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Paramount Home Entertainment
Theatrical release: June 12, 1981.
The film was shot in France, Tunisia, Hawaii, and at EMI Elstree Studios in England.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK is number 60 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 GREATEST MOVIES.
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1999.
Tom Selleck was originally cast as Indiana Jones but was committed to his MAGNUM, P.I. television series.
The film grossed more than $240 million at the domestic box office and more than $380 million worldwide.
Spielberg wanted to redeem himself after the excessive budget and shooting difficulties of his previous film, 1941, which was a box-office flop. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK was completed under its budget of $20.4 million and exactly on schedule. Executive producer George Lucas, who had originally created the story idea of a heroic soldier of fortune, directed some second-unit footage in Tunisia.
Two successful sequels followed: INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE.
"Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?"--Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) to Sallah (John Rhys-Davies)
"I don't know. I'm making this up as I go."--Jones to Sallah
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