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Can Indy do it again?

Can Indy do it again?

Has Harrison still got what it takes?

If we were slap bang in the middle of the 90s and Harrison Ford was gearing up to release another Indiana Jones flick, we would be thrilled.

After all, most of us have spent many a pleasant afternoon watching the hunky archaeologist chasing treasures all over the globe.

But here we are in 2007, with the actor reprising his role of adventure-seeking Indy for the fourth time at the ripe old age of 64, and we have to ask, will it be the same?

Fans have already started wondering whether the ageing actor is fit enough to play the handsome archaeologist again. He can put on the hat and pick up the whip, but can he still leap off buildings, race through tunnels and dodge the baddies?

And will he still charm us now that his youthful twinkle comes with wrinkles and greying hair?

Harrison isn’t the only one hopping back in time – Bruce Willis has squeezed himself back into the string vests he first fought the bad guys in 20 years ago in Die Hard and Sylvester Stallone has made another Rocky film.

Film journalist Hannah Patterson thinks cinemagoers will still flock to see 80s-style action flicks.

“They could appeal to people for nostalgic reasons. There is a certain audience who will go for these sorts of movies in a Dirty Dancing sort of way,” she says.

But she warns filmmakers will need to be careful with the way they present the material.

“If they take a tongue in cheek approach it would work but if they take themselves completely seriously they might not manage it,” she says.

“I have heard that they have been quite clever with Indiana Jones and will be playing it quite tongue in cheek which should work.”

She’s also convinced Harrison still has the right stuff.

“He is quite canny about it. In Six Days Seven Nights, the film he starred in with Anne Heche, he played an older guy and referenced that in the script which worked well,” she points out.

Out of the three leading men, Sylvester Stallone has probably been the farthest from the spotlight in recent years. So how will his latest flick fare? Is an ageing Sylvester dragging himself around a boxing ring he once danced round really something we want to see?

Hannah thinks the Rocky film might have the toughest job.

“However, to some extent they have got around it because the film acknowledges that the boxer is past it,” she adds.

Overall, Hannah believes there is still a place for the leading men and good guy/bad guy films of the 80s.

“If Clint Eastwood can do it…” she adds.

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