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  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1. INTRODUCTION


 

Although it had been four years since the release of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Steven Spielberg was determined to direct a grand finale for the series, partly to counter the hostile reaction the previous film had recieved from critics and many moviegoers as well. Although it had been a box office smash, there was a general feeling of disillusionment with the final cut. Reflecting on the second Indy adventure, Spielberg would later admit, "I wasn't happy with that film at all. It was too dark, too subterranean, and much too horrific... There is not an ounce of my personal feeling in it." Ford would admit to having the same opinion, saying he felt it was excessive in its brutality.


The hook which the filmmakers decided upon the differentiate this movie from the predecessors would be the introduction of Indy's father, a famous, eccentric archaeologist named Professor Henry Jones. The plot would center on Indy and his dad engaged in a life-and-death struggle with the Nazis to locate the sacred Holy Grail, the cup from which Jesus allegedly drank during the Last Supper. The story line suggested by Adolf Hitler's well-known belief in the supernatural, as well as his quest for immortality. As legend holds that the person who drinks from the Grail lives forever, it would seem only natural that the Führer would embark on a relentless pursuit of the sacred cup. In Jeffrey Boam's script, Indy's father is a man who has devoted his entire adult life to locating the Grail. Ironically, he has been captured by the Nazis just as he has finally learned its location and is being forced to lead the Gestapo to its hiding place. The elder Jones manages to get word to his estranged son Indiana, and the two men narrowly defeat the forces of the Third Reich while simultaneously learning to respect and love each other for the first time in their lives

 
 
 

Most of the filmmakers who worked on the first and second motion picture adventures of Indiana Jones reunited to make "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." They include composer John Williams, cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, editor Michael Kahn, production designer Elliot Scott, costume designer Anthony Powell, special effects supervisor George Gibbs, and stunt Coordinator Vic Armstrong. Visual Effects were again produced at Industrial Light & Magic; and the sound designed at Sprocket Systems. In 1982 "Raiders of the Lost Ark" was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director; and won Oscars for art direction, sound, film editing, visual effects, and a special achievement award for sound effects editing.

"Everybody involved was well aware that there may not be another Indiana Jones movie. But I don't think that so much created a different mindset as it inspired us to think that, if this were to be the last one, let's make this a great one to go out on.


 
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