Raiders of the Lost Ark

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'Raiders of the Lost Ark'
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Howard G. Kazanjian
George Lucas
Frank Marshall
Written by George Lucas
Philip Kaufman
Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Harrison Ford
Karen Allen
Paul Freeman
John Rhys-Davies
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Michael Kahn
George Lucas
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 12, 1981
Running time 115 min
Country USA
Language English
Budget $18,000,000
Gross revenue $384,140,454
Followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
[ IMDb profile]

Raiders of the Lost Ark is an American film produced by George Lucas, directed by Steven Spielberg, and released in the summer of 1981 by Paramount Pictures. Starring Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, the film sparked three sequels and a television series. It is the first film in the Indiana Jones series, though the second chronologically.


Indiana Jones is a maverick archaeologist just returned from a harrowing adventure in Peru when he is brought before a meeting with two men from Army Intelligence: why are the Nazis looking for an Egyptian headpiece in the possession of Jones' mentor? The realization is that the Nazis are after the long lost Ark of the Covenant, the chest the Hebrews carried in ancient times. Seeing the significance of it, Indy is commissioned to find the Ark before the Nazis do.


  • Harrison Ford: Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr.
  • Karen Allen: Marion Ravenwood
  • Paul Freeman: Dr. René Belloq
  • Ronald Lacey: Gestapo agent Major Arnold Toht
  • John Rhys-Davies: Sallah
  • Denholm Elliott: Dr. Marcus Brody
  • Alfred Molina: Satipo
  • Wolf Kahler: German Army Colonel Dietrich


  • When Kasadan, Lucas, and Spielberg were conceptualizing the movie, Lucas suggested that they have Marion Ravenwood lose her virginity to Indiana Jones while she was 11 years old and he was 42 years old.[1]

Notes and references

    George Lucas: I was thinking that this old guy could have been the mentor. He could have known this little girl when she was just a kid. Had an affair with her when she was eleven.
    Lawrence Kasdan: And he was forty-two.
    George Lucas: He hasn’t seen her in twelve years. Now she’s twenty-two. It’s a real strange relationship.
    Steven Spielberg: She had better be older than twenty-two.
    George Lucas: He’s thirty-five, and he knew her ten years ago when he was twenty-five and she was only twelve. It would be amusing to make her slightly young at the time.
    Steven Spielberg: And promiscuous. She came onto him.
    George Lucas: Fifteen is right on the edge. I know it’s an outrageous idea, but it is interesting. Once she’s sixteen or seventeen it’s not interesting anymore. But if she was fifteen and he was twenty-five and they actually had an affair the last time they met. And she was madly in love with him and he …