• Released
  • June 12, 1981
  • PG , 1 hr 55 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 4,944 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant.

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Premiere

Steven Spielberg turns the pure adventure of Saturday afternoon serials into a solidly entertaining spectacle.
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
An adventure film that plays like an old-time 12-part serial that you see all at once, instead of Saturday-to-Saturday. It's a modern "Thief...
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Dallas Observer

By Luke Y. Thompson
Spielberg can never top this. Period.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Harrison Ford gave one of his most memorable performances as Indiana Jones, a dashing Saturday matinee idol for the modern age.
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ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Has all the right ingredients: a smart script, a likable hero, a dash of romance, more than a touch of comedy, and a lot of fast-paced...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Plays like an anthology of the best parts from all the Saturday matinee serials ever made.
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Variety

Spielberg has deftly veiled proceedings in a sense of mystical wonder that makes it all the more easy for viewers to suspend disbelief and...
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The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.
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TV Guide

Ford's performance is an underrated but remarkable achievement; he succeeds in fully embodying a comic-book style hero without ever...
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The A.V. Club

By Keith Phipps
Finds the right balance between reverence and wit.
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Instant favorite since Sneak Preview

By Gratty
I saw Raiders with a buddy at a sneak preview showing, knowing only what we saw in the black & white, text-only ads (remember newspapers?): "From the creators of Jaws and Star Wars come a new action...

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Rated PG | For Coarse Language and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 11+ Indy's first adventure is a rip-roaring action masterpiece.
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