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Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS. See more »
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Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harrison Ford ... Indy

Karen Allen ... Marion Ravenwood

Paul Freeman ... Dr. René Belloq

Ronald Lacey ... Major Arnold Toht

John Rhys-Davies ... Sallah

Denholm Elliott ... Dr. Marcus Brody

Alfred Molina ... Satipo
Wolf Kahler ... Colonel Dietrich

Anthony Higgins ... Gobler

Vic Tablian ... Barranca / Monkey Man
Don Fellows ... Col. Musgrove

William Hootkins ... Major Eaton
Bill Reimbold ... Bureaucrat
Fred Sorenson ... Jock
Patrick Durkin ... Australian Climber
Matthew Scurfield ... 2nd. Nazi
Malcolm Weaver ... Ratty Nepalese (as Malcom Weaver)
Sonny Caldinez ... Mean Mongolian
Anthony Chinn ... Mohan

Pat Roach ... Giant Sherpa / 1st Mechanic
Christopher Frederick ... Otto

Tutte Lemkow ... Imam
Ishaq Bux ... Omar

Kiran Shah ... Abu
Souad Messaoudi ... Fayah
Terry Richards ... Arab Swordsman
Steve Hanson ... German Agent

Frank Marshall ... Pilot
Martin Kreidt ... Young Soldier

George Harris ... Katanga
Eddie Tagoe ... Messenger Pirate
John Rees ... Sergeant
Tony Vogel ... Tall Captain
Ted Grossman ... Peruvian Porter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vic Armstrong ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Alan Austen ... Soilder (uncredited)
Darin Chambers ... Nazi Supporter (uncredited)

Peter Diamond ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... German (uncredited)

Nick Gillard ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Reg Harding ... German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Barrie Holland ... Archivist (uncredited)
Billy Horrigan ... Gobler's Gunner (uncredited)
Josh.Ag ... The Boulder (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... Driver of German Truck (uncredited)

Rick Lester ... German soldier (uncredited)
Sergio Mioni ... Driver of German Truck (uncredited)

Dennis Muren ... Nazi Spy on the Airplane (uncredited)

Chris Parsons ... Nazi Solder (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... Flying Wing Mechanic (uncredited)

Michael Sheard ... U-Boat Captain (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Frank Welker ... Special Vocal Effects (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay by)

George Lucas (story by) and
Philip Kaufman (story by)

Produced by
Howard G. Kazanjian .... executive producer (as Howard Kazanjian)
George Lucas .... executive producer
Frank Marshall .... producer
Robert Watts .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn 
George Lucas (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Norman Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie Dilley 
 
Set Decoration by
Michael Ford 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Nadoolman 
 
Makeup Department
Mike Lockey .... hairdresser
Patricia McDermott .... chief hairdresser
Richard Mills .... makeup artist (as Dickie Mills)
Tom Smith .... key makeup artist
Chris Walas .... special makeup effects: ILM (as Christopher Walas)
Jim Gillespie .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Patricia Carr .... assistant production manager
Mohamed Ali Cherif .... production supervisor: Tunisia
Dorothy Marchini .... production manager: France
Hassine Soufi .... production manager: Tunisia
Douglas Twiddy .... production supervisor
Robert Watts .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Button .... second assistant director
Patrick Cadell .... second assistant director
Louis G. Friedman .... second assistant director: Peru/Hawaii
Carlos Gil .... first assistant director: second unit (as Carlos Gill)
Michael Hook .... second assistant director: second unit
Vincent Joliet .... first assistant director: France
Naceur Ktari .... first assistant director: Tunisia
Michael D. Moore .... second unit director (as Michael Moore)
David Tomblin .... first assistant director
Frank Marshall .... second unit director (uncredited)
Julian Wall .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Frank Bruton .... property master
Roy Carnon .... sketch artist
Sharon Cartwright .... art department assistant
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer
Kenneth Clarke .... supervising plasterer (as Kenneth Clark)
Ron Cobb .... production artist
Ken Court .... assistant art director
George Djurkovic .... draftsman
John Fenner .... assistant art director
Andrew Garnet-Lawson .... scenic artist
George Gunning .... assistant construction manager
Peter Hancock .... property master: Tunisia
Fred Hole .... assistant art director
Michael Lamont .... assistant art director
Michael Lloyd .... production artist
David Lusby .... chief buyer
Ralph McQuarrie .... illustrator: ILM
Dave Middleton .... construction storeman
David J. Negron .... sketch artist (as David Negron)
Bert Rodwell .... head plasterer
Eric Shirtcliffe .... master painter
Keith Short .... modeller
Hassen Soufi .... assistant art director: Tunisia
Charles Torbett .... property supervisor
Ed Verreaux .... production illustrator
Bob Walker .... decor and lettering artist
Bill Welch .... construction manager
Andy Aitken .... plasterer (uncredited)
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tony Boxall .... art department design work (uncredited)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Taieb Jallouli .... property buyer: Tunisia (uncredited)
Paul James .... plasterer stand-by (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Dave Midson .... dressing prop (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Kent State .... art department (uncredited)
Dave Stevens .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
William Stout .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound effects editor
Ben Burtt .... sound designer
Roy Charman .... production sound
John Dunn .... foley editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... sound effects editor (as Steve H. Flick)
Peter Grives .... apprentice sound editor
Howie Hammerman .... recording technician
Gregg Landaker .... re-recording
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor (as Mark Mangini)
Steve Maslow .... re-recording
Kevin O'Connell .... sound dubbing technician
Andrew Patterson .... dialogue editor (as Andy Patterson)
George Rice .... production sound maintenance
John Salter .... sound boom operator
Curt Schulkey .... supervising dialogue editor
Gary Summers .... sound effects recording
Bill Varney .... re-recording
Eric Whitfield .... assistant dialogue editor
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (uncredited)
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Randy Thom .... sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Chris Condon .... special effects electrician
Roy Coombes .... special effects carpenter
Peter Dawson .... senior effects technician
Yves De Bono .... special effects welder
Rodney Fuller .... effects technician
Ken Gittens .... effects assistant
Terry Glass .... effects engineering
Ray Hanson .... effects assistant
Trevor Neighbour .... effects technician
Terry Schubert .... effects technician
Bill Warrington .... special effects equipment supervisor
Kit West .... mechanical effects supervisor
Michael Dawson .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Amundson .... assistant effects editor: ILM
Charles Bailey .... model maker: ILM (as Charlie Bailey)
Craig Barron .... matte photography assistant: ILM
William Beck .... stage technician: ILM
David Berry .... optical printer operator: ILM
Patricia Blau .... production coordinator: ILM
Mike Bolles .... design engineer: ILM
Marty Brenneis .... electronics engineer: ILM
Kris Brown .... computer engineering: ILM
Conrad Buff IV .... visual effects editorial supervisor: ILM (as Conrad Buff)
Laura Buff .... production accountant: ILM (as Laura Kaysen)
Scott Caple .... animator: ILM
Melissa Cargill .... electronics technician: ILM
Wade Childress .... special projects: ILM
Terry Chostner .... still photographer: ILM
Joe Class .... assistant visual effects editor: ILM
Sam Comstock .... animation supervisor: ILM (as Samuel Comstock)
Dick Dova .... stage technician: ILM
Don Dow .... camera operator: ILM
Loring Doyle .... animator: ILM
Richard Edlund .... visual effects supervisor
Judy Elkins .... animator: ILM
John Ellis .... optical printer operator: ILM
Chrissie England .... administration assistant: ILM
Bob Finley III .... stage technician: ILM (as Bobby Finley III)
Pat Fitzsimmons .... stage technician: ILM (as Patrick Fitzsimmons)
Warren Franklin .... optical line-up: ILM
Dietrich Friesen .... animation supervisor: ILM (as Deitrich Friesen)
Michael Fulmer .... model maker: ILM (as Mike Fulmer)
Steve Gawley .... model maker: ILM
Tim Geideman .... laboratory technician: ILM
Miki Herman .... production associate: ILM
Edward Hirsh .... stage technician: ILM
Paul Huston .... model maker: ILM
Jerry Jeffress .... electronic systems designer: ILM
Joe Johnston .... art director: visual effects, ILM
Ed Jones .... laboratory technician: ILM
David Kakita .... production accountant: ILM
Sylvia Keulen .... animator: ILM
Kim Knowlton .... animator: ILM
Neil Krepela .... matte photography: ILM
Shirley Lee .... production accountant: ILM
Gary Leo .... electronics engineer: ILM
Mike MacKenzie .... electronics engineer: ILM
Alan Maley .... matte painting supervisor: ILM
Scott Marshall .... animator: ILM
Cristi McCarthy .... electronics technician: ILM
Roberto McGrath .... still lab technician: ILM
John McLeod .... stage technician: ILM (as John McCleod)
Ted Moehnke .... supervising stage technician: ILM (as T.E. Moehnke)
Thaine Morris .... pyrotechnics: ILM
Duncan Myers .... laboratory technician: ILM
Bill Neil .... camera operator: ILM
Bruce Nicholson .... optical photography supervisor: ILM
Kerry Nordquist .... still lab technician: ILM
Ease Owyeung .... model maker: ILM
Clint Palmer .... assistant cameraman: ILM
Udo Pampel .... machinist: ILM
Michael Pangrazio .... matte artist: ILM
Lorne Peterson .... modelshop foreman: ILM
Gary Platek .... cloud effects: ILM
Jason Pomerantz .... production supervisor (IMAX Version 2012)
Bruce Richardson .... model maker: ILM
Nilo Rodis-Jamero .... assistant art director: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... optical line-up: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Wesley Seeds .... model maker: ILM
Kenneth Smith .... optical printer operator: ILM
Thomas G. Smith .... production supervisor: ILM (as Thomas Smith)
Howard Stein .... assistant effects editor: ILM
Peter Stolz .... stage technician: ILM
Marc Thorpe .... model maker: ILM
John T. Van Vliet .... animator: ILM (as John Van Vliet)
Mark Vargo .... optical line-up: ILM
Jim Veilleux .... effects cameraman: ILM
Laurie Vermont .... production coordinator: ILM
Garry Waller .... animator: ILM
Gene Whiteman .... equipment engineering supervisor: ILM
Bess Wiley .... electronics technician: ILM (as Bessie Wiley)
Samuel Zolltheis .... model maker: ILM (as Sam Zolltheis)
Chris Crowell .... digital compositor (restored version) (uncredited)
Beth D'Amato .... digital paint and roto lead (restored version) (uncredited)
Rejyna Douglass-Whitman .... damage artist/supervisor: Lowry Digital (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunts
Peter Brace .... stunts
Gerry Crampton .... stunts
Peter Diamond .... stunt arranger
Romo Gorrara .... stunts (as Romo Garrara)
Martin Grace .... stunts
Reg Harding .... stunts
Billy Horrigan .... stunts
Wendy Leech .... stunts (as Wendy Leach)
Terry Leonard .... stunts
Sergio Mioni .... stunts (as Sergio Mione)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Randall)
Rocky Taylor .... stunts
Chuck Waters .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunts
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Mr. Ford/Indiana Jones double #1 (uncredited)
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Martin Grace .... stunt double: Indiana Jones #3 (uncredited)
Richard Graydon .... stunts (uncredited)
Wendy Leech .... stunt double: Karen Allen (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunt double: Indiana Jones #2 (uncredited)
Rick Lester .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Beeson .... additional photography
Alan Brady .... gaffer: Peru/Hawaii
Wally Byatt .... operating cameraman: second unit
Albert Clark .... still photographer
Jerry Dunkley .... operating cameraman: second unit (as Gerry Dunkley)
Martin Evans .... gaffer
Jim Kane .... dolly grip: second unit
Red Lawrence .... head rigger
Colin Manning .... dolly grip
Eamonn O'Keeffe .... second assistant cameraman: second unit
Danny Shelmerdine .... second assistant cameraman
Chris Tanner .... assistant cameraman: second unit
Robin Vidgeon .... assistant cameraman
Chic Waterson .... operating cameraman
David Worley .... operating cameraman: second unit
Wick Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
Ron Herschman .... electrician (uncredited)
Bruce Hill .... ultra high speed photography (uncredited)
Paul Kenward .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ray Meehan .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ian Hickinbotham .... wardrobe assistant
Sue Wain .... wardrobe assistant
Rita Wakely .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Duwayne Dunham .... assistant film editor: ILM
Bruce Green .... assistant film editor
Bob McMillian .... color timer (as Robert McMillian)
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Phil Sanderson .... assistant film editor
Colin Wilson .... assistant film editor
Julie Kahn Zunder .... apprentice film editor
 
Location Management
Abdelkrim Baccar .... location manager: Tunisia
Habib Chaari .... location manager: Tunisia
Bryan Coates .... location manager
Maile Semitokol .... location manager: Peru/Hawaii
 
Music Department
Carl Fortina .... orchestra contractor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator
Eric Tomlinson .... music recordist
Kenneth Wannberg .... supervising music editor
Don Williams .... musician: xylophone
Jerry Williams .... musician: percussion
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain: Peru/Hawaii
John Ott .... camera car driver (uncredited)
Terry Pritchard .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Simon Atherton .... armorer
Jane Bay .... assistant: Mr. Lucas
Tarak Ben Ammar .... production coordinator: Tunisia
Arthur Carroll .... production accountant
Gilly Case .... production assistant (as Gill Case)
Martin Casella .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg (as Marty Casella)
Junior Charles .... production assistant: France
Michael Culling .... animal handler
Jack Dearlove .... stand-in: Mr. Ford
Jed Edge .... animal handler
Steve Edge .... animal handler
Deborah Fine .... researcher
Barbara Harley .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Felicity Hodder .... doctor (as Dr. Felicity Hodder)
Maggie Jones .... continuity: second unit
Laura Kenmore .... assistant: Mr. Kazanjian
Kathleen Kennedy .... associate to Mr. Spielberg
Michael Larkins .... assistant accountant
Pamela Mann .... continuity
Hassam Moossun .... doctor: second unit (as Dr. Hassam Moossun)
J. Daniel Nichols .... production coordinator: Peru/Hawaii (as Dan Nichols)
Daniel Parker .... production assistant
Stefano Priori .... location accountant
Stella Quef .... accountant: France
Bonne Radford .... accountant: Peru/Hawaii
Derek Robbins .... unit publicist
Patty Rumph .... assistant: Mr. Marshall
Ridha Turki .... accountant: Tunisia (as Ridna Turki)
Michael Bay .... production intern (uncredited)
Xavier Legris .... office production assistant (uncredited)
Jim Steranko .... original illustrations (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" - International (English title) (DVD title), South Africa (English title) (DVD box title), USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
115 min
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2000) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Chile:14 | Colombia:12 | Finland:K-11 (2008) | Finland:K-16 (1981) | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Hungary:12 | Iceland:12 | India:U (cut) | India:A (uncut) | Ireland:PG | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:G (2013) | Mexico:A | Netherlands:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
WILHELM SCREAM: as one of the German soldiers falls out the back of the truck Indiana Jones is driving.

Also, when Indiana Jones is hit with the mirror that Marion flips over while they're on the ship.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Indy flies from Nepal to Cairo on-board a Douglas DC-3 which makes stopovers at Karachi (Pakistan - part of India in 1936), Baghdad (Iraq) and finally arriving in Cairo. With the exception of the Baghdad-Cairo stretch (about 800 miles), all of these flight stretches (which range from 1200-1500 miles) are way too long for the DC-3's maximum range of approximately 1000 miles.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Satipo:[picking up poison dart] The Hovitos are near. The poison is still fresh, three days. They're following us.
Barranca:If they knew we were here, they would've killed us already.
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Soundtrack:
I am the Monarch of the SeaSee more »

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262 out of 370 people found the following review useful.
There will never be another film like Raiders, 9 July 1999
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

It is a hot sunny day in South America. We see a bunch of men, shot mostly from the back. They are walking deep into the forest. We see a tall dark figure. He is wearing an old leather jacket, he has the 5 o'clock shadow looking like it's closer to midnight, he wears a fedora and he carries a bull-whip ( yes a bull-whip ). Finally, two of the men enter a cave and we hear about some guy named Forstall, who was good, very, very good, but he never came out of the place alive. But they enter anyway. They are confronted with tarantulas, spears that are triggered by blocking out the light, a pit that they must swing over and then more tiny poisonous darts that come out of the wall. All this to protect an ancient gold statue. They recover it. One guy dies and the other barely makes it out of the room before it all falls on him. Then he has to get out of the cave and a giant boulder chases him. Finally he makes it out of the cave only to be surrounded by Hovitos and his arch enemy named Belloq. He takes the gold statue that this guy worked so hard for and then the guy runs and makes it to the plane where he is in the passenger seat and there is big snake in the plane. He hates snakes. This mans name? Indiana Jones!

Whhhoooooo!! I'm left breathless just describing that opening. But is there a better beginning of a movie ever? Absolutely not. Does the beginning have anything to do with the rest of the film. No. It is all decoration for what the movie is going to put you through in the 90 minutes to come.

Indiana Jones is the best character to ever hit the screens. And he better be. He is created by George, Steven and played by Harrison Ford. That may seem normal now that we have lived with him for 20 years, but can you imagine what that must have been like back in 1981. That would be like Tom Hanks or Will Smith joining forces with James Cameron and Steven Spielberg for a completely original idea in today's terms.

Raiders took a simple idea and maybe an idea that the guys had from watching Saturday afternoon movies and made it larger than life. This film never stops for you to take your breath. It is filled with rich characters from Indy himself to Marion to Belloq and even to Marcus Brody. Each has their own personality that shines through in certain scenes. Some of my faves were when we first meet Marion having a shot contest in her bar in Nepal. Then there is her scene with Belloq and they get drunk together and she tries to leave using only a butter knife. And of course who can forget Indy's battle with the swordsman and his unrivaled determination to get the ark. " Indy, there is not time. If you still want the truck it is being loaded on a truck for Cairo. " ( a battered and bloody Indy ) " Truck? What truck?" ( and then later ) "Get some transport back to England, boat, plane, anything. Meet me at Omar's. I'm going after that truck. "

Sola ) " How? " ( Indy ) I don't know I'm making this up as I go."

Raiders has more energy than three action films. And that is what makes it the classic that it is. If you like movies, then Raiders is a movie that will not let you down. It is pure entertainment and that is indisputable. It finds the youngster in all of us and bombards us with this silly, whip-cracking, average, incredibly determined archaeologist and only asks us to have fun. And that we do. And to me, the only reason that Chariots of Fire won best picture that year is because it is a serious film. Raiders was heads and shoulders above Chariots and it should have cleaned up at the Oscars in 81. But more politics with the academy.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is the epitome of entertainment. What more can be said about it. If you haven't seen this movie in a while or if you haven't seen it at all ( gasp ) then do yourself a favour and rent it tonight. It is awesome.

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