Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom History
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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
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Original Movie Title: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Official Revised Title: No change in movie film title
Film Production Crew:
Directed by Steven Spielberg (movie director)
Script screenplay written by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz (script writers)
Story idea by George Lucas
Executive producers of George Lucas and Frank Marshall
Produced by Robert Watts (producer)
Associate producer by Kathleen Kennedy
Music soundtrack by John Williams (original music composer)
Cinematography by Douglas Slocombe (director of photography)
Film Movie Editing by Michael Kahn
Casting by Mary Selway, Marci Liroff, Jane Feinberg and Mike Fenton
Set Decoration by Peter Howitt
Production Design by Elliot Scott
Costume Design by Anthony Powell
Art Direction by Alan Cassie and Roger Cain
Special effects by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM)
Cast of Actors and Actresses:
Actor Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Actress Kate Capshaw as Wilhelmina Willie Scott
Amrish Puri as Mola Ram
Ke Huy Quan as Wan Short Round Li
Rushan Seth as Chattar Lal
David Yip as Wu Han
Philip Stone as Captain Phillip Blumburtt
Ric Young as Kao Kan
Philip Tann as Chief henchman
Rex Ngui as Maitre d'
Roy Chiao as Lao Che
DR Nanayakkara as Shaman
Chua Kah Joo as Chen
Dan Aykroyd as Weber
Akio Mitamura as Chinese Pilot
Stany De Silva as Sajnu
Michael Yama as Chinese co pilot
Dharmadasa Kuruppu as Chieftain
Release Date in Multiplexes Theatres Cinemas: 23 May 1984 in the United States of America
Film Production Budget: $ 28 million U.S dollars
Box Office Gross in Theaters Cinemas Multiplexes:
$ 180 million U.S. dollars from multiplexes cinemas in the United States and Canada
$ 153 million U.S. dollars at cineplexes theaters in foreign overseas nations and territories
$ 333 million U.S. dollars total worldwide box office revenues
Box Office Earnings Adjusted For Inflation Monetary Increases:
$ 403 million U.S. dollars at cineplexes multiplexes in North America (United States and Canada)
$ 345 million U.S. dollars from international overseas theatres movie venues
$ 748 million U.S. dollars box office grosses around the world
DVD Sales in the United States:
3.1 million units sold of the Indiana Jones trilogy DVD package with all three classic Indiana Jones movies including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and the Last Crusade
1.1 million copies shifted of the individual DVD of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Historical Date Year Setting: 1935 prequel movie to Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Plot Story Script Summary: The year is 1935 with Indiana Jones in Shanghai, China to exchange Nurhachi's Ashes for some valuable diamonds. In a stunning reversal, Indy Jones is betrayed and poisoned by the Chinese villains. However, Indiana Jones manages to elude the villains with the antidote to the poison and with an exotic night club singer named Willie Scott. Indy Jones escapes with Willie Scott in a car driven by the young side kick of Indiana Jones named Short Round.
The three heroes make it to an airplane to take them to safety, but it turns out to be another trick. During mid flight, the pilots exit the airplane while Indiana Jones is asleep and Indy Jones ends up having to try to crash land the plane. Instead of flying the airplane to the ground, Indy Jones decides to jump from the airplane in an inflatable raft. Indiana Jones, Willie Scott and Short Round plummet from the sky in the raft and eventually end up in a river.
The heroes are now in India and come across a desperate village named Mayapore that has lost all its children to the Thuggee villains. The villagers believe their Hindu god Shiva has sent Indiana Jones to recover their children and the three sacred Sivalinga stones, which were taken from their place of worship by the nefarious Thuggees from Pankot Palace. Indy Jones thinks the stones of the villagers might be from the five fabled Sankara stones.
Riding elephants, the heroes arrive at Pankot Palace and enjoy a feast while staying as a guest of the young prince of Pankot Palace. Later on, Indiana Jones finds a secret entrance to the Thuggee layer hidden below Pankot Palace. Indy Jones learns the evil Mola Ram, who is the leader of the Thuggee religious cult, is utilizing child slaves to search for the remaining Sankara stones, which have been lost somewhere below Pankot Palace.
With much excitement, Indiana Jones is separated from Willie and Shorty and Indy Jones is made to drink the Blood of Kali, which turns Indy Jones in to some kind of zombie. Mola Ram is about to sacrifice Willie to his gods, but Short Round is able to wake Indy Jones up from the black sleep, which enables Indiana Jones and Shorty to rescue Willie, the Sankara stones and the children, who have been imprisoned by the Thuggee.
A thrilling mine car chase ensues with the heroes being chased by the villains. The heroes end up at a rope bridge. While the heroes are in the middle of the bridge, Mola Ram has the bridge cut so that the heroes will plummet to their deaths. However, Indy Jones, Willie and Short Round manage to hold on to the falling bridge successfully and begin to make their way up the bridge, which is now hanging from the side of a cliff.
On the fallen bridge, Mola Ram reaches Indy Jones, who still has the sacred Sankara stones. Indiana Jones recites some magical religious words and the Sankara stones heat up with great power. Desperately, Mola Ram tries to retrieve the stones and subsequently falls to his death in the pursuit of godlike powers of invincibility. The heroes make it to safety above the fallen bridge. Arriving back at the Mayapore village, Indy Jones, Willie and Short Round are welcomed as conquering heroes for successfully returning the village children and one of the beloved Sankara stones.
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