Black SplatIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

"Nazis! I hate these guys!"

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Indy and his father captured by the Nazis

Description: Harrison Ford as archeology professor Indiana Jones expresses his disdain upon discovering his father Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery) had been taken prisoner by German soldiers in the motion picture Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. is a professor of archeology at a prestigious New England university. Having just returned from South America where he encountered violent jungle natives, snakes, huge rolling boulders and a rival archeologist who stole the artifact that Indy had risked life and limb to retrieve from a cave, Indy receives a package in the mail. It is a diary belonging to his father, Henry Jones, Sr. who is also an eminent archeologist. The diary contains notes on the Holy Grail, a topic over which Henry has obsessed for years.

"The quest for the grail is not archeology, it's a race against evil. If it is captured by the Nazis the armies of darkness will march all over the face of the earth. Do you understand me?" - Professor Henry Jones [to Indy]

The arrival of the dairy alerts Indy that his father is in trouble. Indy soon learns that both his father and his friend Dr. Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) are being pursued by the Nazis, who are on a quest to locate all objects of a mystical nature that can be used by the Third Reich in their plot to take over the world.

Allied with the Nazis is multi-millionaire Walter Donovan (Julian Glover), who collaborates with the Germans so he can obtain the Holy Grail for himself, for as legend tells, he who drinks from the Grail will become immortal.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Henry, Indy, Donovan, Elsa, and Nazi Colonel Vogel

"The Nazis want to write themselves into the Grail legend, take on the world. Well, they're welcome to it. But I want the Grail itself, the cup that gives everlasting life. Hitler can have the world, but he can't take it with him. I'm going to be drinking my own health after he's gone the way of the dodo." - Walter Donovan [to Indiana Jones]

Indy's search for his father (whom Indy refers to as "Attila the Professor") leads him to the catacombs of Venice, Italy, and finally Brunwald Castle on the Austrian/German border where Walter Donovan and the Nazis plan to interrogate Henry as to the whereabouts of his diary.

As Donovan tries to get Henry to reveal the location of his diary, Henry remarks, "I misjudged you, Walter. I knew you would sell your mother for an Etruscan vase. But I didn't know you would sell out your country and your the slime of humanity."

Nazi Colonel Vogel: Tell me about this miserable little diary of yours. The book is useless and yet you come all the way back to Berlin to get it. Why? [Slaps Henry Jones in the face with his glove] Why? [slaps him again] What are you hiding? [slaps him again] What does the diary tell you that it doesn't tell us? [Henry grabs his wrist, to block another face slap]
Prof. Henry Jones: It tells me, that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try READING books instead of BURNING them!

Indy plans to rescue his father, who calls Indy "Junior," but instead he is captured when Dr. Elsa Schneider, Henry Jones supposedly loyal colleague betrays Indy. She has been working for the Nazis and Donovan all along.

"Listen. Since I've met you I've nearly been incinerated, drowned, shot at, and chopped into fish bait. We're caught in the middle of something sinister here, my guess is dad found out more than he was looking for and until I'm sure, I'm going to continue to do things the way I think they should be done." - Indiana Jones [to Elsa]

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Henry and Indy amidst a fire at Brunwald Castle

When a fire in the castle acts as diversion, Indy and his father steal a motorcycle with side car and race away with the Nazis in hot pursuit.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Indy and Henry Jones escape the Nazis

Indy take a side trip to Berlin to retrieve the diary now in the hands of Elsa and Donovan. Dressed in a German uniform, Indy regains possession of the diary, and even have it autographed by Hitler himself. Eventually, Indy locates of the Holy Grail when he translates the following message from the diary:

"...who drinks the water I shall give him, says the Lord, will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life. Let them bring me to your holy mountain in the place where you dwell. Across the desert and through the mountain to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, to the Temple where the cup that - where the cup that holds the blood of Jesus Christ resides forever."

The Nazis are the first to arrive at the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, using Henry's guide map taken from Marcus Brody in Hatay, Turkey, but Donovan is cautious about retrieving the Holy Grail because he fears the booby traps within the temple.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Indy and friends captured by the Nazis

When Indy arrives on the scene, Elsa says, "I never expected to see you again." Indy replies, "I'm like a bad penny. I always turn up." Donovan, whom Indy calls a "faceless Nazi stooge" shoots Henry Jones, Sr. wounding him mortally and then offers Indy the chance to save his father by entering the cavern and retrieving the Holy Grail chalice, the only thing that can save his father's life.

...he who finds the Grail must face 3 challenges. First, is the path of God: Only the penitent man shall pass. Second, is the word of God: Only in the footsteps of God, shall he proceed. Last is the breath of God: Only in a leap from the lion's head shall he prove his worth. - Henry Jones, Sr. [to Indy]

As Indy looks for the Grail, he encounters the three challenges. Using clues from his father's research Indy mumbles " First, is the path of God: Only the penitent man shall pass..." Suddenly, Indy realizes the passage means he should drop to his knees to avoid a hidden mechanism meant to cut off his head, like the dead bodies that litter the floor at the entrance of the cavern.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Indy meets the Grail Knight

Solving the other two riddles, Indy encounters a knight from the Crusades (Richard Eddison) who has been guarding the Holy Grail for 700 years, as well as a collection of chalices of all shapes and sizes. The knight offers no assistance to identify the true chalice amidst the others.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Walter Donovan holds a gilded chalice

Elsa believes the chalice adorned with jewels is befitting of Christ and offers it to Donovan who drinks from it.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Donavan dies

Unfortunately, it is the wrong cup, and Donovan's body shrivels and turns to dust.

Now, time is of the essence and Indy chooses the simplest of the chalices. Observing the event, the Grail Knight says, "You have chosen... wisely. But, beware: the Grail cannot pass beyond the Great Seal, for that is the boundary, and the price, of immortality."

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - Indy saves his father

Indy quickly fills the chalice with water and allows his father to drink. The water from the chalice immediately heals Henry as well as wounds on Indy's arm.

With Donovan dead, Elsa rushes out of the cavern with the Holy Grail chalice in hand. This sets off an earthquake that threatens to destroy everyone. Suddenly, the ground opens and Elsa falls into the Abyss. Indy tries to retrieve the Grail, precariously balanced on a ledge, but Henry Jones now cured by the miracle of the chalice, tells Indy to let it go.

As the mountain temple collapses, Indy, his father, Marcus Brody, Henry's friend and museum curator who has been along for the adventure from the beginning, and Sallah, the leader of the Brotherhood of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society that protects the Grail leave the ruins behind where the lone Grail Knight had protected the Grail from evildoers for centuries.

Note: Indy had his fill of Nazi bad guys in his first encounter Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984) when we learn Indy “hates snakes.” In the final film in the franchise Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Indy falls in a pit of quicksand and reluctantly must grab a large snake as a rope to pull him out of the mess.

In the motion picture Lucky Jordan (1942) Alan Ladd as Lucky Jordan, a cynical gambler turned soldier, says, “‘Til I ran up against you, Nazi was just a word in the newspaper to me. Now it’s another way to spell cockroach.”

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