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Raiders of the Lost Ark, Satipo (Alfred Molina)

Site Rating: 60%
(ratings: 6)
Writeup Rating: 73%
(ratings: 3)
Film: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Deceased Character: Satipo (Alfred Molina)
Archetype: Baddy (Minor)
Killed with: Pointy gate

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 9th Apr 2006

Kindly submitted by grimreaper

South America, 1936. Indiana Jones sets out to find and recover the golden idol of the Hovitos. Two of his guides betray him. The first guide attempts to shoot him, but just in the knick of time Jones uses his bullwhip to whip the turncoat's right arm, forcing him to drop his revolver. Jones with the second guide Satipo discovers the entrance to the labyrinth containing the idol. Deep inside the cave, Jones notices a beam of blue light. Being an expert on the occult, Indy advises Satipo to "stay out of the light". Jones projects his hand into the light to see what would happen; instantly a spear gate shoots out in front of him, with an impaled corpse hanging off of it for added menace.

After avoiding more deathtraps including a bottomless pit and holes shooting out poison darts, Jones reaches the stone stand holding the idol. Jones takes the idol, initiating a wrath of the gods and causing the temple to begin to collapse. Reaching the bottomless pit, Satipo has already used Indy's bullwhip to get to the other side. But in doing so, the whip has come free, and Jones and Satipo are on opposite sides of the pit. Satipo seeing his opportunity negotiates with Jones that he will give him the whip in exchange for the idol. With the door to the temple closing, Satipo advises "No time to argue. Throw me the idol, I'll throw you the whip". Indy has no choice but to agree. After tossing Satipo the idol, the guide betrays him. "Adios senor" he says, and he drops the whip and makes off with the idol.

Indy manages to jump across the gap on his own and is able to cross underneath a stone door before it closes. Moments later, he notices that a bloody Satipo impaled by the sharp gate, and casually picks up the idol. "Adios Satipo."

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This review has 10 comments. Reply to the comments
Comment 1 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
A few points,

1. This is more of a deathtrap than wrath of the gods as it seems the ancient pressure-sensor is a man made trap way before it's time.

2. I'm pretty sure Indy utters "Adios estupido" as he escapes.

3. The previous comment (Indy saying the same thing that the guide says to him) appears to be the only thing that's truly "ironic" about this, unless you're referring to the fact that the guide needed Jones to guide him and without him would be lost, everything else falls under "Tempting Fate" for Karma and all that junk
Comment 2 by 'Kooshmeister' (reply to this comment)
Well I dunno about what Indy says upon discovering his impaled head, but the character's name is indeed Satipo according to the credits.
Comment 3 by 'Don' (reply to this comment)
What is it about this guy Alfred Molina?
In Raiders he gets impaled with spikes through the head.
In Ladyhawke he gets implaled with spikes through the head from a wolf-trap.
Do I see a trend developing here?
Comment 4 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
heh, he manages to buck the trend quite spectacularly in the film Species though.
Comment 5 by 'Don' (reply to this comment)
I was watching Raiders today and reviewed what Indy said as he regarded the dead alfred Molina.

I hope that helps settle the confusion.
Comment 6 by 'Don' (reply to this comment)
I was watching Raiders today and reviewed what Indy said as he regarded the dead alfred Molina.
He actually says'Adios,''SaPITO''.
Ford transposed 2 letters of the guy's name.

I hope that helps settle the confusion.
Comment 7 by 'Mr. Briggs Inc.' (reply to this comment)
Aha. That settles that, I heard from a perhaps reliable source, but I guess it was wrong, what about the other points though?
Comment 8 by 'Don' (reply to this comment)
I rewound the tape 2 0r 3 times to be sure.
It was definitely a flub on Harrison's part.
Comment 9 by 'Jim' (reply to this comment)
Actually, i think this is one of those things that is often regarded as a goof, but could be a deliberate attempt by the director to insult Molina's character. "sapito" means 'toad'
Comment 10 by 'Jim' (reply to this comment)
Just thought I'd chime in...6 years later