A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Ingenuity, teamwork, and trying to do the right thing are ultimately rewarded, though some of Indy's methods are iffy. Courage and standing up for yourself are strong themes. The power of a father-son relationship is explored and emphasized. Additional themes include integrity and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Some of Indy's choices/actions may raise eyebrows, but he's brave, resourceful, loyal, and smart. Henry wasn't the best father to young Indiana, but he proves how much he genuinely cares for his son. Elsa is brave and smart, but she's also manipulative. Marcus is a loyal friend, if lovably inept.
The cast is made up of mostly White men. Elsa is the token woman -- she's brave and smart, but she's also manipulative, hypersexualized, and (potential spoiler alert) she dies by film's end. Middle Eastern stereotypes abound: Men in fez hats with mustaches chase after Indy with revolvers and a machine gun. Chaotic bazaar scenes paint Middle Eastern cities as backward, using Middle Eastern men and hijab-clad women as scenery. Guerrilla terrorists/cultists wear keffiyeh, shoot assault rifles, and are led by a man who calls himself "a messenger of god" as he dies. A man in a turban is gruesomely beheaded, his head rolling across a room. Brief scenes of a clichéd disabled villain (he uses a cane).
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Violence & Scariness
Hand-to-hand combat, action-filled chases (boats, planes, tanks, more), beatings, and gun fights. Indy uses a whip and guns. (Potential spoiler alerts!) Henry is shot and almost bleeds to death. Minor characters are killed in fairly gruesome ways, including beheading. Threat of fire and drowning. Lots of peril. A character falls into piles of writhing snakes and is attacked by a lion (no injuries). Hundreds of rats swarm over human skeletons and around living people, getting in their hair, etc. A boat explodes and sinks. A father slaps his son on the cheek for "blasphemy." Nonconsensual kisses are planted between adults who wind up having (consensual) sex. At one point, other characters briefly think a main character has died. A villain meets his end in a scene that could disturb younger viewers (he ages extremely rapidly and briefly becomes a desiccated, mummy-like being before disintegrating).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Indy flirts with Elsa. They force kisses on each other -- it's portrayed as OK behavior and turns into consensual sex (kissing/embracing as the scene ends). A father and son banter about having slept with the same woman (played for humor).
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Language includes "damn," "hell," "my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Nothing in the movie, but there's plenty of Indy merchandise available.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character lights a cigarette. Main characters occasionally drink champagne and cocktails.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the third movie centered on the globe-trotting adventurer played by Harrison Ford. Expect lots of hand-to-hand combat, action-filled chases, and gun fights. Main characters are in near-constant peril -- one is shot point-blank and almost bleeds to death. Minor characters are killed in somewhat gruesome ways, including beheading, and the villain meets his end in a fairly disturbing scene. There's some kissing and banter, and it's heavily implied that a father and son have slept with the same woman (played for humor). Language includes "damn," "hell," "my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), and portrayals of women and Middle Easterners are stereotypical. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The chemistry between Ford and Connery is fun to watch in this entertaining if imperfect adventure. Both actors have impeccable timing and are obviously enjoying themselves in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Connery's character a worthy companion and foil to Indy. Since father and son have a past, you care about their relationship, though their banter about their sexual exploits with the same woman could have been left on the cutting room floor. The film shows its age in its generic depictions of Middle Easterners as cultish, machine-gun wielding men wearing fez hats, keffiyeh, and turbans. But if you can overlook these cringier moments, The Last Crusade retains the exciting Indy magic of swashbuckling adventure that's made the franchise so memorable.
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