An Arab Henchman was one of a group of local misfits and criminals hired off the streets of Cairo, Egypt by German intelligence agents as part of their work to waylay threats and prevent interference to the Nazi excavation of nearby Tanis to unearth the lost Ark of the Covenant.
In 1936, the henchman, along with another hired tough kidnapped Marion Ravenwood after she and archaeologist Indiana Jones, who were looking for the Ark, got separated following the group's ambush of the pair in a Cairo marketplace.
Positioned to prevent threats to the ongoing work at Tanis, the German agent and his partners monitored the movements of American archaeologist Indiana Jones and bar owner Marion Ravenwood when they arrived in the city chasing the location of the Ark themselves.
A robed Arab tough, whose identity was obscured by a dark keffiyeh along with several other native henchmen, was hired by the German agents to form part of an attack against Jones and Ravenwood. When the initial assault only succeeded in separating Jones and Ravenwood from each other, the German agent led a smaller group, including the henchman, after Marion who they found hiding in a basket after her location with betrayed by her simian companion who was secretly working for an informant known as the Monkey Man.
Under the direction of the Nazis, the henchman and an ally picked up the basket with Marion still inside, and began a mad dash through the streets of Cairo as Jones caught up and followed from close behind. Jones chased them through a confusingly large group of similarly dressed locals carrying baskets and was momentarily distracted by a local swordsman who he shot and killed along the way.
The basket-carrying pair eventually reached a German truck driven by two other toughs and dumped their package in the back with numerous explosives then fled. However, at some point the baskets had been switched. When Jones inadvertently destroyed the truck and thought he had taken Ravenwood with it, the captive Marion was actually sent to the Tanis dig site in secret.
Behind the scenes Edit
The Arab Henchman was portrayed by an uncredited performer in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
With the exception of those individually named in the film's credits, the Cairo-based Egyptian antagonists are all collectively called Arab Henchmen in the Raiders of the Lost Ark Sourcebook and share the same gameplay stats.