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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! I love Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and I’ve been very vocal about that love. It’s not as serious as Raiders, it doesn’t quite capture the same instant-classic vibe, but it has all the fun of Raiders of the Lost Ark, something none of the other sequels were quite able to capture. Every other Indiana Jones movie is chasing the brilliant original film except for this one. Due to difficult times in the lives of both Spielberg and Lucas the tone in Temple of Doom is bleak, the villain darker than dark and as a result this is the only sequel that feels content to be its own thing. Sure, technically it’s a prequel, the timecard at the beginning showing us Dr. Jones is a year away from finding the lost ark of the covenant, but it’s not like the movie exists to fill in backstory (ala the Star Wars prequels). The flick could have just as easily been a sequel, which is why most regard it as such. Anyway, I love this flick and will feature it many times over the life of this column, so you’re gonna end up loving it, too, or hating my guts. Or both. That’s cool, too. Thanks to reader Nick Payne for sending this image along (and in embiggenable fashion). Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. More celebrations! Tomorrow’s pic is dedicated to fantastic franchise about to deliver its final chapter! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
- Twilight Zone (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)
- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
- Ghostbusters II
- The Thin Man
- Faust
- Batman TV Show
- The Adventures of Superman

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  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by fscottnational

    That's right - tsrif!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Take THAT

    by fscottnational

    First douchebags!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Indy II..?

    by skimn

    When was the title decided upon?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Gotta like Indy

    by jimmy rabbitte

    But not a huge fan of ToD. It is better than KotCS; but that's not saying much.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I love this column

    by shatners hairpiece

    and even though there some haters about this column and this movie out there, I say fuck them. They don't have to click on it, but I do every day and always enjoy it.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    i very little...

    by slickerynodes

    you cheat very big. <P> love this flick

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is awesome

    by kwisatzhaderach

    The last half hour is textbook stuff.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I love movies...

    by supa_dupa_oompa_loompa

    ...and I also love this column. I'll never know what it feels like to be a part of a big production like this, these BTSPOD's are as close as most of us will get. For that I am thankful

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    the best INDY movie of them all

    by God's Brother

    Crazy about Indy: Love raiders, love last crusade, but TEMPLE OF DOOM has always been my head & shoulders favourite

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    I also love all of these awesome pictures Quint

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I have to disagree though, while I love Temple of Doom I actually enjoy Last Crusade far more, but thats a personal preference.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    You call him DR. JONES, Doll!

    by blue meanie

    Gotta love it! There were only two great Indiana Jones movies...and Temple of Doom is one of them! I just hope and pray there isn't a number five after that last disaster...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    I love it because it's Indy goes to Hell

    by Tacom

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Doesn't Fill In Backstory?

    by DeathShrike

    "but it’s not like the movie exists to fill in backstory (ala the Star Wars prequels). The flick could have just as easily been a sequel, which is why most regard it as such." You love the movie so much, but don't see why it can't "easily" be a sequel? Maybe it's because the Indiana Jones in Temple of Doom only cares about "Fortune and Glory" as is repeated throughout the film. You don't find that that perspective clashes with his Raiders attitude? "IT BELONGS IN MUSEUM" Quint! The movie is a prequel because it shows us how he regained his "Good Guy" Archeologist attitude that he has in the previous film. In Temple, at first, he doesn't give a shit about the people and their stupid stone, nor does he believe that they have magic powers. He sure as fuck believes the Ark does though, doesn't he? He learns over the course of the film to to not only (maybe) believe in this magic stuff, but also to actually give a shit about the stuff he does, beyond trying to make money and be famous. Seriously Quint. I expect more from my Pop Culture Ephemera Is Actually Important Culture internet sites!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I love Temple of Doom

    by sonnyfern

    That's the one I really grew up with. It was on Cable TV every freaking night. But I never saw anything wrong with it, the others tried to copy Raiders a little too much for my liking but I gotta admit...that dinner scene still fucking ROCKS!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    And then has to get out.

    by Tacom

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    by "regained" I mean...

    by DeathShrike

    ... regained since he was a River Pheonix kid, if we assume everything make perfect chrono-sense. When he's a kid he obviously cares about stuff, but at some point (by Temple of Doom) he stopped caring (and was ostensibly a dick to Karen Allen and her father, right?), but then "regained" "goodness (?)" by Raiders.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    LOL Quint should post a bpsotd for "temple" every week.

    by Mike_D

    just to get the fan boys going.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    You're so right about Temple of Doom, Quint.

    by Ronald Raygun

    I have alot of problems with Temple of Doom, but the one thing I really appreciate about that movie is the fact that it does what a good sequel should do. It gives us our hero we all know and love, and puts him in a completely new setting and adventure. Instead of taking the route of Last Crusade. I like that movie also, but you can kinda see Lucas and Spielberg chickening out and making a lighthearted Raiders sequel after Temple didn't do quite as well as they'd hoped.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST


    by caruso_stalker217

    Indy didn't start spouting that "It belongs in a museum" crap until CRUSADE. <p>And in RAIDERS he says he doesn't believe in magic and shit.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Best Indy Film!

    by billyhitchcock1

    always will be!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:50 p.m. CST

    I love this column

    by shran

    Keep it up forever. As a personal preference I like Raiders and Last Crusade more but it's really a nominal quibble or comparison. With fingers crossed I wait for number five to return a bit to the "feel" of the first three.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST


    by kahootz

    I must take issue with your analysis of TofD. It did NOT teach him to believe in "this magic stuff." Because when Marcus Brody is in Indy's house to let him know the university will send him to look for the Ark, Marcus talks to him about the ominous implications of finding the Ark. He is overcome with a sense of foreboding. Indy responds, "What are you trying to do, scare me? You sound like my mother. We've known each other for a long time. I don't believe in magic, a lot of superstitious hocus pocus. I'm going after a find of incredible historical significance, you're talking about the boogie man. Besides, you know what a cautious fellow I am." I agree, TofD achieves a level of discernible awesomeness; however, its existence in the timeline is undercut by Indiana's attitude toward the supernatural in Raiders.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST


    by DeathShrike

    Touche re: magic, but doesn't he complain about them locking up the ark at the end of Raiders? Not because he wants to make money off the fuckin thing, but because it's "important" or something right? Much different from his tude in Doom.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    TOD is the best Indy sequel.FACT.

    by KilliK

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST


    by Baryonyx

    You are correct. FACT.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST

    hmm i dont remember anywahe in TOD that Indy's actions

    by KilliK

    were motivated by greed for wealth and fame.and that he didnt cared for the others.from the start,he went to find the rocks to help the Indu people,not to steal it and sell it for money or put it in the museum.i think Deathstrike your analysis of TOD and how Indy's character progressed is a bit off.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Aww No, please...not Harry Pothead 2moz...

    by scrote

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I thought the whole reason it was a 'prequel'


    Was because they wanted to do that whole beginning sequence in Shanghai and in 1937 it was occupied by Japan.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    He no nuts, he's crazy!

    by loafroaster

    Mola Ram! Prepare to meet Kali... in Hell! LOVE IT.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    ToD is outstanding

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    God I love that film. Love the opening dance number. "Club Obi-Wan". Lao Che. The patented Spielberg framing shots of Lao, Lao jr. and the creepy third guy. The spinning table back-and-forth. "The poison you just drank, Dr. Jones". "I go first, Indy". His stagger in front of the dancing girls. Spinning gong as cover. "Nice try, Lao Che". "It crashed". Great Williams music through jungle. "You call him Dr. Jones, doll!" Fortune and Glory. The music queue and cut from the dancing Indian girls to them entering the dinner. Spielberg showing more Kubrick love and throwing Philip fucking Stone in there. Assassin hiding in front of mural. "We-are-going-to-die!" Mola Ram Suda Ram boom-boom. The birth of PG-13. "You will become ..a true believer". The shot of the prince turning around with the voodoo doll in hand. "All of us"-close up hero shot-punch-punch slide. Pat fucking Roach. Converyer Belt. More great Williams music. Mine cars! "They will be found....You Won't!" "Hang on lady, we going for a ride." Indeed, Shorty, indeed.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Best chemistry ever

    by ndally

    Between Shortie and Jones. God I love this movie. It's so different. This film has the greatest cinematography of any film ever made. I have it in HD on my PVR and it's breathtakingly beautiful. John Williams, Harrision Ford, Steven Spielberg, Lucas and the 1980s. The best film period ever. Between '75-'85 we had Jaws, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Indy, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, E.T and fucking Blade Runner. When has there ever been such a great period of film making? Genius

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST


    by Proman1984

    Pure joy!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    I never realized how much the ladies love this one too

    by HapaPapa72

    Til I tweaked my old reliable Indy costume and ripped off one sleeve, got it as dirty looking and worn as I could(with some watercolors and baby oil),a few cuts and scrapes on my face, etc. It was a little weird to get fuck me stares from a few moms at my kid's Halloween party. Then again, maybe they were "damn, THAT guy's got too much time on his hands" stares. Great friggin' movie!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Lao Che's laugh is infectious

    by Tacom

    When he and his sons start laughing after Indy drinks the poison in his champagne I can't help but laugh too!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Last Crusade was pretty darn good.

    by mistergreen

    Better than TOD I'd say.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:50 p.m. CST

    No movie takes me back to 8 year old, carefree

    by SithMenace

    Summer vacations like this one.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Now all we get are shit Super-Hero movies

    by ndally

    That are all the same(a few exceptions) they just don't take risks like they use to. Everything has to be based off a pre-exsisting brand. Im no CG hater but god damn it I miss matte paintings and models. I miss '80s film stock; the sound, the hiss like the film can barely contain the music. Movies look so mass produced now. I bet they were saying the same thing in the '80s about the movies I mentioned above but it was fucking magical. And it wasn't just because I was a kid because Pixar films give me the same feeling. It's like they cared about the movies and put their blood sweat and tears into it. I know all this has been said thousands of times before and most brush it off as pure nostalgia but its more than that. It's the labour of love that it took to create something new and exciting that you could see right there on the screen in front of you. "how did they do that?" isn't even asked anymore because everyone knows the answer. That's what I miss. Anyways I'm rambling on.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom IS a lot of fun, but Kate Capshaw...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...brings down my appreciation for it. I just find her terribly annoying.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    ...but the mine car chase is simply an epic scene...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...that more than makes up for Kate Capshaw's performance.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    Good rant, you're completely correct. There's just something missing these days, and it may be because of the fact that the studios are 30 years further into their corporate ownership than they were in the early 80's. Imo that's why movies seem so much more like product than art anymore.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    That exact picture was on the COVER of a TOD magazine!

    by Cheif Brody

    I had my hands, Marcus! <p> I remember seeing that pic on an "official" behind the scenes mag that came out about a month after the a K-Mart! I actually dove for it...And promptly bought it. Wish I had the foresight to have taken care of it. <p> Awesome pic that takes me right back to that day at K-Mart. <p> DeathStrike...I feel ya brother...but you didn't think that rant through very well. TOD gave us NO Indy backstory. It starts already in progress and never lets up long enough to "fill in any gaps". He always saves his hat? He's afraid of snakes? His psychological mindset toward the antiquities he seeks? Pffft. <p> Why do ya think the FIRST THING Spielberg did in Crusade was give us his life backstory in 10 minutes through River Phoenix's eyes? <p> TOD sits alone in the series. It's almost like "Never Say Never Again" to the Bond films, IMO. I"m glad it wasn't a "carbon" copy of Raiders. They were smart not to even TRY for that epicness...but the film shines on it's own rite.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I love all Indy movies the same.

    by Yelsaeb

    I think all four of them are equal in awesomeness. They'd better make a fifth one. I can't get enough Indy.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    the 1st 45 minutes made me want to hurl

    by Phategod2


  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    That is very true.

    by BilboRing

    The others are just trying to chase Raiders. TOD is very different. I will agree with that. But Kate Capshaw really fucked it up. If it were not for her I would love the film.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Indy is going to put the Ark in a museum

    by SithMenace

    He specifically goes after for three reasons, to get paid, to get it in the museum for Marcus, and to go after an incredible archaeological find. Listen to the dialogue in Indy's house again, Indy finds it before the Nazis, and Marcus gets it after wards.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Lady Only In Movie Cuz She Humpin Director!

    by Cheif Brody

    Thanks, Family Guy!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Love, love, love TOD

    by dukeroberts

    Temple of Doom was the first Christmas present I ever remember buying my mother, and I got more use out of it than she did. And Kate Capshaw may have been annoying, but damn...she was hot. Sooooooo much hotter than Karen Allen.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    A perfect, perfect film...

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    Hey Dr Jones, No time for love <p> WE ARE GOING TO DIE!!!!!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I'm with Royston

    by BlaGyver

    I haven't watched TOD since the summer of 08, but unfortunately Kate Capshaw literally ruins the entire movie for me. Her performance just gets under my skin like no other. I fully respect most aspects of the movie and LOVE Short Round, but her performance is one of the few in movie history that has actually made an otherwise great movie unwatchable for me. I really wish it wasn't that strong of a disliking, but it is.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    Yes, it is the best sequel. Fact. <p> It's an adventure story unlike LAST CRUSADE and CRYSTAL SKULL, and it's Indiana Jones at his absolute coolest and best. <p> And it is NOT a prequel. You are correct KEVIN_COSTNERS_RECYCLED_PISS, it's only set in 1935 because Japan occupied Shanghai in 1937. It was an unfortunate decision by the Beards because who gives a shit if Japan was in Shanghai or not?? It needlessly set it a year earlier and makes Indy seem ridiculous when he says he doesn't "believe in magic, a lot of superstitious hocus-pocus" in RAIDERS.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I always thought

    by Morte_Bea_Arthur

    Jackie Chan would make a good grown up Short Round. He's too old, but he's got the same goofy charm. After his last half dozen movies though...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I always like Last Crusade better.

    by lochkray

    Raiders will always be the best one. Then Crusade. Then Temple of Doom, for me anyway. Love the movie, just don't like it as much as the other two - What I find funny is that the reason I down-grade it, is for many of the same reasons people trash on Kingdomofthecrystalskull (which was an awful Indy movie). I don't know that jumping out of a plane in a inflatable raft is all that more unbelieveable than surviving a nuclear blast in a refrigerator...okay, maybe a bit more believeable, but still. The movie defies logic more than a few times. The mine chase was fun, but why the hell would you design your mineral transport rails as a roller coaster? And exactly how much water was supposed to be in that holding tank they tip over? Enough to fill several caverns, including a lava filled chasm, and still produce enough pressure to chase our heros out the cave. Anyway, I love the movie, it just has a few too many implausibilities to be my fave. The problems with number four go above and beyond #2 by far.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom was badass.

    by mastermold

    Harrison Ford never looked tougher in any other film and the tone was awesome.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Mola Rom Suda Rom BUM BUM

    by LiquidHotMagma

    This movie gave us one of the greatest villains in cinema history. Even to this day my heart races during the sacrifice scene.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    TOD = the most fun

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I love the's all kinds of goofy awesome adventure. Only humorless douchebags would hate on this movie.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Sorry to hijack the talkback

    by moody by nature

    But EW has got some awesome Game of Thrones pics up...

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Indy has one big foot, one little foot!

    by CountryBoy

    I never liked this movie; it pales next to RAIDERS. My heart sank in the "rafting out of the plane and down the mountain" scene; I felt I was watching some bizarre kiddie film. And when I realized the bridge scene was actually the CLIMAX, I was again massively let down. Falling down into alligators was nothing compared to the ghosts, meltings and explosions of RAIDERS. Very, very disappointing.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I love TOD

    by disfigurehead

    Last crusade is garbage. I still have the People magazine with TOD on the cover.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:02 p.m. CST


    by Bearded Clam

    Literally every time i have seen anyone ever talk Indy, they always say this one is the weakest. I have never understood that. TOD is amazing and i can't believe the love it is getting from you god damn haters. I sense the love will change to hate very soon. Like the Vaction movies, only the original, European and Christmas movies count. Vegas is dead to me. Very similar to how "Kingdom" is an abortion. Worst movie i have seen in 10 years.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:20 p.m. CST

    thank you Quint

    by Logan_1973

    DOOM is a great film; for every reason that you stated. Cheers.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    "Oh, they stuck together."

    by B Arnold Quizzling

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Only Indy...

    by B Arnold Quizzling

    Would cheat a little kid at poker! I love this movie -- truly a Pulp classic.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Indy 2

    by alxorange

    If this had come out in 2008 and Skull had some out in 1984, everyone would love Skull and bitch about this one. There are just as many ridiculous things in TOD as there are in Skull and that is a fact. They're both great, it's YOU who has changed.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:08 p.m. CST

    what 'hollywood' lacks

    by frank cotton

    is any kind of real respect for bygone eras, or the draw that they have for many of us. maybe 'era' isn't the right word, but it will do. all the blockbuster superhero films today have to be set in the present, and 'updated', 'reimagined', or some other such nonsense. INDIANA JONES did not pander to the audience. 'suits' are the root of the problem, of course

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST


    by Bearded Clam

    i respect the opinion, i definitely understand what you mean. i get it. but, for me, i think its the lack of cgi in the originals that didn't take me out of the movie like the new one did. somehow its more believable to me to fall out of plane on a raft onto snow at a 45 degree angle than it is for anyone to be swinging on vines with monkeys.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Goodbye, Dr. Jones. <P> TOD best of the trilogy.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    by Thunderbolt Ross

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I thought it was "potatoes"

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    You learn something new every day

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I thought it was "potatoes"

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    You learn something new every day

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

    For those that don't know, many of the more implausible bits, like the raft and the mine car chase were originally going to be in Raiders.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Temple Of Doom is the best-PRODUCED film of the series

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The direction, cinematography, production design, editing and music are all MAGNIFICENT, the best work Spielberg and company did on the entire series. Last Crusade, in comparison, has a bland, stage-bound, made-for-TV look, and Crystal Skull looked like a tacky Indy screensaver.<BR><BR>And the last 40 minutes are the best action Spielberg has EVER brought to the screen. Doom is grossly underrated.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Plus, TOD has my favorite Harrison Ford moment in the series

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    When Willie says "Can we get out of here?", and Indy growls, "Right, ALL of us!", and we cut to him standing in the tunnel staring down one of the Thugee guards with a classic Spielberg camera push-in, looking all pissed-off. Fucking EPIC.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    "Hold on lady, we going for a ride!"

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    TOD: one of my favorite movies of all time! @ ndally: great couple of posts. You hit the nail on the head - greatest decade for movies (for me). I would add (for me) "Escape from NY", "The Thing" and "Wrath of Khan" as well. While not saying they have the chops the other movies you mentioned have, they bring back that time when I went to the movies once or twice a week and always felt I got my money's worth. Now I'm lucky if I see one film a year in a theater. Movies are so disposable now, and we're lucky to have a film like "District 9" only once in a while, instead of four or five times a year.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    "Weee are going to Diiiiiie!"

    by GravyAkira

    One of the the funniest faces ever by Ford!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Raft Jump

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    proved legit by mythbusters...but my favorite Indy film will always be Crusade...obviously I love Raiders and Temple...but something about Hitler getting his hands on the holy grail really got me...I feel like that made the quest in Crusade much more important to me...and honestly, the jokey stuff in Crusade isn't really that's lighthearted banter that the german chick in crusade is so fucking hot I can't stand it..."and I hate arogent men" now fuck me sweetheart

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by imagin78

    TOD is one of the best genre films ever. Hell, I think it is the greatest of the Indy film. I've never had any problem with Kate Capshaw's performance. She is playing the role of a pampered diva. That kind of role is meant to be annoying. I enjoy the contrast that character has with Marion from the first film. It's different. On the other hand, Alison Doody's character in the third film feels too bland to me. Plus, TOD has the greatest action climax, or more accurately climaxes, in cinema history. Well, perhaps second to Aliens. I was always a little upset that the apex of Raiders came with the truck chase. Granted, the opening of the Ark is a great scene, but the film never really reaches the heights of that set-piece again in my opinion.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Love..............Just Pure Love

    by RoarsLoudly

    4 this film!!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    actually, Temple has aged okay....

    by crankyoldguy

    ...though the best stuff is still the beginning in Shanghai.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:58 p.m. CST

    actually, Temple has aged okay....

    by crankyoldguy

    ...though the best stuff is still the beginning in Shanghai.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    I LOVE Temple unashamedly!!!

    by Dogmatic

    It is less stakes I would say but very heavy in tone...I mean one image that sticks out to me is when Indy finds the sacrificed remains near to the Pankot Palace and carries a pretty heavy amount of menace when he warns Short Round and Willie "Don't come up here." Great line delivery. <p> Plus, it probably has the single most baddest image of Harrison Ford ever as the mine cart light shines on him as he is totally and his most righteouslly indignant. You get that awesome hero shot...and then you get 30 minutes of unadulterated awesome action straight to the end...the build-up SO pays off! Give it another watch with fresh eyes haters and you'll see why Quint loves it so.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:20 a.m. CST

    So tomorrow's pic has HERMIONE wearing the SORTING HAT during lu

    by Tigger Tales

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I don't Hate Temple of Doom

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I just enjoy Last Crusade better, personal preference. Just because I like LC better doen't mean that TOD is bad. I enjoy quite a a lot of things about TOD. I just enjoy LC better.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Each one has it's own feel to it

    by catlettuce4

    Nothing wrong with Crusade, but it does share some visuals with Raiders (ie: it copies Raiders), and the overall tone is family and fun adventure time with dad and friends. Temple is dark and also incredibly goofy. It's an odd mix, but aside from Raiders it is the only Indy movie that also has that "this is a real movie" feel. It's big and bold. I don't see how anyone could prefer either of them to the flawless perfection of Raiders, but to each his or her own, I suppose.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Last Crusade is the best of them all

    by BigDan

    That is my opinion and I'm sticking to it. There is not a single dull moment in that film and the chemistry between Ford and Connery is amazing. I find Temple of Doom to be to goofy and of the original triology it is the only one that I don't keep rewatching.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:13 a.m. CST

    no supernatural stuff at the end of Crusade

    by batmans_pants

    Erm? The templar Knight that has been alive for two thousand years? The Villain drinking from the wrong cup and turning to dust, The grail being used to Heal Jones Snr. That's a fair amount of Supernatural stuff.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:37 a.m. CST

    The one reason this film is shit...

    by BiggusDickus sitting next to Harrison Ford in that picture.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Have great memories of this one...

    by DarthMusashi2112

    my mom dropping my sister and I off at the movies one summer, one of the few times I let her hang out with me when she didn't annoy the shit out of me...we actually had a really good time. I still remember walking out of the theater talking about what a kickass movie TOD was...I miss summers like that, I miss being a kid and I miss times like that with my sis...we're still close, but that summer was special.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    ToD has the best score hands down

    by SithMenace

    It may even be Williams' best score period. If you doubt that, just crank the home theater and put on the approach to Pancot palace, after they see the bats. Fucking epic.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:19 a.m. CST

    in a way i like it as much as Raiders

    by sHapesHiftinLizard

    it was the first one i saw, on the last day of the summer holidays, a Sunday night, b4 i went back to school, prob the most depressing night of the year for kids all round the world...but that feeling totally evaporated as i was sat in front of the movie, just amazing. I watched it over and over on vhs to the point of overdoing it, but now i i think i have to get them all again on dvd, i gave myeself a few years without them, as i had overplayed them all, esp in childhood. I always liked Shortround and Willie as companions too, the haters don't know what they are talking aboot, this movie is like a classic REH Conan story, hero dropped into the middle of some situation and has to take care of business, that's wha's so good about it, as said, so diff from all the other Indies, and i wish they had made another singular type of movie for the character...maybe next time.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Kate Capshaw was well cast, her line delivery

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    is great. They just had her scream a little too much.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    COWBOYS<br> & &thinsp;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;&zwj;<br>ASIANS

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    This BtSPotD oozes John Ford.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST


    by Darth Scourge

    Temple of Doom is way better than Last Crusade. Way, way better. But Raiders will always rule unopposed.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    TOD was despised at the time....

    by Rameses

    and still is to some degree , but in light of Last Crusade and Crystal skull it seems like a winner.It's jokey aproach was just too much of a shock at the time.TOD also appears to have been made at a period when industrial light and magic were being stretched too thin or something.The Matt/model work is really obvious and shoddy for a lot of the scenes.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST

    I think it is 'potatoes'

    by Righteous Brother

    TOD - not as good as Raiders, but still a good film, very much its own beast. Although Kate Capshaw screams too much. Not sure how it would play if it was released today in these cynical times, I'm sure people wouldn't like Short Round or the whole roller coaster mine cart. Mind you the spike chamber scene is awesome, one of Spielbergs best.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    TOD was despised at the time 2...

    by Rameses

    Forgot to mention that it at least deserves kudos for attempting something so different from Raiders....Now Indy seems to be stuck in a ritualistic formula , where he has to have a supernatural , wraith of god style finale every time

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:33 a.m. CST

    The thing I hate the most about Last Crusade

    by SithMenace

    is how they turned Marcus into an idiot. In Raiders, you got the feeling that he was just like Indy, that he may have been Indy's mentor or even his partner years before, especially when Marcus said "10 years ago I would have gone after it myself". The very next movie (chronologically) he's a moron that gets lost in his own museum.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:13 a.m. CST

    Still the best one after raiders. Best music

    by UltraTron

    besides raiders and some of Williams best ever. Coolest set of all the movies. Best poster of all the movies. Best tagline. Real exotic locales. Still had the feeling you were watching a starwars film when you saw club obiwan. Always wondered why Spielberg didn't direct all the prequels instead of just the end battle in sith.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Hey lady you call him Doctor Jones!!!!!

    by hiperaktiv

    Thanks kid, my professional name.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:30 a.m. CST

    The thing I hate about Last Crusade

    by disfigurehead

    SS made it to apologize to the fans about TOD. Come on. LC is crap.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 7:24 a.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    Spielberg is indirectly responsible for the shitfest that was the prequels. Lucas approached him to direct one or two of the prequels, because it was his plan to direct the first, then hand off the last two to different directors, same as the OT. It was Spielberg that convinced him to get behind the camera again and direct all three of the new Star Wars films. <p>I guess it doesn't matter, since the story outlines were done by Lucas, so the structures of all of the films would have been disjointed and awkward anyway, but maybe if Spielberg had directed one or two of the films there would have been someone there with the balls to tell Lucas he was fucking up. Spielberg and Coppola may be the only ones that Lucas would have listened to, and could possibly have saved the saga. But then the 4th Indy film came out, and while nowhere near as bad as the prequels, it was still pretty bad. So maybe nothing could have saved the prequels. They were destined to suck.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Indy is a hostage at the end of every movie EXCEPT TOD

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Seriously, ALL THREE of the other Indy movies end with Indy as the hostage of the bad guys who then end up killing themselves with Indy as a helpless witness, whereas Temple Of Doom climaxes with Indy kicking ass for FORTY MINUTES STRAIGHT. That's why TOD is awesome.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    Nasty Pasty

    by Abominable Snowcone

    You've got a good point. TOD is the only one where at the end Indy doesn't have to ask himself what he believes--apart from kicking ass. sure, the bridge struggle with Mola Ram for the shankara stones suggests Indy respects their magic (he tells Mola he betrayed shiva), so the stones don't burn his hand. But who cares? he's nobody's victim and he throttles everybody.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    L.Ron Bumquist

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Regarding Willie's screaming, you are correct. In fact, on the Lego Indiana Jones game one of Willie's "powers" is to shatter objects by screaming.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Really don't like it

    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Am/was a huge Raiders of the Lost Ark fan, and when the sequel came out, it really just had NONE of the same flavor or character of the first film. It was far too 'cutesy' for my taste. Spielberg's habitual insistence upon giving far too much screen time to local extras, far too much cute crap with bugs and monkey brains and jumping out of airplanes on a rubber raft, and cartoony villains.. sigh.. it was more like a Goonies movie than an Indiana Jones movie. Plus Kate Capshaw.. ugh.. bad bad casting.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    You crazy Dr Jones!

    by Madmarek

    If you like Indiana Jones have a read of my fan fic story, Indiana Jones and the Lair of the Horned Serpent

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Not a big fan

    by Astronut

    Raiders is very cool but I can only take so much "jungle adventure." it doesn't appeal to me the way sci-fi does.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Raiders is pretty silly too

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    The whole chase in Cairo is largely played as slapstick, for instance. <p>Anyway the main problems with TOD are the sidekick and the horrifically stupid and bad dinner scene at the palace. Just moronic and insulting.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    One Reason why TOD is the best of them

    by LiquidHotMagma

    The pure sense of dread and foreboding evil that Indy must tackle to get out of the temple alive, along with the mcguffin and the sidekicks, is unmatched in the other two films. We're first introduced to the evil of the temple by watching a Satanic figure rip the heart out of some poor bastard, how the fudge could anyone escape that?

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Ford was on CONAN......

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    Naturally he was asked about a possibly new film and said George is fapping away on a new script and he's up for another. If the ultimate pan is 2 more movies for an even 6 part saga I hope they shoot the next 2 back to back for obvious reasons. <P> For what it's worth I'm actually used to OLD Harrison Ford now....just took some time to warm up to.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Wow, so much hate for Last Crusade...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Maybe I should re-watch the first three (yet again), but while I've come to appreciate Temple of Doom a bit more over time, I don't get the Last Crusade loathing... Fucking Sean Connery, man. Jesus.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    First image of Urban as Dredd

    by RedLeaderStandingBy es/galerias/judgedredd/Primeira-foto.jpg

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    ToD woulda been crucified if released in the internet age

    by Liberty Valance

    Glowing rocks that make crops grow. The absurd plane escape via raft. The minecar jumping 50 feet and landing perfectly on the tracks. Kate Capshaw's gouge-your-eyes- out-it's-so-awful performance. The ridiculous plot contrivances ("We had a renowned archaeologist show up? Let's put them in the room with the secret passage to our human sacrifice temple!") Yeah I'm nitpicking like a douchebag, which is what the internet is for. But hey, we all saw this movie when we were 12 so our nostalgic perspective disregards these flaws. I love ToD, it's a ton of goddamn fun like all the Indy movies (yes all four), but don't make it out to be some flawless masterpiece.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    LOVE TOD and this column!

    by MarionRavenwood

    TOD is a big, scary, fabulous blast. A "best of" compilation of adventure cliches and old-timey glamour and a hilarious Kate Capshaw. My constant arguments with people over her role in TOD were what lead me to start writing one of my blogs all about the best action heroines, and I wore the VHS tape out as a kid...anyway, I think I've sufficiently embarrassed myself...

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I love TOD!

    by enya_mouf

    Indy 5 - Short Round Rises.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Re: "Mythbusters proved raft stunt legit"

    by lochkray

    Whoever wrote the above (or something to that effect) never saw the Mythbusters episode. Mythbusters showed the exact opposite. Jumping out of a plane in a raft is a perfect way to kill yourself. However, if you are concerned, its good to know that the raft would survive. Oh, and on another topic, I find it funny that the same people who blast ol'George Lucas as a talentless hack on these talkbacks are the same ones who are singing the praises of Temple of Doom. Out of the major players involved in its making, George is the only one who says he likes the movie. All the others act like its a red headed step-child. Just pointing that out.

  • Nov. 19, 2010, 8:28 p.m. CST

    I used to hate Last Crusade.

    by Laserbrain

    Thought it was a catastrophe upon release - my feeling then was that an Indiana Jones movie ought to primarily be a showcase for Spielberg's incredible action-directing chops and Lucas' set-piece smarts. Last Crusade's action, taken alongside the rest of the series, was deplorably tension-less and dull (the tank chase had its moments, granted) and the film's insistence on the cheap laugh wore down my good will to the nub. Revisiting it recently, however, I found a lot to like. <p> It's still no great shakes as an actioner but I see now how lucky we were to have screen legends Harrison Ford and Sean Connery performing side-by-side as Father and Son; holy shit, talk about looking a gift-horse in the mouth - and they're fantastic together. And now that I was reflecting upon my own rocky relationship with my late father I found a lot more emotional truth in their reconciliation story: well, fuck me if the 'lame' Indy movie didn't just manage to work its way into my heart. <p> Anyway, that's my beautiful and gay story.<p> I'm not sure what it will take to bring me round to liking Crystal Skull though.<p>Dementia, most probably.

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by th3480 fucking awesome.

  • Nov. 21, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    TOD - Great, but lousy Attention to Detail at the End

    by The Bear

    Love this movie, but it always bugs me at the end: we have this huge river filled with crocodiles...but in the long shots, it's barely a little stream! Not big enough for even baby crocs!