• Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Release Date: June 12th, 1981

PG |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

The year is 1936. An archeology professor named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.

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

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Action , Adventure

Production Co: Paramount Pictures,Lucasfilm

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

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