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Rating: 9 stars

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Seen on: 06/30/2020, 06/30/2016, 03/28/2013 (rewatch)

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Action | Adventure

Most recently watched by CaptainBigTime, sleestakk, lordofthemovies, sensoria, CaptainBigTime, sleestakk, sensoria, sensoria, schofizzy, Javitron

Overview

When Dr. Indiana Jones – the tweed-suited professor who just happens to be a celebrated archaeologist – is hired by the government to locate the legendary Ark of the Covenant, he finds himself up against the entire Nazi regime.

Rated PG | Length 115 minutes

Actors

Harrison Ford | Karen Allen | Paul Freeman | Ronald Lacey | John Rhys-Davies | Denholm Elliott | Alfred Molina | Wolf Kahler | Anthony Higgins | Vic Tablian | Don Fellows | William Hootkins | Frank Marshall | George Harris | Dennis Muren | Kiran Shah | Nick Gillard | Ted Grossman | Glenn Randall Jr. | Pat Roach | Vic Armstrong | Frank Welker | Terry Leonard | Tony Vogel | Rocky Taylor | Peter Diamond | Eddie Tagoe | Michael Sheard | Matthew Scurfield | John Rees | Harry Fielder | Sergio Mioni | Anthony Chinn | Ishaq Bux | Terry Richards | Sonny Caldinez | Tutte Lemkow | Reg Harding | Rick Lester | Bill Reimbold | Fred Sorenson | Patrick Durkin | Malcolm Weaver | Christopher Frederick | Souad Messaoudi | Steve Hanson | Martin Kreidt | Romo Gorrara | Barrie Holland | Billy Horrigan

Viewing Notes

Initially wasn’t going to see this on the big screen until I realized that I haven’t seen this in the theater since it was released! Besides me there are 3 other ppl here.
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There’s been a few rep screenings in recent years but none that have worked out for me so I’m glad to have this opportunity. I may have only logged it 3x here but I’ve seen this movie a bunch more than that. This time I noticed new things like the wilhem scream is during the truck sequence towards the end. The clicking glass sound from when Marian throws down the ice is so loud! It was a foley mistake they never corrected. Seeing Toht’s dummy in the car bc he was sick that day is so obvious now!

The foley sound FX are so exaggerated esp for the gunshots and particularly Indy’s pistol. It sounds very heavy gauge and almost like a shotgun. The score really stood out on this viewing, perhaps bc I actually had really great audio in the cinema. There are three different pieces that are reworks of Williams’ Star Wars. Really wild to notice that.

One of the big reasons why I haven’t revisited the Indiana Jones films very much or at all is bc I have both LEGO games they made based on the films. I’ve played both so many times for two different systems that the stories and scenes from these films are so engrained in my head from attempting to complete them 100 percent, which requires multiple play-thrus. So watching the movies I’m constantly seeing those moments as I played them in the games. It’s weird!!

Anyways, this was awesome to see big and remains one of the most entertaining movies of all time. Just moves so briskly setpiece to setpiece. I forgot how violent and scary it is but I love it as a gateway to more intense action adventure. And Karen Allen is just amazing, talented and gorgeous. She should’ve been a huge star. I really love this movie.

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