The Films of Indiana Jones- a Nighthawks Special Series

At the end of the 20th century, the world was introduced to a swashbuckling mid-century hero. Two life-long Indy-watchers, Trevor and Matt, sit down in the conceptual Nighthawks Diner to parse the Indiana Jones films from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.

Join the podcast as we embark on a journey covering the silver screen life of a legendary modern hero.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) aka Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Archeologist by day, relic-hunter and Nazi puncher by night. Slide into the conceptual Nighthawks diner for coffee, pie, daring-do, scandalous affairs, rival polymaths, and evil fascists.

Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones whose first adventure started for the Lost Ark of the Covenant in the Steven Spielberg and George Lucas project Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s a juggernaut of a franchise that just won’t die, the supporting cast features Karen Allen, John Rhys-Davies, Paul Freeman, and Alfred Molina.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

In this prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark, the titular Indiana Jones finds himself with Girl Friday Willie Scott and a plucky Chinese orphan as he embarks into the jungles of India in search of the lost Sankara Stones.

The stones are sought after by a mysterious Thugee cult that has occupied India’s Pankot Palace. It’s up to Indy, Willie, and Short Round to infiltrate the Temple of Doom, recover the stones, and emancipate enslaved children. It’s black magic and racial insensitivity from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas; in a film starring Harrison Ford, Cate Capshaw, Ke Huy Quan, and Amrish Puri.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Our titular relic hunting archeologist is on the trail of the Christian Holy Grail with a soupçon of Arthurian Legend for flavor. The lesser-than-human Nazis are the bad guys once again and the race for one of Christianity’s most sought after relics is on. Complicating things is the fact that Indy’s Grail scholar father has fallen into enemy hands and it’s up to Indy and friends to rescue his patriarch and foil the Nazi’s plan for global domination.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade stars Harrison Ford as the heroic Jones and also features Allison Doody, Denholm Elliott, John Rhys-Davies, Julian Glover, and Sir Sean Connery.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Every sunset must have its twilight, and as Indiana Jones left into the sunset in 1989 and in the 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull we pick him up in his twilight.

As easy a target as Harrison Ford’s age is, 19 years after the previous entry in the franchise, the actor shows that he still has what it takes to punch fascists, quest for relics, and get into some dangerous darings do.

The fourth and final (for now) episode in our Indiana Jones special promises chills, spills, groans, eyerolls, and sighs.

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