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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:

Legacy: 6.5

Significance/Impact: 6

Novelty: 9

Rewatchability: 9.25

Classic-ness: 8

Audience Score: 9.6

Total: 48.35

*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

Best Line:

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

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