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

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Product Details

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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18 of 18 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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Format: DVD
Following on from the misjudged and underrated failure of 1941, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas needed at hit. Raiders was that hit.
Harking back to 40's and 50's TV and Movie serials, where the main character always wore a hat (so the stuntman could hide his face) and managed to save the world on a regular basis, Spielberg's unabashed action adventure story focusing on the adventures of Archaeologist Professor Indiana Jones is a welcome relief from the slavish fashion for realism that was often served to us by Hollywood in the 60's and 70's.

Focusing on action and adventure, an exciting story, outstanding performances, especially from Ford, Rhys Davies and Paul Freeman, a witty script, and pitch perfect direction from Spielberg, we are presented with an almost flawless film (forget that maddening submarine paradox if you can) from the terrifically exciting opener set deep in the Jungle to the stunning finale with that pleasing nod to Wells's Citizen Kane. The villains are wonderfully menacing, especially Ronald Lacey as a sinister and threatening Nazi henchman. Their search for the Ark of the Covenant, obstructed by Indie all the way, is a master class in efficient filmmaking.

Spawning 3 sequels of varying quality, Raiders has aged well and is still the best of the four by some margin, however that doesn't mean Doom or Last Crusade are not good because they are. However Crystal Skull is a big disappointment, even with that huge budget.

Wrapped up efficiently in 111 minutes, Raiders is superb entertainment for all.
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Format: DVD
I really love this film. It's action packed and is a great action\adventure movie! There are lots of great gun fights that I loved and some of the movie was even very, very intense. The film jumps straight into the action which I really liked and the actuall story (plot) of the film was really good. This has to be one of the best films I have ever watched and has something everyone likes! It's a great thrilling movie packed with action and excitement - I love it. It's just a great, great film that everyone on the planet should watch and I think that anyone who hates this film, eventhough it's their opinion, is a idiot who doesn't have a mind. So in the remaining paragraphs, I will be informing you on all of my views on this movie. After reading this review, I hope I have inspired you to just take a chance at this movie and see how it goes; if you don't like it then fine, don't watch it again but I really hope you do like it because it is a great movie!

Firstly, I love acting for this film. It is very good and all of the actors play thier part really well. My favourite actor in this movie is Harrison Ford because it is easy to think that he is actually Indiana and that, I think, is the best job any actor can do. But the other actors and actresseses (sorry about my spelling) are still good. To be honest, all of them are at the same level of acting and are all really good - they are all perfect for their roles in the movie and should all be known as the best actors and actresseses (sorry again) in the world.

As well as that, I also think that the script is really good. It is accurate and is roughly what the characters would say in real life. I don't know any one who could write a better script than that (in my opinion).
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By bernie TOP 500 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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