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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
by Randy Thornton.
It's always a pleasure to see River in his boy-scout outfit, successfully holding his own playing, for just a few precious moments, one of the most famous characters in cinematic history. Every page of this children's book is illustrated with a large full color photograph from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and River's own interpretation of Indiana Jones can be seen twice.
Compressing an exciting, action-packed, two-hour movie down to less than fifteen minutes is most frustrating for all except the young audience for which this package was intended for. The supplied cassette must therefore have been appreciated by parents when it was released back in 1989.
In a desert cave, a boy scout was hiking with his troop when he heard voices. He sneaked away and hid in the shadows, where he saw four strangers looting an ancient burial site. As they dug up a beautiful jeweled cross, the scout gasped. "That's the Cross of Coronado. It's been lost for four hundred years!"
When the men turned their backs, he snatched the cross, then leaped onto a horse and sped off across the desert. The men hurried to their cars and roared off in pursuit.
The cassette itself features eight unfamiliar actors voicing the characters of the movie, accurate sound effects (including the cracking of Indiana Jones' whip as an instruction to turn the page) and a clear narration for children to practice their developing reading skills by reading along with. Such a recording would also not be complete without John Williams' unmistakable Indiana Jones theme playing in the background as well.
With the men just inches behind, the scout jumped a passing circus train, where he tumbled into a vat of snakes, avoided a tiger's claws, and outsmarted an angry lion, then eluded the men and made his way home. There, he spoke to his father, a world-famous archeologist, and the two of them met with the police.
It was just another day in the life of young Indiana Jones.
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