The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy’s rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy’s shooting of the Sherpa warrior.
About Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Harrison Ford, Pat Roach, Philip Stone, Philip Tan, Steven Spielberg, Gaynor Martine, Frank Marshall, Ric Young, Akio Mitamura, Michael Yama, George Lucas, Vanessa Fieldwright, Jenny Turnock, Dharmadasa Kuruppu, Brenda Glassman, Ruth Welby, Stany De Silva, Bhasker Patel, Arjun Pandher, Elaine Gough, Dickey Beer, Kate Capshaw, Ruby de Mel, Zia Gelani, Sue Hadleigh, Sidney Ganis, Jonathan Ke Quan, Denavaka Hamine, Debbie Astell
Director: Steven Spielberg
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