Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1984

Action / Adventure

223
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 84%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 353351

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Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Steven Spielberg as Tourist at Airport
George Lucas as Missionary
Dan Aykroyd as Weber
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by garthbarnes-11100 2 / 10

I Waited Three Hours For This?

Spoilers Ahead:

My header was heard from the mouths of dozens of other sunburned faces exiting the Westgate theater in 1984. It was over ninety degrees out; we all stood out, in the blazing sun, for over three hours with the memory of Raiders Of The Lost Ark in our minds. There was such palpable excitement in line. We all shared our favorite scenes from the original. The movie starts so well, my friend Eric whispers to me,"Hey, this is going to be good." What happened? Well, from the moment that the three of them fall from, like three thousand feet, slide down the side of the Himalayas on a rubber raft, off the side of a thousand foot cliff. Eric says," WTF? I said, We're in trouble," yes, we were in very big trouble. For everyone, like everyone in the theater, wondering why Short Round is in the freaking movie: he is put there by the studio after they saw the dailies and Paramount knew the Asian community was going to go ballistic at the painfully racist depiction of the Indian people. Look, I am a conservative and I found it offensive; what does that tell you? Indian cuisine, which I love, actually does not consist of snake surprise, eyeball soup or chilled monkey brains. Take it from some one who wrecked his stomach eating Chicken Vindaloo; they have some of the best food known to man. I should know I kept our local Kashmir's Indian restaurant in business filling up my car with take out.

Now, when we think of all the kiddies who filled the theater, a huge chunk of the demographic for Indy movies; who was the genius who thought,"Hey, how about the Cue ball Indian villain rips peoples' freaking hearts out of their chests? The kids will love it; the parents will bring them back over and over? In the theater I was in parents were covering their little darlings peepers with their hands. You had really P off'd parents walking out of the theater with their kids. What is this Alien? The acting, given the language barrier, is just dreadful. Even the guy with the quadfocals stinks it up big time and voodoo doll boy. Do you want to know how this was received in 1984? It went from an exclusive engagement at the Star Wars cinema to the drive ins in about two weeks. Stevie was up to his Adam's apple in really p'd off Indians who did not exactly like their portrayal. The movie is awful; there is zero chemistry between Ford and Capshaw, Stevie's alleged squeeze, by the way, which explains her bad acting yet prominent placing with the wrecking ball she swings on the movie.

Want to really appreciate Karen Allen, check out Capshaw's performance, please? She is beautiful but her acting sucks. She wrecks the movie; I can still hear the shrieking thirty four years later. The revolt of the Kiddies: is this what you expected? Indy shouting some Hindu religion against Big, Bad Acting Baldy; are there a lot of Hindus watching? Let me check, no, not here in Oregon? We do not understand the Hindu religion, did I miss a hand out at the box office? Why is he quoting Shiva when we have no idea WTF he is babbling about? For all we knew, he was summoning Ronald Mcdonald; look, the movie will never complete my trilogy for a reason. I will not own this film. It has been rehabilitated since it landed with a booming THUD in 1984. The movie was ripped to pieces by critics. Due to the new comic book movie generation, it may have found its new audience.

Save your money, your time do not buy this movie. It is just as bad as it ever was and yes, coming from the most non PC person on earth: it is racist against the Indian people. Besides that it is boring, stupid, gross, ugly and relentlessly offensive. One Lousy Movie

Reviewed by Jonathon Dabell ([email protected]) 6 / 10

An entertaining experience, but unable to match the sheer brilliance of the original.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the second of the Indy films from director Steven Spielberg, though chronologically it is actually the first. This prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark tries to out-do its predecessor for breakneck spills and gross-out moments, but the sparkle isn't quite there. It's an entertaining film for sure, but not as good as the original, partially because the plotting this time round is a little awkward and partially because Kate Capshaw as the main female character is an almighty irritation.

The film opens in a Shanghai restaurant, where Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) causes a riot in pursuit of a diamond. Fleeing the scene with American singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) and teenaged pick-pocket Short Round (Ke Huy Quan), he escapes to the airport. However, Indy and his companions unwittingly board an airplane owned by one of Indy's enemies, from which they have to make an audacious mid-air escape when the real pilots bail out mid-flight! Soon, the intrepid trio find themselves in India, where they come across a village in the grip of starvation. The village children have been kidnapped by local cultists to work in a mine, digging for the sacred Sankara Stones, and Indy is persuaded by the distraught villagers to rescue their youngsters. His quest takes him to the opulent Pankot Palace and, beneath it and beyond a maze of tunnels, the Temple of Doom.

Ford is great as Jones, bringing genuine charisma to a role that he was born to play (can you imagine how things would have turned out if Tom Selleck had got the part, as originally planned?) There are some great moments along the way too, including the intentionally subversive opening sequence in Shanghai, a particularly funny and exciting runaway mine-train sequence, and an unforgettable banquet at Pankot Palace in which the food served up is enough to churn any stomach. But Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom still can't live up to the standard set by Raiders of the Lost Ark. As mentioned, Capshaw is a real pain on the senses as the always-squealing heroine, and the plot seems to over-stretch in an effort to link to the next development or set piece. The hunt-for-the-missing-children plot device allows Spielberg to dip into the kind of cloying sentimentality that occasionally mars his films too. This is certainly an entertaining and professionally assembled film, but in no way a rival or an equal to the excellence of its predecessor.

Reviewed by jhaggardjr 9 / 10

Prequel to "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

It's funny to call "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" a followup to "Raiders of the Lost Ark". This film is a prequel to the 1981 smash hit, a movie where the events that take place actually took place before the events in "Raiders". Notice at the beginning of "Raiders" that the year is 1936. In "Temple of Doom", the year is 1935. See what I mean? "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is another rollercoaster ride of a movie brought to life by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Harrison Ford is back as archaeologist Indiana Jones who this time searches for a sacred stone that was stolen from an Indian village. Along for the ride is American singer/entertainer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw, aka Mrs. Steven Spielberg) and little Chinese sidekick Short Round (Ke Huy Quan). On their way to finding the stone they stumble across a palace that leads to the gateway of the Temple of Doom run by an evil Thugee cult. The action and special effects are first-rate as you would expect, though the story is a tad weaker than it was in "Raiders". Plus, Capshaw's performance leaves something to be desired. She goes so far over-the-top in some scenes that you'd wish Karen Allen would show up as Marion. Nevertheless, Capshaw isn't all that bad. She does make an impression during the times when she's not screaming. But Ke Huy Quan (now known as Jonathan Ke Quan) comes off better as Indy's young sidekick. The following year he starred in the Spielberg produced Richard Donner directed "The Goonies", but then didn't appear in much after that. "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" is great fun only if you can get by Kate Capshaw's simpering wimpering character or the over-the-top violence. I found it to be exciting from beginning to end.

***1/2 (out of four)

POINT OF INTEREST: this was the film that lead to the creation of the PG-13 rating in 1984 (along with Spielberg's other 1984 movie "Gremlins"). Both "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Gremlins" feature violence that most people felt was too strong for a PG rating, though the MPAA felt that it wasn't strong enough to merit an R rating (other Spielberg movies that got PG ratings that were quite intense were "Jaws", "Poltergeist", and the original "Raiders of the Lost Ark"). So after "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Gremlins" opened in theaters at the beginning of the summer movie season of 1984 and became two of that year's biggest hits, the MPAA realized a new rating had to be created. The PG-13 rating was born. In August 1984, the first movies were released with the new PG-13 rating ("Red Dawn" and "The Woman in Red"). It's not a new rating anymore. The PG-13 rating has held up very well these last 18 years and it'll still go strong in the years to come. But I'll always remember "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" as the leading factor to the creation of the PG-13 rating.

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