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The Tough Sergeant was one of the Nazi soldiers serving under Colonel Herman Dietrich in 1936.


The Sergeant and a group of soldiers rode in the cargo truck carrying the Ark to Cairo. After Indiana Jones hurled the driver out the door and got behind the wheel, the Sergeant ordered his men to climb into the cab and shoot him. They all fell off the side of the truck, much to the Sergeant's annoyance, although Indy did get shot in the arm.


The Sergeant climbs over the speeding truck.

The Sergeant decided to take things into his own hands and climbed over the top of the truck and swung into the cab, overpowered Jones by punching his bullet wound, and threw the American through the windshield. At the behest of Dietrich, he attempted to crush Jones, who was clinging to the truck's grille, between his vehicle and Belloq's staff car. Jones had other ideas and crawled underneath the moving truck, climbed into the back and swung into the driver's seat, kicking the Nazi in the face. Infuriated, Jones started smashing the man's face into the dashboard before throwing him through the windshield. Finding himself in a situation much like Indy's, the Sergeant tried to follow the same steps, but the truck's grille had been damaged by this time and could not hold his weight. The sergeant eventually lost his grip on the grille and the truck ran him over, killing him.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Tough Sergeant was portrayed by the late and uncredited stuntman Sergio Mioni in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

In the third draft of the film's original script, written by Lawrence Kasdan, the Sergeant's fate, like with many other characters, was not the same. Instead of taking control of the truck he is actually shot by an armed guard in the staff car on the orders of Shliemann (Dietrich's name in the script), who is afraid that if the Sergeant kills Jones the truck will crash, damaging the Ark. However, although this was cut, Dietrich indeed shoots the Sergeant in the film's storybook.

Despite that Mioni was the stuntman who played the Tough Sergeant, some fans had mistaken the late Welsh actor John Rees, who portrayed another Sergeant as the stuntman who portrayed the Tough Sergeant. However, this is false, as it was stated that Mioni was the portrayer of this character.

The Raiders novelization doesn't feature him, but includes a scene similar to his. Two soldiers climb on top of the truck, but the aforementioned armed guard in the staff car (that doesn't exist in the film because Arnold Ernst Toht rides in his place) blows the scheme allowing Indy to stop the truck sending the two soldiers flying off the car. The Tough Sergeant is also absent from the TV short film LEGO Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Brick and from both LEGO video games.


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