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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Release Date: June 12th, 1981

DVD Release Date: May 13th, 2008

PG |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Dr. Indiana Jones, a renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the ark of the covenant, which is believed to still hold the Ten Commandments. Unfortunately, Hitler's agents are also after the ark. Indy and his ex-flame Marion escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo.

Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Wolf Kahler, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Anthony Higgins

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Adventure, Action

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Lucasfilm Ltd.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Engaging, Love interest, Quest, 1930s, Escape, Pursuit, Charming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is, in fact, about as entertaining as a commercial movie can be. What is it? An adventure film that plays like an old-time 12-part serial that you see all at once, instead of Saturday-to-Saturday. It's a modern "Thief of Baghdad." It's the kind of movie that first got you excited about movies when you were a kid. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's the thrills that keep it moving. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made. show more

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