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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

You can’t go wrong with Raiders, can you? The opening to the movie always freaked me out as a kid. The mysteriousness, the somber score, even the odd font for the opening credits always stuck out for me. Indy was a dangerous guy, someone you do not fuck with, established right out of the gate.

And right away we also get spiders and absolutely creepy corpses. First Forrestal’s dusty, dry corpse and then Satipo’s fresh one and while that corpse never looked a thing like Alfred Molina it was still effective.

Below you’ll see Steven Spielberg, the idol and Satipo’s corpse. Enjoy and click to enlargen!



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  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    God I cant wait for the Blu of this film

    by LargoJr

    Want an expanded frame where we see WHY the stone block indy pushes out of the temple to escape with Marion 'bounced' It's cause it lands on a sleeping nazi and squishes him :)

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by godhelpus

    I liked how John Buscema drew it in the comic book version.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Oh.. and FIRST!

    by LargoJr

    had to be done

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    He looked like he'd been dead for hours.

    by UGG

    I never realized that was supposed to be him as a kid.

  • Original Robin Hood or King Kong, maybe.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Fellowship of The Ring is a contender

    by GravyAkira

    but I do love me some Indy.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Just watched RAIDERS on 35mm...

    by Vegiterrorist

    My buddy built a 35mm screening room in his garage (true story!), and he does weekly screenings from his 35mm print collection. Got to show my 9 year old son RAIDERS for the first time last weekend. He's been asking to watch it for a year, but I've intentionally held him off until we could arrange a "theatrical" screening so he could see it the way it should be experienced. He loved it, of course. Interestingly, I too was struck by how much the corpse of Sapito looked nothing like Molina...had never really noticed the disparity before.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST

    The Greatest of the greats!!!

    by notcher

    I still remember seeing it for the first time with my Dad. What a great movie and a great pic too. "Trow me da idol and trow you da whip!....Adios senor." I'm still waiting for a Die Hard picture!!!

  • Pepper? I don't know. Something. My nephew liked it though. A win for 9 year olds, I guess.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    So is tomorrow 'Robocop'?

    by ATARI

  • still freaks me out to this day too. ford better have gotten paid extra extra for that.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    King Solomon's Mines is a contender

    by Fred

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by Kill List Hammertime

    I gotta say it's been a while since I've truly loved one of his films. Not seen War Horse yet, but would love another classic Spielberg.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    20,000 Leagues is a contender

    by Fred

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST


    by jim

    Not counting Crystal Skull (which is already available on blu, and I happened to enjoy) Also I want on Blu-Ray... THE ABYSS TRUE LIES GOLDENEYE EMPIRE OF THE SUN ALWAYS TITANIC MUNICH I understand that we will be getting JAWS and ET:The Extra Terrestrial (30th anniversary) this year.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Fred, funny was just thinking of those two!

    by P

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Quint, you summed up the opening to "Raiders" perfectly.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

    As a child, I saw this pretty early on. And, as with childhood, your memory is always on the move, always in transition. So while major parts of the rest of the film were lost to me, it was always the beginning that held a special power for me. Actually, looking back at my memory now, I realize that as a child I had so internalized that opening that I approached it more as a dream than as part of a movie (which is the power of films; our great collective dream of life). There is such powerful iconography in the opening, in the reveal of Indiana Jones. You felt like you were entering a new world - and it wasn't until about age 10 that I was able to integrate the opening into the rest of the picture, as part of the narrative. And that image of the whip pulling away the gun and the gun slipping into the shore of the river, it almost has a Jungian quality for me. The whip sound with the movement of the gun into the water for the longest time made me think of snakes, that there were somehow some serpintine theme buried there. The opening informed me of the entirety of the film. A great introduction. Truly, a brilliant film. (And I am so happy to have "Tin Tin" with us. It is a tremendous adventure and so full of Spielberg's wonderfully complex system of movement that the joy I had while watching it, and my sense of vicariously felt peril, was, frankly, a little transcendant. It felt like I was watching something from my childhood's imagination.) Thank you Mr. Spielberg.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    So tomorrow...

    by HapaPapa72

    Do we get to see Peter Weller goofing around with his shot-off hand? It might help to ease my trauma from the death of Murphy scene from when I was a wee kid of 14.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    RAIDERS changed my life

    by slone13

    I still remember walking out of the theater the first time I saw it at 8 years old. I was amazed. Went to film school because of it. Named my daughter Indiana. Still my favorite movie to this day.

  • i wonder why...

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:05 p.m. CST

    =The opening to the movie always freaked me out as a kid. =

    by KilliK

    Same here.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Speaking of ROBOCOP...

    by Vegiterrorist

    Not to keep rubbing in the fact that I get to watch 35mm films in my friend's garage movie theater, but next week's 35mm double feature is all kinds of awesome: pristine 35mm prints of ROBOCOP and BUCKAROO BANZAI, back to back! Tuesday can't get here fast enough.

  • then whips the hand of the bad guy when he tries to shoot him,to the Crystal Skull opening where Indy is an old man dressed in rags and closed in the trunk of a car. Now that's how you modernize an iconic movie series for the young generation.aha.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    ="Tin Tin" with us. It is a tremendous adventure=

    by KilliK

    Nope,it is a pile of shit.Better than Crystal Suck but still a very average film with all the usual Spielbergian flaws.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Gunga Din

    by Ender's Jeesh

    Precursor to Indy and its DNA is all over Raiders. Excellent flick that still holds up.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    killik, don't be that guy

    by P

    I too was underwhelmed by Tintin (as stated above) but that doesn't invalidate chaunceygardiner's informed and well-articulated observations. Chauncey is a good writer and chooses his words carefully. Something you might consider.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    better be robocop

    by Daniel

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:01 p.m. CST

    The thing about Indiana...

    by Fletch Gannon

    In Raiders is that he was a dangerous individual there is humor in it but that movie if you watch it almost plays like a snuff film compared to allow the action movies that's spielberg has directed since.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Happy times

    by Boxcutter

    One of my first visits to New York. July 1981. Previous day at Jones Beach, now the girlfriend has a wicked sunburn and can't get out of bed. I go for a wander in the heat on the Upper East Side and into a near-empty matinee on 86th St. Sit there in the cool dark and regress to about 11 years old from the moment the Paramount logo mixes through to the mountain, to the last shot of the crate with the Ark. Dragged her out to see it again next night. A wonderful movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:06 p.m. CST

    This movie is so above most films

    by Nerd Rage

    It's like man stole it from Mount Olympus. and it has one of the greatest closing shots too.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST


    by justmyluck

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:28 p.m. CST

    @zombie_fatigue what are you talking about?

    by KilliK

    i just gave a sincere opinion about the movie.i never addressed chaunceygardin's opinion or him in a personal level. Besides Chaunceygardin might have his own well-written arguments to support his opinion but so do i,even though i am not in the mood to write about a film which i have almost forgotten.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    look at Spielberg in that photo...

    by 6000_little_griglets

    I wonder if he knew he was creating history... the way he's holding that iconic idle... it just blows my mind wondering what would be going through his mind at the time this photo was taken... it's like, if you took a photo of Da Vinci with the brush in his hand as he was painting the Mona Lisa...

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    What else is there to say about Raiders . . . ?

    by Nice Marmot

  • We can trash old businessman Lucas,and rightfully so,as much as we want but we must always remember that it was the young visionary Lucas who gave us SW and IJ. And for that i thank him with all my heart despite the fact that he ended up raping both SW and IJ.fucking idiot.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Look closely at the eyes of the idol in the embiggened pic

    by slone13

    You can see the pupils in the fertility idol's eyes. This is one of the rare photos with the version of the idol that had the moving eyes. Spielberg eventually decided it was too cheesy and opted for one without.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    The Down in Front dudes also did a commentary on Indy4

    by Rtobert

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Indy on Blu-Ray please

    by Rtobert

    It's the last of the great top-shelf series to be released. After that it'd be the rest of the Bond films.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Poor Doc Ock.

    by Yelsaeb

    He just had to step in the light.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    I don't get the joke. Care to explain?

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    In my top ten all time movies...ever

    by Darth_Kaos

    Raiders, Spielberg at his best. Crystal Skull, Spielberg at his laziest.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Raiders is my favorite film as well

    by Mugato5150

    and the reason I went to film school. Ironically I do CG shit now and if Raiders was made today they wouldn't have to corral a thousand snakes or make ghosts out of silk to float around in a water tank or any of the other creative shit they had to come up with as opposed to computer graphics.

  • skull which reads minds and turns into a space alien.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    My childhood Indy experience is weird......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    My issue was that I watched Temple of Doom FIRST. I fell in love with that take on the character so to me that's how an Indy movie was supposed to be. So when I came across an "older" Indy movie in the video store my child brain was like "WtF?" We rented it and I recall not liking it as a kid unfortunately. It creeped me out because it was darker though in a more realistic manner and it felt slower overall. The fun and simplicity of TOD just seemed more like what I dug at that time. Of course later on I came to appreciate all 3 of the movies. (I still hate the 4th)

  • Green Lantern? Thor? X-Men? PofC 4? (insert shit here). If I look back at every year during the 80's, their is at least 3, count them, 3 movies that I will watch over and over again at the drop of the hat. Easy riders and Raging bulls had it wrong. The 80's wasn't the end of cinema, 2011 was.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Unfortunately I lost 'Raiders' long ago....

    by SmokingRobot

    'Temple' and 'Last Crusade' were so awful and derivative that my feelings for Raiders are kind of gone. Sort of how the prequels ruined the original trilogy for me. I didn't even bother seeing 'Skull'. What's the point? How much crap can one person watch in a lifetime?

  • That still makes me laugh.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    I think your brother was right

    by HamburgerEarmuffs

    He intentionally says "stupido" as a play on his name.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    As adventure movies go...

    by dukeroberts

    I rank Raiders of the Lost Ark as the greatest ever with The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn as a solid number two.

  • Jan. 5, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Why didn't they just use Alfred Molina for the corpse shots?

    by detinue

    I've been wondering this for 30 years. What, they couldn't have glued some sharp sticks to his head and body and poured a little fake blood on him?

  • Actually, nevermind, I'm quite happy with the jacket! I may be a geek, but I'm the only guy I know with an indy jacket that was actually made by the same people who made Ford's jacket for the movie! >:) I will never tire of any of the orginal Indy films...Indy 4 was a victim of both a jaded generation of moviegoers, and directors/producers simply forgetting the mindset they were in when they made the ones that way in hell would 1980s Lucas/Spielberg given us the fruity gophers, nuking the fridge, or cgi ants. Trying to be retro while still using CGI and writing it from a more modern mindset is always a mistake. Worst thing though was Shia Labeouff....the guy was simply not someone who belonged in the movie. Swinging with monkies? Are you kdding me? If nothing else had killed that movie...the monkey part would have. Still...I loved revisiting the character! Just dont give Indiana Jones a son. You dont give Superman a son. You don't give the hulk a son. You don't give James Bond a son. You dont give Indy a son. It just completely distracts from who the character is.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST


    by SubliminalJones

    Secret Of The Incas is available for viewing here.. And, yes, the similarities to the Indiana Jones film are more than coincidental.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Ford flubbed Molina's character's name

    by slone13

    He misspoke pronouncing it "Sapito" instead of "Satipo" as it was in the script.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    Still one of my all time favourite movies. Saw it at the theatre during opening week in '81, and loved it ever since. Hope the Blu Ray will include the vintage docs Making of Raiders and Great Movie Stunts.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:31 a.m. CST

    badmrwonka No joke.

    by UGG

    Just looks like my terrible grammar has again vexed you. I meant it was such a bad dummy as a child I had no idea it was supposed to be the same character. I remember thinking it was someone else who'd died hours earlier pr something. It was only when I noticed Indy picking up the idol upon later viewings I realized who it was meant to be. Sorry it was late and I was inebriated, I'll try harder next time. ;)

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Raiders opening vs Back to the Future opening

    by Jonathhan Kana

    I find that these two movie openings did alot for me in terms of seeing how it should be DONE. In a matter of minutes we grow to love and instantly know each character. They are cool, yet suddenly completely in over their heads, and we love them for being as human as we are. The writing is just impeccable. I cant choose which opening is better. Im just glad I got to experience both as a kid and can smile and reflect on them now in 2012.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:42 a.m. CST


    by Sanyi

    The Indy-review you're talking about is freakin' awesome! Plinkett's kicks ass.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:46 a.m. CST

    Stupido Satipo

    by Jonathhan Kana

    its alot more basic than yall think. the guy had no name, and in the script Indy just calls him Stupido for being an idiot. But they didnt want to name him Stupido in the credits, but that was the only reference. Therefore, Satipo. Common sense is good bros.

  • sorry for caps, you prob seen this already but thought this is a good enough thread to post it.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Yes, because *that's* how movies were supposed to be experienced: sitting in some weird guy's garage.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Tintin lacked a compelling script

    by gruntybear

    It was 80% exposition, gussies up with a few, too cartoony set pieces. Too bad there won't be a sequel.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST


    by rxse7en

    When's the next screening? I'll bring the popcorn.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    by lovesamuelfuller

    God, i love all his reviews and have seen them many times. Yes, I have no life...

  • This has probably already been talked about, sorry, I'm not reading thru every TB entry. But how the character's name is Satipo, yet Harrison Ford clearly says "Adios, Sapito". He reverses the T and P.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    If I could wipe the memory of having seen just one film...

    by Peter would be Raiders of the Lost Ark. Just so I could watch it again and feel the same thrill that I felt watching it on the big screen back in 1981 at the age of 10. Perhaps the most perfect film ever made and definitely the greatest action-adventure flick, ever.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    wcolbert-- you're not alone

    by Battybrain

    I bought one of those same jackets (though I had them make it black)-- amazing quality, and really reasonable price. I've seen more expensive leather jackets in stores. And they don't make you feel like you're ready to search for lost antiquities and fight Nazis.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    First movie I remember seeing in theatres

    by Autodidact

    I was probably 6. Loved the movie including being scared shitless by all the gruesome deaths and snakes etc. It's one of my first "good" memories where I remember consciously noting just how fucking awesome something was.

  • Fake prosthetic bullshit. Gimme a flawless Molina head replacement for the blueray with blood still spurting.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    battybrain - agreed!

    by wcolbert

    The quality is superb - though I did have to specially order a zipper from someone else in order for it to be screen accurate (for some reason they don't use the right zipper even though they are the bloody folks who made the original). The lambskin is extremely soft, especially when new, and for $400, you get a lot of value...I expect to be wearing this thing for the next decade or more, if it holds up. When I have more cash to throw around I think I'll get a nice sturdy cowhide Last Crusade jacket from them...if only so I can be more confident it can withstand a beating the lambskin might not.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    What this photo doesn't show is ...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... that Satipo looks like that because Crystal Skull is being projected on the opposite wall of the cave.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    As perfect a movie as there's ever been. LOL at the un-Molina dummy.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    No need for a CGI Molina.

    by Royston Lodge

    My brain always assumed that he looked "wrong" because he was fuckin' dead! Corpses never look the same as the living person, am I right? Hey, that's how my pre-adolescent brain interpreted it, at any rate.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    Funny...I speak Spanish and for the longest time I thought Ford was saying "Adios, Sapiro," pronouncing the single "r" like we do in Spanish, like the "t" in "butter" (surley Indy knows Spanish). Just thought the guy was named Sapiro. When I read the novelization, I realized his name was Satipo. You guys are right about the dark opening of the film. I love the way they held off on showing Indiana's face until after that guy tried to kill him, the somber tone of the music, the scream of the Indian guide as he finds that warning totem, the birds flying out of its mouth - Jesus, so many great images in the first FIVE MINUTES! But the part that really tightened my sphincter was when they first get to the part of the tunnel when they have to jump across the gap - We hear the whip crack and John Williams' music gets going - To me this was like being at the top of a roller coaster ride, before the first drop. All I could think was, "Here it comes!" That's why we go to the movies, kids.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    I second the Gunga Din reccomendation.

    by v3d

    A young Cary Grant gives a great manic performance. If you only know the older sophisticate from North by Northwest, you're in for great time.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 11:47 a.m. CST

    recommendation ^ Please add an edit feature in 2012.

    by v3d

  • here is the original video:

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Raiders is glorious!

    by Baragon

    I can't wait for the Raiders blu-ray. It can't here fast enough! Same for the blu's for Gojira (Godzilla), E.T., JAWS and Sunset Blvd.

  • more than the movie itself.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Cock90, what's your favorite movie?

    by P

    Troll? Troll 2? Trollhunters?

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    HA! are you hurt zombie_fatwhatever? the truth does that

    by arthur

    don't get me wrong. I like this movie but i wasn't so impressed like you clearly were during that people are starting to sound like harry. "oh my childhood", "oh I was 9 years old when it came out and my daddy took me to...". The love you have for this movie is so absurd. Just like star wars. It 's all about the nostalgia.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Cock (aptly named) Umm... no.

    by Mordock57

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    It's not just about the nostalgia

    by Mordock57

    Raiders of the Lost Ark is still a better cinematic treat than 99% of the action movies released today. The closest anything has come in the past 30 years to even capturing anything resembling the feel of Raiders is probably the first two Mummy movies... and they're not even close in terms of sheer quality. (We do get Rachel Weisz though...)

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    The last good Indiana Jones movie

    by Keith

    Also the last good movie ever to which George Lucas's name was attached.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Like the T in butter

    by Keith

    That really depends on where you're from. North Americans, the Irish and Australians would pronounce that T as a D ('budder'), the English and Scots would pronounce it either as a proper T or with a glottal stop.

  • Jan. 6, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    The love you have for this movie is so absurd

    by Keith

    It's not absurd, it's because it's so bloody good, as with a slew of stuff from the late 70s and early 80s. But a lot of stuff from that era was not good, and therefore it receives little love. Nobody loves Megaforce just because it's thirty years old. And few people love Return of the Jedi because it's 29 years old. If you seriously think most modern movies are better than Raiders, or Alien, or Blade Runner, or Empire, then I would say you don't know very much about movies. Equally, if you said that most modern movies don't hold a candle to Superman 3 or Octopussy, I'd say you were a nutcase, because those movies simply aren't that good.

  • It never gets old. And as for recent great action movies -- APOCALYPTO

  • Jan. 8, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Raiders is a fuckin' CLASSIC.

    by ChickenStu

    Stone cold fuckin' CLASSIC. Love that fucking film. My kid loves it too, she's always asking me to put it on.