What movie is, or was, your “go to” Saturday matinee — the comfort movie you always popped into the VCR on a rainy Saturday afternoon, the movie you watched over and over again, driving your parents crazy while you recited the lines along with the characters on the screen?
RETRO LEAGUE POST: I was not taking part in the league at the time this subject was originally covered. So I have deceided to slowly go back and cover all the previous topics in a series of Thursday Posts that I will be Calling Retro-League!
For my Matinee movie we have to go back to the summer of 1982 and the re-release of Raiders of the Lost Ark into the second run theaters.
Raiders of the Lost Ark was released June 12th 1981. In the summer of 81 my father was ill. We would later that fall find out it was Cancer. He would pass on that October, so I would not see the movie in the theater that summer.
In the summer of 1982 they would re-release Raiders into Raiders was my escape in the summer of 82.
From the second the production company logo merged and became one with the opening landscape I was hooked.
That summer I would spend countless hours in the theater watching the $.25 matinee of the movie over and over again. I must have seen the movie an easy 30 times over the course of that summer.
Raiders is one of those films that no matter how many times I have seen it, even to this day, I can always watch it again.
My favorite part of the movie has always been the opening. I love the mysterious figure of Indiana as he defends himself against betrayal and makes his way to the lost temple.
Most of all though I love when he sets off the temple trap and is chased by the giant rolling stone. It has a true Saturday Serial feel to it.
As you read this, I am actually off having an adventure of my own. I am away at summer camp working as a counselor this week for 150 Elementary School age children… Thanks to scheduling software though I was able to prep this post in advance for your enjoyment!