Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Denholm Elliott, Ronald Lacey, Paul Freeman


Between the wars an intrepid archaeologist fights to keep the legendary sacred Jewish artefact out of the hands of his French competitor and the Nazis.

The Review

Hot-footed, impeccably dovetailed sequence of Saturday morning serial situations, given the kind of professional handling they had never dreamt of. It created a new hero for the blockbuster-hungry eighties, and injected a new, bloodier, dose of violence into 'family' entertainment. (The kind of effect which had earned Scanners an 'X' certificate only two years before was no bar to the 'A' granted here.)