With a hat and a whip, Harrison Ford sets off as Indiana Jones on the hunt for the ark of the covenant in the block buster Raiders of the Lost Ark. But the Nazis are also looking for the magical artifact.
The archaeology professor and adventurer Dr. Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones (Harrison Ford) is returning from a trip to Peru when he is visited by two American intelligence agents. Indy is supposed to do an extraordinary and dangerous assignment for the US government: nothing less than the legendary Ark of the Covenant is to be saved by Indiana Jones. Time does not seem to be on his side, as the Nazis also have a great interest in the ark, if it has some legendary powers that could also be used as a weapon. With the help of Marion ( Karen Allen ) and Sallah ( John Rhys-Davies ), he has to trick the Nazis to give up the coveted ark.
Background & information Raiders of the lost Ark is the first part of the Indiana Jones series produced by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas . Today, this is one of the most commercially successful films of all time, earning a total of $ 390 million at the box office with a budget of 18 million dollars. The idea came to both during a vacation in Hawaii. Lucas had long ago the idea of a hero named Indiana Smith, while Steven Spielberg dreamed of making a James Bond movie. The result was a ‘James Bond without electronics’. The rolling rock and the deadly traps are inspired by a different hero: they go back to cartoons.
In the Oscars, Raiders of the Lost Ark was a complete success: nominated for a total of nine Oscars, the film won Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Effects categories. Steven Spielberg, unfortunately, passed over for his nomination in the Best Director category as was George Lucas in the category of Best Picture. Also the Oscar was dominated by the world-famous soundtrack of John Williams and the cinematography of Douglas Slocombe .