Throughout the first Indiana Jones movie ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, both good and bad guys are on the hunt for the Ark of the Covenant, a Jewish religious artifact of significant value. The Nazis want it because Hitler loves the occult, whereas Indiana wants it to preserve it and keep it away from cruelly prying hands.

Towards the end of the movie (spoilers), Indy and Marion are bound to a post and forced to observe the Nazis opening the Ark of the Covenant. But opening the Ark turns out to be a bad idea for the Nazis, who are attacked and destroyed by the spirits contained within. The death scenes are almost cartoonishly gory with faces melting off and heads exploding.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Lawrence Kasdan from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. The film stars Harrison Ford as archaeologist Indiana Jones, who battles a group of Nazis searching for the Ark of the Covenant. It co-stars Karen Allen as Indiana’s former lover, Marion Ravenwood; Paul Freeman as Indiana’s rival, French archaeologist René Belloq; John Rhys-Davies as Indiana’s sidekick, Sallah; Ronald Lacey as Gestapo agent Arnold Toht; and Denholm Elliott as Indiana’s colleague, Marcus Brody.

Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

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Movie

7.5/10

The Reveal of the Ark of the Covenant

6.5/10

Overall

7.0/10

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  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the original "popcorn summer blockbusters." It has it all, action, romance, comedy, giant boulders and occult seeking Nazis.