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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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
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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Indiana Jones is the epitimy of adventure films. Raiders of the Lost Ark is without a doubt the best adventure film ever made. It has action, suspense and romance. The only other adventure to rival Raiders is Bond who does not come close to being the adventure of Raiders. The only films to near Raiders level of adventure are Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade. I recommend Raiders of the lost ark to any adventure fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AnnieO on 24 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Anyone who hasn't seen or bought it for their children need to have a word with themselves!
Great film, should be part of everyone's childhood
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan 2013
Format: DVD
Raiders of the Lost Ark is directed by Stephen Spielberg and collectively written by Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay), George Lucas (story) and Philip Kaufman (story). It stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott. Music is scored by John Williams and cinematography by Douglas Slocombe.

What can you say about Raiders of the Lost Ark that hasn't been said before? It has been analysed, deconstructed, praised and written about at length by everyone from the highest of film critics to the man of the street film lover and his dog. Truth is, is that nothing new can be added to the millions of tomes written about what Spielberg coyly announced was his B movie homage to adventure serials of the 30s and 40s.

In simple factoid terms it was roughly made for $20 million and went on to make nearly $400 million! It quickly pulled Spielberg out of a depressive rut after the critical mauling of his period comedy movie 1941. It announced Harrison Ford as a superstar actor whilst simultaneously introducing pop culture references that still thrive today. It won four Oscars and was nominated for a further four, and as it made archaeology sexy it heralded the opening of a new era for the summer blockbuster. The whole production (apart from Spielberg) were taken ill whilst filming in Tunisia and it was the start of a franchise that still brings great GREAT pleasures to millions of fans.

Why is Raiders so adored? That it is a film that still entertains royally today, where once loved in 1981 is still loved by the very same older and wiser people in the new millennium? The answer is it gets everything right, it transcends its basic source to reveal one of the most exhilarating action/adventure movies ever made.
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4 of 5 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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By A Customer on 22 Dec 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Indiana Jones is a similar character to James Bond. However, where Jones differs is he is an archaeologist who travels the world during the 1930s. His enemies during this film are the Nazis. This is the first film in the trilogy and it is very easy to watch and follow. You have to take some moments with a pinch of salt (at one point Harrison Ford gets into a fight next to an aeroplane with a bloke twice his size and wins, which is a hard pill to swallow!) but I suppose we all love the sense of the underdog coming out on top. British actor Ronald Lacey appears as a despicable Gestapo officer.
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