Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Release Date: June 12, 1981

Status: Released

Running time: 1h 55m

Content Rating: PG

Budget: $18,000,000

Revenue: $389,925,971

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Indiana Jones was hired by the government to find the legendary Ark of the Covenant, but he was up against the entire Nazi regime.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Lawrence Kasdan based on a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies and Denholm Elliott. Ford portrays Indiana Jones, a globe-trotting archaeologist, vying with Nazi German forces in 1936, to recover the long-lost Ark of the Covenant, a relic said to make an army invincible. Teaming up with his tough former lover Marion Ravenwood (Allen), Jones races to stop rival archaeologist Dr. René Belloq (Freeman) from guiding the Nazis to the Ark and its power.Lucas conceived Raiders of the Lost Ark in the early 1970s. Seeking to modernize the serial films of the early 20th-century, he developed the idea further with Kaufman, who suggested the Ark as the film's goal. Lucas eventually focused on developing his 1977 space opera Star Wars. Development on Raiders of the Lost Ark resumed that year when he shared the idea with Spielberg who joined the project several months later. While the pair had ideas for notable scenes in the film, they hired Kasdan to fill in the gaps between them. Principal photography began in June 1980 on a $20 million budget. Filming took place on sets at Elstree Studios, England, and on location in La Rochelle, France, Tunisia, Hawaii and California.Though pre-release polling showed little audience interest in the film, especially compared to the superhero film Superman II, Raiders of the Lost Ark became the highest-grossing film of 1981, earning approximately $330.5 million worldwide. It played in some theaters for over a year because of its popularity. It was a critical success, receiving praise for its modern take on older serial films, and its non-stop action and adventure. The cast were all praised, particularly Ford, Allen and Freeman. Raiders of the Lost Ark received numerous award nominations and, among others, won five Academy Awards, seven Saturn Awards, and one BAFTA award.In the years since its release, the film has grown in esteem, and many now consider it to be among the greatest films of the 1980s and one of the greatest action-adventure films ever made. It had a significant and lasting impact on popular culture; the film's success spawned a host of imitators across several media and inspired a variety of filmmakers. Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first film in what would become the Indiana Jones franchise, that includes three more films—Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull—a television series, video games, comic books, novels, theme park attractions, toys, board games, collectibles and an amateur remake. The United States Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1999.

Filming Locations.

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom · Tozeur, Tunisia · Elstree Studios, United Kingdom · Royal Masonic School for Girls, United Kingdom · Kairouan, Tunisia · Richmond, United States of America · San Anselmo, United States of America · Anahola, United States of America · San Francisco City Hall, United States of America · La Rochelle, France · Hawaii, United States of America · California, United States of America · San Francisco, United States of America

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