Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (DVD)

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Description

First in the Indiana Jones trilogy, starring Harrison Ford as the bullwhip-wielding archaeologist and adventurer. The year is 1936, and Indy has been charged with retrieving the Ark of the Covenant, which US intelligence believes contains the original Ten Commandments. The agents of Hitler are also on the trail, however, and it is up to Indy and old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) to get to the Ark first.

Product Details

Barcode
5014437954336
Department
Movies & TV
Released
12 May 2008
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Adventure
Region
Region 2
Language
English
Secondary Languages
French, Spanish
Studio
Paramount Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Trailers
  • Other Documentary: Raiders of the Lost Ark: An Introduction by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Indiana Jones: An Appreciation - The cast and crew of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull pay tribute to the o
Runtime
115 min
Age Restriction
PG
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Release Year
1981
Running Time
115 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Categories
Action/Adventure / Action / Adventure / Blockbuster / Classic / Classic Fight Scenes / Egypt / Essential Cinema / Heroes / Jungle / Nazis / Recommended / Swashbuckler / Theatrical Release / World War II
US Box Office
$3.1 million
Official Website
http://www.indianajones.com/raiders/
Ratings
IMDb
8.4
Rotten Tomatoes®
95% 96%
Metacritic
85
Synopsis
Action-packed and adventure-filled, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is director Steven Spielberg's loving homage to the Saturday matinee cliffhanger serials of his childhood. When the Allies discover the Nazis are planning to use the Lost Ark of the Covenant as a weapon, the U.S. government enlists archaeologist-adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to locate the biblical treasure chest where the remains of the broken tablets of the Ten Commandments were placed. En route, Jones and his feisty ex-girlfriend, Marion (Karen Allen), must escape the clutches of evil Nazis, duplicitous "natives," and a nest of venomous snakes--not to mention the wrath of God. The groundbreaking special effects and furious, never-ending pace make for a stylish whirlwind of a movie, topped off with a fabulous sense of humor. This bare-knuckled, barnstorming, pot-boiling, eye-popping bucket of Technicolor popcorn became Paramount Pictures' highest-grossing film, and deservedly so--RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is quite simple one of the most enjoyable movies ever made.
Notes
Theatrical release: June 12, 1981.

The film was shot in France, Tunisia, Hawaii, and at EMI Elstree Studios in England.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is number 60 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 GREATEST MOVIES.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.

Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones but was committed to his MAGNUM, P.I. television series.

The film grossed more than $240 million at the domestic box office and more than $380 million worldwide.

Spielberg wanted to redeem himself after the excessive budget and shooting difficulties of his previous film, 1941, which was a box-office flop. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was completed under its budget of $20.4 million and exactly on schedule. Executive producer George Lucas, who had originally created the story idea of a heroic soldier of fortune, directed some second-unit footage in Tunisia.

Two successful sequels followed: INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE.
Poster
Poster for Raiders of the Lost Ark
Cast & Crew
Director
Steven Spielberg
Star
Harrison Ford / Alfred Molina / Karen Allen / Denholm Elliott / Paul Freeman / Ronald Lacey / John Rhys-Davies
Screenwriter
Lawrence Kasdan
Composer
John Williams
Executive Producer
Howard Kazanjian / George Lucas
Producer
Frank Marshall
Special Effects
Industrial Light and Magic
Director of Photography
Douglas Slocombe
Editor
Michael Kahn
Production Designer
Norman Reynolds
Story
Philip Kaufman / George Lucas
Visual Effects Supervisor
Richard Edlund
Sound Design
Ben Burtt
Movie Critics
Chicago Sun-Times
"...One of the classic entertainments....Its foundations are personal, and passionate....The movie is just plain fun....It's done with a kind of heedless joy..."
Roger Ebert (30 Apr 2000, p.5)
New York Times
"...Off and running at a breakneck pace....One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made..."
Vincent Canby (12 Jun 1981, p.C10)
Premiere
"RAIDERS revived for a new generation the pure cinematic joy of action."
Premiere Staff (1 Dec 2003, p.13)
Variety
"...[A] fantasy-adventure....An exhilarating escapist entertainment....A vibrant and period-perfect world of wonders..."
Step. (10 Jun 1981, )

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Winner: 1981
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Winner: 1981 - Leslie Dilley
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Winner: 1981 - Norman Reynolds
Best Film Editing
Winner: 1981
Best Sound
Winner: 1981
Best Sound Effects Editing
Winner: 1981
Best Visual Effects
Winner: 1981
Best Visual Effects
Winner: 1981 - Joe Johnston