The Adventures of Indiana Jones (1984) USA
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Director:Steven Spielberg
Studio:Paramount Home Video
Writer:David Koepp, George Lucas
Rating:4.5 (608 votes)
Date Added:2008-02-29
Awards:Nominated for BAFTA Film Award, Another 5 wins & 24 nominations
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Spanish, French
Subtitles:English, French, Spanish
Features:Box set
Steven Spielberg  ...  (Director)
David Koepp, George Lucas  ...  (Writer)
Harrison Ford  ...  Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett  ...  Irina Spalko
Karen Allen  ...  Marion Ravenwood
Shia LaBeouf  ...  Mutt Williams
Ray Winstone  ...  'Mac' George Michale
John Hurt  ...  Professor Oxley
Jim Broadbent  ...  Dean Charles Stanforth
Igor Jijikine  ...  Dovchenko
Dimitri Diatchenko  ...  Russian Suit
Ilia Volok  ...  Russian Suit
Emmanuel Todorov  ...  Russian Soldier
Pasha D. Lychnikoff  ...  Russian Soldier
Andrew Divoff  ...  Russian Soldier
Venya Manzyuk  ...  Russian Soldier (as Veniamin Manzyuk)
Alan Dale  ...  General Ross
Summary: As with "Star Wars", the George Lucas-produced "Indiana Jones" trilogy was not just a plaything for kids but an act of nostalgic affection toward a lost phenomenon: the cliffhanging movie serials of the past. Episodic in structure and with fate hanging in the balance about every 10 minutes, the "Jones" features tapped into Lucas's extremely profitable "Star Wars" formula of modernizing the look and feel of an old, but popular, story model. Steven Spielberg directed all three films, which are set in the late 1930s and early '40s: the comic book-like "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the spooky, "Gunga Din"-inspired "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", and the cautious but entertaining "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". Fans and critics disagree over the order of preference, some even finding the middle movie nearly repugnant in its violence. (Pro-"Temple of Doom" people, on the other hand, believe that film to be the most disarmingly creative and emotionally effective of the trio.) One thing's for sure: Harrison Ford's swaggering, two-fisted, self-effacing performance worked like a charm, and the art of cracking bullwhips was probably never quite the iconic activity it soon became after "Raiders". Supporting players and costars were very much a part of the series, too--Karen Allen, Sean Connery (as Indy's dad), Kate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, Amrish Puri, Denholm Elliot, River Phoenix, and John Rhys-Davies among them. Years have passed since the last film (another is supposedly in the works), but emerging film buffs can have the same fun their predecessors did picking out numerous references to Hollywood classics and B-movies of the past. "--Tom Keogh"