INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984 U.S.) D: STEVEN SPIELBERG W: WILLARD HYUCK/GLORIA KATZ P: ROBERT WATTS
This prequel to RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK has Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw and Ke Huy Quan (from THE GOONIES) fleeing from Shanghai in 1935 only to end up in India where they must help a small village retrieve magic stones stolen by a modern-day Thugee cult. Not bad Spielberg adventure that borrows even more from old serials and has some surprisingly see-through FX in parts ('though it received an Oscar for them anyway). There's a banquet with chilled monkey brains, eyeball soup, snakes and insects. A hell of a lot more insects turn up in another scene. A chase scene in coal carts through a mine is probably the best part. With Amrish Puri, Roshan Seth, Philip Stone, Roy Chiao, Philip Tan and Dan Aykroyd (briefly). INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE was next.

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