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  • The Opening Of The Ark Sequence Almost Warranted An R Rating  on Random Stories That Prove Making Of 'Raiders Of Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind Scenes Too

    (#4) The Opening Of The Ark Sequence Almost Warranted An R Rating 

    When the Ark of the Covenant opens, it exacts a punishment against the villains - a scene that has haunted young audiences for decades. Originally the sequence was an uncensored view of Belloq deflating. The MPAA felt Spielberg was already pushing the PG rating to its limit and, with no PG-13 rating at the time, they were ready to hand down an R.

    Spielberg and the other crew members placated the MPAA by superimposing a thick pillar of flame over Belloq's face to hide some of the effects.

  • Spielberg Extended The Temple Sequence At The Beginning Because He Loved The Boulder Prop  on Random Stories That Prove Making Of 'Raiders Of Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind Scenes Too

    (#2) Spielberg Extended The Temple Sequence At The Beginning Because He Loved The Boulder Prop

    The opening sequence to RotLA is often hailed as one of cinema's best, and the giant boulder that Indy runs from is part of movie history. The scene was originally supposed to be brief, featuring Indy immediately before he exits the temple. Spielberg, however, loved the boulder so much he delayed filming and requested that its track be extended another 50 feet

    The RotLA crew obliged and the extended version made it into the film. 

  • Water Puppets And A Receptionist Portrayed The Ghosts Of The Ark on Random Stories That Prove Making Of 'Raiders Of Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind Scenes Too

    (#6) Water Puppets And A Receptionist Portrayed The Ghosts Of The Ark

    The movie's script was not specific about what happened after the Ark opened, so it was up to the Industrial Light and Magic special effects crew (ILM) to figure it out. The ghosts that ended up as part of the supernatural effects had to be created with puppets.  

    The ILM crew ran the puppets through water to give them an ethereal look, but in the end, they decided one "lead" ghost named Gretel, played by a real woman, would need to approach the camera. They recruited a receptionist for the part.

  • They Needed A Female Touch To Make The Tarantula Scene Even Creepier  on Random Stories That Prove Making Of 'Raiders Of Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind Scenes Too

    (#5) They Needed A Female Touch To Make The Tarantula Scene Even Creepier

    When Indy and Satipo (Alfred Molina's first role) explore the temple at the start of RotLA, they find themselves covered in tarantulas. At first, the gentle spiders were creepy but not crawly - they refused to move and frustrated Spielberg who thought they appeared fake. The tarantula wrangler explained the spiders were all males and had no reason to be active. A female spider was introduced, exciting the others and sending them skittering.

    Molina later recalled, "They're running onto my face, and Steven is going, 'Shoot! Shoot! Alfred, look scared!' and [I'm all], 'I'm scared! I'm scared!'"

  • Stanley Kubrick's Daughter Delayed The 'Well Of Souls' Scene on Random Stories That Prove Making Of 'Raiders Of Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind Scenes Too

    (#3) Stanley Kubrick's Daughter Delayed The 'Well Of Souls' Scene

    The infamous "Well of Souls" filled with thousands of snakes took a long time to start shooting. When Spielberg arrived on the set he felt the 2,000 snakes didn't fill up enough of the floor and asked for more. The crew flew in as many as 4.500 more snakes from all over Europe and used hoses to fill in the gaps.

    Production team members noticed the movie's stock of anti-venom had expired, and they needed time to locate more. When the shoot began, Vivian Kubrick - the daughter of famed director Stanley Kubrick - visited the set and called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to ensure the snakes were safe.

    When all was said and done, the scene had undergone a delay of several days. 

  • Karen Allen Had To Improvise An Entire Scene For The Movie on Random Stories That Prove Making Of 'Raiders Of Lost Ark' Was An Adventure Behind Scenes Too

    (#8) Karen Allen Had To Improvise An Entire Scene For The Movie

    Spielberg and Lucas wanted Marion to change into a dress before the "Well of Souls" scene so she would appear more vulnerable and heighten the tension of the swarming snakes. But the script offered no reason why Marion would change clothes. Actress Karen Allen, who plays Marion, decided to invent a scene to explain the move, as well as better tie in both Marion's bravery and drinking prowess introduced earlier in the film. 

    With the help of Spielberg and Paul Freeman, the scene made it into the movie and enhanced Marion's character and cleared up a potential plot hole.

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Raiders Of The Lost Ark is an action-adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, released in 1981. The film tells the story of archaeology professor Indiana Jones who recovered the long-lost Ark of the Covenant. As the first film of the Indiana Jones series, it opened a new era of adventure films and achieved extraordinary results. The leading actor became one of the most successful actors, and Indiana Jones became one of the most successful movie characters.

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