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Raiders of the Lost Ark

31 years ago today, (June 23, 1980) filming started in the seas off the French town of La Rochelle of what would become one of the greatest movie successes in history. Who doesn’t know this story by now?  

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) leads a double life as a professor of archaeology and a globetrotting adventurer. He hears about an archaeological dig for the ark of the covenant, which contains the original Ten Commandments and divine power. Indy heads off to Nepal to locate Marion (Karen Allen), who owns a vital clue to finding its resting-place. Fellow archeologist René Belloq (Paul Freeman), has been hired by the Nazis to find the Ark, so it is up to Jones, to get to it first. Working in the shadow of the German excavation, they locate the ark but lose it to Belloq. So now Indy and Marion have to stop the Nazis. But if they can, what will they find inside the Ark- divine enlightenment or divine retribution?

No review, it’s 5 stars anyway, instead here’s some Raiders trivia:  

In 1982, it was nominated for 8 and won 4 Academy awards; winning for Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects. Nominated for Best Picture, Best Director – Steven Spielberg, Best Original Score – John Williams and Best Cinematography.

Indiana Jones was named for George Lucas’ malamute dog Indiana.

Harrison Ford was actually dragged behind the truck for close ups. When asked if he was worried, Ford said: “No. If it really was dangerous, they would have filmed more of the movie first.”

Indiana Jones’s kangaroo-hide bullwhip was sold in December, 1999 at Christie’s auction house in London for $43,000

Tom Selleck was Spielberg’s first choice, but the studio was could not break up the contract Selleck had for his television series Magnum P.I. Thank God for that last intervention..!

…and the movie is called ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ NOT ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’… ridiculous.

5 responses

  1. 2nd greatest movie of all time.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    • The greatest being..?

      June 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

  2. Tom Selleck !!?! THANK GOD that didn’t happen! Did you know that Sissi Spacek auditioned for the Princess Leia role!?

    June 23, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    • I like Sissy Spacek but she’s no Princess Leia.

      June 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

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