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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)  IMDB   
Genre Action/Adventure MPAA PG
Director Steven Spielberg Rating
Writer Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz Runtime 118 minutes
Producer Frank Marshall Type Movie
Cinematographer Paul Beeson Format DVD
Studio Lucasfilm / Paramount Disk No. 1/1
Language Sinhala Edition
Country USA UPC
Color Color    
Plot Summary

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The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy's rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy's shooting of the Sherpa warrior. --- Hal Erickson
Actor / Character

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Harrison Ford ..... Indiana Jones
Kate Capshaw ..... Willie Scott
Quan Ke Huy ..... Short Round
Amrish Puri ..... Mola Ram
Roshan Seth ..... Chattar Lal
Philip Stone ..... Capt. Blumburtt
Roy Chiao ..... Lao Che
David Yip ..... Wu Han
Ric Young ..... Kao Kan
Chua Kah Joo ..... Chen
Rex Ngui ..... Maitre d'
Philip Tann ..... Chief Henchman
Dan Aykroyd ..... Weber
Pat Roach ..... Chief guard
Michael Yama ..... Chinese Copilot
Stany de Silva ..... Sanju
Moti Makan ..... Guard
Mellan Mitchell ..... Temple Guard
D.R. Nanayakkara ..... Shaman
Akio Mitamura ..... Chinese Pilot
Lorraine Doyle ..... Dancer
Frank Olegario ..... Merchant
Bhasker Patel ..... Temple Guard
Awards

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(1984) Academy - Best Score (nom) ..... John Williams
(1984) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Dennis Muren
(1984) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Peterson, Lorne
(1984) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... Michael J. McAlister
(1984) Academy - Best Visual Effects (win) ..... George Gibbs
Review

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Bigger, busier, louder, and far less satisfying than Raiders of the Lost Ark, this first sequel (or, chronologically speaking, prequel) starts with a bang but then indulges in some serious miscalculations. After saddling Harrison Ford with a whiny love interest (Kate Capshaw) and a cloying young sidekick, the film then plunges them all into a grim, subterranean adventure with few of the globe-trotting thrills of the original. The movie, somewhat understandably, stirred controversy at the time of its release for its violence, gross-out gags, and general darkness. While the furor was exaggerated, all those grim deaths and enslaved children do kind of put a damper on the fun. Even so, a Spielberg-directed adventure can only plunge so far, and the director delivers the goods in numerous set pieces, though the series itself did not recover until 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. --- Keith Phipps

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