Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Updated: Oct 15, 2022
Plot Summary: Epic tale in which an intrepid archaeologist tries to beat a band of Nazis to a unique religious relic which is central to their plans for world domination. Battling against a snake phobia and a vengeful ex-girlfriend, Indiana Jones is in constant peril, making hair's-breadth escapes at every turn in this celebration of the innocent adventure movies of an earlier era.
The Stanley Rubric:
Audience Score: 9.6
*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, and Original Score; Won for Best Art Direction, Film Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Visual Effects; AFI #60/66
Best Performance: Harrison Ford
Best Scene: Opening sequence
Belloq: Jones, do you realize what the Ark is? It's a transmitter! It's a radio for speaking to God, and it's within my reach!
Jones: You wanna talk to God? Let's go see Him together. I've got nothing better to do.
Most Indelible Moment: Opening the Ark