This Day in Movie History – June 12, 1981 – Raiders of the Lost Ark Released

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

It was a film that would become a massive hit and launch a popular franchise that endures to this day. And, speaking of this day, it was on this day in history that the first Indiana Jones film was released.

Simply known as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film starring Harrison Ford as archeologist/adventurer Indiana Jones was released on June 12th, 1981.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, scored by John Williams, and partly created by George Lucas, the film was set in pre-World War II times, as Indiana Jones tries to beat a group of Nazis searching for the Ark of the Covenant.

The film was a massive hit, and was nominated for no less than nine Academy Awards in 1982, winning four of them. It would spawn three sequels, as well several video games, based on the franchise.

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