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

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The Greatest Adventure Film

  • Dec 17, 2008
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 by old Republic adventure serials, the Doc Savage pulp magazines and the film King Solomon's Mines. However he had not been able to get that project off the ground. Meanwhile Spielberg was trying to get involved on a James Bond film. Ultimately Spielberg and Lucas got together and agreed that he'd direct Lucas' adventure story. The two hired Lawrence Kasdan to write the screenplay. Thus Indiana Jones was born.
Lifting the idol...

The film's first scene opens on a majestic mountain range where the silhouette of a man in a leather jacket and a hat steps into view. His name is Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). He's leading a small party of explorers through the jungles of South America. After most of his group is frightened off, only three remain; Indiana, Satipo the guide, and a mysterious man whose reason for joining their group is never fully known. Indiana Jones removes an antiquated map from his well-worn leather jacket while behind him the third man raises his gun and prepares to shoot. But quickly Indy spins around, unfurling a bullwhip with which he skillfully disarms the man with his gun. The cowardly man runs off. Indy and Satipo head into the mouth of an ancient cave. This is just the beginning of Indiana's greatest adventure in which he faces and overcomes many obstacles only to be confronted with newer and more perilous ones. By the time the film is over he's survived collapsing temples, dodged poisoned darts, outrun a giant boulder, escaped an ancient crypt filled with thousands of snakes, and recovered the Lost Ark of the Covenant from the hands of Nazis. Along the way he's reunited with his former love Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), his Egyptian friend Sallah (John Rhys-Davies), and rival archaeologist Belloq (Paul Freeman) and the sadistic Nazi agent Toht (Ronald Lacey). Other cast members include Denholm Elliott as Marcus Brody, Alfred Molina as Satipo, and Pat Roach as a pugilistic German mechanic.

There are many reasons that Raiders of the Lost Ark was such a success. It had a brilliant director (Spielberg), a savvy creator/producer (Lucas), a great score composed by John Williams and an amazing cast. But what's made it a classic is the pure unadulterated sense of fun that can only be found in a pulp adventure.
The Greatest Adventurer in the Greatest Adventure Film!
DVD Cover Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones Stealing the Idol Cave Collapsing Chased by a Giant Boulder A Reunion of Former Lovers Asps, Very Dangerous The Ark of the Covenant

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December 30, 2010
You've gotta wonder why Ford has never won an Oscar!
July 08, 2010
Oh yeah man one of the best movies of all time.
July 09, 2010
A total classic.
September 23, 2009
still my fave Indiana Jones flick!!
September 23, 2009
That kind of goes without saying. ; ) Still my all-time favorite adventure film, along with "King Kong", "King Solomon's Mines", "She", and "Jaws". There's no better film opening then this one. Flying poisoned darts, spears that pop out of walls, pitfalls, boulder chases, and a plane getaway. Brilliant!
September 24, 2009
"She"...oh man, I need to re-visit that one.
September 24, 2009
Which version 'cause I'm talking about the 1935 film directed by Irving Pichel and Lansing Holden.
September 25, 2009
all of them! including the exploitive version!
September 26, 2009
Which one was that?
November 27, 2009
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090009/. The one with Sandahl Bergman.
November 27, 2009
Don't think I even knew about that one! It figures that you would. ; )
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review by . May 02, 2011
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 …
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.
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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