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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Summary

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Summary

  

Young Indiana Jones and his Scout troop are on a trip through the Utah desert when Indiana stumbles across some grave robbers who've uncovered the Cross of Coronado. So, you know, it's just your average 1912 Boy Scout field trip.

Indiana steals the artifact and outsmarts the grave robbers but is ultimately forced to return the cross to them by the local law enforcement. Fast forward to 1938, and Indiana gets the last laugh when he once again steals the cross and donates it to Marcus Brody's museum.

After ducking out of office hours at the college where he teaches, Indiana's picked up by a car full of shady dudes and taken to meet Walter Donovan. Donovan tells him that Indiana's dad has gone missing while trying to locate the Holy Grail. Indiana enlists the help of Brody and, guided by his dad's Grail diary, the two men set out to find Indiana's father, Henry.

In Venice, they meet Dr. Elsa Schneider, Henry's partner in the Grail quest—and the last person to see him alive. Using Henry's Grail diary as a guide, Indiana and Elsa investigate the catacombs beneath the library and find a clue to the Grail's location. They also find themselves being pursued by a band of men who've sworn to protect the Holy Grail.

The chase moves from the catacombs to speedboats, and Indiana ultimately captures one of the men, Kazim, who tells him that Henry's shacking up (against his will) at Castle Brunwald. Indiana and Elsa take off for Germany, but not before giving Brody a map to the Grail from Henry's diary for safekeeping.

Indiana infiltrates Castle Brunwald by impersonating a Scottish lord. When Indiana breaks into Henry's room, Henry, in turn, breaks a vase over his son's head, mistaking him for one of his captors, and is more worried about the potentially priceless vase than he is about Indiana's noggin. Classic dad.

Then the Nazis burst in, and it's revealed that Indiana brought Henry's beloved Grail diary with him—as in, right into the hands of the enemy. As if that weren't bad enough, they also find out that Elsa and Donovan are working for the Nazis and plan to use the Joneses to help them secure the Grail. Oops.

Indiana and Henry try to flee Germany, first on a zeppelin, then on a biplane. They succeed, but only after a shootout with flying Nazi goons. Meanwhile, Brody gets captured in Iskenderun while trying to meet up with his and the Jones' old pal Sallah. That means the Nazis have the map to the Grail, and they waste no time in trying to track it down.

The Joneses catch up with the Nazi caravan, which includes a tank, trucks full of Nazis, and Donovan's sadistic right-hand man, Colonel Vogel. Kazim and his men show up and enter the fight, as well, only to get killed. Henry's captured in the fray, but ultimately Indiana saves both Henry and Brody by fighting off waves of Nazis, including Vogel, who rides that gnarly tank we just mentioned off a cliff to his death.

For a moment, Henry believes that Indiana met a similar fate, and he laments that he didn't have just a little more time with his son. When Indiana shows up, alive and well, he and Henry hug it out. Then Indiana collapses, and Henry chews him out for taking a break when they're so close to the end of their quest.

Indiana, Henry, Brody, and Sallah find Donovan and Elsa in the temple where the Grail's located. It's protected by three obstacles that each require a healthy dose of brains, guts, and faith. Donovan shoots Henry in the stomach, forcing Indiana to go for the Grail—because if somebody doesn't get Henry a Holy Grail full of H20, he's going to kick the bucket.

Indiana passes all three tests and finds a room full of grails guarded by one seriously old knight. All Indiana needs to do is choose the correct cup, and he can use it to save his dad. If he chooses the wrong cup, both he and his dad will die.

Just then, Donovan and Elsa show up. Donovan cuts ahead of Indiana, and chooses a cup. He chooses poorly and dies a quick but thoroughly nasty death. Indiana chooses the right cup and uses it to save Henry. Elsa then tries to take the Holy Grail out of the temple, which the old knight told them was a huge no-no.

The temple begins to shake, quake, and collapse, and the Grail tumbles into a giant crack in the floor. Elsa falls to her death trying to grab it. Indiana's also momentarily blinded by desire for the Holy Grail and immortality, but Henry snaps him out of it, telling his son to let it go. Indiana drops his Holy Grail dreams and his resentments toward dear old Dad, and the Joneses leave the Grail in the temple where it belongs. Then they (literally) ride off into the sunset with Brody and Sallah.

  • Scene 1

    Scene 1

    • A scout troop ambles through a rocky desert canyon on horseback. They're surrounded by an assortment of majestic cliffs and crazy cool rock formations. Cue the sweeping John Williams score.
    • The scouts dismount and start exploring a cave. One of the scouts says he doesn't think this is such a good idea.
    • Listen, kid, if this was a good idea, we're willing to bet this would be a really short movie.
    • Inside the caves, Scaredy Scout and his buddy stumble across four robbers down below. The robbers are stoked about something they've just dug out of the ground. They're led by a dude in a fedora and a leather jacket that ought to look very familiar to you if you've ever seen an Indiana Jones movie before.
    • Hold up—the dude under the fedora is most definitely not Indiana Jones.
    • Fedora holds up an ornate, gold cross. He looks at it like he wants to marry it and take a bite out of it all at the same time.
    • "Indy?" Scaredy Scout says to his pal. "Indy, what are they doin'? Indiana? Indiana?"
    • We get it now—and not just because Scaredy Scout called Indiana by name four times in, like, ten seconds. This is a flashback, and we've just met young Indiana Jones.
    • Sweet.
    • A super tells us that we're in Utah in 1912, and Young Indiana tells us that the cross is the Cross of Coronado.
    • Fedora finally stops gazing at the cross and sets it down near a lantern and some of the robbers' other gear. Indiana looks ticked. He says to no one in particular that that cross is an important artifact and belongs in a museum.
    • Indiana tells his scout buddy to go back and tell their troop leader that there are some shady characters looting in the caves and that he should call the sheriff ASAP.
    • Scaredy Scout leaves.
    • Indiana goes down to where the robbers are and grabs the cross. He sticks it in his uniform and shimmies up a rope, back toward the cave entrance. Just when he's almost in the clear, his foot snaps a piece of wood and the robbers turn around.
    • Busted.
    • Cut to Indiana racing out of the cave and scrambling down the rocky, uneven hill. His scout troop's M.I.A. The robbers run after him, and Indiana whistles for his horse. It shows up, and he tries to jump down onto the saddle from above. He misses but eventually gets on and rides off.
    • Smooth, Indiana. Real smooth.
    • The robbers also whistle. A truck and a car show up. They jump into the back of the truck and chase after Indiana across a large field.
    • Indiana rides up alongside a circus train and hopes on board, ditching his horse. The robbers jump on board, too, and chase him over and through a series of train cars.
    • In the House of Reptiles car, Indiana comes face to face with a nasty, hissing snake and then falls into a pit of hundreds of smaller snakes.
    • Guess we know why Indiana Jones hates snakes now.
    • Indiana makes it out of the House of Reptiles car, locking two of the robbers in behind him. After removing a stowaway snake from inside his shirt, the youngest robber starts chasing him, and this dude's got a knife.
    • The two fight on top of the rhinoceros' train car, and as they roll around on the roof, the rhino's horn keeps poking through it, narrowly missing them both.
    • Just then, the pair of robbers stuck in the reptile car shoot their way out and resume their pursuit.
    • Indiana finds himself face-to-face with Fedora who tells him to give up because there's no way out of this.
    • Indiana starts backing up and falls through the roof of another train car. Which circus performer calls this car their home away from home? Oh, just the gigantic lion.
    • Indiana grabs a bullwhip from the wall and cracks it at the lion. He also cracks himself on the chin in the process. Guess we know where he got his famous chin scar and bullwhip now, too. Thanks, origin story.
    • Fedora tells Indiana to toss the whip up through the hole in the ceiling. He does, and the robbers pull him to safety just before he's about to become lion lunch.
    • Fedora tells the kid he's got heart, but he needs to cough up the Cross of Coronado. Indiana sticks to his guns and again proclaims that the artifact belongs in a museum.
    • Indiana tussles with two of the robbers as they try to pull the cross from his hands. Just then, a snake slithers out of his sleeve, scaring the robbers and giving Indiana the chance to make a break for the magic car.
    • Inside the magic car, Indiana finds the exit locked and hides in a trunk. Fedora comes in and tells him to get out of the trunk. Then the sides of the trunk fall down, revealing that it's empty. Take that, David Blaine.
    • Fedora wrestles the exit of the magic car open and sees Indiana running down the tracks, away from the train. "Damn!" he says, but you can tell he's just as impressed that the kid got away as he is depressed that the kid got away.
  • Scene 2

    Scene 2

    • Indiana runs into his house, past his giant dog, and into his dad's office, stoked to show his old man what he found. His dad tells him it can wait and orders him to start counting in Greek. Indiana obliges, but he's not happy about it.
    • When he spots Scaredy Scout pulling up in a car with two guys, Indiana backs out of the room. His dad doesn't notice: he's too busy copying a painting of a knight into his journal.
    • Scaredy Scout walks into the house and proudly tells Indiana that he brought the sheriff. So that's who that guy is.
    • Indiana shows the sheriff the Cross of Coronado, and the sheriff says, "Cool, thanks. That belongs to this guy," and hands it over to—surprise—Fedora.
    • Fedora then hands the cross over to one of his minions, who then runs outside and hands it over to a dapper dude in a white suit and a Panama hat who's standing beside the jalopy they rolled up in. Indiana seethes.
    • Everybody files back out of the house. Before he leaves, Fedora tells Indiana that he lost today, but he doesn't have to like it. Then he puts his fedora on Indiana's bowed head. That explains where his trademark hat comes from, we guess.
    • When Indiana raises his head, it's the Indiana Jones we were expecting, which is to say it's grown-up Indiana. He's on a boat, at night, and it's pouring. He smiles and then promptly gets punched in the face.
    • A super tells us that we're on the Portuguese Coast, and it's 1938.
    • A familiar-looking dapper dude in a white suit and Panama hat emerges from inside the boat and joins Indiana on the stormy deck. Indiana's not happy to see him.
    • Panama Hat reaches into Indiana's satchel and pulls out the Cross of Coronado. "This is the second time I've had to reclaim my property from you," Panama Hat tells Indiana. We don't want to tell anybody their business, but maybe he should buy a lockbox or something. Just sayin'.
    • Indiana tells Panama Hat that the cross belongs in a museum. Call back.
    • Panama Hat tells Indiana that he belongs in a museum, too. Sick burn. Then he orders his watery goons to throw Indiana over the side of the boat.
    • Indiana throws down with Panama Hat's goons. The Cross of Coronado gets dropped in the struggle and slides around the deck as the boat pitches back and forth, bombarded with monstrous waves.
    • Just as the cross is about to slide overboard, Indiana grabs it. He punches even more goons, grabs on to a cargo hook, and swings himself over the side of the ship and into the choppy black water as Panama Hat looks on.
    • An oil barrel gets tipped over, and the ship explodes.
    • As Indiana clings to a life preserver, the Panama hat floats by.
    • We think it's safe to say that these two won't cross paths a third time.
  • Scene 3

    Scene 3

    • Indiana—or we suppose we should say Dr. Jones—is in his classroom at the university, teaching. He dispels myths about archaeology. His students seem into it—especially the ladies—even though he's basically telling them that being an archaeologist means living in the library—and that X never, ever marks the spot.
    • Class ends. Indiana tells his students that he's holding office hours for the next 90 minutes, and as they shuffle out, Marcus Brody strolls in. Indiana shows him the Cross of Coronado, and Brody tells him it'll find a place of honor in their Spanish collection.
    • Indiana rolls into the lobby of his office to find it overrun with students, all of whom seem desperate to talk to him. He tells them to zip it, and his secretary Irene relays a bunch of messages and reminds him that he hasn't done any grading in, like, forever.
    • Indiana tells Irene to have everybody put their name on a list, and he'll see them in turn. Then he disappears into his office, which looks like storage room. The students are literally beating on his door.
    • Indiana picks up a package from Venice, Italy, from his desk, sets it back down, and decides to climb out the window. Two shady dudes in a car watch from afar.
    • As Indiana walks away from campus, the shadymobile follows. The men get out and address him as Dr. Jones. This can't be good.
    • Cut to Indiana in a swanky sitting room that definitely isn't on campus. (Okay, maybe it can be good?)
    • A man in a tuxedo enters from the other room, where there appears to be quite the party going on. He introduces himself as Walter Donovan. Indiana already knows who he is because he's made some generous contributions to the museum, and we've established that Indiana loves museums.
    • Indiana compliments Donovan on his collection, and Donovan says "a passion for antiquities" is something they both share.
    • Donovan says he has something we wants to show Indiana, and it's half a slab of mid 12th-century sandstone with Latin and a Christian symbol on it. At least that's what Indiana surmises after looking at it for about ten seconds.
    • Turns out Indiana reads early Latin, too, and he translates the stone table. It's directions to the Holy Grail. Yep, that Holy Grail.
    • Donovan pours some champagne into some decidedly less holy grails, and the two geek out over the Grail. Donovan says that he heard the Grail is one of Indiana's dad's passions. When Donovan brings up Indiana's dad, Indiana looks like he just drank urine, not bubbly.
    • Indiana confirms that Grail lore is a bit of a hobby for dear ol' Dad, and he says that Dad's a teacher of medieval lit—the teacher that students hope they don't get.
    • Mrs. Donovan barges in and tells Donovan that he's ignoring his guests. He smooches her and tells her to scram.
    • Indiana tells Donovan that it's going to be really hard to find the Grail, since they only have half of the sandstone tablet. Donovan tells Indiana that they're already looking. Well, then.
    • Then Donovan tells Indiana another Holy Grail story. Here's the Readers Digest version: The Grail was found once before by three knights of the Crusades who were also brothers. They hung out with the Grail and, after 150 years, two of them left to go back to business as usual and eventually died of really old age. Before he died, one of the brothers told his whole story to a Franciscan friar, and wouldn't you know it, Donovan's got the manuscript that the friar wrote.
    • Here's the catch: the friar's manuscript doesn't say where the Grail is, but it does say that there were two markers left behind that do say where the Grail is. That slab of sandstone? It's one of the markers.
    • Donovan says the other marker's supposedly buried with the dead brother in his tomb in Venice.
    • Venice? Hey, that rings a bell…
    • Finally, Donovan gets to his main point: their Grail project leader has vanished, along with all of his research, and Donovan wants Indiana to pick up where that dude left off.
    • Indiana's all, "Thanks, but no thanks. BTDubs, you've got the wrong Dr. Jones. The guy you should be talking to is my dad."
    • Then Donovan's all, "Uh, duh. We did. Your dad's the guy who disappeared."
    • Oh, snap.
  • Scene 4

    Scene 4

    • Cut to Indiana and Brody at Indiana's dad's house. Dad's not home, and the place has been ransacked something fierce.
    • Brody says he's known Indiana all his life and has never seen him this concerned about his dad. Indiana explains that his dad's a bookworm, kind of a nerd, and definitely not a bullwhip-carrying adventurer like his son.
    • Indiana remembers the package from Venice that arrived at his office. He has it on him and opens it up. It's his dad's Grail diary. Indiana wonders why he sent it to him. Brody says somebody must want it really badly.
    • Indiana tells Brody to call Donovan and tell him that he'll take that ticket to Venice after all. Brody says they'll take two, thanks. You do you, Brody.
    • Cut to the airport. Donovan tells Brody that they're to meet up with Dr. Schneider in Venice, and he tells Indiana not to trust anybody.
    • Well, that's reassuring.
    • Happy trails.
  • Scene 5

    Scene 5

    • Indiana and Brody arrive in Venice and wonder aloud how they'll recognize Dr. Schneider when they see him.
    • Turns out Dr. Schneider recognizes them. Also? She's a woman. Her name's Elsa.
    • As they walk along the canals, Elsa brings Indiana up to speed on the Grail project. The last time she saw his dad, they were in the library. He was getting close to finding the knight's tomb and was as giddy as a schoolboy. Indiana says can't really picture his dad being giddy, and he swipes a flower off a cart.
    • Focus, man. Your dad's missing.
    • Indiana gives Elsa the flower, and they start bantering back and forth, romantic comedy style, until Brody basically says what we just said: a man has vanished, and they need to get their act together.
    • Elsa says that Indiana's dad sent her to the map section of the library to find a map, and when she came back, all that was left was a scrap of paper with some Roman numerals on it. She gives it to Indiana, just as they arrive at the library.
    • Brody and Indiana both comment on how the library looks more like a church than a library. Elsa says that's because it used to be a church. Also, it's closing time.
    • While Elsa goes off to arrange for them to stay after closing, Indiana examines a large stained glass window of a knight that looks just like what we, the audience, saw his dad copying into his Grail journal back when Young Indiana was riding circus trains and thwarting robbers.
    • As it happens, Indiana remembers seeing the window in his dad's diary, too. He and Brody spot the Roman numerals in the window. There's a 3, a 7, and a 10.
    • When Elsa returns, Indiana tells her and Brody that his old man wasn't looking for a book about the knight's tomb, he was looking for the tomb itself.
    • Then Indiana points out that the 3 and the 7—er, we mean the III and the VII—are carved into two of the library's big pillars. But where's the 10? We mean where's the X? Indiana, Brody, and Elsa search the immediate area.
    • Indiana's on to something and races up a staircase. From up there, he can see that there's a giant X on the floor. "X marks the spot," he says, and it's a good thing his students can't see him now.
    • Indiana starts trying to bust through the X on the floor with a brass pole. Conveniently, every time he slams the pole onto the tile floor, the crash coincides with the little old librarian at the front desk stamping books, who's wowed by the awesome power of his stamp.
    • Indiana breaks through, and he and Elsa go down into the hole to see what's under the floor. They promptly start nerding out over archaeological stuff like pagan symbols drawn on the wall.
    • Meanwhile, Brody, who's loyally guarding the hole in the floor, gets knocked out by two mysterious thugs wearing fezzes, who drag him into the stacks.
    • Back below the library, Indiana and Elsa pass more drawings (including one of the Ark of the Covenant—as in the ark that put the Ark in Raiders of the Lost Ark) and some gnarly skeletons that look like they haven't seen a Pledge wipe in ages.
    • Indiana spots a suspect-looking spot in the wall and busts through it, offensive lineman style. Elsa's impressed.
    • Indiana falls through the wall into some bubbling, petroleum-filled water. And, oh, look: more dusty skeletons.
    • Indiana uses the petroleum to make a torch, and he leads Elsa into a room teeming with rats. Imagine if your living room carpet were made out of hundreds of rats, and that's what we're talking about here. Elsa's majorly grossed out. Indiana throws her over his shoulder like a caveman and carries her on to the next room.
    • Meanwhile, we see Fez 1 and Fez 2 peer through the hole in the wall that Indiana made just a couple of minutes ago.
    • Indiana and Elsa make their way along the rat-covered banks of a canal and end up in a room filled with waist-high water and several tombs. Elsa deems one the winner, and they open it up.
    • Inside, Indiana and Elsa find the remains of a what sure looks like a knight, since he's clutching a huge sword and a shield with an inscription on it that looks just like the tablet Donovan showed Indiana.
    • "This is it!" Indiana says. "We found it." Yup, the shield is the second marker.
    • Elsa says it would be so nice if Indiana's dad were there, but Indiana tells her that Pops never would have made it past the rats, because he's scared to death of them.
    • Back in the petroleum room, Fez 1 and Fez 2, now joined by Fez 3, strike a match and throw it in the water, setting it on fire. The fire drives the rats toward Indiana and Elsa. Indiana overturns a casket (sorry, dead guy), and he and Elsa dive underneath it in the water, taking several rats with them that just love Elsa—especially her hair. She screams her head off, and Indiana says he thinks he's found a way out.
    • Cut to the exterior of the library in peaceful Venice. Dozens of Italians are dining at tables in the plaza. Then, BOOM: Indiana bursts up from the ground through a manhole cover, sopping wet. The diners are alarmed. It's enough to put them off their risotto.
    • "Ah, Venice," Indiana says as he pulls Elsa above ground.
    • Just then, the Fez patrol (of which there are now five, if you're keeping score at home) come dashing out of the library's front doors. Indiana grabs Elsa's hand, and they take off running.
    • Indiana and Elsa run to a pier, nick a speed boat, and take off, but not before one Fez jumps in the back. The other Fezzes follow.
    • While Elsa drives, Indiana and Fez fight on the back of the boat, Fez firing off shot after shot. He's a terrible shot.
    • Elsa steers between two huge ships that are docking together, and they narrowly escape getting smooshed. One boat's worth of surplus Fezzes follows and isn't so lucky. They all get crushed.
    • Another boatful of Fezzes follows Indiana and Elsa, firing shot after shot and missing until the boats are side by side.
    • Indiana boards the Fez boat and starts tussling with Fez 1. All the while, that boat is getting pulled into the propeller of a large ship. Ruh roh.
    • Seemingly unfazed by the prospect of being sliced and diced, Indiana questions Fez 1. He finds out that the Fezzes are trying to kill him because he's after the Grail, and that, no, they didn't kill his dad. Fez 1 still refuses to say where Indiana's dad actually is, though.
    • At the last minute, Indiana pulls Fez 1 to safety in Elsa's boat.
    • As they head back into Venice, Fez 1 says he'll tell Indiana where his dad is if he lets him go. Also, his name is Kazim.
    • Indiana asks Kazim why he's trying to kill him. Didn't we already go over that?
    • Kazim tells Indiana that he's just trying to keep the Grail safe—and keep its location a secret.
    • Kazim also tells Indiana that his dad's being held in the Castle of Brunwald on the Austrian-German border. Then he leaves.
    • Indiana returns the boat to a dockhand, who seems totally unfazed by both the bloodied dude who just got off of it and the abundance of bullet holes riddling it.
  • Scene 6

    Scene 6

    • Back at the apartment Donovan set them up with, Indiana shows Brody the rubbing he made of the dead knight's shield—you know, the complete early Latin Holy Grail MapQuest tablet.
    • Even with the full directions, Brody and Indiana are not quite sure where to go, but then it dawns on Brody that Indiana's dad would know, so they crack open his Grail diary again.
    • Turns out Indiana's dad knew the route to the Grail—he just didn't know where it started from. But, with their rubbing of the tablet, Indiana and Brody do know: it's Alexandretta.
    • Indiana tells Brody to contact their old pal Sallah (you might remember him from Raiders of the Lost Ark), and ask him meet them in Alexandretta. Indiana's going to go find his dad.
    • But first, Indiana goes next door, into his room, and finds that it's been ransacked.
    • Then he walks into another room, presumably Elsa's, and finds that it's been ransacked, too. Elsa? She's nowhere to be found, and it seems highly unlikely that she just stepped out for a gelato or something.
    • Wait, it turns out that Elsa's just in the bathroom. Indiana asks her to step out and scope out her messy room. Personally, we can't believe she wouldn't have heard people throwing drawers around, but maybe that's just us.
    • Indiana suspects the ransackers were looking for his dad's Grail diary, and Elsa gets ticked off that he's had it with him this whole time, but didn't trust her enough to tell her about it.
    • Indiana and Elsa fight, and then they angrily make out. Archaeologists, right?
  • Scene 7

    Scene 7

    • Indiana and Elsa roll up to Castle Brunwald in a car on a dark and stormy night. Elsa asks Indiana what he's going to do, and he says, "I don't know. I'll think of something." That's basically his motto.
    • Indiana knocks on the front door of the castle. The butler answers, and Indiana pretends to be a Scottish lord who's there with his assistant (a.k.a. Elsa) to view the tapestries.
    • The butler isn't buying the whole "I'm a Scottish lord" thing that Indiana's selling, so Indiana has to punch him in the face and knock him out.
    • Indiana and Elsa venture deeper into the castle and spy from above what appears to be a Nazi war room with a bunch of dudes scurrying around, hard at work, talking on phones, and poring over a giant map. "Nazis," grouses Indiana. "I hate these guys." We feel you, Indy.
    • Indiana and Elsa continue searching the castle. Indiana comes to a room with a tripwire and suspects that that's where his dad's being held.
    • Indiana enters the next room and climbs out the window. He lassos a wire with his whip and uses it to swing to a neighboring building. Then he swings from there right through the window of the room he thinks his dad's hanging out in.
    • Indiana promptly gets knocked over the head with a vase by a shadowy figure who's then revealed to be dear ol' dad. "Junior!" says his dad, Henry.
    • Indiana can hear voices in the distance. They need to get out of there, pronto.
    • Henry's relieved that the vase he broke wasn't actually a priceless antique from the Ming dynasty; it was just a fake. His kid's head? Yeah, whatever.
    • Henry eventually apologizes for braining Indiana with a vase, but he says he thought Indiana was one of the Nazis. Indiana points out that they would have come through the front door.
    • Henry says he may have been wrong about that, but it looks like he was right to send Indiana his Grail diary.
    • Indiana tells Henry that they found the catacombs, and Sir Richard, and his shield, and that the starting point—the city Henry was trying to figure out—is Alexandretta. Henry's beyond stoked.
    • Just then, the Nazis bust in, guns at the ready. They want the diary. Both Dr. Joneses play dumb, but the lead Nazi says he knows Indiana has the diary in his pocket.
    • Henry laughs in the Nazis faces. Surely his son couldn't be so stupid as to bring the diary with him, right into the lair of the people who so desperately want it.
    • Um, yup, Indiana brought it.
    • Indiana and Henry argue, and, in the middle of their fight, Indiana grabs one of the Nazi officer's guns and shoots him and all of the other officers dead while his father looks on in disbelief. The Joneses dash out of the room.
    • The two dart into Elsa's room and find her being held at gunpoint by Vogel, another Nazi officer. He tells Indiana to drop the gun, or Elsa will get it.
    • "But she's a Nazi!" Henry says.
    • Uh, say what now?
    • Indiana doesn't believe his dad. Henry tells his son to trust him. Indiana turns over the gun, and Vogel releases Elsa who runs into Indiana's arms.
    • Elsa apologizes, and Indiana mistakenly thinks she's apologizing for being taken hostage. She's not. She takes the Grail diary out of his pocket and backs up, next to Vogel.
    • Elsa tells Indiana he should've listened to his father.
    • Yeah, no kidding.
  • Scene 8

    Scene 8

    • Vogel and Elsa lead Indiana and Henry into a large dining hall. Indiana still can't believe he got duped so bad. She ransacked her own room, for Pete's sake.
    • Indiana asks his dad how he knew Elsa was a Nazi. Henry says she talks in her sleep, and Indiana looks at his dad in disbelief.
    • Henry tells Indiana that he didn't trust Elsa, and suddenly another voice chimes in, telling Indiana that he'd told him not to trust anyone.
    • It's Donovan.
    • Man, is everybody a secret Nazi? No wonder the Joneses have trust issues.
    • Donovan thumbs through the Grail diary and says that there are pages missing. Elsa takes a look at it and deduces that the map from the unknown city (that Indiana, Henry, and Brody now know is Alexandretta) to the Grail is missing. She also deduces that Indiana must have given the pages to Brody.
    • Donovan says that Brody should be easy to find: he sticks out like a sore thumb. Indiana disagrees.
    • Cut to Brody, making his way through a crowded plaza in Iskenderun, sticking out like a sore thumb and desperately trying to find someone who speaks English—or maybe a little ancient Greek?
    • Brody runs into Sallah. He's very relieved to see his old pal.
    • Brody and Sallah walk and talk about what their plans are.
    • Just as Brody's about to pull out the map, he's interrupted by a shady-looking dude who says he's with the Iskenderun Museum. He says they've sent a car for Brody.
    • Brody's all, "Much obliged. That sounds rad," and, once the man with the car turns his back, Sallah's all, "Um, Brody? There is no museum here."
    • Sallah tries to create a distraction with a newspaper and repeatedly tells Brody to run. Brody doesn't get it. Sallah punches the shady guy in the face, and then they run.
    • Sallah spots a curtain-covered entrance to a building and tells Brody to duck in there. Brody runs up the ramp and inside the building. Sallah stands outside, fists ready.
    • The ramp that Brody just ran up closes, revealing a swastika painted on the back, and the whole entrance pulls away.
    • That wasn't a building, it was a Nazi truck.
    • Peace out, Brody.
  • Scene 9

    Scene 9

    • Back at Castle Brunwald, Indiana and Henry are tied up in back-to-back chairs, watched over by Donovan and Elsa. Vogel enters and says Elsa has orders to return to Berlin, ASAP.
    • Donovan tells Elsa to take the Grail diary to the Nazi museum in Berlin. Without the map, it's no good to him.
    • Vogel asks if he can kill the Joneses now. No, he can't, says Donovan. They need them to get the missing pages back from Brody.
    • Elsa tells Indiana not to be so judgmental of her. He would have done anything to get the Grail, she claims. Indiana disagrees.
    • Elsa leans in and tells Indiana she can't forget how wonderful it was to be with him. Henry thinks she's talking to him and says thanks.
    • Elsa kisses Indiana and leaves.
    • Vogel punches Indiana in the face just because he can.
    • Indiana struggles to untie the ropes. He and Henry need to get to Brody before the Nazis do.
    • Indiana directs Henry to pull a cigarette lighter out of his pocket and burn through the ropes. Henry tries, but he drops the lighter, setting the rug ablaze. Soon the furniture's going up like a campfire on steroids, too.
    • Outside, Donovan's about to leave by car when he gets a message that Brody's been captured, which means the Nazis have the map, and they have permission to take out the Joneses. Vogel's stoked.
    • Back inside, the entire room's on fire. Indiana and Henry scoot their chairs over to the safest place in the room, which, ironically, is the fireplace. Indiana accidentally hits a lever with his knee, and the fireplace revolves. Suddenly, Indiana and Henry find themselves inside another Nazi war room. No one notices them.
    • Indiana hits the lever again, and they're back to the fiery dining hall. He hits the lever once more, and they spin around to the war room again. This time, they get noticed.
    • A trio of Nazis run toward the Joneses as they spin back toward the dining hall. The revolving fireplace gets wedged open, and the Nazis run through, into the fire, to find that Indiana and Henry have escaped—except the haven't; they're still hiding in the fireplace.
    • Indiana and Henry spin the door back around and have the war room all to themselves. They look for a way out.
    • Henry sits in a chair that tips back and causes a stairway to open up in the floor. Indiana's standing on it, and he tumbles down the stairs. Henry follows.
    • Indiana and Henry make their way outside to a boat dock, where Indiana starts up a motorboat and sends it away from the dock, empty. Henry's bummed they're not going in the boat.
    • We see Vogel and the Nazis head down the staircase to the dock.
    • Vogel and his cronies hit the dock and see the boat slowly traveling away. They pile onto their own boat. Indiana and Henry take off on a motorcycle and sidecar.
    • Soon the Nazis are in hot pursuit in their own vehicles. Indiana takes out one guy on a motorbike with a pole like he's jousting. Another two Nazis in a car run over the first Nazi, and Indiana throws his pole through the fourth and final Nazi's motorbike spokes, causing him to fly up in the air.
    • Indiana's proud of himself; Henry looks at his son like he wants to ground him 'til he's 60.
    • The Joneses pull over and argue about where to go next. Indiana wants to find Brody and the map. Henry wants to go get his Grail diary, explaining there's more to it than just the map that got torn out. Indiana takes the Lord's name in vain, and his dad smacks him.
    • Henry explains to Indiana that the Grail's not about archaeology, it's about a race between good and evil. If the Nazis get it, game over.
    • Indiana says that his dad's obsessed with the Holy Grail and always has been. He's never understood it, and neither did his mom. Henry tells him that she did understand it—better than anybody, in fact—and then slips into exposition mode as he divulges to the audience that Mrs. Jones got sick, didn't tell anybody she was sick, and died. Indiana's silent.
    • Henry continues. If the Nazis get the Grail, everything's going to turn out really, really badly for everybody on the planet.
    • Cut to a signpost that conveniently points to Venice in one direction and to Berlin in the other. The camera zooms in on Berlin. Guess we know where the Joneses are going.
    • Time to get that diary back.
  • Scene 10

    Scene 10

    • It's a big Nazi rally in Berlin. Gross.
    • Indiana strolls up, disguised as a Nazi soldier. Personally, we prefer his trademark leather jacket, but hey, you know what they say: when in Berlin and trying to stop the Nazis from destroying mankind…
    • Indiana joins his dad. Turns out this isn't just a rally, it's a massive book burning party. Double gross.
    • Elsa looks on in tears as book after book is destroyed.
    • As Elsa leaves the scene, Indiana sneaks up on her. He grabs her arm and demands to know where the diary is. She asks why. He says he doesn't want it burned, and she's offended that he thinks she supports the Nazis' book burning. She explains that she's all about the Grail, not the Nazis. Indiana isn't buying it.
    • Indiana threatens to choke Elsa. Elsa threatens to scream. They look at each other in silence for a moment, and then we cut to Indiana returning to Henry, diary in hand. He immediately gets swept up in a tidal wave of people. They're all headed toward Hitler.
    • In fact, Indiana finds himself face to face with the Führer himself. They stare at each other, and then Hitler takes the diary from Indiana's hand…and autographs it for him.
    • What a tool.
  • Scene 11

    Scene 11

    • Cut to the Berlin airport. A dude's handing out fliers with the Joneses' faces on them. The Joneses, meanwhile, are booked on the first available flight out of Germany: on a zeppelin.
    • In the zeppelin's dining area, Indiana's excited. Henry says he'll be excited when they're airborne and Germany's behind them.
    • Just then, Indiana spots Vogel and one of his cronies approaching the zeppelin. This isn't good.
    • Indiana leaves the table.
    • Cut to Vogel walking around the dining room with Henry's picture, asking passengers if they've seen him. In the background, we spot Indiana dressed like a waiter.
    • Vogel gets to Henry, whose face is obscured by the newspaper he's reading. When Henry lowers the paper, Vogel's psyched. He's found his man.
    • Indiana taps Vogel on the shoulder and asks him for his ticket. Vogel brushes him off. Indiana asks again. Vogel turns around and, recognizing Indiana, his eyes light up.
    • Indiana punches Vogel and throws him out the window of the zeppelin onto a pile of luggage below. "No ticket," he explains to the other passengers, who look on in alarm. They all frantically grab their tickets.
    • The zeppelin takes off, and Vogel shakes his fist at it from the ground.
    • Back on board, Henry tells his son that it's fun sharing adventures with him. Indiana ribs his father, telling him that sharing Elsa may have been a step too far. They both laugh.
    • Then Indiana asks his dad if he remembers the last time they grabbed a drink together. He says that they never talked when he was growing up.
    • Henry's only half listening, as he thumbs through his Grail diary.
    • Indiana says it was a lonely way to grow up, with a dad like that. Henry, still going through his diary, gets defensive and says that he was an awesome dad because he never made Indiana eat his green beans or brush his teeth, and he taught the kid self-reliance.
    • Indiana says that what Henry really taught him was that he was less important than a bunch of dead people.
    • Henry closes his Grail diary and asks Indiana what he wants to talk about. Indiana says he's got nothing, and Henry asks him what he's complaining about then.
    • Henry explains to Indiana that they'll face three challenges when they get to Alexandretta: the breath of God, the word of God, and the path of God. Sounds difficult, even if neither of them know what any of that means.
    • Suddenly, the zeppelin turns around. It's going back to Germany.
    • Indiana and Henry descend through the bowels of the zeppelin and board the plane that's attached to the underside. They take off and are quickly pursued by enemy planes. Indiana flies, while Henry mans the machine gun.
    • Henry isn't exactly a natural, and he accidentally shoots off the tail of the plane. He blames it on the bad guys.
    • Indiana and Henry land in a farm, and the fighter planes continue shooting at them. First, they run on foot; then they steal a car.
    • Indiana and Henry lose one plane in a tunnel—as in, the plane flies into the tunnel after them and explodes. Then they ditch the car and head to the beach.
    • Indiana and Henry lose the second plane when Henry uses his umbrella to stir up a bunch of birds that fly up and obstruct the pilot's view, causing him to crash into a cliff. Henry's all sorts of proud of himself.
    • As he strolls away along the shoreline, Indiana looks back with a face that says, "I can't believe he just did that"—and also, "My dad's pretty awesome."
  • Scene 12

    Scene 12

    • Cut to the Republic of Hatay. Donovan's walking through a courtyard with someone he refers to as "Your Highness," as well all of His Highness' fez-wearing royal goons.
    • Donovan brags about their progress going after the Grail. He wants permission from this royal dude to cross his country and pursue the Grail. Well, isn't that considerate?
    • The royal wants to know what Donovan's brought for him. Donovan produces a trunk full of treasures. The royal wants Donavan's Rolls Royce instead. When Donovan agrees, the royal says they're cool—and that he'll give Donovan and his posse whatever they need, from horses to tanks.
    • As Donovan and his royal buddy exit the shot, we see Kazim, who looks after them with concern.
    • Elsa meets Donovan and tells him they need to step on it: the Jones boys have escaped.
    • Cut to Sallah driving the Joneses through a crowded street. They discuss where Donovan's thugs may have taken Brody, and Henry says they need to step on it, too, because if Donovan's got Brody, he's got the map to the Grail.
    • Cut to Donovan, Elsa, and Brody being driven through rocky terrain as part of a caravan that includes tanks. Gulp.
    • Cut to Indiana, Henry, and Sallah spying on the caravan from a cliff. Indiana takes stock of the tank, etc., and Henry tells him to get down. Indiana assures his dad that they're well out of range, and there's no way Donovan's caravan could spot them, let alone fire on them.
    • Donovan's caravan fires on them. Whoops.
    • Elsa tells Donovan that she's sure it's Indiana spying on them from the cliff. Donovan tells her not to worry about that; the Joneses will roast to death in this heat.
    • Just then, Kazim and his crew start ambushing Donovan, guns blazing. Donovan tells Elsa it's definitely the Joneses. Indiana and Henry wonder who the heck these guys are.
    • A firefight ensues, and we find Donovan and Elsa standing over the injured body of Kazim. When Donovan asks Elsa who he is, Kazim says he's a messenger of God and warns them that, for the unrighteous, the Grail holds everlasting damnation.
    • Kazim dies, and Elsa looks concerned. Donovan, not so much.
    • As the fighting ensues, Indiana steals a horse, and Henry finds Brody in the caravan's tank.
    • Brody's stoked to see Henry, and they recite a little inside joke of a song. It's super dorky.
    • Then Vogel climbs into the tank.
    • These dorks are busted.
    • Donovan sticks his head into the tank and tells Vogel that Jones is getting away. Vogel's all like, "Uh, Herr Donovan, he's right here." Donovan makes it clear that he means Indiana, just as Indiana gallops by on his stolen horse with three more horses in tow. Vogel's not very bright.
    • Indiana meets up with Sallah, and Sallah tells Indiana that Donovan has his dad and Brody in the tank.
    • Indiana rides toward the tank and draws its fire. Then he gallops in circles and makes the tank run into one of Donovan's other cars, since tanks aren't exactly known for their smooth handling. Vogel angrily shouts out orders in German.
    • Next, Indiana shoves a rock into one of the tank's guns. When the tank fires, the gun explodes, and debris flies back inside the tank. Vogel pops his head out of the tank's hatch to get some clean air—and to start shooting at Indiana with his pistol.
    • Indiana jumps onto the tank. Several Nazis also board the tank from another nearby tank, and Indiana takes them out.
    • Then Vogel starts choking Indiana with a chain. This Vogel is one seriously nasty dude.
    • While Indiana and Vogel continue to fight, Henry stages his own mutiny inside the tank. He fights with a Nazi over a handgun, ultimately blinding him with the ink from his fountain pen.
    • Henry may be old, and he may be a bookworm, but he's also totes resourceful.
    • Back outside, Indiana and Vogel continue to tussle as another truck full o' Nazis pulls up alongside them. Henry fires one of the tank's guns at the truck, and it explodes.
    • The force almost knocks Indiana off of the tank. He clings to a gun, trying to pull himself back on top of it, while Vogel smashes his hand with a shovel.
    • Back inside the tank, Henry and Brody continue fighting with the ink-faced Nazi. In the kerfuffle, the tank driver gets shot, and the tank veers off course just as it's about to run Indiana, still hanging off the side, into a pile of rocks. Phew.
    • Indiana punches Vogel in the face, then pulls his dad and Brody out of the tank.
    • Oh, and one more thing: the tank's been driving toward the edge of a giant cliff this whole time, but no one seems to have noticed.
    • Brody falls off the back of the tank. Then Sallah rides up, and Indiana orders him to get his dad out of the tank. He does this, right before the tank careens over the edge of the cliff. We see Vogel meet his fiery, cartoonish death.
    • Henry rushes to the cliff's edge, followed by Sallah and Brody. He can't believe his son is gone, and he wishes he had just five more minutes with him. Meanwhile, Indiana climbs up the edge of the cliff and joins the three men.
    • When it dawns on Henry that Indiana's alive and standing right next to him, he's elated. They embrace. Then Henry steps back to compose himself. Indiana collapses from exhaustion, and Henry chastises him for resting when they're so close to the end.
    • These two have issues.
  • Scene 13

    Scene 13

    • Cut to Donovan and Elsa on another clifftop, surveying the Canyon of the Crescent Moon with binoculars. We're pretty sure this means they're getting really close to the Grail.
    • Cut to Indiana, Henry, Brody, and Sallah riding through the twisty canyon on horseback. Donovan may be close, but the good guys are closer. They roll up to the front of an ornate building in the middle of the rocky canyon, and they go inside.
    • Turns out Donovan, Elsa, and their whole gang are already there, standing at the entrance to a cobweb-coated interior tunnel. Indiana and his crew watch them from afar.
    • A nervous man enters the tunnel and slowly walks through the cobwebs. He looks terrified. Then the cobwebs move, as if a ghost is manipulating them.
    • The man's decapitated head rolls back to Donovan and the rest of the onlookers at the tunnel's entrance. Donovan calls for another volunteer.
    • Brody covers his mouth and looks away in horror. We see a gun shoved in his face.
    • Brody, Sallah, Henry, and Indiana are brought before Donovan. Elsa looks happy to see Indiana.
    • Donovan holds Indiana at gunpoint and tells him he's going to help Donovan get the Grail. They're going to go down in history, and Donovan's going to be immortal.
    • Indiana says thanks but no thanks and reminds Donovan that shooting him won't help him get the Grail. Donovan tells Indiana he's right—and then he shoots Henry in the gut.
    • Donovan tells Indiana that only the healing power of the Holy Grail can save Henry now.
    • Looks like Indiana's going to have to go get that Grail, after all.
  • Scene 14

    Scene 14

    • Armed with his dad's Grail diary, Indiana heads into the cobweb tunnel of decapitation. He keeps repeating a clue: "Only the penitent man will pass." Henry repeats it, too—you know, as he lies on the ground bleeding to death.
    • Indiana correctly deduces that the clue means he needs to be humble before God. When the ghostly presence once again moves the cobwebs, Indiana kneels before it. A giant saw blade passes over his head. He's passed the first challenge, and yells as much to the crowd he left behind. Everybody's happy.
    • The second challenge is all about the word of God, and Indiana comes upon a floor made of stones with letters on each one. He figures out that he should step on the letters that spell out "Jehovah." Way to go, Indy! He doesn't, however, remember that in Latin, "Jehovah" starts with an I. He eagerly steps on the J stone, and his foot plunges through the floor. Then he remembers his Latin, and he's on his way.
    • At the third challenge, Indiana faces a giant chasm. There's no way he could ever come close to jumping across, and he eventually realizes that it's a leap of faith. Indiana takes a giant step off the edge and Boom! There's an invisible bridge. He slowly walks across, and before he moves on, he throws some sand across the bridge so he can find his way back more easily.
    • Challenge #4 is one seriously old knight sitting in a cave filled with a wide assortment of grails. The ancient knight raises his sword to strike Indiana, but it's so heavy that he topples over.
    • The knight introduces himself to Indiana as the third of the three brothers who were left in charge of guarding the Grail. Indiana does the math and realizes that that makes this dude over 700 years old.
    • The old knight tells Indiana that he's happy to relinquish his post. 700 years is a long time to sit in a cave by yourself.
    • Just then, Donovan and Elsa show up.
    • Donovan's all, "But which Grail is it, ma-an?"
    • The old knight tells Donovan he has to choose. Elsa says she'll choose for him, and hands him one of several ornate gold grails. Donovan holds it up and says it's beautiful. Indiana looks like he wants to barf.
    • Donovan takes the Grail over to a fountain and fills it with water. He's positive he's made the right choice, and he drinks from the Grail. Everyone watches with bated breath.
    • Donovan starts aging fast—like, turning-into-a-skeleton-in-under-ten-seconds fast. He holds on to Elsa as he wastes away, and she screams in terror.
    • "He chose…poorly," the old knight deadpans.
    • Indiana and Elsa go back to the grails. Elsa says the Holy Grail wouldn't be made out of gold—which suggests that she set Donovan up. This girl is cold.
    • Indiana chooses a plain cup, citing that it looks way more like the cup of a carpenter than anything gold or fancy.
    • Indiana takes this cup to the fountain, fills it, and drinks. The old knight tells Indiana he chose wisely. Also? He tells him the Holy Grail can't leave the building. More specifically, it can't cross the giant seal in the entryway of the building, back out where Henry, Brody, Sallah, and all of Donovan's goons are.
    • That's the price of immortality: you never die, but you have to live in a cave that we're pretty sure no pizza places will deliver to for the rest of time.
    • Indiana fills the Grail with water and runs it out to his dad. He helps him drink from it, and then he pours some of the water on the gunshot wound, which promptly disappears.
    • Henry takes the cup from Indiana and looks at it. This is what he's spent his whole life looking for. Then he sets it down on the ground as Indiana helps him to his feet, and Elsa picks it up.
    • Elsa's giddy—kind of unhinged, really—about holding the Holy Grail, and she starts heading for the exit. Indiana tells her to chill out. He reminds her that the Grail can't cross the seal.
    • Elsa ignores Indiana and steps across the seal. The whole place starts to shake and quake with the force of a monstrous earthquake.
    • The floor splits open, Elsa drops the Grail, and it falls into the crack. Then Elsa does, too.
    • Indiana tries to pull Elsa to safety, but she spots the Grail on a nearby ledge. She's gotta have it. Indiana needs her other hand to save her, but she keeps reaching for the Grail with it and falls into the abyss.
    • After Elsa falls to her death, Indiana slips off the cliff and Henry grabs his hand. Henry demands that Indiana give him his other hand, but Indiana reaches for the Grail. He thinks he can reach it. Déjà vu…
    • Pleading with his son to stop being a greedy moron, Henry calls Indiana "Indiana" for the first time in the movie and gets his attention. He tells his son to "let it go," and we have a feeling that he's talking about more than just the Grail.
    • Indiana gives Henry his other hand, and Henry pulls him to safety. The building continues to collapse around them.
    • Just as they're about to hit the road, Henry sees the old knight. He stares. The old knight waves. He looks sad. Henry and Indiana run for the exit and make it outside safe and sound.
    • Henry tells Indiana that Elsa never believed in the Grail. She thought it was a prize. Indiana asks his dad what he found on his quest for the Grail, and Henry says illumination. Aw. Does anybody else smell forgiveness?
    • Sallah asks why Henry keeps calling Indiana "Junior." Henry explains that Indiana is Henry Jones, Jr., and that the family dog was named Indiana.
    • Indiana says he has a lot of fond memories of that dog.
    • Sallah thinks this is just about the funniest thing ever and can't stop laughing.
    • Brody takes off on his horse, attempting to lead the way back to civilization, but struggling mightily to just stay on his steed.
    • Indiana, Henry, and Sallah follow, and the four men literally ride off into the sunset.