Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981 film by Steven Spielberg

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.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Directed bySteven Spielberg
Produced byFrank Marshall
Screenplay byLawrence Kasdan
Story by
Music byJohn Williams
CinematographyDouglas Slocombe
Edited byMichael Kahn
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 1981 (1981-06-12) (United States)
Running time
115 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$18 million[2]
Box office$389.9 million[2]

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).

Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 12 June 1981
  Soviet Union 15 June 1981
  Argentina 16 July 1981
  United Kingdom 30 July 1981
  Ireland 7 August 1981
  Sweden 7 August 1981
  Netherlands 13 August 1981
  Australia 14 August 1981
  France 16 September 1981
  Spain 5 October 1981
  Portugal 9 October 1981
  Norway 10 October 1981
  Italy 22 October 1981
  West Germany 29 October 1981
  South Africa 27 November 1981
  Japan 5 December 1981
  India 10 December 1981
  Malaysia 12 December 1981
  Finland 18 December 1981
  Greece 18 December 1981
  Israel 18 December 1981
  Brazil 25 December 1981
  Colombia 25 December 1981
  Egypt 25 December 1981
  Peru 25 December 1981
  Singapore 25 December 1981
  Uruguay 25 December 1981
  Lebanon 28 December 1981
  Denmark 15 January 1982
  Hong Kong 21 January 1982
  South Korea 27 February 1982
  Thailand 25 June 1982
  Turkey 24 January 1983
  Poland January 1984
  Czechoslovakia 23 July 1985
  Hungary 24 October 1985
  East Germany 15 November 1987
  Pakistan 10 December 1987
  China 11 December 1987
  Vietnam 25 December 2009



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.

Other websitesEdit


  1. "RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (A)". British Board of Film Classification. June 2, 1981. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 9, 2007.