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.

Indy gives the whip a short pull and Barranca’s arm is jerked

down, where it involuntarily discharges the gun into the

dirt. Barranca is amazed, but feels some slack in the whip

and immediately raises the gun toward Indy again, cocking it

with his free hand.

Indy’s face goes hard. And sad.

Indy sweeps his arm in a wide arc. Barranca spins around,

enclosed in the whip, his gun hand stuck tight against his

body. Indy gives one more short jerk on the whip handle and

Barranca’s gun fires. Barranca falls dead.

Indy looks quickly at Satipo, who is shocked and frightened.

He raises his arms in supplication.


I knew nothing! He was crazy!


Indy looks him over, then nods. He frees the whip from

Barranca’s body and picks up the man. His eyes sweep the

surrounding woods.


Let’s go.


Indy and Satipo, carrying a torch, walk up the slightly

inclined, tubular passage from the main entrance. The

interior is wet and dark, hanging with plant life and

stalactites. Their echoing footsteps intermittently overpower

the sounds of loud dripping, whistling air drafts and

scampering claws.


Indy leads the way down a twisting hallway, Satipo’s torch

barely lighting his way from behind. Indy disappears in a

shadow and when he reappears a moment later a huge black

tarantula is crawling up the back of his jacket.


Indy doesn’t notice and disappears into another shadow,

emerging with two more tarantulas on his back.


Satipo sees them and makes a frightened grunting sound. Indy

looks at him, sees what he’s pointing at and casually brushes

all three spiders off with his rolled whip, as he would a

fly. Satipo pirouettes for an inspection and Indy flicks one

off the Peruvian’s back.

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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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