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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

By Andrew Stires · April 12, 2011

Screenplay Genre: Action / Adventure

Movie Time: 127 minutes

1. INCITING INCIDENT

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) meets Walter Donovan (Julian Glover), who reveals to Indy that he has assembled a team to find the Holy Grail. Donovan asks Indy to join their quest because the project leader (along with all his research) has gone missing. Indy is reluctant to help until he discovers that the missing project leader is in fact his father, Professor Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery). (00:17:30)

2. LOCK IN (End of Act One)

Indy and Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) arrive at Henry's house, only to find it ransacked. This prompts Indy to remember the mysterious package from Venice he received earlier that day. He pulls the package from his jacket and discovers it is Henry's Grail diary. Indy books a flight to Venice, and the quest to find Henry and The Holy Grail begins. (00:24:27)

3. FIRST CULMINATION (Midpoint)

Indy discovers Henry in an ancient castle in Germany, but their reunion is short-lived, as both are double crossed by Dr. Elsa Schneider (Alison Doody) and Donovan, who selfishly wants the Grail to give himself immortality. So father and son are bound together facing their executions, but Indy and Henry manage to escape from the Nazis, setting the castle on fire in the process. (01:00:13)

4. MAIN CULMINATION (End of Act Two)

Indy and Henry are reunited again as Indy fights his way to rescue his father and Marcus from a World War I vintage tank during an extensive desert pursuit. As Indy seemingly plummets to his death as the tank drives off a sheer cliff, there is a moment of fatal dread, but Indy survives, just barely of course. (1:37:44)

5. THIRD ACT TWIST

In the ancient temple, which houses the Grail, Donovan shoots Henry, leaving the healing power of the Grail as the only chance to save Henry’s life. Now Indy must face his final test: retrieve the grail in order to save his father. (1:43:00)