Indiana's (Harrison Ford) eccentric father, Henry Jones (Sean Connery) is working for a wealthy collector who is financing his life long quest for the Holy Grail. Henry keeps the information and maps to the whereabouts of the Grail in his diary. The Nazis keen to possess the grail, because it gives eternal life, kidnap Jones Senior.
Indiana, working from his father's notebook, follows a trail from America to Venice, to the deserts of the Holy Land. He frees his father and they find themselves in a series of tough and exciting situations. But then they are captured by the Nazi's who shoot Henry forcing Indiana to retrieve the Grail to heal his fatal wounds.
Within 24 days it will be Harrison Ford`s 71th birthday. (July 13, 1942)
Release date: May 24, 1989
Won Oscar: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing
Oscar Nomination: Best Sound
Raider of the lost ark (1981)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull(2008).
Spielberg made the film for two reasons:
1. To fulfill a three-picture obligation he had with George Lucas
2. to compensade for the criticism that he received for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). Source / More (Book)
Indiana Jones was named for George Lucas’ malamute dog Indiana. Source / More (Book)
The temple at the end of the movie exists, but not in Alexandretta. It is in Petra, in Jordan. While filming, the Jordanian Royal Family visited the set.
Spielberg had always wanted to do a Bond film. The hiring of Sean Connery was a joke to James Bond being the father of Indiana Jones. Source / More (Book)
Harrison about Blade runner: “Blade runner was not my favorite film. I tangled with Ridley.”.
July 13, 1942
Arguably one of the most bankable movie star ever, Harrison Ford came into his success relatively late in life. Ford was working as a carpenter when in 1973 he got the chance to audition for American Graffiti. Ford played a secondary role but the most important aspect of that film, however, was that it marked Ford’s first collaboration with director George Lucas.
Four years later he became a co-star in Star wars and a superstar in Raiders of the lost ark. Harrison was nominated for an Academy award for his portrait of a city cop in Amish county in Witness.
Over the next ten years, his films ran the gamut from legal thrillers (1990’s Presumed Innocent) to classic romantic comedies (Sabrina in 1995) to action-adventure blockbusters, Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994) and The Fugitive (1993).
Most recently, he worked again with Steven Spielberg in the classic Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Harrison's next film Crossing Over (August 2008) tells the story of immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles.
1986 Nominated Oscar Best Actor for: Witness (1985)