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Raiders Of The Lost Ark 1981

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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Genres Action & Adventure
Director Steven Spielberg
Starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen
Supporting actors Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Alfred Molina, Wolf Kahler, Anthony Higgins, Vic Tablian, Don Fellows, William Hootkins, Bill Reimbold, Fred Sorenson, Patrick Durkin, Matthew Scurfield, Malcolm Weaver, Sonny Caldinez, Anthony Chinn, Pat Roach
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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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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"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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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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The first and Best of them All.I remember seeing this Way back in the 80's at the Age of 11 and even now at 44 it still holds up Brilliantly.This is BoysOwn Adventure that harks back to the Radio and Adventure shows from the 30 and 40's.Pure undiluted Joy of what can happen when the right Actors,Writer and Director come together at the right time.
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Harrison Ford is on tremendous form as the university professor by day and global explorer, nazi ass kicker, artefact discoverer and ladies man in his spare time. Indiana Jones is approached by government officials who have heard about his abilities to obtain rare artefacts. They tell him that they have intercepted a nazi communication that spells out plans to discover the lost ark of the covenant. A religious tomb that holds the Ten Commandments and the power of God. They ask Dr Jones to get to it before the nazis as an army that carries the ark could rule the world.
Jones begins his search in Nepal where he finds ex girlfriend Marion who is the daughter of indianas mentor. Marion has a necklace that has a pendant that shows markings to the burial place of the ark. It also is revealed that it fits onto the staff of wrath and will reveal the exact location. Unfortunately, Indiana has been followed by nazi agents and a fight ensues for the piece.
Indy and Marion escape with the headpiece and move onto the Middle East where Marion is kidnapped by the nazis and Indiana locates the ark.
A back and forth ensues between Indy and the nazis and the most incredible action scenes ensue. There is horse riding, car chases, punch ups, sword fights, explosions, booby traps and that's not to mention the snakes.
The movie stretches over land sea and air to the conclusion on an island where the nazis will test the power of the ark. Tied up and frightened Indy and Marion must watch as the Germans open the ark and get more than they bargained for.
This is the best of the Indiana Jones movies. It is a non stop ride of suspense, action and humour. The mythology is fantastic and there are great performances from Denholm Elliott, Karen Allen and John Rhys Davis.
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What's to say....If you haven't seen this film where have you been. This is one of the best action adventures ever. Great set pieces & action great horror great story. it's all great. We don't see in family films like this nowadays as the 12 cert has ruined it for everyone & they are now all watered down. Major shame that the crystal skulls pooed all over the memory of this film, with all it cruddy cgi, dumb story & ALIENS!! but this is the begining of it all and the best.
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