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Indiana Jones: Awesome Behind-the-Scenes Photos From ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Raiders of the Lost Ark
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Indiana Jones is back in theaters this week as ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark‘ returns for a limited IMAX engagement. Then next week, ‘The Complete Indiana Jones Adventures’ brings Indiana Jones and his movies (including ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ ‘Temple of Doom’ and ‘The Last Crusade) to Blu-ray.

To help celebrate, we’re looking back on perhaps Indiana Jones’ finest adventure – ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ – in a way that you maybe haven’t seen before. In this gallery of rare, behind-the-scenes photos, you can get a glimpse of Harrison Ford preparing himself for a scene, Steven Spielberg setting up a shot and even a look at things that didn’t make it into the movie.

Below is a gallery of rare behind-the-scenes photos from ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’ Thanks to Paramount Pictures, Eric Vespe of Ain’t It Cool and TheRaider.net for their help compiling this gallery.

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Steven Spielberg setting up a shot of miniatures
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Spielberg, Harrison Ford and a corpse
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That's noted Indiana Jones stunt double Vic Armstrong standing to the left of Harrison Ford.
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Ford and Karen Allen
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Spielberg and stuntman Pat Roach (also a professional wrestler) choreographing the big boxing scene
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Allen, producer George Lucas, Spielberg and Ford
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The prosthetic Belloq head that explodes during the finale
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Spielberg, the idol and the corpse of Satipo
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Ford, cinematographer Douglas Slocombe and Spielberg work the animatronic idol
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A look inside the fertility idol, which actually had robotic eyes and was supposed to "look" at Indiana Jones
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Lucas and Ford on set
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Lucas, Spielberg and two impressive beards
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From a deleted scene that shows how Indy survived the submarine trip
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Lunch on the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' set
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Stuntman Vic Armstrong films the legendary chase sequence
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Allen and a shirtless Spielberg (and an awesome hat)
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Allen posing with one of the Nazi pilots
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Ford practicing his whip during one of the bazaar scenes
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Ford, Spielberg and the Bantu Wind, the ship that carried Indy, Marion and the Ark
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John Rhys-Davies cracking up Ford
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Creating the ghost that flies out of the Ark of the Covenant
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Dietrich's face melting off as the Ark is opened
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Allen, Spielberg, Ford and Rhys-Davies working on rewrites
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Spielberg shooting the scene with Belloq and the Hovitos
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Ford and Allen shooting the finale as Lucas looks on
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Wolf Kahler (Col. Dietrich), Spielberg and Rhys-Davies
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The Hovitos turn on the crew
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The matte painting of Marion's bar in Tibet

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Harrison Ford lounges alongside extras in the desert
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Spielberg and Ford

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