It’s Raiders. It can’t really be anything other than Raiders for 1981.
To run down my alternatives, briefly… On Golden Pond is a big movie of the year, but… Raiders. Chariots of Fire? No. Reds? No. Arthur? I’d love it, but no. Clash of the Titans? No. Escape from New York? Possibly, but I don’t see it. Mommie Dearest, I feel, actually becomes a strong contender for this. But not over Raiders.
I honestly can’t see anything that you can possibly say deserves the title of “Film Most Representative of 1982” than Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Unless you want to say Zorro, the Gay Blade. In which case, I’m willing to listen. (more…)