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An Outdoor View: 'Jaws' at 40

...version is now available. The great composer John Williams, who later wrote the scores for "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Jurassic Park," won an Oscar in 1976 for the unforgettable music in "Jaws." The film, itself, won...
3D aside, 'Tintin' is a fun adventure

...a hard time putting our finger on what was wrong with the film, which is reminiscent of nothing so much as "Raiders of the Lost Ark." That's a good pedigree to have, but I just couldn't bring myself to love this latest adventure the way...
'Wolfman' wins points for style

...Wolfman" is the look. Johnston began his career as a production designer and art director for "Star Wars" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark", and it shows. The attention to detail is remarkable, from the buildings to the costumes, the lighting...
Action hero inspires tyke's name

...Jones is back. No, not the fictional archaeologist, adventurer and the main protagonist of the 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark" although this character was the inspiration for a newborn with the same name. "It all stemmed from the movies...
Grand movie in grand fashion

...the better movie experiences of my life, only exceeded by such life-changing cinematic adventures as seeing "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on the big screen when I was 8 years old, or the awe of watching the denizens of "Jurassic Park" tower 70...
Raiders of the Lost Ark

Now Playing Synopsis: Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is no ordinary archeologist. When we first see him, he is somewhere in the Peruvian jungle in 1936, running a booby-trapped gauntlet (complete with an over-sized rolling boulder) to fetch a solid-gold idol. He loses this artifact to his chief rival, a French archeologist named Belloq (Paul Freeman), who then prepares to kill our hero. In the first of many serial-like escapes, Indy eludes Belloq by hopping into a convenient plane. So, then: is Indiana Jones afraid of anything? Yes, snakes. The next time we see Jones, he's a soft-spoken, bespectacled professor. He is then summoned from his ivy-covered environs by Marcus Brody (Denholm Elliott) to find the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. The Nazis, it seems, are already searching for the Ark, which the mystical-minded Hitler hopes to use to make his stormtroopers invincible. But to find the Ark, Indy must first secure a medallion kept under the protection of Indy's old friend Abner Ravenwood, whose daughter, Marion (Karen Allen), evidently has a "history" with Jones. Whatever their personal differences, Indy and Marion become partners in one action-packed adventure after another, ranging from wandering the snake pits of the Well of Souls to surviving the pyrotechnic unearthing of the sacred Ark. A joint project of Hollywood prodigies George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, with a script co-written by Lawrence Kasdan and Philip Kaufman, among others, Raiders of the Lost Ark is not so much a movie as a 115-minute thrill ride. Costing 22 million dollars (nearly three times the original estimate), Raiders of the Lost Ark reaped 200 million dollars during its first run. It was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), as well as a short-lived TV-series "prequel." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott, Paul Freeman, Wolf Kahler Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review



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