Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Paramount Pictures / Lucasfilm Released 1984




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Steven Spielberg

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the second installment in the blockbuster adventure franchise, chronicling the further adventures of swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. After nearly losing his life trading a small statue for a large diamond in Shanghai, Doctor Jones'  diminutive sidekick, Short Round  narrowly escapes with sultry lounge singer Willie Scott tagging along. Somewhere over India, their plane ride is sabotaged and they have to make an emergency landing by life raft. They find themselves at a small village where all the children have apparently been stolen, as has a sacred village rock that makes it prosper by the local evil Thuggee cult, that has found resurgence of late and is again practicing their horrific black arts. Jones and his team are then tasked by the village elders to retrieve their stone and their kids before they are sacrificed to the horrible devil god Kali.


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This movie is one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It's...

  • 75

    Slant Magazine

    Temple of Doom doesn't so much pay tribute to the serial adventures of yore as it does embody them. Here, frivolity and evil blithely coexist—and women are a lot more likely to s...

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    What Spielberg does is use the Lucas tricks to propel an old-fashioned fantasy, played broadly enough so that the laughs come as easily as the thrills. [23 May 1984, p.B1]

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    • Production Budget - $28,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $179,870,271 (3rd)
      Worldwide Gross - $333,107,271 (1st)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $436,827,801
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $808,974,801

    • Filming locations:
      University of the Pacific, Stockton, California
      American River, Placerville, California
      Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
      Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England
      Grand Coulee Dam, Columbia River, Washington
      Hamilton Air Force Base, Novato, California
      Kandy, Central Province, Sri Lanka
      Macau, China
      Mammoth Mountain, California
      Novato, California
      Page, Arizona
      Sri Lanka
      Tuolumne River, California
      Yosemite National Park, California

    • Academy Awards Win:
      1. Visual Effects

      Academy Awards Nomination:
      1. Original Score

      BAFTA Wins:
      1. Special Effects

      BAFTA Nomiantions:
      1. Cinematography
      2. Editing
      3. Sound

    • Taglines:
      1. Trust him.
      2. The hero is back!
      3. The man in the hat is back...
      4. If adventure has a name... it must be Indiana Jones.

    • Music:
      Anything Goes
      Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
      Performed by Kate Capshaw


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Action & Adventure