RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
The video clip features the original trailer for Raiders of the Lost Ark, an exciting action adventure movie that became a summer blockbuster back in 1981. Set in 1936 in the jungles of South America, Indiana Jones is on a mission (set by the U.S. Government) to find the Ark of the Covenant, before the Nazi's can get their evil mitts on it.
Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas, this was one of the highest-grossing movies ever made, earning $390 million. Released on June 12th 1981, it quickly became the most profitable and most popular film of 1981.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark was the start of a whole series of movies based on Indiana Jones. 1984 saw the release of The Temple Of Doom which was the third most profitable movie of the year, and in 1989 Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade was beaten to the top spot by Batman. However, the original Raiders Of The Lost Ark film is considered to be the best of the series by both critics and fans.
Release Date: June 12, 1981
Screenplay Writer: Lawrence Kasdan
Story by: George Lucas and Philip Haufman
Producer: Frank Marshall
Music: John Williams
Production Company: Lucasfilm Ltd.
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Indiana Jones - Harrison Ford
Marion Ravenwood - Karen Allen
René Belloq - Paul Freeman
Major Arnold Tohy - Ronald Lacey
Sallah - John Rhys-Davies
Marcus Brody - Denholm Elliot
This clip will show you how to succeed in the Raiders of the Lost Ark video game on the Atari 2600 - better late than never, I suppose!
Originally released in November 1982 and designed by Howard Scott Warshaw, the game required the use of two controllers. As mentioned, the reviews were very average and it was generally accepted that the game didn't really live up to the hype surrounding it, with Electronic Games magazines describing it as "inferior to Pitfall".