Starring: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf plays Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III, Cate Blanchett plays the villainous Soviet agent Irina Spalko, Karen Allen reprises the role of Marion Ravenwood, Ray Winstone plays George "Mac" McHale, John Hurt plays Harold Oxley
Indidan Jones franchise builds stories around ancient cultures, civilizations, religions, and mythologies. The 4th installment continues with Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana's pursuit of El Dorado, the lost city of Gold, and the famed crystal skulls of ancient Mesoamerica that have been a source of mystery and controversy for decades. Orellana became the first person known to have navigated the Amazon River along substantially its entire length.
At the opening, Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico is used as the 1957 Nevada in which the school kids race wth Army soliders. Ghost Ranch is about an hour and a half north of Santa Fe. The name "Ghost Ranch," or the local name "Rancho de los Brujos" (Ranch of the Witches), was derived from the many tales of ghosts and legends of hangings in the Ranch's history.
It is home, the place of solace and inspiration for Georgia O’Keeffe for 50 years. The varicolored cliffs of Ghost Ranch inspired some of her most famous landscapes.
The ranch, run by the Presbyterian Church as a conference center, offers hiking trails, museums, horseback riding to guests who come for conferences, workshops, or by themselves for overnight retreats.
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Conservatory of Music building of the University of the Pacific is used again as the fictitious ‘Marshall. The landmark building, located on the school’s main campus in Stockton, California, was opened in 1927. Conservatory of Music is the first accredited professional music school on the west coast.
The railway station where Indy first met Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) is Essex Station, on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat. The 1892 station offers 2 1/2 hours of steam locomotive journey through the scenic towns of Deep River and Chester in Connecticut River Valley.
Extensive motorbike chase scene set at the 'Marshall College' was filmed at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, including Yale’s Vanderbilt Hall, Old Campus Courtyard. The motorbike entered Sterling Memorial Library. The building, completed in 1930, was designed by James Gamble Rogers (Yale 1889) as a memorial to John William Sterling (Yale 1864), who donated much of his fortune to Yale. Housing approximately 4 million volumes, the Library is the largest library on the Yale campus and serves as the center of the library system.
The interior of the library is actually in the University Commons dining room, at 168 Grove Street at College Street. Commons was built in 1901–02 to serve as the dining hall for the entire University. It is now the freshman dining hall and cafeteria for faculty and staff. Commons covers 60,859 square feet and seats 1,200.
Later Indy and Mutt take the plane to the Nazca Lines in Peru. The Nazca Lines are located in the arid Peruvian coastal plain, some 400 km south of Lima. It covers an area of 450 sq. km. In 1994, it was declared as "Archaeological World Heritage Site" by UNESCO.
The Nazca lines are geoglyphs and geometric line clearings that may date back 2,000 years. Their size and their purpose have led some to speculate that visitors from another planet either created or directed the project.
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Those Peruvian rainforest scenes, one of the film's most action-packed sequences, were actually filmed in the lush Hawaiian rainforests of Hamakua Coast, on the northeastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii.
This area is known for the Hamakua Heritage Corridor with dense, ivy-covered, palm tree forest and relatively untouched wilderness on a narrow, unpaved road that meanders along steep coastal cliffs.
Image courtesy of Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
"Three times it drops" points them to Iguazu Falls, at the junction of the Parana and the Iguaçu River on the border of Brazil and Argentina, close to Paraguay. Digital FX enhances the the already spectacular waterfall, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
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