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Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)


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GROSS REVENUE:
$384 million USD

GENRES:
Adventure, Action

BUDGET:
$20 million USD

DVD RELEASE DATE:
May 13, 2008

RELEASE DATE:
June 12, 1981


PG for Sequences of Adventure Action and Violence, scary images, sensuality, and some language


Frank Marshall

George Lucas & Philip Kaufman (story)

Lawrence Kasdan

Original music by John Williams

Douglas Slocombe

Michael Kahn | George Lucas (uncredited)

Lucas Film Ltd | Paramount

United States

Englsih

Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Bushey, Hertfordshire, England, UK

EMI Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK - studio

France

Kairouan, Tunisia

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

La Pallice, La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France - WW2 German submarine base

La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France

Rickmansworth Masonic School for Girls, Chorleywood Road, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK - Barnett College

Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, England, UK

San Rafael, California, USA - Indiana Jones' house exterior

Sedala, Tunisia

Sidi Bouhlel, Tozeur, Tunisia - city of Cairo

Sousse, Tunisia

Stockton, California, USA

Tozeur, Tunisia

University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, US


Academy Awards

1982 Won Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley & Michael Ford

1982 Won Oscar Best Effects, Visual Effects Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson & Joe Johnston

1982 Won Oscar Best Film Editing Michael Kahn

1982 Won Oscar Best Sound Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker & Roy Charman

1982 Won Oscar Special Achievement Award Ben Burtt & Richard L. Anderson for: sound effects editing

1982 Nominated Oscar Best Cinematography Douglas Slocombe

1982 Nominated Oscar Best Director Steven Spielberg

1982 Nominated Oscar Best Music, Original Score John Williams

1982 Nominated Oscar Best Picture Frank Marshall

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2004 Won Saturn Award Best DVD Collection. Also for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). for: "The Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection"

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Actor Harrison Ford

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Actress Karen Allen

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Director Steven Spielberg

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Fantasy Film

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Music John Williams

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Special Effects Richard Edlund

1982 Won Saturn Award Best Writing Lawrence Kasdan

1982 Nominated Saturn Award Best Costumes Deborah Nadoolman

1982 Nominated Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Paul Freeman

American Cinema Editors, USA

1982 Won Eddie Best Edited Feature Film Michael Kahn

American Movie Awards

1982 Won Marquee Best Director Steven Spielberg

1982 Won Marquee Best Film Best Screenplay

BAFTA Awards

1982 Won BAFTA Film Award Best Production Design/Art Direction Norman Reynolds

1982 Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music John Williams

1982 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Cinematography Douglas Slocombe

1982 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Editing Michael Kahn

1982 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Film

1982 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Sound Roy Charman, Ben Burtt & Bill Varney

1982 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Supporting Artist Denholm Elliott

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

1982 Won BSFC Award Best Director Steven Spielberg

César Awards, France

1982 Nominated César Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger) Steven Spielberg

DVD Exclusive Awards

2003 Nominated DVDX Award Best Behind-the-Scenes Program (New for DVD) Laurent Bouzereau. Also for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) for: "Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy" (The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection)

2003 Nominated DVDX Award Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie (Including All Extra Features) Laurent Bouzereau, Jim Ward & John Lowry. Also for: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). (The Adventures of Indiana Jones - The Complete DVD Movie Collection)

Directors Guild of America, USA

1982 Nominated DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Steven Spielberg

Golden Globes, USA

1982 Nominated Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Steven Spielberg

Grammy Awards

1982 Won Grammy Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special John Williams

Hugo Awards

1982 Won Hugo Best Dramatic Presentation

Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards

1982 Won KCFCC Award Best Film

Kinema Junpo Awards

1982 Won Readers' Choice Award Best Foreign Language Film Steven Spielberg

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA

1982 Won Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing – Dialogue unknown

1982 Won Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects unknown. Tied with Wolfen (1981)

National Film Preservation Board, USA

1999 Won National Film Registry

People’s Choice Awards

1982 Won People's Choice Award Favorite Motion Picture

Satellite Awards

2004 Nominated Golden Satellite Award Best Classic DVD Release. Also for: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). For "The Adventures of Indiana Jones" set

2004 Nominated Golden Satellite Award Best DVD Extras. Also for: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) for: "The Adventures of Indiana Jones" set

2004 Nominated Golden Satellite Award Best Overall DVD. Also for: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) for: "The Adventures of Indiana Jones" set

Writers Guild of America, USA

1982 Nominated WGA Award (Screen) Best Comedy Written Directly for the ScreenLawrence Kasdan, George Lucas & Philip Kaufman

Young Artist Awards

1982 Won Young Artist Award Best Motion Picture - Family Enjoyment

1982 Won Young Artist Award Best Visual Effects: Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson, Joe Johnston

1982 Won Young Artist Award Special Achievement Award) Sound Effects Editing): Ben Burtt, Richard L. Anderson

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Karen Allen
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A highly entertaining romp of an action film that throws in everything from giant spiders to Nazi villains, biblical and Egyptian mythology, thrills, spills and special effects, Raiders of the Lost Ark marked the first collaboration between Spielberg and George Lucas, the two most commercially successful American filmmakers. Raiders was the first of Spielberg's all-action Indiana Jones films, followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). While Raiders was acknowledged by the director to be a tribute to the action serials of his youth, it's a truly post-modern cornucopia of cinematic styles and genres, drawing on westerns, horror films, war and Bond movies.

Spielberg also described his vision of Harrison Ford's character as a combination of Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Don Juan and Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre; an American critic summed up his appeal nicely when he described Indiana Jones as being as 'indestructible as a cartoon coyote'.


Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a 1981 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. It is the first film in the Indiana Jones franchise, and pits Indiana Jones (played by Ford) against the Nazis, who search for the Ark of the Covenant, to make their army invincible. Indiana and the Nazis search for a medallion, owned by Indy's old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), which will pinpoint the Well of Souls in Egypt, the Ark's resting place. The film also starred Paul Freeman as Indiana's nemesis, French archaeologist Rene Belloq, John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick Sallah, and Denholm Elliott as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody.


The film's origins came from Lucas' desire to create a modern version of the serials of the 1930s and 1940s. Spielberg originally suggested casting Ford as Jones, but Lucas objected, stating that he did not want the actor to be constantly associated with his films. Lucas persuaded Spielberg to look for someone else and Tom Selleck was cast in the role, but he was unavailable because of his commitment to the television series Magnum, P.I.. Production was based at Elstree Studios, and filming also took place in La Rochelle, Tunisia, Hawaii and the United States from June to September 1980.


When released on June 12, 1981, the $20 million (USD) film was a huge success, easily the highest grossing film of 1981, earning $384 million worldwide, and, at the time, one of the highest-grossing movies ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1982 and won four (Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration). The film was a hit with audiences and critics alike leading to two more films, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles television series, and a fourth film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

To achieve the sound of thousands of snakes slithering, sound designer Ben Burtt stuck his fingers into a cheese casserole. This was augmented by applying wet sponges to the rubber on a skateboard.

1981's biggest grossing film.

Indiana Jones' kangaroo-hide bull whip was sold in December, 1999 at Christie's auction house in London for $43,000. His jacket and hat are on display at the Smithsonian.

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Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.

Toht: You Americans, you're all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.

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Glass wall between Indy & Marion and the snakes. Some, but not all examples have been erased in the 2003 DVD edition.

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Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times

Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever descending into camp. Reviewed by: uncredited Staff of TV Guide.

Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced action. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli of ReelViews.

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