Scene Dissection: Raiders Of The Lost Ark – Swordsman Scene

I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that my favorite movie of all time is Raiders Of The Lost Ark. It’s a brilliant action movie with great performances. My favorite scene is the famous swordsman scene.

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Indy has been fighting several henchman hand to hand when a new one pops up, this time brandishing a fancy ass sword.

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You’d expect Indy to pull out a sword and get into an awesome duel with him. A lesser movie would have. But this is no lesser movie. See, Indy is fucking tied of fighting for now. So, instead, Indy just pulls out a gun and fucking shoots him.

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It’s the cinematic equivalent of Alexander The Great cutting the Gordian Knot. I just LOVE it when characters do something so… real like this and this is my favorite example.

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(my second favorite example)

The most fascinating part of all this, at least for me, is that it was completely unplanned. Originally, Indy was going to pull out a sword and get into an awesome duel with him. The actor playing the swordsman was a trained swordfighter. But when they were about to shoot the scene, a wrench was thrown in their plans: Harrison Ford caught dysentery. Afraid that he would shit himself filming a complex swordfight, Ford suggested that he just shoot the swordsman instead.

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I have to admit, I was shocked to learn that this was unplanned since it seems so perfect for Indy. Just goes to show how perfectly Ford understood the character.