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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure  |  23 May 1984 (USA)
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After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.



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Short Round (as Ke Huy Quan)
Chattar Lal (as Rushan Seth)
Philip Stone ...
Roy Chiao ...
David Yip ...
Chua Kah Joo ...
Rex Ngui ...
Maitre d'
Philip Tan ...
Chief Henchman (as Philip Tann)
Akio Mitamura ...


Set in 1935, a professor, archaeologist, and legendary hero by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his newest adventure. But this time he teams up with a night club singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old boy named Short Round. They end up in an Indian small distressed village, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen! They also discovered the great mysterious terror surrounding a booby-trapped temple known as the Temple of Doom! Thuggee is beginning to attempt to rise once more, believing that with the power of all five Sankara stones they can rule the world! Now, it's all up to Indiana to put an end to the Thuggee campaign, rescue the lost children, win the girl and conquer the Temple of Doom. Written by Anthony Pereyra <>

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Release Date:

23 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Indiana Jones 2  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)


$179,870,271 (USA)

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[first lines]
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In the opening credits Philip Stone's first name is misspelled "Phillip". Similarly, in the closing credits Roshan Seth's first name is misspelled "Rushan". Both these spelling mistakes are corrected in the DVD release. See more »


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Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
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Stupid, flat and racist
16 September 2012 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of Indiana Jones. That includes Raiders pf the lost ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Two great movies. This one is different. It features the two most annoying characters in movie history - Short Round and Willie Scott. Kate Capshaw got lucky - clearly a talent free 'actress', she got to marry Steven Spielberg. Otherwisenshe would not have landed any more roles after this one. All she does is running around screaming.

What really annoys me is the stupid, stereotypical portray of India. Fake gurus and emperors eating disgusting stuff like snakes filled with snakes, soup with eyes and monkey brains on ice.

The plot is flat, the script is stupid, the acting is pathetic. Spielberg what were you thinking?

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