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Five decades of heroics


Five decades of heroics

Sami Muirhead gets excited about Harrison Ford’s final outing as Indiana Jones, and reflects on a lifetime of swooning over him.

Harrison Ford’s final whip-cracking adventure is almost upon us.

That’s right, people: the fifth and final instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise is here with The Dial Of Destiny set for release at the movies within weeks.

I was eight years old when the hot archaeologist burst onto the big screen and captured my heart with his witty lines, heroic ways, and ability to outsmart the Nazis as he travelled the world foiling the plans of mercenary treasure hunters, Shanghai crime bosses and evil cults.

Of course, our hero dodged giant boulders and fought his way out of booby traps all the while dressing like a true bad-ass who could save you from a scorpion bite and be as equally comfortable gracing the cover of Esquire magazine.

I didn’t know much in Year 3, but I did know I loved this charming professor who rocked a fedora, leather jacket, khaki trousers and a whip. As you do.

And just when I thought I couldn’t love Harrison Ford any more, he blasted into my life as Han Solo in Star Wars.  The dialogue between the rebel fighter and Princess Leia is still genius to this day. Han spends most of The Empire Strikes Back trying to get Leia to admit her feelings for him and just as he is about to go into carbonite she finally does.

“I love you,” she says.  “I know,” he infuriatingly replies. It is total perfection to this day and the lines are so iconic couples engrave it on their wedding rings.

Back to Indiana Jones. This is the final movie Ford will star in as this character, the greatest hero of all time according to the movie trailers promoting the new flick.

I think this could be true, although James Bond is a candidate too. Also in the running has to be Batman, Superman, Rocky, John Wick and Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. But no one really comes close to Indiana Jones and that million-dollar grin.

This is the last throw of the dice for the 80-year-old icon but the plot is almost obsolete because it is Harrison himself who is the true Holy Grail.

Thanks Harrison for keeping us entertained for five decades.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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