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Creamguide(Films) Commentaries: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

"Call that a knife?"

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No longer confined to print – finding new ways to write different things about Day of the Jackal and The October Man – join Chris, Craig, Rose and Jack for an adventure in critical evaluation and swearing as they watch Steven Spielydrawers’ 1980s teatime classic ‘INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM.’ Turn the commentary on just as the Paramount logo turns to the gong and enjoy as much shady Orientalism as you can handle in one sitting.


SPOILERS: They don’t like it much.

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Okay? So…


1. They married in 1991. Still married.
2. Douglas Slocombe was 71 (at time of writing he’s 102.)
3. The Chenjeh kebab is the most popular Xianjing dish in China. Traditionally made with mutton or mutton fat it is often now made with pork or chicken. But not like this.
4. The Revenge of the Pink Panther
5. Next year’s International Poultry Expo is in Atlanta. We don’t know where it was in 1935.
6. Still alive, he’s 69.
7. It was riding the elephants.
8. Apparently he practices entertainment law.
9. Willard Huyck.
10. She was a character in Prisoner: Cell Block H.
11. It’s Roshan Seth.
12. Kenneth Williams’ boss was Mr Robinson.
13. Didn’t Gillian McKeith once pretend to faint to get out of doing her night?
14. Creamguide(Films) says: The middle film is always the best of a trilogy, except for Jaws and Indiana Jones (and Terminator.)
15. And his wife was Kate Capshaw’s body double.
16. He plays a Gestapo goon in Indiana Jones and His Dad as well.
17. Amrish Puri. He died in 2005.
18. Jake Steinfeld did it this time. Dave Prowse sorted Ford out for Raiders. We read somewhere.
19. The A-Z of Cool Computer Games by Jack ‘Railton’ is still available on Amazon.
20. We recorded this back in April so that was a topical joke then.

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  1. Cinecamera33

    November 26, 2015 at 12:55 am

    All the Indy movies follow George Lucas mentor Joseph Campbell’s somewhat Freudian interpretation of the quest – that all objects of quests represented part of an androgynous higher being. The head, anus, phallus, vagina, feet, hands and mouth.

    So far Indy has sought the Crystal Skull (head), the Sankara stone (phallus) The grail (vagina) and Ark (mouth). His next movie (for one is mooted) cpuld go for the hands (Excalibur?) feet(Hermes sandaks?) or anus (voyage to the underworld?)

  2. George White

    December 13, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Just learnt that the ‘Chinese’ gongman at the start was a pal of my grandad’s, an Irish-born stuntman named Bill Reed, (one of these absolute unit bit-parters like costar Pat Roach or John Dair) who pops up as a tough in various ITC shows and old films (he’s in the pub fight in Brannigan). Like many of my granda’s pals, he stayed at our farm while making films at Ardmore. So, all that time I watched that film on VHS, not realising that I was watching someone who had slept a few metres away from where I was watching it.
    Apparently, he’s one of the Thuggees too, done up in gravy browning.

  3. Sidney Balmoral James

    December 14, 2023 at 10:51 pm

    Incredible idea of a family film for the mid 80s: human sacrifice, Indians depicted as snake-eating cultists (Amrish Puri and Roshan Seth, who are both excellent in this, must surely have had mixed feelings, to say the least), or played by white actors blacked up (although fair’s fair, David Lean did same thing in in A Passage to India same year) – this was twenty years – TWENTY YEARS – after Jose Ferrer and Robert Morley played Indians in Nine House to Rama. How come no one at any point said, ‘do we need to show them removing his heart?’ or ‘do we have to have the screaming man burning to death in the lava?’ or even ‘I don’t think Indians eat monkey brains.’ The Anything Goes opening is pretty ace, but thereafter the film is a nasty mess. Last Crusade is so much better, it feels like the work of a different director but since when has Spielberg ever had a consistent style (Duel, Sugarland Express, Jaws, Close Encounters and ET have a similar feel, but thereafter, hard to see any consistency at all, other than in the professionalism)?

  4. Richardpd

    December 15, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    This is considered the weakest of the original Indiana Jones trilogy, but still has enough good points to keep things doing.

    While the series are homages to the 1930s adventure series, some stereotypes are particularly cheesy, with the adult Chinese being sleazy untrustworthy gun toting gangsters.

    Willie can get annoying at times, but some of her fish out of water moments are funny.

    This along with Gremlins lead to the Americans introducing the PG13 rating.

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