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Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The
Cannes Film Festival. 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2008. The only other Steven Spielberg film to premier there was 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' in 1982.
|Irina and the other agents follow Indy and his group into the Temple of Akator. As reward for returning the crystal skull, the aliens want to give the group a great gift. What does Irina ask for?||Indiana: "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Knowledge. The aliens grant her this gift, however, unable to take all the knowledge the aliens feed her, Irina disintegrates. Indiana, Mutt, Marion and Professor Oxley manage to escape from the temple before it is destroyed. A spaceship rises from the debris taking the aliens away.
|When Indiana and Mutt finally find Professor Oxley and Mutt's mother, she turns out to be Indiana's former flame, Marion Ravenwood (now Williams). In which 'Indiana Jones' movie did Marion first make an appearance?||Indiana: "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Raiders of the Lost Ark. Marion, played by Karen Allen, first appeared in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981). She was the daughter of Professor Abner Ravenwood, Indy's mentor and he goes to Nepal seeking her help. Later, Indiana was supposed to marry her but called off the wedding at the last minute. She ended up marrying Collin Williams who was introduced to her by Indy himself.
After escaping from the Soviets, Indy and Marion get trapped in a quick sand bog. Thinking they both were about to die, she reveals to Indy that Mutt was his son, not Collin's.
He repaired motorcycles.. Indy was quite supportive and told him he didn't need to study if repairing motorcycles is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
|Mutt tells Jones that his mother and Professor Oxley both have been kidnapped and he asks for help to get them back. In which country had Oxley disappeared?||Indiana: "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Peru. Professor Oxley had discovered a crystal skull in Peru and had disappeared shortly after that. Mutt gave Indy a letter sent by his mother which had been written by Oxley. Indy deciphers the riddle written in Mayan which directs him to the Nazca lines in Cusco, Peru.
|Due to the FBI investigation against him, Jones was forced to take a leave of absence from the college he was teaching at. While he is leaving by train, he's stopped by Mutt Williams who claims to have been sent by Indy's old friend Professor Oxley. According to www.imdb.com, which yesteryear actor does Williams' character pay tribute to?||Indiana: "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Marlon Brando. Mutt Williams is portrayed by Shia LaBeouf. His wardrobe is almost an exact replica of Brando's in 'The Wild One' (1953). Spielberg asked LaBeouf to watch "Blackboard Jungle," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "The Wild One" before filming started to help him essay the character of Mutt. Some of the film critics' views on his role can be found on the following site:
|Indiana Jones is under FBI surveillance because of his friend George "Mac" McHale, a Soviet agent. Mac, however, claims to be a double agent who is actually working against the Soviets. Was he really a double agent?||Indiana: "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
No. Mac claims to be working against the Soviets and joins Jones and his group. He had lied only to be able to help Irina and the agents by leaving a trail for them to follow.
He hides in a refrigerator.. Indy tries to flag down a U.S. military car when the blast is announced but is unsuccessful, however he managed to find a lead lined refrigerator in one of the houses and survives the blast by hiding in it.
Cate Blanchett. Her look and mannerisms are modeled on the character of Colonel Rosa Klebb in the Bond film 'From Russia with Love'.
Cate won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her role as Jude Quinn in 'I'm Not There'.
|In the beginning of the movie, Indiana Jones is forced to lead a group of Soviet soldiers to a U.S. military base called Hanger 51 in search of a crate. What does the crate contain?||Indiana: "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
Remains of an extra-terrestrial creature. The extra-terrestrial had crashed in Roswell, New Mexico 10 years earlier. Indy himself was unaware of the exact contents of the crate as is shown later in the movie.
Harold "Ox" Oxley. Restored to himself with the return of the skull to its rightful owner, Ox was sitting in the church watching Indy and Marion finally get married. His comment was not only directed at the amount of time lost before these two finally got together, but at the human condition in general. He himself lost a lot of time waiting for the skull to be returned and release him from its grip.
Ox was played by John Hurt.
Indiana Jones. After everything was resolved and Mutt was looking restless, Indiana said "Why don't you stick around Junior?" Mutt replied, "I don't know. Why didn't you dad?", referencing the fact that Indy had never been there during his growing up. Indy laughed and made the above comment about Henry Jones Sr., referring to a similar conversation that they'd had in "The Last Crusade". Indy told his father (played by Sean Connery) that it had been lonely growing up because his father had been so wrapped up in his obsession to find the Grail and that it had been like not having any father at all.
Colonel Irina Spalko. When they finally reached the chamber where the thirteen crystal skeletons sat (one of them without a skull), Spalko was overwhelmed by their power and majesty. When the head was returned the skeleton straightened and Ox announced, in Mayan, that they wished to give the party a gift. Spalko asked for knowledge but it proved to be too much for her.
Indiana Jones. Early in the movie Indy discovered that his old friend, Mac, had sold out and was working for the Russians. When asked, Mac freely admitted that he'd done it for the money. Later, when separated from the Russians, he swore to Indy that he was not working for the Russians, but was a double agent instead. When the Russians once again caught up with them (because of transmitters that Mac had left behind) it became obvious that Mac really was working with them. That was when Indy asked the above question.
Colonel Irina Spalko. In the wonderfully improbable fighting race through the jungle, Mutt and Spalko ended up facing off against each other, each with one of her beloved swords for a weapon. She tossed this comment out to insult his age and fighting prowess, with definite sexual undertones. Despite her prediction, the fight lasted a fair amount of time, with advantage (and possession of the crystal skull) going back and forth between the moving vehicles that they were fighting from.
Indiana Jones. After learning that he had a kid, Indy was angry with Marion for not telling him sooner. In the ensuing argument, the fact that Indy had broken off his engagement to Marion a week before their wedding and had been out of touch for a year came out, as did the fact that she married someone else. When Marion asked Indy if there hadn't been other women in his life, he admitted that there had, but none had lasted because of the above comment. Marion's smile after hearing this news was beautiful.
Mutt Williams. Marion and Indiana fell into a pit of dry sand (not quicksand, because that was wet). While Marion revealed that Indy was Mutt's father, Mutt returned with a large snake to use to pull them out. Marion grabbed the snake and was pulled to safety but Indy, with his fear of snakes, was reluctant to do the same and told Mutt to get something else, like a rope. Mutt replied with the above line, indicating that there wasn't exactly a department store around, where he could go to get a rope. Indy did eventually grab the snake and get pulled to safety, but only after Mutt called the snake a rope.
Mutt Williams. Forever looking for a pressure point, to make Indy do her bidding, Spalko threatened to kill Mutt. As she held a sword to his neck, Mutt called for a time-out, pulled out his comb from his back pocket, and combed his hair. He then delivered the above line, determined to sacrifice all for his country. Mutt showed himself to be a chip off the old block (a fact that neither of them knew at that point), only betraying his youth and nervousness by the combing of his hair.
George "Mac" McHale. In a previous discussion, Indy had promised to break Mac's nose at the first opportunity because of Mac's having sold out to the Russians. Tied down and forced to stare into the eyes of the skull, Indy passed out (or did he?). Cut free, he slumped to the ground, but quickly regained his feet and punched Mac in the nose. When Mac protested that Indy had broken his nose, Indy's response was "I warned you."
Mac was played by Ray Winstone.
Colonel Irina Spalko. Convinced that Ox knew where to take the skull, Spalko was determined to communicate with him. However Ox had been driven mad by spending too long staring into the skull's eyes. Spalko had the theory that Indy would be able to communicate with Ox, if he were to stare into the skull's eyes for a shorter period of time. The above line, delivered in response to Indy's question about why it had to be him, indicated a disappointment that the skull had not chosen to communicate with her.
Irina Spalko was played by Cate Blanchett.
Indiana Jones. Indian and Mutt found the burial chamber of the Conquistador Orellana and his party, who had gone missing in the 1500s, when seeking the mythical city of gold, El Dorado. Indy cut open the wrapping around one of the bodies, revealing a mummified man underneath. Within seconds the mummy aged and turned to dust, totally freaking out Mutt. Indy offered this explanation to Mutt, as to why that had happened.
It was in this tomb that they found the crystal skull that Ox had hidden there.
Mutt Williams. Searching for the entrance to the burial chamber, Mutt and Indy were set upon by natives with blow darts. Indy cautioned Mutt that the darts were poisonous, but Mutt was unable to get out of the line of fire. Just as one native was prepared to blow a dart at Mutt, Indy rose up and blew into the other end of the dart gun, causing the attacker to swallow his own poisonous dart. Obviously shaken, Mutt made the above comment, indicating his shock that someone who spent his time in a classroom could be so useful in a fight. Mutt had already established the fact that he didn't have much use for education. Indy's amusing reply to this was "Part time."
Mutt was played by Shia La Beouf.
Indiana Jones. Riding a motorcycle with Indy perched on the back and pursued by a car full of Russians, Mutt took a detour through the library, where the Russians couldn't follow. Some of Indy's students, bent over research books, looked up in astonishment, so Indy delivered this advice. This comical remark was a reference to previous "Indiana Jones" movies, where Indy was heard telling his students that the bulk of all archeology was conducted in a library and that "X never marks the spot". These teachings, of course, were contradictory to Indiana's actual experiences in the field.
Dean Stanforth. After being placed on leave by the university, because of his association with Mac, who turned out to working with the Russians, Indy was pretty upset. He commented to his friend, Dean Stanforth, that it had been a hard year, with both his father and Marcus Brody having passed away. Stanforth replied with the above philosophical comment about life. This was one of a number of comments made to emphasize the fact that this was an older, wiser Indiana. With 19 years between this movie and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", dialogue such as this was inserted to bring the viewer up to speed on what has happened with Indy in the intervening years.
Dean Stanforth was played by Jim Broadbent.
Indiana Jones. Believing him no longer useful, the Russians obviously intended to kill Indiana. Taunting him before the deed was done, Colonel Spalko asked him if he had any "defiant last words". His reply of "I like Ike.", referring to the American president at the time, was defiant indeed. It made it obvious that he was a loyal American, against the Communist threat that Russia represented at the height of the Cold War, which was going on at the time the film was set.
Indiana was played by the incomparable Harrison Ford.
|Irina Spalko forces Indy to gaze into the eyes of the skull, so that he will be able to communicate with Ox. Indy falls into a sort of a trance and his E.C.G. readings go wild. After contact is broken off, he seems to pass out. What does he do when he is cut free?||"The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" Part 1
He punches Mac, breaking his nose.. Earlier Indy had promised Mac that as soon as he was free, he would break Mac's nose, because Mac is a double agent. He keeps his promise the first chance he gets.
Irina needs Ox to lead them to the place from which the skull was taken, but Ox has spent too much time with the skull to be understood. Irina believes that a shorter exposure to the eyes of the skull will allow Indy to be able to understand Ox, while staying in control. She is right.
a seamless piece of quartz. Irina Spalko (played by Cate Blanchett) fancies herself an expert on psychic matters, seeing it as a powerful weapon. After she announces that the skull was not made by human hands, Indy makes a disparaging remark about aliens. She responds by telling them about an alien skeleton, in Mexico, that is made of pure crystal.
|In Peru, Indy and Mutt examine the cell in which a raving Harold 'Ox' Oxley had been kept, before he was taken away from the asylum by "men with guns". What word(s) had Ox written over and over on the walls of his cell, in different languages?||"The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" Part 1
return. Mutt and Indy puzzle over what this word means, and later find that it means that Ox is trying to return the skull to the place it had been stolen from, many years before. Ox has gone mad from gazing into skulls eyes (so to speak) and it is the skull itself that is driving Ox to return it.
Unable to gain entry to the right place, Ox hid the skull in the burial site of Orellano, a Spanish Conquistador whose party vanished in the 1500s, where Indy and Mutt find it.
|With the Russians in pursuit, Indy and Mutt ride on Mutt's motorcycle, throughout the campus. One of the Russian cars crashes into a statue, whose head falls off and strikes their car. What familiar face is on the statue?||"The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" Part 1
Marcus Brody. Dr. Marcus Brody was the museum curator in the earlier "Indiana Jones'" movies who bought many of the artifacts that Indy recovered. He was also a good friend of Indy's, who accompanied him in the quest for the Holy Grail in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".
We find out later in the film that both Marcus and Indy's father, Henry Jones Sr, had died in the previous two years. Denholm Elliott, who played Brody in all three films, died in 1992.
He dips his comb into a stranger's drink, and then combs his hair.. Mutt combs his slick-backed hair at various points in the film, often when nervous. This time, however, he reaches over and dips his comb into the drink of a guy at a neighbouring table. Before the guy really has a chance to react (although he does look disgusted), Indy sees Russians enter the restaurant and encourages Mutt to start a fight so that they can escape in the resultant confusion.
on a motorcycle, at the train station. Looking very much like the late, great James Dean, Mutt emerges, on his motorcycle, from a blast of steam. He rides beside the train that Indy is sitting in, as it is slowly pulling out of the station, talking to Indy through the train window. Indy cautions him that he's going to run out of platform, but Mutt says some things that pique Indy's interest and he manages to get off the train (we do not see how).