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Tuesday, September 29, 2015


(Harrison Ford)

Every month, Studio Universal glitzes up Wednesdays at 20h00 with a linked selection of big films starring the biggest names in showbiz.

Raiders of the Lost Ark was the debut for one of cinema’s great action heroes. With his trademark hat and whip, and his hatred of snakes, Harrison Ford’s adventurer brought the daredevil spirit of the pulp classics bang up to date, and this month Studio Universal is showing all four of his big-screen outings.

First up, on October 7, it’s the peerless race against the Nazis to find the Ark of the Covenant, a Biblical artefact said to possess occult powers which Hitler believes will make him unstoppable. Taking in exotic locations in Peru, Nepal and Cairo, Indy will stop at nothing to make sure he foils this diabolical scheme.

The adventure continues on October 14 with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a prequel in which an escape from a Shanghai crime lord sees Doctor Jones make an unorthodox landing in northern India, where he discovers the survival of an ancient Thuggee cult. The sect’s murderous ways would be bad enough, but then Indy and friends learn that they hold three of the five mysterious Sankara stones, and if they find the last two their power may increase immeasurably. Can our hero make sure that doesn’t happen? Of course he can, but it’s still a wild ride!

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (October 21) sees Indy up against the Third Reich again, and even travelling into the heart of darkness as he makes an unwilling appearance at a rally in Berlin! Will he be able to rescue his father (Sean Connery) and work together to stop the fascists getting their hands on the Holy Grail? It’s another breakneck romp, this time taking in Zeppelins, castles and bottomless pits!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ends the series airing on October 28. This time the Soviets are the adversary and the weird artefacts at the centre of their conflict are strangely-wrought crystal skulls. Are they evidence of extraterrestrial life? Cate Blanchett plays the ruthless Irina Spalko, and Shia LaBeouf plays the young Mutt Williams, lending Indy a hand with the high-stakes action.