In 1935, Indiana Jones arrives in India, still part of the British Empire, and is asked to find a mystical stone. He then stumbles upon a secret cult committing enslavement and human sacrifices in the catacombs of an ancient palace.

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Steven Spielberg

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Willard Huyck (screenplay by), Gloria Katz (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw ... Willie Scott
Ke Huy Quan ... Short Round
Amrish Puri ... Mola Ram
Roshan Seth ... Chattar Lal (as Rushan Seth)
Philip Stone ... Captain Blumburtt
Roy Chiao ... Lao Che
David Yip ... Wu Han
Ric Young ... Kao Kan
Chua Kah Joo Chua Kah Joo ... Chen
Rex Ngui Rex Ngui ... Maitre d'
Philip Tan ... Chief Henchman (as Philip Tann)
Dan Aykroyd ... Weber
Akio Mitamura Akio Mitamura ... Chinese Pilot
Michael Yama ... Chinese Co-Pilot
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Indiana Jones teams up with a nightclub singer named Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott and a twelve-year-old Chinese boy named Short Round. They end up in a small distressed village in India, where the people believe that evil spirits have taken all their children away after a sacred precious stone was stolen. They also discover 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. 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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The man in the hat is back... See more »

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Action | Adventure

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Amrish Puri shaved his head for the role of Mola Ram. This created such an impression that he kept this look and became one of India's most popular film villains. See more »

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In the mine, when Shorty uses the ladder as a pole vault, he holds the bag with his mouth yet we hear him scream. See more »

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[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 »

Alternate Versions

To avoid a '15' certificate in the UK (with the sacrificial ceremony said to be bordering on '18', according to a letter sent by the BBFC to UIP in 1984), the BBFC cut 1 minute 6 secs from the film and later said that it was one of the strongest PG ratings they had ever issued. Among the cuts made were a heart ripped from a sacrificial victim and his lowering into the blazing pit, edits to a whipping scene and the fight between Indiana and the overseer, and the removal of a shot of a man's head hitting the side of a cliff. The line "Leave him alone, you bastards" was changed to "Leave him alone" and sounds of screams and violence were also considerably reduced. This PG rated print was the only version available in the UK for many years until October 2012, when the cuts were fully waived for the 12 rated Blu-Ray release. See more »

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Original 'Indiana Jones' Themes and Compositions
(uncredited)
from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Williams
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One of the greatest adventure films of all time...
8 April 2003 | by WhitePhantomSee all my reviews

Everyone complains about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. One of my friends and I used to argue for months on end about which Indian Jones film was the superior. Almost anyone we ask say that Temple of Doom is their least favorite, and the worst in the Jones trilogy. I believe the only reason people say this, is because it's the middle film, sandwiched between an all time classic, and a Hollywood blockbuster. To me, there is NO question that Raiders of the Lost Ark is the far superior Indiana Jones film. To anyone who says Last Crusade is the best I can do nothing but disagree (let me point out that all THREE films are nothing short of phenomenal). Temple of Doom had so much to live up to after the first film, and instead of trying to re-create Raiders (something I feel Crusade did), Lucas and Spielberg decided to take the franchise in a new direction. In my opinion, this was a great idea. Crusade and Raiders are too similar: both of them take place in desert terrain, both have Indy going after a very famous, biblical artifact, and both have Indy fighting off the Nazi's from attaining this object for global domination. Without Temple of Doom, Last Crusade would be an obvious copy of Raiders of the Lost Ark. A different style of Indy film is needed to expand the trilogy, making Indiana Jones a truly global character, and Temple of Doom did just that.

The film itself is a non-stop action, adventure ride. Harrison Ford is once again AMAZING as the dashing professor/archaeologist thrill seeker. Short Round is a loveable character who adds a humorous touch, and reveals the more compassionate side of Indy's character. The ceremony scenes are truly breathtaking and tense. During these scenes the film contains some very graphic images, but are used justifiably to convey the real dark, feel of this film (i.e. the removing of the man's heart while he's still alive, and lowering him into a fiery pit). The mine cart chase scenes are the most amazing, fast moving action sequence in any of the Indy films, and you feel like you're on a roller coaster each time you watch it. All these events lead to the film's spectacular and memorable climax.

I know with three films as amazing as the Indiana Jones trilogy, it's hard to pick a best and worst film, in fact it's nearly impossible. I'm just going to say that each film is great on it's own, and really shouldn't be compared to the other two.


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Release Date:

23 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,337,110, 27 May 1984

Gross USA:

$179,870,271

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$333,107,271
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