Remembering Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Making Of Indiana Jones

On its 35th anniversary, look back at a blockbuster classic.


If all goes according to plan, July 19, 2019, will see the release of the fifth Indiana Jones movie. And until that date, an awful lot of film fans will be hoping those plans change.

The dust has long since settled on 2008’s Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, but the whiff of a franchise that already nuked the fridge remains thick in the air. ‘Nuke the fridge’, of course, actually refers to the Crystal Skull scene in which Indy survives a nuclear blast by hiding in a refrigerator, and has since become the movie equivalent of ‘jump the shark’; shorthand for that moment when a film series reaches an absurd tipping point.

It’s an unfortunate and even unfair legacy for a movie that has its fans; plenty of them, in fact. Crystal Skull holds a 77% score on Rotten Tomatoes – a seal of approval most films would kill for – and Harrison Ford recently proved he’s still got it where it counts in The Force Awakens. Even so, Disney and the returning Steven Spielberg have a job on their hands to convince the movie-going public at large that the franchise can revisit its former lofty heights.

It all began with Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 1981; a movie that enjoyed its 35th anniversary this past weekend. While The Last Crusade is sometimes hailed as the best of the bunch – Temple Of Doom rarely – the first Indiana Jones film remains a masterclass in rollicking action, indelible set pieces and overriding fun and thrills.

So stick around for an in-depth look at the definitive action-adventure flick.


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