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Thought it'd be good to have a thread for fans of Temple Of Doom. If it's your favorite Indy movie or at least cracks your top two of the series, this is the thread for you.

TOD has always been my favorite of the series. While Raiders is also a classic and another favorite of mine, I think TOD is plainly the most entertaining and easily rewatchable of the series. I always liked the much darker tone and more eerie approach it took and how at times it's so much like a Horror movie. It's got the best villains, action and music of the series, Indy at his most cutthroat but also heroic, and some of the best and most iconic moments of the series are in TOD. Can't hate the movie that gave us the likes of the spike/bug chamber, the sacrifice, the mine cart chase, showdown on the bridge, etc. and some may not like the lack of Nazis as the villains but I always thought it felt fresh having totally different enemies and this movie showed Nazis aren't always a necessity for the series.

I hate the bashing and hate TOD gets so much but it's good to see it has it's share of fans and defenders. Truly one of my all-time favorites alongside the original. The series as a whole is excellent and I'd always be very hard-pressed to imagine it without TOD.
 
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I was actually just talking about this with some friends. For all the crap I hear about people not liking TOD, it’s easily the most quoted or referenced of the films.
 
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It also has some of the most iconic imagery of the series. It's amazing how some of the best moments in the series come from TOD alone.
 
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I agree! I've never understood the hate for ToD. While Raiders will always be tops for me, ToD is the close second. The Last Crusade is good, but hits too many of the same beats as Raiders (holy relic, Nazis, desert setting, Brody, Sallah, etc.) I love ToD because of how different it is than the others. Different villains and different characters. Indy is the only character from the other films. KOTCS tried going a different direction with the whole ancient alien thing, but also relied quite a bit on nostalgia. I also felt it kind of softened Indy a bit.
 
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I never understood this either one day I got into a debate with some coworkers.( yeah we're all a bunch of tech nerds) They asked me which was my favorite of the Indy films.. when I said temple of doom everyone laughed stating it was too outlandish. But to me the movie's plot is easily acceptable, the movie is more about the supernatural aspects that aren't directly tied two religious folklore and artifacts. Just because it is an unfamiliar religion to most, how is it any different than the Ark of the Covenant? The action is great the acting is fantastic, and the setting is perfect for a old serial Style. I will never understand or accept the bashing of this film!
 
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Of all the Indy films it's the one most like the vintage serials and pulp comics that inspired it, with the tone and settings, plus the color pallette is very evoctive of 50s-era EC Horror comics.
 
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That's awesome.

I remember the Hasbro TOD figures from years ago, sadly they came out near the end of the line's run and are the rarest of the figures.
 
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I had them, but sold all except the huge SDCC set to fund my 1/6 Scale addiction. Same with my 1995 & up SW figures.
 
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That's awesome.

I remember the Hasbro TOD figures from years ago, sadly they came out near the end of the line's run and are the rarest of the figures.

They were actually pretty easy to find online, and at great prices not so long ago. Not sure if they still are or not. I saw the writing on the wall back then though and ordered them from somewhere (can't remember where now) and was so glad I did. I never saw them in stores. They are definitely some of the best figures in the line IMO, along with the SDCC exclusive figures (Thanks again Lance Quazar if you are reading this). It's a shame the line came to an end when they were really putting out some of their best stuff.
 
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It's the Hasbro mail away Ark. I didn't actually mail away for it, as I couldn't bring myself to buy all of their 1/6 figures. My mom actually got it for me on eBay. I really like it, I think it's more accurate than the one that Sideshow did. I told my wife that when I die, she needs to have me cremated and then keep my ashes in the Ark LOL. I think she thinks I'm joking but, I'm kind of only half joking. Here's a better shot of it:



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I love ToD. Raiders will always be #1 for me, but Temple is right on its heels. To me the tone of it, and Indy's personality, is much more in line with Raiders than either of them are with Crusade or Kingdom. I'm not sure what the right word to describe it would be, but something was a little more pedestrian, or theme park ride-ish with Crusade and Kingdom.

Fun story, when I was kid, one day ToD was on TV. I couldn't tell you if it was on a cable channel or it was a network weekend afternoon movie or a free preview of one of the premium channels (remember those?!). But I had it on and I think my mom said something about it being too scary, but I was like 'pfft whatever mom, I'm like nine (I don't really remember but it was in that ball park) years old. I can handle it.' Well, I came in riiiiight when they were walking through bugs, and then Willie got covered in bugs. So naturally being the tough kid I was, I changed the channel. I came back riiiight when Mola Ram pulled the guys heart out. Changed the channel. And came back riiiight when crocodiles were eating Mola Ram. By that point I called it quits. And can you believe it... that night after I was in bed and the lights were out, I was absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt positive that my entire floor was covered in bugs, and was completely terrified. Lol. Stupid kid.
 
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I love how TOD is so relentlessly dark and foreboding. To me that's part of why it's so awesome. It also channels the feel of a vintage 50s-era EC Horror comic with the visuals and color palette. Spielberg was on fire with his directing. I find it odd he dislikes TOD so much because going by his directing you'd never know he did. Compare his directing on TOD with TLC, it's night and day. TLC it felt like he was going through the motions whereas with TOD he's firing on all cylinders.
 
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TOD is my second favourite Indy movie after ROTLA. I love the movie's frenetic pace and its overall atmosphere. TLC is very lacklustre in comparison.
 
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Yeah, while I enjoy TLC it feels so watered down and safe compared with the first two and never has the same feeling of excitement or danger that made the first two so strong. I always got to wonder if not for the TOD backlash how TLC might've turned out, since Spielberg has openly said he made TLC to apologize for TOD, which is crazy. Movies like TOD show precisely why he's such a good director, especially back then.
 
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Big Doomy Temple fan. In fact, in recent years, it's eked its way to the number one spot on my list of the Indy movies, especially after I finally saw Gunga Din and loved it. Part of is, as much as I love Raiders and Last Crusade, I've watched them so much growing up I practically have them memorized. Temple of Doom, comparatively, I always avoided because it was too scary to me as a kid, so it still seems "new" to me as an adult. I also think it moves along at easily the fastest pace of the original three IMO - sadly at the expense of some deleted scenes that should've stayed, like Willie's subplot where she escapes and finds Chattar Lal and Captain Blumburtt, making her more proactive, and when it's revealed Lal is bad as opposed to him just turning up bad in the Willie-sacrificing scene. And while I love Belloq and Donovan, there's no contest, crazy Mola Ram is definitely the most entertaining main bad guy.
 
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It's the Hasbro mail away Ark. I didn't actually mail away for it, as I couldn't bring myself to buy all of their 1/6 figures. My mom actually got it for me on eBay. I really like it, I think it's more accurate than the one that Sideshow did. I told my wife that when I die, she needs to have me cremated and then keep my ashes in the Ark LOL. I think she thinks I'm joking but, I'm kind of only half joking. Here's a better shot of it:



More pictures of my Indy collection are here in this thread, if you are interested.

Do I detect some blue heart sleep pants in this picture? Love it!
 
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Took me a minute to figure out what we were talking about here...LOL, Kooshmeister wins...it is a hamper!

Yeah, ToD is definitely my second (very close second) favorite Indy movie. I really dig how different it is from Raiders. While I like TLC, it always seemed like Raiders 2.0 to me. It just revisited so many ideas and plot devices from Raiders. The only thing that really saves it from being a direct re-hash of Raiders is the inclusion Henry Jones Sr. I also didn't care for how it turned Marcus and Sallah into comic relief.
 
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I often feel alone in thinking TOD is the best right alongside Raiders. TLC and KOTCS are perfectly fine and enjoyable, but the first two for me are really in a class and elite of their own. Plus Raiders and TOD actually have the pulpy vintage adventure serial feel to them, something that was somewhat lost in the subsequent movies.
 
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I'm inclined to agree, at least about Last Crusade. It has this big, epic feel to it, and has all these important and meaningful discussions about faith and family and such (helped by my favorite score in the series). It's in a class all its own. Not better or worse than Raiders or Temple of Doom. Just different. Whereas the previous two movies were just about adventure with religious overtones, I feel like Last Crusade delves a little more into that aspect of the franchise given the presence of Indiana's father. And as much as people may dislike the goofier Marcus, he still gets great lines like "The search for the cup of Christ is the search for the divine in all of us." Crystal Skull returned to the more serial-inspired adventure aspect of the series.

Another thing about Temple of Doom I love is its more triumphant feel towards the end. Much has been made of the fact Indy doesn't really do too much to affect the finale of the first film, but here he does actually take out the bad guy, and I find rescuing children from slavery to be a nobler goal than obtaining some rare treasure, powerful as the Ark may have been, and I love, too, that Indiana realizes the stone is more valuable to the well-being of the village and its people than it is in some museum or lab somewhere.

Indiana's idea, given to him by the events in this film, seems to be that the things he pursues best belong where they're of the greatest benefit to everyone, and that often means treating each relic differently based on the situation. The surviving Sankara Stone is best used in Mayapore because it is literally the village's lifeblood. Something like the Cross of Coronado, meanwhile, lacking any real power, is something everyone deserves to see, not to remain sequestered away in some greedy private collector's mansion where only he can enjoy it. Etc.
 
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Another great thing TOD has going for it is Mola Ram, easily the most evil villain of the series and by far the most frightening. You know the second he arrives onscreen things are going bad.
 
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Just saw this thread. I LOVE TOD! My sentimental favorite. I was 9 YO when this came out and I think this was the absolute perfect age for me to experience it. If I remember correctly, I think my dad was cool enough to let us stick around after the movie was done, so we could watch it 2x in a row (I remember he did that with Time Bandits too). I do know for sure I saw it more than once in the theater. Such great memories!
And TOD stands up so well today. I took my daughter to see it with me last year in the theater and what a treat! It's just beautifully crafted from every angle of the production - direction & blocking, editing, beautifully conceived & realized effects, set design....so many folks (crew) at the top of their game. And this film has many instances of that trademark Lucas/Spielberg thing where they have their characters get into one crazy situation after another with each situation crazier than the previous one...and it works, no matter how over-the-top it got!
 
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Just saw this thread. I LOVE TOD! My sentimental favorite. I was 9 YO when this came out and I think this was the absolute perfect age for me to experience it. If I remember correctly, I think my dad was cool enough to let us stick around after the movie was done, so we could watch it 2x in a row (I remember he did that with Time Bandits too). I do know for sure I saw it more than once in the theater. Such great memories!
And TOD stands up so well today. I took my daughter to see it with me last year in the theater and what a treat! It's just beautifully crafted from every angle of the production - direction & blocking, editing, beautifully conceived & realized effects, set design....so many folks (crew) at the top of their game. And this film has many instances of that trademark Lucas/Spielberg thing where they have their characters get into one crazy situation after another with each situation crazier than the previous one...and it works, no matter how over-the-top it got!

Beautifully put. I can only imagine how awesome a movie like TOD is in the theater. Maybe next year for the 35th anniversary it might get some anniversary screenings? I'd love to be able to see it. It's one thing to see it over and over on DVD and Blu-ray at home, but the theatrical environment always provides a unique experience you can never replicate at home.
 
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Another great thing TOD has going for it is Mola Ram, easily the most evil villain of the series and by far the most frightening. You know the second he arrives onscreen things are going bad.
Definitely the most memorable. My son is an avid viewer of the TRU TV's Impractical Jokers and easily picked out Mola Ram during one of Murr's punishments.
 
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I think Mola Ram definitely raised the bar for how scary and evil an Indy villain can be. It'd be awesome to get another scary villain like him for Indy 5. Someone who the instant he shows onscreen you know he's nobody to take lightly.
 
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I have to put TOD as my favorite as well. It was also the first Indy movie I ever saw, having been too young to see Raiders when it came out (I actually didn't watch that one until I was in my teens) - and mind you, I was 8 when Temple came out, so you can imagine how the sacrifice scene freaked me out at the time (although I have to admit, as an adult, the heart scene is so painfully fake-looking when compared to the rest of the effects in the movie). Still, I thought the dinner scene was hilarious, the entire end sequence from where they free the kids and take out the villains - beginning with Indy's epic staredown with the Thuggee slaver right before punching him out - was awesome, and the bridge scene was definitely something different. I still enjoy all three of the other Indy movies, but TOD definitely holds a special place with me.

...and on a side note, I knew very little about Indiana Jones, so when I saw the trailer on TV, and they said "Harrison Ford," what a shocker it was to run in and tell my mother that I wanted to see it because Han Solo was in it, only to be told that he WAS Indy! Pure awesomeness!!!
 
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TOD was my first Indy movie as well. I was maybe 2 or 3 when I first saw it? Definitely a mind-blowing experience at such a young age and one that forever stays with you. I saw Raiders not that long after and while I also loved it, TOD resonated more with me.
 
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Also forgot to say that sometime ago I acquired from a Saver's store a rather rare TOD-oriented item, a novelization that includes stills from the film among the pages. Anyone else own it? It's in remarkable condition for a three-decade old book.
 
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Also forgot to say that sometime ago I acquired from a Saver's store a rather rare TOD-oriented item, a novelization that includes stills from the film among the pages. Anyone else own it? It's in remarkable condition for a three-decade old book.
I'm pretty sure I had a copy of that novelization when I was a kid. I know I had The Last Crusade novelization. I still have a Temple of Doom magazine that unfolds into a poster.
 
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My copy is the reprint from when Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out. They reissued all three of the old novelizations with brand new covers.
 
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I know it isn't exactly Horror, but does anyone else have TOD in rotation during their Horror viewing during Halloween, if anyone else does? TOD is the closest the series came to being outright Horror and definitely strongly evokes it at times during moments like the spike/bug chamber, the sacrifice and the overall extremely dark, ominous tone it has. I don't know if Spielberg and Lucas may have been influenced by EC Horror comics of the 50s but it definitely evokes that kind of style and mood much of the time. It fits in just fine with Halloween viewing for me.
 
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