Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Way Back Wednesday - Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark - also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - is a 1981 action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford (a strong trio for successful movies). It is the first film in the Indiana Jones franchise and my favorite of the 4 movies. Raiders was the top grossing film of 1981.

In Raiders, Indiana Jones (played by Ford) is up against the Nazis, who search for the Ark of the Covenant, in an attempt to make their army invincible. The film, Karen Allen played Indiana's former lover Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman played Indiana's nemesis, French archaeologist René Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana's sidekick, Sallah; and Denholm Elliott as Indiana's colleague, Marcus Brody.

From IMDB:
The year is 1936. A professor who studies archeology named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles in South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap doing so, miraculously, he escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.

Favorite quotes:

Indiana: Here, take this,
[hands Marion a torch]
Indiana: Wave it at anything that slithers.
Marion: The whole place is slitherin'!

Maj. Eaton: [sees a picture of the Ark with rays of power coming out of it] Good God!
Brody: Yes, that's what the Hebrews thought.

Satipo: Let us hurry. There is nothing to fear here.
Indiana: That's what scares me.

Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage.

Indiana: You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do.

[Upon opening the Well of the Souls and peering down into it]
Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move?
Indiana: Give me your torch.
[Sallah does, and Indy drops it in]
Indiana: Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?
Sallah: Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

Indiana: Meet me at Omar's. Be ready for me. I'm going after that truck.
Sallah: How?
Indiana: I don't know, I'm making this up as I go.

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