Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Five years after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (and JUST sneaking in under the wire as an 80s film), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade hit theaters in May 1989 with a whole lot of expectations and fanfare.
And it worked. Last Crusade not only remains one of our favorite movies from the 80s, it’s arguably even better than Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Hey, we said arguably…)
Casting James Bond as the father of Indiana (make that “Junior”) was a stroke of genius. And putting them both on a quest to find (and/or protect) the Holy Grail? Well… that was just pure awesome.
Sure we had to put up with Alison Doody as Elsa (“All I have to do is scream.”), but the third Indiana Jones film made up for it in so many other ways. With stops in Venice, Germany, and the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, Last Crusade was chock-ful of hilarious lines (“We named the DOG Indiana…”), familiar faces (Sallah and Brody), and memorable moments (Henry’s umbrella-fueled seagull attack on the beach).
Plus we had the requisite booby traps (including the ‘penitent man’ and the ‘leap of faith’)–– all so Indy could finally come face to face with the last Knight of the Grail. (“I knew you’d come.”)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade made an absolute killing at the box office, bringing in just under $200 million in the U.S. (#2 in 1989 to Batman) and $474 million worldwide (#1 for the year).
If only Spielberg and company had paid more attention to the title and actually LET it be the ‘last’ one, well… we would have all been spared …Crystal Skull, and the last image we ever had of Indy would have been him, his dad, Sallah, and Brody riding off into the sunset. While Elsa lay dead at the bottom of the abyss.
“You have chosen wisely…”
We ♥ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.