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Ah, Marion Ravenwood. Outside of Ellen Ripley, name me a better-constructed female character in blockbuster filmmaking. Karen Allen perfectly blended a feminine sensuality and a strong-willed asexual determination that made her more than the usual damsel in distress.

Which is interesting because that’s exactly what she is for much of the screen time, but because of Allen’s strong performance and Lawrence Kasdan’s smart writing Marion was elevated beyond the shortcomings of that type of characterization.

It’s a perfect character in a perfect movie. Raiders of the Lost Ark only gets better with each passing year and I’m starting to think we’ll never see its like again.

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  • July 13, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Ah, Karen Allen.

    by BooBoosDaddy

  • July 13, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    You know, in "Raiders," on the pirate ship

    by BooBoosDaddy

    with Katanga and Beloq...The wind is blowing...If you look closely, like I do every time I watch it, you can see bush through the dress. Oh yeah. Giggity.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Oh, Karen Allen

    by SierraTangoFoxtrotUniform

    There was a barely legal teenager who I worked with long ago who looked exactly like a younger version of Allen. I probably could have hit that had I tried.

  • July 13, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    very nice

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • July 13, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    She was HAWT in ROTLA

    by KilliK

  • July 13, 2011, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Allen had a nice set of gams back then

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Shame we only see her in that dress for a short period of time in the film.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Agreed on "never see its like again"...

    by ClayMatthews

    It was one for the ages, my favorite film, and the best example of the kind of blockbuster that C.G.I. has destroyed.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Best. Movie. Ever. Made.

    by slone13

    My daughter is named Indiana. And it ain't cause I'm a Hoosier fan.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Karen Allen is the very definition of 'cute'

    by Mattman

  • July 13, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Where's the new Tintin embed AICN?

    by Pigdog

  • July 13, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    I love you, Karen Allen.

    by little_lebowski

    Even today.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Karen Allen - Margot Kidder. At last the reveal... THEY WERE BOTH THE SAME FUCKING BITCH!!!

  • July 13, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    But what happened in KOTCS?

    by tvspace

    Did she forget how to act? Actually, a lot of people either forgot how to act or didn't know how to get through a crappy script! So yes, I'll hang on to my memories of ROTLA and try to forget about the last Indiana Jones film that raped my summer.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    God bless her. Tough AND Sexy.

    by Cheif Brody

    She had me from that right hook she throws into Indy's jaw as he walks smugly into her bar. <p> Hasn't been a better written female lead since, Mr. thanks to you, too. <p> Karen Allen was the perfect girl cast in a perfect role. Sad to imagine that if ROTLA was being made TODAY...the casting might be skewed towards a Megan Fox-type hottie in that role. <p> And...that makes me sick to my stomach. <p> Marion Ravenwood's tougness and sheer determination made her sexier than poor Megan will ever be. All thanks to the beautiful Karen Allen.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    yeah, she actually couldn't act in Crystal Skull

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    It was really kind of awkward. But that is now and this is then. What a film. Can't imagine how cool it must have been to know very little about it and just go see it at the cinema.

  • I stood there dumbfounded as I passed her, and just sorta said "Hey... Karen.. Allen... you're... durrr..." And she just smiled at me and waved hello.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    This whole place is slithering.

    by HoboCode

  • July 13, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Marion in Crystal Skull was still lightyears

    by Samuel Fulmer

    ahead of how Sallah and Brody were presented in Last Crusade. Those two characters were ruined a heck of a lot more than Marion was in the fridge nuking film.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Greatest movie ever.

    by Mr Soze

    What a great movie for an eight year old. Begged Dad to buy a bull whip for 2 years

  • July 13, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by Mr Soze

    I like the cut of your jib

  • July 13, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Pirate ship bush...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Yep, very windy, shivering in that Nazi's hands, skin tight silk, it kinda' punches you in the face. Very filthy thoughts for a very cute girl.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Oh, Yeah...

    by Iahael

    Happy Birthday to Harrison Ford. "It ain't the years, it's the mileage." T.'.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Don't blame CGI!

    by KnowItAllFromCali

    It's just a tool of the trade like any other. It can be used well or abused.

  • July 13, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Fucking HATE this movie.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    And Jaws. And Close Encounters. Pieces of garbage, all of them. (Steve knows I'm joking. We kid around like that. Because he knows I really worship him.)

  • July 13, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    RE: "...and I’m starting to think we’ll never see its like again."

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Indeed, sad as it is to say.

  • July 13, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    mmmmm... Karen Allen

    by Ted Knight

    Follow these steps in order: Amazon Movies - Until September - Expedite ship that sumbitch - Remember to thank your friendly neighborhood talkbacker stargrove

  • July 13, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    There's already some CGI "fixes"

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Fucking Lucas changed the background plate where the Nazi truck plunges into that huge chasm during the truck chase. Got rid of the wonderful matte painting and put in a shitty digital one for better "perspective." Eat a dick, Lucas.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Wow! those are the gayest snakes on earth.

    by Ted Knight

    Notta one of em trying to squirm over to the Promised Land. By "Promised Land" I of course am referring to the area directly beneath Ms. Allen's Temple of poon.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    Seriously, shitpants . . .

    by jawaburger

    I thought they were going to leave this one alone. That makes me angry. If I was radioactive, I would hulk out right now. I may just have to stick with the DVDs.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by The_Skook

    Sarah Connor. Not up there with Ripley, but pretty damn strong female character.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:41 p.m. CST

    mr soze

    by slone13

    I was exactly 8 years old when Raiders came out.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Really? They're digitally fuckin around with RAIDERS?

    by BenBraddock

    Someone has to stop it!! Please!

  • July 13, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Spielberg 's DGA tribute link

    by BenBraddock

    Featuring a lively and engaging panel discussion with fellow visionary directors J.J. Abrams (Super 8) and James Cameron (Avatar), and moderated by 75th Anniversary Committee Chair Michael Apted, this "Game-Changer" event drew a maximum capacity crowd at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles and provided a deeply intimate, highly engaging reflection on one of the most influential and beloved filmmakers of all time.

  • July 13, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Here's the link!

    by BenBraddock

  • July 13, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    They still haven't sorted out the problem with quote marks

    by BenBraddock

    Half my first post got deleted! LAME, AICN!

  • July 13, 2011, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by MotherPussBucket

    Thanks for the link. It looks like its going to be really interesting.

  • July 13, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Indy, the torch is goinnggg ouuutt!

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    God I love her line reading of that....

  • July 13, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    She'll bring a very good price, yes?

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

  • July 13, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Starman, bitches...

    by Nice Marmot

  • July 13, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    Hurry up with 5 already

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight


  • July 13, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    And finally...

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Still proud of this...

  • July 13, 2011, 4:51 p.m. CST

    My all time favorite movie.

    by Dkev00

    And your right, we will never see another movie like it again.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Lao Che... 5? Really?

    by BenBraddock

    Let the dead rest in peace, says I. Anyway, nice job on the YouTube montage.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Allen = Fantastic; Capshaw = Horrific

    by Rex Carsalot

    I can't even watch Temple due to her screaming through two thirds of the movie. Allen shows how you can do sexy AND strong. Capshaw just shrieked.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I may be alone here but I think Capshaw did a fine job in Doom. Willie is

    by Longtime Lurker

    A superficial, self involved, low talent, shrill, whiny bauble. That is what Capshaw played. Perhaps we should give her credit for doing her job well. I for one would have thrown Willie out of the car in the first reel because I can't stand her. Then again, even as a character, it was a pretty smart choice to go in a direction completely different from Marion if they were not going to bring Marion back, which they couldn't do once they decided on a prequel. Yes, she grates, but that was by design, don't you think? It may be that Capshaw hit a false note here or there but for the most part I think we point to the writers for putting us through the purgatorial experience that is Willie Scott. (Honestly, why didn't Indy just throw her off the plane?)

  • July 13, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    shows some skin

    by Baron Von Hugenpannts

    The movie "Until September" is currently streaming on Netflix starring Ms. Allen if anyone is curious what her naughty parts look like.

  • July 13, 2011, 5:47 p.m. CST

    My son has been digging Raiders lately

    by Turingtestee

  • July 13, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    ahhh... but baron von hugenpannts,

    by Ted Knight

    can you pause and zoom in on said naughty parts via Netflix? Such veritable forces as Marion's lady humps and rump must be taken with the utmost seriousness and treated no differently than a blood splatter to a forensics investigator. Granted it's a better option than none so thanks for the tip. Yeah, I'm a pervert, so what, build a bridge and get over it.

  • July 13, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Pedophile Jones and the Underage Prof's Daughter

    by HyphenatedWords

    Not much. Just you.

  • Donald Sutherland said he go first, whipped out his hams, and the rest is, as they say history.

  • July 13, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Yes, let's get 5 going already.

    by slone13

    I celebrate all the Indiana Jones flicks. With relish. And I'm hungry for another.

  • July 13, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    One thing that's always bugged me about the Well Of Souls sequence...

    by Nasty In The Pasty that Indy pushes the statue over so it breaks through the nearby wall...and yet when Marion emerges from the rubble, THERE ARE NO SNAKES. ANYWHERE. She was standing on the FOOT of the statue, surrounded by snakes, so if the statue got knocked over, she should have fallen directly ON the snakes and gotten bitten over and over and yet they just conveniently vanish (aside from the big one slithering out of the mouth of that mummified corpse).

  • July 13, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    sierratangofoxtrotuniform you realize the irony there?

    by MurderMostFowl

    Indiana Jones... Marion's age when they were lovers... yeah.

  • July 13, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Favorite film of all time

    by Conaw

    I am sort of glad we won't ever see a film like it again. It just makes Raiders that much more special and unique.

  • Beatrix Kiddo?

  • July 13, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty... let it go, man

    by MurderMostFowl

    Back in the days when film was film, there were certain thigns you couln't do... like take a life size block of concrete and drop it on actual live snakes. Now stop for a second and ask yourself... which do you prefer. Missing snakes in the background of an ending scene...or... a CGI shitfest of snakes leaping at the camera and Indy spinning around in 3D while catching Marion at the last second as two asps jumping in the air and simultaneously biting each other on accident? You KNOW Lucas would have done it now days and Spielberg wouldn't be smart enough to tell him no.

  • July 13, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by cobrakinte

    Well said.

  • July 13, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Karen Allen

    by dukeroberts

    They wrote a great part for her in ROTLA, not Indiana Jones and the ROTLA, but I have never found her attractive. She is much too tomboyish for me, whereas Kate Capshaw was hot, despite being shrill of voice.

  • July 14, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    RE: New CGI in Raiders

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Yeah, I never noticed it until they ran Raiders on TV a few months back. Maybe I'm late to this party, but I don't know when they slipped it in. Here's a link to a youtube vid comparing the old shot and the new "enhanced" version.

  • Sarah Connor, Princess Leia?

  • July 14, 2011, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I was going to say Sarah Connor

    by catlettuce4

    But you know, in the first movie... not so much. I'm not sure Leia belongs on that list either, though both are good female characters. Not quite as good as the two he mentioned though.

  • July 14, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Define "Better Constructed" ...

    by Dalius

    There's a lot of actresses out there where God did a damn fine job on the construction side. ;-)

  • July 14, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    I'm still attracted to Karen Allen

    by Chris

    As far as female characters that can kick butt and take names, I'm inclined to include more than a few Bond girls but especially Michelle Yeoh. On a side but related note, it bothered me when the box set of the first three Indy movies changed it to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and that they had Alfred Molina's name in the opening credits when he had maybe two minutes of screen time.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    I’m starting to think we’ll never see its like again

    by seansarto

    Copy that.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST

    One of the greatest films of all time...

    by NightArrows

    I'm honestly surprised there hasn't been some dumb fuck pop into this thread and say "Meh, it wasn't that good". Because should there be such a douche, and there are many who frequent this site, they would instantly qualify as The Biggest Fuckface in the Universe™.

  • July 14, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    How 'bout a Starman btspotd?

    by alienindisguise

    Raiders is cool but it's all really just Allan Quartermain with a different name.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Bring on part 5!

    by ZodNotGod

    Don't care, I loved "Crystal Skull!" Had some "odd" moments, but it was damn fun. Loved the warehouse escape, the motorcylce chase when Indy crawls through the car and back on the bike and the end when the alien ship comes alive. So much to love, sucks to one of those that hate it. It really sucks. As for Raiders, wow! Just WOW! Can't wait for the Blu and I love this to an unhealthy degree.

  • July 14, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    You people and your CGI hate obession make me laugh.

    by ZodNotGod

    CG also erased Ford's reflection when he's staring at the nasty cobra. Bitch about that? No? Full of hypocracy are we? Why of course we are...

  • July 14, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Your award is in the mail.

  • July 14, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod


  • I'll always remember her from both Raiders and JC's Starman. And of course Animal House. Great filmography save for the obvious...

  • July 14, 2011, 10:55 a.m. CST

    by ZodNotGod

    She was retired by choice, I doubt she had any bills.

  • July 14, 2011, 11 a.m. CST


    by jawaburger

    It's not that we hate CG, it's that when you give Luca$ an inch, he takes a mile. Just think about that stupid reptilian hamster in the musical number in Jabba's Palace in ROTJ SE that replaced the singing anteater chick. That musical number has horrifying compared to the original. Who knows what else he is gonna do to the beloved ROTLA.

  • July 14, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    No, not you zodnotgod

    by NightArrows


  • July 14, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    She was sweet in Scrooged.

    by v3d

  • July 14, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    nightarrows - Dude, Don't give them any ammo. I worked with several people over the last few years who have never seen it. I wept for them and prayed for their souls. They were all under 25, big surprise!

  • July 14, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Karen Allen - one of the dumbest actresses of all time - career wise

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    if ya don't believe me, check out the movies she turned down after Raiders, then comes slinking back 30 years later to grin like a fool

  • July 14, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    And nice enough to show us her bush in Animal House.

    by UltraTron

    Just a great girl all around

  • July 14, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    See, it just isn't that big of a deal. It's all fake and bullshit anyway, why would that bother you or anyone else, (I know, but I'm asking rhetorically) Those movies are still the movies you grew up with, why does a few seconds of a scene suddenly render it awful. I've heard the reasons and I still don't get them because aside from one switch, Greedo shooting first, but that switch has now been made to where both shoot at the same time so why all the rage, still? The rest are insignificant and kinda cool. The ending to Jedi was vastly especially. Why do I know most of the rants are bullshit is because the fanbabies scream how awful the ewoks are, yet they suddenly love them when its about the SEs so yeah, I know bullshit when I hear it. Just lighten up and ignore the changes, they don't destroy the films, if you think so, then that's a very sad sentiment.

  • July 14, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by ZodNotGod

    What did she turn down?

  • July 14, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    'Indy...the torch is goin' ouuuuut!'..

    by Arkhaminmate001

  • July 14, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Great gams

    by cgh123

  • July 14, 2011, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Yes, GREATEST.MOVIE.EVER....Well, at least...

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...My favorite film until the day I die. Modern filmmakers should be forced to watch Raiders, Lawrence of Arabia, and other classics and feel fucking ashamed to call the shite they put out 'films'. SHAME on you bastards, you know who you are....THIS is how it's DONE....