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[[File:DELETED SWORDFIGHT.jpg|thumb|220x220px|left|A moment from the intended battle between [[Indiana Jones]] and the swordsman.]]
 
[[File:DELETED SWORDFIGHT.jpg|thumb|220x220px|left|A moment from the intended battle between [[Indiana Jones]] and the swordsman.]]
   
The sequence depicting the swordsman in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' was dramatically shortened from conception. The film's script, written by [[Lawrence Kasdan]], originally intended to have Indy fight the swordsman with lengthy choreography and demonstration of his [[whip]], including a gag where the swordsman accidentally cleaves through a tough piece of meat from the market stall of a grateful vendor who thanks the swordsman afterwards.<ref name="Death">{{IJ|url=raiders/bts/news/f20040113/index.html|text=The Urban Legends of ''Indiana Jones''}}</ref>
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The sequence depicting the swordsman in ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' was dramatically shortened from conception. The film's script, written by [[Lawrence Kasdan]], originally intended to have Indy fight the swordsman with lengthy choreography and demonstration of his [[whip]], including a gag where the swordsman accidentally cleaves a tough piece of meat from the market stall of a grateful vendor who thanks the swordsman afterwards. However, [[Harrison Ford]], along with most of the crew, was suffering from dysentery. Ford then suggested they "just shoot the sucker", and [[Steven Spielberg]] agreed, resulting in the biggest laugh of the film and one of its most memorable sequences.<ref name="Death">{{IJ|url=raiders/bts/news/f20040113/index.html|text=The Urban Legends of ''Indiana Jones''}}</ref>
 
However, [[Harrison Ford]], along with most of the crew, was suffering from dysentery. Ford then suggested they "just shoot the sucker", and [[Steven Spielberg]] agreed, resulting in the biggest laugh of the film and one of its most memorable sequences.<ref name="Death"/>
 
   
 
In both [[Campbell Black]]'s [[Raiders of the Lost Ark (novel)|novelization of the film]] and the [[Raiders of the Lost Ark (comic)|comic book adaptation]], the Arab Swordsman is absent from the story. Indy never fights him in [[Cairo]] as he witnesses the "death" of [[Marion Ravenwood]] immediately after getting rid of the bandits who first try to kill him.<ref>[[Raiders of the Lost Ark (novel)|''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' novelization]]</ref><ref>[[Raiders of the Lost Ark (comic)|''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' comic book]]</ref>
 
In both [[Campbell Black]]'s [[Raiders of the Lost Ark (novel)|novelization of the film]] and the [[Raiders of the Lost Ark (comic)|comic book adaptation]], the Arab Swordsman is absent from the story. Indy never fights him in [[Cairo]] as he witnesses the "death" of [[Marion Ravenwood]] immediately after getting rid of the bandits who first try to kill him.<ref>[[Raiders of the Lost Ark (novel)|''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' novelization]]</ref><ref>[[Raiders of the Lost Ark (comic)|''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' comic book]]</ref>
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