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Indiana Jones and the 140 Minute Movie!

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April 16, 2008
Source: Hollywood Elsewhere

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

From the desk of Jeffrey Wells comes a report that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has a total running time of 140 minutes or more - which comes out to around two hours and twenty-something minutes. First things first, we need to do some comparison. Raiders of the Lost Ark is 115 minutes, Temple of Doom is 118 minutes, and Last Crusade is 127 minutes. That would make Kingdom of the Crystal Skull the longest Indiana Jones movie? Instead of waiting a few more weeks for the running time to become official, it's time to discuss the positives and negatives of this reveal.

The buzz on Indiana Jones 4 is pretty immense right now. This is what I love about it - no matter how much possibly negative material gets out there, there are still concrete fans who will stand their ground and see it. I'm one of them. Despite what I may hear about how bad it might be, I'm still an Indiana Jones fan to the core and will be lining up opening day to see it. It's not in my best interest to try and tear apart a movie that is a continuation of some of my most beloved childhood memories. With that being said - 140 minutes does seem a tad lengthy. All I know is that I remember Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade being long enough and that was 13 minutes shorter.

The argument over a movie's length is always a heated one. I remember two glaring discussions in recent years: Superman Returns being too long and Spider-Man 3 being way too short. I'd actually agree with both of those assessments, however Indiana Jones 4 seems to fit nicely in between both of those extremes - not too long and not too short. If anything, I'd be a lot more concerned if it came out to around 90 or 100 minutes. However, we can't forget that length was one of the big factors that killed Grindhouse at the box office. But then again, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End was 168 minutes, too. All I know is that now I'm even more excited for this summer's blockbuster line-up!

Is 140 minutes too long for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Or are we blowing up a simple bit of data into something way too big?

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  • Derek
    I think that since everyone is itching for more Indiana, the longer running time is completely welcome. I don't think that it will be too much of a good thing.
  • Kroggie
    Who cares how long the movie is? The main objective is to tell a good story that will keep the audience captivated throughout the movie. I.e spiderman seems to short - reason there is too much to tell in the movie - therefore the story seems weak.
  • You're blowing it up. 140 minutes of Indiana Jones is a good thing.
  • Yeah Alex. 140 minutes isn't bad, especailly for Indy. I mean, each one of the films the running time was increased and its only 13 minutes longer.
  • Don't get me wrong guys - I'm not that opposed to the running time. If anything, I wrote the article to incite discussion... As in, I wrote it a bit harsher so that you guys would have something to say. :) So yes, I don't think it'll be a problem and I'm still excited as hell to see 140 minutes of Indiana frickin' Jones!
  • I could personally take 3 hours of Indy!
  • Brad
    The only thing concerning about this is the possibility that George Lucas had too big an influence on those 140 minutes.
  • bltzie
    oh happy day! this is great news as long as they dont have shia labeouf on camera for too long. 15 minutes of labeouf, 120 minutes of Harrison Ford, 5 minutes roll the credits
  • Barry
    The longer the better. When I am anxiously awaiting something for so long, I want it to last a while. I don't want it to be too short. 2hrs 20min sounds good to me. I agree that clocking in at 100 minutes(or less) is too short. An epic movie that is too short seems anti-climactic to me. I don't think this should be seen as a negative. I am sure there will be some people complaining because people always complain about the most pointless things. So far, word is good. The only real negative stuff I have been hearing has been from George Lucas!. This is Indiana Jones. This is Steven Spielberg. Spileberg loves these movies as much as we do. He wouldn't make it crap. It will be good.
  • akumared
    I'm so glad this movie is running at 140 plus minutes long. Remember that this is the last time that the entire team got together to make another Indiana Jones movie. I feel that we are very lucky to have another Indiana movie coming out and i'll savor every last minute of it. :)
  • harrison
    this can only be good, and from the look of the trailers i kindve expected a short movie around 100 minutes do we have a run time for iron man or dark knight yet? i think theyll be around the same, its not so much how long they run but if theyre just sticking in filler, look back at lord of the rings, all 3 hours plus if i remember but more than worth it
  • I think that if the movie's good, 140 minutes will fly by. Look at The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Now, obviously there will be people where this movie is not their type of movie, just like there are people who dislike Lord of the Rings. This is not because they're not good movies. It's just not their thing. So, for people who like the Indy trilogy, this movie will be great at 140 minutes if it's made well. Transformers was around 140 mintutes as well, I think. For me, anyway, that movie flies by because it's entertaining the whole way through for me.
  • Joe
    Who cares about the running time unless you have a bladder problem. Does the movie keep you on the edge of your seat or do you get bored, that is the real question. There are movies that I've got to the end and still wanted more. And there are movies where it was moving along nicely and then it got bogged down and the pacing crashed. You can't look at the running time and determine if the movie is any good. But you can use the running time to determine if you should drink any water before you go into the theater.
  • "No good film is too long and no bad film is short enough" Can't wait for Indy 4!!!!
  • Dusty
    WOW.. I am right with you Kenneth#14.. great quote... I have to go back to one of my favored films BraveHeart ... 177 F'in minutes.. and I can sit through it all the time. With Indy though, it does make me think about which theatre I am going to, cause over 2 hours in CRAPPY seats make a good movie seem just a little worse than it was.. and a bad movie enough to get up and walk out
  • Curtis
    as long as it keeps me interested i don't care how long it is, cant wait it should be amazing.
  • Dodie
    Bring it on!!!!
  • Rob G
    2 hours and 20 mins of Indy just isn't enough for me! 😀 But in general, that does seem long. There are very few movies that could pull this length off and Indy movies are one of those
  • alex
    who the hell cares its INDIANA JONES!!!!!!!!
  • Zach D.
    How about Live Free or Die Hard being 130 minutes? I agree that it is a bit long for an action film, but I don't think it will be a problem. As long as Spielberg does a good job of pacing.
  • John
    This is a HUGE non-issue. Looking for drama where there is none, Alex. Who gives a shit?
  • RTinLA
    You people are idiots. We want a long thick Jones movie to slap us in the face. Give us more!! If you attention deficit kids can't handle it go on to youtube and watch some people get kicked in the balls. Adults are talking here now.

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