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What exactly is inside the Ark?

The Ark of the Covenant, in biblical lore, is a chest that contains the stone tablets that constitute the Ten Commandments. The Ark is a sacred object, and those who tried to steal it were often ...
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Why does Indy pause while writing "neolithic" in the campus scene?

He's reminding himself how to spell the word. If you listen, he spells the word to himself, trying to remember the correct letters. "Neo," meaning "new" and "lithic"... L-I-T-H...I-C, meaning "...
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What are Marion and Belloq drinking in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark?

While Kevin points out that Belloq is providing something from his family vineyard, that doesn't answer the question of what it actually is. Given that it's clear, and they are getting very drunk, it'...
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Why does the Ark burn the markings off its crate?

There is no commentary from the film-makers (that I can find) that covers this specific burning crate subject but it seems evident that it's... ..because the Ark refuses to be marked by evil which is ...
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In "Raiders of the Lost Ark", what script appears on the headpiece of the staff of Ra?

Yes, that script absolutely is Paleo-Hebrew. I recognized it instantly when re-watching the movie recently. But what is Hebrew doing on an Egyptian artifact? It’s a goof! There’s no good explanation ...
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Who poisoned the date?

Monkey Man, a local man wearing an eye patch, poisoned the dates. An apparent native of Cairo, who wears an eye patch and is in the credits as Monkey Man, clearly sneaks into Sallah's apartment and ...
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Why did the guide pull his gun on Indy?

Why did the guide pull his gun on Indy? Very short answer: greed. Once the temple and idol were located, they thought they could keep the gold for themselves. Barranca and Satipo had decided long ago ...
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Did "Raiders of the Lost Ark" have a deleted scene with a Nazi soldier killing an hostage?

There was such a scene ..although it never made it into the final production cut. There's a list of deleted scenes which includes Sallahs' Execution With Indy and Marion left to suffocate in the Well ...
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What goes into Belloq's mouth exactly? Is this a mistake, a joke on purpose, or something more?

It's a fly BUT, in fact, it doesn't actually go into his mouth. Apparently, according to Paul Freeman who played Belloq a few frames were cut out of the movie where the fly actually flew away. Q: Can ...
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What exactly is inside the Ark?

I think this is addressed early in the movie, when two Army officers are telling Indy and Brody about the Nazi communiqué they've intercepted. They ask Indy what the Ark looks like, and in response (...
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What are Marion and Belloq drinking in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark?

Belloq states it is his family's wine label: [Marion and Belloq are both very drunk] Marion: [laughs] What is this stuff, Rene? Belloq: [laughing as well] I grew up on this. It's my family ...
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The path-on-the-map scenes in Casablanca and Raiders of the Lost Ark

George MacDonald Fraser (1925-2008), author of the flashman books, also wrote The Hollywood History of the World: from One Million Years BC to Apocalypse Now (1988, 1995). And as I remember, he ...
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Has the authenticity of the Raiders story conference transcript ever been determined?

Here's an interview with Larry Kasdan at a Writer's Guild Conference in August 2016. At 4:40 the interviewer, John August mentions that we are all lucky enough to have seen the Raiders conference ...
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What are Marion and Belloq drinking in Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark?

The label is not in French but the fact that Belloq says it's from his family's vineyard, the clarity of the liquid, and Belloq's reaction to taking a shot of it would suggest they are drinking marc. ...
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How did Indy know not to look into the Ark?

Indy knew not to look in the Ark, because he had a religious upbringing as hinted in The Last Crusade. His dad made him memorize and recite passages from the Bible as shown in the "Young Indy" ...
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Cliff drop in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Its nothing other than fantastical movie geography. For starters, Marion is told something akin to the 'desert stretching for weeks in every direction' should she wish to escape Tannis on foot. ...
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Why did the guide pull his gun on Indy?

The film's official novelisation gives us a little more background on Satipo and Barranca. These two aren't hired guides, but are in fact Indy's business partners in this little endeavour. They've ...
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Why did the guide pull his gun on Indy?

Indy has found the lost temple that has the golden idol in it. Barranca (the guide/assistant with the gun) believes that now that the temple is located, he could kill Indy and get the golden idol and ...
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Who poisoned the date?

'German agents' paid the 'Monkey Man' to trail and help kill Indy. This is a little clearer, perhaps, in the script EXT. ANOTHER CAIRO STREET - DAY The Monkey is seen running around another corner ...
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