This action yarn was released in 1981 and was done in the style of the short cinema serial "cliff-hangers" of the 1930's and '40's, such as the FLASH GORDON action movie serials starring "Buster" Crabbe. Harrison Ford had already become world-famous in the first two of the original STAR WARS trilogy films when he took on the role of Dr. Indiana Jones, Professor of Archaeology at an Ivy League university. This is the mega-hit film which saved Paramount Studios from bankruptcy.
After returning from an unsuccessful artifact hunt in the Amazon rain forest region of South America, Prof. Indiana Jones has been commissioned by the US Army and War Department to find and obtain the Biblical Ark of the Covenant, which they want because of the Ark's reputed destructiveness as a weapon of war. The Americans want to keep the find out of the hands of Hitler's Germany. The Nazis, with their own mercenary archaeologist, German troops and a sadistic Gestapo agent, are also racing to find the famous Hebrew relic. It's nonstop excitement, intrigue and adventure from start to finish. Look for the action sequence of an army truck briefly dragging Indy by his bullwhip. This is a tribute to a similar scene in John Ford's epic 1940 western "Stagecoach".