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Release Date:
12 June 1981 (USA) See more »
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Indiana Jones - the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS. See more »
Plot:
Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 27 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)
Darin Chambers ... Nazi Supporter (uncredited)
Peter Diamond ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... German (uncredited)

Nick Gillard ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Barrie Holland ... Archivist (uncredited)
Terry Leonard ... Driver of German Truck (uncredited)
Sergio Mioni ... Driver of German Truck (uncredited)

Dennis Muren ... Nazi Spy on the Airplane (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. ... Flying Wing Mechanic (uncredited)
Rocky Taylor ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Frank Welker ... Special Vocal Effects (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Lawrence Kasdan (screenplay)

George Lucas (story) and
Philip Kaufman (story)

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
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)
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Taieb Jallouli .... property buyer: Tunisia (uncredited)
Paul James .... plasterer stand-by (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 .... sound recording technician
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... sound effects editor (as Mark Mangini)
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recordist
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 recordist
Bill Varney .... sound re-recordist
Eric Whitfield .... assistant dialogue editor
Alan Howarth .... special sound effects (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (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)
 
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)
 
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
 
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)
 
Transportation Department
Harry Ueshiro .... transportation captain: Peru/Hawaii
John Ott .... camera car driver (uncredited)
Terry Pritchard .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Simon Atherton .... armorer
Abdelkrim Baccar .... location manager: Tunisia
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)
Habib Chaari .... loaction manager: Tunisia
Junior Charles .... production assistant: France
Bryan Coates .... location manager
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)
Dan Nichols .... production coordinator: Peru/Hawaii
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
Maile Semitokol .... location manager: Peru/Hawaii
Ridha Turki .... accountant: Tunisia (as Ridna Turki)
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
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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:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-11 (2008) | Finland:K-16 (1981) | France:U | Germany:16 | Iceland:12 | India:U (cut) | India:A (uncut) | Israel:PG | Italy:T | Japan:G (2013) | 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:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2004) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG (edited for re-rating) (certificate #26345) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Shooting in Tunisia proved to be so stressful and so hot that Steven Spielberg managed to compress a six-week shoot into four-and-a-half weeks. This helped the production complete principal photography 12 days ahead of schedule.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The heavyset Army Intelligence agent that visits Indy at the university is wearing a late-'70s/early-'80s double-knit polyester suit which in no way resembles anything worn by men in the 1930s.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cerberus (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Raiders MarchSee more »

FAQ

What is the golden head at the beginning?
What is 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' about?
Why would Hitler, a notorious anti-Semite, want a Jewish artifact like the Ark?
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143 out of 192 people found the following review useful.
A blockbuster how it was meant to be, 6 December 2004
Author: belzebuebchen (brogan@gmx.net) from Berlin

Nowadays we keep forgetting how beautiful blockbusters can be. Too much CGI makes everything possible and therefore very often also arbitrary. In Raiders you actually seem to feel the physical pain some of the actors/stuntmen had to go through to provide 2 hours of pure entertainment.

Of course the story isn't waterproof, the Nazi weren't that present in Egypt in 1936 and how did Indy survive that ride on the submarine again? But lots of good and variable action scenes are accompanied by a story that develops fast and excitingly and is always close to being implausible but luckily never is.

Spielberg, Lucas and most of all Harrison Ford created a hero that is nowadays iconic. With their attempt to make an homage to adventure comics of the 1930's they created their own legend.

It's funny, exiting, thrilling and romantic. What more can you ask for?

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