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Here's the original 1981 theatrical trailer for Raiders of The Lost Ark
I love a good adventure movie (what boy - or
grown-up man - doesn't) and the Indiana
Jones movies are right up my street! Actually,
there are many girls and grown-up women who
like these films too! I know my Mum does, and
my aunty Marge - though they hate the snake
and rat bits!
There's something about the East that attracts
me too, which probably has to do with the
sunshine and the spectacular ancient ruins that
grace many a landscape - particularly Egypt and
the Middle East.
There's also something about hunting for
archaeological treasures that is quite fascinating
- being a Sherlock Holmes of archaeology. In
fact, studying the Bible requires a bit of
detective work, putting the pieces together - its
treasures are infinite!
I think Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) has
become such a classic adventure film with
universal appeal for a number of reasons, not
least because Steven Spielberg and George
Lucas were at the helm! One reason is due to
the tongue-in-cheek impossible situations that
Indy finds himself in, battling the villains and
ancient booby-traps - and inevitably escaping
from them all.
With great action, a little bit of romance, good
overcoming evil; along with some humour, great
characters & good locations - not to mention
another memorable musical score from John
Williams - Raiders of the Lost Ark is a thoroughly
enjoyable action adventure movie.
Nevertheless, leaving aside the
entertainment value, one of the main reasons
as to why I like this particular Indy movie is
its theme of the Ark of the Covenant. The
Ark (or Coffer) was a very important part of
the ancient worship of Yahweh, the God of
Israel, in the Tabernacle and in the later
Temple, the Ark having been originally made
by the Israelites in the time of Moses.
Even though the film mixes elements of
biblical truth with superstitious legend and
Egyptian mythology, it still focuses on the
Ark as a symbol of God's power and presence
- although the overall impression that the film
leaves you with is that the power of the Ark
is somewhat magical rather than Divine. The
downside to this is that the Ark and its
'power' is placed in the realm of pure fantasy
and myth, rather than being presented as
Of course, the supernatural aspects of the
biblical account cannot be scientifically
verified, so some would automatically say
that these 'miraculous' aspects of the biblical
story are therefore in the realm of myth
anyhow. Only by faith can we believe in such
This mixing of fiction and fact has become
very popular in recent years in such works as
The Da Vinci Code and others. Historical fact
is fused with fiction to produce a compelling
story - and sometimes even the 'facts' in
these novels are not very accurate! It all
makes for a good read though.
Hit Play to listen to the classic Indy theme tune
• the discovery and opening of the snake-infested tomb, which had been 'holding' the Ark for so long -
accompanied by lots of thunder - followed by Indy's battle with the snakes after being shut in!
• the part where Belloq says to Indy: "We are simply passing through history. This (pointing at the Ark)..this
• & the 'divine' burning of the Nazi swastika on the wooden crate holding the Ark
Going back to the movie, I love the powerful ending, where 'destroying spirits' and the heavenly 'power of God'
wipe out the Nazi army and the villain Belloq, who at the time was impersonating the role of the Chief Priest of
There are many memorable moments for me in this film, but here are just a few that are somewhat significant,
By the way, to really appreciate films like this one, ideally they need to be seen in widescreen!