Indiana Jones 1 - Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Front Cover Actor
Harrison Ford Indiana Jones
Karen Allen Marion Ravenswood
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
River Phoenix Young Indiana Jones
Movie Details
Genre Action; Adventure
Director Steven Spielberg
Studio Paramount
Language English
Audience Rating TBA
Run Time 115 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane. So, then: Is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he's a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy's old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter Marion (Karen Allen) evidently has a "history" with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark. A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with a script cowritten by Lawrence Kasdan and Philip Kaufman, among others, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a movie as a 115-minute thrill ride. Costing $22 million (nearly three times the original estimate), Raiders of the Lost Ark reaped $200 million during its first run. It was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), as well as a short-lived TV-series "prequel." — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 288
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
Atlantic DVD
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Indiana Jones – Bonus Material (Disc 4)