Raiders Of The Lost Ark 1981

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Renowned archaeologist and expert in the occult, Indiana Jones is hired by the American government to track down the fabled Ark of the Covenant. But it's a race against time as the Nazis are also after the relic for their own nefarious purposes. Indiana must reunite with old acquaintances and travel from Nepal to Cairo to stop the agents of Hitler from succeeding in their plans.

Starring:
Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Runtime:
1 hour 55 minutes

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Supporting actors Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Wolf Kahler
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. D. Guest on 28 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
"Raiders" is the first and best of the Indiana Jones movies.

I have a hard time believing that anyone hasn't seen this movie so I'll skip the plot and go straight for the main reason you should watch it again. The transfer to DVD is absolutely stunning, probably the most impressive clean up I've ever seen. It really looks as though it could've been filmed yesterday.

The sound has been given a nice makeover as well. Forever a classic, this movie can't be seen too many times.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Feb 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What a splendid intro to the trilogy. When this came out I was just a wee nipper but soon discovered that it wasn't just myself and other kids caught up in the fantasy. It's actually a sequel to Temple of doom set during the 2nd world war. Scary military police are on his trail even to Nepal, across to Eygypt culminating in a freaky scene where they open the ark of the covenant (I wont say whats in it).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Moister on 14 Aug 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
My daughter saw the Indy show at disney this year and when we explained it was based on a film she asked to see it. I could hardly say no! It is a classic film, I don't know anyone who dislikes it. I did cover eyes during the face melting scene but the rest is not really that bad (even Alfred Molina's unfortunate demise). She loved it and so did we!
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By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct 2007
Format: VHS Tape
Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) doesn't just teach about archeology. When the right opportunity comes up, he goes in search of the lost ancient treasures of the world. And he specializes in the supernatural and occult.

That's why he gets approached by the US government to go in search of the ancient Ark of the Covenant. They have received intelligence that the Nazis have located its probably burial place. And, while we aren't at war with them yet (it is 1936), we don't want that power to fall into their hands.

And so, Jones is off to Egypt to beat them to the ark. But first, he has to stop in Nepal to get a needed item from Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), his ex-girlfriend and the daughter of his mentor. When the Nazis show up at the same time, Marion decides to go with Jones.

But the danger has just begun. Can Indiana Jones find the ark before the Nazis? If so, can he steal it away under their very noses?

This is a wonderful pop corn flick. It's got lots of action to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Yet the story is decent and holds together well. And the characters, brought to life by great acting, are more then the cardboard cut outs you normally associate with the genre. The special effects at times to betray the movie's age, but they are minor.

What surprises me more is the film's rating. While originally rated PG, I think it belongs in the PG-13 category. Some of those images are rather gruesome and the violence can get graphic. Of course, back when this film was releases, PG-13 wasn't an option. Still, parents will definitely want to preview this movie before they let their kids see it.

This movie has many imitators, and some of them are very fun. But it's hard to top the original if you are looking for a great action flick.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar 2005
Format: VHS Tape
This is the first in a series of fun to watch action packed movies based on what an archeologist should be. Being a first you will not notice the pattern of the film unless you are used to Saturday matinees.

We hit the deck running on this one as we see Indiana Jones making a John Wayne type of entrance. So much that you do not notice the dubious looking character next to him Statipo (Alfred Molina). Until he says "Give me the Idle and I will give you the whip."

Now settled down, after his near miss with the natives, Harrison Ford is a professor (Indiana Jones) teaching the fact that archeology is a search for facts not some thrill ride.

That very afternoon he is confronted by some government agents. It seems that his old professor Abner Ravenwood has disappeared. They picked up some radio transmissions that contained the name of Abner and a city Tannis. Immediately Indiana Jones knows that the Nazis (natural bad buys) are looking for the Ark of the Covenant (which can be used as a weapon of unspeakable power) and somehow he must bet them to it for the sake of the world.

He is helped by an old love interest Marion (Karen Allen) and rivaled by an old nemesis Dr. Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman).

Does it really exist?

How can he beat them to it?

Why is he on the outs with Abner?

Hold on for a thrill a minute and don't eat any bad dates.
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Format: VHS Tape
The search for famous lost treasure is something that really gets people excited. If you combine that with gunfights, chase scenes through the desert, mysterious underground vaults, a legendary director and an iconic bullwhip, then you have all the ingredients for capturing the imagination of generations to come.

Harrison Ford really nails the role of protagonist Dr. Jones, with his quirky humour, charismatic presence and sense of adventure instantly capturing the attention of the viewer. His charming performance made him an idol for millions of kids (and I suspect a large number of adults too).

Thrown into the mix is a suitably sinister villain, Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman) out to thwart our hero at every turn. The stunts in the film are incredible; one particularly memorable set piece takes place in the desert with Indy clinging to the side of a truck in an attempt to reclaim the Ark from the Nazis, this has the audience on the edge of their seats!

This movie quite literally grabs you and throws you through a twisting and turning story, demanding that you enjoy it. It will leave you energized, with an urge to start rummaging through your basement for any old biblical manuscripts that might lead to buried treasure under your neighbour's lawn!

This action packed blockbuster will no doubt endure for decades to come and go down as one of the all-time greatest films.
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