13 Great Things About The Temple of Doom

Temple-of-DoomWatching my Blu-Ray of the Indiana Jones trilogy over new years (There’s a 4th movie in the box, but it’ll never see the light of day).

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is such a misfire. Probably because on the heels of a ginormous blockbuster family adventure film, Spielberg and Lucas made a family about an ancient ritual cult, human sacrifice, and child torture. The story goes the two men were in a darker place after breaking up with their wives, Amy Irving and Marcia Lucas. It was still the 10th highest grossing picture of all-time on its release.

Temple of Doom has much to commend it. But the nasty subject matter places it in a lower tier than Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade. For this new year of 2013, I am listing 13 of my favorite things about Last Crusade.

ShortRound1. Short Round (played by Jonathan Ke Quan) – Pretty much everything he does (his 11-year-old Kung Fu ranges from useless to effective shots to the groin) or says (“Very funny!” “You call him Dr. Jones!” “You say to stand against the wall…not my fault!”) is my highlight of the film.

2. Mola Ram’s ‘Rip Out Your Heart While You Are Alive Trick’ – How come David Blaine can’t do that?productimage-picture-lao-che-air-freight-885

3. “Lao Che Air Freight” – Watch for the uncredited cameo by Dan Aykroyd telling Indy his flight arrangements

4. The Rope Bridge

5. John Williams’ Score – Although the “The Raiders March” gets appropriate play, there is a darkly themed music composed for this film. It was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost to A Passage to India. [Full disclosure: “The Raiders March” is my ringtone]

6. The Totally Evil Looks Offered by Mola Ram and the Maharajá

Indiana-Jones-and-the-Temple-of-Doom-Atari-ST-Screenshot-17. The Temple of Doom Video Game – Freeing the kids, the mine chase, stealing the Sankara stone, the tope Bridge, and Collecting the Idols with real actor’s voices and John Williams’ music.


8. The Baby Elephant

9. The Obi Wan Café – Shown on a sign as they jump out the window, this is one of many Star Wars references in the Indiana Jones movies. Also “Anything Goes” over the opening credits.club-obi-wan-indiana-jones

10. The Simultaneous Beatdowns – Indiana Jones and Short Round kick the crap out of a thugee guard and the Maharajá at the same time in the mines.

harrison-ford-temple-of-doom-photo-240x180-paramount-IJTemple_Still_PK_C-1811. How Ridiculously Good-Looking Harrison Ford Is

12. The Ritual of Putting on the Hats by Short Round and Indiana Jones – This moving moment is meaningful way of saying ‘I’m sorry for smacking you to the floor while under the spell of the blood of Kali. Thanks for burning me with that torch.’

13. Chilled Monkey Brains

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3 comments on “13 Great Things About The Temple of Doom

  1. I think the biggest weakness of the film is its leading lady, but we all know how she got that role 😉 Check out my Indiana Jones post http://amandalovesmovies.com/2012/10/22/indiana-jones

  2. Diane says:

    I walked out on the original screening I attended because of the child abuse. Couldn’t stand it.

  3. […] As I did with Raiders #2, below are 13 things for 2013 that I particular like about Last Crusade. […]

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