Monday, March 5, 2012

Movie Mondays: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

I spent a decent chunk of Saturday afternoon looking up trips to Egypt and Jordan for my mum, and being insanely jealous. So it's not entirely surprising that I'd end up watching the movie that made me want to go to Jordan in the first place.

In my humble opinion, it's the best of the Indy movies. Sure, it doesn't have the giant rolling boulder of doom or the shiny gold statue at the start. But it has River Phoenix. AND Sean Connery. Checkmate.

Reasons why Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is awesome:
1. Petra.
2. A John Williams score. You really can't go wrong.
3. River Phoenix.
4. X marking the spot.
5. Sean Connery.
6. The scenery at the beginning. Gorgeous.
7. Discovering why Indy hates snakes and where he got his iconic hat from.
8. Mr Donovan drinking from the wrong cup and the aftermath. Awesomeness.

9. The library in Venice. I want to go to there.
10. The tank driving off the cliff.
11. Decapitation by giant ancient blades.
12. The librarian staring at his book stamp in horror when it (apparently) makes crashing sounds.
13. Indy meeting Hitler.
14. Henry's journal. It's everything a journal should be.
15. Indy pretending to be Scottish. And failing miserably.
16. The dude with the hat (according to IMDb, the character's name is "Fedora". But there's also a character called "Panama Hat", so I'm guessing they're just identifying people by their hats now) grins in this "Damn. That kid's good." kind of a way when young Indy escapes from the train.
17. Fezes. Fezes are cool.
18. Plane crash by bird flock. All caused by an umbrella.
19. The boat chase through Venice.
20. The Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword. You have to admit, that's a pretty badass secret society name.
21. The scene where they're tied to chairs and the room is on fire.
22. Sean Connery's disapproving face when they're escaping on the motorbike.
23. Escape by zeppelin. They're sadly underutilised these days. Although given the whole flammability thing, it's probably for the best. Shame. It looks like a very civilised way to travel!
24. John Rhys Davies, even though he's not in it nearly enough.
25. The leap from the lion's head.
26. When the king of wherever the hell is all "Pff. I scoff at your jewellery donated by the finest families in Europe. Oooooooh, ROLLS ROYCE!!!!"
27. I will forever know the meaning of the word 'penitent' because of this movie.
28. Elsa falling into the abyss. She kind of deserves it.
29. Spielberg. What more needs to be said?
30. It's so awesome that you can pretend Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull doesn't exist.

Plus, as always, the following quotes:
- "You call THIS archaeology??"
- "We named the dog Indiana."
- "I've got a lot of fond memories of that dog..."
- "You are strangely dressed...for a knight."
- "Only in a leap from the lion's head shall he prove his worth."
- "I should have mailed it to the Marx Brothers!!"
- "What's this?" "Ark of the Covenant." "Are you sure?" "Pretty sure."
- "What does the diary tell you that it doesn't tell us?" "It tells me that goosestepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them!"
- "He chose...poorly."
- "X never EVER marks the spot."
- "Junior, I have something to tell you." "Don't get sentimental now, Dad. Save it until we get out of here." "The floor's on fire...see...AND the chair..."
- "Get that camel out of the way!"
- "Water?" "No thank you, sir. No. Fish make love in it."
- "I was just remembering the last time we had a quiet drink together. I had a milkshake."
- "Dad! Are we hit?" "More or less..."
- "And if you are Scottish lord, I am Mickey Mouse!"
- "Our situation has not improved."
- "Are you crazy, don't go between them!" "Go between them, are you crazy??"
- "Look! I've gone and caught a sniffle!"
- "Just like your father, giddy as a schoolboy."
- "You lost today, kid. Doesn't mean you have to like it."
- "Care to wet your whistle, Marcus?" "I'd rather spit in your face. But as I haven't got any spit..."

So. What's your favourite Indiana Jones movie? (And if you say Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, we can't be friends any more...)

K xx


  1. THIS WAS ON TV THE OTHER NIGHT. Like, the one night that I just so happened to have been watching it because the guy I'm living with (read: boyfriend of the girl I'm also living with) turned it on.

    Also, I may be horrible, but I loved watching her fall into the pit trying to grab for the goblet. I was cheering for it. *bad person*

  2. This is my favorite Indy movie, always has been. With the exception of the scene where Indy shoots the crazy swordsman in RotLA, this movie has all my favorite scenes.

  3. In my house, we used to run the tank-driving-off-a-cliff scene in super-slow motion with lots of pauses in order to scrutinize the special effects. Again and again and again. It's pretty cool.
    Also: PETRA. Must go.

    "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"? I know not to what you are referring.

  4. Ooo a perfect choice. Indiana Jones is one of my favorite movies. I would watch it 1000 times. :)

  5. I refuse to see that OTHER Indiana Jones movie. I don't believe it. ;)

    Also- this is my favorite Indiana Jones movies. What's great is that both the senior pastor and I used clips from this movie recently. I used the "leap of faith" one in confirmation, he used the one where the dad is all "let go Indiana" in his sermon.

    It was awesome.

  6. Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Last Crusade as a close second. Last Crusade loses points for Marcus, who seemed like a perfectly normal human up until he got captured then when Indy and his father drop into the tank he starts doing that ridiculous "homeboy" song & dance with Dr. Jones Sr. Every time I watch that scene I can't help thinking, "When did Marcus incur brain damage?" (or something along those lines ;)


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