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Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981

Steven Spielberg
Director
Lucasfilm
Production Company
Paramount
Studio

Thrilling exploits of archaeologist Indiana Jones and a race with those nasty Nazis to obtain the Ark of the Covenant. Magnificent!

-The Sloth

Easily the best adventure film ever made, a rollicking ride with subtle subtext, namely a roguish materialist learning some humility when faced with the infinite. Too bad the later films didn't develop his character, and Indy devolved into the "shadowy reflection" Belloq perceived him to be. Still great, though, and one of the most perfect endings ever.

So many people love to point out anachronisms with this film, when it's so obvious it is set in some alternate reality, where the Nazis were able to dig in British-controlled Egypt with impunity, and Pan Am bought Shorts Solents instead of Boeing. I almost wonder if Indy crossed paths with a boyish Belgian reporter at some point. . . And has anyone noticed that the German secret U-boat base is probably meant to be Navarone?

Note: Three roles are prominently listed in the credits, but nearly (or wholly) invisible onscreen:
Omar, played by Ishaq Bux. This was Sallah's brother-in-law, who owned the garage where they hide the Ark. He can briefly be seen at the Well of the Souls site, but most of his role must have been cut.
Otto, played by Christopher Frederick. This is the soldier guarding Marion in the tent. He can be seen in the background, but again, his lines must have been cut.
Young Soldier, played by Martin Kreidt. There was a scene filmed where Sallah was supposed to be executed by a young German soldier who loses his nerve. The scene was completely cut (don't show humanity in a bunch of faceless Nazis, of course), but it obviously was an influence on a similar scene in Schindler's List.

Also cut was a scene with archaeology student Susan Ryan (played by Pola Churchill), whom Indy was seducing. I wonder if she is the unknown girl with "Love You" on her eyelids?

All character names come from canon sources, so no complaining!

-Dave W.



12th June 1981
Cinema



115 mins
2.35:1


30th July 1981
Cinema



115 mins
2.35:1


20th October 2003
DVD



115 mins
2.35:1


21st October 2003
DVD



115 mins
2.35:1


18th September 2012
Blu-Ray




2.40:1
Amazon



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Oscar
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound
Best Film Editing
Best Art Direction
Best Sound Effects Editing
1981
Harrison Ford
Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones
Karen Allen
Marion Ravenwood
Paul Freeman
René Belloq
Ronald Lacey
Arnold Ernst Toht
John Rhys-Davies
Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir
Alfred Molina
Satipo
(called "Sapito" by Indy)
Wolf Kahler
Colonel Hermann Dietrich
Anthony Higgins
Major Gobler
Denholm Elliott
Marcus Brody
Vic Tablian
Barranca
Monkey Man
Don Fellows
Colonel Musgrove
William Hootkins
Major Eaton
Bill Reimbold
Bureaucrat
Fred Sorenson
Jock Lindsey
Patrick Durkin
Regan, Australian Climber
Matthew Scurfield
Second Nazi
Malcolm Weaver
Ratty Nepalese
Sonny Caldinez
Mean Mongolian
Anthony Chinn
Mohan
Pat Roach
Giant Sherpa
First Mechanic
Christopher Frederick
Otto
Tutte Lemkow
Imam
Ishaq Bux
Omar
Kiran Shah
Abu
Souad Messaoudi
Fayah
Terry Richards
Arab Swordsman
Steve Hanson
German Agent
Frank Marshall
Flying Wing Pilot
Martin Kreidt
Young Soldier
[see note above]
George Harris
Simon Katanga
Eddie Tagoe
Messenger Pirate
John Rees
Sergeant
Tony Vogel
Tall Captain
Ted Grossman
Peruvian Porter
Unknown
Flirtatious Student
(uncredited)
Unknown
Clipper Crewman Greeting Indy
(uncredited)
Dennis Muren
Nazi Spy on Clipper
(uncredited)
Unknown
Climber (uncredited)
Unknown
Climber (uncredited)
Unknown
Climber (uncredited)
Unknown
Second German Agent
(uncredited)
Unknown
Third German Agent
(uncredited)
Unknown
Servant in Belloq's Tent
(uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr.
Flying Wing Mechanic
Stunt Coordinator
Unknown
U-Boat Navigator
(uncredited)
Unknown
U-Boat Officer
(uncredited)
Michael Sheard
U-Boat Captain
(uncredited)
Harry Fielder
German Soldier (uncredited)
Barrie Holland
Archivist (uncredited)
Unknown
Warehouseman (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong
German Soldier
Indy's Stunt Double
Stunts
Peter Brace
Stunts
Gerry Crampton
German Soldier
Stunts
Peter Diamond
German Soldier in Truck
Stunts
Romo Gorrara
German Soldier
Stunts
(as Romo Garrara)
Martin Grace
Stunts
Reg Harding
Officer in Gobler's Car
Stunts
Billy Horrigan
Gobler's Gunner
Stunts
Wendy Leech
Stunts
(as Wendy Leach)
Terry Leonard
German Truck Driver
Stunts
Sergio Mioni
Tough NCO in Truck Chase
Stunts
(as Sergio Mione)
Rocky Taylor
Staff Car Driver
Stunts
Chuck Waters
Stunts
Bill Weston
Stunts
Paul Weston
German Soldier in Truck
Stunts
Nick Gillard
German Soldier
Frank Welker
Monkey (voice)
(uncredited)
Abeer Delta
Bantu Wind
(uncredited)
Pola Churchill
Student

Koosh: Additional Vidcaps
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Chris Survela: Vidcaps
Dave Wright: Revised Screencaps & Notes