‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ Turns 30

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) – One of the first big summer blockbusters hit a major milestone over the weekend – Bay Area filmmaker, George Lucas’ “Raiders of the Lost Ark” turned 30 on Sunday.

Yes, it’s been three decades since Harrison Ford first donned that fedora and swung that whip as Indiana Jones. The film was released on June 12, 1981.

PICTURES: Harrison Ford

Since then, Ford brought Jones back to the big screen three more times – in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984), “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989) and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008.

And there might be another one in the works – Shia LaBeouf, who starred alongside Ford in “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” said that a fifth film “isn’t far off.”

“I talked to [Harrison Ford],” he told MTV News at last weekend’s MTV Movie Awards. “He said he’s staying in the gym, he said he’s heard no word, but he does know that [George Lucas] is out there looking for a MacGuffin. He said he’s staying in the gym, so it means [the movie is] not so far off.”

Produced by Lucas’ San Francisco-based company, Lucasfilm Ltd. and directed by very good friend, Steven Spielberg, ‘Raiders’ has made over $380 Million worldwide.

Happy Birthday Indy!

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