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

Ah, my lovely, lovely Temple of Doom. You’re misunderstood, but you’ll always have a true believer in me.

Today’s image is one that I had seen before, but never in this quality or resolution. I love the movie and this pic so much it’s now my desktop image.

So, for your enjoyment here’s Harrison Ford at his most Indiana Jonesiness, goofing off on the rope bridge.

Thanks to Randy van Rijn for sending this one 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

What the hell, let’s go for another second film in a series pic tomorrow, what do you say? This one is also not a fan favorite, but unlike Temple of Doom I agree with the criticism on this film… but like Temple of Doom I still enjoy it.

-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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  • June 23, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST


    by Fett8802

    I've always loved Temple of Doom

  • June 23, 2012, 12:11 a.m. CST


    by Supermans

    great pic

  • June 23, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Favorite movie of all time

    by Supermans

    You can't beat Temple of Doom for anything. I've seen it the most out of any movie.

  • June 23, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Love ToD

    by disfigurehead

  • June 23, 2012, 12:17 a.m. CST

    chick in this one ruined it -- she just kept screaming & whinging

    by frenetik1

  • June 23, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST

    tomorrow's is FINAL DESTINATION 2?

    by Tigger Tales

  • June 23, 2012, 12:20 a.m. CST


    by lsrdsc

    This film.. Isn't really misunderstood. I found an old copy of premiere magazine with an interview with Steven Spielberg who said in 1989, "I wasn't happy with Temple of Doom at all. It was too dark, too subterranean, and much too horrific. I thought it out-poltered Poltergeist. There's not an ounce of my own personal feeling in Temple of Doom." So, Spielberg must misunderstand the film too.. Because in the "Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" documentary, "Temple of Doom is my least favorite of the trilogy."

  • June 23, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Awesome pic!

    by darthSaul666

  • June 23, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Misunderstood?!? you missed a good trope of artistic

    by darthSaul666

    At some point of an artistic work, if popular enough, ceases to be the work of the artist and becomes the work of the audience..... If some like Temple of Doom than they just do... Get over it!

  • June 23, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Remember watching this at Eastbourne Curzon!

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • June 23, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Remember watching this at Eastbourne Curzon!

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • June 23, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Yeah, but lsrdsc...

    by derp

    ...Spielberg went on to make HOOK right after he said that, so he probably wasn't thinking straight.

  • June 23, 2012, 12:42 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    Yep, he does misunderstand his own film and I would (and have) say that to him directly. I think he let the people ganging up on it when it came out, the family groups calling for his head, saying he was ruining children's innocence with the film, get to him and color his opinion of the movie.

  • June 23, 2012, 12:43 a.m. CST

    ..and us teenagers were out of breath - so much action..but that's another story!

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • June 23, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    loved this film

    by JerryAurora

    A worthy sequel to raiders, despite it actually being a prequel. I am going to guess to tomorrow we will see a pic from Back to the Future pt 2.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:06 a.m. CST

    TEMPLE OF DOOM is awesome.

    by one9deuce

    And agreed, Steven Speilberg doesn't understand his own movie. Which is strange since it's Speilberg at the peak of his summer thrill-ride cinematic powers. The mantra of the sequel was always to be: "Indiana Jones goes to Hell". Which is exactly what Lucas and Speilberg brilliantly accomplished. I just don't think the young Speilberg was prepared for backlash. The movie is violent, but so are RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and JAWS. It's almost a shame that E.T. was so incredibly successful because it's the movie that turned him into more of a mogul than a director. With his name so synonymous with family entertainment he had to be conscientious of how he would be perceived instead of just making the right choice for a film. TEMPLE OF DOOM was well into pre-production when this change occurred and luckily it came out the way it was originally intended. I absolutely love JURASSIC PARK. But I think the tone of violence in the film would have been closer to the book had Speilberg of 1974-1984 directed it.

  • Some would say that was *1941*, but I disagree as that was Mad Magazine on film. IJTOD's token Asian kid for a sidekick and campy, Loony Tunes bullshit like *snake surprise* and *I broke a nail*, *water, water, water!* etc. remain unforgivable. Sure it had its moments, but throwing Cole Porter's *Anything goes* at the outset doesn't give carte blanche for dementia.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:13 a.m. CST

    And for the love of God,

    by one9deuce

    INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM is not a prequel! It's a stand alone story, and the only reason it's set in 1935 instead of 1937 is because of the Battle of Shanghai when China and Japan were at war. The gag with the pistol doesn't even work if you watch TOD before ROTLA. There is absolutely ZERO reason to watch them in any order but the order they were released: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK INDIANA JONES AND THE TEM

  • June 23, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    In a way, Temple Of Doom is the best in the series of films

    by Xen11

    . It's perfect in its execution. It's what the Indiana Jones from Raiders and Last Crusade wishes he was. I love Last Crusade for the father-son dynamic. After watching the trilogy, it probably ranks as my favorite. Raiders is a great film. Crystal Skull can go fuck itself. Temple Of Doom is the pulpy Indiana Jones perfected. In a way, I'd like to say its my favorite, but the emotion of Last Crusade trumps the perfected style of fun in Temple. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles is perfection, though. Beats the films. It's a shame television series don't get the recognition that films do, just because most people are too fucking stupid and lazy to enjoy a narrative that is longer than they can cram their fat fucking faces. The Sarah Connor Chronicles is another series that goes above and beyond its films, which are already phenomenal.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST


    by one9deuce


  • June 23, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    TOD is a pulp adventure story, just as it should be.

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

    The Raiders universe shouldn't ever be a "family film," in the sense of de-fanging itself so as not to upset younger children or some adult's precious sensibilities.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    I always wondered why Ford hated the Han Solo

    by throatwarbler_mangrove

    character yet loved this one (despite being the lead). I never thought they were that radically different from one another.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    Mola Ram, Sudha Ram!!!

    by Christian Sylvain

    You have to appreciate that despite the family film format, Temple of Doom is without a doubt the ballsiest, darkest film of the saga. Where else are you gonna find black magic, torture, slavery, gore, and sexual banter in a PG rated adventure film? It's a true product of the 80's.

  • June 23, 2012, 1:19 a.m. CST

    An a$$hole in real life.

    by btc909

  • They were both rated PG when they were released. But because they were so disturbing the MPAA created PG-13. Why? Because people are p*ssies. -- End of Line --

  • June 23, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    I just couldn't stand the shrieking

    by GoDFaDDa42

    I know that was the point of that character, but it makes me want to leave the room whenever she's on-screen. She's not cute, or old-timey, or corny, or whatever - she's just incredibly annoying with no redeeming attributes.

  • June 23, 2012, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Thank God Spielberg wants audiences to like him Quint.

    by Tacom

    Or else he wouldn't have put the rifles back in E.T.

  • June 23, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I agree 100%. It's not like he's disappearing Temple of Doom in some vault somewhere. I'd much rather he listens to honest reactions and be affected by them than ignore everything including common sense.

  • "You can type this shit George, but you sure as hell can't say it!"-Ford on the "Star Wars" script. Lucas is terrible with actors and it shows. Spielberg knows how to motivate actors and gain their trust, point them in the right direction. Lucas just says, "Faster! More intense!"

  • June 23, 2012, 2:47 a.m. CST

    Interesting point about "TOD", one9deuce!

    by Zardoz

    On a subconscious level I was aware of the "gun" gag being out-of-place in reference to "Raiders", but never put 2&2 together. You're right! It is totally dependent on the "set-up" in "Raiders"! And that is the order that I always watch them: Raiders TOD Last Crusade Yeah, just those three.

  • June 23, 2012, 3:44 a.m. CST

    The best one out of the trilogy. Yes, I said TRILOGY!

    by Chris

  • ...and I regret nothing! It's always all about perspective. But I'll still never understand any of the Temple of Doom hate. Fucking amazing movie.

  • June 23, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    2nd best Indy movie

    by Darth Scourge

    Nothing can beat Raiders. But Temple of Doom is way better than Last Crusade.

  • June 23, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Welcome to Xen11's world

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Where the Youn Indiana Jones Chronicles are better than the films, and the Sarah Connor Chronicles are better than the films. Weird, man.

  • June 23, 2012, 4:29 a.m. CST

    darth scourge

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Right on.

  • June 23, 2012, 4:39 a.m. CST


    by ant_monkey

    I think for the Jaws blu ray as an extra, speilberg should have cgi'd in the school of shark fins at the end, just to annoy people, he'll not even as an extra,but just to annoy!

  • June 23, 2012, 4:46 a.m. CST

    2nd worst Indy movie

    by BiggusDickus

    Stop bigging this film up to show how daring and controversial you are - it's utter bollocks from the screamy bint to the annoying kid and you fucking KNOW it! At least there are no fridges though...

  • June 23, 2012, 4:52 a.m. CST

    ...and don't get me started on the shitty mining car sequence

    by BiggusDickus

    or the dreadful matte paintings. Jesus.

  • Every self-respecting Hindu knows that monkey's brains should be served at room temperature.

  • June 23, 2012, 5:04 a.m. CST

    COVER YOUR HEART INDY!!!!! Eastbourne Curzon is still alive and well

    by SmokieGeezer

  • June 23, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    would have thought this was cool but..

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    just watched krista'l skullzorz :( maybe in a couple weeks.

  • June 23, 2012, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Me Too

    by Omar

    Remember seeing it there as a double feature with Raiders. Good old Eastbourne.

  • June 23, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    Me Too @ leonardsbellbottoms

    by Omar

    That was aimed at leonardsbellbottoms

  • Every time I see that part I crack the fuck up. The rest of it ranges from sorta fun to super dumb. Face it: the only truly good Indy movie is Raiders.

  • June 23, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    watched this everyday for 14 days, beckenham odeon....good times

    by acelaney

    can of quatro in hand, and a twix...fuckin loved it, still do

  • June 23, 2012, 7:21 a.m. CST

    I'm a pirate, ARRRRRRRRRRR...!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • June 23, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST

    And the "shoot the swordsman" callback in TOD still works...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...if you look at it as a deeply-ingrained character trait on Indy, just pulling out his gun and shooting someone if he doesn't feel like going through a whole fight. Yes, it was stuck in as an inside joke for Raiders fans (replete with a quote of the "Basket Chase" music on the soundtrack. "Dee-dee-dee-dee, BUMP, dee-dee-dee-dee, BUMP"), but it works just fine as a standalone gag.

  • June 23, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    TOD- I admire them for taking chances..

    by darthwaz1

    even though Lucas likes it and Speil doesn't. It works. Skull doesn't work, not only for the weak plot but because they didn't have the balls to take chances like they did in TOD!!

  • June 23, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    I know Raiders is a better film than TOD...

    by pr0g2west

  • June 23, 2012, 7:35 a.m. CST

    I know Raiders is a better film than TOD...

    by pr0g2west

    but I like TOD so much more. I saw it first when I was 4, and watched it at least a hundred times in my life. So its THE best Indy film in my book.

  • June 23, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Fantastic movie

    by yubnubrocks

    I didn't enjoy it when it first came out, but years later it's easily the best one for me. The set designs, the acting, the characters. Perfect.

  • June 23, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Last 40 minutes of TOD = best action filmmaking EVER

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Raiders is the better film overall, but NO stretch of film in the Indy series is as relentlessly thrilling as the last 40 minutes of Doom (starting with the TOTALLY BAD-ASS moment where Indy says, "Right, ALL of us...!").

  • June 23, 2012, 8 a.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot

    AICN Temple of Doom Talk-Back debate #436,914 is in full force . . . .

  • June 23, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    I just can't get this corn on the cob out from between my teeth.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • June 23, 2012, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Hmmm, a sequel that's good enough, but criticized by fans. Maybe

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Men in Black II. It didn't completely suck. MIB III was great.

  • June 23, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Please tell me why when I went to borrow Raiders from the library

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    The cover has it as Indianna Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. That just sounds stupid. It's Raiders of the Lost Ark. No ifs, ands, or buts. I introduce my kids to this classic last week. Hey, look at that, no CGI, great effects, and it's a classic.

  • June 23, 2012, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Matrix or Back to the Future

    by bah

  • June 23, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Grammaton....changed title

    by syoungkin

    When the DVD trilogy came out a few years ago, the studio decided to make all of the titles consistent with the same "Indiana Jones and..." style. Thus, on the DVD, it became "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost of the Ark". Personally, I agree that it's a clunky title but, as compared to Star Wars, if that's the ONLY change made to an otherwise perfect movie (and it is my favorite of the series and one of my favorite movies of all time), I have no problem with that. <p> Hopefully, your kids loved it as much as I did when I first saw it at the theater as a kid. This is a movie that truly holds up throughout the years and is as good now as it was 31 years ago

  • June 23, 2012, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Blu Ray release

    by syoungkin

    According to, it's slated to come out October 16 in the US. No idea on what special features will be included. I really hope they don't lose the extended multi-film documentary they had on the DVD collection. The behind the scenes footage and archival interviews with all of the cast members was wonderful. Considering what all was on there (screen tests by other would be Indy's, interviews and more information than you could imagine), the only thing I really would like would be for Spielberg to end his "no commentary" rule he has and do a director's commentary on the trilogy. Add that to an high def improvement of the movie and you have a must buy.

  • June 23, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    As I recall it was changed because they wanted all three titles to sit next to each other on video store shelves. The title of the movie remains intact on the opening credits, it was just the DVD cover. It's stupid and pointless (especially these days), but like syoungkin above I'm content that's the least of the changes (although they did remove the reflection of the cobra in the glass separating them in the Well of Souls, which I must admit I do miss.)

  • June 23, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Might as well chime in with my view.....

    by syoungkin

    I had mixed feelings with ToD and the biggest problems were with the characters. Compared to Belloq (who was an intelligent, legitimate adversary in RotLA), Mola Ram was rather weak. Other than the ability to yank out your heart (which a simple punch to the face to stop the chant would prevent), he wasn't that much of a threat. And Short Round was a condescending means to reach children in the audience. Finally, the less said about Willie Scott, the better. I could see what Spielberg was going for (tough, fast talking city girl ala Rosalind Russell or Katherine Hepburn in the era of Howard Hawks movies) but, instead of being tough, she bordered on the whiney and annoying. Especially following Marian (one of the best female love interests in action movies), she was a major letdown. <p>On the plus side though, the action scenes were wonderfully staged. While silly, I did enjoy the nightclub scene at the beginning and the minecare chase at the end was well paced and inventive. <p>But my biggest problem with the movie is that it felt like what it was -- leftovers from Raiders. As a note, the above 2 scenes were originally meant for the first movie but Spielberg cut them before shooting to improve the pacing of the movie. Thus, he found a way to shoehorn them into a second movie. Thus, he created a movie around action scenes instead of creating action scenes that served the story (ala the first film) and that is Temple of Doom's biggest weakness.

  • My favorite non-posted pic is from the cut scene from the fight betw Indy and Chathar L. on the iron cage/frame.

  • June 23, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    This just might be the greatest BTS ever!

    by Logan_1973

    And the movie rules too.

  • June 23, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Must be how Harrison got that scar on his chin ;)

    by photoboy

    I love Temple of Doom, it's always nice to see comments from others who enjoy it too. Thankfully Crystal Skull has swallowed up all the hate these days so ToD is less controversial. I'm off for some chilled monkey brains, anyone fancy some?

  • June 23, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    I miss this Harrison Ford

    by mastermold

    For sheer charisma and appeal, he was the man!

  • June 23, 2012, 10:18 a.m. CST

    All-time classic

    by Joey_Jo_Jo_Junior_Shabadoo

    Love the first 3 nearly equally though. Crystal Skull was unfortunate.

  • just a pet peeve. It's a classic so they really don't NEED them sitting next to each other on the shelf. As a matter of fact I missed it the first week I was looking for it at the library because I was looking under R. Stupid me.

  • June 23, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    bah, Matrix Reloaded, and Back to the Future 2 were both awful.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Back to the Future 3 was good. Revolutions was watchable for the battle scene between Zion and the machines. Personally I think Animatrix kicked both their asses.

  • June 23, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    My favorite action movie

    by MCS

    A sequel that went someplace new and kicked all kinds of ass. Dont apologize! I still love all the meanings in Hook, too.

  • June 23, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Changing ROTLA to Indiana Jones and the

    by shane peterson

    was just marketing BS on the packaging and promotions. The movie was still titled Raiders.

  • June 23, 2012, 11:34 a.m. CST

    TOD is the SHIT...

    by DocPazuzu

    ...and owns all your weak asses. It's the most perfect printed-word-to-celluloid conversion of classic pulp literature ever made. Sure, Raiders is the better movie, but TOD is one of the greatest sequels of all time. It also gave us the most iconic image of Indy ever, when he confronts the thuggee slavemaster as John Williams' score swells. If your heart doesn't soar when you see Indy's steely, barely contained rage just before he punches that bastard out, you're a sad, soulless ghoul. Temple of Doom FTFW. And, yes, Anything Goes in Mandarin was awesome.

  • June 23, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    They should make a 4th Indiana Jones movie some day

    by cgih8r

    you know...just to give the fans one last adventure to enjoy :)

  • June 23, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    George Lucas Raped My Childhood!

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude


  • June 23, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Yeah, this will be my backdrop for a few days

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    I'm too tired this morning for any lengthy posts on the greatness that is ToD, suffice it to say, I love this pic!

  • June 23, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Jerry Sandusky Raped My Childhood!

    by Lesbianna_Winterlude


  • June 23, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Best Indy movie for sure...

    by Ryan

    you know it's true. I love Raiders, but I would marry Temple of Doom.

  • It's kind of amazing how awful it is. There's not one scene, not one moment, that isn't terrible. And you know what? I don't blame Lucas, cause we all know he lost his fucking mind years ago and ruins everything he touches, I blame El Spielbergo, because he's a director who knows better. He's a guy who will, every couple of years, surprise you with something pretty good. How the hell did you fuck this up so bad Spielberg? How did you succumb to the Lucasing of the soul??

  • HERE COMES THE TICKLE MONSTER! Can 10 year old Indy escape RAPE STATE with his anus untorn???

  • June 23, 2012, 12:52 p.m. CST

    by sengoksa

    Temple of Doom Soundtrack - Slave Children's Crusade In my opinion the best adventure theme ever created.. John Williams pure Genius..

  • I wish the beard would give us a great one to go out on!

  • June 23, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Hissy Fit . . .

    by elmo

    The full picture shows him stamping his little foot.

  • June 23, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Imagine an Attack of the Clones....

    by Richard Graham

    Where Anakin and Padme have the same chemistry as Indy and Willie. Hell, imagine a Return of the Jedi where Han and Leia have that chemistry.

  • June 23, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    TOD was a first for me

    by Pooter the Clown

    It was the first time I remember being deeply disappointed by movie. It was ROTLA's stupid, loud annoying little sister. God was I one angry 12 year old when I walked out of the theater.

  • June 23, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Imagine an Attack of the Clones...

    by NeonFrisbee

    that was remotely watchable.

  • also I think Harrison likes playing Indy more than Han Solo is because he felt there's no more story to be told with the character that's interesting or different, but with Indy I guess he felt there's more places he could go and more stories to tell. and Raiders should be called Indiana Jones : The Raiders of the Lost Ark, since he IS one of the Raiders. finnally maybe today's pic will be Ghostbusters II?

  • Then in part 7 he should pull out a sandwich as well, but it has a gun in it. Thus capping off the series with a bang.

  • June 23, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    I rewatched TOD recently

    by I am not a number

    and found myself liking it less than before, but for different reasons than others seem to. Willie wasn't nearly as grating as I recalled, and I never had a problem with the so called "darker" aspects. Not really sure why people were upset with violence in TOD. Is ripping out hearts and getting pulverized by a rock-crushing roller that much worse than a German mechanic getting chopped up by a propeller or Nazis having their faces melted by the ark? My problem with the movie was the slapstick humour and schmaltzy moments that would reappear in LAST CRUSADE. Indy's foot smoking and him yelling for water when the big flood pours through the tunnel. The sappy way they handle his apology to Short Round for going evil. Indy doing the Han Solo "chase the Stromtroopers" gag. Willie running around and screaming in the jungle while nobody pays attention to her. Willie's over-the-top reaction to the dinner scene. The spike room sequence is played too lightly as well (though I don't find that part all that egregious - at least I can understand Willie not wanting to stick her hand in that hole). Even the rail cart sequence bugs me. I will give the movie props for the opening sequence in Shanghai though; that is the highlight of the movie for me TOD still blows CRYSTAL SKULL out of the water though.

  • June 23, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Was Crystal Skull a remake of

    by brad negrotto

    House 2 The Second Story?

  • June 23, 2012, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Tomorrows pic Robocop 2?!

    by Robert Evans

  • June 23, 2012, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Whatever good is accomplished by this, ROTLA, or TLC is blown to shit

    by DougMcKenzie

    by the ineptitude, cynicialness, and down right "let's treat the audience like they are a bunch of retards" level of insulting of Crystal Skull. I can't watch these movies the same after seeing that abomination. Fuck Lucas, and fuck Sir Stevie for willingly being apart of it. For Shame.

  • That's Return of the Living Dead for those not hip. This chick started commenting and making fun every time any of the characters yelled or screamed or freaked out... in a movie that is nothing but that. And she used the worst "dumb guy" voice ever to imitate it and try to make fun of it. If someone screamed in anguish she'd spend five minutes making fun of it. I turned the movie off with 20 minutes left, couldn't take the Stupid Cunt Commentary any longer.

  • I feel for you bro.

  • Since it's mostly movies, actors and filmmakers I'm familiar with I just look at the photo for the most part.

  • June 23, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Back to the Future 2

    by John Brown

    If it's that, prepare for a fight Quinty-boy. I will defend BTTF2 as one of the most inventive sequels ever. Does it misfire at points? Absolutely. But it works overall and has the most ingenious premise you could imagine.

  • One is more adventurous, the other is funnier. One is darker, the other has Sean Connery. One has the Thugee Cult, the other has nazis. Neither is anywhere near as good as Raiders, but good enough. Kingdom of Crystal Skulls might have made more money than any of the other 3, but it sold a lot less tickets. Besides, the goodwill people had toward that movie, before even watching it, wont be there for a fifth Indiana Jones. People will be very hesitant about a new Indy after that abomination.

  • June 23, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Gotta be Jurassic Park Deuce

    by tHEgREATgABBO

  • June 23, 2012, 6:24 p.m. CST

    George Lucas Copped a Feel of my Young Adulthood

    by BroVinny

    Seriously, though, ToD was a trifle unbalanced, and had some moments of tin-earred dialogue, but it also had some of the most memorable moments in the Indiana Jones trilogy. I loved the raft ride down the mountainside, the snake surprise dinner with chilled monkey brains for dessert, the synchronized ass-kicking by Indy and Short Round (should be an Olympic event). Not the best movie, but a slice of '80s awesomeness nonetheless.

  • June 23, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Raiders + Temple = Only true Indie movies

    by Darkplanet

    Anyone that misses the balance of tone from these two movies, misses what makes great cinema and a compelling character driven series. Serious but fun, just enough reality to make you question whether this or that stunt might be possible, dark and light narratives, humour and excellent writing. It's a formula that seems so obvious but is somehow lost on George and Spielberg. Crusade and Skull are completely out of sync with what made Raiders and Doom work. Anyway...just another voice lost on the ocean of opinion :)

  • June 23, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I hope tomorrow's pic is Predator 2...

    by ChickenStu

    Fucking love that sequel...

  • June 23, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom was always the Indy I thought of

    by wcolbert

    For me it best illustrated who and what the character was about. All of the original 3 were fantastic and shaped my childhood and my adventurer's spirit even into adulthood (I even have a custom made Raiders jacket from the same guy who made Harrison's for the movie - by the way, Wested leather is FANTASTIC quality - I've had the jacket for 3 years and still get compliments on it and it has served very well from the bottom of the grand canyon to the mountains of Missouri - if you ever have a few hundred you want to spend on a high quality jacket that'll last you possibly decades, go for it-they'll customize to your liking)... Crystal Skull was actually enjoyable the first time I saw it in theaters - because I was so thrilled just to see Harrison in the role again. It wasn't until I'd seen it again and thought about it a while that I started to really notice the flaws (though the ants and the cgi gophers bugged me even the first time did Shia) ...but CS is just not the same as experiencing the originals, and it's not because time has passed or Ford has aged - it's because SPIELBERG has changed. He's not the same director he was in the 80's. He views life from an older perspective now, which can't really be helped, but it noticeably alters the end product (as does the access to CGI). But anyway...Temple of Doom for me is the perfect balance between Raiders and Last Crusade. I'd probably honestly put Raiders at the bottom of the original 3, with Last Crusade in 2nd place (though a very close second...the scene where he runs into Hitler alone is worth the price of admission-my hair stood on end the first time I saw that)...but again, it's comparing gold and diamonds - they're all SO great. I hope one day I can share the adventures with my kids, should I ever have any. :)

  • And now I do. The end.

  • June 23, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Watched 35 mm Raiders and ToD on the big screen again today...

    by Greg McCambley

    ...and Temple of Doom still ranks highly for me on all counts. Great 180 from the first one with a superb villain in Mola Ram. I like to think that it was Indy's experience with the dark in this one that made him close his eyes at the end of Raiders. And his "we're getting out of here. All of us" moment still gives me the giddies. The only thing that saddens me is that apparently Last Crusade is no longer available on film (in Canada, at least). It's been trashed by the studio, and the others will probably follow by the end of the year. It's a crime that these movie prints are being junked in favour of digital versions. Sure digitial will look clearer, but it's not going to look any different than the version you have at home. Except you'll be paying someone else for the privilege of watching it. I love my movies with pops and hisses, washed out colours, and everything else, thank you very much. It's what makes movies films. Just on a side note, if anyone is going to be in Ottawa, Canada next week, the Mayfair Theatre will be showing both movies again on Tuesday. $15 for both films. It's a fundraiser so the theatre can purchase a digital projector. Truly ironic, don't you think?

  • June 23, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Stupid and boring?

    by slone13

    Try watching the movie without your head shoved up your ass. It's a totally different experience.

  • June 23, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    You knew Crystal Skull was in trouble from the first shot.

    by lochkray

    It was of a CGI prairie dog.. Let's repeat that: A C.G.I. PRAIRIE-DOG. PRAIRIE DOG. Prairie dog's are small, non-lethal, non toxic, easily transported, non-endangered, North American indigenous, and pretty much common as muck dirt squirrels. In Raiders, they filled a sound stage with thousands of real snakes, including some aggressive, poisonous ones (for those classic shots). In Temple, they had so many real bugs crawling all over the actors, they got rashes. Crusade had so many rats, that they weren't able to get shots without the actors stepping on them. In Skull, a clear message of -we're not even trying here- was sent the second the gopher popped out of the hill. Might as well have been a hand with a middle finger. That is what was wrong with Crystal Skull. The gophers are metaphors for the whole damned movie. And this from a guy who likes the Star Wars prequels.

  • June 23, 2012, 9:22 p.m. CST

    [almost] Completely agree with you, grammaton...

    by Jason

    "bah, Matrix Reloaded, and Back to the Future 2 were both awful...Back to the Future 3 was good. Revolutions was watchable for the battle scene between Zion and the machines. Personally I think Animatrix kicked both their asses." I really don't like the MATRIX sequels, but I loved ANIMATRIX - a great accompaniment to the original film that is packed with multiple creative styles and good concepts for the MATRIX sandbox. While BTTF2 wasn't very good, I really liked its concept. It works in parts and just plain irritates me in others (Elizabeth Shue's overacting, Thomas Wilson's overacting as Griff, no Crispin Glover, and the DeLorean sent to 1885 by accident when struck by lighting but NO 88mph - kinda defeats the whole point of the first film!) BTTF3 is a great flick; a fun bookend to a nonetheless great trilogy...

  • June 23, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Ghostbusters II tomorrow?

    by my liege

  • June 23, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Great pic.

    by adeceasedfan

    That is all.

  • June 24, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Thumbs up

    by John Baker

    If you were hoping Indy was wrapping his whip around Capshaw so he could strangle the whining life out of her. Wait this isn't youtube... Where the fuck am I? This site looks like it was made in 1996... Oh well I'll just edit this post... What the FUCK?! In all seriousness that IS a good pic. I can't believe there was a photographer present the first and last time Harrison Ford had fun. What are the odds?

  • June 24, 2012, 1:17 a.m. CST

    One of Spielberg's greatest cinematic masterpieces

    by blue meanie

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: TOD is one of the greatest pieces of action adventure cinema ever created. Even though he initially got a lot of flak for making an on the edge movie that is much more scarier than a PG movie should be allowed (and thus disavowing the movie altogether), this movie works on every visceral level: great writing, an evil strong villain, genuine humor, crazy pulse-pounding suspense, and simply brilliant action sequences done at logical, yet breakneck speed and pacing. TOD is one grand dark, but fun adventure that doesn't let go. IMHO, there are only two Indiana jones movies: raiders and TOD. Spielberg has nothing to be ashamed of with TOD.

  • June 24, 2012, 1:42 a.m. CST

    Indy actually kills the bad guy in TOD

    by Matt

    For all it's flaws, the reason I love TOD is it's the only Indy film where he actually gets rid of the bad guy. In the other films, he just stands there while the mystic power kills the villian. In fact if Indy never showed up nothing would have changed - the Nazi's faces would have still melted and the Ark would be safe, the Nazi's would have picked the wrong Holy Grail, and the Aliens would have still killed all the Russians before leaving. TOD is the ONLY movie of the four where Indy's involvement makes a difference! Temple of Doom FTW!

  • June 24, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    lol @ the ahole who brought up mib3

    by Balkin Flabgurter

  • June 24, 2012, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Monkey Brains

    by khaos751 I got one and wear if often.

  • June 24, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    I love ToD especially for the score

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    The music in ToD is first class, absolutely brilliant. Hell, I listen to the soundtrack on my ipod regularly.

  • June 24, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Spielberg doesn't like ToD because it was too dark, BUT...

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    The good guys win at the end, the village is saved, the childred freed. It has a happy ending -- and you only appreciate that because of the dark journey to get there. As they say, a light shines brightest in the dark.

  • June 24, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    @thatsalaugh -- you rock, my friend. You're a true film fan.

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

  • June 24, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    With Ford nearing 70, time for an Unforgiven Indy film

    by Hardboiled Wonderland

    Although not as dark and depressing, obviously. But one where Indy's age is realistically depicted -- he gets by on his wits, his knowledge, and endurance (my 89yo grandfather can still hike the Himalayas and outlast the young guns). Have him disappear in the Amazon or somewhere, become a legend like Percy Fawcett -- let him live eternally in legend, rather than die an old man with a wife and kid. Personally though, it's time to bury the Indy franchise. No one likes to see their heroes get old.

  • June 24, 2012, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Thanks, hardboiled wonderland, but...

    by Greg McCambley

    ...I'm not the guy who rocks. The people who enjoy showing old films at the theatre are the ones who rock. They love film, and I love them for it. I've seen the Man With No Name Trilogy, Indiana Jones, James Bond, Psycho, and many other films there. Loved them all. Next month they're gonna be doing an Alfred Hitchcock film fest, and The Godfather, all on film. Who wouldn't love that?

  • June 24, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    A very underrated movie. It is the second best Indiana Jones movie.

    by AsimovLives

    I would even go so far as the say this is the movie where the real Indiana Jones film saga stoped, and afterwards came this two upstarter movies pretending to be Indy movies ut in fact are nothing but parodies. TEMPLE OF DOOM, however, feels like an Indy movie. It looks like an Indy movie. It sounds like an Indy movie. It is an Indy movie. The only true companion movie to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. And it's fun like hell. The poster said "Adventure has a name, and it's Indiana Jones" Damn right it is! It's very sad that the two latest Indy movies are not much to brag about. But at least i got two excelent Indy movies who i never tire of. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK and INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. That's adventure!

  • June 24, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    hardboiled wonderland

    by AsimovLives

    My own granddad was also a though as nails dude, and he could bend over and pick up his hat from the ground at age 94. My own father is quite a strong man for his 72 of age. I have to do something about myself. I really love to see badass grandpas onscreen. Part of the reason i dig James Cosmo so much. I love to see old though dudes being action heroes and show up to the youngers, like Michael Caine in HARRY BROWN. I approve of your opinion of where the Indy saga should go with the character, if there will ever be a new movie.

  • There ws so much hardship, so much darkness, so much evil to vanquish, and the people in nee were in such desperation, when the happy ending finally comes, it's feels so deserved. Most happy endings in this type of movies feel tackled on, but in TEMPLE OF DOOM, it was earned. And i can't even say the same about the two Indy movies that came afterwards.

  • June 24, 2012, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Thanks for the welcome. I was banned. I don't know if i still am, it all depends on the will of AICN.

  • June 24, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Love ALL four Indy's for different reasons...

    by Dan

    Most are obvious, the rest are my own... Indy is pulp, the outlandish shit is meant to be just that- over-the-top in everything. Would love to see another one before Ford gets too grumpy and old. The films are great in the order of their release and there is nothing wrong with that...

  • June 24, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    zardoz - That's not why, dumbass, stop making shit up...

    by Dan

    Ford doesn't hate Solo, he just isn't didn't see any depth. I don't think Ford ever grasped the whole SW thing... it was a character, one of surface motivations and emotions and as a actor he wanted more even though the part nor the story didn't require it. Audiences loved him of course, but Ford having a very big ego and being a pretentious actor on occassion looking for a meaty part never 'got it.' Hate Solo? No fucking way... If Ford hated Lucas he'd have not made 8 films with the man....geez, get a grip you anti-Lucas douchers.

  • June 24, 2012, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Plinkett? Why is he now the savior of anti-everything?

    by Dan

    Whiny, pathetic, loser mama's boy douchebag can not even use his own voice. He's yet another crybaby who just can not move on... and accept reality... he's in the minority... no one cares.

  • June 24, 2012, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Enough- the gun gag works in reverse too...

    by Dan

    It's based on having seen RAIDERS... explain why doesn't it work? I remember as a kid seeing that in the trailer and it got huge laughs because of the RAIDERS riff.... duh...

  • June 24, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    And who is dumb enough to hate this movie?

    by Dan

    The water, water gag is brilliant! This is pulp, you know, everyone get that?

  • June 24, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Willie is great because she's not tough Marion.

    by Dan

    Would have been all kinds of dumb to have her as the same type of character. He screaming and whining is very funny.... I hate being wet... and I hate (deep voice)YOU!

  • June 24, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    zodlovesmaude, right about Willie

    by AsimovLives

    If she had been another though cookie like Marion, then it would had been just repetition, right? And people would complain that Willie was just a carbon copy of Marion. I can't enjoy all of the Indy movies, regardless of their intent as pulp movies. The first two work perfectly, but the later two fall short of the mark. The 4th one in particular. The 3rd is an atempt to repeat the first, and the 4th.... what the fuck was the 4th supposed to be, anyway?? After i watched it, i had to look at the poster again to confirm that Spielberg had directed it.

  • June 24, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    KALI MA!!!!!!!!!

    by obijuanmartinez

  • June 24, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    So now Temple of Doom is the best Indy? ugh

    by master_of_realty

    You TBers are the worst. It's a mediocre film is every way, which I guess explains why you all love it so...

  • June 24, 2012, 9:54 a.m. CST

    LOL at hating the SW prequels but loving this crap

    by master_of_realty

  • June 24, 2012, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Say what you want about the movie

    by Extr3m1st

    But to say Kate Capshaw is not a complete piece of ass at that time in her life is beyond stupid. I loved all 3 movies, TOD is my least favorite of the 3 but it is still a great movie compared to all other movies. I don't even consider Skulls an Indiana Jones movie. The Mutt character totally ruined it for me and I am not a Shia hater. Also a weak villain kills these kind of movies.

  • June 24, 2012, 11 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    you are not, good sir, but others are. i fear the jihad from the jj abrams' fanatics. you know what i mean? i don't have twitter, but i have facebook.

  • June 24, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    there's no denying that spielberg knows how to chose his women.

    by AsimovLives

    first amy irving and the kate capshaw. legend goes that margot kidder was his desvirginator. he might not have many, but he compensated with quality.

  • June 24, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Capshaw to this day is hot shit!

    by Dan

    Steve-O lucked out with her, although she didn't exactly marry him for brains and good looks...

  • A good movie with a bad reputation that gets it's deserved recognition many years later, when cooler heads prevails. It's not a new thing, nor is it an isolated case.

  • June 24, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Spielberg doesn't dig this movie...

    by Dan

    Because both he and George were going through painful divorces... and both broads took nearly HALF their fortune at the time so yeah, not good memories for him.

  • Bring it on. A good cause worth fighting for. It shall prevail.

  • June 24, 2012, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Damn right Asi.

    by adeceasedfan

    Good to see your handle on these talkbacks. Be well.

  • June 24, 2012, 12:27 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    thanks, friend.

  • June 24, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    that's mighty fine of you. just one question: are you greek?

  • June 24, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    In response to Plinkett not using his 'real' voice...

    by TheMark

    Have you heard Mike Stoklasa speak? Plinkett is at best an exaggeration of his voice...I can't help but hear Plinkett every time Stoklasa opens his mouth. He's the 'savior of anti-everything' because rather than just bitch for the sake of bitching, he's taken the time to carefully deconstruct things like an actual reviewer. This is why all of the comments like 'we've already heard these complaints' in regards to his reviews are moot. Prior to the Episode 1 review, had you ever seen someone go into that much detail about the problems? No, we just heard thousands of people just shouting 'Lucas raped my childhood.'

  • June 24, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    And they also raped Indiana Jones. And that's what hurts me the most.

    by AsimovLives

    I never though i would live to see the day!

  • June 24, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST


    by lochkray

    And you just raped the use of the word rape as an effective metaphor. Isn't that ironic?

  • June 24, 2012, 2:02 p.m. CST

    plinkett is a parasitic douchebag...

    by Dan

  • June 24, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Where is Plinkett's "Review" on those fucking Hobbits?

    by Dan

  • One of the best scenes. Ever.

  • June 24, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST

    lochkray, ironic in the Alanis Morrissette way?

    by AsimovLives

  • June 24, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    yes,i did saw PROMETHEUS. I was terribly disapointed. Great visual effects, incredible imagery, stupid story populated by retard characters. The editing was too fast for that type of story, and the music was either boring, uninvolving or misguided. PROMETHEUS: Beautiful but stupid.

  • June 24, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Spielbergs views of TOD.

    by Munro Kelly

    We also have too remember his views were also colored by the "Twilight Zone" incident. The aftermath of that tragic event hovered over him from pre production to release of TOD. Than when the film is released, the backlash of parents over content. It was a very different reception to his previous film "E.T.".

  • June 25, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Stoklasa's reviews are brilliant. The Plinkett character

    by Dingbatty

    with all that silly abducting women and pizza rolls stuff I could do without.

  • June 25, 2012, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Say what you want I FREAKING LOVED Temple of Doom

    by Wcwlkr

    That's one of the movies that was engrained in my mind after seeing that as a teen. I remember me & my friends emulating. Mola Ram's rip out the heart move! It was great! I love that movie, Short Round & all LOL. Yes Kate Capshaw's Willie was annoying but that was the point I thought it was funny, and I just love this movie.

  • That's a really good point, and that even ratcheted it up my opinion of the movie even further. I don't care what the haters say I love Temple of Doom

  • June 25, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Temple of Doom! Still my no 1 Indy fim...

    by jellypop

    but some way. It has all those brilliant elements and has a darker edge than Crusade and Crystal Skull. I view the films as Raiders/Doom as companion pieces, Crusade as a stand alone bit of fun and Crystal Skull as a totally detached episode from the series. It features Indy but the film comes across as Indy being in someone else's adventure. Did the same filmaker really direct Raiders and Crystal Skull? I was too young to see Raiders in theatres but I watched it when I worked at a cinema in the 90's when it was screened at the Saturday morning kids club! Anyway, it was an immense experience. I do wish films like these were screened more often. I would take watching something Flash Gordon or Raiders for example over ANY modern film if I could watch in the cinema.

  • a thrill a second from that best hero shot of all time with the slow pull-in on Indy in the shadows down in the mine with a look on his face that shows just how pissed Indy is what what was done to him and these kids all the way to one of the best executed action setpieces ever in the rope bridge sequence. Haters gonna hate. I'm gonna love!

  • June 25, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Love ToD... even the music...

    by Jabber_Jaw

    Takes me back to the arcades... hours playing the Temple of Doom Arcade game at Aladin's Castle.

  • June 25, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Crystal Skullfuck makes this one look like Citizen Kane.

    by Volllllume3

    Still doesn't hold a candle to Raiders and Crusade though. Fucking Short-Round and Willie ugh.

  • June 25, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Great film...

    by Lampers

    ...sick of hearing Spielberg apologise for it. It's one of your greatest movies you plum! Stop letting the opinions of a vocal minority colour yours. Good work, more like this please, and less like your 2008 offering.

  • June 25, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    Wow, that's two things we agree on: 1) TOD is great 2) Prometheus is crap

  • June 25, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Raiders was changed to Indiana Jones...

    by Dan

    because a lot of people were unaware that Raiders was the first Indy movie.. blame the stupid public.

  • June 25, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Ever notice this is The Last Crusade?

    by the_beard_of_Chuck_Norris

    When Indy is on the boat at the beginning... <p> That boat was doomed to blow up no matter what. Indy did nothing to cause the boat to blow up. The storm caused the waves to crash into the boat. The onslaught of waves was going to happen the same whether or not Indy was on the boat. <p> This always bothered me...

  • June 25, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Whatever did happen to Short Round?

    by v3d

  • June 25, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST


    by sapno_krei

    I wondered about the Dan Aykroyd cameo too. Seemed so random to see his name in the credits. I figured out years later that it was probably just a chance for him to work with his friend Spielberg again after "1941."

  • June 26, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Temple of Doom brings out the ornery side of people

    by LLL

    "I love the movie. Anybody who doesn't is stupid" "The movie sucks. Anybody who disagrees is an idiot". Just shut up. If you can't honestly see why the people who don't like it don't think it fits, then you're blind. If you can't see how it could be seen as a good movie, then you're blind. Both sides have a point. I enjoy it. It's good filmmaking. It's not (nor is Crystal Skull) what I expect from an Indy flick.