Indiana Jones

Raiders of the Lost Ark

by Alan Rapp on May 19, 2008

in Home Video

  • Title: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • IMDB: link

“Snakes.  Why does it always have to be snakes?”

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We meet Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in the jungles of South America.  He survives the traps of the temple only to loose his prize (a golden Aztec idol) to a rival archaeologist, Rene Belloq (Paul Freeman).

The first sequence, involving traps, spikes, a very larger boulder, poison darts, and a tribe of natives, tells us everything we need to know about the character.  His intelligence, his knowledge, his adventurous spirit, and humor are all on display, as is the fact that this is a hero who doesn’t always win.  Only the later scene involving a swordsman on the streets of Cairo is more memorable.

On returning to the States Dr. Jones is hired by the US Government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazi’s can unearth it.  His adventure will include being reunited with an old flame (Karen Allen), racing against time for the prize, surviving being trapped in a pit full of snakes, and stowing away on a Nazi submarine.  And that’s just a few of the adventures packed into the film’s two-hour running time.

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This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on May 19, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

The intrepid archaeologist (Harrison Ford) escapes the retirement home to set out a new adventure, this time with the help of his son (Shai La Beouf).  Karen Allen returns to reprise her role from Raiders of the Lost ArkCate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Jim Broadbent also star.  Check out the official site.  We’ve seen it and we’ll have the review when the adventure begins everywhere on Thursday.  You’ll find the trailers for all three previous films, available inside.

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  • Title: The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones Vol. 1
  • tv.com: link

young-indiana-jones-vol-oneVolume One, as well as the second and third volumes of the series, chronologically collects the series in sets of television movies (rather than in the order the original hour-long episodes aired).

The first five chapters of the series involve the adventures of young Henry Jones Jr. (Corey Carrier) traveling around the country with his father Professor Henry Jones (Lloyd Owen, doing an acceptable Sean Connery impression), his mother Anna (Ruth de Sosa), and his tutor Miss Seymour (Margaret Tyzack).

Most of the adventures fall into the same basic story structure, which (somewhat unbelievably) doesn’t get old.  The family arrives in a new location where Prof. Jones has been asked to lecture and Indy finds a way to get out of studying and ultimately, whether meaning to or not, finds himself involved in mischief, often with historical characters.  An over the course of the episode young Indy learns an important lesson.

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