Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Raiders of the Lost Ark
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Howard Kazanjian,
George Lucas,
Frank Marshall
Written by George Lucas,
Philip Kaufman,
Lawrence Kasdan
Starring Harrison Ford,
Karen Allen
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Michael Kahn,
George Lucas (uncredited)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 12, 1981
Running time 115
Country United States
Language English / Hebrew / German / French / Spanish / Nepali / Arabic
Budget $20 million

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Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is an American adventure movie that came out in 1981 from Paramount Pictures. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by George Lucas. It stars Harrison Ford as the main character, Indiana Jones. It is the first part in the Indiana Jones series.

The movie has three sequels, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg (also from Jaws), and produced by George Lucas (who also made Star Wars and American Graffiti).

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In 1936, Indiana Jones is trying to find the golden idol in the jungle in Peru. His guide, Sapito, betrays him and tries to take the idol for himself, but is killed in one of the traps. After Jones comes out from the temple, he finds his rival Belloq and a dozen of the native people holding spears. Jones gives up the idol and runs to his airplane.

While teaching at Marshall College, the U.S. Army comes up to him and says that the Nazis are trying to find the Ark of the Covenant. Jones wants to find it first, so he goes to a bar in Nepal. His old teacher, Abner Ravenwood, was trying to find the Ark and has the headpiece to the Staff of Ra, an important piece that is needed to find it. His daughter, Marion, now runs Abner's bar and she punches him in the face because they had a romance and he ran away. She, however, comes along with him after the Nazi person Toht and his friends try to get the piece themselves.

Jones and Ravenwood fly to Cairo and recruit a man named Sallah to help him out. They start digging in the area where they think it is. The Nazis capture Ravenwood and makes Jones thinks that she is dead. Sallah and Jones do some calculations and realize that the Nazis are digging in the wrong area because their staff is too long. Jones finds the right place and starts digging, finding it in a place called the Well of Souls. However, Belloq comes back, raises the Ark, and throws Ravenwood in there. They escape.

After a battle, Jones gets the Ark back. Sallah puts it on a ship, but the Nazis on a U-boat intercept the ship and search it. Jones escapes. He then takes a big weapon called Panzerschreck and threatens to blow up the Ark as it is being loaded onto an island. Belloq calls Jones' bluff, and Jones lowers his weapon. He and Marion are then tied up as Belloq and the Nazis test the power of the Ark by opening it. The spirits inside kill everyone. Jones and Marion close their eyes and escape the spirits' anger.

At the end of the movie, the government puts the Ark inside a warehouse. The Army tells Jones that they are studying it, but Jones does not believe them. Marion tries to comfort him by saying that she will buy him a drink.

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