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  • When Indy makes the famous "swap the bag of sand for the idol" maneuver, he weighs the bag of sand in his hand and takes some out as if it'll somehow be heavier than a huge lump of solid gold.
  • The film opens with Indy braving death traps, scary spiders, waves of angry natives trying to kill him, and he pretty much takes it all in stride. Get him on the plane with a snake as a fellow passenger, though...
    Jock: Oh, that's just my pet snake Reggie!
    Jock: Come on! Show a little backbone, will ya?
  • After Indy escapes the temple, he is surrounded by angry natives along with one of the treacherous guides from earlier, the natives knock the person down to reveal that his entire back is covered with darts.
  • What Marion says when she gets abducted by some of the thugs in Cairo.
    Marion: You can't do this to me, I'm an American!
  • The scene of Indy facing down a swordsman in the Cairo market. The Mook spends several seconds twirling the blade menacingly, after which Indy makes a "I don't have time for this" face, pulls out his gun and shoots him. We lost an awesome whip vs. sword fight scene, but got one of the funniest moments in movie history in exchange.
    • Better: that look on Indy's face is actual pain from Harrison Ford's dysentery that forced the "just shoot the sucker" moment in the first place.
      • Even better than that, the natives swooping in on the guy's corpse and stealing his sword, cheering enthusiastically.
    • Also lucky that the real-life swordsman they hired for the scene turned out to be so good at pratfalls.
    • The music. It starts suspensfully when the sword man appears and starts doing his tricks, then it gets whimsical when Indy picks up the gun and shoots him.
    • The merchant behind Indy ignoring the scene right in front of him and going on with his job of chopping meat. Either he's seriously oblivious to the fight before him, or this type of thing actually happens quite often around there.
  • "Asps. Very dangerous. (taps Indy on the shoulder) You go first."
    • Most anything Sallah says or does is pretty good for a laugh.
      • "I'm so pleased you're not dead!"
  • Indy's clearly in no hurry to get his ass whipped, which makes his casual "Okay, okay dude, I'm coming" reaction when the big German beckons him down to fight all the funnier.
    • He then tries for a sneaky Groin Attack after distracting the German, who No Sells it and knocks Indy flat on his rear with a single light jab, with Indy's knees visibly wobbling just before they give out from under him.
  • During the desert chase, two Germans on a motorcycle & sidecar ride up to the truck Indy's driving to try and take a shot at him. Indy flashes a quick "who are they kidding?" look, quickly yanks the steering wheel in their direction, and then looks back to see the bike and its two riders tumbling off the road and into a ditch.
  • At the end of the chase, Indy drives the stolen truck with the Ark into a garage, and the locals immediately move to hide it, with a couple of them running up to Dietrich to offer them melons to really sell it.
  • Also, after the desert chase, when Indy is examining his wounds in a mirror, and Marion flips the mirror around, banging him hard on the chin. Cuts to the exterior of the ship they're on, and the most anguished scream ever.
    Marion: What'd you say?
  • Indy and Marion get a chance to make out on the cruise liner and start kissing... only for Indy to fall asleep afterwards.
    Marion: We never seem to get a break, do we?
  • Captain Katanga meets Indy for the first time when he's filthy, bruised, and battered from the truck chase:
    Katanga: Mr. Jones! I've heard a lot about you, sir. Your appearance is exactly the way I imagined.
  • Sallah giving Indy a good-bye Man Hug would fall under Heartwarming Moments if it didn't aggravate Indy's myriad injuries.
  • Indy stealing the uniform of the Officer that questioned how badly the first uniform he stole fits him.
    • Blink and you'll miss it, but you can actually see Indy sizing up the officer, trying to see if his clothes are the right size before knocking him out.
    • The first mook he knocks out appears to be the shortest Nazi in the film, being a good head shorter than the other three guys who passed by Indy's hiding place.
  • The DVD special features have some utterly hilarious footage of Steven Spielberg chastising one of the snakes from the Well of Souls scene after discovering that, being cold blooded, snakes actually like to be close to fire. "You like fire. In the script, you're supposed to hate fire. Why do you like fire?! You're ruining my movie!"
  • Marion waving the torch at Indy's whip mistaking it for a snake and causing Indy to jump in pain.
  • Toht advances on Marion, pulling out what looks like a nasty torture device...which he then folds into a coat hanger.
    • And it's based on a Deleted Scene from 1941 (done for that film by Christopher Lee!), which Spielberg swore he'd try to put in all of his movies until it stayed in.
  • Indiana's reaction to Belloq's mocking as he's trapped in the Well of Souls:
    Belloq: "What a fitting end to your life's pursuits. You're about to become a permanent addition to this archeological find. Who knows? In a thousand years even you may be worth something."
    Indiana: (smiling nervously, doing a forced laugh) "Ahahahahh!..." (under his mouth) "Sonofabitch..."
  • In the bar fight, Indy and a Mook are grappling over a gun and another mook is told "Shoot them. Shoot them both." They promptly, of one mind, both turn and shoot the other mook.
    • Along the same lines as that bar fight, Indy and the driver of the truck joining forces to avoid crashing (much) into a construction project and then laughing at the sight of a native sliding off the windscreen before Indy punches him out of the truck.
  • While Toht is a frightening character. Seeing him jumping out of the bar after touching the hot medallion and whimpering in the snow is amusing to watch.
  • Marion and Belloq powering through a bottle of grappa and being reduced to helpless giggling.
  • Toht sweltering in the heat as they transport the ark to where it'll be opened, as he's wearing a black leather trenchcoat in the middle of the Mediterranean sun. Gestapo uniform codes must be strict.
  • Belloq and Dietrich being deeply frustrated over not finding the Ten Commandments inside the Ark, but what appears to be very fine sand is one thing. Toht breaking down into hysterical laughter afterwards just puts the cherry on it.
  • "Love" and "You" on a sighing young girl's eyelids.
    • And Indy's flustered response.
    • Just look at that classroom! More than half of the students are young girls just gazing at their archaeology professor.
    • And then a male student leaves an apple on Indy's desk.
  • The monkey doing a Sieg Heil - and one of the Nazi goons reflexively returning the salute, before getting a look on his face of "What the hell did I just do?"
  • This exchange:
    Major Eaton: We have top men working on it right now.
    Indiana Jones: Who?
    Major Eaton: Top. Men.
  • Funny in a kind of darkly way to some, The Reveal at the end of the film which implies that the government strong-armed Indy into handing the Ark into their hands so it could be studied properly... only to promptly stuff it in a huge warehouse to be (quite possibly) forgotten.
  • The scene where Sallah's children rescue Indy from Belloq in the bar, even the mercenaries around the room were laughing.
    Belloq: Next time, Indiana Jones, it will take more than children to save you!
  • With Marion’s wine barrels shot up and leaking, she sneaks one last drink from them before getting back in the fight.
  • While the climax is pretty horrifying, there is just something hilarious about how Toht Screams Like a Little Girl the moment things go bad.


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