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.



The dense, lush rain forests of the eastern slopes of the

Andes, the place known as "The Eyebrow of the Jungle". Ragged,

jutting canyon walls are half-hidden by the thick mists.

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A narrow trail across the green face of the canyon. A group

of men make their way along it. At the head of the party is

an American, INDIANA JONES. He wears a short leather jacket,

a flapped holster, and a brimmed felt hat with a weird feather

stuck in the band. Behind him come two Spanish Peruvians,

SATIPO and BARRANCA. Bringing up the rear are five Yagua

INDIANS. They act as porters and are wrangling the two heavily-

packed llamas. The Indians become increasingly nervous. They

speak to each other in bursts of Quechua. The American, who

is known to his friends as Indy, glances back at them.



They're talking about the Curse again!

He turns and yells at the Indians in Quechua, his anger giving

an indication of his own fears. The party reaches a break in

the canyon wall and takes the trail through it.

When they emerge, their destination is revealed to them in

the distance. Beyond a thick stand of trees is the vegetation-


The entire party is struck by the sight. The Indians,

terrified now, chatter away. Suddenly the three at the back

turn and run, dropping their packs as they go. Barranca yells

at the fleeing Indians and pulls his pistol out. He starts

to raise his arm to aim but Indy restrains it in a muscular




Barranca looks evilly at Indy's hand upon him. Indy releases

him and smiles in a friendly way.


We don't need them.

Satipo watches this confrontation with some concern.


I do not carry supplies.


We'll leave them. Once we've got it,

we'll be able to reach the plane by


He turns back to the trail. Satipo gets the two remaining

Indians moving behind Indy. Satipo and Barranca then have a

fast, silent communication: Barranca indicates his desire to

slit Indy's throat; Satipo gives him a look that says "Be

patient, you idiot".


The party fans out to fight their way through the entwined

trees that guard the temple. Visibility is cut to five feet

in the heavy mist. Satipo extracts a short, native dart from

a tree and examines the point gingerly


(showing Indy)

The Hovitos are near. The poison is

still fresh... three days. They're

following us, I tell you.

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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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