Raiders of the Lost Ark is a true phenomenon, in all senses of the word. To coin a phrase from its sequel, it found the Holy Grail of filmmaking for being not only a commercial smash hit, but also became a critical darling and received multiple awards recognition.
With the juggernaut pairing of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg at the helm, you'd think Raiders of the Lost Ark would have had it easy coming to the big screen.... but it really didn't. Plagued with on-set troubles, sickness, time and budget constraints meant that perfectionist Spielberg learned to like takes instead of love them.
But that lean approach to filmmaking gave Raiders of the Lost Ark the same amount of raw grit and determination that Indiana Jones himself possessed, and an icon rolled into cinemas, where it stayed for an incredibly long time too.....!
And it influenced The Mummy (1999), which is probably its greatest achievement. I jest of course.... or do I?
I would love to hear your thoughts on Raiders of the Lost Ark!