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Raiders Of The Lost Ark 1981

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(91) IMDb 8.6/10

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)

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 3 Dec. 2014
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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21 of 23 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 20 July 2013
Format: DVD
There are so many things to relish in this movie; a good storyline, good to good enough acting, lots of surprises, hissable villains, humorous touches, good quips and sturdy effects. Do you need more ?

However, I think what really marks it out is that so much happens; there are so many episodes crammed in: opening; intro to the Ark issue; Himalayas; Egypt; discovery of the ark; escape; boat trip; chase; opening of the ark; ending, and lots of sub-elements as well. You rarely get so much different stuff packed into a movie. Despite, this, it never feels rushed; it's superbly edited.

With its extra polish ,from the years inbetween, "The last Crusade" is as good, but honestly, this is just outstanding, and really deserves its place among cinema's greats.

Oh, and maybe it did spawn "Warehouse 13", another pat on the back.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SN on 12 Jun. 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video Verified Purchase
Watched this the other night with the family - of course we'd all seen it before, but there was much more to the film than I remembered - better than I expected!
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By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
What can i say from the opening sequence to the end sequence? One hell of a movie. This was my 5th time watching this movie but the one sequence i like is the truck chase with all the soldiers on the truck and Indy knocks them all off except one and that one soldier gets run over and I also like the fight scene between Harrison Ford and Pat Roach when they are fighting near the plane. There is so much to say about movie all I'm going to say is it's one of my favourite movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blooshi on 17 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Quality, Quality, Quality, Quality!! Absolute classic in all of it's glory ans still stands the test of time over 30 years on.
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Format: VHS Tape
One of the all time classics! Harrison Ford is his dry witted best as adventurer Indiana Jones, who gets hired by the U.S. government to recover the biblical Ark before the Nazis find it. The trick? It's buried in the Egyptian desert due to an ancient sand storm that lasted a whole year! Spielberg makes this film a visual masterpiece and leaves you begging for more.
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