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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Theatrical poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Robert Watts
Executive producers:
George Lucas
Frank Marshall
Written by Jeffrey Boam
George Lucas
Menno Meyjes
Tom Stoppard
Starring Harrison Ford
Sean Connery
Alison Doody
Denholm Elliott
Julian Glover
River Phoenix
John Rhys-Davies
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Michael Kahn
Studio Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 24, 1989 (1989-05-24)
Running time 127 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $55,364,887[1]
Gross revenue $474.17 million
Preceded by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Followed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas. It is the third film in the Indiana Jones franchise. Harrison Ford reprises the title role and Sean Connery plays Indiana's father, Henry Jones, Sr. Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, River Phoenix and John Rhys-Davies also have featured roles. Set largely in 1938, Indiana searches for his father, a Holy Grail scholar, who has been kidnapped by Nazis.

After the mixed reaction to the dark Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg chose to compensate by completing the trilogy with a movie lighter in tone. During the five years between Temple of Doom and Last Crusade, he and executive producer Lucas reviewed several scripts before accepting Jeffrey Boam's. The filming locations included Spain, Italy, England, and Jordan.

The film was released in North America on May 24, 1989 to near universal critical acclaim. It was a financial success making $474,171,806 at the worldwide box office.



In 1912, thirteen-year-old Indiana Jones is horseback riding with his Boy Scout Troop in Utah. Indiana discovers some grave robbers finding the Cross of Coronado, an ornamental cross belonging to Francisco Vázquez de Coronado, in a cave. He steals the cross from them and as the foiled grave robbers give chase, Indiana hides in a circus train, in the process using a whip, scarring his chin, and gaining a fear of snakes. Although he rescues the cross, the robbers tell the Sheriff that Indiana was the thief, and he is forced to return it, while his oblivious father, Henry Jones, Sr., is working on his research into the Holy Grail, keeping meticulous notes in a diary. The leader of the hired robbers, dressed very similarly to the future Indiana and impressed by the young Indy's tenacity, gives him his fedora and some encouraging words. In 1938, Indiana recovers the cross from the robbers' ship in the coast of Portugal, and donates it to Marcus Brody's museum.

Indiana is introduced to the wealthy Walter Donovan, who informs him that his estranged father has vanished while searching for the Holy Grail, using an incomplete stone tablet as his guide. Indy receives a package which turns out to be his father's Grail diary, containing all his life's research on the Grail. Understanding that his father would not have sent the diary unless he was in trouble, Indiana and Marcus travel to Venice, where they meet Henry's colleague Dr. Elsa Schneider. Indiana and Elsa discover catacombs beneath the library where Henry was last seen, and discover the tomb of Sir Richard, a knight of the First Crusade, with a complete version of the stone tablet that Henry used. They flee when the catacombs are set aflame by The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society. They are pursued and escape on a speedboat, and a chase through Venice ensues in which they capture the cult's leader, Kazim. After Indiana convinces him of their intentions, Kazim explains The Brotherhood are protecting the Grail from those with evil intentions, and that Henry was abducted to a castle on the Austrian-German border.

Indiana and Elsa infiltrate the castle by pretending to be Scottish lords. Indiana finds his father, but unfortunatly learns that Elsa and Donovan are working with the Nazis to seek the grail, hoping that Indiana would discover its location for them. The Nazis capture Marcus, who had traveled to Iskenderun, Hatay with the map to the Grail's location. The Joneses are able to escape and recover the diary from Elsa at a Nazi rally in Berlin, where they proceed to try and escape from Germany to meet with Sallah in Hatay, where they learn of Marcus' abduction and that the Nazis are already moving to the Grail's location. With the help of The Brotherhood, the Joneses ambush the convoy and rescue Marcus, though Donovan and Elsa continue on to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, where the Grail resides.

Indy, his father, Marcus, and Sallah catch up and find that the Nazis are unable to pass through traps set before the Grail. After the four are discovered, Donovan shoots and mortally wounds Henry, forcing Indiana to circumvent the traps using the information in his father's diary, with Donovan and Elsa shortly following him. Indiana succeeds and finds himself in a room with the last Knight of the First Crusade, kept alive with the power of the Grail, which has been hidden among several other cups. Elsa selects a gilded cup encrusted in jewels for Donovan, knowing it to be fake; when Donovan drank from it,his face contorted then he aged rapidly before decaying and turning into dust. Indiana, recognizing that the Grail would be that of a humble carpenter instead of a wealthy king, selects the correct vessel, and quickly takes it to his father with the holy water, which heals his wounds instantly when the older Jones drinks from it. As they prepare to leave, the Knight warns them to not take the Grail out of the temple's sacred circle in accordance with the Law of God, but Elsa disobeys and crosses the circle, causing the temple to collapse. Elsa falls into an abyss during a greedy attempt to recover the Grail. Indiana nearly suffers the same fate until his father tells him to let it go, and he is pulled to safety. The Joneses, Marcus, and Sallah narrowly escape the collapsing temple. While they prepare the horses to ride off, Sallah asks why Henry Jones calls Indiana "Junior". Henry tells Sallah it's Indiana's name, Henry Jones Jr, and that Indiana was the name of their dog much to Sallah's laughter. The four then ride out of the canyon, and into the sunset.


  • Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones: The archaeologist adventurer who seeks to rescue his father and find the Holy Grail. Ford said he loved the idea of introducing Indiana's father because it allowed him to explore another side to Indiana's personality: "These are men who have never made any accommodation to each other. Indy behaves differently in his father's presence. Who else would dare call Indy 'junior'?"[2] Ford signed to the project on February 9, 1987.[3] He insisted on performing many of his own stunts, to the point that double Vic Armstrong joked his toughest stunt was to coerce Ford into letting him perform some. Among those Armstrong performed was the ten feet leap from Indiana's horse onto the tank, and Indiana's leaping from a rock to steal the horse, which Armstrong only convinced Ford to let him do because he felt he would have been out of a job.[4]
  • River Phoenix played the 13-year-old Indiana. Phoenix had portrayed Ford's son in The Mosquito Coast (1986). Ford recommended Phoenix for the part; he said that of the young actors working at the time, Phoenix looked the most like him when he was around that age.[5] Phoenix had been looking for a lighter, more comic role.[6] Ford was present during filming to advise Phoenix on his portrayal.[7] Lucasfilm was secretive about Phoenix's casting, referring to the young Indiana as "boy on train" in the script. When it was leaked, they spread a rumor he was playing Indiana's younger brother.[6] Phoenix performed opposite the lion, although a stuntman was required for the more dangerous shots of Indiana being swiped at and the shot of Indiana cracking his whip at the animal.[4]
  • Sean Connery as Professor Henry Jones: Indiana's father, a professor of Medieval literature who cared more about looking for the Grail than raising his son. Alex Hyde-White stood in for Connery in the prologue. Spielberg had Connery in mind when he suggested introducing Indiana's father, though he did not tell Lucas at first. Consequently, Lucas wrote the role as "a crazy, eccentric" professor resembling Laurence Olivier, whose relationship with Indiana is "strict schoolmaster and student rather than a father and son".[3] Spielberg had been a fan of Connery's work as James Bond and felt that no-one else could perform the role as well.[8] Spielberg biographer Joseph McBride wrote, "Connery was already the father of Indiana Jones since the series had sprung from the desire of Lucas and Spielberg to rival (and outdo) Connery's James Bond movies."[9] Connery initially turned the role down as he is only twelve years older than Ford, but he relented. Connery—a student of history—began to reshape the character, and revisions were made to the script to address his concerns. "I wanted to play Henry Jones as a kind of Sir Richard [Francis] Burton," Connery commented. "I was bound to have fun with the role of a gruff, Victorian Scottish father."[8] Connery believed Henry should be a match for his son, telling Spielberg that "whatever Indy'd done my character has done and my character has done it better".[5] Connery signed to the film on March 25, 1988.[3] He improvised the line, "She talks in her sleep", which was left in because it made everyone laugh;[10] in Boam's scripts, Henry telling Indiana that he slept with Elsa occurs later.[3]
  • Alison Doody as Dr. Elsa Schneider: An Austrian art professor who is in league with the Nazis. She seduces the Joneses to trick them. Doody was 21 when she auditioned and was one of the first actresses who met for the part.[3] Doody scarred herself while filming the catacombs scene, when hot wax on the torch she held dripped onto her hand; Ford noticed and dipped her hand into the water, preventing a burn.[1] Although Doody drove the boat for the Venetian chase, no one had instructed her in driving it. The filmmakers regretted their decision when she almost crashed her boat into the one in which they were filming.[10] She did not mind filming with the rats, noting the animals were probably more afraid of her than she was of them.[4]
  • Denholm Elliott as Dr. Marcus Brody: Indiana's English bumbling colleague. Elliott returned after Spielberg sought to recapture the tone of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), following the actor's absence in the darker Temple of Doom (1984).[5] Elliott felt his small role in the first film had been boring, so he enjoyed that in The Last Crusade, Brody is revealed to have "two left feet". He added, "I love comedy, life is too boring and sad without it."[6] Elliott and Connery improvised the "Genius of the restoration... Aid our own resuscitation" University Club toast.[11]
  • John Rhys-Davies as Sallah: A friend of Indiana and a professional excavator living in Cairo. Like Elliott's, Rhys-Davies' return was an attempt to recapture the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark.[5] Rhys-Davies said that since the previous film, Sallah "has gotten older and a little fatter. This time, we see him without the appurtenances of his wife and children. He's a little more resolute now, and he's more ready to have a physical go at the Germans himself. But other than that, he's still the same old Sallah."[6] Rhys-Davies suffered from sciatica during filming, which was not helped by the horse riding required.[4] He fell from his horse while mounting it for the film's final scene after it was spooked by Connery's, but was uninjured.[1]
  • Julian Glover as Walter Donovan: An American businessman who sends the Joneses on their quest for the Holy Grail. Donovan works for the Nazis and desires immortality. Glover previously appeared as General Veers in Lucas's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Glover lived next door to producer Robert Watts, and auditioned for the role of Vogel. He did not get the part but the producers wanted him for Donovan.[3] Glover, who is English, adopted an American accent for the film,[12] although he was dissatisfied with the result.[5] Watts suggested that Glover's wife, Isla Blair, cameo as Donovan's wife.[3]
  • Michael Byrne as Colonel Vogel: A brutal SS colonel. Byrne and Ford had previously sparred in Force 10 from Navarone (1978), in which they also played a German and an American.[6]
  • Kevork Malikyan as Kazim: The leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, an organization that protects the Holy Grail. Malikyan had impressed Spielberg with his performance in Midnight Express (1978) and would have auditioned for the role of Sallah in Raiders of the Lost Ark had a traffic jam not delayed his meeting with the director.[6]
  • Robert Eddison as the Grail Knight: The guardian of the Grail who drank from the cup of Christ during the Crusades and is immortal as long as he stays within the temple. Eddison was a stage and television veteran only appearing once before in film (a supporting role in Peter Ustinov's 1948 comedy Vice Versa). Glover recalled Eddison was excited and nervous for his film debut, often asking if he had performed correctly.[1]
  • Vernon Dobtcheff as the Butler: He opens the door to the Austrian castle to Indiana, who claims to be the Scottish Lord Clarence MacDonald. The butler replies, "If you are Scottish lord, then I am Mickey Mouse", forcing Indiana to knock him unconscious. Spielberg and Lucas initially intended the butler to quip that he was Jesse Owens, and then Mae West, but felt younger viewers would not understand the joke. The scene was shortened during editing to exclude Indiana hiding the butler in a sarcophagus that has an uncanny resemblance to him.[13]
  • Michael Sheard as Adolf Hitler: The Nazi leader, who literally bumps into a disguised Indiana during a book-burning rally. Not realizing that he has encountered Indiana or that he is holding the Grail Diary, he opens the diary to a random page, autographs it, and gives it back to Indiana. Sheard, who could speak German, had auditioned for the role of Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark, but was cast as the U-boat captain. Like Julian Glover, he was previously seen in Lucas's Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in which he played Admiral Ozzel. Weather and scheduling difficulties forced Sheard to leave before completing his scenes, so Spielberg cut him out and promised he would find him another role in the series. The close-up of Hitler signing his autograph with his right hand was added with another actor during pickups, although Hitler was left-handed.[14]

Ronald Lacey, who played Toht in Raiders of the Lost Ark, cameos as Heinrich Himmler. Alexei Sayle played the sultan of Hatay. Wrestler and stuntman Pat Roach, who played three roles in the previous two films, made a short cameo as the Nazi who accompanies Vogel to the Zeppelin. Roach was set to film a fight with Ford, but it was cut.[15] In a deleted scene, Roach's agent boards the second biplane on the Zeppelin with a World War I flying ace (played by Frederick Jaeger), only for the pair to fall to their deaths after the flying ace makes an error.[1]



Lucas and Spielberg had intended to make a trilogy of Indiana Jones films since Lucas had first pitched Raiders of the Lost Ark to Spielberg in 1977.[16] After the mixed critical and public reaction to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Spielberg decided to complete the trilogy to fulfill his promise to Lucas and "to apologize for the second one".[17] The pair had the intention of revitalizing the series by evoking the spirit and tone of Raiders of the Lost Ark.[5] Throughout development and pre-production of The Last Crusade, Spielberg admitted he was "consciously regressing" in making the film.[9] Due to his commitment to The Last Crusade, the director had to drop out of directing Big and Rain Man.[16]

Chris Columbus's script featured the Monkey King in Africa

Lucas initially suggested making the film "a haunted mansion movie", for which Romancing the Stone writer Diane Thomas wrote a script. Spielberg rejected the idea because of the similarity to Poltergeist, which he had co-written and produced.[9] Lucas first introduced the Holy Grail in an idea for the film's prologue, which was to be set in Scotland. He intended the Grail to have a pagan basis, with the rest of the film revolving around a separate Christian artifact in Africa. Spielberg did not care for the Grail idea, which he found too esoteric,[2], even after Lucas suggested giving it healing powers and the ability to grant immortality. In September 1984 Lucas completed an eight-page treatment entitled Indiana Jones and the Monkey King, which he soon followed with an 11-page outline. The story saw Indiana battling a ghost in Scotland before finding the Fountain of Youth in Africa.[3]

Chris Columbus—who had written the Spielberg-produced Gremlins, The Goonies, and Young Sherlock Holmes—was hired to write the script. His first draft, dated May 3, 1985, changed the main plot device to a Garden of Immortal Peaches. It begins in 1937, with Indiana battling the murderous ghost of Baron Seamus Seagrove III in Scotland. Indiana travels to Mozambique to aid Dr. Clare Clarke (a Katharine Hepburn type, according to Lucas) who has found a 200-year-old pygmy. The pygmy is kidnapped by the Nazis during a boat chase, and Indiana, Clare and Scraggy Brier—an old friend of Indiana—travel up the Zambesi river to rescue him. Indiana is killed in the climactic battle but is resurrected by the Monkey King. Other characters include a cannibalistic African tribe; Nazi Sergeant Gutterbuhg, who has a mechanical arm; Betsy, a stowaway student who is suicidally in love with Indiana; and a pirate leader named Kezure (described as a Toshirō Mifune type), who dies eating a peach because he is not pure of heart. The tank is three stories high and requires Indiana to ride a rhinoceros to commandeer it.[3]

Columbus's second draft, dated August 6, 1985, removed Betsy and featured Dash — an expatriate bar owner working for the Nazis — and the Monkey King as villains. The Monkey King forces Indiana and Dash to play chess with real people and disintegrates each person who is captured. Indiana subsequently battles the undead, destroys the Monkey King's rod, and marries Clare.[3] Location scouting commenced in Africa but Spielberg and Lucas abandoned Monkey King because of its negative depiction of African natives,[18], and because the ridiculous script was unrealistic.[3] Spielberg acknowledged that it made him "...feel very old, too old to direct it."[2] Columbus's script was leaked onto the Internet in 1997, and many believed it was an early draft for the fourth film because it was mistakenly dated to 1995.[19]

Unsatisfied, Spielberg suggested introducing Indiana's father, Henry Jones, Sr. Lucas was dubious, believing the Grail should be the focus of the story, but Spielberg convinced him that the father–son relationship would serve as a great metaphor in Indiana's search for the artifact.[9] Spielberg hired Menno Meyjes, who had worked on Spielberg's The Color Purple and Empire of the Sun, to begin a new script on January 1, 1986. Meyjes completed his script ten months later. It depicted Indiana searching for his father in Montségur, where he meets a nun named Chantal. Indiana travels to Venice, takes the Orient Express to Istanbul, and continues by train to Petra, where he meets Sallah and reunites with his father. In the denouement, the Nazis touch the Grail and explode; when Henry touches it, he ascends a staircase into Heaven. Chantal chooses to stay on Earth and marries Indiana. In a revised draft dated two months later, Indiana finds his father in Krak des Chevaliers, the Nazi leader is a woman named Greta von Grimm, and Indiana battles a demon at the Grail site, which he defeats with a dagger inscribed with "God is King". The prologue in both drafts has Indiana in Mexico battling for possession of Montezuma's mask with a man who owns gorillas as pets.[3]

Indiana Jones (River Phoenix) finds the Cross of Coronado as a 13-year-old Boy Scout. Spielberg suggested making Indiana a Boy Scout as he was one as a child.

Spielberg suggested Innerspace writer Jeffrey Boam perform the next rewrite. Boam spent two weeks reworking the story with Lucas.[3] Boam told Lucas that Indiana should find his father in the middle of the story. "Given the fact that it's the third film in the series, you couldn't just end with them obtaining the object. That's how the first two films ended," he said, "So I thought, let them lose the Grail, and let the father–son relationship be the main point. It's an archaeological search for Indy's own identity and coming to accept his father is more what it's about [than the quest for the Grail]."[9] Boam said he felt there was not enough character development in the previous films.[2] In Boam's first draft, dated September 1987, the film is set in 1939. The prologue has Indiana retrieving an Aztec relic for a professor in Mexico and features the circus train. The leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword is Kemal, a Hatayan secret agent who allies with the Nazis because he wants the Grail for the glory of his country. He shoots Henry and dies drinking from the wrong chalice. Henry and Elsa (who is described as having dark hair) were searching for the Grail on behalf of the Chandler Foundation. The Grail Knight battles Indiana on horseback, while Vogel is crushed by a boulder when stealing the Grail.[3]

Boam's February 1988 rewrite utilized many of Connery's comic suggestions. It included the prologue that was eventually filmed; Lucas had to convince Spielberg to show Indiana as a boy because of the mixed response to Empire of the Sun, which was about a young boy.[2] Spielberg—who was later awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award—had the idea of making Indiana a Boy Scout.[16] Indiana's mother, named Margaret in this version, dismisses Indiana when he returns home with the Cross of Coronado, while his father is on a long distance call. Walter Chandler of the Chandler Foundation features, but is not the main villain; he plunges to his death in the tank. Elsa shoots Henry, then dies drinking from the wrong Grail, and Indiana rescues his father from falling into the chasm while grasping for the Grail. Vogel is beheaded by the traps guarding the Grail, while Kemal tries to blow up the temple during a comic fight in which gunpowder is repeatedly lit and extinguished. Leni Riefenstahl appears at the Nazi rally.[3] Boam's revision the following month showed Henry causing the seagulls to strike the plane. Tom Stoppard rewrote the script by May 8, 1988 under the pen name Barry Watson.[3] He polished much of the dialogue,[10] and created the character of "Panama Hat" to link the segments of the prologue featuring the young and adult Indianas. Stoppard also renamed Kemal to Kazim and Chandler to Donovan, and made Donovan shoot Henry.[3]


The tank chase was filmed in Almería, Spain

Principal photography began on May 16, 1988 in the Tabernas Desert in the Almería province of Spain. Spielberg originally had planned the chase to be a short sequence shot over two days, but he drew up storyboards to make the scene an action-packed centerpiece.[5] Thinking he would not surpass the truck chase from Raiders of the Lost Ark (because the truck was much faster than the tank), he felt this sequence should be more story-based and needed to show Indiana and Henry helping each other. He later said he had more fun storyboarding the sequence than filming it.[4] The second unit had begun filming two weeks before.[1] After approximately ten days the production moved to Bellas Artes to film the scenes set in the Sultan of Hatay's palace. Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park was used for the road, tunnel and beach sequence in which birds strike the plane. The Spanish portion of shoot wrapped on June 2, 1988 in Guadix, Granada with filming of Brody's capture at İskenderun train station.[1] The filmmakers built a mosque near the station for atmosphere, rather than adding it as a visual effect.[4]

Filming for the castle interiors took place from June 5 to 10, 1988 at Elstree Studios, England. The fire was filmed last. On June 16, the Royal Horticultural Society was used for the airport interiors. Filming returned to Elstree the next day to capture the motorcycle escape, continuing at the studio for interior scenes until July 18. One day was spent at North Weald Airfield on June 29 to film Indiana leaving for Venice.[1] Ford and Connery acted much of the Zeppelin table conversation without trousers on because of the overheated set.[11] Spielberg, Marshall and Kennedy interrupted the shoot to make a plea to the Parliament of the United Kingdom to support the economically "depressed" British studios. July 20–22 was spent filming the temple interiors. The temple set, which took six weeks to build, was supported on 80 feet of hydraulics and ten gimbals for use during the earthquake scene. Resetting between takes took twenty minutes while the hydraulics were put to their starting positions and the cracks filled with plaster. The shot of the Grail falling to the temple floor—causing the first crack to appear—was attempted on the full-size set, but proved too difficult. Instead, crews built a separate floor section that incorporated a pre-scored crack sealed with plaster. It took several takes to throw the Grail from six feet onto the right part of the crack.[4] July 25–26 was spent on night shoots at Blenheim Palace for the Nazi rally.[1]

Filming resumed two days later at Elstree, where Spielberg swiftly filmed the library, Portuguese freighter, and catacombs sequences.[1] The steamship fight in the 1938 portion of the prologue was filmed in three days on a sixty-by-forty-feet deck built on gimbals at Elstree. A dozen dump tanks—each holding three hundred imperial gallons (360 U.S. gallons; 3000 lb) of water—were used in the scene.[4] Henry's house was filmed at Mill Hill, London. Indiana and Kazim's fight in Venice in front of a ship's propeller was filmed in a water tank at Elstree. Spielberg used a long lens to make it appear the actors were closer to the propeller than they really were.[1] Two days later, on August 4, another portion of the boat chase using Hacker-Craft sport boats, was filmed at Tilbury Docks in Essex.[1] The shot of the boats passing between two ships was achieved by first cabling the ships off so they would be safe. The ships were moved together while the boats passed between, close enough that one of the boats scraped the sides of the ships. An empty speedboat containing dummies was launched from a floating platform between the ships amid fire and smoke that helped obscure the platform. The stunt was performed twice because the boat landed too short of the camera in the first attempt.[4] The following day, filming in England wrapped at the Royal Masonic School in Rickmansworth, which doubled for Indiana's college (as it had in Raiders of the Lost Ark).[1]

Al Khazneh was used for the entrance to the temple housing the Holy Grail

Shooting in Venice took place on August 8.[1] For scenes such as Indiana and Brody greeting Elsa, shots of the boat chase, and Kazim telling Indiana where his father is,[4] Robert Watts gained control of the Grand Canal from 7 am to 1 pm, sealing off tourists for as long as possible. Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe positioned the camera to ensure no satellite dishes would be visible.[1] San Barnaba di Venezia served as the exterior to the library.[5] The next day, filming moved to the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, which stood in for the temple housing the Grail. The cast and crew became guests of King Hussein and Queen Noor. The main cast completed their scenes that week, after 63 days of filming.[1]

The second unit filmed part of the 1912 segment of the prologue from August 29 to September 3. The main unit began two days later with the circus train sequence at Alamosa, Colorado. They filmed at Pagosa Springs on September 7, and then at Cortez on September 10. From September 14 to 16, filming of Indiana falling into the train carriages took place in Los Angeles. The production then moved to Arches National Park in Utah to shoot more of the opening. A house near the park was used for the Jones family home.[1] The production had intended to film at Mesa Verde National Park, but Native American representatives had religious objections to its use.[4] When Spielberg and editor Michael Kahn viewed a rough cut of the film in late 1988, they felt it suffered from a lack of action. The motorcycle chase was shot during post-production at Mount Tamalpais and Fairfax near Skywalker Ranch. The closing shot of Indiana, Henry, Sallah and Brody riding into the sunset was filmed in Texas in early 1989.[1][12]


Mechanical effects supervisor George Gibbs said The Last Crusade was the most difficult film of his career.[4] He visited a museum to negotiate renting a small French World War I tank, but decided he wanted to make one.[1] The tank was based on the Tank Mark VIII, which was 36 feet and 28 tons. Gibbs built the tank over the framework of a 28-ton excavator and added seven ton tracks that were driven by two automatic hydraulic pumps, each connected to a Range Rover V8 engine. Gibbs built the tank from steel rather than aluminum or fiberglass because it would allow the realistically suspensionless vehicle to endure the rocky surfaces. Unlike its historical counterpart—which had four side guns—the tank had a turret and two guns on its sides. It took four months to build and was transported to Almería on a Short Belfast plane and then a low loader truck.[4]

Composite photograph of the tank on location

The tank broke down twice. The rotor arm in the distributor broke and a replacement had to be sourced from Madrid. Then two of the valves in the device used to cool the oil exploded, due to solder melting and mixing with the oil. It was very hot in the tank, despite the installation of ten fans, and the lack of suspension meant the driver was unable to stop shaking during filming breaks.[4] The tank only moved at ten to twelve miles per hour, which Vic Armstrong said made it difficult to film Indiana riding a horse against the tank while making it appear faster.[1] A smaller section of the tank's top made from aluminum and which used rubber tracks was used for close-ups. It was built from a searchlight trailer, weighed eight tons, and was towed by a four-wheel drive truck. It had safety nets on each end to prevent injury to those falling off.[4] A quarter-scale model by Gibbs was driven over a 50 foot cliff on location; Industrial Light & Magic created further shots of the tank's destruction with models and miniatures.[20]

Michael Lantieri, mechanical effects supervisor for the 1912 scenes, noted the difficulty in shooting the train sequence. "You can't just stop a train," he said, "If it misses its mark, it takes blocks and blocks to stop it and back up." Lantieri hid handles for the actors and stuntmen to grab onto when leaping from carriage to carriage. The carriage interiors shot at Universal Studios Hollywood were built on tubes that inflated and deflated to create a rocking motion.[4] For the close-up of the rhinoceros that strikes at (and misses) Indiana, a foam and fiberglass animatronic was made in London. When Spielberg decided he wanted it to move, the prop was sent to John Carl Buechler in Los Angeles, who resculpted it over three days to blink, snarl, snort and wiggle its ears. The giraffes were also created in London. Because steam locomotives are very loud, Lantieri's crew would respond to first assistant director David Tomblin's radioed directions by making the giraffes nod or shake their heads to his questions, which amused the crew.[20] For the villains' cars, Lantieri selected a 1912 Ford Model T and a 1914 Saxon, fitting each with a Ford Pinto V6 engine. Sacks of dust were hung under the cars to create a dustier environment.[4]

Spielberg used doves for the seagulls that Henry scares into striking the German plane because the real gulls used in the first take did not fly.[5] In December 1988, Lucasfilm ordered 1000 disease-free gray rats for the catacombs scenes from the company that supplied the snakes and bugs for the previous films. Within five months, 5000 rats had been bred for the sequence;[5] 1000 mechanical rats stood in for those that were set on fire. Several thousand snakes of five breeds—including a boa constrictor—were used for the train scene, in addition to rubber ones onto which Phoenix could fall. The snakes would slither from their crates, requiring the crew to dig through sawdust after filming to find and return them. Two lions were used, which became nervous because of the rocking motion and flickering lights.[4]

Costume designer Anthony Powell found it a challenge to create Connery's costume because the script required the character to wear the same clothes throughout. Powell thought about his own grandfather and incorporated tweed suits and fishing hats. Powell felt it necessary for Henry to wear glasses, but did not want to hide Connery's eyes, so chose rimless ones. He could not find any suitable, so he had them specially made. The Nazi costumes were genuine and were found in Eastern Europe by Powell's co-designer Joanna Johnston, to whom he gave research pictures and drawings for reference.[1]

Gibbs used Swiss army training planes for the German planes. He built a device based on an internal combustion engine to simulate gunfire, which was safer and less expensive than firing blanks.[20] Baking soda was applied to Connery to create Henry's bullet wound. Vinegar was applied to create the foaming effect as the water from the Grail washes it away.[20]


Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) built an eight feet foam model of the Zeppelin to complement shots of Ford and Connery climbing into the biplane. A biplane model with a two-foot wingspan was used for the shot of the biplane detaching. Stop motion animation was used for the shot of the German fighter's wings breaking off as it crashes through the tunnel. The tunnel was a 210 feet model that occupied 14 of ILM's parking spaces for two months. It was built in eight-foot sections, with hinges allowing each section to be opened to film through. Ford and Connery were filmed against bluescreen; the sequence required their car to have a dirty windscreen, but to make the integration easier this was removed and later composited into the shot. Dust and shadows were animated onto shots of the plane miniature to make it appear as if it disturbed rocks and dirt before it exploded. Several hundred tim-birds were used in the background shots of the seagulls striking the other plane; for the closer shots, ILM dropped feather-coated crosses onto the camera. These only looked convincing because the scene's quick cuts merely required shapes that suggested gulls.[20]

Indiana discovers a bridge hidden by forced perspective. Ford was filmed in front of a bluescreen for the scene, which was completed by a model of the bridge filmed against a matte painting

Spielberg devised the three trials that guard the Grail.[2] For the first, the blades under which Indiana ducks like a penitent man were a mix of practical and miniature blades created by Gibbs and ILM. For the second trial, in which Indiana spells "Iehovah" on stable stepping stones, it was intended to have a tarantula crawl up Indiana after he mistakenly steps on "J". This was filmed and deemed unsatisfactory, so ILM filmed a stuntman hanging through a hole that appears in the floor, 30 feet above a cavern. As this was dark, it did not matter that the matte painting and models were rushed late in production. The third trial, the leap of faith that Indiana makes over an apparently impassable ravine after discovering a bridge hidden by forced perspective, was created with a model bridge and painted backgrounds. This was cheaper than building a full-size set. A puppet of Ford was used to create a shadow on the 9-foot tall by 13-foot wide model because Ford had filmed the scene against bluescreen, which did not incorporate the shaft of light from the entrance.[20]

Spielberg wanted Donovan's death shown in one shot, so it would not look like an actor having makeup applied between takes. Inflatable pads were applied to Julian Glover's forehead and cheeks that made his eyes seem to recede during the character's initial decomposing, as well as a mechanical wig that grew his hair. The shot of Donovan's death was created over three months by morphing together three puppets of Donovan in separate stages of decay, a technique ILM mastered on Willow (1988).[11] A fourth puppet was used for the decaying clothes, because the puppet's torso mechanics had been exposed. Complications arose because Allison Doody's double had not been filmed for the latter two elements of the scene, so the background and hair from the first shot had to be used throughout, with the other faces mapped over it. Donovan's skeleton was hung on wires like a marionette; it required several takes to film it crashing against the wall because not all the pieces released upon impact.[20]

Ben Burtt designed the sound effects. He recorded chickens for the sounds of the rats,[1] and digitally manipulated the noise made by a Styrofoam cup for the castle fire. He rode in a biplane to record the sounds for the dogfight sequence, and visited the demolition of a wind turbine for the plane crashes.[20] Burtt wanted an echoing gunshot for Donovan wounding Henry, so he fired a .357 Magnum in Skywalker Ranch's underground car park, just as Lucas drove in.[1] A rubber balloon was used for the earthquake tremors at the temple.[21] The Last Crusade was released in selected theaters in the 70 mm Full-Field Sound format, which allowed sounds to not only move from the front to the rear of the theater, but also from side to side.[20]

Matte paintings of the Austrian castle and German airport were based on real buildings; the Austrian castle was a small West German castle that was made to look larger. Rain was created by filming granulated Borax soap against black at high speed. It was only lightly double exposed into the shots so it would not resemble snow. The lightning was animated. The airport used was at San Francisco's Treasure Island, which already had appropriate art deco architecture. ILM added a control tower, Nazi banners, vintage automobiles and a sign stating "Berlin Flughafen". The establishing shot of the Hatayan city at dusk was created by filming silhouetted cutouts that were backlit and obscured by smoke. Matte paintings were used for the sky and to give the appearance of fill light in the shadows and rim light on the edges of the buildings.[20]


Indiana's relationship with his estranged father is a common theme found in other Spielberg films such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Hook.[9]

The Last Crusade's exploration of fathers and sons coupled with its use of religious imagery is comparable to two other 1989 films, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Field of Dreams. Writing for The New York Times, Caryn James felt the combination in these films reflected New Age concerns, where the worship of God was equated to searching for fathers. James felt neither Indiana or his father are preoccupied with finding the Grail or defeating the evil Nazis, but finding a professional respect for one another on their boys' own adventure. James contrasted the Biblical destruction of the temple with the more effective and quiet conversation between the Joneses at the end of the film. James noted Indiana's mother is not in the prologue and stated to have died by the events of the film.[22]

Cultural references

The 1912 prologue refers to events in the lives of Indiana's creators. When Indiana cracks the bullwhip to defend himself against a lion, he accidentally lashes and scars his chin. Ford gained this scar in a car accident as a young man.[5] Indiana taking his nickname from his pet Alaskan Malamute is a reference to the character being named after Lucas's dog.[11] The train carriage Indiana enters is named "Doctor Fantasy's Magic Caboose", which was the name producer Frank Marshall used when performing magic tricks. Spielberg suggested the idea, Marshall came up with the false-bottomed box through which Indiana escapes,[7] and production designer Elliott Scott suggested the trick be done in one take.[4] Spielberg intended the shot of Henry with his umbrella—after he causes the bird strike on the German plane—to evoke Ryan's Daughter.[11]



The teaser trailer for The Last Crusade debuted in November 1988 with Scrooged and The Naked Gun.[23] Rob MacGregor wrote the tie-in novelization that was released in June 1989;[24] it sold enough copies to be included on the New York Times Best Seller list.[25] MacGregor went on to write the first six Indiana Jones prequel novels during the 1990s. Following the film's release, Ford donated Indiana's fedora and jacket to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.[26]

No toys were made to promote The Last Crusade; Indiana Jones "never happened on the toy level", said Larry Carlat, senior editor of the journal Children's Business. Rather, Lucasfilm promoted Indiana as a lifestyle symbol, selling tie-in fedoras, shirts, jackets and watches.[27] Two video games based on the film were released by LucasArts in 1989: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Action Game. A third game was produced by Taito and released in 1991 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Ryder Windham wrote another novelization, released in April 2008 by Scholastic, to coincide with the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). Hasbro released toys based on The Last Crusade in July 2008.[28]

Box office

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was released in North America on May 24, 1989 in 2,327 theaters, earning $29,355,021 in its opening weekend.[29] This was the third-highest opening weekend of 1989, behind Ghostbusters II and Batman.[30] Its opening day gross of $11,181,429 was the first time a film had made over $10 million on its first day. It broke the record for the best six-day performance, with almost $47 million, added another record with $77 million after twelve days, and $100 million in nineteen days. It grossed $195.7 million by the end of the year and $450 million worldwide by March 1990.[1] In France, the film broke a record by selling a million admissions within two and a half weeks.[26]

The film eventually grossed $197,171,806 in North America and $277 million internationally, for a worldwide total of $474,171,806. At the time of its release, The Last Crusade was the 11th highest-grossing film of all time.[29] Despite competition from Batman, The Last Crusade became the highest-grossing movie worldwide in 1989.[31] In North America, Batman took top position.[30] Behind Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Last Crusade is the third-highest grossing Indiana Jones film in North America, though is behind Raiders and Temple of Doom when adjusting for inflation.[32]


The Last Crusade opened to mixed reviews. It was panned by Andrew Sarris in The New York Observer, David Denby in New York magazine, Stanley Kauffmann in The New Republic and Georgia Brown in The Village Voice.[1] Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader called the film "soulless".[33] The Washington Post reviewed the film twice; Hal Hinson's review on the day of the film's release was negative, describing it as "nearly all chases and dull exposition". Although he praised Ford and Connery, he felt the film's exploration of Indiana's character took away his mystery and that Spielberg should not have tried to mature his storytelling.[34] Two days later, Desson Thomson published a positive review praising the film's adventure and action, as well as the thematic depth of the father–son relationship.[35] Joseph McBride of Variety observed the "Cartoonlike Nazi villains of Raiders have been replaced by more genuinely frightening Nazis led by Julian Glover and Michael Byrne," and found the moment where Indiana meets Hitler "chilling".[36] In his biography of Spielberg, McBride added the film was less "racist" than its predecessors.[9]

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone said the film was "the wildest and wittiest Indy of them all". Richard Corliss of Time and David Ansen of Newsweek praised it, as did Vincent Canby of The New York Times.[1] "Though it seems to have the manner of some magically reconstituted B-movie of an earlier era, The Last Crusade is an endearing original," Canby wrote, deeming the revelation Indiana had a father he was not proud of to be a "comic surprise". Canby believed that while the film did not match the previous two in its pacing, it still had "hilariously off-the-wall sequences" such as the circus train chase. He also said that Spielberg was maturing by focusing on the father–son relationship,[37] a call echoed by McBride in Variety.[36] Roger Ebert praised the scene depicting Indiana as a Boy Scout with the Cross of Coronado; he compared it to the "style of illustration that appeared in the boys' adventure magazines of the 1940s", saying that Spielberg "must have been paging through his old issues of Boys' Life magazine... the feeling that you can stumble over astounding adventures just by going on a hike with your Scout troop. Spielberg lights the scene in the strong, basic colors of old pulp magazines."[38] The Hollywood Reporter felt Connery and Ford deserved Academy Award nominations.[1]

The film was evaluated positively after its release. Internet reviewer James Berardinelli wrote that while the film did not reach the heights of Raiders of the Lost Ark, it "[avoided] the lows of The Temple of Doom. A fitting end to the original trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade captures some of the sense of fun that infused the first movie while using the addition of Sean Connery to up the comedic ante and provide a father/son dynamic."[39] Neil Smith of the BBC praised the action, but said the drama and comedy between the Joneses was more memorable. He noted, "The emphasis on the Jones boys means Julian Glover's venal villain and Alison Doody's treacherous beauty are sidelined, while the climax [becomes] one booby-trapped tomb too many."[40] Based on 55 reviews listed by Rotten Tomatoes, 89% of critics praised The Last Crusade, giving it an average score of 7.9/10.[41] Metacritic calculated an average rating of 65/100, based on 14 reviews.[42]


Sean Connery received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for his performance

The film won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing; it had also received nominations for Best Original Score and Best Sound, but lost to The Little Mermaid and Glory respectively. Sean Connery received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[43] Connery and the visual and sound effects teams were also nominated at the 43rd British Academy Film Awards.[44] The Last Crusade won the 1990 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation,[45] and was nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the Young Artist Awards.[46] John Williams' score won a BMI Award, and was nominated for a Grammy Award.[47]

The prologue depicting Indiana in his youth inspired Lucas to create The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television show, which featured Sean Patrick Flanery as the young adult Indiana and Corey Carrier as the 8–10 year-old Indiana.[12] The 13-year-old incarnation played by Phoenix in the film was the focus of a Young Indiana Jones series of young adult novels that began in 1990;[48] by the ninth novel, the series had become a tie-in to the television show.[49] German author Wolfgang Hohlbein revisited the 1912 prologue in one of his novels, in which Indiana encounters the lead grave robber—whom Hohlbein christens Jake—in 1943.[50] The film's ending begins the 1995 comic series Indiana Jones and the Spear of Destiny, which moves forward to depict Indiana and his father searching for the Holy Lance in Ireland in 1945.[51] Spielberg intended to have Connery cameo as Henry in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), but Connery turned it down as he had retired.[52]

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  23. ^ Aljean Harmetz (1989-01-18). "Makers of 'Jones' Sequel Offer Teasers and Tidbits". The New York Times. 
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  35. ^ Desson Thomson (1989-05-26). "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  36. ^ a b Joseph McBride (1989-05-24). "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". Variety. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 film and the third film in the Indiana Jones film series about archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones on the search to rescue his father and find the Holy Grail before the Nazis do.

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Story by George Lucas and Menno Meyjes.
Have the Adventure of Your Life Keeping Up With The Joneses. Taglines


Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr.

  • Archeology is the search for facts, not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall.
  • Nazis. I hate these guys.
  • [To passengers, after tossing Colonel Vogel out of the zeppelin] No ticket!

Henry Jones

  • The quest for the grail is not archeology, it's a race against evil. If it is captured by the Nazis the armies of darkness will march all over the face of the earth. Do you understand me?
  • I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees — and the birds in the sky."
    • After making a German plane crash by frightening seagulls into the sky
  • I misjudged you, Walter. I knew you would sell your mother for an Etruscan vase. But I didn't know you would sell out your country and your soul... to the slime of humanity.


Nazi Commander: [to Indiana Jones] You have the diary in your pocket.
Henry Jones: [laughs] You dolt! Do you really think my son is that stupid to bring my diary all the way back here? ... Y- you didn't, did you?... You didn't bring it, did you?
Indiana Jones: Well, uh...
Henry Jones: You did...?
Indiana Jones: Look, can we discuss this later?
Henry Jones: I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers!

Indiana Jones: Will you take it easy?
Henry Jones: Take it easy? Why do you think I sent it home in the first place? So it wouldn't fall into their hands!
Indiana Jones: I came here to save you!
Henry Jones: Oh, yeah? And who's gonna come and save you, Junior?
Indiana Jones: I TOLD you-
[Grabs machine gun from Nazi group and guns them down]
Indiana Jones:-DON'T call me Junior!
Henry Jones: Look what you did! I can't believe what you just did!

Walter Donovan: Brody sticks out like a sore thumb. We'll find him!
Indiana Jones: The hell you will! He's got a two-day head start on you, which is more than he needs. Brody's got friends 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.
[Cut to Marcus in İskenderun]
Marcus Brody: Does anyone here speak English? Or even Ancient Greek?

Henry Jones: These people are trying to kill us!
Indiana Jones: I know, Dad!
Henry Jones: It's a new experience for me!
Indiana Jones: Happens to me all the time.

Indiana Jones: Shooting me won't get you anywhere.
Walter Donovan: You know something, Doctor Jones? You're absolutely right. [shoots Henry]
Indiana Jones: Dad? Dad!
Henry Jones: Junior...
Elsa Schneider: No!
Walter Donovan: Get back! You can't save him when you're dead. The healing power of the Grail is the only thing that can save your father now. It's time to ask yourself what you believe.

Sallah: Please — what is always with this "Junior"?
Henry Jones: That's his name: "Henry Jones, Junior."
Indiana Jones: I like "Indiana."
Henry Jones: We named the dog Indiana.
Marcus Brody: May we go home now, please?
Sallah: The dog? You are named after the dog? [laughs]
Indiana Jones: [coldly] I've got a lot of fond memories with that dog.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Robert Watts
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Written by Screenplay:
Jeffrey Boam
Tom Stoppard
George Lucas
Menno Meyjes
Starring Harrison Ford
Sean Connery
Denholm Elliott
Alison Doody
John Rhys-Davies
Julian Glover
River Phoenix
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Michael Kahn
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) May 24, 1989
Running time 127 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $48,000,000
Gross revenue Domestic:
Preceded by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Followed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 adventure movie directed by Steven Spielberg from a story co-written by executive producer George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford in the title role. It co-stars Sean Connery, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, Alison Doody, River Phoenix, and John Rhys-Davies.


The movie begins with a young Indiana Jones many years ago. He finds a rare artifact that he thinks belongs to a museum, but some men take it from him. Many years later, Jones is on a boat and yells, "This piece belongs into a museum!" the same thing he said before. This time he manages to get the piece and run away before the other men can take it back.

At Marshall College, where he works, someone tells him that the Nazis are after the Holy Grail.

He and Elsa go into the library, where they find a secret passage underground. They find a tablet, which is an important part of the puzzle. While they are there, some men who want to protect the Grail set the water on fire to try to kill them.

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