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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)
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David Yip ...
Chua Kah Joo ...
Rex Ngui ...
Maitre d'
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Chief Henchman (as Philip Tann)
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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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Did You Know?


The rope bridge was coated in sand to make it briefly leave an afterimage of itself in mid-air when it collapsed. See more »


During the climactic fight scene when Short Round tackles the Maharajah, the Indy doll and the hairpin clearly separate as the young prince falls to the ground - the pin, with its feathery handle, remains in his right hand and the doll in his left. Yet, when the Indy doll is next shown lying on the ground, the hairpin is still stuck into it. See more »


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

The Paramount mountain dissolves into a mountain on a gong. Kate Capshaw's hands obscure the words 'starring in', after which her entire body obscures the "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" title. See more »


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Among the biggest movie adventures ever
23 October 2003 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

All this endless quarreling about which episode of the sensational Indiana Jones trilogy is the greatest one seems so futile and pointless to me. Personally I love the whole classic series and it's been a highly important part of my childhood. There are only few films that has effect me as much when I was young. It's easy to notice that each Indy-film is downright brilliant yet refreshingly different from the other and could easily be the best of the three so why not just enjoy all without using energy to locate flaws and make comparisons. Terrific "Raiders of the lost ark" was of course the first and the original and therefore freshest one - the true and the genuine Indy-movie.

"Indiana Jones and the last crusade" had Sean Connery playing Indy's daddy and if you ask me "Indiana Jones and the temple of doom" is the biggest adventure of them all. I'm not saying that it's necessarily the best part because I don't want to put these movies in any order. I just happen to think that it's the biggest adventure film = it's more exotic, danger-filled and action-packed than the first or the last one. I've never thought "Indiana Jones and the temple of doom" as an over-violent movie, not even when I was a kid. So they rip a guy's heart out. That's cruel but this is only an old-fashioned fairy tale, a fantasy - not a gory horror picture. To pack it all up in one sentence: Among the biggest movie adventures ever.

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