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Plot, Details & Awards

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

PG In Theaters 05/23/1984 , 118min.
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Plot & Details

The second of the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg Indiana Jones epics is set a year or so before the events in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1984). After a brief brouhaha involving a precious vial and a wild ride down a raging Himalyan river, Indy (Harrison Ford) gets down to the problem at hand: retrieving a precious gem and several kidnapped young boys on behalf of a remote East Indian village. His companions this time around include a dimbulbed, easily frightened nightclub chanteuse (Kate Capshaw), and a feisty 12-year-old kid named Short Round (Quan Ke Huy). Throughout, the plot takes second place to the thrills, which include a harrowing rollercoaster ride in an abandoned mineshaft and Indy's rescue of the heroine from a ritual sacrifice. There are also a couple of cute references to Raiders of the Lost Ark, notably a funny variation of Indy's shooting of the Sherpa warrior.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Michael J. McAlister Won
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Dennis Muren Won
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects George Gibbs Won
1984 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Lorne Peterson Won

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