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: However, an Egyptian pharaoh... Indiana
: Shishak. Brody
: ...yes, invaded the city of Jerusalem round about 980 B.C., and he may have take the Ark back to the city of Tanis and hidden it in a secret chamber called The Well of Souls. Major Eaton
] Secret chamber? Brody
: However, about a year after the pharaoh had returned to Egypt, the city of Tanis was consumed by the desert in a sand storm which lasted a whole year. Wiped clean by the wrath of God. Major Eaton
: [turns slowly toward Col. Musgrove
] Uh... huh. Colonel Musgrove
: Obviously, we've come to the right men. Now you seem to know, uh, all about this Tanis, then. Indiana
: No, no, not really. Ravenwood is the real expert. Abner did the first serious work on Tanis. Collected some of its relics. It was his obsession, really. But he never found the city. Major Eaton
: Frankly, we're somewhat suspicious of Mr. Ravenwood, an American being mentioned so prominently in a secret Nazi cable. Brody
: Oh, rubbish. Ravenwood's no Nazi. Colonel Musgrove
: Well, what do the Nazis want him for then? Indiana
: Well, obviously, the Nazis are looking for the headpiece to Staff of Ra and they think Abner's got it. Major Eaton
: What exactly is a headpiece to the Staff of Ra? Indiana
: Well, the staff is just a stick. I don't know, about this big. Nobody really knows for sure how high. And it's...
[turns blackboard to blank side
: it's, uh... it's capped with an elaborate headpiece in the shape of the sun with a crystal in the center. And what you did was, you take the staff to a special room in Tanis, a map room with a miniature of the city all laid out on the floor. And if you put the staff in a certain place at a certain time of day, the sun shone through here and made beam that came down on the floor here... and gave you the exact location of the Well of the Souls. Colonel Musgrove
: Where the Ark of the Covenant was kept, right?. Indiana
: That's exactly what the Nazis are looking for. Major Eaton
: Now what does this Ark look like? Indiana
: Uh... there's a picture of it right here.
[opens a book on the table
: That's it.
[they all look at an illustration of the Hebrews devastating their enemy with the Ark
] Major Eaton
: Good God! Brody
: Yes, that's just what the Hebrews thought. Colonel Musgrove
: [pointing to a beam of light
] Uh, now what's that supposed to be coming out of there? Indiana
: Lightning. Fire. Power of God or something. Major Eaton
: I'm beginning to understand Hitler's interest in this. Brody
: Oh, yes. The Bible speaks of the Ark leveling mountains and laying waste to entire regions. An army which carries the Ark before it... is invincible.
: [sees a picture of the Ark with rays of power coming out of it
] Good God! Brody
: Yes, that's what the Hebrews thought.
: Doctor Jones, we've heard a lot about you. Indiana
: Have you? Major Eaton
: Professor of Archeology, expert on the occult, and how does one say it... obtainer of rare antiquities. Indiana
: That's one way of saying it. Why don't you sit down, you'll be more comfortable. Colonel Musgrove
: Yes, you're a man of many talents. Major Eaton
: Now, you studied under Professor Ravenwood at the University of Chicago. Indiana
: Yes, I did. Major Eaton
: You have no idea of his present whereabouts? Indiana
: Only rumors, really. Somewhere in Asia, I think. I haven't really spoken to him in ten years. We were friends once, but we had a bit of a falling out, I'm afraid. Colonel Musgrove
: Now, Doctor Jones, you must understand that this is all completely confidential. Indiana
: I understand. Colonel Musgrove
: Yesterday afternoon, our European section intercepted a German communique that was sent from Cairo to Berlin. Major Eaton
: You see, for the last two years, the Nazis have had teams of archaeologists running around the world looking for all sorts of religious artifacts. Hitler's a nut on the subject. He's crazy. He's obsessed with the occult. And right now, apparently, there is some kind of German archaeological dig going on in the desert outside Cairo. Colonel Musgrove
: Now, we have some information here, but we can't make anything out of it and maybe you can. "Tanis development proceeding. Acquire headpiece, Staff of Ra, Abner Ravenwood, US." Indiana
: The Nazis have discovered Tanis! Major Eaton
: Now just what does that mean to you... 'Tanis'? Indiana
: Tanis is one of the possible resting places of the Lost Ark. Colonel Musgrove
: The Lost Ark? Indiana
: Yeah, the Ark of the Covenant. The chest the Hebrews used to carry the Ten Commandments around in. Major Eaton
: Alright now, what do you mean the Ten Commandments, you're talking about THE Ten Commandments? Indiana
: Yes, the actual Ten Commandments. The original stone tablets that Moses brought down out of Mount Horeb and smashed, if you believe in that sort of thing. Didn't you guys ever go to Sunday School? Look, the Hebrews took the broken pieces and put them into the Ark. When they settled in Canaan, they put the Ark in a place called The Temple of Solomon, where it stayed for many years, till all of a sudden... whoosh, it was gone. Major Eaton
: Where? Indiana
: Nobody knows where or when.
[Army Intelligence officer describing Indiana Jones
] Major Eaton
: Professor of archeology, expert on the occult, and how does one say it? Obtainer of rare antiquities.
: The Ark of the Covenant, the chest that the Hebrews used to carry around the Ten Commandments. Major Eaton
: What, you mean THE Ten Commandments? Indiana
: Yes, the actual Ten Commandments, the original stone tablets that Moses brought down from Mt. Horeb and smashed, if you believe in that sort of thing...
[the officers stare at him blankly
: Didn't any of you guys ever go to Sunday school?
[looking at an old picture of the Ark
] Colonel Musgrove
: Now, what's that supposed to be coming out of there? Indiana
: Lightning. Fire. The power of God or something. Major Eaton
: I'm beginning to understand Hitler's interest in this.
[Discussing the fate of the Ark
] Maj. Eaton
: We have top men working on it right now. Indiana
: Who? Maj. Eaton
: Top... men.