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Raiders of the Lost Ark
aka: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
 
Runtime: 115 min.
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Paramount Pictures presents
a Lucasfilm LTD. production.

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Story by: George Lucas & Philip Kaufman
Screenplay by: Lawrence Kasdan
Executive Producers: George Lucas & Howard G. Kazanjian
Produced by: Frank Marshall

Starring:
Harrison Ford .... Indiana Jones
Karen Allen .... Marion Ravenwood
Paul Freeman .... Dr. Rene Belloq
Ronald Lacey .... Major Toht
John Rhys-Davies .... Sallah
Denholm Elliott .... Dr. Marcus Brody

The Making ofDeleted ScenesFilm Trivia
 

The swashbuckling archaeologist idea first came to George Lucas. He created the Indiana Jones action hero inspired by the Saturday afternoon serial adventure movies he used to watch in his youth. Lucas worked on the concept together with writer and director Philip Kaufman, who introduced the Ark of the Covenant as the story's engine. In the end Lucas decided to put the project on the shelf and make Star Wars instead.

It wasn't until Star Wars was released, and lying with his friend Steven Spielberg on a Hawaiian beach, that George Lucas mentioned his old idea. Spielberg always wanted to make a "James Bond like" film and saw this as the perfect opportunity. They put Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan to work on the screenplay.

Spielberg and his crew shot Raiders of the Lost Ark in 73 days on a budget of $18 million, filming the desert sequences in Tunisia in 130-degree heat. Some 80% of the film was storyboarded beforehand, with 60 percent of that shot as envisioned. The other 40% was "made up as they went along".

Raiders of the Lost Ark was released on June 12, 1981 and quickly made the record books with a domestic box-office of more than $242 million and a worldwide box-office of approximately $384 million.

 
Production Dates:
Pre-production:
April 1980 - June 1980
Principal photography:
Start: 23 June 1980
End: September 1980
Release date:
12 June 1981 (USA)
Business:
Budget:
$18,000,000 (estimated)
Gross:
$242,374,454 (USA)
$141,766,000 (Foreign)
= $384,140,454 (Worldwide)

 

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