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A 1981 adventure film starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • May 2, 2011
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Indiana Jones, one franchise I sadly haven't familiarized myself with until now. Of course I've seen this one before, but on a whim from a library rental, and even then the series didn't really hold my interest after that. However, Indiana Jones is undoubtedly one of the best action/adventure films ever made and another great movie to add to the resume of both Harrison Ford and George Lucas. I hope to get the whole series done over the weekend, but if I don't, I will see that the series is done by next weekend or if I find time during the week.

Raiders of the Lost Ark has everything. It has humour, brilliant action, great set pieces, one stellar lead performance and it even has a bit of romance for those who were suckered into watching this movie and didn't like it for no apparent reason. The movie introduces the character of Indiana Jones, an archaeology professor who also acquires artifacts all over the world. He is sent on a journey to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do (thanks to Hitler's obsession with the occult) and the Nazis can't open the arc without a medallion that is in the possession of Marian Ravenwood, the love interest.

The whole movie is pretty much the race to the ark peppered with brilliant action scene after brilliant action scene, and that makes it one hell of an entertaining action packed movie. As opposed to some movies, this one just kept me very entertained from beginning to end and remains one of my favourite action movies and one of my favourite movies of all time. There are a ton of great memorable scenes in this movie, everything from the kick-ass opening (one of the most kick-ass openings in cinema history) to the faces of the Nazis melting after the big reveal of the arc. All in all, this is a very memorable, entertaining, and exciting movie.

I have already somewhat explained my unrequited unending love for Harrison Ford, and this movie was a big part of that. I could go on and on about my love for Harrison Ford, but I'm here to explain why I gave this film a 100%, so we'll move on. Indiana Jones is easily one of the most recognizable and memorable characters in cinematic history, and part of that is definitely Harrison Ford's stunning performance in the lead role. Even if you've never seen an Indiana Jones movie in your life, you've probably heard the name come up somewhere. Everything from the kick-ass to the bullwhip, everything about him just screams badass. However, if one were to ask me to pick between Indiana Jones and Han Solo, I would not be able to pick because I am rather in love with both of them. Anyway, his performance was very strong, but I can't speak for him in the other films.

The supporting performances were also very strong, like Karen Allen as Marian, who had decent chemistry with Harrison and made for some very fun moments in the movie. Marian was also a viable character, not just a love interest, and she often helped Indy with the action, despite getting him into trouble when she followed him when he said it was dangerous. The villains are also very fun, but they're pretty much just Nazis, so there isn't really much else to say other than the film is sprinkled with very strong and very fun performances.

This is definitely a must-see movie. I can't vouch for the rest of the series, but definitely this one. I really enjoyed this one and all lovers of action/adventure movies should as well. Strong performances, great humour, and great action just make this an overall great movie in one of the most marketable film franchises ever. If you haven't seen this movie, then you should stop wasting your time and rent it. You won't be disappointed.

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Quick Tip by . December 29, 2010
Awesome movie, probably my favorite of the series. A must see.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
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One of the all time great movies featuring one of the all time great stunts as Terry Leonard recreates the famous Yakima Canutt gag.
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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This movie kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It still is my favorite of the series.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
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A action movie that set the bar for other movies. It is a classic and a must see
Quick Tip by . November 23, 2009
Arguably, Indy's first outing is his best outing. His relentlessness goes unmatched in any of the films that followed.
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In 1981 Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were at the top of their game. Spielberg had directed Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, while George Lucas had directed American Graffiti and Star Wars. The two had formed a friendship earlier and decided to collaborate on their next project.      Lucas had wanted to make a film about an adventurer/archaeologist who hunts down supernatural relics while being pursued by dastardly villains. The concept was inspired …
review by . June 15, 2008
Pros: Ford, Allen, writing, direction and the music     Cons: nuttin honey     The Bottom Line: "Every morning the black sun rise   Every morning the black sun rise   It shines out of the Ark of the Covenant"   ~ The Congos     A recent influx of Indiana on television prompted me to once again view this fun movie. It is one of those great movies that when the opening music starts you almost wiggle in your seat, …
review by . November 10, 2003
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Based on the 1940's serials, this movie has it all. Non-stop action, mystery, suspense, and a love story to boot. This is the role that I will always remember Harrison Ford by. The opening 5 minutes is also probably the most famous sequence in movie history. Forget the 3 DVD set! Just get this first film.
review by . March 18, 2003
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Pros: Indy's hat and whip are freakin' COOL!     Cons: TWO great trilogies, and John Rhys-Davies is STILL ignored     The Bottom Line: If you only see one action movie in your whole life... MAKE IT RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK!!!     Well. Here I am. Review number 100. Maybe I should take everyone’s advice and start seeking out a place to do this professionally.      That being said, I wonder what it is about Raiders …
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Raiders of the Lost Ark (also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) is a 1981 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford. It is the first film in the Indiana Jones franchise, and pits Indiana Jones (Ford) against the Nazis, who search for the Ark of the Covenant, in an attempt to make their army invincible. The film co-starred Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana's nemesis, French archaeologist René Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick, Sallah; and Denholm Elliott as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody.

The film originated with Lucas' desire to create a modern version of the serials of the 1930s and 1940s. Production was based at Elstree Studios, England, and filming also took place in La Rochelle, Tunisia, Hawaii, and California from June to September 1980.

Released on June 12, 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark became the top-grossing film of 1981; it remains one of the highest-grossing films ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Picture, and won four (Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects) as well as winning a fifth Special Achievement Academy Award in Sound Effects Editing. The film's critical and popular success led to three additional films, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and ...

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Action, Adventure, Classics
Release Date: June 1, 1981
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Lawrence Kasdan
DVD Release Date: 2004; 2008
Runtime: 115 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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