The Top 63 Marathon, part 45
Title: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Length: 115 minutes
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: Lawrence Kasdan; story by George Lucas & Philip Kaufman
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies
Music: John Williams
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Sound; special Academy Award for sound effects editing; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Score; currently #22 on the IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a treasure-hunter races the Nazis
How I saw it: on video many times, most recently yesterday (have on DVD)
Dialog: Bad. But in a good way.
Pacing: Indifferent. I was surprised to note that it’s less than two hours long. It always seems to go on for a long time. But at the same time, most scenes move too quickly.
Special effects/design: Great. Okay, the special effects get pretty cheesy at the end, but Dr. Jones’ three-piece suit is kind of beautiful.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Pretty damn fun.
Objective Rating: 3.1/4 (Very good).