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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Discussion in 'Lucasfilm Ltd. In-Depth Discussion' started by Binary Sunset, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. darthfettus2015

    darthfettus2015 Jedi Master star 4

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    It's so good and maybe Williams finest score
     
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  2. AndyLGR

    AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Agreed.
     
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  3. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    it's the perfect movie. Such incredible talent behind the camera at the height of their powers. Should have swept the Oscars. Chariots of Fire won best picture that year. :rolleyes: Was nominated for best picture, which is rare for that type of film. That and Jaws are Spielberg's best imo. Marion's theme moves me to tears.
     
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  4. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Came in about halfway through here (forgot it was on).
     
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  5. darthfettus2015

    darthfettus2015 Jedi Master star 4

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    Indy and star wars are basically Saturday morning serials...just brilliant
     
  6. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    One thing I never got about Raiders is this...

    The old man in Cairo reads the inscription from the Headpiece to the Staff of Ra and declares it to be "Around six kadam(?) high" to which Sallah confirms "About seventy two inches" or six feet.

    "But, take back one kadam to honour the hebrew God whose ark this is"

    So is that five feet? Just how small is Indy? lol

    [​IMG]

    It looks like Indy added an extra foot to make a seven-foot long staff, but that contradicts the revelation that "Belloq's staff is too long, they're digging in the wrong place"
     
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  7. Django Fett

    Django Fett Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Have you added the height of the headpiece and the raised bit of the floor?
     
  8. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Sorry I took so long to answer this, I’ve been on forum furlough.

    If you look at the photo (and movie) Indy is stood on that plinth with the hieroglyph markings and hole into which he slots the staff. I think Harrison is (or was) around six foot in height, so that staff, not including the headpiece, is around seven foot in length.

    Just one of those movie details that doesn’t make sense.
     
  9. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    For UK folks BBC1 will be running this on Good Friday from 640 PM-830 PM.
     
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  10. christophero30

    christophero30 Chosen One star 8

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    A perfect movie. Saw it about 15 times in the theater.
     
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  11. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Looks like they are running through them for Easter weekend - TOD is on next Saturday starting at 625 PM. That's as far as the Sky Guide goes at this point.
     
  12. someoneinpassing

    someoneinpassing Jedi Knight star 2

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    Other than ESB, Raiders is the only movie that is even arguably in the conversation as my favorite movie of all time. ESB and Raiders are 1 and 1A in my book (or the other way around, or maybe it's a tie).

    Like ESB, the pacing of Raiders is perfect. Iconic action sets combined with pitch perfect dialogue and quieter moments.

    "I said I'm sorry."
    "Well say it again!"
    "Sorry."

    What a great movie. Endlessly rewatchable, just like ESB.
     
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  13. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Agreed. Raiders of the Lost Ark defines the “perfect movie” to me. Talk about lightning in a bottle.

    It is the culmination of a perfect concept, story, characters, cast, director, pacing, musical score...everything. It is equalled only by the movie that I consider its sister piece, the tonally different but equally fantastic Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

    It is genius how it sets up its premise and main character in the first ten minutes, in what is surely one the best openings to a movie, period, but which also feels like the end to some previous unseen instalment. That opening is so ingrained in pop culture now, the traps and rolling stone ball, but it feels so original, even if it is a homage.
     
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  14. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Carrying on from the films being run for Easter here in the UK, Last Crusade will start earlier on BBC1 on Sunday - 435 PM. And Crystal Skull will start at 640 PM on Easter Monday.
     
  15. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Whenever I see my childhood pal I say to him

    "And the museum? The museum gets the Ark when we're finished?"
    To which he replies of course
    "Oh....Yes!!"
    We then do the wide-eyed double grin and then shake hands furiously.
     
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  16. AEHoward33

    AEHoward33 Jedi Master star 4

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    "Raiders" is a great adventure film, but it had its flaws.
     
  17. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    [​IMG]

    Uh huh? Name one lol
     
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  18. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Film note for UK folks - this Friday afternoon Talking Pictures TV (Sky channel 328) is showing the 1954 film The Secret of the Incas starring Charlton Heston. In the blurb the film is 'said to have inspired the Indiana Jones films'. I've never seen it so I might watch. Showtime is 2:55PM-5:00 PM.
     
  19. Ackbar's Fishsticks

    Ackbar's Fishsticks Jedi Master star 4

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    So you've got your own version of Henry and Marcus' "genius of the restoration, aid our own resuscitation!" handshake.
     
  20. Bob Effette

    Bob Effette Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Ha ha - I guess so.

    It originated really from finding Marcus' delivery of that line, followed by them both grinning, to be quite funny. And then we sort of adopted it as kids. Almost forty years later and we still do it. We'll grow up one day I'm sure lol
     
  21. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Looks like The Last Crusade might not be showing today on BBC1. The daily Coronavirus press conference has just ended and the next thing my Sky Guide lists is Attenborough and the Giant Egg at 5:35 PM.
     
  22. LAJ_FETT

    LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Lucasfilm Ltd Mod star 10 Staff Member Administrator

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    Update - The Last Crusade will now be shown as part of a double bill tomorrow on BBC1 from 1:40PM- 3:40 PM. Crystal Skull will follow later from 6:40PM - 8:30 PM.
     
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  23. AndyLGR

    AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I'm sure some people are probably wondering why they're showing the Indy films on BBC 1 so soon after they were on last Christmas. But they could show them, in particular Raiders on TV every week for me and I would be a happy camper, its one of those films I could jump in and watch at any point at any time. I think over the years its become my favourite film of all time.
     
  24. oierem

    oierem Jedi Master star 4

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    Like literally every film ever made.
    Both objetive flaws (continuity mistakes...) and subjective "flaws" (which are not universally agreed).
     
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  25. AndyLGR

    AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Did you watch it ? I recorded it, although I have seen it before. There are plenty of shots that look to have been borrowed for Raiders, but Raiders does it better as its much more action orientated. The inca singing scenes look so dated and awkward now.