One of the surprises is the always exciting opening act, only that this time it takes us to the beginning of the century where a young Indiana Jones (played perfectly by the late River Phoenix) fights off a band of cave looters whom have discovered a Spanish cross only to loose it in the end, not before gaining a couple of his soon-to-be trademarks while being chased on a circus train: His fear of snakes, his chin scar and his first encounter with a bull-whip, and last but not least (though at Indy’s house), his legendary fedora.
Flash forward to the 1930’s one year after the raiding of the lost ark, Indy finally after 26 years, gets the Spanish cross, and now is given a new mission thanks to a wealthy relics collector Walter Donovan (Julian Glover): to find the Holy Grail, and also to find his father, Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) whom was a Grail fanatic since Indy’s early days and mysteriously disappeared off Venice, Italy. Oh, and his mentor and clueless friend Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliot) tags along with him for the ride. —Efilmcritic.com
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
I love the movie, but every time I wish there was no damn Knight at the end. He's inconsequential and too goofy and the ending works perfectly the same without him. We still get the cups and the choosing and a guy's face melting. Without the knight, there would be a greater atmosphere of mystery, danger and the unexplainable.
"Last Crusade" has become such an iconic picture for a generation of film buffs, including myself, that a 5-star rating is basically a given. That said, I have recently come to prefer "Temple of Doom." "Temple" certainly has its flaws but it is a bold film, a dark film, and I respect it not only for that but for communicating nearly all of its themes through visuals alone. In comparison, "Last Crusade" feels like a much more reactionary effort from Spielberg. The father/son dynamic here adds some emotional resonance, but most of the movie relies on the tried and true formula of "Raiders" - Indy battling Nazis in the desert - only this time Indy, like the series, has lost his edge.
I feel like this brings the great elements of the other two movies and combines them with a unique style of its own. In many ways it has the most sacred and important artifacts of all, the holy grail… read review
“The Last Crusade” is the brilliant finale of a fantastic series. Yes there is a fourth one, yes it isn’t very good. Harrison Ford once again gives a performance worth mentioning in this film, and… read review