Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

4.8 37
Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott


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Barnes & Noble - Ben Wolf
When the dynamic duo of late-'70s popular cinema, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, announced they were teaming to do a film, audience expectations were high. Raiders of the Lost Ark, the result of their collaboration, did not disappoint. This humorous, fast-paced update of the old Saturday morning serials catapulted STAR WARS sidekick Harrison Ford into a whole other galaxy of superstardom as Indiana "Indy" Jones, a handsome University of Chicago archaeology professor. Indy races the Nazis across the globe to find the Ark of the Covenant, a holy artifact from ancient Israel that bestows almost unlimited power on its possessor. Raiders abounds with iconic images, and the action scenes -- from the boulder chase to the saber duel -- surprise, amaze, and zoom across the screen thanks to the Academy Award-winning editing of Michael Kahn. The special-effects wizards at George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic also won an Oscar for creating Egyptian tombs and the wrath of God, among other stunning visuals. Raiders of the Lost Ark set a new standard for action films. And while other films have pushed the action envelope, RAIDERS remains film's ultimate funhouse ride.
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An homage to the glory days of Saturday matinee adventure serials and back-lot B-movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most unabashedly enjoyable cinematic events of the 1980s. Packed with breakneck action, a cheerfully absurd plot involving Nazis and lost treasure, exotic locales, and a bit of romance, Raiders celebrated old-school adventure and made it palatable to an increasingly jaded contemporary audience. One of the most ingenious and stylish action films ever made, it became an almost instant classic, turning otherwise stodgy film critics into gleeful children and pulling in millions of dollars from filmgoers who found it the most thrilling theatrical event since Star Wars four years earlier. That Raiders spawned three sequels, a slew of inferior imitations, and settled into the cultural lexicon is a testament to both its initial impact and enduring appeal, as well as the outwardly contradictory notion that originality can spring from a tried-and-true formula.

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Performance Credits
Harrison Ford Indiana Jones
Karen Allen Marion Ravenwood
Denholm Elliott Marcus Brody
Paul Freeman Belloq
Wolf Kahler Dietrich
John Rhys-Davies Sallah
Ronald Lacey Toht
Anthony Higgins Gobler
Alfred Molina Satipo
Vic Tablian Barranca
Vic Armstrong Actor
Peter Brace Actor
Gerry Crampton Actor
Jane Feinberg Actor
Mike Fenton Actor
Martin Grace Actor
Billy Horrigan Actor
Terry J. Leonard Actor
Sergio Mioni Actor
Mary Selway Actor
Rocky Taylor Actor
Chuck Waters Actor
Bill Weston Actor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Actor
Reg Harding Actor
Don Fellows Col. Musgrove
William Hootkins Major Eaton
Bill Reimbold Bureaucrat
Fred Sorenson Jock
Patrick Durkin Australian Climber
Matthew Scurfield 2nd Nazi
Malcolm Weaver Ratty Nepalese
Anthony Chinn Mohan
Pat Roach Giant Sherpa/1st Mechanic
Tutte Lemkow Imam
Ishaq Bux Omar
Kiran Shah Abu
Terry Richards Swordsman
Steve Hanson German Agent
Frank Marshall Pilot
George Harris Katanga
Eddie Tagoe Messenger Pirate
John Rees Sergeant
Tony Vogel Tall Captain
Ted Grossman Peruvian Porter
Jack Dearlove Mr. Ford's Stand-In

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Ben Burtt Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Caple Animator
Roy Charman Sound/Sound Designer
Leslie Dilley Art Director
Lording Doyle Animator
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Judy Elkins Animator
Michael Ford Set Decoration/Design
Willard Huyck Screenwriter
Michael Kahn Editor
Lawrence Kasdan Screenwriter
Philip Kaufman Original Story
Howard Kazanjian Executive Producer
Sylvia Keulen Animator
Kelly Kimball Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Knowton Animator
George Lucas Executive Producer,Original Story
Scott Marshal Animator
Frank Marshall Producer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Dickie Mills Makeup
Deborah Nadoolman Costumes/Costume Designer
Glenn H. Randall Stunts
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Douglas Slocombe Cinematographer
Tom Smith Makeup
David Tomblin Asst. Director
John T. van Vlient Animator
Garry Waller Animator
Robert Watts Associate Producer
Kit West Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Raiders of the Lost Ark 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
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This film was (and is) so cool. I just love Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford. I loved the film's action and the cool locations it takes place in and, like a few other people said in their reviews, it makes archeology fun. Don't be surprised if your kids become crazed fans of this movie and eventually want to study archeology. Heck, I even did some research on the Ark after seeing this movie. Unfortunately, it's kinda bloody and violent for a PG-rated movie (that's because in 1981, there was no PG-13 rating)and the special effects are pretty old-fashioned and there weren't enough of them but that's better than nothing because if the movie had no special effects, then it would be R-rated (and I wouldn't be seeing it cause I'm 14)I have one Indy LEGO set and I've gone on the ride at Disneyland and that was my favorite ride there. And I love the theme song (I love any music by John Williams)and I sing (or rather hum since there's no actual words) it all the time.The two best parts were the beginning -- when Indy goes into the temple,steals an idol,has to outrun a 300-pound boulder -- and then end -- where the Nazis open the Ark, thousands of ghosts come out and destroy the Nazis. An excellent way to start the series. This is the greatest adventure film of all time. Thank you, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. They are two of the greatest filmmakers of all time and when they work together, that just makes Indy's films better and better. Thank you, john Williams, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and of course, Harrison Ford. And thank you, Paramount, for making this available on DVD. And thank you, Barnes & Noble for making these reviews for it available. Bottom line: This movie is the bomb. Go out right now and buy it. And that's an order.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A brilliant film from the greatest director that has lived on cinema. In what enlivened the cinema of the 80's. the Raiders of the Lost Ark is a family-fun filled film. Enjoy!
DEFRAUD More than 1 year ago
I can´t really add any comments to this marvelous adventure classic of all times, it´s really all been said. What i CAN tell, is this: DON´T YOU EVER, EVER, ORDER THIS DVD OR ANY OTHER WHATSOEVER...ONLINE! This DVD was a part of my second order made weeks and weeks ago. Untill today, there´s no news about it, just requests to keep waiting: Barnes and Noble´s "customer service" only answers automatic responses with edited dates. It´s hard to believe there´s actually a person behind the keyboard, but a program. They can sign the e-mails with different names: Carol, Margarita, Dani, Etc. But make no mistakes: there is a total contempt for customer´s concerns and inquiries. I´ve never seen a store more attached to their bussiness like B&N. There´s NO CHANCE YOU CAN WIN: They insist that they shipped the order, with no physical evidence, including tracking numbers, and of course, the delivery of the package. If you think i´m wacko, then order a DVD from Barnes & Noble online, give them your credit card number and sit, for a looooooong time. Write them down to complain, and wait 5 days for an automatic answer. Bye, and better luck than me, if you dare....
CarrieSue More than 1 year ago
"Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a perfect movie in almost every sense. It is superbly written, directed, acted, special-effected, and scored. Every scene is a winner, and there are many classic moments in film to be enjoyed here. Who can forget, "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." Who can forget Indy shooting the swordsman instead of bothering with an extended fight? Who can forget the vision of God's wrath at the Nazis tampering with the supernatural artifact? I certainly can't, which is why this film is my absolute favorite of all time. If you've never seen this movie, you haven't lived yet. If you have seen it, show it to someone who hasn't -- if there is such a person. If you're all by yourself, just play it for the sheer fun of it. Watching "Raiders" is always nothing but a total pleasure, and remember, the snakes were real.
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