Rolling Stone

Raiders of the Lost Ark



Meet Indiana Jones, globe-trotting college professor, star archeologi­st, and hater of snakes. Steven Spielberg and George Lucas’ whip-cracking treasure hunter is a throwback to the heroes of 1930s serials, and the first of their Jones movies feels like a series of cliffhange­rs: Will Indy get out of that cave alive? How will he avoid being crushed by a rolling boulder? Can he rescue Marion Ravenwood and the ark of the covenant from the Nazis? The chase scene in which Harrison Ford hangs off the front of a moving truck remains the epitome of Eightiesmo­vie derring-do.

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