueless cunts there are hanging around here ... its almost embarrassing.

  • April 1, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    irishraidersfan re: morph

    by justmyluck

    The different, motion-controlled make-up heads for Donovan's death were practical (in three stages of decay), but they were digitally morphed together (a la Lucasfilm's WILLOW, which introduced that process).

  • April 1, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    You're not factoring that some of us here (ahem) were not easily-wowed-over kids when LAST CRUSADE hit theaters. I don't hate it, and I probably don't not like it. Despite the smart script and Ford/Connery chemistry, it just never achieved lift off, IMO (except for a few novelty moments in the flashback opening sequence). In fact, the 'aggregate consensus' here seems to be that LAST CRUSADE is not a bad film.

  • Simply not true .... You are fucking deluded beyond belief .... You think the SW prequels were mostly "well received"??? ... Please do us a favour and fall out of a high window ...

  • Raiders was first, and laid out the framework for all the main characters, the tone, the pacing, everything...and it was note perfect. Arguably the best action/adventure movie of all time. Certainly of the last 40 years or so. Temple of Doom was a really good thrill ride, and it managed to be much more humorous, AND much more gory and dark, without betraying Indy's character. Last Crusade was a broader movie, with lots of comedy, lots of action, but less gore and darkness. Crystal Skull was the worst movie experience of my life, without exception. So, in that context, Crusade is a damn good movie! All joking aside, (and I swear to god, I am not joking about Crystal Skull), Last Crusade is a really, really, really good movie. Even considered in the context of other Indiana Jones movies it's damn good. Considered on it's own? It's fucking phenomenal! Hardly any jokes fall flat, hardly any action beats don't work, the pacing is amazing, Williams' score is beyond compare. I mean...what is there not to like? No flying monkeys? Kiss my ass. Last Crusade is an amazing film. anyone that wants to argue otherwise, I'll be here.

  • April 1, 2011, 2:58 a.m. CST

    and doopey

    by BadMrWonka

    yes, that 100% makes sense.

  • April 1, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST



    Post of the day my man .... fucking brilliant.

  • April 1, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Love Crusades, perfect ending for the trilogy

    by Shabado

    Them riding off into the sunset is forever how the Indiana Jones saga ends for me. I can't wait till they're finally release on Blu-ray, hopefully separately because there's no way I'm putting 1 cent towards Crystal Skull.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Saw this one opening night.

    by Ditko

    Sure I was just a teenager, but I thought it was great and still do. Wasn´t better than DOOM but it still was a honest Indy adventure. PLASTIC SKULL is just a travesty.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Spielberg still considers this one the end

    by alienindisguise

    hence riding off into the sunset for the final shot..perfect!!! Crystal Skull was just a grab at nostalgia which could have worked but shitty cgi ruined it. Go Lucas Go

  • April 1, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Ginge_muppet - the ultimate internet tough guy.

    by vic twenty

    Nice vocabulary. I suppose the reason I didn't point out why Crusade, while a fine film in its own right, IS a lighter take on the original film, is because so many others have done it for me in the posts above. Not a troll. Never have been, and I've been around here a lot longer than you, mate. I love Raiders. It is one of my favorite adventure films. But the Indy film I watch most with my kids is Crusade. It is lighter in tone and a lot of fun, with quotable lines aplenty (as reflected in the above posts, the second of which is MINE). Those rightly named trolls that claim Crusade is on par with Crystal Skull are delusional. CS was a huge mess, and hopefully they can course-correct and make Indy V a success.

  • April 1, 2011, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Although I hate what they did to Marcus in Last Crusade.

    by vic twenty

    That was ALMOST unforgivable. He always struck me as an older version of Indiana Jones, now relegated to his duties at the university. To turn him into a babbling fool was a bit much.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:11 a.m. CST


    by Wookie_1995

    who hates Last Crusade? I thought everyone was in agreement that Kingdom made Temple look good.

  • April 1, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Here is how it should have ended.

    by Ingeld

    Sean Connery should have had agree to become the new keeper of the grail--stuck in the cave until the next person comes--in order to save his son's life. The sacrifice of father's life for the son would have been an inverse of the Christian story surrounding the grail. There should have been a realization moment for Connery's character that this is both reward and punishment. He is rewarded by finally having what he devoted his life to--and punished for realizing that this desire separated him from his son. Now he must choose the grail to save his son. It would have been a great and meaningful ending.

  • April 1, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by spacehog

    You know, that's actually rather inspired. Probably a little too dour to match the jokey tone of the rest of the film, but surprisingly consistent with Jones Sr.'s obsessions and his relationship with his son. Nice! I'm surprised the one thing about Crusade everyone here seems to be praising is the opening train sequence; it always kind of pissed me off. Overall it's a lot of fun and Phoenix does a fantastic Ford impression. I just always suspected Lucas of having a heavy hand in it because virtually everything we know and associate with Indy turns out to have been the result of a single day. In the hour or two represented in this sequence (I don't know how long it takes him to get home), he acquires his trademark hat, whip, AND fear of snakes. I know that's not all there is to Indy, but it just feels so small, like how Lucas shrank the Star Wars universe in the prequels by having everyone know or be related to everyone else.

  • April 1, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    Thanks for the feedback. A part of me wonders if they had actually considered the kind of ending I proposed but opted for a happier ending to please audiences. I agree with your critique of the small universe of both Indy and Star Wars. Not everything needs to be explained--in fact not explaining such things adds a more realistic feel to the film. Much like life we are often in the dark as to why things are the way they are. Besides these kinds of revelations are a bit too much wink, wink aren't we clever and a bit cute--this certainly strikes me as something typical of Lucas. Unfortunately, when it happens on screen it pulls you out of the movie by asking you to think about it as a movie.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    You know the part where Jones runs into Hitler in "Crusade"?

    by ufoclub1977

    We groaned in the movie theater. It just seemed wrong and artificial. I love how a real life figure like Hitler is only talked about in Raiders. We were all college age and seeing Crusade in the theater, by the way. We also had unhappy faces when the flaming de-winged plane slides by Jones in the tunnel as the pilot make eye contact with him. This was no longer the Raiders universe. This was the universe of "silly". But I guess it was only a little bit worse than the raft jump out of a plane in Temple. That raft jump always made us squirm with embarrassment (we were all in 9th grade in the theater for that one). But, for whatever reason, the opening sequence works for me in Crusade. The fault I find with Crusade: It seemed more contrived, happy, and unimaginative compared to it's two predecessors. Instead of being cool, you know, a new step in brutal intensity or imagination it was just a light hearted made-for-tv type romp with fake old fashioned set pieces and characters. Yes, The idea for Lucas's adventures is a nod to old fashioned serials, but previously they were old fashioned serial frameworks realized through completely modern degrees of "verisimilitude" in terms of acting style and special effects and scope. And I didn't care for the casting of Sean Connery. Casting him into a comedic relationship with the character of Jones seemed more like a skit from a conservative Hollywood network created tv special. And one thing that Lucas and Spielberg stood for before this was anti-Hollywood casting with progressive, imaginative thinking. Casting an old standard like Sean Connery was like having Maude in a Star Wars special... wait a minute... That would be like casting Samuel Jackson as a jedi... or Robin Williams as Peter Pan...wait a minute... Just a moment. Just a moment... I've just picked up a fault in the AE-35 unit.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:42 a.m. CST

    re: ufoclub1977

    by Ingeld

    For what it is worth, I think your comments are spot on.

  • April 1, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    "No ticket."

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • April 1, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Best part of the movie:

    by Muki

    Indiana......let it go!

  • April 1, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST


    by Cartagia

  • April 1, 2011, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Cartagia

    Dad! What? Dad! What? Head for the fireplace!

  • April 2, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    Not embiggenable??

    by Triple_J_72

    Come on, man... ;-)

  • April 2, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Crusade is good

    by redkamel

    Maybe the people who didn't watch Crusade as kids are also old enough to remember serials. I certainly remember my comics and books at least, and often, they had issues with different feels. Raiders is clearly the best, the profile adventure... although I admit I get a little bored once they get to the island. Temple of Doom is like the horror/mystic version of an Indy "serial" and Crusade is the fun, lighthearted adventure. I likes Crusade. Kotcs, on the other hand, just straight up sucks. It's supposed to be the last kind of serial that Indy never did...the sci fi serial. Unfortunately they really goofed it up by adding lame characters and jokes, waiting too long to make it, and trying to make a jokey sic fi adventure. Sorry, but you shouldn't mix 3 serial types so much. I also think they showed too much of the aliens.