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The plane belonging to "Lao Che Air Freight" that Indy, Short Round, and Willie use to escape from Shanghai is a Ford Trimotor 5-AT-B, first built in 1929. The Trimotors were Ford's first (and only) attempt at making airliners. Since the first mass-produced Ford car (the Model T) was known as the "Tin Lizzie", many pilots affectionately nicknamed the Trimotor the "Tin Goose". See more »
In the Shanghai nightclub scene 5 minutes into the film, when the lazy Susan is repeatedly used to move items while Indiana is holding a knife to Willie, the coupe glass appears, disappears, and then appears again. See more »
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 »
To avoid an '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 »
Poor and not-to-mention racist plot that tarnishes one of the best adventure series of all time
Personally, I think George Lucas has some kind of problem with Hindus or with Indians. He took every philosophy in Hinduism and used it to create the Force for STAR WARS. Then, he wrote the story for INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM.
First of all, why is it always that in every single country, a white man is superior to all others? Why is it that all the Indians are shown as either poor, desperate villagers who cling to Indy like he is God, snake-eating sickos, and/or as crazy cult members who have no free will of their own?
India was the birthplace of mathematics and many of the world's sciences. It had civilization long before the West. The game of chess came from India. Why is it, then, that this film shows India as such a backward place?
Disrespect for India aside, this film does not make up for it with any kind of good plot. The wholesome adventure and treasure hunt feeling of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE are gone. Let's also not forget all of the giant insects in the movie that are enough to make you lose your lunch. (I'm not kidding. Centipedes, spiders, and all kinds of creepy crawlers crawl around Kate Capshaw for a good five to seven minutes.)
If there is anything at all good about this movie, it's Shorty. That little Chinese kid is awesome. I think he should return in Indiana Jones IV.
Overall rating, 3/10.
NOTE: Many countries, including India, have banned this film for being overly disrespectful and downright racist.
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