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

I had a great conversation today about Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but I can’t really go into any detail about it because of NDA stuffs. However I will say that no matter what the hell anybody else says I will fight any man, woman or child who considers this the worst Indiana Jones movie. I will not fight any man, woman or child who considers it the best, even though even I, the world’s biggest, loudest and fattest defender of this movie, would never say it’s a better film than Raiders of the Lost Ark.

I have two pics from Temple of Doom for you because, honestly, I don’t remember if I’ve run the first of the two pics before. On this laptop I have an outdated BTS folder, so I have to depend on my brain-skills, which aren’t the best in the world.

Worst case scenario you get two awesome Temple of Doom pics, one of them having been featured here. Best case you get two new awesome Temple of Doom pics.

I particularly like the top picture, which I remember fondly in the movie magazine version for Temple of Doom. The “Indy II” title on the slate really fascinated me for some reason that I can’t explain.

Anyway, enjoy! Thanks to Alexandre Poncet for sending these along! Click to enlargen!




If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic will finally be some crowy goodness!

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • May 4, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST


    by vetepalapinga

  • May 4, 2012, 9:21 p.m. CST

    love temple of doom

    by CallMeSNAKEimeanPLISKEN

    great stuff!

  • May 4, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Now THAT'S a game changer right there.

    by vetepalapinga

    PG-13, baby.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Anyone else getting a Daniel Craig vibe from Pic #1

    by jazzdownunder

    I wonder if any casting directors might see this and get a conf call going with Craig/Lucas/Spielberg and suggest that Indy doesn't have to be old or superceded by a Le Beouf Indy Jr Jr for there to be more Indy adventures on the cards ... Gotta be better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skullf*ck

  • May 4, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    the bug scene still creeps me out to this day.

    by CallMeSNAKEimeanPLISKEN

    *shudder* Hate bugs.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I never understood...

    by The_Mad_Groper

    the hate some people have for this movie! It was fantastic!! Then again, I don't get the hat for the 3rd movie either. We won't even bring up that other movie... we just wont. :| My favorite memory of seeing the original Radiers was when my mother was trying to talk me into going to see it and all I kept thinking was "Why the hell do I want to go see a movie about Noah's Ark?!?"

  • May 4, 2012, 9:29 p.m. CST

    All three of the first three movies are good

    by brobdingnag

    I refused to see Crystal Skull so I don't have an opinion on it. Ark>Doom>Crusade in that order.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    One of my favourite action sequences.

    by ChaunceyGardiner

  • May 4, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    But shouldn't it technically say: Indy 0?

    by Proman1984

  • Took me out of the film then, and still does now. Fix it. It's fakey fake Wahlberg. Other than that, I barely drew breath the first time I saw it.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    such great memories of this one as a kid.

    by CallMeSNAKEimeanPLISKEN

    I had a vhs copy my mom got me from McDonalds of all places. I wore that tape out, watched it so many times. DAMN! Now I want to watch it again. Where the hell are those Blurays already!!

  • May 4, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Almost as good as Raiders...

    by Jay

    And seeing as how Raiders is arguably my favorite film of all time (Especially within the genre) you can guess how I feel about Doom. Come the Blu-ray box set, It will be Raiders and Doom that gets watched the most. I love Crusade, and even enjoy Skull to some extent, but there is nothing like Raiders and Doom and I doubt there ever will be again.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    "Fortune and glory kid, fortune and glory"

    by CallMeSNAKEimeanPLISKEN


  • May 4, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    The one Indy sequel that tried to do something different.

    by Christian Sylvain

    Gotta love Temple Of Doom. It's a dumbed down film with racist depictions, but damn if it isn't the best roller coaster ride of the series.

  • And of course, when I do, I drink Suntory whiskey.

  • May 4, 2012, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Glad to finally see some love for this movie in TB

    by Skraggo

    Yeah, I never understood the hate for Temple of Doom. I personally rank the films in order of their release. I watched those first three movies recently and I still think Temple holds up fine. It definitely took some chances and pushed the line a little bit. There's some dark, twisted shit going on in that movie. Evil Indy, poisoned with the blood of Kali. Mola Ram pulling beating hearts out of his victims before sending them to a bath in liquid-hot-magma. Good times.

  • May 4, 2012, 10 p.m. CST

    Chilled monkey brains!

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    I remember as a kid wondering how in the hell Indians could eat chilled monkey brains? Good of Spielberg to put that thought in my head lol.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Was just on at a cinema near me thursday

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • May 4, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    The best scene in this movie is

    by vetepalapinga

    Indy & shorty are about to get squashed and skewered by the trap, Willie has to save them covered in bugs, John Williams playing tense music, Indy saying WE. ARE.GOING.TO.DIE.

  • I often dream of swimming in a vat of Chicken tikka masala I love it so much. Rogan Josh too. You can't go wrong.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    hephaestus: please to explain the racist depictions

    by STLost

  • May 4, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    "They're giant Vampire bats! !" C'mon...

    by Jay

    How can you not love this! And that's a throw-a-way line, too. The bats didn't even make a return to attack the bad guys in the end. Nowadays that would be obvious foreshadowing. It's like the underground giant bug in Big Trouble In Little China. It's not important to the story, but it adds wonder, and simply helps fill in the universe. "Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist." "Mola Ram! Prepare to meet Kali... in Hell!"

  • May 4, 2012, 10:10 p.m. CST

    love this movie

    by STLost

    anything goes intro? One of the best movie beginnings ever

  • May 4, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    The only part that I found lacking

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Even as a kid I found the boat out of the plane, sliding down the mountain, falling hundreds of feet into the river too over the top. Luckily it's early enough to forget about. All the heart out of the chest volcano lowering stuff seemed fine.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    ....but found out too late to go!

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    Hoping it will be shown again soon somewhere near me. Remember going to see it first time round with my dad, then again as a double feature with Raiders - awesome! We saw Star Wars and Empire as a double too. Eventually we went to see SW, ESB and Jedi in one go. My legs felt like jelly when we eventually emerged into the daylight. They should do that kinda thing more these days, maybe show more older franchises in one sitting. Do you get that kind of thing in the US? Love Spielberg Love Lucas Love Indy Never got the hate either

  • May 4, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    the best Indy film

    by sith_rising

    and better than Raiders, although most people I know disagree with me, but not all. And I'd rather eat Snake Surprise than real Indian food. I mean, who the fuck puts yogurt on a perfectly good piece of chicken?

  • May 4, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    My only problem with Temple of Doom is...

    by Edman

    Kate Capshaw. Brutally fucking annoying. What the fuck was Spielberg's dick thinking???

  • May 4, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Kate Capshaw was fucking hot as all hell

    by Extr3m1st

    Loved her in that movie, definitely spankable.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST

    I also love John Williams of course

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • May 4, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    I though Willie was hot

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    So to speak

  • May 4, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    I fucking love TEMPLE OF DOOM!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Oh hell yeah!

  • May 4, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Pat Roach FTW

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    I'm drunk. Goodnight

  • May 4, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    .....................Oh shit.

    by notcher

    Great line, my third favorite Indy film, but I dig them all, but the most recent backstabbing abomination of a shit excuse for an Indy film, replacing real stunts with CGI, fuck that movie!!!

  • May 4, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Except for the stupid dinner scene

    by Mugato5150

    ToD was great. Last Crusade was too slapsticky.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    I still attribute my fear of bugs to this movie.

    by Patrick

    I am 25...

  • May 4, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    One more thing.. Indian food fycking rocks!

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

    Especially madras. Indian restaurants in the UK are generally amazing. Not so much in Australia, in my experience, for some reason. Not been to the US so no idea what they are like. Any good?

  • May 4, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Fucking rocks even! :-)

    by richardHarrisonsSteamedCrabs

  • But c'mon Crusade is clearly the 2nd best film in the series. The return of Indy's best enemy, the Nazi's, the young Indy opening, James Bond as his dad, The tank scene followed by looking over the cliff. Crusade is fucking amazing.

  • May 4, 2012, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Trouble with her is...the noise

    by RustyShakelfort

    Indy & shorty's poker game is classic. Even the Willie haters should appreciate how her character's zaniness strengthens the Indy/Shorty interplay

  • May 4, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Whip snappin' good

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    this column is one of the intertubes pure gold veins

  • May 4, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    re: I still attribute my fear of bugs to this movie

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    you could fill a claw foot bath tub up with snakes and I'd go scoot over boys me movin in I'd climb in and take a nap But bugs is a whole different story

  • May 4, 2012, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Love Temple Of Doom! Love all 4 movies!

    by DavidBanner

    Yes the 4th film was terrific!

  • May 4, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom has aged well over the years

    by lv_426

    Last Crusade isn't as grand as I used to think it was. I still do find Last Crusade to be better than Temple of Doom, but Doom was always good. I never understood why people hated it so much over the years leading up to Crystal Skull. Is Temple of Doom as good as Raiders? No, but it is still fun as hell as is Last Crusade. The first three Indiana Jones films made up a great adventure trilogy that was kicked off by Raiders, which is the best pure adventure film ever made.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST


    by one9deuce

    Is fucking awesome. What a great movie, with a shit-ton of great moments. "I can't do it" "You can do it, feel inside" Willie holds up the lantern and looks into the disgusting hole and recoils... "YOU FEEL INSIDE"!! Great stuff.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Kate Capshaw in Temple of Doom

    by lv_426

    I agree, she was a gorgeous dame in that picture show. Especially in the opening dance number and night club scene, with her hair up and wearing that sparkly red dress. I bet even Short Round pitched a tent in honor of Willie Scott.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Why is there an NDA on a 30 year old movie?

    by The Dude Abides

  • Raiders and Crusade I felt were a notch higher than Doom. But Doom was still great in its own way! Classic serial adventure film. Wish they'd make more of them. And the 4th one flat out blew, "The Mummy" felt more like an Indy film than Crystal Skulls.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST


    by Patrick Pettay

  • May 4, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Damn River Changing Size!

    by The Bear

    Love this movie, but the scene over the river at the end always bugs me. In some scenes, it's a wide, massive river. In the long shot, it's barely a trickle of a stream. Ugh. It always shocks me that Spielberg didn't pay better attention to a detail like this. But it still has the best damned opening of any Indy Jones movie!

  • May 4, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    This is my favorite Indy movie for sure

    by Supermans

    I enjoy it more than Raiders. I saw it with my Dad and sat in the front row :) I remember getting up and running to sit in the middle of the theater when the heart was pulled out. Then I got back to the front for what was the most awesome movie theater experience next to Ghostbusters and Star Trek IV which I also watched with my Dad in Panama.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    My biggest problem with Temple of Doom...

    by Sandy Screamin' Willie. I get so sick and tired of listening to that woman scream her head off in that film. On top of that, my absolute biggest peeve with the movie? The fact that the hair stylist (and possibly the make-up artist) responsible for her hair (and possibly make-up) should have their butt kicked. That woman doesn't look like she's from 1935, she has the look of someone from the 80's (which of course she was). In my opinion, that was a bad, bad, bad decision. You're trying to make a period piece....a fictional fantastical adventure movie, but a period piece nevertheless. It's hard to picture that story being in 1935 when you have this woman who looks like she just walked out of a time machine from the 'future'. On a lesser note, the outrageous food is a little too obviously an attempt to be outrageous and comes off a tad hokey with the silly looks the characters give. I know it was purposeful, but I'd have been more Raiders-ish with the humor and less 1941. Other than that, I think it's a great Indy flick. Raiders is obviously at the top of that list. I have to say though that even though it gets a bad rap, Crystal Skull is up there for me as well. It's by no means the best...not by a long shot, but there's something about the over all feel that reminds me of the spirit of Raiders (even though it pales in comparison). For example (but not a complete list of my reasons), the humor is more in line with Raiders, unlike the other two films (and unfortunately Temple of Doom as well) which went for a more "wink, wink at the camera" kind of humor. I really don't care for that style. Even in comedies unless it's a David Zucker film.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by Christian Sylvain

    I'm not sure if it's been mentioned already, but the dinner sequence with the Pankot Palace residents eating bugs and snakes as a normal delicacy, comes to mind. There were also the inaccurate portrayals of the goddess Kali.

  • May 4, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by Patrick Pettay

    Whoops slipped on the enter key there. When it came out Doom was a great film until Crusade eclipsed it. Crusade made the flaws of Doom stand out even harsher. The dark tone of the film (torturing children, Indy going bad and hiting Short Round, the heart ripping ceremonies, etc), the weak FX on the mine cart scene, the lifeboat out of the airplane. The film still has many teriffic scenes and is great as a stand alone film. It also includes my favorite scene in all three (good) Indy Jones movies. When Indy breaks the spell Mola Ram has on him and tells Short Rond that "they are getting out of there...all of us." The next scene is the guards whipping the kids in the mine. One guard turns around to see Indy standing in the classic Hero pose behind the guard. The camera pans away and then you hear the classic Indy punching sound FX, which is like taking a belt and striking it on a leather couch. The guard flies into view, hits the ground and skids 6 feet through the dirt at the force of Indy's blow. That was bad ass.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Mine cart complaints are fine...

    by MCVamp

    But if you use them to prop up CRUSADE over DOOM, I'm not sure what you're smoking. For some reason the effects in CRUSADE aged horribly. Maybe it was that weird late-80s Paramount film grain look that the whole movie had.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST


    by KinjoAlcoholicNinja

    Freaked my shit out when I was 5 years old and still does to this day. When I was little, I used to think bugs were cool....distinctly remember being 3 and 4 and playing with bugs in my back yard. Then saw that fucking scene and I still can't take it. Hate bugs now.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I used to grab at my brothers chest

    by diseptikon

    yelling Molahramramram

  • May 5, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST

    The Dan Ackroyd cameo always stuck in my mind for some reason...

    by MotherPussBucket

    even before I knew who Dan Ackroyd was or what a cameo is. Something about the way he sings his lines with that toff accent.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Suave! Goddamn you're one suave fucker!

    by girugamesh

    Re: top pic Man crush detected.... Seeking help monday!

  • Usually that or Cocktosion. The last time I was asked for my name and number at a local bestbuy, I used Cocktosion. I was lucky enough to have the lady say "odd last name..." for which I happily responded "it's Scotch-Romanian." One of the only times I was quick enough to actually pull off a Fletch quote.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    LOL Bantu

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Earl Webber as a fake name ...nice ... I always use George Berger (Hair)....

  • May 5, 2012, 1:51 a.m. CST

    My TV is flanked by Sideshow's Indy and Mola Ram PFs

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Right...All of us.. Mine cart light zoom.. Punch, Punch, Slide... That is all..

  • Really? You sure about that? Have you forgotten the "Raiders" intro, which might be one of the greatest, most indelible sequences in the history of film? I'll grant you that it's on par with the young Indy opening sequence from "Crusade," but neither comes close to "Raiders." That's not to say the "Doom" opening is bad or even mediocre, though. It's damn fantastic. Also, even as a kid I knew the dinner scene wasn't how people actually eat in India, and I can't imagine anyone else did, either. It's clear from the onset that they're in a remote region of India, and that it's hardly an accurate depiction of the real India. Is anyone shocked that a George Lucas movie includes borderline-racist stereotypes, though? It's practically a hallmark of all his work, even "Willow."

  • May 5, 2012, 2:44 a.m. CST

    Kingdom did for Doom what the Prequels did for Jedi.

    by elsewhere

    If you know what I mean.

  • May 5, 2012, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom

    by Darth Scourge

    Temple of Doom is certainly the 2nd best Indy movie, right after Raiders. It's waaaaaay better than Last Crusade.

  • May 5, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST

    Weren't they eating weird stuff because they were all Thuggees?

    by Chief Joseph

    Everyone at that banquet were members of the cult, willingly or not. I'd thought that the freaky food was a clue that these people were not normal. Or am I giving the screenwriters too much credit?

  • May 5, 2012, 3:32 a.m. CST

    You'll have to fight me - I think it's the worst in the series.

    by theyreflockingthisway

    But I do still love it. I don't really like to rank the Indy films as I really like them all. I mean they have Indiana Jones in them, so I can only rank this last as it's the one I watched the least. Of course I can always give you the Internet excuse to not listen to me because I'm a fan of Crystal Skull. People seem to nitpick it for a few silly moments but I find scenes like the raft from the plane, the screaming about jungle animals and the OTT mine cart chase to be sillier. They don't ruin the film for me, though, but if you can accept them then you should be able to accept such moments in Skull. Raiders is and will always be my favourite, it's just a perfect movie for me, but put any of the sequels before me and I'll be more than happy.

  • May 5, 2012, 3:59 a.m. CST

    the trilogy is great

    by rakesh patel

    never understood hate for doom. personally i thought the kid was played brilliantly. you can see there's real love there between him and indy.

  • May 5, 2012, 5:11 a.m. CST

    i agree with Quint, DOOM is the 2nd best Indiana Jones film

    by newc0253

    annoying little kids and annoying blonde girl aside, DOOM had a genuine sense of darkness and mystery.<p> LAST CRUSADE was jokey retread of the ideas in RAIDERS. And the less said about CRYSTAL SKULL the better.

  • May 5, 2012, 5:18 a.m. CST

    I love Temple of Doom and hate Last Crusade

    by disfigurehead

    I saw ToD several times in the theater. Last crusade however blows big donkey balls.

  • May 5, 2012, 5:23 a.m. CST

    No more mutt

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    but in the 4th one it was such a rush seeing Karen Allen and her kickass smile again

  • May 5, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    The Last Crusade

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    The Last Thing I ever expected to see on the screen was Sean Connery whining out the term *Junior* every 4 god damn seconds argh

  • May 5, 2012, 5:57 a.m. CST

    the water tank did bug me

    by Mugato5150

    How could all that water follow their mine cart through that long ass tunnel, over the lave and still have enough pressure to blast through the mountain. that took me out of the movie more than anything else in the trilogy.

  • May 5, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    First bitches

    by corplhicks

    It was OK flick overall. Raiders rules by far.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom's tone is all over the place

    by Koborover

    You can't just mix comic relief characters like Willie and cute innocent kids like Short Round in a movie with heart-ripping, bug-eating, child-whipping, man-burning, mind-raping etc. The last time I watched it, I really felt that this is the reason it alienates people. I still think it's great adventure movie and I love the unique setting, but I prefer Raiders and Crusade. You can really tell Steven's and George's minds were in a weird place they made it. I was never bothered by the minecart jump by the way. Probably because it was a practical effect and not lame CGI like the vine-swinging in Skull.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skull makes Temple of Doom look like Citizen Kane

    by Volllllume3

    Fuck you Lucas and Spielberg. Fuck everyone who was in any way connected to that abortion of a movie.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I think if TOD was released today what with the internet and everything..

    by Righteous Brother

    it would be hated. 'Waaah annoying kid'......'Waaaahhh Willie screaming'......'Waaaaah Water Tank'....and I'm sure the lifeboat scene would be the new Nuke the Frdige meme.. However its still an enjoyable film, the opening sequence, and the spike chamber sequences are particular standouts, and I loved it as a kid. But I would say that Raiders is by far the best in the Indy series.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skull

    by Sean1701

    Had some really great scenes in there. AS a fan since "Raiders" it was hear breaking to see Indy looking sadly at the pictures of his Dad and Marcus Brody. For many Indy fans (like Indy himself), Crystal Skull was a reminder of better times for us & Indy.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:13 a.m. CST

    I wanted Willie to drink the Blood of Kali ...

    by DickButtkiss

    Just to see what happened. Give me an evil, sexy Willie. Yes I'm disturbed.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:15 a.m. CST

    "We are not sinking, we're CRASHING!"

    by marshallwtoneil

    Ahhhh Family Guy...

  • May 5, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    I don't give two shits what anyone else says

    by Johnboy40

    a bad Indiana Jones movie is like a bad blow job. we may say we hated it after, but we don't really mean it, cos at the time, we fucking adore it.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Catching the egg

    by rjl1138

    Love this movie but for some reason a small scene that was part of the novelization always stuck with me. Indy, Willie and Short Round are all asleep in the plane after leaving Shanghai when the pilot comes back to kill them. An egg rolls out of one of the crates and Indy reached out, catching it, even though he's asleep. It so freaks out the pilots that they decide to bail out and leave their fates to chance rather than risk the bad karma of killing him directly. Just love the idea that Indy's luckier asleep than he is awake.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST

    I loved AND hated Crusade....

    by LargoJr

    It had Connery, which is why I loved it, but it reduced Brody and Salah to little more then incompetent boobs with constant ineptitude and buffoonery. It really bothered me, since Brody was introduced in Raiders as an older & wiser version of Indy, with a bit more caution and introspection garnered through his years. Slapstick and easy gags will ALWAYS rub me wrong if used in a film intended for adults. Probably why I absolutely fucking hate Jack Black

  • May 5, 2012, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Willie was annoying but

    by Mugato5150

    A spoiled semi-famous nightclub singer *would* be a pain in the ass in that situation. She was actually a better sport about everything than someone irl.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    What TalkBacks have you guys been reading?

    by Nice Marmot

    There's always been nothing but love for Temple of Doom in the AICN talk-backs . . . My only beef w/ the movie starts w/ the inflatable raft and ends w/ the cooky, lets-gross-everybody-out dinner scene. Other than that, it is all bad ass . . .

  • May 5, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    TEMPLE = #1

    by Arthur Canning

    My favorite too, for lots of reasons but #1 is that it's the only INDY flic with a true "heroes journey" - from "fortune and glory" to saving a village full of kids no one knows about. Brilliant film - great adventure - comedy galore, my favorite villain of the series and that last frame scene - the SCORE and the KISS = MOVIE GOLD. I watch TEMPLE every couple o months. AC3

  • May 5, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Wow. WOW . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . people like Crusade better than Doom??? That's just . . . wow . . .

  • May 5, 2012, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Indy had an arc in Raiders too, no pun intended

    by Mugato5150

    He went from tying Marion back up because he had to get the ark to almost blowing it up to get her back. But he was much more of a bastard in ToD, which is why it works as a prequel.

  • May 5, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Indy in ToD = greedy self-absorbed bastard

    by unparanoid_android

    which was why the character worked so fucking well. He was a rogue looking to make his name, essentially a treasure hunter. In Crusade and Skullfuck they distilled him into this lovable middle-aged prof out to save humanity. "It belongs in a museum"? FUCK OFF. On a completely unrelated note - did anyone watch ToD as a kid and think Kate Capshaw was annoying as hell, and then when you became a teenager you see her in a whole new way and think "I really want to put my dick between her tits and come in her doll face"? Very strange to go from one feeling to the next.

  • id put it thus: #1 - Raiders (nothiong can touch Raiders) #2 - Skull #3 - Doom #4 - Crusade

  • May 5, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    It's not called The Temple of Roses

    by TinDrummer

    It's called The Temple of Doom. I love this film with all my heart. Most underrated fuilm of all time.

  • May 5, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Crusade has a legendary final act

    by Nerd Rage

    Indy attempting to save his father by going through spiritually symbolic traps while you see the father try to talk his son through it on his death bed is important and beautiful. I pity the fool who doesn't appreciate that scene. What a classic gem.

  • May 5, 2012, 8:48 a.m. CST

    largojr - you took the words right out of my mouth

    by Martin Hudak

    I saw Last Crusade at the first showing in town with my friend from high school that I saw Temple Of Doom with. We loved Crusade. I went to my brother's bands practice that night and after telling them about it we all went to the late show. That was the first and only time I saw the same movie at a theater on the same day. I liked Temple of Doom but at the time I didn't appreciate it that much. When the movies came out on VHS I saw the light. I like the darker tone of ToD. The dance sequence at the beginning is incredible. At the time nothing like that hadn't been done in Hollywood in years. I think it was ballsy to do in an action film. Nothing anyone has listed as negatives in ToD bothers me as much as the humor in Crusade. And yes, the handling of the characters Brody and Sallah pisses me off to no end. And 20 extra minutes of Willie screaming wouldn't annoy me as much as the little pattycake thing Jones Sr. and Brody do when they first meet as prisoners in a Nazi tank that is trying to smash Indy at the same time. Stupid stuff. The best part IMO is the young Indy sequence at the beginning.

  • May 5, 2012, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Love this movie!

    by UltraTron

  • May 5, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Awesome film...

    by GulDucati

    Temple of Doom represented that other type of serialized adventure - the one where the hero simply falls into the adventure, not sets out on one.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    It's a perfect sequel/followup because it's sobering

    by Logan_1973

    All sequels should sober people up after the thrill of the first film. DOOM, EMPIRE, X2....even TDK followed that.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    John Williams's score for ToD is absolutely brilliant

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    I often play the ToD soundtrack, it's easily some of Williams's best work. Love it. I was 11 when ToD came out, and 1984 was the peak of the Golden Era of Spielberg/Lucas films. Return of the Jedi the previous year, and then Temple in '84. It blew me away in the cinema so much, I asked my parents if I could see it again -- IMMEDIATELY, the next available session. They caved in and let me! I wasn't too fond of the Anything Goes sequence back then, but now I'm older I can appreciate it and it's one of my favourite film sequences ever. Willie chasing the diamond, Indy chasing the antidote -- absolute classic. I especially love Indy using the gong as a shield (which was originally going to be in Raiders). My only wish is that another Indy adventure in the tone of ToD was made before Crusade. The Shanghai sequence left all sorts of possibilities open. "What are you, a lion tamer?" So many good lines in ToD, it's up there with Empire Strikes Back in terms of memorable lines and dialogue.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    ToD is easilt the Best!

    by Talkbackschmucks

    As a kid I loved all of them. As an 11 yr old I saw 'Crusade' several times at the movies [a family member was an extra]. The older I got, the less I thought of 'Crusade' and the more I respected 'Temple of Doom' as an almost perfect movie. There is no way that hollywood today would comission that movie. It's dark as fuck to the extent that it involves child abuse as a central theme. As previuosly mentioned, Indy is abit of a cunt, but comes through to save the children. 'Raiders' is an excellent movie. 'Crusade' was a sad repetition of 'Raiders'. I humbly believe that 'Temple of Doom' is an unmatched masterpiece in adventure film making. The other Indy movie is fine [I loved the fridge scene] until that cunt from 'Suburbia' appears... That fuck desrves cancer of the cock for single-handedly destroying an Indy Jones movie. Swinging from the trees with monleys!!! FFS. If 'it' had anything remarking dignity it would have cut it's own stomache out with a rusty knife. Fuck la bouef in his waste of human tissue ass-cunt. It's amazing that a human being could make an Indy Jones movie depressing [before the aliens appear, which also sucked balls to a heavenly degree]. I almost feel that Ford, Speileberg, Lucas and co. need to make another movie without that fuck puppet [or Connery] to make up for it.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I'd listen to Willie screaming for 2 hours than watch Alison Doody

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    As brilliant as Crusade is in other areas, one of the areas it really falls flat is with the leading lady and the villians. They're just flat and uninteresting. Not really Doody's fault, when she got a scene to chew, she chewed it -- well, chewed Indy's lip, that is! Maybe Willie was so extroverted, Spielberg and Lucas felt Crusade needed a leading lady not so in your face -- unfortunately, they made her forgettable. And as others pointed out already, turning Brody and Sallah into comic relief was insulting. Especially Sallah. Otherwise, Crusade is a damn fine Indy film. Tom Stoppard's contribution picked Crusade up to another level.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I love Temple of Doom, especially the score.

    by Tacom

    It's awesome.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Second best.

    by mastermold

    Raiders obviously is the best one because it was the first and there isn't a flaw in the whole movie. That said, Temple of Doom is for me right after Raiders in terms of the pecking order. Ford had so many outstanding moments as Indy in this one, the set pieces were amazing and the tone was awesome.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Willie may have been annoying, but that was the role

    by I am_NOTREAL

    And for my money, Capshaw played it pretty well. I've always loved Temple of Doom best of the Indy films. The dark mysticism of the Thugees always made them a really fascinating enemy. We know Nazis are bad already, but these guys were nasty in an original way, at least when I was 12.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I didn't completely hate crystal skull.

    by Zod_

    Alot of it I liked. I didn't hate that it geared towards alien artifacts instead of religous. Skull just suffered from George Lucas syndrome. He put some crazy moments that don't fit. Surviving a nuke in a fridge, shia playing tarzan, etc... take those bits out, and I didn't think it was that bad of a movie. but because it has those bits, ToD easily wins out as the better movie.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:22 a.m. CST

    I liked Willie

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    I love the scene with Indy and Shortround playing cards, with Willie running around bumping into various animals -- the shot of the monkey poking its head out of the hollow tree is hilarious. I'm surprised LucasFilm has never commissioned the adventures of Wan Li/Shortround. They could have set it in the 1940s, with an older Shortround as treasure hunter. Hell, I'm going to write fanfiction of just that!

  • May 5, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Thing about Crystal Skull is they tried to keep Indy as action hero

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    When he should have been more about wisdom and wile, let the kid do the action stuff. I'd like to see another Indy film (without Mutt, please!), but Indy relying more on his wile and wits and knowledge. I've always envisioned the last scene, people looking for Indy in the jungles of Mexico or the mountains of Nepal, and only finding his hat... the old adventurer missing, forever a legend.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Oh, and bring back Indy with a beard

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Bearded Indy was the only thing Lucas did right with the Young Indy Chronicles. ;-)

  • May 5, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    My favorite moment too. Brilliant, iconic.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom was a Disappointment

    by bodian26

    ... the first time I saw it in theaters. Even as a young kid, I thought (when the Shanghai date came on) "Hey, this takes place before Raiders... That means Indy lives." Talk about no suspense. I mean, you want your heroes to have some risk of death. That being said, I greatly enjoy and admire the film and all its darkness now. However, signifying it was a prequel just pulled me out the first time.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skull plays like a sweded version of a classic Indy film

    by Nerd Rage

    It doesn't feel like an Indiana Jones film. Just a cheap imitation.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    So Quint that NDA stuff

    by Paul

    does that mean that you were talking with someone on the production of Indy 5?

  • May 5, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    Daniel Craig vibe from first pic? Totally. I saw the pic and at first saw Craig instead of Ford. Must be the tux.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:21 a.m. CST

     ‍‍‍‍Thum Shiva Ke Vishwasth Karthe Ho

    by rakesh patel

    dammit, i you tubed one scene, and now am watching the whole thing again.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    For me

    by phifty2

    Raiders Doom Skull Crusade

  • So it must have done something right.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    We, are going... to DIE! *frownyface*

    by johndalf greymane

    Hilarious. I loved Short Round in this movie too. "Hold on Lady, we going for a ride." The car chase, driving with blocks strapped the foot pedals. Comic but not slapstick and very capable. The perfect sidekick. If you ask me, IF the torch gets passed, Indy sequels should be "The Adventures of Short Round". I always thought that the racially insensitive thing was a reflection of the serials that inspired the Indy movies. It seemed so over the top that I thought it a parody of itself. If you've ever seen old black and white movies/serials with ANY characters that were African, Asian, Indian, Native American, you know how they were portrayed. I remember Tarzan being pretty bad, and any old movies about British Empire. When Lucas did the same thing in the SW prequels I decided that it was just his thing.

  • May 5, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone not like Temple of Doom?

    by jellypop

    Both Raiders and Doom are awesome films but are simply different breeds. I love them both dearly but Doom is my all time favourite Indy film as, opposed to the light of Raiders, it is dark and moody and has a tougher edge. It also features my favourite film opening- I love the song number at the start. It is class.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Not my favorite, but a very solid action film

    by Ricardo

    Seeing Slocombe's name makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. He was the best.

  • May 5, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Khali Mar, Khali Marrrrrrr!!!!

    by Mark Jones

  • May 5, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Have to agree that Crusade is the better sequel

    by ghoulstock

    Temple of Doom is still a hell of a lot of fun, but--as others have pointed out--Kate Capshaw is fucking TERRIBLE. As a kid I didn't notice it as much, but I recently went back and watched the original trilogy and her constant screaming made me want to turn the movie off at several times. "We're sinking! WE'RE CRASSSHING!!!!!!!" Ugh. That said, TOD still has a ton of fun moments. I love the gross-out dinner scene, and the last half hour of the movie is great. And who doesn't love a good heart-ripping scene. That said, Crusade brought Indy back to his Raiders roots. Sean Connery was great, and the ending sequence with the leap of faith and the old knight with the many grails is so fucking cool. That last shot of the knight, holding up his hand goodbye as the temple falls down around them, still gives me chills.

  • ....Because Temple of Doom deviated from Raiders it made Crusade's return to Religion/Nazis theme more appealing because we had been away from that with ToD - i think today studios would be reluctant to deviate from formula that way with a sequel but i think Indy profited more by moving Indy onto an unknown situation. Sadly the recent sequel just highlighted the fact that modern hollywood just cannot grasp how to merge great storytelling with sfx without dumbing down.

  • May 5, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Whatever flaws aside...

    by Christian Sylvain

    Temple Of Doom really is my favorite. It's the most thrilling film of the series to me.

  • May 5, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST


    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

    Harrison looks like he's going for a New Year's party at Hogancamp's Bar.

  • May 5, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    first VHS tape I ever owned

    by murray_hamilton

    Got it for Christmas in 1986. Damn that was a long time ago.

  • May 5, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    This is definitely NOT the worst Indy film...

    by BiggusDickus

    It is, however, the second worst behind Indy IV. I'm sorry, but the annoying Asian kid kills this movie stone dead for me...

  • May 5, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Another fan of Temple of Doom here...

    by Greg McCambley

    Quite frankly, I am a fan of all the movies, even Crystal Skull (I'm gonna get a lot of heat for that, I'm sure.) Temple of Doom is often underrated by fans of the original trilogy, and I'm not quite sure why. It is a lot darker than the other two, which can explain it, I suppose. But it is so different from Raiders and Last Crusade, and that is what I love about it. It also contains my favourite "character moment" in Indy's development as an icon: the "we're leaving. All of us" scene. Always thrills me.

  • ...having to hear "oh, you're Indian? Do you eat monkeybrains?" throughout grade school made me ashamed of my heritage. Then I saw what he did with "Schindler's List" and thought to myself: why the heck would he give an accurate portrayal of the Jews during the Holocaust but not research anything on the cuisine of Indian people...which, except for northern India, is mostly VEGETARIAN?

  • May 5, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by coolhanddave

    What's not to disclose about Temple of Doom

  • May 5, 2012, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I hate to say it, but I think ToD is the worst Indy movie.

    by Yelsaeb

    All of them are great movies, and I love every single one to death, but ToD just doesn't quite meet the level of the others. Something about Shortround and Willie never really sat with me. And those freaking credits always annoy me.

  • May 5, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    helloooooooooooooo cousinlarryappleton

    by ajit maholtra

    You are Indian too? Then why are you using the name cousinlarryappleton? Shouldn't you be Balki Bartakamouse? Are you bleaching your skin to be white?

  • May 5, 2012, 5:48 p.m. CST

    move and your dead, im dead so i move

    by Daniel

  • May 5, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    DOOM can't possibly be a prequel. Has to be a sequel..

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    Because otherwise, the Indy shooting the swordsman guy doesn't make sense as a joke...

  • May 5, 2012, 6:30 p.m. CST

    cousinlarryappleton, because it's not India

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    not really. It's a pulp-fantasy version of India. For the same reason Iraq isn't all flying carpets and Genies. It's a 30s/40s fantasy idea of exotic far off lands, terra incognita etc..He wasn't intending racism. It was homage to the pulp era.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:20 p.m. CST

    hot rumor for Indy 5 = nod to fans of Young Indiana...*spoiler*

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    word Im hearing is that Indy will lose an eye in the next movie.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    chronicallydepressedlemming re: shooting the swordsman

    by Greg McCambley

    I think it still works just fine as a joke. Regardless of when Doom is set, the fact that they'd pull the same stunt and then we find he doesn't have a gun this time is hilarious. As a character, we see Indy learn a valuable lesson in Doom (namely, to never lose his firearm again if he can help it), which he adheres to in Raiders. The only time he's without his gun in Raiders is when he's forced to give it up to Belloq at the beginning.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    And for the record, the worst Indiana Jones story is...

    by Greg McCambley

    Indiana Jones and the Army of the Dead novel by Steve Perry. Indiana Jones is all about globetrotting adventure. A novel which spends most of its time following characters as they travel through one forest on one island tends to be a bit on the dull side.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Yes, Temple of Doom is better than Crystal Skull.

    by James_Camera_On

    How about that for wild, out-of-control praise? Temple of Doom still sucked though. I recall vividly when at the end of the movie and I was walking out, I looked at my date and my only thought was "meh." I just didn't care about any of it. Spielberg had to apologize to the fans for this dog. Sure, if anyone else had done this dud except Spielberg, we would have been screaming out praise. But no one else did, did they? It was Spielberg, the great and magnificent, and his game was off, badly. Of course, the movie was comparable to The Last Crusade, but TLC was so obviously an attempt to recapture the Raiders magic (Ark? Chalice? What's the diff?) that it was an embarrassing failure as well -- recall the scene where Indy was trying to get Hitler's autograph? Sheesh. Or the ticket scene? Ewok's bad. Admittedly, I watched it twice and I watched ToD only once. In short, Raiders took itself and the story seriously. It set a mark that none of the other films came close too. If all the copies of the other movies were lost, destroyed, I wouldn't lose any sleep. I might even smile a little. But Raiders, if we lost that, it would be a terrible, true, and tearful tragedy.

  • May 5, 2012, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Short Round was awesome- I never got why people hated him

    by ravenink

    Willy was definitely the weakest female lead in the series, but Temple of Doom is still my personal favourite (although objectively speaking, Raiders is a better and more important film). I thought Crystal Skull would've been a lot better if they got Jet Li or someone else awesome to play a grown up Short Round, instead of inserting Shia Lebeouf and CGI monkeys/gophers.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Willy was better than Crystal Skull Marion...

    by johndalf greymane

    God the story was so freakin weak... I didnt see the characters, I saw the actors standing there, seemingly saying "What the fuck are we doing?"

  • May 5, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Kate Capshaw was luscious in Temple of Doom.

    by tom

    As far as Willie talking too much? I would have given her something more productive to do with that mouth. Yum.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Why isn't there a decent Indiana Jones computer game?

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    LucasArts could do so much with an Indy game. The last two were terrible (Emperor's Tomb was the better of the two, but still meh). The last good Indy game was way back in the days of the Commodore 64 and Amiga 500!

  • May 5, 2012, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Raiders holds a special place in my heart.

    by Isaac R.

    Temple eventually won me over and the third movie was pretty damn good too. Haven't seen the fourth one yet. Maybe this weekend if I can find it.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    re: I wanted Willie to drink the Blood of Kali

    by Have_Penis_Will_Travel

    'Just to see what happened. Give me an evil, sexy Willie. Yes I'm disturbed' Dear dickbuttkiss We have a cure for that now We call it *Nuke it from orbit* *Just to be sure* *wink*

  • May 5, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    A childhood favorite

    by PurityControl

    Wow, Temple of Doom. I was a child of the eighties and I watched this one over and over again. As a child the ambiance and feel of the movie is spot on and very original. As a kid you believe everything you see without question. As such this movie was unbelievable! It still is as a grown up but it doesn't have quite the magic (what does though?). Really this movie and Raiders would still work without any dialogue at all but only music and sound effects (especially Raiders). Club Obi-Wan forever. Now I hope your non-disclosure agreement includes not talking about the infamous Barbara Streisand scene being included as an extra.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    by PurityControl

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade--the graphic adventureand Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis were classics. Dated from 20 years ago. The Secret of Monkey Island 1 and 2 were a couple of the best games ever and you can get them on iPhone, too bad the Indy games aren't available.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom has always been my favorite

    by wcolbert

    I never could understand the hatred toward it... all three of the original movies were absolutely inimitable, superb works of cinematic adventure and glory. Back when guys like Spielberg weren't afraid to have FUN with a movie, rather than worry about post-production CGI effects, and box-office draw came second to how GOOD the movie was. Spielberg with these first three movies was like a kid with a model train set - he had all of these marvelous playthings at his disposal, and play he did, completely ensconced in his world and without a single care as to whether or not it was real - because he was MAKING it real - he brought his imagination to life, like the overgrown kid that he is. You can practically FEEL the joy and boyish enthusiasm pulsing throughout each of these movies. It was high adventure, for the sake of a good time, and nothing else. now, what the hell happened with Crystal Skull, I don't know...but somewhere in that 19 year interim, his enthusiasm remained but he lost touch a bit with that thin line between fun and just plain silly and aweful (monkey swinging shia and cgi gophers and ants? Really)...but even in CS, you can tell his spirit was still in it - he'd just grown a bit out of touch with what his younger self would have thought was "cool". That, or George Lucas was whispering evil nothings into his ear. I have a feeling Lucas was behind the cgi ants and gophers and monkeys. The aliens, all Spielberg, though. It just...well, Indy is about the occult religious artifacts, not interdimensional aliens. It felt like another movie.

  • May 6, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    I liked the aliens of Crystal Skull, suited the pulp fiction of the 1950s

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Did they execute it well? It was hit and miss. Cate Blanchett's villain was meh though. I think they added the gopher at the start as a subtle "suspend your disbelief, don't make a mountain out of a gopher hill" hint. Maybe.

  • May 6, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Put up your dukes!

    by SuperTrekkie

    Sorry, but it's the worst of the four. The combined annoyingness of Capshaw and the kid is too much to take.

  • May 6, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by Nik

    That was an extremely well-constructed sentence. Maybe you can sit on the driver's lap when taking the short yellow bus to school.

  • May 6, 2012, 3:50 a.m. CST

    Ajit Malhotra

    by Nik

    Balki had a sunny disposition whereas Larry was the quintessential example of the downtrodden. I guess eating monkey brains everyday made me identify with the latter. Thanks for your inquiry.

  • May 6, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    bet you ate sheep's brains though eh?

  • May 6, 2012, 7:12 a.m. CST

    thatsalaugh, I disagree

    by chronicallydepressedlemming

    In DOOM the look on Indy's face implies 'oh this again...' before the 'oh shit!' moment of realising he's lost his gun. Regardless, I believe it being technically a prequel was only decided after it was made, wasn't it? I never understood why it needed to be. There is nothing inconsistent about it that means it can't be a sequel. I mean does it state a year that pre-dates the Nazis? I don't remember.

  • May 6, 2012, 7:57 a.m. CST


    by Greg McCambley

    True, he does have that look on his face, but I know that its being a prequel instead of a sequel doesn't ruin the joke for me. And it is a prequel. It takes place in 1935, Raiders in 1936. According to Wikipedia, Lucas decided it was going to be a prequel pretty early on because he didn't want to deal with Nazis again. I just don't really see what the problem is. The point of those movies was to just have fun with the concept of "old-time movie serials". And that's what they do. I find all the jokes funny, especially that one. I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.

  • May 6, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST

    It works as a prequel

    by Mugato5150

    Because Indy was much more of a mercenary prick in ToD. He tries to trade an artifact with the Chinese mafia for a diamond. He drags a child and a dumb blonde into hell for his own "fortune and glory". Of course by the end he learns not to be such a dick. In Raiders he's still obsessive but much less of an asshole. Whether that was intentional or not, it works.

  • May 6, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    It's a prequel only because they wanted the Shanghai Sequence

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    .. and Shanghai in 1935 was a little different than in 1937

  • May 6, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Connery ruined Crusade, turning Indy into a lame stooge for Connery's comedy schtick. It's such a weak retread of Raiders, and turning Brody and Sallah into comedy caricatures was unforgiveable. Spielberg's direction is on autopilot, clearly smarting from the commercial and critical disappointment (at the time) of Empire of the Sun. Spielberg even admitted he would much rather have made Rain Man, but had to turn that project down in order to uphold his commitment to Lucas. <p> Skull has flaws (though not as many as some internet tools would have you believe) but it's main selling point for me was returning Indy to the character we saw in Raiders and Doom.

  • just have his leg grabbed and ripped off by a thuggy if he threw a karate kick. That's all that would happen really. You would grab him by the ankle and hulk ragdoll him

  • At least in New York.

  • May 6, 2012, 11:01 a.m. CST

    I didn't hate Skull...

    by WeylandYutani

    But it certainly had its share of awkward, mostly script derived problems. My biggest issue was that Indy's advetures from WWII sounded much more interesting than the film we eventually saw. You know there is a problem, when character background exposition is more interesting than the actual adventure. Also, Indy had too many companions with him that all required set up and screen time. The great thing about Raiders is that Jones worked mostly alone with Sallah and Marion moving in and out of the story. If they do an Indy 5, make sure it is a bloody good yarn and contain the film to Indy vs bad guys (whoever they may be)... Lose the entourage of clowns.

  • May 6, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    My theory on Temple of Doom love/hate

    by Matches_Malone

    On a technical and performance level, this film may be the weakest of the trilogy (Marion over Willie, Jones snr over Short round) But from a kids point of view it was the shit! Full on dungeon raiding, bugs, falling out of planes monkey brains, plenty of whip cracking, gun fights,, rope bridges, mine carts action ACTION ACTION! Also a child could relate to the characters more, performance be damned (relate to a kid who hungers for adventure over a grumpy old man, and girls are supposed to be annoying screamy wusses). It was also the scariest of the three, the fire pit scene and evil Indy really freaked me out when I was a young warthog. Now those children have all grown up, so has the Love for temple of doom. Though Raiders and Crusade may be superior films, Temple will be my fav just because I remember the emotional roller-coaster (or runaway mine cart) it took me on upon first viewing as a child.

  • May 6, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Indy should totally be reprised with another actor

    by Keith

    The IP is bigger than Ford. And it was a great IP, misused after Raiders. (Neither Temple of Doom nor Last Crusade were very good.) 1930s, playboy archaeologist adventurer, Nazis, Cthulhu-esque vibe, the tail end of the British Empire, the US as the rising power...absolutely huge potential, largely squandered. People once thought that Bond couldn't carry on without Connery. That proved not to be the case. Bond is such a great character that it's silly to confine him to the peak years of any one actor.

  • May 6, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Re: THE TEMPLE OF DOOM Is Weak ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Well, in my opinion, anyway. It's nothing more than a series of escalating action set pieces held together by cartoony slapstick and gross-out gags. Also, Spielberg's boner for Capshaw clouded his decision-making process and allowed her to be a one-note scream machine, which is especially disappointing after the empowerment he gave Karen Allen's character in RAIDERS. Technically, the first film was nothing more than a series of escalating action set pieces held together with a simple plot, too, but the plot was well thought-out and the characters were better-written.</p><p> Also, this is pretty much the movie you want to blame for KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (the only Indiana Jones film I have never successfully sat all the way through). THE LAST CRUSADE made a half-hearted attempt at trying to recapture the magic and ingenuity of the first one, but still suffered from an over-abundance of cartoonishness, bad writing and sloppy FX work, just like TEMPLE OF DOOM did, and it never quite recovered the series. From what I've seen of KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, they took everything that was wrong from TEMPLE OF DOOM and THE LAST CRUSADE and just made a movie about that, with the mindset of "Hey, this shit didn't stop people from going to see TEMPLE OF DOOM, it won't stop them from seeing this!" Sadly, Lucas and Spielberg were right.

  • May 6, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    No time for love Dr. Jones.

    by jellypop

    A raft of crappy different ideas were thrown at Crystal Skull, Monkey swinging, goofy ideas of being rescued by snakes, CGI gophers and the like lending the overall tone to be a scrambled mess. There is no such crappy fat attached to doom. If there were I'd have no affinity to that film. Skull creaked because Lucas needed to scratch that itch he had, full on, with out considering the impact it would have. Doom is Indy for Adults, Skull is Indy for kids, which is a shame because in their lifetime, its all they've had. They'll never be able to experience the rock hard bones of it in the cinema because it has been softened to suit. What a waste of time.

  • May 6, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by WeylandYutani

    I agree with you to a certain extent. I do feel that all of the subsequent films after Raiders went too far with the comedy, much like the Bond films of the 70s and 80s. What they did to Brody and Sallah was shameful back in 89. But I'd still say that any film in the Indy series is loads more fun than most other action/adventure/fantasy/SF/superhero series.

  • when we find him again, in raiders, where he and alfred molina are in the temple and we see he has just had another great adventure, it adds to the character in the rest of the story so much.

  • May 6, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    KOTCS was not good. Nope, it was not good at all.

    by Rick Webb

    Raiders > Crusade > Doom (That equation is complete.)

  • May 6, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Clarification: I love TOD

    by Rick Webb

    I just love ROTL and TLC more. And I love acronyms. LOVE THEM!!!

  • May 6, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST


    by Rick Webb

    Okay. I'm done now.

  • what adventures did he and indy go on?

  • May 6, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    and indy thows a cymbol at a mans face.

    by Youre_Gonna_Bust_Dixie

  • May 7, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST

    T O D is great...

    by pr0g2west

    The darkest and bloodiest of the four. Hearts being ripped out, and sacraficial pits of fire, evil cults and brainwashed instruments of death. Scenes of 3rd world India, mass child kidnapping. Pretty grim for an action adventure...thats what makes it great, and a unique Indy movie. But anyone who doesn't like Last Crusade should be punched in the face.

  • May 7, 2012, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I think ToD is great but

    by Chris

    It seems to me that a singer working in Shanghai would be tough (think Katherine hepburn or Barbara Stanwyck (sp?)) for that time and place, not whining and screaming. Plus it deletes Indy's comment in Raiders when he says he doesn't believe in that ''mumbo-jumbo''after having lived through it in India

  • May 7, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Spielberg did not know how to wear a hat. FACT.

    by durhay

    He often wore hats on top of other hats.

  • May 7, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Nazis marginally less shit! ;p

    by steve lee

  • May 7, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    If you don't enjoy ToD...

    by slone13're not a real Indiana Jones fan.

  • into the pit

  • May 7, 2012, 10:14 a.m. CST

    what about Sean Patrick Flanery making part 6?

    by DarthBlart

    After Harrisons 5, ofcourse.

  • May 7, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    as a prequel though

    by DarthBlart

    1934 couldn't be too exciting because he said he doesn't believe in spiritual mumbojumbo (even though he experiences some in doom). but i'd accedpt a ww 2 one with young mac as well. a deaging process would be more welcome though.

  • May 7, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Kate Capshaw's back...

    by Darth Macchio

    Love this movie and had the biggest crush on Kate Capshaw back in the day - between this and "Black Rain" with her and Mike Douglas...some women can pull off backless dresses and some cannot... Kate personified the "beautiful backless dress" more in the first 10 minutes of Temple than any 10 "hottie du jour" nowadays. You betrayed Shiva!!!

  • May 7, 2012, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Kate Capshaws breasts on the bridge scene.

    by ChiefChirpa3000

    This was before I had a lot of access to pornography.

  • May 7, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Marry me!

    by angie jantz

    Yeah, that's what I said.

  • May 7, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Whoops, that was for chaunceygardiner

    by angie jantz

  • May 7, 2012, 10:02 p.m. CST

    indy 5 needs less characters

    by Joe Walsh

    Weyland yutani said it. You had too many characters in the final third of kotcs. I could have lived without Marion and john hurt's character in the end. It became too much of a family excursion and not a race against the bad guys. Raiders and ToD had the right amount. Still, I love every Indy movie, Skull included (whose first half and final scenes are an ideal Indy movie). Just hope they could perfect the formula again if they do a fifth. Oh, and if you don't have a smile throughout ToD, you must have had your heart ripped out by Mola Ramm (like another tber, a constant threat my brother used on me as a kid and occasionally as an adult.