Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) leads a double life as a professor of archaeology and a globetrotting adventurer. He hears about an archaeological dig for the ark of the covenant, which contains the original Ten Commandments and divine power. Indy heads off to Nepal to locate Marion (Karen Allen), who owns a vital clue to finding its resting-place.
Fellow archeologist René Belloq (Paul Freeman), has been hired by the Nazis to find the Ark, so it is up to Jones, to get to it first. Working in the shadow of the German excavation, they locate the ark but lose it to Belloq. So now Indy and Marion have to stop the Nazis. But if they can, what will they find inside the Ark- divine enlightenment or divine retribution?
Within 17 days it would have been William Hootkins`s (Major Eaton) 65th birthday.
* July 5, 1948
† October 23, 2005
Within 25 days it will be Harrison Ford`s 71th birthday. (July 13, 1942)
Release date: June 12, 1981
Best Art Direction
Best Film Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Director -> Steven Spielberg
Best Original Score -> John Williams
Raider of the lost ark (1981)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods
Indiana Jones and the City of the Gods (2008).
Indiana Jones was named for George Lucas’ malamute dog Indiana. Source / More (Book)
Harrison Ford was actually dragged behind the truck for close ups. When asked if he was worried, Ford said: “No. If it really was dangerous, they would have filmed more of the movie first.”
Raiders of the lost ark ranks number 16 in the American box-office rankings.
Grossing adjusted for inflation -> $564.1 m Source / More (Web)
Tom Selleck was Spielberg’s first choice, but the studio was could not break up the contract Selleck had for his television series Magnum P.I. Source / More (Book)
Height of the huge Boulder: 12 ft (3,6 meters)
Weight: 800 pounds (362 kilogram)
Weight of a real rock: 80 tons. Source / More (Book)
Indiana Jones’s kangaroo-hide bullwhip was sold in December, 1999 at Christie's auction house in London for $43,000
The opening scene in the lost South American temple is partly based on a Disney adventure. Exploring a lost temple, Donald Duck, his nephews, and Scrooge McDuck must evade flying darts, a decapitating blade, a huge boulder, a tunnel flooded with gushing water, etc. Source / More (Book)
Harrison about Blade runner: “Blade runner was not my favorite film. I tangled with Ridley.”.
July 13, 1942
Arguably one of the most bankable movie star ever, Harrison Ford came into his success relatively late in life. Ford was working as a carpenter when in 1973 he got the chance to audition for American Graffiti. Ford played a secondary role but the most important aspect of that film, however, was that it marked Ford’s first collaboration with director George Lucas.
Four years later he became a co-star in Star wars and a superstar in Raiders of the lost ark. Harrison was nominated for an Academy award for his portrait of a city cop in Amish county in Witness.
Over the next ten years, his films ran the gamut from legal thrillers (1990’s Presumed Innocent) to classic romantic comedies (Sabrina in 1995) to action-adventure blockbusters, Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994) and The Fugitive (1993).
Most recently, he worked again with Steven Spielberg in the classic Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).
Harrison's next film Crossing Over (August 2008) tells the story of immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles.
1986 Nominated Oscar Best Actor for: Witness (1985)