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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

If there’s one positive aspect of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull it’s that it’s made a lot of people appreciate just how awesome Temple of Doom is. The much maligned sequel (technically prequel) has long been a personal favorite of mine and it’s been with great joy that I’ve seen a surge of love for the flick, the only Indiana Jones sequel that tries something different and isn’t chasing Raiders of the Lost Ark.

It’s dark, it’s unapologetically gory and it wants to be a huge thrill ride, to the point where Spielberg literally turns one action sequence into a rollercoaster ride.

And that mine cart sequence is the focus for today’s photo, which gives an insight into how they filmed the live action elements. Phil Tippett did some stop motion work as well (using a refitted 35mm still camera instead of a standard motion picture camera, no less) to make this sequence come to life, but today’s shot features on the live action element.

I love the intensity on Ford’s face and that Short Round edges into the shot! Enjoy the pic and click it for the mega big version!



Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic remembers its Charlemagne!

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  • March 30, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Sequel to simply the greatest fucking movie ever made

    by UltraTron

  • March 30, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Okay, okay, it's WAY better than Crystal Skull...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but even Steven admits that Temple is not really a great Indy adventure, went too dark because of all the personal shit he and George were dealing with at the time. But the mine car sequence did and does thrill to this day.

  • we got a shrieking, one-note blond bimbo? Granted, with a fine rack and all, but sheesh...

  • March 30, 2011, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Molaram Molaram! Molaram Molaram! Boom! Boom!

    by UltraTron

    Molaram molaram! Molaram molaram! Boom! Boom!

  • March 30, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    The mine cart ride was cut from Raiders, as I recall...

    by Chewtoy

    I think the original shooting script for Raiders had a mine cart sequence at the end in order to escape the island. Since Speilberg was all about proving he could stay on time and on budget with that film, they ended up cutting it entirely, then added it back in when working out the story for Temple of Doom.

  • Just a thought

  • March 30, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    No, fuck it, I'm not done dumping on this film:

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Go watch Cary Grant's "Gunga Din." So much of the temple discovery scenes, the bridge stuff, etc. are almost lifted shot-for-shot for "ToD." Yeah, I know the Indy films are all love letters to great old serials and action-adventure films, filled with "homages" to all that stuff, but this one was too much for me.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    I did think the opening credit sequence was genius, though.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Completely unexpected and funny.

  • You heard me. It's EVEN WORSE.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Best of the series and the one I watch with my kids the most.

    by sweeneydave

    That is all.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    i liked Crystal Skull n TPM maybe im crazy..

    by ORIONgods

    ....or your all crazy

  • March 30, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    writefortheedit: Gunga Din was a favorite of my GrandCHOP's.


    It was a staple in my household when I was but wee.

  • Going a bit overboard, perhaps, but it was obviously influential.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Anyone Remember The Olde Indiana Jones Temple O' Doom Console Game?

    by NeonFrisbee

    That was fun. I dropped alotta quarters in that one (even though I didn't like the movie that much, even as a kid).

  • March 30, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    oh Willie wasn't that bad...

    by Boo-urns

    Indy's annoyance with her throughout the movie is hilarious.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Not Console Game, Duh, I Meant Arcade Game

    by NeonFrisbee

  • March 30, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Raiders Of The Lost Ark for the Atari 2600

    by NeonFrisbee

    I really liked that too even though, technically, it sucked.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    You call him DOCTOR, lady!

    by kermit_the_fraud

    MY professional name. *flick* Yep, that's one kid sidekick that didn't actually make me want to strangle him in his precocious little sleep. Hold on lady, we go for ride.

  • ...."Indy, I'm RIGHT HERE! [clutches tits]" But none of it is as electric and funny as his moments with Marion.

  • Be prepared ...

  • March 30, 2011, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Temple is Great Fun.

    by Munro Kelly

    Temple's biggest sin is that it followed Raiders. The first film set the bar impossibly high. Raiders was lightning in a bottle, Spielberg could never top it just like McTiernan can never top Die Hard. Temple was a great time at the movies, the mine car chase was literally a roller coaster ride and the bridge scene was literally a cliffhanger.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Oooooohhh....a Choppah investigative report?

    by kermit_the_fraud

    Color me.....intrigued. This better not be a false dawn.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    TOD is the best Indy sequel.FACT.

    by KilliK

  • March 30, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Last Cursade tomorrow - not that hard to guess i guess

    by korkie70

  • March 30, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Movie's good but Spielberg's wife is annoying...

    by brocknroll

    The movie would have been better if Kate Capshaw wasn't in it. Man her constant screaming makes me want to slap her up.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    kermit: Don't worry. You won't be disappointed.


    It takes a little to build up, but I have to lay my foundation for the conclusions I've reached. I'm still in the midst of some pretty sophisticated textual analysis, which, so far, is confirming my findings ...

  • March 30, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Actually Quint

    by godhelpus

    It was Tom St. Amand who animated the mine car chase. Tippett did not work on temple of doom.

  • I think its hilarious that this "choppah" douche uses talkbacks as his blog because who the fuck would actually read a blog from this moron? No one, that's why he posts here.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    The trailer/TV commercial

    by Benovite1

    I remember seeing the trailer or I think it was the TV commercial and that one wide shot of Indy swinging across in the shaft. My 14 year old mind was blown. It was the coolest thing in the world. It looked like a new Indy adventure the way it should be done. I always have and will love Temple of Doom. Great bloody music too. Williams was at his peak here with this one, and I dare say that everyone involved were at their peak.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:38 p.m. CST

    And when the fuck are the Blurays coming out?

    by Mel

    Any word on that?

  • March 30, 2011, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Yet this pic gets the academy award over GB?!

    by theonecalledshoe

    whee mine cart ride and bs heart grabbing trick and that's it for fx. Ghostbusters shoulda had their day.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Some people never caught...

    by Ahastings

    ...(or noticed) a little bit of genius in the movie, which is this: after Indy goes across the bridge after the mine chase and the swordsmen leap out at him, the soundtrack quickly plays the music cue from the basket sequence from Raiders. From those quickly-played few notes, Spielberg/Williams instantly (and almost subconsciously) transports our mind back to that sequence so effectively that we're exactly on the same page as Indy(and maybe moments ahead) when we think "just shoot 'em". Sheer genius, and one of the best uses of a music cue EVER.

  • What? Did you call your mommy "sugar tits," forcing her to kick you out? CHOPPED.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull is not worse than Phantom Menace

    by Nem_Wan

    I rewatched most of Crystal Skull recently and found that a few years removed from the hype and hope, it's OK. It feels like it was made much longer ago than it was. I feel about the same about it as I do Last Crusade, which very similarly reused characters in a "come along for the ride" fashion that underserved the characters. I've realized, and Lucas and Spielberg clearly disagree, that Indy should only have one or two friends with him at once. Then you have, at most, a classic adventure trio and each character is sharper. For some reason since Last Crusade he's dragging a whole posse around, and I just don't get it. It makes everybody seem dull and one-dimensional because there's no time to care. Lose the extra sidekicks! Phantom Menace continues to be frustrating, there's no cure.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    The action and violence of ToD...

    by MadKirk

    ...almost blew my 13 year old mind. The mine-fight-roller coaster sequence, monkey brains, people getting their hearts ripped out and burned to nothing in lava, dudes falling into a chasm and bouncing off the walls, etc. This movie was a young teen boy's dream.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom Rocks, TPM Sucks, Crystal Skull had it's moments


  • March 30, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Well, in that case Choppah

    by kermit_the_fraud

    I'll be waitin'. Do you have your Anderson Cooper black tee pressed and ready?

  • March 30, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Willie Scott was annoying but...

    by Batutta

    I can guarantee you my wife and your wife/girlfriend would be even more annoying in that situation. Why does every woman in an action flick have to be tough as nails. Willie acts just like any ordinary woman would react around snakes, bugs, monkey brains, hearts being torn out of chests...jeez...she should be commended for not losing her mind outright.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    In defense of Kate Capshaw

    by doopey

    The whole point of her character is that she's SUPPOSED to be the exact opposite of Marion. That's what makes her so hilarious. People complain about how "dark" it is b/c of the heart-ripping scene, but really, the whole first half of the movie is almost straight up comedy built around set pieces. I LOVE this movie, it's still highly underrated.

  • March 30, 2011, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah....without Willie's girlie-girl personality

    by kermit_the_fraud

    There wouldn't be "We....are DIE!!!" in the spike room. And I love that bit.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    First Indy I ever saw.

    by john

    Loved it, and was surprised to learn later there was something called Raiders of the Lost Ark.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Well mattman, I prefer think about it like this:

    by kermit_the_fraud

    by the time Crystal Skull takes place, Indy has probably had every bone in his body metallically reinforced due to his 'mileage', and THAT'S why he wasn't Jones Jelly. And I agree completely that with a few would be MUCH better. But I didn't hate it.

  • Lucas decided after Empire Strikes Back that movie goers want thrill rides, so everything since then has been an attempt at that. I'm convinced Raiders was an accident, and Lucas' last great film. Probably Spielberg's last truly great film also... though I love Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List a lot, I think Raiders actually tops them.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST


    by kermit_the_fraud

    I guess that means you at least saw them in chronological order.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST


    by doopey

    Am I the only person who actually likes the "fridge" sequence in Crystal Skull? That scene of him standing on the ridge with the mushroom cloud in the background? It's Indy in the Nuclear Age!! That's cool! Oh well, I guess it's just me...

  • March 30, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Anything Goes!

    by Rebeck2

    I love this fucking film. The last film from Spielberg that had that youthful exhilaration of trying to top himself. He got his hand slapped for making the film "too scary" (oh nooooooo) and LAST CRUSADE and CRYSTAL SKULL were the result. Thanks a lot, pussy people.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Second only to Empire Strikes Back

    by Edited_Out

    In terms of delivering on a sequel to an iconic film. Ranks ahead of Alien/Aliens and Terminator/T2.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST


    by kermit_the_fraud

    That is a very beautiful shot, credit where it's due. However....the problem is in HOW he got there. They didn't even ATTEMPT to give him any kind of a 'soft landing' or anything. I fully understand that there had been numerous 'physics-defying' bits in the previous films (see: mine-car chase rail-jumping bit), but that was a leeeeetle far to push it.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Re: the Crystal Skull fridge bit...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    I figure if you can buy people tossing themselves out of a crashing plane in an inflatable raft, dropping down, what, several hundred feet at least, while the raft inflates, and DOESN'T FLIP ONCE, then lands on a mountainside, where they proceed to bobsled down and... you get the idea... if you can buy all that, why can't you buy the flying, lead-lined fridge escape?

  • March 30, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST

    A masterpiece

    by imagin78

    One the absolutely great action films. FAR superior to The Last Crusade which is too much of a retread of Raiders. The only saving grace of the third film is the Connery/Ford relationship.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by kermit_the_fraud

    Please be so kind as to check your logical arguments at the door. They aren't welcome here. And I'm not really sure WHY that fridge bit bugs me soooo much when I can go with the inflatable raft escape, or the aforementioned magic mine-car jump, or the unsinkable wooden boat in just does. I suppose because the way it's filmed....the looooong trajectory, the HARD LOOKS like there's NO WAY a human could come walking out of it.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Not time for love!! We got company!!

    by Nuck81

    NO MORE PARACHUTES!! Fortune and Glory No Fun!! Play with you No Fun!! You Cheat!! You call him Dr Jones DOLL!!! YOU TOLD ME TO STAND AGAINST THE WALL!! NOT MY FAULT!!

  • March 30, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST


    by la_sith

    Yep, I said it. I'd rather watch TPM any day over that rape.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST



    How about another Sucker Punch review ..... I need a fucking good laugh.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    kermit_the_fraud: yeah, the hard landing does make one wince...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Very awesome username, BTW. Nicely done.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull falls apart at the end, but...

    by rbatty024

    I still maintain that the first half to two-thirds is a lot of fun. As is true with a lot of Spielberg's stuff, there's some well crafted actions scenes in that film. They're about a million times better executed that most big budget action films these days, which is kind of sad. Spielberg has been in the game a long time, and for some reason most younger directors still can't compete with his action set pieces.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST

    I feel bad for Spielberg.....KOTCS wasn't his fault

    by Mel

    He got handed a huge turd of a script by his good friend George Lucas. He did about as good as he could given the circumstances.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:44 p.m. CST



    You are correct. I would rather watch Dune than Crystal Skull ........ fucking horrific in every way.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Yea! Where the Freaking hell are the Blu-Rays already?!?!?

    by CallMeSNAKEimeanPLISKEN

    I Love Temple of Doom. It was my first Indy experience as a kid. Really need these movies on Blu-Ray. Now I love Star Wars as much as the next geek, but I would rather have Indy on Blu than all the Star Wars films. That's just me

  • March 30, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull and TPM own Last Crusade

    by sith_rising

    Crusade fucking sucked. Even General Veers couldn't save that shithouse.

  • March 30, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull is not a bad movie

    by Nuck81

    And mediocre Indiana Jones is better than no Indiana Jones

  • March 30, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Why thank you writefortheedit.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    I couldn't BELIEVE no-one had snatched that one up in the history of AICN when I registered. But in the long and varied history of AICN handles, I am nowhere NEAR the top. I've been a LONG TIME frequenter of the site, mostly to read the wild, wild west talkbacks. I just recently decided to join the fun. The tb's here are a bit...daunting to join...but they're the most lively in all the sites I frequent. Everywhere else has been moderated straight to boring.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Hell yeah hatethanet

    by kermit_the_fraud

    I always envied Short Round....little bastard got to hang with INDIANA JONES! Kind of funny that the DARKEST Indy film is the only one with a kid sidekick. I would LOVE to see a film depicting how Shorty's time with Indy fucked him up for life. "I still have nightmares.......the chanting....covah your haaaaht......"

  • March 30, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    killik and imagin78 are correct

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Temple of Doom is AWESOME. It's key selling point is that it's doing something different, whereas Last Crusade was a lazy remake of Raiders. In fact Last Crusade is Spielberg's laziest directing job ever. You can practically see him standing on the set looking dazed, forced back there due to the commercial and critical flop of Empire of the Sun. Temple of Doom is so amazingly cinematic it blows my mind when anyone criticises it. Sure, it's a comic book movie compared to the original but it's got Spielberg firing on all cylinders for the last time ever on a major blockbuster, Williams amazing score, the brilliant opening credits, the arrival in the village (the close-up on Indy as the villagers hands move over him is GENIUS), the lowering spiked ceiling ("It wasn't me, was her!!!"), Indy being possessed and the greatest last half-hour in blockbuster cinema. "The stones are mine!!" "You betrayed Shiva!" Fucking right. I saw this at a friends 10th birthday party trip to the cinema back in '84 and I still remember it to this day. Legendary.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:04 p.m. CST

    kermit_the_fraud: Yeah, there have been some great handles over the years.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Dickblood's is straight-up legendary. But these are fun places to rant, joke and sometimes even have a reasonable conversation with like-minded cine-junkies. Or just go nuts.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Quint is right

    by newc0253

    I too love Doom.<p> to be sure, it's no Raiders. But it shares with Raiders something that is missing from both Last Crusade and Crystal Skull, which is a genuine sense of mystery and atmosphere. Last Crusade might have been fun, but in a theme park ride kinda way. Whereas Crystal Skull has acheived the unimaginable: an Indiana Jones film i've only seen once and have no desire to see again in a hurry.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:07 p.m. CST

    It's okay, Quint. You can write "cwazy." You don't have to be afraid.

    by darthpigman

  • March 30, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Indeed writefortheedit.

    by kermit_the_fraud

    I've been lurking since about 2000. There's always been an ebb and flow. What amazes me is just how SERIOUS some folks take a lot of this stuff. But I suppose if they didn't there would never be any epic flame wars. That Dick Tracy talkback from a few days ago was very evocative of some of the greats. And I don't know (or care) if someone like the_choppah or asimovlives are each one person or a collective....those guys are obviously trying to liven up a place they ENJOY hanging out in. No reason for anyone to get all nasty with 'em. But asimovlives COULD lighten up on the trek hate JUST a bit. Come on, SUPER 8! We need a new topic!

  • March 30, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is awesome. Last Crusade is the weak link.

    by fustfick

    That's right. What I'm really saying is that "Crystal Skull" is way better than "Last Crusade." "Last Crusade" is...well...kind of boring. And personally I'll take the flying saucer bullshit in "Crystal Skull" over the Jesus cup bullshit in "Last Crusade" any day. But no matter how you shake it, even the worst Indiana Jones movie is still pretty goddamn cool.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I don't view this as a sequel or a prequel.

    by D Ropaela

    It's more of a standalone entry, like a Bond flick. I wish they had continued with that model. I feel comic book movies should be done in a similar manner, allowing for occasional two-film tandems for the more expansive stories.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom is a masterpiece!

    by GeorgieBoy

    I love it. And frankly, it's Citizen Kane next to Crystal Skull...

  • March 30, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I agree wholeheartedly turd_has_risen...

    by kermit_the_fraud

    once Indy gets his senses back and starts whipping ass, up until the crocs get a bald-headed meal......cinema bliss.

  • March 30, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Spielberg wanted to finger-bang Capshaw

    by Mr Soze

    Was this the first Pg-13 movie??? C'mon geeks a little help

  • March 30, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Well, I, for one, like reading the posts from The Choppah. Choppah? Blog on dude. And CHOP this man. Got the Temple of Doom poster in seclusion waiting to join the Raiders poster. Gotta' get my Evil Dead 2 poster done first though. Cause, you know, Max Johnson loves him some Evil Dead.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    The "ELITE" pets are back to work!! This time for TRUMP.......

    by TheNipplesofGodReturns

    The ANTICHRIST........ when that name is said.... You think of A funny guy, The guy next door that works hard for his family, the funny little man next door that owns a sandwich shop!! The kinda a guy that will survive the impending doom that will soon hit us...... and reopen his Sandwich shop for the post apocalyptic society, for fun and laughs!!! Or do you think of a man of pure evil? A man that would take a giant Dump on your grandmothers grave, dig her up, open the coffin, take that giant dump shove it in her decaying face, Take his cock shove it in the shit filled mouth of you're decaying grandmother, climax all over her face lick it up with his tongue, and spit into your horrified Grandfather 's mouth???? Well my friends, what ever you think..... I assure you Trumps True purpose is so horrible! it can't be written about!! This movie Is A tool of Donald Trump..... and it MAKE ME SICK!!!! The "ELITE" pets on this sight (HARRY AND HIS MERRY BAND OF WRITERS) Are to immediately!..... start hyping this movie as a comedy classic, They are to do all they can... to make people believe the Antichrist is a funny guy!! When the movie comes out, and other critics universally PAN it! HARRY!! will DECLARE it.... "the funniest movie ever to exist.....ANYWHERE" You will believe his false Writings.... You will see this movie And ultimately be disappointed!! They will rush a sequel, Where you AGAIN!! will pay for CRAP!! all so the "ELITE " and TRUMP can Amass more money to survive the day 12/22/12 TRUMP needs the money for the "BUSEY" project. Stallone.... A man at the peak of human fitness! A perfect specimen of human health! A man that has never had a doughnut in his life!! Rich, Powerful, Well loved by his fans... He is Also A "ELITE" Now ask your self's.... Why does he bother to talk To a man that is at the PEAK of a human Fatassness, A man that needs to shower, and shave that god awful Beard!! Because that man Is STALLONES pet He is Thrown a plane Ticket here, and cash bribe there, too keep promoting his movies of False Hopes and DREAMS.. On the day, 12/22/12 ..... you will find the ANTICHRIST..... Isn't so funny. YOU WERE WARNED

  • March 30, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    This was the first action movie I ever saw that was

    by ufoclub1977

    relentless with action to the point where it felt like an almost sickening thrill. This truly was a rollercoaster for the last portions: coal car (literally) to water cliff to bridge. I had never experienced that kind of feeling before, because most movies had a chase or fight and then a break. This was action itself as the subject, knocking you out with no rest.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Uh, he WAS a doctor of archeology.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:34 p.m. CST

    "They will be won't!"

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Mola Ram - Best Villian of the 4 movies. "You will become.. a true believer" ...though Spalko is moving up the charts more and more. Her speech about how the Reds will take over plays so perfectly into the whole "the commies are my shirtcupboard" paranoias of the 50's, I'll definitely put it up there with MR's rant about Kali overthrowing the Christian god.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    "But then Last Crudase showed us Indy did not have to be a fucking cartoon"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Last Crusade is FILLED with slapstick silliness, more than any Indy film save Crystal Skull. Hell, when Indy and his dad are in the revolving fireplace, it literally turns into a Three Stooges short.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    The father of PG-13

    by Shubniggorath

    I remember when ToD and Gremlins were in the theater was when the MPAA released the PG-13 rating, because little green guys murdering old ladies and Thuggee dudes getting their hearts ripped out was too hardcore for the PG rating they got.

  • March 30, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I skipped chemistry class to see IJTOD...

    by justmyluck

    ...on opening afternoon. I think it was one of the first movies ever in my area to premiere as a matinee. It was also newly-rated PG-13, which meant nothing was stopping me. I ended being the only one in the theater for the two-ish first screening. I stayed for the 4-ish screening as well which, wasn't well-attended either. After loving RAIDERS so much, I just damned everything and went it alone. My reaction at the time wasn't overall love (or even like), in fact, I remember feeling drained both times by the level of noise and screaming in the flick. My vivid memory was Spielberg trying to top the gore/shock quota at the end of RAIDERS with Mola Ram's living heart operation. I didn't mind the opening Busby Berkeley dance number, as it threw me off guard, but the following stupidities (to many to bother to list) turned me off. Short Round's martial arts against all those sword-wielding Thugees was probably the apex (to be revisited in JURASSIC PARK 2 with gymnastics vs dinosaurs). In fact, I didn't like Short Round at all - he really cheapened the story's overall legitimacy, IMO. Looking back at the Indians in IJTOD, the Japanese in 1941 and EMPIRE OF THE SUN, the 'Arabs' in RAIDERS, etc. I've felt Spielberg did, at least mildly, stereotype other cultures. I think I first noticed this in the Nepal bar fight in RAIDERS, with Toht's Himalayan thug being played the prosthetic eyelids. That stuff always felt weird. In any case, IJTOD is better than LAST CRUSADE and CRYSTAL SKULL, but that's not really saying much. IJTOD has too many stupid and unbelievable elements to keep it from any type of classic pop movie status, but I do have the DVD and occasionally re-view its elaborate set-pieces.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Starwarrior re: Fincher's IJTOD matte shot...

    by justmyluck

    ... stood out at the time because it had a full-on rocking camera move which, I assumed at the time, was accomplished with motion control, rather than optical printing. I never did locate the CINEFEX mag covering IJTOD to find out.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    We are going to Diiiiiiiiieeeee!

    by GravyAkira

    Love this movie to death

  • March 30, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    shortround always reminded me of the kid from goonies...

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    u know - the fat one

  • March 30, 2011, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Re: Crystal Skull is not worse than Phantom Menace

    by Acquanetta

    I agree about Indy 4 feeling like it was made earlier than 2008. To me it always felt like something that could've been released back in the mid-90s. It's also true that it shares many of Crusade's flaws by design. If they ever make Indy 5, it will likely have the same problem. Spielberg considers Crusade to have been the best crowd pleaser and made a conscious decision to try and copy its template. Still, Kingdom will likely grow in stature over the years, just as Temple and Crusade have done. The lion's share of hate that is leveled at it is done by fanboys who had a very clear idea of what the film should've been- a bias future audiences won't share.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Re: Last Crusade is the weak link.

    by Acquanetta

    Yeah, Crusade is really the only one where the sidekick is more interesting than the rest of the film. It makes you wonder how it would be regarded if Connery hadn't signed on and they had instead made Henry Sr. a serious, uptight character. Of course, I have very fond memories of Crusade- just as most fans in their 20s/30s do. Yet on paper at least, it's arguably the least interesting in terms of premise.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    My biggest problem with Crystal Skull is what they do to Marion Ravenwood as a character. Say what you will about Willie Scott, but she was her own character. It's like Spielberg and Lucas didn't understand their own character when they turned Marion into a grinning fangirl damn near hanging off of Indy's arm. The one truly great moment in the movie (the scene between Indy and Marion where Indy tells her that there's been lots of girls, but their problem was that none of them were her) is diminished because he's not really saying that to Marion, just someone who looks like her.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Where's that intensity?

    by WhereisBillAllen

    Harrison's doing more acting in that photo that he did in the entire Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

  • March 30, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Best Temple of Doom moment...

    by Batutta when that mine cart slowly illuminates Indy standing in its path, and the camera dollies in on Harrison sneering with the greatest 'I'm gonna fuck you up' look of all time. Gives me a nerd boner every time.

  • March 30, 2011, 10 p.m. CST


    by SantosLHalper

    Did Indy and the rest end up on the Lao Che plane by coincidence or did Dan Aykrod set them up intentially?

  • March 30, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Now thats real filmaking!

    by leisuredrummer

    No CGI, no blue/green screen, just good ol' fashioned awesomeness!

  • March 30, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    marion had a hell of a life and is an alcoholic

    by SantosLHalper

    that's why she's so flakey. another 10 years without Indy and she'd be a pill popper as well. as for wille, and the austrian lady from Crusade, no one was supposed to able to top Marion for Indy, she's his soul mate. The other 2 are boneable but not someone you'd like to spend the last years of your life with.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    mattman -- Kael is indeed overrated.

    by D Ropaela

    She spun bullshit marvelously, a readable Armond White (who, incidentally, counts Kael as a prime influence). But she was still full of shit.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Note taken. But, I'd imagine (at least suspend my dis-belief) that he knew what the stones were (evidenced in the movie) therefore knew the stuff he said at the end would have that effect. Just a guess.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Got you beat. I skipped the whole day!! My dad kept me home from school and we ended up in Baton Rouge for the first show. Awesome stuff. ALMOST as good as the day he picked me up early from school for no reason and we ended up in Baton Rouge again. This time, we saw The Fly and Aliens in a double-feature. That was so fuckin' awesome to my young mind. I never will forget that sort of thing.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Why does that melgibson guy hate choppah so much?

    by D Middling

    Dudes' funny.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Willie Scott = Jar Jar Binks...

    by darthwaz1

    She was the template for Jar Jar, and she showed us that Lucas thinks that bumbling loud-mouth idiotic characters are funny. Anyway, I enjoy all 4 Indy films, I think Crusade is too comical in Tone. It's as far away from Temple as they could make it be, since audiences didn't like Temple. Skull is also very comical, but not to the same degree as Crusade, which was almost entirely played for comedy. In my opinion Raiders is pretty much a masterpiece, and I lump all the sequels in together. The TV series was really good as well, it showed how versatile the character can be.

  • March 30, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Always Shocked By That Ending

    by The Bear

    I love the opening, love so much in the movie...but then it always shocks me at the end, with the LACK of attention to detail. Some shots, we get a vast river below filled with crocodiles. But in the long shots, the river is barely a trickle, barely a stream. What happened? How did the great Spielberg miss this?

  • March 30, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    Uh, cause he's a hater?

  • March 30, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    I'll give you that one, but I just boiled it down to instinct that the shock would do it. Wasn't the fire referenced earlier?

  • March 30, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    Mattman and braindrain

    by Quint

    Mattman, Marion at the end of Raiders is probably just like Marion before Indy left the first time. She says as much in the tavern. "I was in love!" I mean, you can't say she's the same person from the end of Raiders as she is in Indy 4 when she greets him with a punch. In Raiders she meant it, had every reason to and you could see the fire in her eyes. Now they take that moments and do a "Hey, that scene was popular! Let's do it again!" moment instead of a real character moment. That's Marion in the whole movie. "I'm your goddamn partner!" is Marion Ravenwood, not the googly-eyed thing that was in Crystal Skull.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    oh, and for braindrain

    by Quint

    Regarding the Short Round/fire scene, I always took it that Shorty was just using what was around him to try to snap Indy out of the trance. I don't think he knew it would work, just a desperate attempt to save his friend.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    That was my thought exactly. Regarding the fire and Short Round that is.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    The Greatest Adventure Movie Ever and the greatest chase!

    by Proman1984

    Love this film!

  • And even if Shorty didn't know what would happen, it was really a last-ditch attempt, like when someone's having a nightmare in a movie, and another character starts violently shaking them in order to wake them up. It ain't the polite way to do it, but it gets the job done.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    "Okay, Dr. Indy! Hold on to your potato!"

    by Bobo_Vision

    "And by potato, I mean your big fat cock!"

  • March 30, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    right on the head

    by Megamonki

    finally someone shares my reasons for loving temple of doom the most out of all 3 sequels--it actually tries to be a all-new adventure rather than a homage to Raiders, and it has the best action scenes in the series.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Acquanetta

    I completely understand the Marion argument- it's the same one fans have been making about both Sallah and Marcus in Crusade for the past 20 years. Part of the problem no fan wants to admit is that, aside from Indy, none of these characters were really intended to be in multiple films. Yes, Marion is great in Raiders, but she's also used sparingly and is a character that gets repeatedly kidnapped. I agree her inclusion in Kingdom was a missed opportunity, but at least they did give her a reason for being included in the story. (As opposed to trying to shoehorn in an Egyptian digger, just because fans liked him the first time around.) But ultimately, it goes back to what I said earlier: Viewers years from now are not going to have this kind of fanboy baggage. Or the same level of obsession and nostalgia with 80s filmmaking techniques. As a result, Kingom's stock can't help but rise over time. Most people don't look at the new Sherlock Holmes blu-ray set and complain that all the films were included- even though the switch from Victorian to WWII setting has long been a sticking point for many fans. Instead, there's a tendency to judge older franchises as a single piece of work- especially when it's largely the result of the same core filmmakers. The same will likely be true of Indiana Jones.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    and also..

    by Megamonki

    the best characters after Raiders, Willie was fun as the stereotypical damsel in distress, every kid wanted to be Short Round and Mola Ram is the best villain in the series.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    halfbreedqueen re:the water in Temple of Doom

    by Bobo_Vision

    I kind of had the same visceral response to the water in that part of that movie where they outrun the water by going down a narrow passage....but I guess depending how the water is being propelled by the force behind it, it might actually work. Imagine spraying a hose through a narrow crevice in a wall.....if there was a perpendicular passage....the water might not go that way but simply go straight through that one passage you're spraying it through.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Doom is great no matter what because it still has young Indy

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    it's the last one, after that he gets older and grumpier.

  • March 30, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    quint II

    by Acquanetta

    "you can't say she's the same person from the end of Raiders as she is in Indy 4 when she greets him with a punch" But why would anyone expect her to be? It had been 20 years for the character and 30 for the actress. (Yes, I realize they purposely injected a few direct callbacks to that effect, but we all understand that's just the kind of franchise this is.) The "she wasn't the same" argument neglects to take into account where the Marion was in each film. In Raiders, she's literally stuck trying to survive in a lousy bar in Nepal. She blames Indy for this because that's the fate he left her to. In Kingdom, she's had a pretty good life thanks to Indy. He helped her get out of Nepal and left her with a son that obviously- based on the way she coddles Mutt- became her entire world. To expect Marion to still be stuck in the same vacuum fans live in doesn't really make any sense. Realistically, why should Marion have still been nursing the same old wounds she had back in 1936?

  • March 31, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Marion, Gunga Din, and Quint

    by THX1968

    Personally, I have a tendency to disregard most comments coming from a self professed Marvel Zombie. I mean, c'mon! Green Lantern has rocked for a long, long time. And if you haven't ever seen him face off against Batman - you're missing something. But Quint (and those who agree with him) is way off the mark on Marion. I thought she was a great addition to Indy 4, and she had enough fine "moments" that made me grin from ear to ear as I was watching the movie. If she had behaved exactly as she had in Raiders, it would not have rung true to a character who has obviously aged. There was absolutely no need to rehash old jokes - they actually did that enough in Indy 4. Anyway, this topic has been dragged around enough. Gunga Din is another matter entirely. Yes, the basic plot of George Steven's classic (and totally awesome) adventure is used in Temple of Doom, but Spielberg and Lucas never tried to hide this fact. Gunga Din is directly referenced during the dinner scene in the palace during Indy's conversation with the Colonel. I got this immediately, and it is perfectly fitting as an homage to Gunga Din, as well as inspiration for Temple of Doom. Yes, Temple of Doom was not that well received back in the day (even though it made a shitload of money) as Quint is fond of pointing out, but time has been kind to it. Most movie fans agree that it's a great movie, and it is. I loved it when I saw it, and I still do. Yet the boys went back to what worked best after Doom, and Crusade is structurally much more in line with Raiders, as is Kingdom. Those who are happy to chastise Kingdom are the exact same type of fans that chastised Temple of Doom. I have said it before, so I'll say it again. Time will be kind to Kingdom just as it has been kind to Temple of Doom, and those who have a dislike for Kingdom will eventually come around. Just like they did with Temple of Doom. All the love for Doom that I've been reading about in these here Talkbacks simply did not exist in 1984. Surprising that Quint doesn't acknowledge this and just continues to roll with obvious contempt for Kingdom. What a terrifically snide comment: "If there’s one positive aspect of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull it’s that it’s made a lot of people appreciate just how awesome Temple of Doom is."

  • March 31, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Love TOD

    by disfigurehead

    No it's not perfect but I HATE Last Crusade.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by THX1968

    What a terrifically snide comment: "If there’s one positive aspect of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull it’s that it’s made a lot of people appreciate just how awesome Temple of Doom is." Why didn't that awesome magic rub off on Last Crusade? At one time in cinema history, there was only one good Indy movie and that was Raiders. The fact is, there is four exceedingly well crafted, imaginative, and fun Indy movies for us to enjoy.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by justmyluck

    You were a lucky kid! Not only did my parents have little interest in sci-fi/adventure movies, it would have been murder if they found out I skipped school to see one of 'those' films. :))

  • March 31, 2011, 3:29 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I never had a problem understanding what they were talking about in the diner scene, even with the goofy food antics going on. Even when i first saw the film at the age of 14. The reason why that was so, i think, is that i was so into the movie by then that i was just talking it all. TEMPLE OF DOOM was one of those movies i saw in my youth which blew me away and put the awe on me. By coincidence, at that time i had been reading the same type of stories and comics which were the clear influence on TOD. Also, the diner scene dishes, which are in fact not real indian dishes, they are based on reports (exagerated, as such) from 19th century colonials, some of them saw their way into such adventure books as the ones writen by Jules Verne. Basically, i saw TEMPLE OF DOOM at the right time, which by serendipity the movie told the type of stories i was reading and enjoying back then. Another important reasonfor my enjoyment is that for people at my country, the movie came at the hells of a sucesful TV show which had aired a few years ago called SANDOKAN. Have you heard of it? It told the ripping yarns of a malasian adventurer who fought evil pirates and the depradations of the english and dutch colonials in the 18th century Malasya while stealing the heart of the beautiful Maryanna, the daughter of the english governor.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:33 a.m. CST

    I love TEMPLE OF DOOM. Terribly underrated movie.

    by AsimovLives

    The Indy saga is made of two very good movies, one meh and one pretty awful. Temple of Doom is one of the very good ones. You can guess which are the others.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Technically, TEMPLE OF DOOM is a prequel to RAIDERS. I'm sure many others have already pointed that out.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Well, too bad that Spielberg and lucas went too pussy in their opinion of TEMPLE OF DOOM. It's a clear case of when the filmamkers are not that wise about their own movie. If anything, TEMPLE OF DOOM is the only true sequel made in the spirit of RAIDERS while being it's own movie. And if that's what caused the final results, then i'm very happy that spielberg and Lucas were in dark patches of their personal lives. Filmmaking as cathasis, isn't it peachy?

  • March 31, 2011, 3:57 a.m. CST

    "Short Round was my hero as a kid."

    by buggerbugger

    Mm, I wanted to punch the irritating little dick in the dick. But hey, I wanted to punch all of the Goonies in the dick, too.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Are you kidding? It's in LAST LAME CRUSADE that Indy is a cartoon character, where it's revelwaed that he's a daddy boy with daddy issues and he's named after a dog. Spielberg and lucas might have silly issues with TEMPLE OF DOOM, but it's from Last Lame Crusade foward that they pissed on their own legacy.

  • March 31, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    The deep hatred agaisnt THE PHANTOIM MENACE is exagerated and this is me talking who actually didn't though much ofthe film and consider the pod race to be the real reason to bother to watch it. CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK, however, is horrible! My biggest disapointment form both Lucas and Spielberg. I can't believe they did it instead of, say, Stephen Sommers.

  • March 31, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Never liked Temple

    by filmcoyote

    I love Raiders as a kid but when i saw Temple (I was about 7 when it came out in the cinemas so in theory the perfect age) i didn't enjoy it. I liked elements - the mine-car chase/battle; the lacking-the-gun call-back to the swordsman shooting in Raiders; Short Round (because he represented me in the movie and the idea of hanging out with Indiana Jones was pretty much the greatest thing imaginable to a kid in the 80s - well that and strapping on a proton pack to be the 5th Ghostbuster; which consequently was my biggest problem as a 12 year old with Ghostbusters 2, that Louis Tully got to me a Ghostbuster when he was so less deserving than me!). Mostly i found it kind of dull. And i still do as an adult. I can appreciate the problems people have with Last Crusade but as a 12-year-old i loved it and i therefore, with a sense of nostalgia, continue to love it - though Raiders in the only great film in that franchise i feel to be a true great. Crystal Skull was like the Star Wars prequels for me, i was just too old for it by the time it came out. My kid self may have liked it or may not but i couldn't tell because i wasn't one and it didn't make me feel like one (which few films beyond Miyazaki do these days).

  • March 31, 2011, 5:29 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    When i first saw LAST CRUSADE, i noticed, while i was watching the movie, that i wa smaking an effort to like the movie. I shouldn't have to make efforts to like a movie, specially an Indiana Jones movie. So, that's when the crushing realization came to me, that i was watching an indy movie that wasn't good. It was one of my biggest movie disapointments. It was a sad moment, to realise that there was an Indiana Jones movie, of all movies, that was not good. It kinda ruined my day, and made me lose trust an dhope on spielberg (the added disapointments that were HOOK and ALWAYS sure didn't helped either). Thankfully spielberg regained my trust with his double whammy of JURASIC PARK and SCHINDLER'S LIST. And then Spielberg fucks it all up royally with cheese with the fucking CRYSTAL SKULLFUCK!!

  • March 31, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    TOD was/is a great little Indy side adventure

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    Loved every minute of it. It's a little darker, and much different than the rest of the Indy films. Crystal Skull? Forgettable. In fact, I hardly remember the movie at all and don't even recall when/where I saw it. Raiders Temple of Doom Crusade Crystal Skull way down here.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:21 a.m. CST

    The entire ending challenge of Crusade is weak

    by Bobo_Vision

    First, once dodging the blades, the blades apparently shut down and no longer Ilsa and the other dude were apparently just able to walk on through. If that's the case....they should have had all the nazi soldiers walk on through as well so that they could test the chalices. <p> Then, after walking on those pillars, apparently once they figure out the blocks to step on....they could crush the rest so that everyone else could walk through again. <p> And the bridge that blends in with the underlying could only blend at a certain time of day when the light it a magical painted bridge that changes like a chameleon to match the valley below? Makes no sense.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Temple was the last true version of the original "Indy" vision

    by Movietool

    These movies were supposed to be an homage to movie serials, and Temple of Doom has that in a way that the following movies never got close to. The over-the-top action sequences - the ridiculous cultural insensitivity (monkey brains? really?) The funny sidekick, the girly-girl love interest . . . And Indiana Jones is still a womanizing ass-kicker. Did you notice how he lost that quality in Crusade? How it was more about some sort of idealistic desire to see antiquities in museums than it was about "fortune and glory?" Give me "fortune and glory" any day. Nothing matches Raiders, but Temple of Doom is a great movie and "felt" more like an actual Indiana Jones film than either of its two follow-ups. And Lucas and Speilberg have yet to match the mine cart sequence in ANY of the Indy movies. It's an action movie masterpiece.

  • March 31, 2011, 6:57 a.m. CST


    by filmcoyote

    I know how you feel. While i wasn't that way at 12 with Last Crusade (perhaps because my expectations weren't high having already not liked Temple) there were and occasionally still are times i felt that way. Ghostbusters 2 was a perfect example. I don't hate it and there's actually a lot in it i kinda liked. But i LOVED Ghostbusters and was so psyched for the sequel in '89. It just underwhelmed me and coming out i so wanted to like it and enthuse but i couldn't, it was making me work too hard to like it. It's like now when i take one of my nieces and nephews to a film you can tell the difference between when they love something and when they just want you to be happy. The enthusiasm and passion aren't there. I'm sure i told my then-not-quite brother-in-law that took me to GB2 (the first and only time he ever took me to the cinema, just the two of us) that i loved it but inside i was a bit bewildered as to why a Ghostbusters film, with all the same actors, wasn't about to become my second favourite film of all-time.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST

    WTF is going on with that mag???

    by King_Knut

    The funky mag extension I get (presumably for clearance or to give the operator), even though I've never seen it before, but... Securing the mag to the panhandle with gaff, while balancing it on a 2x4??? Holy fuck - who gripped this movie? Did they ever work again? Also, if Panavision or whoever are going to supply a mag extender that absurd, shouldn't they be supplying appropriate grip equipment with it? Anyone who's ever used one of those mag extenders - is this normal?

  • March 31, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Temple still blows

    by TheFifthCylon

    "If there’s one positive aspect of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull it’s that it’s made a lot of people appreciate just how awesome Temple of Doom is." On what planet? When 'Crystal Skull' came out, the most common review I heard was, "Not as good as Raiders or Crusade, but much better then Temple of Doom". No, Temple is still terrible. Thankfully, we now have a complete Indiana Jones trilogy with Raiders/Crusade/Crystal Skull, and we can just more or less forget the one bad entry in the series.

  • March 31, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    sustained action

    by digginjim

    Just wanna second this comment. The sustained action in TOD is awesome - accompanied by some of the best scoring of John Williams career... I love TOD, KOTCS has its moments but is pretty flat ROTLA - stone cold classic

  • March 31, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    movietool I disagree

    by Monolith_Jones

    In Crusade all Indy cared about was rescuing his dad, and when he did go after the grail it was to prevent Adolf from getting it. And I don't get the people complaining that our heroes in TOD "trick" the water, the water is still following them, obviously, because it shoots out all around them once they're in open air.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skull gory death?

    by Essemtee

    I was waiting and waiting for a fantastically nasty death scene of Spalko, after seeing a dude's face melt, a guy falling/bouncing down a cliff and eaten by crocs, then a man rapidly aging to dust. So, a recombined alien stares at her, she floats, flames shoot out of her eyes, and she vaporizes from the feet up. Huh. But back to The Temple Of Doom, I don't think I've ever seen a movie before or since where the main title appears 'behind' a character, obscuring said title.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Spielberg put back a stunt he deemed to crazy for Raiders

    by v3d

    The jumping out of the plane with the life raft. It was in the Raiders script but dropped for being to unbelievable. I guess the box office showed they could push the bounds of reality so Spielberg put the gag in Temple. I remember Mythbusters testing some Raiders stunts to see if they were possible and/or survivable.

  • March 31, 2011, 10:12 a.m. CST

    "I should have mailed the Behind The Scenes Pic Of The Day to the Marx Brothers."

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • March 31, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Yeah myth busters tested the liferaft from the plane bit.

    by UltraTron


  • March 31, 2011, 12:10 p.m. CST


    by Anakin_Piecocker

    the dude gets pulled down into the earth by thoudands of ants, crawling inside his mouth and nostrils. Not gory enough for ya? That's something I dreamed about seeing since I was 8. Crystal Skulls holds up fine, aside from the sword fight/monkey and the quicksand the movie holds up well. I would of loved this one the most if it were out in the 90's and I wasn't as jaded as I am now. Then again if i'm so jaded, why do I love all 4 movies?

  • March 31, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Crystal Skull also seems to be chasing all 3 movies

    by Anakin_Piecocker

    and he's returning the object in skulls

  • March 31, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    This was the starwars- level followup to raiders. This was

    by UltraTron

    my vacation that year. This was the omg sequel to the greatest movie ever made. I'll never forget this one fat lady walking out- "that was the worst movie I've ever seen!" Lady, you hadn't seen nuttin yet! Wait till batman and robin and the day the earth stood still remake lady. Lady you had better just kill yourself now in 1983 and keep your happy memories.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Chasing as Quint put it.

    by Anakin_Piecocker

  • March 31, 2011, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Re: Yeah myth busters tested the liferaft from the plane bit.

    by bre32

    No, it didn't work. Even with the dummy securely strapped to the life raft, they couldn't figure out how to duplicate the feat. And that was just subjecting a single dummy to a specific type of fall. So there's no way two adults and a child could have survived the initial fall, sliding down a mountainside, a second fall over a cliff, and finally a trip down some rapids without so much as a scratch.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    I now always watch Doom before I watch Raiders, then 3 and 4

    by HadWoodenTeethChasedMobyDick

    Some of the later Young Indys are pretty watchable, there's a few that start to get that Movie theatre Indy feel. I'll always think of the comics like the Atlantis one as the movie that came inbetween Crusade and Skulls, as well as all the books and video games (staff of kings for ps3) just more Indy adventures. Once they all ebcome a big mush it doesn't matter which sequel was weaker than the other.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Re: anakin_piecocker

    by bre32

    Yeah, the ant fight death was pretty memorable. Unlike the previous sequels, it was also a creative use of the movie's "creepy crawlies". I'm actually surprised anyone would try to say the villain deaths in Temple were better, since they were easily the most anticlimactic. Raiders had faces melting and heads exploding, while Mola Ram essentially just fell off a ladder. We don't even get a satisfying end to Chattar Lal, since they cut the planned fight between him and Indy. Kingdom isn't my favorite Indy sequel by any means, but I do feel it can sit comfortably alongside Temple and Crusade. My only real problem is that the film took so long to be made. It would've been much easier to accept any stylistic changes if there had been one or two sequels in between Crusade and Kingdom.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST


    by Anakin_Piecocker

    You're right, there should have been something in the '90s with Indy in WW2. Even if they concentrate on the Japanese instead of the Nazis.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    This movie has grown GREATLY in my estimation in recent years...

    by ChickenStu

    Before Crystal Skull, this one was my least favourite of the Indy movies. After Crystal Skull I revisited this, and saw it in a much more favourable light. I think it has problems (it's FAR too violent for one thing) but in all honesty you look at this, then crap like the last Indy movie, and shit like Prince Of Persia and the shitty Pirates sequels... and the fucking Mummy... and there is just NO FUCKING COMPARISON. This movie rocks.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Kids like Indy/Mad Max/Terminator?? Quick, to the pander-mobile!!

    by Billyeveryteen

    Sure ToD can be fun, but the pandering to children is just disgusting. Wanna sink your credibility? Kid it up. Hook is only 6 years away.

  • March 31, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Photo on Top!

    by pintoman

    Can you please put the "pic of the day" BEFORE the text???? It makes so much more sense.

  • March 31, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Raiders is the best....

    by pintoman

    Temple of Doom was over the top.... Cutting the mine cart and/or the life raft from Raiders was a good thing.... It has be mentioned that Lucas needed a good producer to step in and tighten things down. Spielburg needs that too.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by SpencerBarnes

    You don't remember "soon, kali ma will rule the world" when it was game over? Eton twots.

  • March 31, 2011, 3:51 p.m. CST

    my 2 cents

    by Sprinky

    Last crusade for me gave almost no existence for indy to be in another installment of the franchise. Why? I mean with the riding in the sunset being a perfect ending and Indy drinking from the holy grail making him "immortal". Part of the fun was to see Indy escaping these life endagering situations. Kotcs takes that edge away, worse even it leaps from one unbelievable situation to another making it so surreal that not even David Lynch can tell you what's it about. Say what you will about Temple of Doom and Last Crusade.... Sure there were enough faults to go in lenghty discussions but these sequels had far more to offer in terms of entertainment than what Crystall Skull had on display. All these years of talking, throwing ideas and this is what they come up me it was an insult in the face of millions of moviegoers. Same goes for TPM and the rest of the shit sequels. Seiously if you can't even punch out a good or even a decent story please don't bother at all.

  • Yeah, when it comes to Indiana Jones, one thing you can say for Lucas is that he has always fought to push the franchise into unexplored territory. Spielberg, on the other hand, admits he just wants to play it safe by covering similar ground. The irony with Kingdom is that the majority of the hated elements were Spielberg's. He wanted to keep everything family-friendly and tonally similar to Crusade. He's also the one who enjoys a lot of goofy slapstick- something that was apparent as far back as the Raiders story conference. (In which he thought it would be hilarious to have Indy ride a runaway camel through a bunch of clotheslines!)

  • I. The Terrible Trio and "The Kobe Project" CHOPPAH has learned, through sources anonymous and hidden, that Mr. Beaks, Nordling and Devin Faraci have been running a long game, using sock puppets to infiltrate and provoke talkbackers into ban-nable offenses to illustrate how Harry has lost control of his site and to purge any malcontents. It's all to usurp Harry, whom they view as a corpulent geek version of King Lear entering his dotage, and assume control of his site, his resources, and connections to turn AICN into perfectly functioning site with police-state-like talkbacks that would increase their personal wealth by whoring itself out to the studios. "It's obvious that Harry uses the site to get 'pweasants' from his studio buddies," one of my sources tells me. "But AICN still has its shaggy-dog, shambling charms. Beaks, Faraci and Nordling have been conspiring to turn the site into a pure revenue-generating machine." Their legion of sock puppets includes: JettL93, lowes forehead girl, chickengeorge, viggeo_morgenstein, william_faulkner and their oldest, most brilliant creation: hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes, a churlish, thuggish reflection of how the trio views talkbackers. "They called it 'The Kobe Project,' or sometimes 'Project: Kobe,'" another one of my well-placed sources told me. "My God, do they laugh and laugh when they use the kobe_ass_tastes handle, or whatever the fuck it's called." All three of the conspirators share a password to use the kobe name, often at the same time, to infiltrate and rupture talkbacker "groups" such as the Baleback and its eventual offshoot, the Pedalback. Looking back now, using state-of-the-art textual analysis, it is obvious to CHOPPAH that kobe had to be the creation of more than one mind: he is often condescending, snobby, grumpy and despicable all within the space of a few minutes or posts. He is the love-child of a troika of pseudo-intellectual bullies, an avatar of their insidious, arrogant hive mind. But his deranged trio's plotting pushed their conspiracy to even darker territories. Desperate to find the ultimate coup de grace, especially as Harry's health problems grew to a near-critical phase while he was distracted by the Famous Monsters of Filmland website they coerced him into taking over, they despicably seized upon the death of beloved film editor and Quentin Tarantino collaborator, Sally Menke. They would make their power play in Menke's AICN obit. ... Tune in tomorrow for Part 2, "Where's Devin?"

  • March 31, 2011, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    He uses a big ol piece of rope to stop the blades, not the whip..

  • March 31, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST

    It's not so much the fridge in skull that bugs me...

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    It's random dudes hanging out in the cemetary and that temple near the end of the movie. "goodbye dear, i'm off to work, yeah i'm just going to brick myself up in the temple wall for the next 3 years. Yeah provisions might come in handy, and some eyedrops too. gets a bit dusty peeking threw them peepholes. No, i don't know why i do this." Fucking bollocks that film. Apart from glimpsing the Ark. That was kinda cool.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I love how the last act is perpetual motion

    by Tacom

    It just goes from one action scene to another without pause until the end.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:21 p.m. CST

    The films are good in this order: ROTLA, TOD, KOCS, TLC

    by ZodNotGod

    You dumbasses can not slam the Nuke the fridge moment for being absurd when in TOD a guy watches as his beating heart is being removed so seriously, shut your damn gobs! Stop with the selective memories. Crystal Skull is just fine, the jungle chase could have been edited tighter, but I love the film, old Indy is better than no Indy.

  • March 31, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I'm picking and choosing for me!

    by ZodNotGod

    WOW! I pity you sorry bastards who have to pick and chose which Indy to love. I dig them all. I'm a greedy bastard.

  • Part II: The "Devin Faraci" Deception Beaks, Nordling and Faraci's plan took an unexpected turn when Devin, who had been appointed to rile up the talkbackers in the Menke obit talkback under the kobe_ass_tastes handle, ended up slipping on a greasy taco wrapper he dropped in haste as he rushed home to infiltrate the talkback. Devin cracked his head open on a rock, and he became comatose almost immediately. "It was nasty, man," said another of CHOPPAH's sources. "But Beaks and Nordling didn't care. They kept on going with their plan." Faraci's been in a coma ever since, and because he has no close friends outside of Nordling and Beaks, nor any family who cares, no one has bothered to notice that the REAL Devin Faraci has been rotting away in an LA hospital while Nordling and Beaks' newest sock puppet, "Devin Faraci," continues to blog, tweet and post on Facebook. "Look, I know Faraci is somewhat of a cunt, and a hairy, priggish cunt, at that," said a talkbacker who wished to remain anonymous. "But what DEƒUCK® are they thinking with this? First they create that tool kobe, and then this? A sock puppet for an actual living, breathing human? Despicable." Meanwhile, Nordling and Beaks went on to carry out their plan to exploit Sally Menke's death to purge the talkbacks of malcontents once and for all. Instead of waiting on hey_kobe_tell_me_how_my_ass_tastes, whom Faraci was scheduled to "drive" that day, they decided to make an example out of your faithful narrator, THE_CHOPPAH, and then they made a talkback saint out of D.Vader, dropping the Banhammer on both of us, among others. "In a way, their plan worked," said a former regular talkbacker who did not want to be identified by name. "Although the backlash might have ended up being too harmful in the long run. "Still, remember the wasteland the site became after Vades and others were purged?" he asked. "Or how william_faulkner was seemingly on every thread heckling anyone who dared stick up for Vades or you, CHOPPAH?" Indeed. CHOPPAH reminds you to also recall how "Devin" just happened to be posting on AICN regularly after betraying Nick Nunziata and CHUD while "he" waited to get "his" new blog up and running. This was none other than Beaks and Nordling carrying out their plan. So, all those talkbackers who suspected that Nordling was just a sock puppet for Devin Faraci? Wrong. It turned out to be the other way around. But Harry was powerless to stop their purges, nor did he want to, since he felt so strongly about Menke's death. Besides, Harry was about to enter the most dire stage of his rapidly declining health. And he didn't even -- couldn't even, really -- know what was happening right under his nose. It was uncertain whether he would recover, and Beaks and Nordling seized their opportunity. ... Coming tomorrow (or possibly tonight!), Part 3: The endgame, or a new beginning?

  • The rest of the film really slows down after that...with the exception of when their faces melt off....but I've seen that scene so many times I could just watch it in my head.

  • April 1, 2011, 10:04 a.m. CST

    "Shorty....Chow tsoo sun sa"

    by Bobo_Vision

    "Hang on, lady....we're going for a your pussy."