Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

  • PG
  • 1981
  • 115 min
  • USA
  • action, adventure

Archaeology professor Indiana Jones ventures to seize a biblical artefact known as the Ark of the Covenant. While doing so, he puts up a fight against Renee and a troop of Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan

Stars: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman

Featuring bravura set pieces, sly humor, and white-knuckle action, Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most consummately entertaining adventure pictures of all time.


  • Steven Spielberg
    Steven Spielberg

    Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing...

Main Cast


Producer: Frank Marshall

Editor: Michael Kahn, George Lucas

Casting: Jane Feinberg, Mike Fenton, Mary Selway

Director Of Photography: Douglas Slocombe

Original Music Composer: John Williams

Costume Design: Deborah Nadoolman

Executive Producer: George Lucas, Howard G. Kazanjian

Associate Producer: Robert Watts

Production Design: Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Michael Ford

Sound: Steve Maslow, Bill Varney, Gregg Landaker, Roy Charman

Visual Effects: Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson, Joe Johnston


Source: based on a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman

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

Genres: action, adventure

Certificate: PG

Categories: indiana jones, ark of the covenant, treasure hunt, nazis, egypt, archaeologist, whip, ten commandments, medallion, nepal, adventurer, archaeology professor, cairo, nazi occultism, snake, tomb, desert, archeology, action hero, archeological dig, seaplane, amazon, german submarine


Year: 1981

Runtime: 115 min

Country: USA

Language: English, Spanish, German, Arabic, Nepali

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo

Also Known As

  • I predatori dell'arca perduta (IT)
  • Les aventuriers de l'arche perdue (FR)
  • J├Ąger des verlorenen Schatzes (DE)
  • Los cazadores del arca perdida (AR)
  • En busca del arca perdida (ES)


  • Danielle Solzman (Solzy at the Movies)

    Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark isn't just one of the greatest films of the 1980s but one of the all-time classics.

  • Larry Vitacco (Philadelphia Gay News)

    Raiders is a cliffhanger in every sense of the word; the action and suspense never let up, aided by a clever script and the exhilarating directorial hand of Spielberg.

  • Martin Chilton (Daily Telegraph)

    There is a charm and vitality to Raiders of the Ark, which Spielberg later admitted was "the first movie where I actually shot the movie without thinking".

  • Bruce McCabe (Boston Globe)

    Raiders is an assured, relaxed, impressive work. It's almost impossible to resist. It's no more substantial than cotton candy -- but it's easily the best piece of entertainment Hollywood has produced in 1981.

  • Kate Muir (Times (UK))

    This bullwhip-cracking action-adventure launched the series starring Harrison Ford.