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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Movie Details

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Sci-Fi Comedy Action
115 min.
Release Date
June 12, 1981
DVD Release Date
May 13, 2008
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Running Time
115 minutes
MPAA Rating
Rated PG

It is 1936. Indiana Jones, archaeologist, university professor, and adventurer fends off a large array of primitive booby traps to retrieve a priceless golden godhead. After escaping more booby traps, including a rolling boulder and collapsing floors, he gets out into the open only to have the godhead snatched away by rival archaeologist Paul Freeman who is now employed by the Nazis.

Arriving back in the States, he is told by Government officials that the... Full synopsis »

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Raiders of the Lost Ark has great action, adventure, and comedy but the ending was sorely disappointing. Every single Nazi, including the main "villains" of the film, are not killed by Indiana Jones but by the Ark itself, while Indiana is tied to a log. Sure, it squeezed in a little sci-fi but the audience wants to watch the hero do the killing. Still, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the first of the Indiana Jones movies: It may not be the best, but it started them off. Full movie review »
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