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There was a deleted scene that explained it: A plot element involving the Ark of the Covenant was cut from the film and is only hinted at during the finale when the Ark is opened. Basically, there were 2 rules about the Ark not mentioned in the final cut of the film: If you touch the Ark, you die If you look at the Ark when it is opened, ...


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Indy doesn't always play nice, as can be seen in the video Indiana Jones Body Count: He shoots people, throws people into lava, throws a skewer of pigeon flambé cuts a bike ride short, (these are just a few examples, watch the video for more) The "shooting" of the Arab Swordsman wasn't actually in the script: Harrison Ford: "I was in my ...


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I too was asking myself this question, and had to go back and watch the movie over again. Here's how I see the movie turning out without Indiana Jones' presence. Regardless of whether Indiana led the Nazi's to Marion, they would have found her anyways. They already knew that Abner Ravenwood had the amulet, like the U.S. Army Intelligence officers told ...


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I don't believe Amy is correct, and it relates to a scene that isn't in the movie. We know that the nazis had the wrong length staff because they only had one side of the head piece. Other posters have argued whether or not the nazis obtain the head piece from Marion without him...let's assume they do... I don't remember where I heard this but there's a ...


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The script reveals that Indy attaches himself to the periscope: Indy climbs the ladder to the top of the turret and braces him- self between the two uprights there--the 7 foot radio mast and the 20 foot periscope. Still the ocean comes up to meet him. Soon the top of the turret is under water and the radio mast ...


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Does the film actually show the submarine submerged for its journey? Raiders of the Lost Ark is set in 1936, the pre-World-War-II era. Unlike nuclear submarines today, U-boats of that time weren't capable of long journeys while submerged. U-boats traveled on the surface, propelled by diesel engines. They would dive to periscope depth to follow ships and ...


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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 struck with curses (sometimes fatal, but always different.) The face-melting of the Nazis in this movie is an appropriate response to a group of people trying to ...


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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's more likely a distilled spirit. Almost all brandy that is made is distilled by vineyards/winemakers. Most people think of it as an amber liquid, but that ...


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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 for it. In order to identify the letters on the headpiece, you need to find a form of Paleo-Hebrew that matches. The writing system went through many stages. ...


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Aside from the Would the Nazis have found Marion without Indy? issue mentioned in the other answers, there also the matter of getting the Ark to Germany: After the Ark of the Covenant was recovered, Dietrich planned to transport the treasure back to Germany in a plane, ...         [IndyGear.com] Indy's plan was to "hijack" the ...


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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 "stone." That's all it is. A minor gag, just the slightly absent-minded professor of archaeology needing to remember how to spell an archaeological word.


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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 represented by the Nazi markings. Nazi symbols take quite a beating or are mocked a lot in the movie and this is just another example...albeit with more ...


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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 you tell us something about that, and working with the most famous fly in the world? PF: Ah, yes. I don’t think anybody noticed it during the shoot, ...


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Here's something funny to think about...the very beginning of Raiders. When Indy hunts down the golden Idol within the cave of just about every obstacle imaginable. Belloq is fresh on his heels which leads me to believe that if Indy never got to the Idol first, navigating the treacherous landscape, then Belloq and his spear wielding minions would have tried ...


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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 label. [Marion falls to the ground laughing, then calmly pulls out the knife she was concealing and points it at Belloq, who bursts out laughing in response] ...


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An alternative interpretation of your question "Is Amy's assertion correct, did Indiana Jones play no role in the outcome of the story? Answer: It really depends on what you refer to as the "story". If what you call as the story is "the ultimate fate of the ark", then one can make an argument one way or another. However, if the true story of the movie ...


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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 of the Souls the Germans decide that Sallah should be executed. A young German soldier was supposed to carry out the dirty job but things changed when ...


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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 notes, to which Larry Kasdan nods acknowledgment. Later in the interview there's this exchange: John: Going back to Raiders of the Lost Ark and the story ...


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The main question to answer this question is: Did Indy lead Belloq to Marion? If he did, then Belloq would never have found the headpiece of the staff and thus the rest would not have transpired, thus Indy was quintessential to them finding the Arc. Indy did inadvertently lead Belloq and Dietrich there. Belloq knew Indy would know where to find the headpiece ...


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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 mentioned that when he was a boy watching movies in the 1930s and 1940s, whenever he saw a map in the movies with a moving line tracing the protagonist's journey he ...


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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" segment. Indy also asked OSS agents if they'd ever been to Sunday school when they didn't seem to know what The Ark was. Indy explained it briefly and knew what ...


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IIRC there was a scene near the beggining showing pictures of the Ark with priests carrying it with poles, the priests were blindfolded and around them were their enemies hit by lightning.


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