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Raiders of the Lost Ark Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane. So, then: is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he's a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy's old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter, Marion (Karen Allen), evidently has a "history" with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark. A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with a script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Philip Kaufman, among others, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a movie as a 115-minute thrill ride. Costing 22 million dollars (nearly three times the original estimate), Raiders of the Lost Ark reaped 200 million dollars during its first run. It was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), as well as a short-lived TV-series "prequel." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 12, 1981

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Johnston Best Visual Effects 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kit West Best Visual Effects 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Dilley Best Art Direction 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Edlund Best Visual Effects 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Charman Best Sound 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Burtt Special Achievement 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Maslow Best Sound 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Marshall Best Picture 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Varney Best Sound 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Score 1981 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1981 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Director 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard L. Anderson Special Achievement 1981 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Norman Reynolds Best Production Design/Art Direction 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Reynolds Best Art Direction 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Kahn Best Editing 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Nicholson Best Visual Effects 1981 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Slocombe Best Cinematography 1981 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gregg Landaker Best Sound 1981 Winner

Cast

Harrison Ford
as Indiana Jones
Karen Allen
as Marion Ravenwood
Denholm Elliott
as Marcus Brody
Paul Freeman
as Belloq
Wolf Kahler
as Dietrich
John Rhys-Davies
as Sallah
Ronald Lacey
as Toht
Anthony Higgins
as Gobler
Alfred Molina
as Satipo
Vic Tablian
as Barranca
William Hootkins
as Major Eaton
Sergio Mioni
Steve Hanson
as German Agent
Ted Grossman
as Peruvian Porter
Tony Vogel
as Tall Captain
Tutte Lemkow
as Imam
Vic Armstrong
Ishaq Bux
as Omar
Jack Dearlove
as Mr. Ford's Stand-In
Kiran Shah
as Abu
Malcolm Weaver
as Ratty Nepalese
Anthony Chinn
as Mohan
Matthew Scurfield
as 2nd Nazi
Pat Roach
as Giant Sherpa/1st Mechanic
Patrick Durkin
as Australian Climber
Paul Weston
Peter Brace
Reg Harding
Bill Reimbold
as Bureaucrat
Frank Marshall
as Pilot
Bill Weston
Billy Horrigan
Terry J. Leonard
Mary Selway
Mike Fenton
George Harris
as Katanga
Jane Feinberg
John Rees
as Sergeant
Don Fellows
as Col. Musgrove
Eddie Tagoe
as Messenger Pirate
Fred Sorenson
as Jock
Gerry Crampton

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Frank Marshall
Producer
George Lucas
Screen Story
Willard Huyck
Screenwriter
Philip Kaufman
Screen Story
Lawrence Kasdan
Screenwriter
Douglas Slocombe
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Norman Reynolds
Production Designer
Leslie Dilley
Art Director
Howard Kazanjian
Executive Producer
George Lucas
Executive Producer
Kelly Kimball
Costume Designer
Deborah Nadoolman
Costume Designer
Ben Burtt
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Maslow
Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Charman
Sound/Sound Designer
Kit West
Special Effects
Richard Edlund
Special Effects
David Tomblin
First Assistant Director
Sylvia Keulen
Animator
Judy Elkins
Animator
Scott Caple
Animator
Ralph McQuarrie
Illustrator
Dickie Mills
Makeup
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor
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