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20 Things You Didn't Know About Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Looking at everyone's whip-cracking fedora-wearing archeologist.

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Inspired by the adventurous serials of the early 20th century, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg created Raiders of the Lost Ark; a perfect blend of action and adventure and one of the defining films of the 1980s. Countless movies have attempted to replicate Raiders' style but none of them have been able to match it. After nearly 40 years, the first entry in the Indiana Jones franchise is still the best in the series as well as one of the greatest action films of all time.

The film has been picked apart by avid fans so many times, cinephiles are familiar with the ins-and-outs of how Raiders was made. You probably know about the R2-D2 Easter egg. It's common knowledge that Harrison Ford wasn't the first choice for the role.

But throughout this list, we will be looking at lesser-known facts, abandoned storylines, and changes in characters. Why is Indy's hat so important? Who inspired the main character? How differently could the film have turned out?

Read on to learn the secrets behind one of the most celebrated films in history.

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