Indiana Jones 4 opening scene – as it should have been

              Indiana Jones IV

 

FADE IN:

Int. desert cave—DAY

 

A figure resembling INDIANA JONES walks down a long hallway with two guides flanking him holding flashlights and looking nervous.  They have been walking for a while and the passage is becoming more dusty and full of cobwebs.

 

One of the guides ARI stops to take a rock out of his shoe.

 

ARI

Ouch! Why is this passage

so long? And why is it

getting colder?

 

The figure resembling Indiana stops and throws a level on the ground. He turns around to face the other two and is revealed to be JASON, a twenty-something kid with a cowboy pistol instead of a whip.

 

JASON (laughing)

We’re getting deeper guys,

so bundle up.

 

ARI

If you knew it was going to

be cold why didn’t we bring

torches instead of these things?

 

JASON

I’ll never understand this

obsession with torches people

have. You’re just like my dad,

living in the past.

 

ARI

Archaeologists are supposed

to live in the past. Where

is your father anyway? I would

feel much safer with him here.

 

Jason is indignant and turns away without responding.

 

CUT TO:

 

INDIANA JONES is sitting in bed drinking coffee and reading the paper. He has a sprained ankle. SALLAH enters and pours himself some coffee.

 

SALLAH

So Indy, do you know where

your son is this morning?

 

INDIANA

Probably sleeping one off.

 

SALLAH

Well Indy, you can be happy

young Jason isn’t quite the

drunk you think although in

this case you may wish he was.

 

Indiana get up and starts getting dressed in a hurry.

 

INDIANA

Alright Sallah what did he

do now? He hasn’t been

gambling again, has he?

 

SALLAH

No, no nothing like that.

He has simply stolen three

of my best camels and two

of my worst guides.

 

Indiana looks alarmed and starts looking through his luggage.

 

SALLAH

He headed southwest

apparently into the desert

so I thought-

 

INDIANA (holding up an empty briefcase)

The ruins of Bedua.

 

CUT TO:

 

 

INT. Desert cave—DAY

 

Jason and guides have come to a stone wall blocking the passage and are examining everything nearby with flashlights.

 

ARI

Maybe this is a sign.

 

JASON (irritated)

A sign of what exactly?

 

GUIDE #2

We shouldn’t be here.

 

 

JASON

You should be more concerned

with what we can do not what

you think we should.

 

The two guides look at each other uneasily.

 

CUT TO:

EXT. Entrance to ruins of Bedua—DAY

 

Five Arab men with rifles sit on camels in front of the entrance.

 

ARAB #1

Do you think they will figure

out how to open the chamber door?

 

Arab #2

Perhaps not but he is American,

no? He will blow the door up to

get what he wants.

 

Arab #3

Now what makes you think

Americans are so destructive?

 

The group starts laughing loudly at the joke.

 

CUT TO:

 

 

Indiana and Sallah are riding through the desert.

 

INDIANA (curious)

Sallah how do you know where

we’re going?

 

SALLAH (coughs)

Well Indy I’ve been keeping

copies of your maps because

you do have a rather strong

tendency to get captured.

 

They suddenly hear the sound of laughter and pull the horses to a stop. They crawl up to the top of a sand dune and see the five Arabs.

 

EXT. Cave entrance–Continuous

 

The Arab men sit under some ruins next to the cave entrance. Some of them start loading and cleaning their rifles.

 

CUT TO:

 

INT. Blocked passage—DAY

 

ARI (shining his flash light down a hole)

I think I see a lever down

there but we’re going to need

a long stick to reach it.

 

JASON (rolling eyes)

Oh yes there are plenty of

long sticks in the desert.

 

Jason thinks for a moment and takes his pistol out and shoots into the hole. The door starts to rise.

 

EXT. Cave Entrance—DAY

 

ARAB #2

See what I told you!

 

EXT. Top of sand dune—Continuous

 

INDIANA (muttering)

Any excuse to use his gun.

 

SALLAH

You know Indy I think they

will be shot at when they

leave the cave.

 

INDIANA

Yeah I get that same feeling.

 

Indiana sees the camels Jason has brought and decides to create a diversion.

 

INT. Cavern—DAY

 

Jason and guides have entered a large elaborate cavern and they stand there speechless shining flashlights up and down the wall. After a few seconds the door behind them starts to close. They all run for the door and make it out just in time.

 

                        ARI (looking at the broken lever)

              Well this has been a productive

              day.

 

EXT. Cave Entrance—DAY

 

Jason’s group emerges into bright sunlight and chaos. Camels are running around wildly, with Arabs chasing them. Bullets are also flying from the few Arabs not chasing camels. Indiana and Sallah ride in and grab Jason and the guides and escape through the mazelike ruins.

 

INDIANA (yelling over the noise)

You’re a real pain in the

ass kiddo!

 

JASON

At least I haven’t been gambling!

             

 

 

FADE OUT.

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