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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull [2008] (2 discs)
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Director:Steven Spielberg
Writer:David Koepp
Composer:John Williams
Length:122 minutes
(2 hours 2 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:76%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Indiana Jones is roped into another adventure. This time involving the body of a victem from some place known as Area 51.


Reaction: On its own, it works well enough, but it doesn't have the same kind of feel as the other Indy movies in the series. It is good to see Indiana back in action again, though.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Steven Spielberg => Director
David Koepp => Writer
John Williams => Composer
Alan Dale => General Ross
Cate Blanchett => Irina Spalko
Dimitri Diatchenko => Russian Suit
Ernie Reyes Jr. => Cemetery Warrior
Harrison Ford => Indiana Jones
Igor Jijikine => Dovchenko
Jim Broadbent => Dean Charles Stanforth
John Hurt => Professor Oxley
Karen Allen => Marion Ravenwood
Neil Flynn => Smith
Pasha D. Lychnikoff => Russian Soldier
Ray Winstone => 'Mac' George Michale
Shia LaBeouf => Mutt Williams

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Steven Spielberg brought on [?] Janusz Kaminski, who's shot all Spielberg's films since Schindler's List, to replace the now-retired cinematographer [?] Douglas Slocombe, who had worked on all three of the previous Indy films. Spielberg refused to modernize the photography and wanted to retain the comic book style from the previous films; thus Kaminski had to watch all the three previous films repeatedly to study Slocombe's techniques. Spielberg later commented that both he and Janusz had to swallow their pride: "Janusz had to learn another cinematographer's look, and I had to acquire this younger director's look which I thought I had moved away from after almost two decades."
  • Indiana Jones does not say his signature phrase "Trust Me" in the film; Marion Ravenwood does. However he does say "I've got a bad feeling about this." a line often used by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy.
  • As in the previous films, Harrison Ford performed many of his own stunts, because stunt technology had become safer since 1989; he also felt it improved his performance.
  • Harrison Ford apparently has kept himself in such good shape over the years that his costuming measurements for this film had not changed from those in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, nearly 20 years earlier.
  • The movie introduced the line "Nuke the Fridge" to the colloquial English language as a replacement for "Jump the Shark" (re [Happy Days]) referring to the scene where Indiana Jones survives a nuclear explosion by climbing into a fridge. Both terms refer to a TV show or a franchise having surpassed its peak and getting close to absurdity.
  • Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Virginia Madsen were all rumored to play a part in the movie.
  • Harrison Ford was adamant that he got to wield Indiana's famous whip. Paramount executives wanted the weapon to be computer generated because of new film safety rules, but the actor branded the rule "ridiculous".
  • Mutt Williams was originally a nerdy kind of character, but George Lucas decided to make him Indiana's son and give him a rebellious character, reasoning that "he needs to be what Henry Jones Sr. thought of his son, and the curse returns to Indy in the form of his own son - he's everything a father can't stand!"
  • There are two literary references included in Harold Oxley's cryptic instructions and gibberish. "Comus" by [?] John Milton and "Eyes that last I saw in tears" by [?] T.S. Eliot.
  • In the coffee shop, when the KGB agent come over and Mutt pulls out his switchblade Indy say, "I think you just brought a knife to a gun fight." This is a reference to Sean Connery's line in The Untouchables. Connery, of course, played Indy's father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • The aliens closely resemble the ones in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, also directed by Steven Spielberg.
  • Originally Henry Jones, Sr., Short Round, Sallah and Willie Scott were to make an appearance at Indiana's wedding.