Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Thursday, May 09, 2019 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Throwback Thursday Film Series:

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark (later marketed as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark) is a 1981 American action adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Lawrence Kasdan from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by Frank Marshall for Lucasfilm Ltd., with Lucas and Howard Kazenjian as executive producers.

The first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise, it stars Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who battles a group of Nazis searching for the Ark of the Covenant. It co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana's former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana's rival, French archaeologist Rene Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick,Sallah; Ronald Lacey as Gestapo agent Arnold Toht; and Denholm Elliot as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody.

The film originated from Lucas' desire to create a modern version of the serials of the 1930s and 1940s. Production was based at Elstree Studios, England, but filming also took place in La Rochelle, France, Tunisia, HAwaii, and California from June to September 1980.

Raiders of the Lost Ark became 1981's top-grossing film and remains one of the highest grossing films adjusted for inflation. It was nominated for eight Academu Awards in 1982, including Best Picture, and won for Best Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, and Visual Effects with a fifth Academy Award: a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing. It is often considered one of the greatest films ever made. In 1999, it was included in the U.S. Library of Cpngress' National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film began a franchise including a prequel, two sequels, a television series, The Young Indianda Jones Chronicles (1992–1996), and numerous video games.

Rated: PG
TRT: 1h 55m


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