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20 Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Raiders of the Lost Ark

Paul Freeman, Harrison Ford, John Rhys-Davies, Ronald Lacey and Pat Roach at the UK Premiere of Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.

Karen Allen (Marion Ravenwood) on set of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  When you have an itch just out of reach, this will do nicely.

Inside of the now famous Chachapoyan fertility idol that Indiana Jones goes after at the beginning of Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

Douglas Slocombe along with Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford examine the Chachapoyan fertility idol.

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg in front of the The Bantu Wind, the weather beaten cargo ship Indy, Marion, and the Ark of the Covenant hitch a ride on in Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Meal time on set.  During filming in Tunisia, nearly everyone in the cast and crew got dysentery or food poisoning, except a wise Steven Spielberg. He insisted on only eating out of cans that were shipped in from England.

Karen Allen, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford and John Rhys-Davies On Set Of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This was taken during the first few days of shooting.

These are actually Harrison Ford's handwritten notes for the Raiders Of The Lost Ark script. I love the way Harrison Ford has written the word "Willies" on the side of the script in reference to the ark being invincible. Also he suggests at that point there is a gust of wind and Indy goes to the window to shut it.

Steven Spielberg directing on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Probably telling everyone to look directly at what comes out of the Ark, except Indy and Marion of course.

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.  Wait!  Is that Tom Sellecks shirt, Steven?

Preparing one of the iconic scenes from the movie, the melting face.

The China Clipper.  I wonder what time Dennis Muren is boarding?

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg discussing the duel with the scimitar-wielding baddie.

Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall and a red-sleeved Harrison Ford on set.

Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg discussing a shot.

"Steven, why does the floor move?"

The path the boulder will drop down

Flying Wing construction at Elstree. Ready to be shipped to Tunisia.

Well of Souls construction on stage 5 at Elstree Studios.

Steven Spielberg and John Rhys-Davies on the set of Raiders.

On Monday, June 23, 1980, cast and crew assembled for the first day of shooting at the Port de la Pallice in La Rochelle


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