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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indy 4, Harrison Ford 65. It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage! (Paramount)

The man with the hat is back but at 65 the question is, is Indy (or Harrison Ford) up to the task of anchoring yet another sequel? George Lucas and Philip Kaufman created the character of archeologist, adventurer and part-time teacher Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr., and director Steven Spielberg and actor Harrison Ford brought him to life in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark . The film was such a success that it spawned two sequels ( Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and a TV show ( The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles ) -- not to mention comic books, books, games, and toys. Talk of a fourth Indiana Jones has been circulating for years and various incarnations for a sequel have reportedly gone through quite a few scriptwriters. But now, 19 years after the last Indy film, we finally have Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (opening May 22 throughout San Diego). And the big question is, was it worth the wait? [You can listen to the debate we had about the film on the KPBS Film Club of the Air .]

May 29, 2008 at 11:52 AM
With regards to Indy drinking from the Holy Grail in Last Crusade: yes, he did drink from it, but we were also told that the effects of the Holy Grail only lasted until you crossed the seal on your way out. To become immortal Indy would have had to stay in there!

Beth Accomando
May 29, 2008 at 08:28 PM
Paul, Thank you for the Grail clarification. I would have watched Last Crusade to check but my son lost the DVD from my Indy collection (why, I asked him, couldn't you have lost Temple of Doom?!). But I'll still buy that the Grail water may make Indy resistant to nuclear fallout. I have to find some way to explain his survival! Thanks for info, I knew someone out there would have the scoop.

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