Raiders of the Lost Ark


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Overview:

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

Votes 3816 (7.7/10)

Runtime: 115 minutes

Release Date 1981-06-12

Budget: $18,000,000.00

Revenue: $389,925,971.00

Website: Link

Tagline: Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.

Production company:

  • Lucasfilm
  • Paramount Pictures

Production country:

  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Adventure
  • Action

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Further Information

Indy
Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
Marion Ravenwood
Karen Allen
Karen Allen
Dr. René Belloq
Paul Freeman
Paul Freeman
Major Arnold Toht
Ronald Lacey
Ronald Lacey
Sallah
John Rhys-Davies
John Rhys-Davies
Dr. Marcus Brody
Denholm Elliott
Denholm Elliott
Colonel Dietrich
Wolf Kahler
Wolf Kahler
Gobler
Anthony Higgins
Anthony Higgins
Barranca / Monkey Man
Vic Tablian
Vic Tablian
Col. Musgrove
Don Fellows
Don Fellows
Major Eaton
William Hootkins
William Hootkins
Satipo
Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
Messenger Pirate
Eddie Tagoe
Eddie Tagoe
Katanga
George Harris
George Harris
Bureaucrat
Bill Reimbold
Bill Reimbold
Jock
Fred Sorenson
Fred Sorenson
Australian Climber
Patrick Durkin
Patrick Durkin
2nd. Nazi
Matthew Scurfield
Matthew Scurfield
Ratty Nepalese
Malcolm Weaver
Malcolm Weaver
Mean Mongolian
Sonny Caldinez
Sonny Caldinez
Mohan
Anthony Chinn
Anthony Chinn
Giant Sherpa / 1st Mechanic
Pat Roach
Pat Roach
Otto
Christopher Frederick
Christopher Frederick
Imam
Tutte Lemkow
Tutte Lemkow
Omar
Ishaq Bux
Ishaq Bux
Abu
Kiran Shah
Kiran Shah
Fayah
Souad Messaoudi
Souad Messaoudi
Arab Swordsman
Terry Richards
Terry Richards
German Agent
Steve Hanson
Steve Hanson
Pilot
Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall
Young Soldier
Martin Kreidt
Martin Kreidt
Sergeant
John Rees
John Rees
Tall Captain
Tony Vogel
Tony Vogel
Peruvian Porter
Ted Grossman
Ted Grossman
German Soldier (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong
Vic Armstrong
German Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Diamond
Peter Diamond
German Soldier (uncredited)
Nick Gillard
Nick Gillard
German Soldier (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara
Romo Gorrara
German Soldier (uncredited)
Rick Lester
Rick Lester
German Soldier (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor
Rocky Taylor
German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Reg Harding
Reg Harding
German (uncredited)
Harry Fielder
Harry Fielder
Archivist (uncredited)
Barrie Holland
Barrie Holland
Gobler's Gunner (uncredited)
Billy Horrigan
Billy Horrigan
Driver of German Truck (uncredited)
Terry Leonard
Terry Leonard
Driver of German Truck (uncredited)
Sergio Mioni
Sergio Mioni
Nazi Spy on the Airplane (uncredited)
Dennis Muren
Dennis Muren
Flying Wing Mechanic (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr.
Glenn Randall Jr.
U-Boat Captain (uncredited)
Michael Sheard
Michael Sheard
Special Vocal Effects (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Welker
Frank Welker
Director
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Frank Marshall
Frank Marshall
Executive Producer
George Lucas
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Howard G. Kazanjian
Howard G. Kazanjian
Original Music Composer
John Williams
John Williams
Director of Photography
Douglas Slocombe
Douglas Slocombe
Editor
Michael Kahn
Michael Kahn
Editor
George Lucas
George Lucas
Casting
Jane Feinberg
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Mike Fenton
Mike Fenton
Casting
Mary Selway
Mary Selway
Production Design
Norman Reynolds
Norman Reynolds
Sound Designer
Ben Burtt
Ben Burtt
Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Richard L. Anderson
Richard L. Anderson
Screenplay
Lawrence Kasdan
Lawrence Kasdan
Story
George Lucas
George Lucas
Story
Philip Kaufman
Philip Kaufman
Stunts
Terry Leonard
Terry Leonard
Visual Effects
Paul Huston
Paul Huston
Associate Producer
Robert Watts
Robert Watts
Stunts
Vic Armstrong
Vic Armstrong
Stunts
Peter Diamond
Peter Diamond
Stunts
Romo Gorrara
Romo Gorrara
Stunts
Rick Lester
Rick Lester
Stunts
Rocky Taylor
Rocky Taylor
Stunts
Reg Harding
Reg Harding
Stunts
Billy Horrigan
Billy Horrigan
Stunts
Sergio Mioni
Sergio Mioni
Stunt Coordinator
Glenn Randall Jr.
Glenn Randall Jr.
Art Direction
Leslie Dilley
Leslie Dilley
Set Decoration
Michael Ford
Michael Ford
Costume Design
Deborah Nadoolman
Deborah Nadoolman
Hairstylist
Mike Lockey
Mike Lockey
Makeup Artist
Tom Smith
Tom Smith
Assistant Costume Designer
Sue Wain
Sue Wain
Driver
John Ott
John Ott
Driver
Terry Pritchard
Terry Pritchard
Production Intern
Michael Bay
Michael Bay
Location Manager
Bryan Coates
Bryan Coates
Additional Photography
Paul Beeson
Paul Beeson
Visual Effects Supervisor
Richard Edlund
Richard Edlund
Makeup Artist
Jim Gillespie
Jim Gillespie
Orchestrator
Herbert W. Spencer
Herbert W. Spencer
Camera Operator
Chic Waterson
Chic Waterson
Production Supervisor
Douglas Twiddy
Douglas Twiddy
Orchestrator
Carl Fortina
Carl Fortina

Vincent

**Trailblazers of a Lost Art** Little wonder James Cameron and Joss Whelon movies are the biggest box-office earners. They are masters of cinematic rhetoric. The unfolding dramatic situations and controlled dialogue are meticulously contrived. Cameron could probably have potted more if it wasn't for his earnest, simplistic messages (rich bad; nature good). All three movies (_Titanic_, _Avatar_, _Avengers_) plot along comfortably then suddenly spike spectacularly. But no one has ever laid on the cinematic charm and cajolery like Stephen Spielberg. He was by far the craftiest manipulator of action and melodrama there ever was. He was the progenitor of summer blockbusters and all-ages, all-nations spectacles. At his best he had a gift for re-living and realizing that ethereal and irresistible childhood awe. If _Raiders of the Lost Ark_ (NOT the sequels... NO, not even the father- son one) was made today, exactly the same way, okay maybe in 3D with updated CGI, it would surely land at the top of the box-office heap. It is essentially the first comic book movie that wasn't a comic book (bespectacled mild-mannered Archaeology prof by day and globe-trotting whip-wielding action hero on sabbatical). _Raiders of the Lost Ark_ (the first and only) is arguably the greatest adventure movie ever cooked up. And we, the abject audience, servile participants of the artifice, were licking its boots. We wanted Spielberg and his Indy to rope us in, reel us into the action, and completely have their way with us. We overlooked the emotional manipulation and contrived trappings because it was a pure freaking joy to watch, a Lucas produced godsend. Harrison Ford was born to play it just as Steven was born to direct it. It's really too bad they had to brand and knock off inferior sequels that, while making oodles of money, tarnished the shine of the unsurpassed prototype. Indiana Jones was the perfect reluctant action hero on a selfless mission. A whip-snapping, truck-wrangling, swordster-gunning, Nazi- brawling adventurer who was matched only by his headstrong and sassy love interest, one pistol of a gal who could drink any man under the table. Not enough credit has been given to the great Lawrence Kasdan as the writer of this marvellous adventure. The script is as close to perfect as anybody could scribe. Even a dialogue-heavy expository scene (poisoned dates) was infused with a tense element of suspense. Yes, the story was hyper-fictional, completely contrived, shamelessly far-fetched... and altogether delightful. I wasn't expecting much when I went in to watch it back in 1981, but it had me wanting to do do back-flips on the way out. America's own Fab Four, Larry, Steve, Harrison and George, put on an action-adventure clinic. Possibly the only weak spot in the movie is the climax which had our hero and heroine tied to a stake while God, the almighty Mcguffin from the Old Testament, magically wrapped things up for them. "Don't look" Indy warns, with his patented crooked grin. Are you kidding? We can't possibly take out eyes off of this. With respect to lost Teddy Bears from space and anti-Nazi machinators, Raiders is Spielbergs greatest achievement. It is one of the finest films ever made, of its or any kind. It is, hands down, my desert island movie.

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