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Indiana Jones and
the Temple of Doom

Theatrical poster by Drew Struzan
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by George Lucas
Robert Watts
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Written by Willard Huyck
Gloria Katz
George Lucas
Starring Harrison Ford
Kate Capshaw
Ke Huy Quan
Amrish Puri
Roshan Seth
Philip Stone
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Editing by Michael Kahn
Studio Lucasfilm
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 23 May 1984 (1984-05-23)
(United States)
01984-06-15 June 15, 1984
(United Kingdom)
Running time 118 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $28.17 million[1]
Gross revenue $333,107,271
Preceded by Raiders of the Lost Ark
Followed by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second film in the Indiana Jones franchise, and prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, stumbling upon a Kali Thuggee religious cult plotting child slavery, black magic and ritual human sacrifice.

Producer and co-writer George Lucas decided to make the film a prequel as he did not want the Nazis to be the villains once more. The original idea was to set the film in China, with a hidden valley inhabited by dinosaurs. More cancelled plot devices included the Monkey King and a haunted castle in Scotland. Lucas then wrote a film treatment that resembled the final storyline of the film, with Lawrence Kasdan turning down the offer to write the script. Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz wrote the script.

The film was released to financial success but mixed reviews, which criticized the on-screen violence (contributing to the creation of the PG-13 rating). However, critical opinion has improved since 1984, citing the film's intensity and imagination. Some of the film's cast and crew, including Spielberg, retrospectively view the film in an unfavorable light. The film has also been the subject of controversy due to its portrayal of India and Hinduism.



In 1935, Indiana Jones narrowly escapes the clutches of a crime boss called Lao Che in Shanghai. With pretentious nightclub singer Willie Scott and his eleven-year old Chinese sidekick Short Round in tow, Indiana flees Shanghai on a plane that, unknown to them, is owned by the crime boss. The pilots leave the plane to crash over the Himalayas, though the trio manage to escape on an inflatable boat and ride down the slopes into a raging river. They come to Mayapore, a desolate village in northern India, where the poor villagers believe them to have been sent by the Hindu god Shiva and enlist their help to retrieve three sacred Sivalinga stones stolen from their shrine, as well as the community's children, from evil forces in the nearby Pankot Palace. During the journey to Pankot, Indiana hypothesizes that the stone may be one of the five fabled Sankara stones, which promise fortune and glory.

The trio receive a warm welcome from the residents of Pankot Palace, who rebuff Indiana's questions about the villagers' claims and his theory that the ancient Thuggee cult is responsible for their troubles. Later that night, however, Indiana is attacked by an assassin, leading Indy, Willie, and Short Round to an underground temple where the Thuggee worship the Hindu goddess Kali with human sacrifice. The trio discover that the Thuggee, led by their evil high priest Mola Ram, are in possession of three of the five Sankara stones, and have enslaved the children to mine for the final two stones, which they hope will allow them to rule the world. As Indiana tries to retrieve the stones, he, Willie and Short Round are captured and separated. Indiana is forced to drink a potion called the "Blood of Kali," which places him in a trance-like state called the "Black Sleep of Kali Ma," and begins to mindlessly serve Mola Ram. Willie, meanwhile, is kept as a human sacrifice, while Short Round is put in the mines to labor alongside the enslaved children. Short Round breaks free and escapes back into the temple where Willie is about to be lowered into a pit of lava. He burns Indiana with a torch, shocking him out of the Black Sleep. While Mola Ram escapes, Indiana and Short Round manage to save Willie, retrieve the three Sankara stones and free the village children.

After a mine cart chase to escape the temple, the trio emerge above ground only to be cornered by Mola Ram and the Thuggee on a rope bridge over a crocodile-infested river. Using a sword stolen from one of the Thuggee warriors, Indiana cuts the rope bridge in half, leaving everyone to hang on for their lives. In one final struggle against Mola Ram for the Sankara stones, Indiana invokes an incantation, causing the stones to glow red hot. Two of the stones fall into the river, while the last falls into and burns Mola Ram's hand. Indiana catches the now-cool stone while Mola Ram falls into the river below and is torn to pieces by the crocodiles. A company of British Indian Army riflemen from Pankot arrive to apprehend the remaining Thuggee. Indiana, Willie and Short Round return victoriously to the Indian village with one of the five sacred Sankara stones and the village's missing children.


  • Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones: An archaeologist adventurer who is asked by a desperate Indian village to retrieve a three mysterious stones. Ford undertook a strict physical exercise regimen headed by Jake Steinfeld to gain more muscular tone for the part.[2]
  • Kate Capshaw as Wilhelmina "Willie" Scott: An American nightclub singer working in Shanghai. Willie is unprepared for her adventure with Indy and Short Round, and appears to be a damsel in distress. She also forms a romantic relationship with Indy. Over 120 actresses auditioned for the role, including Amy Irving, Isabella Rossellini, Meg Ryan and Sharon Stone. Capshaw watched The African Queen and A Guy Named Joe for inspiration. Spielberg wanted Willie to be a complete contrast to Marion Ravenwood from Raiders of the Lost Ark, so Capshaw dyed her brown hair blonde for the part. Costume designer Anthony Powell wanted the character to have red hair.[1][3][4]
  • Jonathan Ke Quan as Short Round: Indiana's eleven-year old Chinese sidekick, who drives the Duesenberg 1936 Auburn Boat Tail Speedster which allows Indiana to escape during the opening sequence. Quan was chosen as part of a casting call in Los Angeles, California.[4] Around 6000 actors auditioned worldwide for the part: Quan was cast after his brother auditioned for the role. Spielberg liked his personality, so he and Ford improvised the scene where Short Round accuses Indiana of cheating during a card game.[3] He was credited by his birthname, Ke Huy Quan.
  • Amrish Puri as Mola Ram: A demonic Thuggee priest who performs rituals of human sacrifices. The character is named after a 17th century Indian painter. Lucas wanted Mola Ram to be terrifying, so the screenwriters added elements of Aztec and Hawaiian human sacrificers, and European devil worship to the character.[5] To create his headdress, make-up artist Tom Smith based the skull on a cow, and used a latex shrunken head.[6]
  • Roshan Seth as Chattar Lal: The Prime Minister of the Maharajá of Pankot. Chattar is enchanted by Indy, Willie and Short Round's arrival, but is offended by Indy's questioning of the palace's history and the archaeologist's own dubious past. We never know if his support of the Thuggee cult is by his own will.
  • Philip Stone as Captain Philip Blumburtt: A British Captain in the Indian Army called to Pankot Palace for "exercises". Alongside a unit of his riflemen, Blumburtt assists Indiana towards the end in fighting off Thuggee reinforcements.
  • Raj Singh as Zalim Singh: The adolescent Maharajá of Pankot, who appears as an innocent puppet of the Thuggee faithful. In the end he helps to defeat them.
  • D. R. Nanayakkara as Shaman: The leader of a small village that recruits Indiana to retrieve their stolen sacred Shiva lingam stone
  • Roy Chiao as Lao Che: A Shanghai crime boss who hires Indy to recover the cremated ashes of one of his ancestors, only to attempt to cheat him out of his fee, a large diamond.
  • David Yip as Wu Han: A friend of Indiana. He is killed by one of Lao Che's sons while posing as a waiter to back Indy up at the Club Obi Wan.

Stunt actor Pat Roach plays the cruel overseer in the mines, as well as the assassin at Pankot Palace, and he can also be seen ringing the gong in the Club Obi Wan at the beginning of the film.[citation needed] Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Dan Aykroyd cameo at the airport scene.[2]



When George Lucas first approached Steven Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark, Spielberg recalled, "George said if I directed the first one then I would have to direct a trilogy. He had three stories in mind. It turned out George did not have three stories in mind and we had to make up subsequent stories."[7] Spielberg and Lucas attributed the film's tone, which was darker than Raiders of the Lost Ark, to their personal moods following the breakups of their relationships (Spielberg with Amy Irving, Lucas with Marcia).[8] In addition Lucas felt "it had to have been a dark film. The way Empire Strikes Back was the dark second act of the Star Wars trilogy."[4]

Lucas made the film a prequel as he did not want the Nazis to be the villains once more.[8] Spielberg originally wanted to bring Marion Ravenwood back,[7] with Abner Ravenwood being considered as a possible character.[4] Lucas created an opening chase scene that had Indiana Jones on a motorcycle on the Great Wall of China. In addition Indiana discovered a "Lost World pastiche with a hidden valley inhabited by dinosaurs". Chinese authorities refused to allow filming,[2] and Lucas considered the Monkey King as the plot device.[8] Lucas wrote a film treatment that included a haunted castle in Scotland, but Spielberg felt it was too similar to Poltergeist. The haunted castle in Scotland slowly transformed into a demonic temple in India.[4]

Lucas came up with ideas that involved a religious cult devoted to child slavery, black magic and ritual human sacrifice. Lawrence Kasdan of Raiders of the Lost Ark was asked to write the script. "I didn't want to be associated with Temple of Doom," he reflected. "I just thought it was horrible. It's so mean. There's nothing pleasant about it. I think Temple of Doom represents a chaotic period in both their [Lucas and Spielberg] lives, and the movie is very ugly and mean-spirited."[2] Lucas hired Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz to write the script because of their knowledge of Indian culture.[7] Gunga Din served as an influence for the film.[4]

Huyck and Katz spent four days at Skywalker Ranch for story discussions with Lucas and Spielberg in early-1982.[4] Lucas's initial idea for Indiana's sidekick was a virginal young princess, but Huyck, Katz and Spielberg disliked the idea.[5] Just as Indiana Jones was named after Lucas's Alaskan Malamute, Willie was named after Spielberg's Cocker Spaniel, and Short Round was named after Huyck's dog, whose name was derived from The Steel Helmet.[4] Lucas handed Huyck and Katz a 20-page treatment in May 1982 titled Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death to adapt into a screenplay.[4] Scenes such as the fight scene in Shanghai, escape from the airplane and the mine cart chase came from original scripts of Raiders of the Lost Ark.[9]

Lucas, Huyck and Katz had been developing Radioland Murders (1994) since the early 1970s. The opening music number was taken from that script and applied to Temple of Doom.[9] Spielberg reflected, "George's idea was to start the movie with a musical number. He wanted to do a Busby Berkeley dance number. At all our story meetings he would say, 'Hey, Steven, you always said you wanted to shoot musicals.' I thought, 'Yeah, that could be fun.'"[4] The first draft was delivered in early-August 1982 with a second draft in September. Captain Blumburtt, Chattar Lai and the boy Maharaja originally had more crucial roles. A dogfight was deleted, while those who drank the Kali blood turned into zombies with physical superhuman abilities. During pre-production the Temple of Death title was replaced with Temple of Doom. From March—April 1983 Huyck and Katz simultaneously performed rewrites for a final shooting script.[4]


The filmmakers were denied permission to film in North India and Amber Fort because the government found the script racist.[2][7][9] The government demanded script changes and final cut privilege.[4] As a result, location work went to Kandy, Sri Lanka, with matte paintings and scale models applied for the village, temple, and Pankot Palace. Budgetary inflation also caused Temple of Doom to cost $28.17 million, $8 million more than Raiders of the Lost Ark.[9] Filming began on 18 April 1983 in Kandy,[10] and moved to Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, England on May 5. Producer Frank Marshall recalled, "when filming the bug scenes, crew members would go home and find bugs in their hair, clothes and shoes."[10] Eight out of the nine sound stages at Elstree housed the filming of Temple of Doom. Lucas biographer Marcus Hearn observed, "Douglas Slocombe's skillful lighting helped disguise the fact that about 80 percent of the film was shot with sound stages."[11]

Danny Daniels choreographed the opening music number "Anything Goes". Capshaw learned to sing in Standard Mandarin and took tap dance lessons. However, when wearing her dress, which was too tight, Capshaw was not able to tap dance. One of her red dresses was eaten by an elephant during filming; a second was made by costume designer Anthony Powell.[7] Production designer Norman Reynolds could not return for Temple of Doom because of his commitment to Return of the Jedi. Elliot Scott (Labyrinth, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Reynolds' mentor, was hired. To build the rope bridge the filmmakers found a group of British engineers working on the nearby Balfour Beatty dam.[4] Harrison Ford suffered a severe spinal disc herniation while riding elephants. A hospital bed was brought on set for Ford to rest between takes. Lucas stated, "He could barely stand up, yet he was there every day so shooting would not stop. He was in comprehensible pain, but he was still trying to make it happen."[2] With no alternatives, Lucas shut down production while Ford was flown to Centinela Hospital on June 21 for recovery.[10] Stunt double Vic Armstrong spent five weeks as a stand-in for various shots. Wendy Leach, Armstrong's wife, served as Capshaw's stunt double.[12]

Macau was substituted for Shanghai,[9] while cinematographer Douglas Slocombe caught fever through June 24—July 7 and could not work. Ford returned on August 8. Despite the problems during filming, Spielberg was able to complete Temple of Doom on schedule and on budget, finishing on principal photography on August 26.[10] Various pick-ups took place afterwards. This included Snake River Canyon in Idaho, Mammoth Mountain, Tuolumne and American River, Yosemite National Park, San Joaquin Valley, Hamilton Air Force Base and Arizona.[1] Producer Frank Marshall directed a second unit in Florida in January 1984, using alligators to double as crocodiles.[1][8] The mine chase was a combination of a roller coaster and scale models with dolls doubling for the actors.[9] Minor stop motion was also used for the sequence. Visual effects supervisors Dennis Muren, Joe Johnston and a crew at Industrial Light & Magic provided the visual effects work,[13] while Skywalker Sound, headed by Ben Burtt, commissioned the sound design. Burtt recorded roller coasters at Disneyland Park in Anaheim for the mine cart scene.[14]


"After I showed the film to George [Lucas], at an hour and 55 minutes, we looked at each other," Spielberg remembered. "The first thing that we said was, 'Too fast'. We needed to decelerate the action. I did a few more matte shots to slow it down. We made it a little bit slower, by putting breathing room back in so there'd be a two-hour oxygen supply for the audience."[1] Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released on 23 May 1984 in America, accumulating a record-breaking $US45.7 million in its first week.[11] The film went on to gross totaling $US333.11 million, with $US180 million in North America and the equivalent of $US153.11 million in other markets.[15] Temple of Doom had the highest opening weekend of 1984, and was the third highest grossing film in North America of that year, behind Beverly Hills Cop and Ghostbusters.[16] It was also the tenth highest grossing film of all time during its release.[15]

LucasArts and Atari Games promoted the film by releasing an arcade game. Hasbro released a toy line based on the film in September 2008.[17]


The film received mixed reviews at the time of its release.[2] Based on 59 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 85% of the critics said they enjoyed the film, with an average score of 7.2/10 for each review.[18] Roger Ebert called Temple of Doom "the most cheerfully exciting, bizarre, goofy, romantic adventure movie since Raiders, and it is high praise to say that it's not so much a sequel as an equal. It's quite an experience."[19] Vincent Canby felt the film was "too shapeless to be the fun that Raiders is, but shape may be beside the point. Old-time, 15-part movie serials didn't have shape. They just went on and on and on, which is what Temple of Doom does with humor and technical invention."[20] Colin Covert of the Star Tribune called the film "sillier, darkly violent and a bit dumbed down, but still great fun."[21]

Dave Kehr gave a largely negative review; "The film betrays no human impulse higher than that of a ten-year-old boy trying to gross out his baby sister by dangling a dead worm in her face."[22] Ralph Novak of People complained "The ads that say 'this film may be too intense for younger children' are fraudulent. No parent should allow a young child to see this traumatizing movie; it would be a cinematic form of child abuse. Even Harrison Ford is required to slap Quan and abuse Capshaw. There are no heroes connected with the film, only two villains; their names are Steven Spielberg and George Lucas."[9]

However, decades after its release, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is now considered by many as one of the best films of 1984.[23][24][25] In 2008, Empire Magazine selected the film as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.[26]

Controversy over portrayal of India and Hinduism

Before filming could begin in India, filmmakers had to have the script approved by the Indian government. The government found the script racist and demanded that many changes be made. Eventually, filmmakers decided to instead film in Sri Lanka.

The film's depiction of Hindus caused controversy in India, and brought it to the attention of the country's censors, who placed a temporary ban on it.[27] Yvette Rosser has criticized the film for contributing to racist stereotypes of Indians in Western Society, writing "[it] seems to have been taken as a valid portrayal of India by many teachers, since a large number of students surveyed complained that teachers referred to the eating of monkey brains."[28]


Dennis Muren and the visual effects department at Industrial Light & Magic won the Academy Award for Visual Effects at the 57th Academy Awards. John Williams was nominated for "Original Music Score".[29] The visual effects crew won the same category at the 38th British Academy Film Awards. Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, editor Michael Kahn, Ben Burtt and other sound designers at Skywalker Sound received nominations.[30] Spielberg, the writers, Harrison Ford, Jonathan Ke Quan, Anthony Powell and makeup designer Tom Smith were nominated for their work at the Saturn Awards. Temple of Doom was nominated for Best Fantasy Film but lost to Ghostbusters.[31]

Alongside Gremlins, Temple of Doom inspired the Motion Picture Association of America to create the PG-13 rating.[32]

Reflection from cast and crew

Despite the film's success (including winning an Academy Award), some of the cast and crew of the film retrospectively view the film in an unfavorable light.

Kate Capshaw called her character "not much more than a dumb screaming blonde."[9] Capshaw, who is a feminist, was annoyed by the criticism she received of her portrayal.[7]

Steven Spielberg said in 1989, "I wasn't happy with Temple of Doom at all. It was too dark, too subterranean, and much too horrific. I thought it out-poltered Poltergeist. There's not an ounce of my own personal feeling in Temple of Doom." He later added during the "Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" documentary, "Temple of Doom is my least favorite of the trilogy. I look back and I say, 'Well the greatest thing that I got out of that was I met Kate Capshaw. We married years later and that to me was the reason I was fated to make Temple of Doom."[1]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g John Baxter (1999). "Snake Surprise". Mythmaker: The Life and Work of George Lucas. Avon Books. pp. 332–341. ISBN 0380978334. 
  3. ^ a b "The People Who Were Almost Cast". Empire. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m J.W. Rinzler; Laurent Bouzereau (2008). "Temple of Death: (June 1981—April 1983)". The Complete Making of Indiana Jones. Random House. pp. 129–141. ISBN 9780091926618. 
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  6. ^ "Scouting for Locations and New Faces". Retrieved 2008-04-23. 
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  10. ^ a b c d Rinzler, Bouzereau, Chapter 6: "Doomruners (April—August 1983, p. 142—167
  11. ^ a b Marcus Hearn (2005). The Cinema of George Lucas. Harry N. Abrams Inc. pp. 144–147. ISBN 0-8109-4968-7. 
  12. ^ The Stunts of Indiana Jones, 2003, Paramount Pictures
  13. ^ The Light and Magic of Indiana Jones, 2003, Paramount Pictures
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  17. ^ Edward Douglas (2008-02-17). "Hasbro Previews G.I. Joe, Hulk, Iron Man, Indy & Clone Wars". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
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  28. ^ Yvette Rosser. "Teaching South Asia". Missouri Southern State University. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 adventure film and prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark about archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones, sent by a poor village to find the sacred Shankara stones and rescue their children. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Story by George Lucas. Produced by Robert Watts.

If Adventure has a Name, it must be Indiana Jones Taglines


Indiana Jones

  • Nice try, Lao Che!
  • Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.
  • Willie, we... are going... to DIE!
  • [with shoe on fire] Water! Water! Water! Wa... Oh. [sees a flood coming towards him] WATER!
  • Mola Ram. Prepare to meet Kali... in Hell!
  • [surrounded by guards] Oh, shit.

Willie Scott

  • [Indy threatens to stab her with a fork to get the ashes back] He put two holes in my dress from Paris!
  • I hope you choke!
  • We're not sinking, we're crashing!
  • I hate the water, and I hate being wet, and I hate YOU!
  • Doctor Jones, I'd feel safer sleeping with a snake.
  • [Shouting] Indiana Jones, this is one night you'll never forget! This is the night I slipped right through your fingers! Sleep tight, and pleasant dreams! I could've been your greatest adventure.
  • I'm not going to have anything nice to say about this place when I get back!

Short Round

  • Wow! Holy smokes! Crash landing!
  • He no nuts, he crazy!
  • [To Willie] You call him Doctor Jones, doll!
  • [To Willie] Hang on lady, we go for a ride!
  • You listen to me more, you live longer!
  • Indy, I love you! Wake up, Indy! Wake up!
  • What is Sankara?
  • They crash the plane to make you come here?
  • Three aces! I win!
  • You make me poor! No fun! Playing with you no fun!
  • Cover your heart!
  • Diamonds? Diamonds!
  • What's that? Sounds like step on fortune cookie.
  • I step where you step! I touch nothing!
  • Dr. Jones! No more parachutes!
  • Very funny!
  • All wet!
  • Indy, take the left tunnel! (Indy takes the right) No, Indy! The left tunnel! The left! Indy!
  • Okey-Dokey, Doctor Jones! Hold on to your potato.


Willie Scott: Aren't you going to introduce us?
Lao Che: This is Willie Scott. This is Indiana Jones, famous archeologist.
Willie Scott: Well, I always thought archeologists were always funny little men searching for their mommies.
Indiana Jones: Mummies.
[When they need to escape from Lao Che's men]
Indiana Jones: Short Round, step on it!
Short Round: Okey Dokey Doctor Jones! Hold on to your potato!

[Indy reaches down Willie's cleavage for the antidote bottle]
Willie Scott: Oh, I'm not that kind of girl.
Short Round: Hey, Doctor Jones, no time for love! We got company!

Willie Scott: [sees Indy in his traditional outfit] So what are you supposed to be, a lion tamer?
Indiana Jones: I'm allowing you to tag along so why don't you at least give your mouth a rest, okay?
Willie Scott: What do you mean, tag along? Ever since you came into my club you haven't been able to take your eyes off me!
Indiana Jones: Oh yeah? [places his fedora over his eyes and falls asleep]

[Willie finds no pilots flying their plane]
Willie Scott: Oh my God! Oh my God! [to a sleeping Indy] Oh, Mister! Mister, please wake up!
Short Round: You call him Doctor Jones, doll!
Willie Scott: Okay, Doctor Jones, please wake up!
Indiana Jones: [wakes] What is it? Are we there already? Good.
Willie Scott: No!
Indiana Jones: What then?
Willie Scott: [shows Indy the empty cockpit] Nobody's flying the plane!
Indiana Jones: Oh boy.
Willie Scott: They're gone! [Indy jumps into the pilot's seat] You know how to fly don't you?
Indiana Jones: No, do you?
Willie Scott: Oh God!
Indiana Jones: How hard could it be?

Short Round: What is Shankara?
Indiana Jones: Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.

Willie Scott: [riding backwards on an elephant] I can't go to Delhi like this!
Indiana Jones: We're not going to Delhi. We're going to Pankot Palace.
Willie Scott: Pankot?! I can’t go to Pankot! I’m a singer!

Willie Scott: Oh, what big birds!
Indiana Jones: Those aren't big birds, sweetheart! They're giant vampire bats!
Willie Scott: [whispering] Bats? Wow...

[Indy and Shorty are playing poker; Willie is screaming and running away from the animals]
Indiana Jones: The only problem with her is the noise.
Short Round: Hey! You cheat, Doctor Jones! You cheat! You took four cards!
[Willie is scared by an iguana]
Indiana Jones: It's a mistake. It was a MISTAKE!
Short Round: I am very little, you cheat very big!
[Willie is scared by an owl; Indy finds an ace card hidden in Shorty's sleeve]
Indiana Jones: What is this? What is THIS? And you accuse me of cheating?!
[The two argue in Chinese]
Short Round: You make me poor! No fun! Playing with you no fun!
Indiana Jones: All right, fine. I quit.
Short Round: All right, fine!
[When they disscuse if the marahaja is interesting for Willie]
Willie Scott: That's the maharaja? A KID?
Short Round: Maybe he likes OLDER women.

[a plate full of beetles is passed around the table]
Large Guest: Why, you are not eating?
Willie Scott: I had bugs for lunch. [holds her hand out to Shorty] Give me your hat.
Short Round: Why?
Willie Scott: Because I'm gonna puke in it!

[Indy and Shorty are trapped in a death room as the ceiling slowy decends]
Indiana Jones: Willie! Willie, we're in trouble!
Willie: [outside hallway] Trouble? What sort of... [sees two corpes on the walland screams]
[Spikes begin to come from the ceiling]
Indiana Jones: THIS IS SERIOUS!!!
Willie Scott: There are two dead people down here!
Indiana Jones: There are gonna be two dead people in here! Hurry!
Willie Scott: I've almost had enough of you two!
Indiana Jones: WILLIE!
Willie Scott: What's the rush?
Indiana Jones: It's a long story, Willie, hurry or you don't get to hear it!
Willie Scott: [Unknowingly enters the bug room] Ooh, God. What is this? Indy, what is this? I can't see a thing.
Indiana Jones: Hurry!
Willie Scott [Lights a lantern] All right! Oh, I broke a nail. [Turns her hand over to see the ugly bug on it]

[After Willie realizes she is in a room filled with an uncountable amount of bugs]
Short Round: Hurry, Willie!
Willie Scott: They're in my hair!
Indiana Jones: [Places a skull in the gear mechanism] Aw, shut up, Willie!
Willie Scott: Indy, Let me in!
Short Round: No, Let us out!
Willie Scott: Let me in!
Short Round: Let us out!
Indiana Jones: SHUT UP!
Willie Scott: I'm down here! They're all over me! Let me in!

Indiana Jones: There's got to be a fulcrum release lever somewhere!
Willie Scott: A what?!
Indiana Jones: A handle that opens the door!
Willie Scott: [holding a candle to the holes] They're two, just square holes!
Indiana Jones: Go to the right hole!
Short Round: Hurry Willie!
[Willie almost puts her hand into the hole on her left when Indy's hand comes out and grabs hers]
Indiana Jones: The other one. The other right. YOUR OTHER RIGHT.
Willie Scott: There's slime inside! I can't do it.
Indiana Jones: You can do it. Feel inside.
[Willie illuminates the hole and sees hundreds of bugs]
Willie Scott: YOU FEEL INSIDE!
Indiana Jones: [sticks his fist through the hole] DO IT NOW!!!
Willie Scott: OKAY!!!
[Willie slowly begins to push her hand through the hole]
Indiana Jones: Willie. We are GOING to DIE!!!

Willie Scott: You're could get killed chasing after your damn fortune and glory!
Indiana Jones: Maybe. But not today.

Willie Scott: Indy. Now let's get out of here.
Indiana Jones: Right. ALL OF US.

Indiana Jones: Let them go, Mola Rom!
Mola Ram: You are in a position unsuitable to give orders!

Indiana Jones: [threatening to drop the Sankara stones off of a high rope bridge] You want the stones, let them go!
Mola Ram: [laughs] Drop them Doctor Jones! They will be found! YOU WON'T!

Short Round: Hold on lady. We going for a ride.
Willie Scott: [sees Indy raising his sword] OH MY GOD. Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. Is he nuts?!
Short Round: He no nuts, he's crazy!
Indiana Jones: Mola Ram. Prepare to meet Khali... in HELL!

Willie Scott: You could've kept it.
Indiana Jones: They'd just put it in the museum, it'd be another rock collecting dust.
Willie Scott: But then it would have given you your fortune and glory.
Indiana Jones: Anything can happen. It's a long way to Delhi.
Willie Scott: No, thank you. No more adventures with you, Doctor Jones.
Indiana Jones: Sweetheart, after all the fun we've had together?
Willie Scott: If you think I'm going to Delhi with you, or anyplace else after all the trouble you've gotten me into, think again, buster! I'm going home to Missouri where they never feed you snakes before ripping your heart out and lowering you into hot pits! This is NOT my idea of a swell time! [to native] Excuse me sir? I need a guide to Delhi. If you could--
[Indy snaps his whip around Willie's waist and pulls her back; the two are about to kiss until Shorty's elephant blasts them both with water]
Short Round: Very funny! Very funny!

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a 1984 movie starring Harrison Ford and directed by Steven Spielberg. It is the second movie in the Indiana Jones movie series and the prequel to Raiders of the Lost Ark.


The movie is set in the year 1934. Indiana Jones meets a gangster named Lao Che. Lao Che wants the ashes of the Manchurian emperor Nurachi. In turn, he will give Jones a rare diamond. They trade items. However, Lao Che put poison in Jones's drink and offers him the antidote for the diamond. A fight ensures, where one of Lao Che's sons is killed and a dancer named Willie Scott picks up the antidote. Jones and Scott leap out a window, where they are driven by Jones's sidekick Short Round through Shanghai. They then get on plane but do not know that it is owned by Lao Che.

Lao Che orders the pilots of his plane to parachute out to try to kill Jones. However, Jones uses a life boat and lands safely. They are then greeted by a village leader in India who tells them that a group of men took their Sankara Stone and kidnapped their children. He asks if the three of them will go help them find the stone and their children. Jones agrees and the three of them go out on elephants.

They stay the night at Pankot Palace. While there, a big man tries to kill Jones. Jones finds a secret door and find a large underground temple underneath the palace run by the Thuggee people. He sees the three Sankara Stones there. The three of them watch their leader, Mola Ram, sacrifice a man by pulling out his heart and lowering him into a lava pit where he burns to death. The Thuggees see them and capture them.

Jones meets Mola Ram, the one that kidnapped the children and stole the stone. He has the kids working in the mine to find more of the stones. He has Jones drink the blood of Kali. The blood brainwashes Jones and puts him under a spell. Ram then shows him Scott, who they captured. Jones puts her in a cage and starts to lower her down into a lava pit. Short Round, who was working at the mines, gets free. He takes a torch and burns Jones, who comes to his senses. He saves Scott, takes the stones, and starts to get out of there.

He frees the children from their chains. However, another big man, the leader, starts to fight Jones. Jones is winning but when he is about to beat the guy, he suddenly goes into great pain. Short Round tries to help but can't help very much. He looks up and sees that the king is using a voodoo doll and hurting Jones. Short Round climbs up to the top and burns him as well, just in time. The three heroes go into the mine cart to escape, leading a long chase where they barely escape.

Mola Ram traps them over a bridge. Jones signals to his friends to hold on and then he cuts the rope. Most of the Thuggees die when they are eaten by crocodiles down below. The rest of the people hang onto the bridge, which hits a cliff. Scott and Short Round easily make it up. Ram and Jones fight. It ends when Jones utters a chant that makes the stones very hot. Ram grabs one, is burned, and falls to his death below.

A group of Indian riflemen then come down and shoots at the Thuggees, driving them back. Jones brings the stone and all the children back.

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