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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)

When we first see Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), he has found a statue in a cave. He removes it from its spot, replacing it with a bag of sand meant to represent the weight of the statue. The statue has been booby-trapped to guard against thieves. Jones doesn't get much time to celebrate his new treasure. He's set off a trap after all -- a boulder comes barreling towards him. Jones makes it out of the cave in the nick of time.

Jones is also a professor in addition to being an archelogist and adventurer. The year is 1936, and the U.S. is concerned about the rise of the Nazis overseas. The Nazis are seeking the Ark of the Covenant, a Biblical artifact. They believe if they possess the Ark, their military will be invincible. Knowing that Jones is an expert on religion and the occult, the U.S. government asks him to find the Ark before the Nazis do.

What follows is a wild adventure that is done up in the style of 1930's movie serials. Maybe that's why my late dad, who grew up during the Great Depression, liked this movie. It has the distinction of being the only movie in color that he liked. Indiana goes from one cliffhanger and narrow escape to the next, assisted by his former girlfriend, a tough woman named Marion (Karen Allen). It is rip-roaring entertainment, one of the best films of it's kind.

Harrison Ford has appeared in many films including the first three Star Wars movies and the big screen remake of the 60's TV show The Fugitive (1993). Karen Allen made her film debut in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), and later appeared alongside Jeff Bridges in Starman (1984). Both Ford and Allen were born in Illinois. Alfred Molina is also in this movie. He was Doc Ock in Spiderman 2 (2004).

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