THE INDIANA JONES TRILOGY (Steven Spielberg, 1981) Rating: NNNN
Here's a way to remember the good old days when Harrison Ford seemed to be awake through his films. The Revue offers an afternoon matinee treat, three 2 pm screenings of Steven Spielberg's action-adventure extravaganza Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, with Sean Connery on hand as Indy's Dad, going after the Holy Grail.
Inspired by old serials, the Indiana Jones films are great exploding whiz-bangs with ridiculous chase scenes, rolling boulders, villainous Nazis ("I hate these guys") and tough-talking dames. If the first is still the benchmark, the others have a lot going for them, though parents might remember that Temple Of Doom was the film that led to the invention of the PG-13 rating. It was, oddly, Pauline Kael's favourite of the three, but we all have our flaws.
And before you say, "Yeah, but the screen at the Revue isn't really that big," remember that your only alternative is VHS -- these still ain't on DVD. (Raiders Of The Lost Ark, December 28-29; Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, December 30; Indiana Jones And the Last Crusade, December 31; Revue)