Vic Armstrong: “This stunt on Raiders of the Lost Ark is superbly performed by Terry Leonard and directed by action unit director Mickey Moore. Terry had tried to perform this stunt before on the Legend of the Lone Ranger and it went badly wrong, and Terry’s legs were run over by the stage coach. I used to run every day in Tunisia as part of Terry’s rehab when we were working on Raiders. The original, though, is still the most amazingly dangerous stunt of them all performed by Yakima Canutt on Stagecoach.”
As Vic shares, Steven Spielberg’s Raiders modeled this famous scene after a stunt performed in the 1939 film Stagecoach starring John Wayne. It remains one of the greatest ever performed.