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Classic '30s-style adventure reminiscent of early serials spawned two sequels and numerous rip-offs and made Ford a household name as dashing hero and intrepid archeologist Indiana Jones. Set in 1936, Indy battles mean Nazis, decodes hieroglyphics, fights his fear of snakes, and even has time for a little romance in his quest for the biblical Ark of the Covenant. Allen is perfectly cast as his feisty ex-flame Marion, more than a little irritated with the smooth talker who dumped her years earlier. Asks viewers to suspend belief as every chase and stunt tops the last. Unrelated opening sequence does a great job of introducing the character.

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Available on Running time 115 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Adventure Drama, Big Battles, Great Escapes, Nazis & Other Paramilitary Slugs, Indiana Jones, Big Digs, Producers: George Lucas, Highest Grossing Films of All Time, Top Grossing Films of 1981, Snakes, Middle East, 4 Bones
George Lucas, Philip Kaufman
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Wolf Kahler, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Ronald Lacey, Anthony (Corlan) Higgins, Alfred Molina
Douglas Slocombe
Steven Spielberg
John Williams
George Lucas, Lucasfilm Ltd., Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1981: Art Dir./Set Dec., Film Editing, Sound, Visual FX; AFI 1998: Top 100, Natl. Film Reg. 1999.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
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This movie takes place in 1936. Indiana Jones is a professor who studies archeology. He is in a jungle in South America searching for a particular golden statue. When a fellow explorer pulled out a gun, Indiana pulled out a bull whip. He accidentally sets off a deadly trap. He and a guide enter a dank, vast cave that contains several traps created by the ancient race which hid inside a famous handheld statue. Indy barely escapes but is surrounded by native tribesmen served by Belloq, an old enemy who arrogantly makes off with the statue, while Indy must flee for his life and escape on a friend's seaplane. Back in the US two agents from US Army intelligence tell him of Nazi German activities in archeology, including a gigantic excavation site in Egypt. Indy says it is the location of the Ark of the Covenant, the powerful chest bearing the Ten Commandments, that the Nazis can use to obliterate any enemy.