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Best Improvised Movie Scenes

In honor of the improvised "Like Crazy," see top movie improv scenes, from "Taxi Driver" to "Casablanca."

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Shooting the Swordsman

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RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)

In Steven Spielberg’s 1981 action-adventure film, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford stars as the courageous archeologist Indiana Jones, who is searching for the Ark of the Covenant. Some filming took place in Tunisia, and during one of the fight scenes in Kairouan, the script called for Ford to engage in a lengthy fight with a swordsman. By then, however, Ford was suffering from dysentery and wasn’t in the right state to shoot the fight scene, so he told Spielberg, “Let’s just shoot the fucker.” Spielberg thought it was a fun idea, so they scrapped the fight scene and instead shot the memorable gag of Indiana Jones quickly shooting the swordsman.

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