5.26.2008

Great Moments in Indiana Jones History

Hana, Maui, which is where I spent most of this past week, boasts an other-worldly bamboo forest, breathtaking nude beaches, and internet access as reliable as a dead cat. At least that's my excuse for skimping on Indiana Jones posts when the Fedora-ed One is kind of a big deal around here and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull debuted in theaters last Thursday.

It should come as no surprise that a town without wireless signals or sports bars (no NBA Western Conference Finals!) also didn't have a theater. So consider me doubly guilty for not having even seen the latest Indy film. I'll be correcting that unfortunate oversight in a matter of hours, but before I go, I'd like to share a few sparkling moments from the previous Indiana Jones films with you all.


The Showdown - According to rumor, which I believe in this case, Harrison Ford wasn't feeling up to filming a lengthy fight with the swordsman in Raiders of the Ark. Rather than attempting the demanding stunt sequences, he instead suggested shooting this alternate version (pun intended).



The Hitler Autograph - Previously in this scene, Indy confronted Dr. Elsa Schneider for the Grail Diary in The Last Crusade and their dark exchange of threats lays a beautiful setting for this unexpected turn of events.



The Truck Chase - Spielberg outdid himself in choreographing a chase scene from Raiders that blended thrilling action with equal parts humor and violence. Only in an Indiana Jones movie can a guy get squashed by the protagonist and the audience chuckles at his death. His being a Nazi probably helps too.


Head for the Fireplace! - It's obvious that my favorite scenes brim with humor and this brief clip from The Last Crusade is no exception. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the entire scene but even these few seconds detail the natural chemistry between Harrison Ford and "dear old dad" Sean Connery.

I could go on and on but I'd like to hear which are your favorite scenes from the Indiana Jones series?

And for more great moments in cinema history, check out the movie blogs over at The Large Association of Movie Blogs (LAMB) for more humor and violence.

22 comments:

Sarah said...

Loved the clips you included. The Last Crusade is my favorite Indy movie by far.
I did get the chance to see Crystal Skull this weekend and I thought it was good but not great. Indy fans will appreciate it but it lacks a bit of the charm of the other films. However Shia LaBeouf was a terrific edition to the cast.

WaywardJam said...

All great moments to be sure.

From Temple of Doom, I really liked seeing the heart ripped from the guys chest and the "I could have been your greatest adventure" exchange with Willie as Indy fights off the baddies next door.

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Michael J. Mendez said...

What about Indy, Short Round, Willie, Mola Ram and some Thugees on a rope bridge over alligators in the water below? CLASSIC!!

DCMovieGirl said...

The truck scene.

It still bothers me that Indy didn't come up from that with dirt and gravel inbedded in his back...EVEN AS A KID I thought this.

But, yeah, yeah, suspension of disbelief and all that jazz. ;)

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