Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade | Chicago Reader

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Steven Spielberg's mechanical, soulless 1989 follow-up to Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. The fast pace and force-fed wisecracks are as seamless as ever, but rarely has audience laughter sounded as hollow to me. Jeffrey Boam wrote the script, based on an original story by executive producer George Lucas and Menno Meyjes, which concentrates on the relationship between Indiana (Harrison Ford) and his medievalist father (Sean Connery) as they search for the Holy Grail. (The action occurs both before and after the events of the two earlier Indiana Jones pictures.) Christianity, Nazism, Arthurian legend, antiquity, the third world, and women in general all serve as ballast and backdrop to the uneasy affection between a grown boy and his neglectful dad. Also on hand are River Phoenix as the young Indy, John Rhys-Davies, Alison Doody, Julian Glover, Denholm Elliott, and a lot of actors dressed up as Nazis.



  • Steven Spielberg


  • Harrison Ford
  • Sean Connery
  • Denholm Elliott
  • Alison Doody
  • John Rhys-Davies
  • Julian Glover
  • River Phoenix
  • Michael Byrne
  • Kevork Malikyan
  • Robert Eddison
  • Richard Young
  • Alexei Sayle
  • Alex Hyde-White
  • Paul Maxwell


  • Jeffrey Boam


  • George Lucas
  • Frank Marshall
  • Arthur Repola
  • Robert Watts

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