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The scene where Indy threatens to blow up the Ark with a bazooka, as it is being carried through a canyon, was filmed in the exact same canyon in Tunisia used in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when R2-D2 was zapped and stolen by Jawas.

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In filming the Well of Souls sequence, the producers scoured every pet shop in London and the South of England for every snake they could lay their hands on. Hence there are snakes that are identifiable from many different geographical areas.
However, once all the snakes were on set, it became clear that there were not nearly enough of them, so Spielberg had several hoses cut into lengths, and these were used as well. Looking closely, you can tell which are the real snakes and which are not.

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An early draft of the script had Indy traveling to Shanghai to recover a piece of the Staff of Ra. During his escape from the museum where it was housed, he sheltered from machine gun fire behind a giant rolling gong. Also in the same script, Indy and Marion flee the chaos caused by the opening of the Ark in a wild mine-cart chase sequence. Both of these scenes were cut from the script, but ended up in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
More info on this at IndianaJones.com.

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The film begins with a shot of a peak in the jungle which is reminiscent of the Paramount Pictures logo. A similar opening shot of a mountain is also used in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

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Director Steven Spielberg was quoted as saying:
"I made it as a B-movie... I didn't see the film as anything more than a better made version of the Republic serials."

Tom Selleck originally cast as Indiana Jones, but was committed to Magnum P.I.

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Jock's airplane at the beginning of the film has the registration number 'OB-CPO', referring to characters Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO from the Star Wars films.

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Script originally included a long fight between a swordsman and Indiana with his whip. Actor Harrison Ford was suffering diarrhea at the time, and asked if the scene could be shortened. Spielberg said the only way he could shorten it was if Indy pulled out his gun and just shot the guy. The entire crew laughed and that's how it was filmed.

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The hieroglyphics in the Well of Souls include engravings of R2-D2 and C-3PO. They can be seen on a post to the right of Indy and Sallah as they remove the Ark.

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Harrison Ford was actually dragged behind the truck for some of the shots. When asked if he was worried, Ford quipped: "No. If it really was dangerous, they would have filmed more of the movie first."
It is said that Ford badly bruised his ribs during the filming of this scene.

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The last scene of the entire movie, where we see the Ark in the crate carrying away in a huge warehouse is a reference to the classic Citizen Kane by Orson Welles. Where we see a similar scene, also near the ending.

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Steven Spielberg rented stock footage to save money rather than re-creating everything out of his own imagination. The DC-3 flying over the Himalayas is lifted from 1973's Lost Horizon, while a 1930s street scene was borrowed from The Hindenburg.

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The elaborate truck chase sequence is modeled on a stunt in John Ford's Stagecoach.
In this film, legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt falls from a riding Stagecoach between the horses, lowers himself between their legs and slides over the ground till he reaches the back of the Stagecoach where he climbs up again.

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When Indy is threatening to blow up the Ark Belloq says"You're going to give mercenaries a bad name".
When he says that a fly flies into his mouth and you don't see it coming out again!

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Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren appears as a Nazi spy who is tracking Indiana Jones on the airplane. Only his eyes can be seen, though, as most of his face is hidden behind the Life Magazine he's reading.

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Producer Frank Marshall has a cameo role in the film. He is the Pilot of the Flying Wing. Marion knocks him unconscious with a log when he tries to shoot Indy.

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Actor Vic Tablian played 2 credited roles. He played Barranca (the guide Indy whips in the intro) and the Monkey Man.

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Also actor Pat Roach played 2 credited roles. He was the Giant Sherpa (wrestling Indy in the Raven bar) and the First Mechanic (the big guy Indy wrestles with in the Flying Wing sequence).
Pat Roach also played the Chief Guard in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and a Gestapo agent in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Actor Michael Sheard who played the uncredited role as the U-boat Captain first auditioned for the role of Gestapo agent Toht, but his friend Ronald Lacey got the part. Michael Sheard returned for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in which he played Adolf Hitler.

 

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