Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a different movie than I watched as a kid.


I completed my Indiana Jones trilogy event.

The first movie (Raiders of the Lost Ark) is amazing and I enjoyed it the most, the third one (The Last Crusade) is on par with the first.

Both great films.



But man, I sure didn't have the greatest time watching Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

It was not at all as I remember it.

I knew when I was a kid that one scene (the human sacrifice scene) scared the shit out of me but I remember the rest as very adventurous.

But when I looked at it this weekend I found the whole thing extremely dark and depressing most of the time.

It's hard to find a single good vibe in the film. So unlike the other two movies that have a much better balance.

I did do some research and as it turns out to be, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were going through some dark times of there own at the time and they wanted to create something 'dark' because of it.


Steven Spielberg has said that it's "too dark, too subterranean, and much too horrific." George Lucas says that he was going through a divorce at the time, "and I was in a really bad mood. So I really wanted to do dark. And Steve then broke up with his girlfriend, and so he was sort of into it too."

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Man, I hope I never have to go through such events...it must be horrendous especially when you take into account what they came up with to express their feelings.

Snakes, Scarabs and monkey brains for dinner, death traps with nasty bugs, ripping the heart out of someone's chest, burning them alive, drink blood from a nasty skull, voodoo dolls, pins and pain, kids slaving away in an underground hell and you can go on and on.



If these are all metaphors of what it is like to be in a bad relationship...yeah...well....you don't want to wish that on anyone I would say.

Another fun fact about Temple of Doom is because of this movie (and Gremlins) the PG-13 rating was created.

I didn't know that before.

I guess many parents at the time didn't expect to get so many scary scenes when they took their young kids to the cinema back in the day. That must have been a shock for them.

Anyway, now that I am beginning to rewatch all the old classics I do realize how much I have forgotten about them and most of the time I do enjoy them a lot.

I like 80's movies. They are just a bit simpler than movies today. Not always realistic (like Commando, Big Trouble in Little China) but they are fun to watch.

I'm always looking for 80's movie that I don't know about so if you know about some hidden gems drop them here.

As it is Monday I wish everyone a nice week.


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Agree with you on this, I've never had much desire to re-watch this though I have seen it a few years ago. If Raiders or Last Crusade pops up on my home TV I have trouble switching channels, I can watch those again and again and that really isn't like me.

As to 80's movies, I have a fondness for Arnie in True Lies, I think because I always loved watching the Harrier Jump Jet fly. I got to watch them for real doing a kind of horizontal hovering loop the loop where they just stayed level and made vertical circles.

28.10.2019 11:21
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Yeah, they are great films indeed.

About True lies, I do think that's a movie from the '90s. It's still a great film that I feel like rewatching now.

28.10.2019 12:32
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28.10.2019 11:21
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When we are children we capture the world differently. The movie is still a movie classic

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28.10.2019 11:22
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28.10.2019 11:22
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28.10.2019 11:38
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reading your writing is like watching a film, can be carried away and washed away in the story. Good story.

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28.10.2019 11:52
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I'd have to agree with you, it was pretty dark. Also, since you asked... Some of my favorite 80's movies:

Ice Pirates
My Science Project
Real Genius
The Last Starfighter
Opportunity Knocks
Can't Buy Me Love

I'll stop there :)

28.10.2019 11:55
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What is this magic!

Many of those titles I don't know! Thanks!

28.10.2019 12:33
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Some of them are SciFi, some are comedies, I like a mix of everything. Here are a couple more:

Short Circuit
Batteries Not Included
Opportunity Knocks
License to Drive
Overboard
Explorers

28.10.2019 12:49
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Yeah, but no 80s movie list is complete without:

Back to the Future
Tron
Wargames
Karate Kid
Lethal Weapon
Mad Max
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Ghostbusters
Batman (the one with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson)
...

That's just off the top of my head...I'm sure there are many more...

31.10.2019 18:51
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I agree those are great choices. Because they were pretty popular there is a good chance he has seen them. I was trying to hit some more of the obscure ones that he might have not heard about. I've never seen Mad Max though. I need to fix that some day.

31.10.2019 18:54
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So much Ice Pirates.

28.10.2019 18:24
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28.10.2019 12:05
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Super fun read! And movies do change over time. I have fallen in and out of love with them

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28.10.2019 12:26
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Since you liked Commando maybe you would like American Ninja. There were four of them, if I remember correctly.
I was 8 or something since the last time I saw them, but I do remember liking them. I remember drawing ninjas and building my own nunchucks out of an old broom stick and a piece of rope and playing outside.

28.10.2019 12:33
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O man! American Ninja, now we are talking! I watched that movie so much as a child. I loved it and recently rewatched it. Great film, Michael Dudikoff what a boss!

28.10.2019 12:42
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Oh you have already watched it recently. Was it as good as you thought it would be?

28.10.2019 12:50
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yes! nostalgia to the max :)

28.10.2019 14:25
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Have you ever watched any of the 80's Chuck Norris movies like Missing in Action or Delta Force?

31.10.2019 18:55
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Also Perfect Weapon with Jeff Speakman
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and Blind Fury with Rutger Hauer.

28.10.2019 18:24
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Hey, @exyle.

A personal fun fact, one related to Temple of Doom. As far as I can remember, we didn't see a whole lot of movies when they first came out, and it was a while before we actual got a VCR player, so we didn't often see them whenever they went to those.

But somehow, I'd managed to see Raiders of the Lost Ark, and when I went to college for the first time, Temple of Doom was out. My dad drove me down to school and was helping me settle in, and we ended up that evening going to see Temple of Doom. It's the only movie I remember seeing with him, just the two of us, and while it's certainly not the best of the three (even though I actually acknowledge there are four :), I remember it rather fondly for that.

But you're absolutely right. Quite a bit darker, quite a bit more violent—just tonally different all around.

28.10.2019 13:24
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That's a great memory man, I can 100% why it makes the film extra special for you.

Talking about watching movies with dads. Every Wednesday I have a movie night my dad, but the movie I remember seeing the most was Cliffhanger (1993) in Cinema with him.

28.10.2019 20:54
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Hey, @exyle.

Cliffhanger is a decent enough movie. :) It's amazing how much that initial fall scene was parodied. I mean, it wasn't at all funny, but for some reason it was mimicked in the second Ace Ventura, and in something else that I can't recall right now. :)

29.10.2019 01:19
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Great movie, though have never watched it before for my self. Will look out for it

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28.10.2019 13:33
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28.10.2019 16:46
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I think Raiders of the Lost Ark still stands on its own as being by far the best of the Indiana Jones movies. I think Last Crusade is also very good and I even enjoyed Crystal Skull. While I still liked Temple of Doom, it's the worst of the four for me. I thought it started out good but it just went downhill after they found themselves in India. There's still a 5th Indiana Jones movie planned and I hope they do a better job with it than with the last one.

It's funny how your sense of time changes as you get older. The first three movies came out when I was between 6 and 14 years old. The time between the first and the third seemed like an eternity but it was only about 9 years. On the other hand, I cannot believe it has already been 11 years since Crystal Skull came out...

28.10.2019 17:44
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Wait What! 11 years since Crystal skull! Man, I just checked...it's from 2008! Time sure flies.

28.10.2019 20:56
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I almost got caught out with Gremlins. Forgot it was a Christmas movie, and mentioned the big spoiler at one point. Happily my 7 year old wasn't paying attention in that scene (grown ups talking about feelings), so our secret is safe for the time being.
I had a similar feeling rewatching Temple as an adult, particularly the raw hunger and haunted desperation of the villagers, which didn't register when I was a kid.
My main memory was the villain who got his robe stuck, and ended up pulled into that big stone wheel.
That really stuck in my young mind.
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28.10.2019 18:17
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particularly the raw hunger and haunted desperation of the villagers, which didn't register when I was a kid.

I felt the same this time. It's extremely uncomfortable.

Yeah, the villain that gets pulled into that big stone wheel is pretty nasty too. Normally I can handle that stuff fine, but in this one, it's all a bit TOO real.

28.10.2019 20:58
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Yes - I recently rewatched this as well and felt the same way about it. It just doesn't have the same vibe as the other two (or four, if you count the 'newest' one).

In other news, apparently a fifth installment (which includes Harrison Ford for a final time) will begin filming soon and has a tentative July 2020 release date.

28.10.2019 18:17
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A fifth installment! Fantastic! I didn't know. Man, I hope they make it a good one.

28.10.2019 21:00
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If you want dark from the 80's (I know, you said it's not your thing), watch a movie called Cut and Run about the horrors of the Central American drug trade and the ruthlessness of the cartels. I'm going off of memory here back almost 30 years, but it was downright disgusting, but I couldn't look away. My parents totally shouldn't have let me see that movie.

Another one that's a bit more fun that I remember was Night of the Comet. It was a dark zombie/post apocalyptic movie, but I don't remember as much graphic violence as your average modern zombie movie. I remember there being a lot of fun involved in taking the reigns of an abandoned modern infrastructure.

On a lighter note, check out UHF, which coincidentally spoofs Indiana Jones in the opening scene. It was a goofy comedy starring Weird Al Yankovich and Michael Richards before his Seinfeld fame as Kramer. It was completely ridiculous in every way but I have a soft spot for it. I can't help but laugh even today when I watch it.

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