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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Movie Information

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15

Avg. Rating:

3.34/4

# of Ratings:

1492

Genres:

Adventure, Action

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

06/12/1981

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Actors:

Harrison Ford
Karen Allen
Paul Freeman
John Rhys-Davies
Denholm Elliott
Alfred Molina

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

Indiana Jones, a college professor is on an adventure with his old friend to find the Ark of the Covenant.

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Matthew Brady 02/04/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Indiana Jones is a college professor is on an adventure with his old friend to find the Ark of the Covenant. This movie is fucking outstanding just what a great adventure film with amazing visual effect's and Indiana Jones is the most bad-ass hero in every other movie I have seen.

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mitchellyoung 03/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

In a perfect homage to swashbuckling early American serial films, Raiders of the Lost Ark is pure entertainment. Harrison Ford creates an iconic movie hero - complete with the right level of poise and wit - and the film easily jumps from memorable action sequence to the next. It never takes its foot off the pedal, but Spielberg adds the right blend of sight gags and light-hearted humor to offset the furious action. Movies like National Treasure will try to emulate Raiders, but it's one of a kind and the excitement it generates cannot be duplicated.

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silverscreenster 08/01/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This is my favorite movie of all time. To me the film is about tenacity. The protagonist, Indiana Jones (I won't give away the plot in the review) discovers that there is something he wants to get. He spends the next two hours on screen trying to get it, and nothing (at all) will stop him until he reaches that end. This film is takes off and doesn't let up for a second. The filmmakers throw everything in his way and figure out a way for him to get out. Spielberg, Lucas and everyone involved in this film (especially John Williams, whose score is legendary) proved a love for this material and genre.

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  Indyfreak
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07/23/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Best Blockbuster Evah

My all time favorite movie ever! It has everything you could possibly want from not just a blockbuster but from a Hollywood movie in general. It's got action, humor, romance, some thrilling moments, some frightening moments, and enough spectacle to keep you genuinely interested. The setting, the characters, the action sequences, and yes even the music is perfect. Just absolutely perfect!
Jaws and Star Wars were just a training exercise compared to Raiders and while so many future movies tried to replicate its success and impact, not one has come close. It's not just style or the action that's important but the writing, the editing, the pacing, and the characterization. Otherwise it's no different than the innumerable copycats of Spielberg and Lucas after all.

Rating of
4/4 

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  memento_mori
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07/20/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Awesome over the top adventure.

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Who doesn't know Indiana Jones?
More importantly: who doesn't love Indiana Jones?
He's a pretty likable guy. He's charismatic, knows how to throw a punch and has a good heart, but he also has flaws like his vulnerability, ego and fear of snakes. That's my kind of hero; a person who isn't perfect, but can still conquer the hearts of millions.
The acting is flawless, it feels genuine. Every scene between Indy and Marion feels like it's ad-libbed. Screenwriting at its best.
The direction is fantastic as always. A genre should be named after Spielberg, to make it easier when looking for a fun movie.
Everything is filmed from such distinguished lengths and angles, that you wouldn't know how to perfect another shot. The use of focus, zoom and lighting to emphasize eyes and face...

Rating of
4/4 

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  Yojimbo
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03/11/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" by Yojimbo

Swashbucklers were deeply unfashionable at the time when Raiders was made and it took the talents of the then new golden boy of Hollywood to breathe new life into the genre. With a bespectacled alter ego who is a million miles away from his action man persona like an archaeological Clark Kent, Indiana Jones became an iconic action figure who was often knocked on his backside, played fair only when it suited him and was far more interested in his treasure than getting the girl. Sound familiar? Yes without Raiders, Captain Jack would probably never have existed. Like POTC, this film takes its cues from the golden age of the Hollywood swashbuckler, to the point where Ronald Lacey's sinister yet effeminate secret policeman and Paul Freeman's amoral gentleman rogue could easily have been mista...

Rating of
4/4 

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