Raiders of the Lost Ark

Trivia: The German submarine is the same sub that would later be used for Wolfgang Petersen's "Das Boot".

Phil C.

Trivia: Sallah is a tall man, but his name can be translated to mean 'sprout'. (This is probably because Lucas and Spielberg were offering the part to Danny DeVito who is considerably shorter than John Rhys Davies and only didn't take the part because of scheduling conflicts.)

Trivia: For the well full of snakes, Spielberg didn't have enough when they had the scene prepared, so he had several hoses cut up and disguised as cobras. (01:00:20)

Trivia: When Belloq and his men reach the town of Cairo after being swiped by Indy and the van with the Ark inside, notice Ronald Lacey's character Toht. In this entire scene you don't see his face, totally shadowed by his hat - his head doesn't even move! Was Ronald unavailable for filming and hired a double...?

Trivia: When Marion tells Indy he's not the man he was 10 years ago, Indy replies, "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage." Harrison Ford ad-libbed this line.

Trivia: The rolling boulder in the opening scene was actually 22 feet in diameter and was made out of fiberglass. (00:09:20)

Trivia: The scene in Temple of Doom where Indy cuts down the gong and jumps behind it to avoid being shot is actually a reject scene idea from Raiders, just like the mine car chase.

Trivia: In the entire movie, the name of Arnold Toht is never spoken once. His name is never first revealed until the end credits.

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Trivia: Indiana Jones could have escaped the rolling ball of rock by simply standing still, because the boulder started out about 15 feet over his head. Even if the boulder ended up blocking the entrance, there are several shafts of sunlight visible throughout the tunnel, indicating several potential points of escape.

Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: Actor Pat Roach is listed separately twice in the end credits 1) Giant Sherratt 2) 1st Mechanic.

Trivia: When Indy swims to catch the U-Boat, the DVD and video cut out the part which ran in Canadian theatres (if not wider) where he lashes the whip to the periscope. This is probably due to the fact that just previously, Indy used the whip while he was dragged at the back of the Nazi truck and never picked it up. It was loosely hanging and about to fall away from the truck. I am assuming this was pointed out to the producers and they cut out blatant evidence of the whip being used.

Trivia: The German U-boat in this movie is actually a mock-up built for Spielberg's earlier movie, 1941. It's only the front half of the sub, so you never see past the conning tower in close-ups. When you see the sub in its entirety, it's a model, which was also built for 1941.

Mark Bernhard

Trivia: Producer Frank Marshall has a cameo as the pilot of the flying wing.

Trivia: When "Raiders of the Lost Ark" premiered in France in 1981, audiences there honestly believed that it was an adaptation of the 1964 French adventure film "L'Homme de Rio" (That Man from Rio), directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The French film is about a soldier on-leave who gets mixed up in a museum heist and kidnapping and goes on a wild intercontinental chase to track down three museum pieces. The action is similar in both films, as are some of the plot twists (such as both heroes being rescued from certain death by a crowd of children, for example). Although French audiences immediately recognized the similarities between the two films, Steven Spielberg denied ever seeing "L'Homme de Rio".

Trivia: Producer Frank Marshall is also listed in the end credits as "Pilot" - Steven Spielberg often uses his film crew and producers as extras.

Trivia: Actor Peter Coyote auditioned in costume for the part of Indiana Jones, but he tripped and stumbled over power cables during the audition (conveying an awkward and nervous image, just the opposite of the confident and sure-footed Indiana Jones image that Steven Spielberg wanted). So, Coyote didn't get the part. But Spielberg never forgot Coyote's earnestness, and he later cast Coyote as the compassionate Agent Keys in "E.T. The Extraterrestrial".

Charles Miller

Trivia: During the chase with the ark, the truck Indy is driving comes around a turn. The sound effect the truck makes is a lion roaring.

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Trivia: Although it lasts for six minutes on screen, the truck chase sequence took five weeks to film.

Trivia: The sound used for the boulder chasing Indiana Jones is actually a Honda Civic coasting along a gravel road.


Trivia: Because of his commitment to the film, Harrison Ford was unable to play Han Solo in the NPR radio dramatization of Star Wars. The role was taken over by Perry King, who had been among those auditioning for the role in the movie before Ford was cast.

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Revealing mistake: While Indy and Marion are in the Well of Souls, and they encounter the snakes, Indy falls to the ground only to be confronted by a hissing Cobra rearing its head. Look carefully and you'll see the snake's reflection on the safety glass between it and Indy. Briefly you can also see the torch's reflection while he's waving it around. You can also see Marion's reflection when she falls in later on and is face to face with the cobra. [This has been corrected in the new DVD set. You can only see it if you have the original VHS. I think it's visible in the "making of" on the DVD as well.]

More mistakes in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move?
Indiana: Give me your torch. [He drops it in and sees why.] Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?
Sallah: Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

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