Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Director: Steven Spielberg | Genre: Action, Adventure

Released: 1981 | Runtime: 115 min

In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers.

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Quotes

  • Belloq : How odd that it should end this way for us after so many stimulating encounters. I almost regret it. Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?
    Indiana : Try the local sewer.
  • Toht : You Americans, you're all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions.
  • [ Marion is being kidnapped ]
    Marion : You can't do this to me, I'm an AMERICAN.
  • Brody : However, an Egyptian pharaoh...
    Indiana : Shishak.
    Brody : ...yes, invaded the city of Jerusalem round about 980 B.C., and he may have take the Ark back to the city of Tanis and hidden it in a secret chamber called The Well of Souls.
    Major Eaton : [ skeptically ] Secret chamber?
    Brody : However, about a year after the pharaoh had returned to Egypt, the city of Tanis was consumed by the desert in a sand storm which lasted a whole year. Wiped clean by the wrath of God.
    Major Eaton : [ turns slowly toward Col. Musgrove ] Uh... huh.
    Colonel Musgrove : Obviously, we've come to the right men. Now you seem to know, uh, all about this Tanis, then.
    Indiana : No, no, not really. Ravenwood is the real expert. Abner did the first serious work on Tanis. Collected some of its relics. It was his obsession, really. But he never found the city.
    Major Eaton : Frankly, we're somewhat suspicious of Mr. Ravenwood, an American being mentioned so prominently in a secret Nazi cable.
    Brody : Oh, rubbish. Ravenwood's no Nazi.
    Colonel Musgrove : Well, what do the Nazis want him for then?
    Indiana : Well, obviously, the Nazis are looking for the headpiece to Staff of Ra and they think Abner's got it.
    Major Eaton : What exactly is a headpiece to the Staff of Ra?
    Indiana : Well, the staff is just a stick. I don't know, about this big. Nobody really knows for sure how high. And it's... [ turns blackboard to blank side ]
    Indiana : it's, uh... it's capped with an elaborate headpiece in the shape of the sun with a crystal in the center. And what you did was, you take the staff to a special room in Tanis, a map room with a miniature of the city all laid out on the floor. And if you put the
  • Brody: Marion's the least of your worries right now, believe me, Indy.
    Indiana: What do you mean?
    Brody: Well, I mean that for nearly three thousand years man has been searching for the lost ark. It's not something to be taken lightly. No one knows its secrets. It's like nothing you've ever gone after before.
    Indiana: [laughing] Oh, Marcus. What are you trying to do, scare me? You sound like my mother. We've known each other for a long time. I don't believe in magic, a lot of superstitious hocus pocus. I'm going after a find of incredible historical significance, you're talking about the boogie man. Besides, you know what a cautious fellow I am. [throws his gun into his suitcase]
  • Indiana: The Ark of the Covenant, the chest that the Hebrews used to carry around the Ten Commandments.
    Major Eaton: What, you mean THE Ten Commandments?
    Indiana: Yes, the actual Ten Commandments, the original stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mt. Horeb and smashed, if you believe in that sort of thing... [the officers stare at him blankly]
    Indiana: Didn't any of you guys ever go to Sunday school?
  • Indiana: You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together, I've got nothing better to do.
  • Sallah: Indy, there is something that troubles me.
    Indiana: What is it?
    Sallah: The Ark. If it is there, at Tanis, then it is something that man was not meant to disturb. Death has always surrounded it. It is not of this earth.
  • Sallah: Oh, my friends. I'm so pleased you're not dead.
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