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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
DIRECTED BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
RELEASED: 1989

Why's it so good? It brings back perennial baddies-par-excellence the Nazis, and a familiar Judeo-Christian McGuffin - some would say the ultimate Judeo-Christian McGuffin, in fact. Bringing in Sean Connery as Indy's father introduces a lovely new dynamic to our favourite rogue archaeologist, and the set pieces are every bit as good as Raiders'.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
How does it stack up to the original? Not unfavourably, even though it's hard to come close to a film as brilliantly balanced as Raiders. Still, Crusade is probably the funniest of the three films, with great interaction between Connery and Ford, certainly the most quotable, and several times better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Glaring error: That whole bit where "But in Latin, Jehovah is spelled with an I" is true - only the word wasn't yet in use at the time of the First Crusades and came about centuries later with the King James Bible. Doh!


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 95 MONTHS


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