In yet another odd chapter from the US's movie rating history, the MPAA would not let Raiders of the Lost Ark's famous exploding head scene pass without an R rating—until director Steven Spielberg agreed to obscure the phony gore with flames.

Will McCrabb tweeted this piece of Indiana Jones trivia, along with a photo of the unobscured explosion. You can compare it to the video of the scene above.


At the time that Raiders was released, the PG-13 rating didn't exist. Perhaps if it had, we would have seen a less fiery version of the scene in the theaters.

Via Slate, which devoted a video to the subject:


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