Raiders of the Lost Ark script
Synopsis: Renowned archeologist and expert in the occult, Dr. Indiana Jones, is hired by the U.S. Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, which is believed to still hold the ten commandments. Unfortunately, agents of Hitler are also after the Ark. Indy, and his ex-flame Marion, escape from various close scrapes in a quest that takes them from Nepal to Cairo.


So this is where Forrestal cashed



A friend of yours?


Competitor. He was good, very good.



No one has ever come out of there

alive. Why should we put our faith

in you?

Indy takes the weird feather from the band of his hat. From

around its point, he slips a tightly rolled piece of

parchment. Barranca and Satipo exchange a quick “So that’s

where is was!” look. They all kneel as Indy spreads out the

parchment. On it is one-half of a crude floorplan of the



No one ever had what we have...


Indy fixes them with an expectant stare. Satipo produces a

similar, but folded, piece of parchment. He lays it - the

other half of the floorplan - next to Indy’s. They all regard

it for a moment, then Indy stands and walks toward the

Temple. Barranca’s eyes are shining as they dart between the

floorplan and Satipo.


(back turned)

Assuming that pillar there marks

the corner and...

Barranca is suddenly on his feet, quietly drawing his pistol.

He raises it toward Indy as Satipo realizes with alarm what

he’s doing. Too late. Indy’s head turns and he sees Barranca.

Indy’s next move is amazing, graceful and fast, yet totally



His right hand slides up under the back of his leather jacket

and emerges grasping the handle of a neatly curled bullwhip.

With the same fluid move that brings Indy’s body around to

face the Peruvian, the whip uncoils to its full ten foor

lengeth and flashes out.


The fall of the whip (the unplaited strip at the end of the

lash) wraps itself around Barranca’s hand and pistol. He

could not drop the gun now if he tried.

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Lawrence Kasdan

Lawrence Edward Kasdan (born January 14, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known as co-writer of the films The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi. Kasdan co-wrote the Star Wars sequel trilogy film Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and will co-write the series' Han Solo spin-off film.[ more…

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