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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

23 May 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Indiana Jones 2  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)


$179,870,271 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Kate Capshaw incurred a black eye in the runaway mine cart sequence. The next day when she reported to work, everybody else on the set was wearing a black smudge under their eye. See more »


When Indie and Willie dive through the rapidly closing door, the supposedly solid stone wall jiggles like flimsy foam rubber. See more »


[first lines]
Wu Han: [to Indy] Be careful.
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Crazy Credits

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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Anything Goes
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Kate Capshaw (uncredited)
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Changed My Mind About This Stylish Film
5 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a long time, this was the only one of the three Indiana Jones films I did not like. Then, when it was part of the DVD package that came out over five years ago, I had to buy it if I wanted the other two, so I gave it a third look. Wow, all of sudden I liked it.

For the first time, the woman (Kate Capshaw) and the young boy (Ke Huy Quan) weren't as annoying as I had remembered them. The stupid kid really had rubbed me the wrong way, but this time only Kate was annoying....and she was fine once she calmed down and got rid of the hysterics.

The action in this film is mostly at the beginning and at the end. It is so Rambo-ish (bad guys never hit the target but good guys always do) it is ludicrous. It also has dumb dialog in a number of spots, paying homage to voodooism, spells and other nonsense.

Yet, despite these criticisms, it's entertaining start-to-finish and has some fantastic visuals. The photography in here is beautiful: the best of the three Jones adventures. I particularly liked the opening dance number which reminded me of a Busby Berkeley extravaganza. This whole film looks spectacular on DVD.

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