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Remembering “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”
A 20th Anniversary Tribute

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Compiled by: Michael Coate, Hollywood, USADate: 19.07.2010
Twenty years ago, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. gave us “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, then considered the final installment in the globe-trotting adventures of our favorite cinematic archaeologist. The rousing experience turned out to be the year’s second most popular movie (second only to “Batman”), grossing just under $200 million in North America and another $300 million internationally.

The summer of 1989 was a memorable one, in particular for fans of the 70mm presentation format. The studios that season circulated over 500 large-format prints of eight productions. In addition to “Indiana Jones”, 70mm releases during summer ’89 included “The Abyss”, “Batman”, “Casualties of War”, “Dead Poets Society”, “Lethal Weapon 2”, “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” and a re-release of the classic “Lawrence of Arabia”.

So, without further ado, enjoy this quick-reference anniversary tribute to “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

CAST:
Indiana Jones – Harrison Ford
Professor Henry Jones – Sean Connery
Elsa Schneider – Alison Doody
Marcus Brody – Denholm Elliott
Sallah – John Rhys-Davies
Walter Donovan – Julian Glover

DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg

SCREENPLAY: Jeffrey Boam (Screenplay), George Lucas & Menno Meyjes (Story)

RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, 24 May 1989

PROMOTIONAL SLOGAN: “Have The Adventure Of Your Life Keeping Up With The Joneses.”

PRODUCTION BUDGET: $48 million

OPENING-WEEK BOOKINGS: 2,327

OPENING-DAY BOXOFFICE GROSS: $5.6 million

OPENING-WEEKEND BOXOFFICE GROSS: $37 million

OPENING-WEEK BOXOFFICE GROSS: $46.9 million

CUMULATIVE DOMESTIC BOXOFFICE GROSS: $197.2 million

RANK ON TOP-GROSSING FILMS OF 1989: 2
 
More in 70mm reading:

Apocalypse Now: The Original 70mm Engagements
Blade Runner: The Original 70mm Engagements
Remembering “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom”
Remembering “Raiders of the Lost Ark”


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Memorable Dialogue

 
“Nazis. I hate these guys.” — Indy

“We named the dog Indiana.” — Henry Jones

“Germany has declared war on the Jones boys.” — Walter Donovan

“You call this archaeology?!” — Henry Jones

“Oh, rats!” — Indy

“He chose…poorly” — Grail Knight
 
 

What the Critics Said

 
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“If this new ‘Indiana Jones’ movie makes a large number of millions at the yahoo box offices, well, then you’ve been had. Every magazine and TV station in the world has been trumpeting stories about this latest epic, which is no more than a well photographed and not very tightly edited series of fights. Fights on top of tanks, railroads, cliffs, power boats, usually involving Indiana Jones versus a lot of not so funny Nazis. Show me a funny Nazi and I’ll give you five bucks! Depressing and expensive trash hyped to the max.” — Gary Franklin, KABC-TV, Los Angeles

“Did anyone seriously doubt that this would be anything but one of the absolute highlights of the summer?” — Bob Curtwright, The Wichita Eagle-Beacon

“The duet between father and son, and between two actors who always seem to have mischief in their eyes, is the brilliant twist on which the film will live or die. The very idea of Mr. Connery as Indiana’s father seems too delicious to be true.” — Caryn James, The New York Times

“‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ is the kind of movie that gives pure no-apologies entertainment a good name. It’s a beautiful machine, thought out and revved up to the last detail, with no other purpose but to delight—and it delights.” — Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“This deliberately old-fashioned Saturday matinee yarn has everything money can buy, but never really generates a sense of wonder and excitement. A definite improvement over the second ‘Indiana Jones’ outing, but it still bears the mark of one too many trips to the well.” — Leonard Maltin, “Entertainment Tonight”

“Loud, brutal and infantile, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ is a declaration of artistic and even moral imbecility. It is all plot without story, all action without life.” — David Elliott, The San Diego Union

“Although this production is exceedingly well made, save for a rousing ending, I wanted more. More humanity…more wit…more laughs. I wanted more of a film like the original ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’.” — Gene Siskel, “Siskel & Ebert & The Movies”

“Of all the directors working in the movies today, Steven Spielberg has the truest instincts for keeping an audience visually engaged, plugged in. This is his great gift—to put us inside his movies—and at his best, his natural command of the simple mechanics of storytelling, of editing and camera movements and pacing, enables him to evoke a kind of pop transcendence that comes close to the effect of the higher, classical arts. The greatest of his films are pure, pop epiphanies, exhilarating, innocent and uniquely, indelibly his own. Somehow, though, they are your own, too, and the great disappointment of ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,’ the largely irrelevant third and (supposedly) final installment in the hair-raising adventures of the super archeologist, is that it seems to be neither yours nor his.” — Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
 
 

Awards

 
Sound Effects Editing (Oscar)
 
 

Release dates (day.month.year)

 
24.05.1989 … Canada
24.05.1989 … United States
08.06.1989 … Australia
08.06.1989 … New Zealand
22.06.1989 … Argentina
29.06.1989 … Hong Kong
30.06.1989 … United Kingdom
05.07.1989 … Colombia
05.07.1989 … Mexico
08.07.1989 … Japan
22.07.1989 … South Korea
01.09.1989 … Spain
14.09.1989 … Norway
14.09.1989 … West Germany
15.09.1989 … Denmark
15.09.1989 … Finland
15.09.1989 … Sweden
29.09.1989 … Netherlands
30.09.1989 … Philippines
06.10.1989 … Italy
18.10.1989 … France

HOME VIDEO RELEASE: February 1990
 
 

Trivia, Tidbits & Factoids

 
Doctor Fantasy’s Magic Caboose, featured in the prologue, is an inside joke/reference to producer Frank Marshall.

During the week of the film’s release, the leather jacket and fedora worn by Harrison Ford were donated to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Indiana Jones’ full name was revealed during this film: Henry Walton Jones, Jr. Walton, by the way, is George Lucas’ middle name. George is also a junior.
 
 

The 70mm Engagements

 
The following is a list of the 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo presentations during the first-run release in North America. The pride and joy of this research project, the venues cited in the list were, arguably, the best in which to experience “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. This was one of the highest 70mm print runs ever, and it would appear, perhaps at Lucasfilm’s urging, that Paramount booked the movie in as many Lucasfilm THX-certified venues as possible. (Large-format moveover, sub-run and international bookings have not been included.)

ALABAMA
Hoover – Cobb GALLERIA 10

ALASKA

Anchorage – Luxury FIREWEED CINEMAS (THX)

ALBERTA
Calgary – Famous Players CHINOOK
Calgary – Famous Players SUNRIDGE
Edmonton – Famous Players LONDONDERRY
Edmonton – Famous Players PARAMOUNT (THX)

ARIZONA
Mesa – Mann SUPERSTITION 5
Phoenix – Harkins CINE CAPRI
Phoenix – Mann CHRIS-TOWN (THX)
Tucson – Mann GALLERIA 6 (THX)

ARKANSAS
Little Rock – UA CINEMA 150

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby – Famous Players LOUGHEED MALL
Burnaby – Famous Players STATION SQUARE 7 (THX)
Vancouver – Famous Players STANLEY
Victoria – Famous Players CAPITOL 6

CALIFORNIA
Anaheim – SoCal CINEMAPOLIS
Berkeley – Cinerama BERKELEY
Burlingame – Syufy HYATT 3
Carlsbad – SoCal PLAZA CAMINO REAL
City of Industry – Mann PUENTE HILLS 6 (THX)
Corte Madera – Cinerama CINEMA
Costa Mesa – Edwards SOUTH COAST PLAZA
Daly City – Cineplex Odeon PLAZA TWIN (THX)
Hayward – Festival Enterprises FESTIVAL CINEMAS (THX)
Huntington Beach – Edwards CHARTER CENTRE
La Mesa – Pacific GROSSMONT MALL
La Mirada – Pacific LA MIRADA
Laguna Hills – Edwards/SoCal LAGUNA HILLS MALL
Lakewood – Pacific LAKEWOOD CENTER
Long Beach – UA MOVIES
Los Angeles (Hollywood) – Mann CHINESE (THX)
Los Angeles (North Hollywood) – Syufy CENTURY 7 (THX)
Los Angeles (Northridge) – Pacific NORTHRIDGE
Los Angeles (Tarzana) – Mann VALLEY WEST
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) – Mann NATIONAL (THX)
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) – Pacific TOPANGA
Mission Viejo – Edwards CROWN VALLEY
Montclair – Pacific MONTCLAIR
Mountain View – Syufy CENTURY 10
National City – Pacific SWEETWATER 6
Newport Beach – Edwards NEWPORT
Oakland – Cinerama PIEDMONT
Orange – Syufy CENTURY CINEDOME 8
Oxnard – Pacific CARRIAGE SQUARE
Palm Desert – Metropolitan TOWN CENTER
Pasadena – Pacific HASTINGS
Pleasant Hill – Syufy CENTURY 5
Riverside – SoCal CANYON CREST
Sacramento – Syufy CENTURY 6
Sacramento – Syufy CINEDOME 8
San Bernardino – Pacific INLAND CENTER
San Diego – Mann 9 AT THE GROVE (THX)
San Francisco – Blumenfeld REGENCY I
San Francisco – Blumenfeld REGENCY II
San Jose – Syufy CENTURY 22
Santa Barbara – Metropolitan ARLINGTON
Temple City – Edwards TEMPLE
Torrance – Mann OLD TOWNE
Universal City – Cineplex Odeon UNIVERSAL CITY 18 (THX)

COLORADO
Aurora – UA COOPER 5
Denver – Mann CENTURY 21 (THX)

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Orange – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Stamford – Trans-Lux RIDGEWAY

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington – K-B Cinema

FLORIDA
Boca Raton – Wometco SHADOWOOD 12 (THX)
Miami – AMC KENDALL TOWN & COUNTRY 10
North Miami – Muvico CALIFORNIA CLUB 6 (THX)
North Miami Beach – Wometco 167TH STREET TWIN
St. Petersburg – AMC CROSSROADS 8 (THX)
Sunrise – Wometco 8 AT WESTON (THX)
Tampa – Cineplex Odeon HILLSBORO 8 (THX)

GEORGIA
Atlanta – UA LENOX SQUARE
Duluth – UA THE MOVIES AT GWINNETT PLAZA
Kennesaw – Storey TOWN 8
Savannah – UA TARA CINEMAS
Tucker – AMC NORTHLAKE FESTIVAL 8

HAWAII
Honolulu – Consolidated WAIKIKI 3 (HPS-4000)

ILLINOIS
Chicago – Cineplex Odeon BIOGRAPH
Evanston – M&R EVANSTON
Hillside – M&R HILLSIDE SQUARE
Lansing – M&R RIVER RUN
Lombard – GCC YORKTOWN (THX)
Milan – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Niles – Cineplex Odeon GOLF MILL
Norridge – M&R NORRIDGE
Northbrook – Cineplex Odeon EDENS
Schaumburg – Cineplex Odeon WOODFIELD
Woodbridge – GCC WOODGROVE FESTIVAL 6 (THX)

INDIANA
Indianapolis – Loews COLLEGE PARK

KANSAS
Overland Park – AMC OAK PARK PLAZA

KENTUCKY
Louisville – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS

MANITOBA
Winnipeg – Famous Players PORTAGE PLACE

MARYLAND
Baltimore – Durkee SENATOR
Baltimore – GCC SECURITY SQUARE 8 (THX)
Bethesda – K-B MONTGOMERY MALL 3

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston – Loews CHERI
Lawrence – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Seekonk – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS SEEKONK 1-8
West Springfield – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Worcester – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS

MICHIGAN
Dearborn – UA THE MOVIES AT FAIRLANE
Harper Woods – AMC EASTLAND
Lansing – UA SPARTAN TRIPLEX
Southfield – AMC AMERICANA 8
Sterling Heights – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Ypsilanti – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS ANN ARBOR

MINNESOTA
Edina – Cineplex Odeon EDINA 4
Roseville – GCC HAR-MAR 11 (THX)

MISSOURI
Chesterfield – Wehrenberg CLARKSON 6 (THX)
Kansas City – Mid-America BLUE RIDGE EAST
St. Louis – Wehrenberg UNION STATION 10 (THX)
Shrewsbury – Wehrenberg KENRICK 8 (THX)
Springfield – Dickinson CENTURY 21

NEVADA
Las Vegas – Syufy CENTURY DESERT 12 (THX)
Reno – Syufy CENTURY 8

NEW JERSEY
Bridgewater – GCC BRIDGEWATER COMMONS 7 (THX)
Paramus – Cineplex Odeon ROUTE 4 TENPLEX
Pennsauken – Sameric ERIC 5 PENNSAUKEN
Sayreville – National Amusements AMBOY MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
Secaucus – Loews MEADOW SIX
Wayne – Loews WAYNE SIX
West Orange – GCC ESSEX GREEN (THX)

NEW YORK
Amherst – GCC UNIVERSITY 8 (THX)
Cheektowaga – Hoyts WALDEN GALLERIA 12
Commack – National Amusements COMMACK MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
Garden City – Loews ROOSEVELT FIELD
Hicksville – Town & Country MID-PLAZA CINEMA 6
Levittown – Loews NASSAU SIX
Medford – National Amusements BROOKHAVEN MULTIPLEX CINEMAS (THX)
New York (Bronx) – National Amusements WHITESTONE MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
New York (Manhattan) – Loews 34TH STREET SHOWPLACE
New York (Manhattan) – Loews 84TH STREET SIX
New York (Manhattan) – Loews ASTOR PLAZA
New York (Manhattan) – Loews ORPHEUM TWIN
New York (Manhattan) – UA GEMINI TWIN
New York (Queens) – Cineplex Odeon FRESH MEADOWS
Ridgefield Park – Loews RIDGEFIELD PARK
Rockville Centre – Cineplex Odeon FANTASY CINEMAS
Valley Stream – National Amusements SUNRISE MULTIPLEX CINEMAS

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax – Famous Players PARK LANE 8

OHIO
Cincinnati – Loews KENWOOD
Columbus – Loews CONTINENT 9
Dayton – Chakeres DAYTON MALL CINEMAS
North Olmsted – National GREAT NORTHERN (THX)
South Euclid – Loews CEDAR CENTER
Toledo – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma City – AMC MEMORIAL SQUARE 8

ONTARIO
Gloucester – Famous Players GLOUCESTER 5
Hamilton – Famous Players TIVOLI
London – Famous Players LONDON MEWS 6
Mississauga – Famous Players SUSSEX CENTRE (THX)
Newmarket – Famous Players GLENWAY
Ottawa – Famous Players ELGIN
Richmond Hill – Famous Players TOWNE & COUNTRYE
Toronto – Famous Players EGLINTON (THX)
Toronto – Famous Players SHERATON CENTRE
Toronto – Famous Players VICTORIA TERRACE

OREGON
Portland – Cineplex Odeon 82ND AVENUE (THX)
Portland – Luxury LLOYD CINEMAS (THX)
Tigard – Luxury TIGARD CINEMAS (THX)

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia – AMC ORLEANS 8
Philadelphia – SAMERIC 4

QUEBEC
Dorval – Famous Players DORVAL
Laval – Famous Players LAVAL
Montreal – Famous Players IMPERIAL
Sainte-Foy – Famous Players STE FOY

RHODE ISLAND
Warwick – National Amusements SHOWCASE CINEMAS WARWICK 1-12

TENNESSEE
Memphis – Malco WINCHESTER COURT 8 (THX)
Nashville – AMC FOUNTAIN SQUARE 14
Nashville – Carmike BELLE MEADE

TEXAS
Addison – UA PRESTONWOOD CREEK 5 (THX)
Austin – Presidio ARBOR 4 (THX)
Bedford – UA BEDFORD 10 (THX)
Dallas – THE UNITED ARTISTS (THX)
Fort Worth – UA HULEN 10 (THX)
Houston – Loews SAKS CENTER
San Antonio – Santikos GALAXY (THX)
San Antonio – Santikos NORTHWEST (THX)
Webster – Loews BAY AREA

UTAH
Salt Lake City – Cineplex Odeon TROLLEY CORNERS
Salt Lake City – Mann VILLA

VIRGINIA
Alexandria – National Amusements MOUNT VERNON MULTIPLEX CINEMAS (THX)
Baileys Crossroads – K-B CINEMA 7
Fairfax – UA THE MOVIES AT FAIR OAKS
McLean – Cineplex Odeon TYSONS CORNER CENTER 4
Merrifield – National Amusements LEE HIGHWAY MULTIPLEX CINEMAS (THX)
Richmond – Cineplex Odeon RIDGE CINEMAS
Springfield – GCC SPRINGFIELD MALL 10 (THX)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue – Cineplex Odeon JOHN DANZ
Lynnwood – Luxury ALDERWOOD CINEMAS (THX)
Seattle – Cineplex Odeon CINERAMA
Seattle – Cineplex Odeon OAK TREE CINEMAS (THX)
Tacoma – Cineplex Odeon TACOMA MALL TWIN

WISCONSIN
Greenfield – UA SPRING MALL 4
Milwaukee – Marcus NORTHTOWN
 
 

Sources/References

 
Numerous newspaper articles, reviews and advertisements; and Boxofficemojo; The Hollywood Reporter, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989, Lucasfilm Ltd./Paramount Pictures); Internet Movie Database; Time Magazine; Variety.

Thanks: Miguel Carrara, Nick DiMaggio, Bill Kretzel, Jim Perry, Tim Schafbuch, and the many librarians who contributed to this project.
 
 
  
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