Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Raiders of the Lost Ark

1981 American Action-Adventure Film

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan

Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe

Running time: 115 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.

Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones
Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood
Paul Freeman as Dr. René Belloq
Ronald Lacey as Major Arnold Toht
John Rhys-Davies as Sallah
Denholm Elliott as Dr. Marcus Brody
Wolf Kahler as Colonel Dietrich
Alfred Molina as Satipo
Vic Tablian as Barranca and the Monkey Man

Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

  1. Oscar- Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley & Michael Ford- Academy Awards, USA
  2. Oscar- Best Effects, Visual Effects Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson & Joe Johnston- Academy Awards, USA
  3. Oscar- Best Film Editing Michael Kahn- Academy Awards, USA
  4. Oscar- Best Sound Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker & Roy Charman- Academy Awards, USA
  5. Special Achievement Award-Ben Burtt & Richard L. Anderson For sound effects editing- Academy Awards, USA
  6. Saturn Award- Best DVD Collection Also for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). For "The Adventures of Indiana Jones DVD Collection".- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  7. Saturn Award- Best Actor Harrison Ford- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  8. Saturn Award- Best Actress Karen Allen- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  9. Saturn Award- Best Director Steven Spielberg- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  10. Saturn Award- Best Fantasy Film- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  11. Saturn Award- Best Music John Williams- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  12. Saturn Award- Best Special Effects Richard Edlund- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  13. Saturn Award- Best Writing Lawrence Kasdan- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  14. Eddie-Best Edited Feature Film Michael Kahn-American Cinema Editors, USA
  15. Marquee-Best Director Steven Spielberg-American Movie Awards
  16. Marquee-Best Film-American Movie Awards
  17. Marquee-Best Screenplay-American Movie Awards
  18. BAFTA Film Award-Best Production Design/Art Direction Norman Reynolds-BAFTA Awards
  19. BSFC Award-Best Director Steven Spielberg-Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
  20. Grammy-Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special John Williams-Grammy Awards
  21. Hugo-Best Dramatic Presentation-Hugo Awards
  22. KCFCC Award-Best Film-Kansas City Film
    Critics Circle
  23. Readers' Choice Award-Best Foreign Language Film Steven Spielberg-Kinema Junpo Awards
  24. Golden Reel Award-Best Sound Editing/Dialogue unknown-Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
  25. Golden Reel Award-Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects unknown-Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
  26. National Film Registry-National Film Preservation Board, USA
  27. People's Choice Award-Favorite Motion Picture-People's Choice Awards, USA
  28. Young Artist Award-Best Motion Picture - Family Enjoyment-Young Artist Awards

The opening scene in the lost South American temple is partly based on a classic Disney Ducks adventure written by the legendary artist Carl Barks, many of whose comic books have inspired George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Exploring a lost temple, Donald Duck, his nephews, and Scrooge McDuck must evade a succession of booby traps, like flying darts, a decapitating blade, a huge boulder, a tunnel flooded with a torrent of gushing water, etc., in the story "The Prize of Pizarro" ("Uncle $crooge" no. 26, June-August 1959), which hit the newsstands when Lucas and Spielberg, both avowed fans of that comic book, were respectively 15 and 12 years old. Another Barks story, "The Seven Cities of Cibola" ("Uncle $crooge" no. 7, September 1954), has a Native American lost city and a valuable idol that triggers a giant round rock to smash everything in its way.


5 stars out of 5 stars

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