Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984, USA) C-118m. SCOPE *** D: Steven Spielberg. Starring Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw, Jonathan Ke Quan, Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Dan Aykroyd. Top-notch Spielberg adventure, a rollercoaster ride of a movie with lightning pace and ample amount of humor. Indiana Jones, the professor and star of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981), played perfectly by Ford, is catapulted into an adventure that takes him deep into Asia and finally India, where he is confronted with an evil, subterranean cult. Exhilarating thrill-ride may be a little too dark and violent for small kids (even some adults), but Spielberg doesn't give you time to breathe. This is entertainment at its best. Beware some edited prints. Fine cinematography by Douglas Slocombe, perfect score by John Williams. Spielberg, cowriter Lucas, Frank Marshall and Anthony Powell appear unbilled. Followed by INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE in 1989.


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