THE MAN WITH THE HAT IS BACK. AND THIS TIME, HE’S BRINGING HIS DAD.
In 1938, Indy (Harrison Ford) joins his father (Sean Connery) in the quest for the Holy Grail, but the Nazis turn out to be devious competitors. The third film is close in tone and story to the first one, which is specially evident in the finale; John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott are very welcome back in their roles. An interesting prologue explains a few things about Indy and introduces us to his stern, mostly absent father. Ford and Connery are hilarious together as they’re trying to work out their issues while fighting the Germans; the duo bring a freshness and new energy to the concept. The action sequences are as always a thrillride, particularly a fight involving a tank.
1989-U.S. 127 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Robert Watts. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Screenplay: Jeffrey Boam. Story: George Lucas, Menno Meyjes. Music: John Williams. Cast: Harrison Ford (Henry “Indiana” Jones), Sean Connery (Henry Jones), Denholm Elliott (Marcus Brody), Alison Doody, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover… River Phoenix.
Trivia: Followed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Oscar: Best Sound Effects Editing.
Last word: “We wrote complete scripts on other MacGuffins [for the third film]. And finally I said, look, let’s just try the Holy Grail. [Adopting another voice] ‘Ohhh, it’s too cerebral, we’ll never make it work….’ So we turned it into a tangible magic cup with healing powers, instead of an intellectual thing. It wasn’t until the idea of introducing the father came along that we kind of pulled [the third movie] out of the fire. Because it then shifted from being about the MacGuffin. But ultimately, these are supernatural mysteries. They aren’t action adventures. Everybody thinks they’re action-adventure films, but that’s just the genre we hang them on.” (Lucas, Entertainment Weekly)