Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

PG   |    |  Action, Adventure

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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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28 December 2018 | davidandrewvantonder
| A darker adventure for Indy but still a thrill ride.
An indication of the personal termoil that Spielberg and Lucas were experiencing at the time, this is a darker, more ominous installment in the franchise although still a rip roaring adventure despite some of the political incorrectness that often dates older films. Not as charming as the original but a solid action adventure movie which stands on its own.

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The only Indiana Jones movie where he isn't on an assignment intentionally. The plane crashed rather than flying to the destination.


Wu Han: Be careful.


When Short Round jumps up and down on the rope bridge, several bridge slats break off (at 1:42:00) causing Shorty to nearly fall through, but when Willie rushes over to help him back up, we see (at 1:42:06) only two slats broken off. Then in a later shot, Indy runs across the bridge and the broken slats have been mysteriously repaired (at 1:42:53).

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.

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.


Original 'Indiana Jones' Themes and Compositions
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Williams


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Action | Adventure

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,337,110 27 May 1984

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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