If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones

“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.”

Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Release Date: May 23, 1984

If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones—a moniker fans in the early 1980s were waiting impatiently to return to the screen in the three years following the rapturous reception of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom catches up with Indiana Jones by going back to his past—in 1935, a year before the events of Raiders. Temple of Doom finds Indy (Harrison Ford) seeking fortune and glory as he and his new sidekick, street urchin Short Round (Ke Huy Quan) and torch singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) go from cliffhanger to deadly danger every step of their dark journey.

Double-crossed by Chinese gangsters before dropping in on India, Indy, Short Round and Willie brave the jungle on a trek to Delhi, stopping over at Pankot Palace after Indy is charged with finding sacred, magical stones stolen from a now desolate village—along with the villager’s children. Its at Pankot that Indy discovers an ancient cult of devil worshipers far below the palace—their temple also a front for slave labor forced to search for more mystical stones that will grant the cult’s wicked leader Mola Ram (a wonderfully terrifying Amrish Puri) untold powers…

Like Raiders, Temple of Doom saw not only Indy trotting ‘round the world, but filmmakers Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and company, as production shot in far-flung locales including Sri Lanka, Macau, England, and California to bring Indy’s new adventure to the screen. The comic book supernatural creep-outs of Temple of Doom, alongside the same summer’s Gremlins, would incite parent groups for the on-screen violence seen in the films, leading Steven Spielberg to suggest to the MPAA a PG-13 rating for fare for more mature children.

About the Film

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Movie Poster
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Movie Poster
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Movie Poster
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Movie Poster
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) Movie Poster

About the Film

CAST
  • HARRISON FORD,
  • KATE CAPSHAW,
  • KE HUY QUAN,
  • AMRISH PURI,
  • ROSHAN SETH,
  • PHILIP STONE
DIRECTOR
  • STEVEN SPIELBERG
SCREENWRITERS
  • WILLARD HUYCK,
  • GLORIA KATZ
PRODUCER
  • ROBERT WATTS,
  • GEORGE LUCAS,
  • FRANK MARSHALL,
  • KATHLEEN KENNEDY
CINEMATOGRAPHER
  • DOUGLAS SLOCOMBE
PRODUCTION DESIGN
  • ELLIOT SCOTT
COSTUMES
  • ANTHONY POWELL
EDITOR
  • MICHAEL KAHN
COMPOSER
  • JOHN WILLIAMS
AWARDS
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