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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

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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

Writers:

Willard Huyck (screenplay by), Gloria Katz (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw ... Willie Scott
Jonathan Ke Quan ... Short Round (as Ke Huy Quan)
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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Storyline

A prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) set in 1935, the year before, the professor, archaeologist and adventurer by the name of Indiana Jones is back in action in his latest adventure. This time he 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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Taglines:

If adventure has a name... it must be Indiana Jones. See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Sinhalese

Release Date:

23 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Indiana Jones 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,936,113, 28 May 1984

Gross USA:

$179,870,271

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$333,107,271, 16 June 2012
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of George Lucas' early ideas had Indiana discover a "Lost World pastiche with a hidden valley inhabited by dinosaurs". See more »

Goofs

When the escaping Indian boy is leaning against a boulder to rest, the sounds of his breathing do not match the actual rise and fall of his chest. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

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 »

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Temple Of Doom Does Not Need My Recommendation But Receives It Anyways, Highly.
23 February 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

At the beginning of 2005, I have never seen any of the Indiana Jones trilogy. Yes, I have been living under a rock, however, I decided I was going to watch them all, and soon. I watched Raiders a few weeks ago, and now, I have finished viewing Temple Of Doom as well. I have to say that I enjoyed Temple Of Doom a tad more than Raiders Of The Lost Ark. I can not compare Last Crusade yet, but will shortly.

There are many reasons I like this movie better than the first. This seemed like more of a cohesive story to me. By that, I mean Indiana does not have to cross into all kinds of different countries for all kinds of different adventures, seemingly to just fit as much in the movie as possible. Other than the opening, which is meant to introduce Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and Shorty (Jonathan Ke Quan) and bring them together with Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). Once they are in India, they stay in India. There was plenty of trouble in the one country for them to get into.

The main plot is that once Indiana and friends are stranded after a plane wreck in India, they need to get some special stones for the village. Once they find the Temple Of Doom, that is where the story really takes off and gets fun. They discover that the children of the village are slaves to the Indian Chiefs and warriors and make it a point to save them as well. Mola Ram (Amrish Puri) was a great intimidating character. This was by far his most prominent role in the U.S.

For the most part, the special effects in this movie were great, with a few minor discrepancies (not bad at all for 1984). In fact, the only reason I can really see for making the 4th installment of Indiana Jones, is to use todays technology on this great series. It is bound to have some awesome looking displays. The only thing that truly annoyed me in this film was the constant screaming by Kate Capshaw's character Willie. Man, did that ever get tiresome. Overall, a great movie which does not need my recommendation but receives it highly. 9.5/10


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