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1981 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford. It was the first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise to be released, though it is the second in internal chronological order.

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Cliff drop in Raiders of the Lost Ark

There is a chase scene (at roughly 4:00 into the YouTube clip) as Indiana Jones seeks to retrieve the ark from a truck departing from the Egyptian dig site. Indiana gains control of the truck and ...
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Why did the guide pull his gun on Indy?

At the beginning of Raiders on the Lost Ark, when Indy and several hired guides are making their way to the South American temple, one of the guides tries to shoot Indy, who takes the gun out of the ...
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How is the "light" trap at the beginning supposed to work?

In the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones encounters a trap where blocking a shaft of light with his hand causes spikes to shoot out of the wall next to him: ...
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Who poisoned the date?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy goes to eat a date but is stopped by Sallah who catches it and points to the dead monkey, saying: "Bad dates" My assumption has always been that they were ...
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Did "Raiders of the Lost Ark" have a deleted scene with a Nazi soldier killing an hostage?

I have a faint recollection of reading that a scene was filmed for Raiders of the Lost Ark where a sympathetically portrayed German soldier was ordered to kill a hostage by his Nazi superior. This ...
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What goes into Belloq's mouth exactly? Is this a mistake, a joke on purpose, or something more?

In Raiders Of The Lost Ark, when Jones has the bazooka pointed to the Ark and shouts something, Belloq turns around and there's a moment in which you can see an ant or something going into Belloq's ...
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The path-on-the-map scenes in Casablanca and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Early in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, we watch a path appear on a map to represent the movement of characters across the earth. This scene reminded me of the animation at the beginning of ...
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In "Raiders of the Lost Ark", what script appears on the headpiece of the staff of Ra?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy has "the headpiece of the staff of Ra," which features writing in some language that he cannot read. He takes it to an interpreter with a big beard, who ...
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Has the authenticity of the Raiders story conference transcript ever been determined?

Many years ago I stumbled across the Raiders Of The Lost Ark story conference transcript on a film review website. Supposedly this is a typed transcript of several audio-taped story conferences ...
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Why does the Ark burn the markings off its crate?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, while the Ark is sitting inside a crate in the ship's hold we are shown that the crate mysteriously starts to burn, obscuring the swastika and other markings stenciled on ...
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Why does Indy pause while writing "neolithic" in the campus scene?

In the university campus scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indy is writing "NEOLITHIC" on a blackboard. He reaches 'H', but pauses after putting down the two vertical strokes, seemingly ...
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What exactly is inside the Ark?

I have seen the film many times, but so far I do not understand what it is supposed to be that kills the Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Are they ghosts? Or maybe angels or demons? Is what happened ...
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What are Marion and Belloq drinking in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark?

What is the drink in the scene between Marion and Belloq in the Raiders of the Lost Ark? It seems to be kind of clear liqueur and bottle contains some Arabic or possible Hebrew writing. I am ...
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Is Amy right about Indiana Jones being irrelevant to the outcome?

In the episode The Raiders Minimization of The Big Bang Theory Amy ruins Raiders of the Lost Ark for Sheldon by making the following claim: Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If ...
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Did Indiana Jones kill anyone besides the sword-swinger?

In the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene in which he calmly shoots a sword-swinging assassin, Indiana Jones reveals that he -- unlike a more-moral Batman-type character -- is not averse to killing. ...
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How did Indy know not to look into the Ark?

In Raiders of the Lost Ark, at the Ark opening ceremony the Nazi troops brings the Ark of the Covenant to the top of the mountain as Belloq said something before opening the Ark. Then they took the ...
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How did Indiana Jones manage to follow Marion to the Island?

From Wikipedia's plot summary of Raiders of the Lost Ark: (all images are taken from here) Indiana Jones and Marion leave Cairo to escort the Ark to England on board a tramp steamer. The next morning,...
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