In every interview that George Lucas has given this year, he has talked about the expectations of Indy 4. He knows that die-hard fans cannot possibly be satisfied and that critics (who never really cared for the original trilogy back in the day) will probably hate it. Turns out that George was half right. The critics are less than impressed, but the fans response has been phenomenal. It's hard to gauge whether they think Crystal Skull is a good film, but the nostalgia and sheer elation that comes with an Indy movie is too much to overlook. Thankfully, we here at Top Ten are film fans first, film critics second. Some analysts believe that Indy could generate somewhere in the $150 million range over the 5-day Memorial period. That, in turn, could lead to more Indy adventures. But still, what were the critics really expecting? At its heart the Raiders trilogy has always followed the same formula. Priority 1: Actions, stunts, and chases. Priority 2: Indy being Indy. Priority 3: A sidekick here, a dame there...oh, and some MacGuffin. Any movie that follows that formula is not looking to be a critical darling (with the exception of Raiders acclaim), it's just looking to have good old-fashioned fun.
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While filming the whipping scene in Temple of Doom, the crew played a practical joke on Harrison Ford. Chained to a large stone, Barbra Streisand appeared, dressed in a leather dominatrix outfit. She proceeded to whip him, saying "That's for Hanover Street, the worst movie I ever saw." She continued whipping him for Star Wars, and making all of that money. Carrie Fisher then threw herself in front of Ford to protect him, and Irvin Kershner (director of Empire Strikes Back) chided director Steven Spielberg. "Is this how you run your movies?" It's rumored that this entire sequence was filmed.
Belloq: "Dr. Jones... Again we see there is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away."