Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Released 1981

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Director:
Steven Spielberg
Released:
1981
Rating:
PG

Set in the 1930s, tweedy archeology professor-by-day/globe hopping treasure hunter by night Indiana Jones is recruited by Army intelligence to go after and get his hands on the legendary Ark of the Covenant before everyone's favorite villains the Nazis do, or else Adolf Hitler, a 'nut on the subject' on the occult, will gain possession of the ultimate weapon, a weapon could conceivably render Hitler's diabolical army invincible. Jones is soon off on the adventure of a lifetime, seeking out the coveted Headpiece to the Staff of Ra which the Nazis require to find the ark, an artifact possessed by his former professor's daughter and his old flame, Marion Ravenwood. Once he has it, with Marion in tow, Indiana must outrun the Nazis, supervised by his old nemesis Rene Belloq from the snowy alps of Nepal to the deserts of Africa in an action filled race to the ultimate truth.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.

  • 100

    Variety

    Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and settle back for the fun.

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.

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      • Production Budget -  $18,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $248,159,971 (1st)
        Worldwide Gross - $389,925,971 (1st)

        Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $728,412,001
        Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $1,144,530,908

      • Filming locations:
        Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
        Bushey, Hertfordshire, England
        EMI Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
        Kairouan, Tunisia
        Kaua'i, Hawaii
        La Pallice, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France
        La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France
        Rickmansworth Masonic School for Girls, Chorleywood Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire,
        Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England
        San Francisco, California
        San Rafael, California
        Sedala, Tunisia
        Sidi Bouhlel, Tozeur, Tunisia
        Sousse, Tunisia
        Stockton, California
        Tozeur, Tunisia
        University of the Pacific, Stockton, California

      • Academy Awards Wins:
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        Editing
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        Art Direction
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        Visual Effects
        4.
        Sound

        Academy Awards Nominations:
        1. Picture
        2. Director - Steven Spielberg  (won by Warren Beatty for Reds
        3. Cinematography
        4. Original Score

      • Taglines:
        1. Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
        2. The Return of the Great Adventure.

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