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Remembering “Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom”
A 25th Anniversary Tribute

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Compiled by: Michael Coate, Hollywood, USADate: 19.07.2010
Twenty-five years ago, Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm Ltd. released “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. The exciting follow-up to the hugely successful “Raiders of the Lost Ark” turned out to be the year’s third most popular movie (behind “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Ghostbusters”), grossing over $175 million in North America and another $150 million internationally.

The summer of 1984 was a memorable one not just for movies in general but for fans of the 70mm presentation format. Between “Indiana Jones” and five other titles (“Ghostbusters”, “Gremlins”, “The Last Starfighter”, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” and “Streets of Fire”), the studios that season circulated a record number of large-format prints.

So, without further ado, enjoy this quick-reference anniversary tribute to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”.

CAST:
Indiana Jones – Harrison Ford
Willie Scott – Kate Capshaw
Short Round – Ke Huy Quan
Mola Ram – Amrish Puri
Chattar Lal – Roshan Seth
Captain Blumburtt – Philip Stone

DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg

SCREENPLAY: Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz (Screenplay), George Lucas (Story)

RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, 23 May 1984

PROMOTIONAL SLOGAN: “If adventure has a name…it must be Indiana Jones”

PRODUCTION BUDGET: $28 million

OPENING-WEEK BOOKINGS: 1,687

OPENING-DAY BOXOFFICE GROSS: $4.7 million

OPENING-WEEKEND BOXOFFICE GROSS: $25.3 million

OPENING-WEEK BOXOFFICE GROSS: $42.3 million

CUMULATIVE DOMESTIC BOXOFFICE GROSS: $179.9 million

RANK AMONG TOP-GROSSING FILMS OF 1984: 3
 
More in 70mm reading:

Apocalypse Now: The Original 70mm Engagements
Blade Runner: The Original 70mm Engagements
Remembering “Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”
Remembering “Raiders of the Lost Ark”


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Memorable Dialogue

 
“Hey, Dr. Jones, no time for love. We got company.” — Short Round

“A boat? We’re not sinking. We’re crashing!” — Willie Scott

“There are some scenes that are violent and depict the evil of the Temple of Doom. This picture is not called ‘The Temple of Roses’; it is called ‘The Temple of Doom.’ The warning is clearly marked on the box.” — Steven Spielberg
 
 

What the Critics Said

 
“This movie is one of the most relentlessly nonstop action pictures ever made, with a virtuoso series of climactic sequences that must last an hour and never stop for a second. It’s a roller-coaster ride, a visual extravaganza, a technical triumph, and a whole lot of fun.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Yech! I don’t care if this film makes $100 million. Since when does big box office equate with intelligence, quality, culture or even a smidgen of social conscience?” — Gary Franklin, KCBS-TV, Los Angeles

“This time the 1930s archaeologist/adventurer has a weaker story and wimpier heroine.” — Leonard Maltin, “Entertainment Tonight”

“Though it looks as if it had cost a fortune, ‘Indiana Jones’ doesn’t go anywhere, possibly because it is composed entirely of a succession of climaxes. It could end at any point with nothing essential being lost. Watching it is like spending a day at an amusement park, which is probably what Mr. Spielberg and his associates intended. It moves tirelessly from one ride or attraction to the next, only occasionally taking a minute out for a hot dog, and then going right on to the next unspeakable experience.” — Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“If at all possible, see ‘Doom’ in a movie house showing it in 70mm and Dolby Stereo. Why settle for half the effect?” — Rick Lyman, Philadelphia Inquirer

“‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ has to be the greatest action movie ever filmed. No other movie ever has offered such a generous feast of breathtaking thrills, rough-and-tumble spills, colorful-and-funny frills and heart-grabbing chills. Yes, Spielberg and Lucas have done it again.” — Jack Garner, (Rochester) Democrat and Chronicle

“One of the greatest assets Spielberg and Lucas have had was their ability to go straight to the movie myths of their childhoods and, in reworking them, enrich a new generation of moviegoers. This time it feels as though they could never erase these movies from their memories, and now no one else will be able to either.” — Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times

“‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ has a lot of laughs, thrills, noise, detail, darkness and sheer entertainment packed into it. It’s a tribute to hokiness through and through. For being exactly what you’d expect, I give it four little men leaping out of their chairs (though two of them aren’t clapping, they’re gagging on monkey brains). — Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s so much movie in this movie—that’s the basic reason that ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ is so appealing. Its main show, a five-minute chase sequence in mining cars between Indiana and Short Round and Willie in one car and the henchmen of the evil child-abuser Mola Ram in another. This beautifully directed and edited chase is even more exhilarating than one’s childhood memory of the roller-coaster sequence in ‘This is Cinerama’ (1952). And it’s almost as exciting as a real trip on Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain. Credit Spielberg and producer Lucas’ special effects team at Industrial Light & Magic for this entry on anyone’s list of filmdom’s greatest chases.” — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
 
 

Awards

 
Visual Effects (Oscar), Special Visual Effects (BAFTA).
 
 

Release dates (day.month.year)

 
23.05.1984 … Canada
23.05.1984 … United States
15.06.1984 … United Kingdom
28.06.1984 … Hong Kong
05.07.1984 … Argentina
07.07.1984 … Japan
12.07.1984 … Netherlands
13.07.1984 … Sweden
19.07.1984 … Australia
19.07.1984 … Brazil
19.07.1984 … Colombia
19.07.1984 … New Zealand
20.07.1984 … Denmark
03.08.1984 … West Germany
17.08.1984 … Finland
17.08.1984 … Norway
12.09.1984 … France
27.09.1984 … Italy
05.10.1984 … Spain
12.10.1984 … Mexico

HOME VIDEO RELEASE: September 1986
 
 

Trivia, Tidbits & Factoids

 
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is set one year prior to the events in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.

The names of the film’s three principal characters were inspired by the names of the filmmakers’ pet dogs: Indiana (George Lucas), Willie (Steven Spielberg), Short Round (Willard Huyck & Gloria Katz).

Original title: “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Death”.

The miniature stop-motion-animation footage for the mine-car chase sequence was filmed using a consumer Nikon SLR 35mm camera.

The name of the bar in the opening Shanghai sequence was Club Obi-Wan, an inside joke and reference to one of the classic characters from “Star Wars”.

Members of the production crew, including Spielberg and Lucas, played missionaries during the airport scene. Also look for Dan Aykroyd in same scene.

Film broke existing single-day boxoffice record on Sunday, 27 May 1984 with $9.3 million in ticket sales.

Producer Frank Marshall played the sailor on the rickshaw during the Shanghai chase scene.

In conjunction with the release of the movie, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas placed their hand and foot prints in the cement courtyard of Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Reaction to the violence featured in the movie (along with b) prompted the formation of the PG-13 rating.

The movie’s 70mm print order (243) was the largest ever for a North American release.
 
 

The 70mm Engagements

 
The following is a list of the 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo presentations during the first-run release in North America. These were the best venues, arguably, in which to experience “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. (Large-format moveover, sub-run and international bookings have not been cited.)

ALASKA
Anchorage – Wometco Lathrop POLAR TRIPLEX

ALBERTA
Calgary – Famous Players PALACE
Edmonton – Famous Players PARAMOUNT
Edmonton – Famous Players WESTMALL 5

ARIZONA
Phoenix – Mann CHRIS-TOWN (THX)
Phoenix – Plitt CINE CAPRI
Tucson – AMC CAMPBELL PLAZA 3
Tucson – Mann BUENA VISTA

ARKANSAS
Little Rock – UA CINEMA 150

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Burnaby – Famous Players LOUGHEED MALL
Vancouver – Famous Players STANLEY
Victoria – Famous Players CORONET

CALIFORNIA
Berkeley – BERKELEY
Clovis – Festival Enterprises REGENCY CINEMAS
Corte Madera – Marin CINEMA
Costa Mesa – Edwards SOUTH COAST PLAZA
Fremont – Syufy CINEDOME 7 EAST
Fresno – Festival Enterprises FESTIVAL CINEMAS
Hayward – Festival Enterprises FESTIVAL CINEMAS
La Mesa – Pacific CINEMA GROSSMONT
La Mirada – Pacific LA MIRADA
Laguna Hills – Edwards/Sanborn LAGUNA HILLS MALL
Lakewood – Pacific LAKEWOOD CENTER
Long Beach – UA MOVIES
Los Angeles (Hollywood) – Mann CHINESE (THX)
Los Angeles (Northridge) – Pacific NORTHRIDGE
Los Angeles (Sherman Oaks) – Mann LA REINA
Los Angeles (Westwood Village) – Mann NATIONAL (THX)
Los Angeles (Woodland Hills) – Pacific TOPANGA
Modesto – Festival Enterprises FESTIVAL CINEMAS
Monrovia – Mann HUNTINGTON OAKS 6
Montclair – SRO MONTCLAIR
Newport Beach – Edwards NEWPORT
Orange – Syufy CINEDOME 6
Palm Desert – Metropolitan TOWN CENTER 7
Palm Springs – Metropolitan CAMELOT
Pleasant Hill – Syufy CENTURY COMPLEX
Riverside – Sanborn CANYON CREST
Sacramento – Syufy CENTURY COMPLEX
San Diego – Mann LOMA
San Diego – Pacific LA JOLLA VILLAGE
San Francisco – Blumenfeld REGENCY I
San Francisco – Blumenfeld REGENCY II
San Jose – Syufy CENTURY 22
Santa Barbara – Metropolitan ARLINGTON
Stockton – Festival Enterprises FESTIVAL CINEMAS
Temple – Edwards TEMPLE
Thousand Oaks – UA MOVIES

COLORADO
Colorado Springs – Commonwealth CINEMA 70
Colorado Springs – Commonwealth MALL OF THE BLUFFS
Denver – Mann CENTURY 21 (THX)
Littleton – AMC SOUTHBRIDGE PLAZA

CONNECTICUT
East Hartford – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Orange – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Stamford – Trans-Lux RIDGEWAY

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Washington – K-B CINEMA

FLORIDA
North Miami Beach – Loews 167TH STREET TWIN
Orlando – Plitt PLAZA

GEORGIA
Atlanta – GTC LENOX SQUARE
Atlanta – NEW COLUMBIA
Augusta – GTC NATIONAL HILLS
North Atlanta – Storey 12 OAKS TWIN
Savannah – Litchfield TARA
Tucker – AMC NORTHLAKE FESTIVAL

HAWAII
Honolulu – Consolidated CINERAMA

ILLINOIS
Belleville – BAC CINEMA
Calumet City – Plitt RIVER OAKS
Chicago – Plitt ESQUIRE
Chicago – Plitt NORTOWN
Chicago – Plitt STATE-LAKE
Evergreen Park – M&R EVERGREEN
Hillside – M&R HILLSIDE SQUARE
Lombard – GCC YORKTOWN (THX)
Milan – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Mount Prospect – GCC RANDHURST
Norridge – M&R NORRIDGE
Orland Park – Plitt ORLAND SQUARE
Peoria – Kerasotes BEVERLY
Schaumburg – Plitt WOODFIELD
Skokie – M&R OLD ORCHARD
Springfield – Kerasotes TOWN & COUNTRY

INDIANA
Fort Wayne – Mallers-Spirou HOLIDAY

IOWA
Cedar Rapids – Dubinsky PLAZA
Des Moines – Dubinsky RIVER HILLS
Dubuque – Dubuque CINEMA CENTER

KANSAS
Overland Park – Dickinson GLENWOOD
Wichita – Commonwealth TWIN LAKES
Wichita – Dickinson MALL

KENTUCKY
Erlanger – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Lexington – Midstates SOUTHPARK
Louisville – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS

LOUISIANA
Baton Rouge – GCC CORTANA MALL
Marrero – Gulf States BELLE PROMENADE 6
New Orleans – Mann ROBERT E. LEE

MANITOBA
Winnipeg – Famous Players METROPOLITAN

MARYLAND
Baltimore – Durkee SENATOR
Baltimore – GCC SECURITY MALL

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston – Sack CINEMA 57
Brookline – Redstone CIRCLE
Dedham – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Revere – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Seekonk – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
West Springfield – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Worcester – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor – UA FOX VILLAGE
Bloomfield Hills – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Dearborn – UA THE MOVIES AT FAIRLANE
Flint – Butterfield FLINT
Harper Woods – Suburban Detroit EASTLAND
Lansing – UA SPARTAN TRIPLEX
Southfield – Suburban Detroit NORTHLAND
Sterling Heights – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS

MINNESOTA
Bloomington – GCC SOUTHTOWN
Minneapolis – Plitt SKYWAY 5
Minnetonka – Plitt RIDGE SQUARE
Roseville – GCC HAR-MAR (THX)
West St. Paul – Engler SIGNAL HILLS 4

MISSOURI
Chesterfield – Wehrenberg CLARKSON 6
Creve Coeur – Wehrenberg CREVE COEUR
Kansas City – Commonwealth BANNISTER SQUARE
Kansas City – Mid-America BLUE RIDGE EAST
Springfield – Dickinson CENTURY 21

NEBRASKA
Omaha – AMC WESTROADS
Omaha – Douglas CINEMA CENTER
Omaha – Douglas Q CINEMA 6

NEVADA
Las Vegas – Syufy CINEDOME 6
Reno – Syufy CENTURY COMPLEX

NEW JERSEY
Edison – GCC MENLO PARK
Paramus – RKO Century ROUTE 4 TENPLEX
Pennsauken – Sameric ERIC 5 PENNSAUKEN
Sayreville – Redstone AMBOY MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
Secaucus – Loews MEADOW SIX
Wayne – Loews WAYNE SIX
West Orange – GCC ESSEX GREEN (THX)

NEW MEXICO
Albuquerque – Commonwealth CINEMA EAST
Albuquerque – GCC LOUISIANA BLVD.

NEW YORK
Cheektowaga – AMC HOLIDAY 6
Commack – Redstone COMMACK MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
Garden City – RKO Century ROOSEVELT FIELD TRIPLEX
Greece – AMC STONERIDGE PLAZA
Levittown – Loews NASSAU SIX
New York (Bronx) – Redstone WHITESTONE MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
New York (Manhattan) – Loews 34TH STREET SHOWPLACE
New York (Manhattan) – Loews ASTOR PLAZA
New York (Manhattan) – Loews ORPHEUM
Pittsford – Loews PITTSFORD TRIPLEX
Schenectady – CinemaNational MOHAWK MALL
Valley Stream – Redstone SUNRISE MULTIPLEX CINEMAS
West Webster – Loews WEBSTER

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte – Plitt PARK TERRACE
Greensboro – Plitt TERRACE
Raleigh – Plitt CARDINAL
Winston-Salem – Plitt THRUWAY

NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax – Famous Players SCOTIA SQUARE

OHIO
Beavercreek – Midstates BEAVER VALLEY
Columbus – Midstates CONTINENT
Dayton – Chakeres DAYTON MALL
Springdale – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Summerside – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS EASTGATE
Toledo – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS
Trotwood – Midstates SALEM MALL
Whitehall – Chakeres CINEMA EAST

OKLAHOMA
Tulsa – UA BOMAN TWIN

ONTARIO
Hamilton – Famous Players TIVOLI
London – Famous Players PARK
Newmarket – Famous Players GLENWAY
Ottawa – Famous Players ELGIN
Richmond Hill – Famous Players TOWN & COUNTRYE
Toronto – Famous Players CEDARBRAE
Toronto – Famous Players CUMBERLAND FOUR
Toronto – Famous Players RUNNYMEDE
Toronto – Famous Players UNIVERSITY

OREGON
Beaverton – Luxury WESTGATE
Eugene – Luxury WEST 11TH
Gresham – Luxury ROSE MOYER

PENNSYLVANIA
Monroeville – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS EAST
Philadelphia – SAMERIC 3
Robinson – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS WEST

QUEBEC
Laval – United LAVAL
Montreal – United IMPERIAL
Quebec City – United CANADIEN

RHODE ISLAND
Warwick – Redstone SHOWCASE CINEMAS

SOUTH CAROLINA
Greenville – Martin ASTRO TWIN

TENNESSEE
Goodletsville – Martin RIVERGATE 6
Knoxville – Simpson CAPRI
Nashville – Martin BELLE FORGE 6
Nashville – Martin BELLE MEADE

TEXAS
Addison – UA PRESTONWOOD CREEK 5 (THX)
Amarillo – UA CINEMA 6 (THX)
Arlington – Loews LINCOLN SQUARE
Austin – Mann FOX TRIPLEX
Beaumont – UA PHELAN 6 (THX)
Carrollton – GCC FURNEAUX CREEK
Dallas – GCC CARUTH PLAZA
Dallas – UA SKILLMAN 6 (THX)
Dallas – UA SOUTH 8 (THX)
Dallas – UA WALNUT HILL 6 (THX)
Fort Worth – UA HULEN 6 (THX)
Highland Park – AMC VILLAGE
Houston – AMC WESTCHASE 5
Houston – Loews SOUTHPOINT 5
Houston – Plitt CINEMA 5
Houston – Plitt WEST OAKS 7
Hurst – UA CINEMA 6 (THX)
Mesquite – UA TOWN EAST 6 (THX)
San Antonio – Santikos GALAXY
San Antonio – Santikos NORTHWEST
White Settlement – UA LAS VEGAS TRAIL 8 (THX)

UTAH
Ogden – Plitt WILSHIRE 3
Salt Lake City – Mann VILLA
Salt Lake City – Plitt CENTRE

VIRGINIA
Baileys Crossroads – K-B CINEMA 7
Fairfax – UA THE MOVIES AT FAIR OAKS
McLean – NTI TYSONS CORNER 4
Richmond – Litchfield MIDLOTHIAN
Richmond – NTI RIDGE
Springfield – GCC SPRINGFIELD MALL (THX)

WASHINGTON
Bellevue – SRO JOHN DANZ
Seattle – SRO NORTHGATE
Seattle – SRO UPTOWN
Spokane – SRO STATE
Spokane Valley – Luxury EAST SPRAGUE 6
Tacoma – SRO TACOMA MALL
Tukwila – SRO SOUTHCENTER
Union Gap – MERCY 6

WISCONSIN
Brookfield – Marcus BROOKFIELD SQUARE
Fox Point – Capitol BROWN PORT
Greenfield – Capitol SPRING MALL
Madison – Marcus EASTGATE CINEMAS
Milwaukee – Capitol LOOMIS ROAD 4
Milwaukee – Marcus NORTHTOWN
 
 

Sources/References

 
Numerous newspaper articles, reviews and advertisements; and Boxofficemojo; The Hollywood Reporter, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (1984, Lucasfilm Ltd./Paramount Pictures); Internet Movie Database; “The Making of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”; Time Magazine; Variety.

Special thanks to Miguel Carrara, Nick DiMaggio, Bill Kretzel, Jim Perry, Tim Schafbuch, and the many librarians who contributed to this project.
 
 
  
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