Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byHoward Kazanjian,
George Lucas,
Frank Marshall
Written byGeorge Lucas,
Philip Kaufman,
Lawrence Kasdan
StarringHarrison Ford,
Karen Allen
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byMichael Kahn,
George Lucas (uncredited)
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
June 12, 1981
Running time
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish / Hebrew / German / French / Spanish / Nepali / Arabic
Budget$20 million

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. It was 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).


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.

Release dates

Country Premiere
23x15px United States 12 June 1981
23x15px Soviet Union 15 June 1981
23x15px United Kingdom 30 July 1981
23x15px Ireland 7 August 1981
23x15px Sweden 7 August 1981
23x15px Netherlands 13 August 1981
23x15px Australia 14 August 1981
23x15px France 16 September 1981
23px Spain 5 October 1981
23x15px Portugal 9 October 1981
23x15px Norway 10 October 1981
Template:FRG 29 October 1981
23x15px South Africa 27 November 1981
23x15px Japan 5 December 1981
23x15px India 10 December 1981
23x15px Malaysia 12 December 1981
23x15px Finland 18 December 1981
23x15px Greece 18 December 1981
23x15px Israel 18 December 1981
23x15px Argentina 25 December 1981
23x15px Brazil 25 December 1981
23x15px Colombia 25 December 1981
23x15px Egypt 25 December 1981
23x15px Peru 25 December 1981
23x15px Singapore 25 December 1981
23x15px Uruguay 25 December 1981
23x15px Lebanon 28 December 1981
23x15px Denmark 15 January 1982
23x15px Hong Kong 21 January 1982
23x15px South Korea 27 February 1982
23x15px Thailand 25 June 1982
23x15px Turkey 24 January 1983
23x15px Poland January 1984
23x15px Czechoslovakia 23 July 1985
23x15px Hungary 24 October 1985
East Germanyborder|20px|class=noviewer|baseline|Flagge East Germany East Germany 15 November 1987
23x15px Pakistan 10 December 1987
23x15px China 11 December 1987
23x15px Vietnam 25 December 2009


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